Department of Communication Committees

2020/2021

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee

Charge

  • Develop, monitor, and assess department diversity mission and affirmative action/diversity priorities.

Committee Members

  • Andrea Figueroa-Caballero - Faculty
  • Haley Horstman (Co-Chair) - Faculty
  • Julius Riles (Co-Chair) - Faculty
  • Nigel Haarstad - Faculty 
  • Kevin Hales - Faculty
  • Rachael Hernandez - Faculty
  • Scotti Branton – Graduate Student
  • Jana Hockersmith – Graduate Student
  • Mackenzie Schroeder - Graduate Student 
  • Ryder Jiron – Undergraduate Student
  • Fionna Clark – Undergraduate Student
  • Cam Thomas – Undergraduate Student
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Undergraduate Committee

Charge

  • Administer undergraduate awards and scholarships. Make recommendations to faculty regarding undergraduate program and policy. Advise on other undergraduate education issues.

Committee Members

  • Steve Klien (Chair) – Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Brian Houston – Department Chair
  • Alex Anderson – Department Advisor
  • Jennifer Bloss - Department Advisor
  • Cassandra Kearney – Faculty
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Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Charge

  • Make recommendations to faculty regarding undergraduate curriculum and course/topic proposals. Develop, revise, and monitor undergraduate education course and curriculum learning objectives and assessment.

Committee Members

  • Steve Klien (Chair) – Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Brian Houston – Department Chair
  • Alex Anderson – Department Advisor
  • Jennifer Bloss - Department Advisor 
  • Cassandra Kearney – Faculty
  • Astrid Villamil - Faculty
  • Virgil Hayes – Graduate Student
  • Blessing Okafor – Graduate Student
  • Ellen Jordan – Graduate Student
  • Lauren Leppert – Undergraduate Student
  • Emma Millard – Undergraduate Student
  • Heather Silvey – Undergraduate Student
  • Jordan Sutherlin - Undergraduate Student 
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Graduate Committee

Charge

  • Administer graduate student applications and admissions. Administer and award Verser, Porter, and Beebe graduate awards. Make graduate program and policy recommendations to faculty. Advise on other graduate education issues.

Committee Members

  • Ben Warner (Chair) – Director of Graduate Studies
  • Rebecca Meisenbach – Faculty
  • Haley Horstman – Faculty
  • Julius Riles - Faculty
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Graduate Curriculum Committee

Charge

  • Make recommendations to faculty regarding graduate curriculum and rotation, and course/topic proposals. Develop, revise, and monitor graduate education course and curriculum learning objectives and assessment.

Committee Members

  • Colleen Colaner (Chair) – Director of Graduate Studies
  • Rebecca Meisenbach – Faculty
  • Ben Warner – Faculty
  • Julius Riles – Faculty
  • Shaye Morrison – Graduate Student
  • LaShawnda Kilgore – Graduate Student
  • Tim Luisi – Graduate Student
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Policy Committee

Charge

  • Make policy recommendations to department faculty.

Committee Members

  • Andrea Figueroa-Caballero - Faculty
  • Debbie Dougherty (Chair) - Faculty
  • Ben Warner - Faculty
  • Chris Josey - Faculty 
  • Colleen Colaner - Faculty
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Research Committee

Charge

  • Make research policy recommendations to department faculty. Administer department research space and research funding as directed.

Committee Members

  • Ben Warner (Chair) - Faculty
  • Colleen Colaner – Faculty
  • Julius Riles - Faculty
  • Yerina Ranjit - Faculty 
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Personnel Committee

Charge

  • Conduct annual faculty evaluations. Make recommendations to faculty and chair regarding department personnel issues and policies.

Committee Members

  • Brian Houston (Chair) – Department Chair
  • Haley Horstman - Faculty
  • Rebecca Meisenbach - Faculty
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Faculty Awards Committee

Charge

  • Nominate faculty and staff for university, regional, national, and international awards.

Committee Members

  • Brian Houston – Department Chair
  • Ben Warner (Chair) – Faculty
  • Andrea Figueroa-Caballero – Faculty
  • Rachael Hernandez - Faculty 
  • Colleen Colaner - Faculty 
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Colloquium Committee

Charge

  • Plan and host the Department of Communication Colloquium Series (including the Loren Reid Lecture Series). 

Committee Members

  • Benjamin Warner - Director of Graduate Studies
  • Julius Riles - Interim Chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee
  • Yerina Ranjit - Director of Department Awards
  • Debbie Dougherty - Faculty
  • Warren Davis - Graduate Student
  • Marcus Ferguson - Graduate Student
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Alumni Committee

Charge

  • Identify and engage department alumni. Coordinate with department Advisory Council. Facilitate alumni visits.

Committee Members

  • Brian Houston - Department Chair
  • Cassandra Kearney - Faculty
  • Rebecca Meisenbach - Faculty 
  • Alania Levernez - Graduate Student
  • Blessing Okafor - Graduate Student
  • Jihye Park - Graduate Student
  • Scotti Branton - Graduate Student
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Representative to the CIA Committee
  • Steve Klien – Director of Undergraduate Studies
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