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Committees

The following are some of the College and University committees on which faculty members may serve.

Program Committees

Program in African Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Will Reno, Director
    • Stephen Hill
    • Esmeralda Kale
    • Meagan Keefe
    • Evan M Mwangi
    • Rachel Beatty Riedl
    • Jeff Rice
    • David Lee Schoenbrun
    • Rebecca A Shereikis
    • Juliet Sorensen
    • Michael Wairungu
    • Sera Young
  • Program website

Program in American Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Ivy Wilson, Director
    • Ana Aparicio
    • Kate Baldwin
    • Gerry Cadava
    • Jay Grossman
    • E. Patrick Johnson
    • Robert Orsi
    • Jan Radway
    • Nitasha Sharma
  • Program website

Committee on Asian American Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Nitasha Sharma, Director
    • Ji-Yeon Yuh
  • Program website

Biological Sciences Council

  • Program committee members:
    • Robert Holmgren, Director
    • Gary Galbreath, Associate Director
    • Ravi Allada
    • Jason Brickner
    • Carole LaBonne
    • Sadie Wignall
  • Program website

Brady Scholars Program Committee

  • Program committee members:
    • Richard Kraut, Director 
    • Kyla Ebels Duggan
    • Adam Goodman
    • Sara Monoson
    • Mark Sheldon
  • Program website

Business Institutions Center

  • Program committee members:
    • Bill Rogerson, Director
    • Katy Breen
    • Tony Chen
    • Jeannette Colyvas
    • Mary Finn
    • Laurel Harbridge
    • Kathleen Hagerty
    • Michael Mazzeo
    • William White
    • Mark Witte
  • Center website

Program in Cognitive Science

  • Program committee members:
    • Steve Franconeri, Director
    • Klinton Bicknell
    • Steven Demorest
    • Matthew Easterday
    • Kenneth Forbus
    • Michael Glanzberg
    • Dedre Gentner
    • Matthew Goldrick
    • Sid Horton
    • Angela Roberts
    • Marcelo Worsley
  • Program website

Program in Comparative Literary Studies Core Faculty

  • Program committee members:
    • Susannah Gottlieb, Director
    • Chris Abani
    • César Braga-Pinto
    • Laura Brueck
    • Chris Bush
    • Clare Cavanagh
    • Jorge Coronado
    • Penelope Deutscher
    • Brian Edwards
    • Harris Feinsod 
    • Hannah Feldman
    • Marianne Hopman
    • Jörg Kreienbrock
    • Evan Mwangi
    • Patrick Noonan
    • Nasrin Qader
    • Alessia Ricciardi
    • Domietta Torlasco
    • Alejandra Uslenghi
    • Samuel Weber
  •  Program website

Program in Critical Theory

  • Program committee members:
    • Cristina Lafont, Director
    • Anna Parkinson, Associate Director
    • Peter Fenves, Associate Director
    • Mark Alznauer, DUS
    • Huey Copeland
    • Penny Deutscher (on leave but active)
    • Ryan Dohoney
    • Michael Loriaux
    • Jose Medina
    • Fumi Okiji
    • Alejandra Uslenghi
    • Samuel Weber
  • Program website

Environmental Policy and Culture Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Mark Sheldon, Director
    • Amanda Logan
    • Doug Medin
    • Kim Marion Suiseeya
    • Susan Thistle
    • Keith Woodhouse
  • Program website

Program Committee in Environmental Science

  • Program committee members:
    • Andrew Jacobson, Director
    • Patricia BeddowsFranz Geiger
    • Daniel Horton
    • Aaron Packman
    • Joe Walsh
    • Nyree Zerega
  • Program website

Gender Studies Advisory Board

  • Program committee members:
    • Jan Radway, Director
    • Kate Baldwin
    • Jeffrey Masten
    • Hector Carrillo
    • Jennifer Nash
    • Nick Davis
    • Ann Orloff
    • Mary Dietz
    • Amy Partridge
    • Ryan Dohoney
    • Miriam Petty
    • Jillana Enteen
    • Ramon Rivera-Servera
    • E. Patrick Johnson
    • Gregory Ward
    • Tessie Liu
    • Paola Zamperini
  • Program website

Geography Program

  • Program committee members:
    • John Hudson, Director
    • James Brown, Emeritus
    • Carl Smith
    • David Uttal
  • Program website

Global Health Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Bill Leonard, Director
    • Peter Locke
    • Sarah Rodriguez
    • Rebecca Seligman
    • Noelle Sullivan
    • Sera Young
  • Program website

Integrated Science Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Andre De Gouvea, Director
    • Veronica Berns
    • Craig Bina
    • William Halperin
    • SonBinh Nguyen
    • Indira Raman
    • Frederic Rasio
    • Christina Russin
    • Sandy Zabell
    • Eric Zaslow
  • Program website

International Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Ian Hurd, Director
    • Galya Ben-Arieh
    • Ana Arjona
    • Brian Edwards
    • Mark Hauser
    • Daniel Immerwahr
    • Rajeev Kinra
    • Henri Lauziere
    • Emily Maguire
    • Michelle Molina
    • Laura Beth Nielsen
    • Wendy Pearlman
    • Galya Ruffer
    • Richard Walker
    • Mark Witte
  • Program website

Crown Family Center for Jewish & Israel Studies Committee

  • Program committee members:
    • Marty Eichenbaum, Director
    • Mira Balberg
    • Danny Cohen (SESP)
    • Sarah Cushman
    • Peter Fenves
    • Benjamin Frommer
    • Marcia Gealy
    • Lucille Kerr
    • Marcus Moseley
    • Elie Rekhess
    • Hanna Seltzer
    • Kenneth Seeskin
    • David Shyovitz
    • Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
    • Claire Sufrin
    • Barry Wimpfheimer
  • Center website

Latino/a Studies Committee

  • Program committee members:
    • Frances Aparicio, Director
    • Ana Aparicio
    • Gerry Cadava
    • Alejandro Carrion
    • Hector Carrillo
    • Jaime Dominguez
    • Myrna Garcia
    • Henry Godinez
    • Emily Maguire
    • John Marquez
    • Elvia Mendoza
    • Michael Rodriguez Muñiz (on-leave)
    • Mόnica Russel y Rodriguez
    • Ramon Rivera-Servera
  • Program website

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Paul Gillingham, Director
    • Ana Arjona
    • Lina Britto
    • Sherwin Bryant
    • Mark Hauser
    • César Braga-Pinto
    • Jorge Coronado (on-leave)
    • Emily Maguire (on-leave)
  • Program website

Program in Legal Studies

  • Program committee members:
    • Laura Beth Nielsen, Director
    • Shana Bernstein
    • Leigh Bienen
    • Traci Burch
    • Shari Diamond
    • Caitlin Fitz
    • Joanna Grisinger
    • Katherine Hoffman
    • Ian Hurd
    • Quinn Mulroy
    • Shaundra Meyers
    • Robert Nelson
    • Heather Schoenfeld
    • Justin Simard
  • Program website

Program in Mathematical Models in the Social Sciences

  • Program committee members:
    • Jeff Ely, Director
    • Jamie Druckman
    • Rob Porter
    • Eric Schulz
  • Program website

Program in Neuroscience

  • Program committee members:
    • Catherine Woolley, Director
    • Tom Bozza
    • Matthew Goldrick
    • Bill Kath
    • Dave McLean
    • Robin Nusslock
    • Ken Paller
    • Jason Sanchez
  • Program website

Committee on the Paris Program

Program committee members:

  • Sam Weber, Director
    • Scott Durham
    • Michael Loriaux
    • Nasrin Qader
    • Rachel Riedl
  • Program website

Science in Human Culture Program

  • Program committee members:
    • Helen Tilley, Director
    • Ken Alder - on leave
    • Adia Benton
    • Steven Epstein
    • Paul Ramirez
    • Claudia Swan
    • James Schwoch (Communications)
  • Program website

Other Committees

Teaching Track Budget Committee

Inaugurated in 2010, this committee is made of four teaching-track faculty at the rank of Associate Professor of Instruction or Professor of Instruction—one faculty member elected by division, with Division III divided into those who engaged in language instruction and those who are not. The committee is charged with reviewing the CV supplements/ annual reviews of the teaching-track faculty and other NTE faculty on multiple year appointments for the purposes of merit for salary setting. Members serve for three years on staggered terms.
  • Div. I- John Mordacq (year 2)       
  • Div II. Jim Hornsten (year 1)          
  • Div. III- fl Penny Nichols (year 3) 
  • Div. III-Axel Mueller (year 2)

Promotion and Reappointment Committee

Since 1987 Weinberg NTE faculty have been considered for promotion through a professional NTE rank. This committee is now elected and has been expanded to advise the Dean on matters of teaching-track reappointment. The committee comprises four teaching-track faculty at the rank of Associate Professor of Instruction or Professor of Instruction—one faculty member elected by division, with Division III divided into those who engaged in language instruction and those who are not. Three additional committee tenured faculty members, one from each division, are also elected. The composition of this committee will change when the teaching-track faculty ranks can produce full-committee at the Professors of Instruction in order to evaluate promotions to this rank. Members serve for three years on staggered terms.

  • Div. I- Mike Smutko, (year 1)         
  • Div. II- Eric Schulz, Economics (year 3)     
  • Div. III-complement- Penny Hirsch (appointed to replace Bill Savage for the year while he is recused)
  • Div. III-FL Tom Simpson (year 2) 

Curricular Policies Committee

The Curricular Policies Committee oversees the quality and coherence of undergraduate academic programs. The Curricular Policies Committee examines the curriculum and makes recommendations to the faculty about degree requirements, the awarding of credit, grading policies, the establishment of major and certificate concentrations, and, in general, any College-wide regulation or procedure affecting academic programs. The committee meets as often as warranted. It comprises ten members: two faculty members from each of the three divisions, two students, the associate dean for undergraduate studies ex officio, and the assistant dean for curriculum ex officio. Its chairperson is appointed by the dean.

  • Graham Anderson
  • Mira Balberg
  • Steve Jacobsen
  • Laura Beth Nielsen
  • Christina Normore
  • Heather Pinkett
  • Andrew Roberts
  • Jessica Wang
  • Mary Finn (ex-officio)
  • Laura Panko (ex-officio)

Curricular Review Committee

The Curricular Review Committee considers proposals for new courses and significant course revisions, for changes in existing major and certificate programs, and for ad hoc majors, courses in the program of student-organized seminars, and programs of field study and internships. The committee meets as needed and reports its actions at least once a year to the faculty. It comprises eleven members: two faculty members from each of the three divisions, three students, the associate dean for undergraduate studies ex officio, and the assistant dean for curriculum ex officio. Its chairperson is appointed by the dean.

  • Meredith Belloni
  • Kyla Ebels-Duggan
  • Zosia Krusberg
  • Benjamin Moy
  • Stephen Craig Nelson
  • Anna Maree Parkinson
  • Aaron Peterson
  • Rebecca Seligman (on leave 16-17)
  • Mary Finn (ex-officio)
  • Laura Panko (ex-officio)

Committee on Appeals

The Committee on Appeals considers appeals by students of rulings of the associate dean for undergraduate studies in cases of alleged dishonesty in academic work.It considers appeals by students who believe that grades they have received are the result of inconsistent, capricious or prejudicial standards on the part of the instructor and who have exhausted their recourse at the department or program level. The associate dean for undergraduate studies first hears each appeal. If, in the judgment of the associate dean for undergraduate studies, there is prima facie evidence of prejudiced or capricious grading, he or she presents the background of each student's case to the committee.

It considers appeals by students who have been dismissed for academic reasons and whose petitions for early readmission have been denied by the associate dean for undergraduate studies (or a member of his or her staff, usually the assistant dean for academic standing). Furthermore, it considers petitions for readmission from students who have been dismissed for academic reasons on more than one occasion.

The committee comprises twelve members: three faculty members from each of the three divisions, and three students. Its chairperson is appointed by the dean.

  • Jim Farr (chair)
  • Vinni (Vinayak) Bhatia
  • Sara Broaders
  • Tomer Moshe Cherki
  • Franz Geiger
  • Marianne Hopman
  • Parker McCosh Levinson
  • John Mordacq
  • Baron Reed
  • Jacob Richard Summers
  • Sky Samantha Swanson

Committee on Undergraduate Academic Excellence

The Committee on Undergraduate Academic Excellence. This committee considers recommendations by departments and programs of students deemed worthy to be cited as graduating with "department honors" or "with program honors." This committee has six faculty members, two from each division. The associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs and the assistant dean for curriculum and assessment are ex officio.

  • LiCheng Gu, ALC
  • Mark Hauser, Anthropology
  • Christine Russin
  • Mary Finn (ex-officio)
  • Laura Panko (ex-officio)

Weinberg Language Initiative Committee

The WLI is appointed by Dean Adrian Randolph to advise the dean on how to build a strong foundation for language study at Northwestern in a context that respects and promotes cultural pluralism.

This committee is asked to: explore our own norms, practices, and needs (both met and unmet) across the broad constituencies in the College with deep interests in language study, look at practices at other institutions, and delve into the literature on these matters with the goal of advising us on whether/how we should/could be doing anything differently.

  • Cesar Braga-Pinto
  • Matt Brauer (PhD Candidate)
  • Brian Edwards
  • Elisabeth Elliot
  • Sean Hanretta
  • Franczyska Lys
  • Julia Moore
  • Barbara Newman
  • Nasrin Qader
  • Yumi Shiojima
  • Ann Bradlow (ex officio)
  • Mary Finn (ex officio)
  • Monica Russel y Rodriguez (ex officio)

Committee on Tenure

After the appropriate review by the department, the College-wide Committee on Tenure evaluates and makes recommendations to the Dean on candidates for promotion to the rank of associate professor with indefinite tenure. Members are elected by the tenure-line faculty in a College-wide election. The committee comprises 12 tenured members of the faculty, 4 from each Division. The terms are three years.

  • John Alba Cutler
  • Jerry Gabrielse
  • Franz Geiger
  • Christina Kiaer
  • Bryna Kra
  • Richard Kraut
  • Jules Law
  • Thom McDade
  • Greg Miller
  • Fred Rasio
  • Amy Stanley
  • Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Committee on Promotion

After the appropriate review by the department, the College-wide Committee on Promotion evaluates and makes recommendations to the Dean on candidates for promotion from tenured associate professor to full professor, the highest rank. Members are elected by the tenure-line faculty in a College-wide election. The committee comprises 6 tenured full professors, 2 from each Division. The terms are three years.

  • Edith Chen
  • Dyan Elliott
  • Lucille Kerr
  • Jeff Masten
  • Alfonso Mondragon
  • Giles Novak

Budget Committee (Tenure-Line)

This is a three-member committee - one full professor from each Division - that works with the Dean to recommend salary increases for the tenure-line faculty. Members are chosen via divisional election. The Budget Committee has a different election procedure, set up by the faculty several decades ago. The initial ballot lists all eligible full professors in a given division. The four top vote-getters advance to a second round. If no one gets a clean majority, then there is a third-round run-off. The terms are three years.

  • Sandy Waxman
  • Catherine S. Woolley

Committee on Teaching Awards

This is the group that selects the winners of the annual Weinberg College Teaching Awards, including both faculty members and graduate student teaching assistants. The committee comprises three faculty members, two undergraduate students, and one ex-officio member, the Assistant Dean for Faculty Advancement. The terms of the faculty members, who are appointed, are three years.

  • Robert Holmgren
  • Susie Phillips
  • Francesca Tataranni
  • Steve Cole (ex-officio)

Faculty Appeals Panel

This is the University body that hears appeals from faculty regarding various kinds of personnel actions, principally negative decisions about tenure and promotion. College representatives are chosen via divisional election with two candidates for each position. There are 11 members on this body from the College, including 10 tenure-line members and one teaching-track member. The terms are two years.

  • Curt Horvath (Div I)
  • Jared Wunsch (Div I)
  • Suzan van der Lee (Div I)
  • Wendi Gardner (Div II)
  • Nitasha Sharma (Div II)
  • Sherwin Bryant (Div II)
  • Matt Notowidigdo (Div II)
  • Scott Durham (Div III)
  • Susannah Gottlieb (Div III)
  • Krista Thompson (Div III)

Administrative Board of the Graduate School

This is the group that works with the Dean and Associate Deans of The Graduate School to consider policy and practice with regard to graduate education. The College representatives - one tenured colleague and one alternate per Division - are chosen via divisional election with two candidates for each position. The terms are four years.

  • Carole LaBonne (Div I)
  • (Ezra Getzler) (Div I)
  • Rachel Riedl (Div II)
  • (Matthew Goldrick) (Div II)
  • Ivy Wilson (Div III)
  • (Nina Gourianova) (Div III)
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