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* Asterisks indicate committees with more information in The Governance (pdf, 1 Mb). The dates in parentheses indicate the end of a committee member’s term.


Academic Panel *

The academic panel reviews cases of academic dishonesty and assigns penalties. The three faculty members also serve as a court of appeals for students who, because of their unsatisfactory academic standing, are required to withdraw from the College by the committee on student records. The senior member of this court serves as chair and reports recommendations on appeals to the dean of studies and the president for final decision.

The academic panel consists of the dean of studies (chair); three faculty members elected for two years, one and two retiring in alternate years; and three students.

Members:Membership Type:
Debra ZeifmanChair (Dean of Studies)
Bruce Gillman (2021)Faculty at Large
Anna Gommerstadt (2022)Faculty at Large
James Merrell (2021)Faculty at Large

Committee on Academic Technologies *

The committee on academic technologies develops and recommends policy related to academic and educational technologies, gathers information from faculty and students about instructional technology needs and initiatives and serves as advocates for those needs, and solicits ideas from and informs faculty and students of new initiatives related to instructional technology.

The committee on academic technologies consists of four elected members of the faculty, one from each division including the multi-disciplinary programs; a member of academic computing services; a professional librarian appointed by the director of the libraries; and a member of the student body. Faculty members serve three-year terms and may not be elected to more than 2 consecutive terms. The committee selects a chair annually from the faculty members on the committee.

Members:Membership Type:
Erica Stein (2023)Division 1
Ismail Rashid (2022)Division 2
Joshua de Leeuw (2022)Division 3
Nicole ScalessaLibrarian
Steven TaylorRepresentative (Academic Computing Services)

Accessibility Committee

Accessibility Committee. The Accessibility Committee Issues (CODI) functions as an advisory committee and is chaired by the director of the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO). The purpose of the committee is to promote awareness of accessibility issues through education, to identify areas of concern within the Vassar community, and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Office for Accessibility. The committee seeks to provide information to aid in understanding the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, their purpose, and the benefits of adhering to those standards. Faculty, administration, and staff serve on the Accessibility Committee issues in addition to the Director of Affirmative Action, who shall serve as Chair; an appointed member of the faculty also has the responsibility to serve on the ADA/Section 504 Appeals Panel.

Membership is open to all members of the Vassar community who have an interest in accessibility issues on campus.

Members:Membership Type:
Rachel PereiraChair
Carlos AlamoCommittee Member
Marianne BegemannCommittee Member
MaryJo CavanaughCommittee Member
John CollierCommittee Member
Carlos GarciaCommittee Member
Ruth SpencerCommittee Member
Kathleen SusmanCommittee Member

Appeal Committee *

The appeal committee considers grievances by individual faculty members in matters of promotion, tenure and reappointment and hears certain other appeals as described in the Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment and the Policy on Consensual Relationships Between Faculty and Students. Only the following categories of grievances may be considered: 1. Faculty members on term appointment allege that abridgment of academic freedom, as defined in Principles Underlying Relations of Trustees, Faculty, and Students significantly contributed to a decision to terminate their appointment at its expiration; 2. Faculty members allege that a decision on their promotion, tenure or reappointment was affected significantly by failure to observe fully the process and principles prescribed by the Governance and the Faculty Handbook; 3. When the remedy or sanction following a determination of a violation of the Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment could involve an adjustment to the normal procedures for a faculty review, the Appeal Committee determines what changes, if any, are necessary. The procedure for determining changes is described in the Faculty Handbook in the Policy against Discrimination and Harassment. (Amended by the faculty, May 2015) 4. A faculty member who has been a respondent in a harassment or discrimination grievance hearing appeals the determination and/or the sanction of the grievance panel, as described in the policy against discrimination and harassment. 5. A faculty member appeals a determination or disciplinary action under the Policy on Consensual Relationships Between Faculty and Students. The Faculty Handbook describes the procedures and determinations of the appeal committee for each of these cases.

The appeal committee consists of three tenured members of the faculty and two assistant professors. The term of service is two years. Two tenured members and one assistant professor retire in one year; one of each category of members retires in alternate years. No department chair or program director serves on the committee and no department is represented by more than one member. No member of FASC may be elected to serve on the appeal committee in the year immediately following their retirement from FASC. Each year the committee elects one of its tenured members as chair. If a member faces a conflict of interest in a particular issue before the appeal committee, the chair requests the committee on committees to appoint a temporary substitute.

Members:Membership Type:
Robert Brigham (2021)Chair (Tenured)
Joshua de Leeuw (2021)Assistant Professor
Justin Touchon (2022)Assistant Professor
Kariane Calta (2021)Tenured
Cindy Schwarz (2021)Tenured

Committee on Assessment *

The committee on assessment examines and evaluates the practices in place to achieve the college’s educational goals as stated in its mission statement and elsewhere. Over a ten-year period it addresses all of the “Standards for Accreditation” published by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The committee on assessment consists of three elected members of the faculty: a chair, who is tenured, and two members elected at-large. The term of service of the chair is three years; the term of service of the at-large members is two years. The dean or associate dean of the faculty and the director of institutional research serve on the committee, ex officio. (amended by the faculty Nov. 2015)

Members:Membership Type:
Benjamin Lotto (2023)Chair (Tenured)
Mary Ellen Czesak (2021)Faculty at Large
Nicholas de Leeuw (2022)Faculty at Large

Committee on Benefits

The committee on benefits advises the president and the trustees on policies concerning benefits the college provides to faculty and administrators. The committee consults with the faculty compensation committee on any possible changes to benefits that affect the overall compensation of the faculty, as well as with the relevant officers of the administration.

The committee on benefits consists of the vice president for technology and human resources (chair), three members of the administration appointed by the president, the budget member of FPCC, an assistant professor elected for a two year term, a senior member of the faculty who has served on the committee on planning and priorities within the past five years who is chosen by the committee on committees for a three year term, an emeritus member of the faculty chosen by the chair, and a member of the human resources staff (ex officio).

Members:Membership Type:
Carlos GarciaChair (Senior Officer)
Marianne BegemannAdministrator
Frank JelenkoAdministrator
Kara MontgomeryAdministrator
Bryan SwarthoutAdministrator
Leslie PowerAdministrator (Human Resources)
Dustin Frye (2021)Assistant Professor
Adam Lowrance (2023)FPCC Budget member
Sarah Pearlman (2022)Senior Faculty Member (Prior member of Committee on Priorities and Planning)

Campus Investor Responsibility Committee

The campus investor responsibility committee recommends to the trustee investor responsibility committee votes on social action proxies being considered by shareholders of public companies represented in the college portfolio. It also studies broader investor responsibility issues and makes recommendations to the trustee committee.

The committee consists of the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources, two alumnae/i, two students, two members elected from the faculty for two year terms, and two administrators. As one of its nine members, the Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources chairs the committee, coordinates the selection of committee members who are chosen or appointed by the relevant constituency, and serves as a non-voting member except in the case of a tie. Each constituency may also be represented by an alternate.

Members:Membership Type:
Marianne BegemannChair (Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources)
Gary HohenbergerAdministrator
Bryan SwarthoutCommittee Member
Anne Brancky (2022)Faculty at Large
Robert Rebelein (2022)Faculty at Large

Committee on Campus Master Planning *

The committee formulates and revises the master plan for the development of the campus; provides a forum for the review and discussion of current issues and longer-range plans related to the maintenance and improvement of buildings and grounds; and advises the president, and through the president, the executive committee and the committee on buildings and grounds of the board of trustees, on matters of policy.

A. The committee on campus master planning includes the vice president for finance and administration (chair), the dean of planning and student and academic affairs, three faculty members elected to three year terms, one from each division, with one retiring each year, and three students. In addition, the committee includes, ex officio, the director of buildings and grounds, the director of capital projects and facilities planning, the director of disabilities services, an associate dean of the faculty, the director of academic facilities planning, the chief information officer, the director of residential life, and the sustainability coordinator. (Amended November 5, 1997, February 18, 2009.)

Members:Membership Type:
William PeabodyAdministrator (Executive Director of Facility Operations)
Tobias Armborst (2023)Division 1
James Merrell (2022)Division 2
Kelli Duncan (2021)Division 3

Classroom Committee

The Classroom Committee plans for renovations and improvement of teaching spaces and offices on campus.

It is a working group chaired by the director of academic facilities development with representatives from Buildings and Grounds Services, the Registrar’s Office, Computing and Information Services, the Dean of the Faculty office, and Purchasing.

Members:Membership Type:
Marianne BegemannCommittee Member
Lynn Christenson (2021)Committee Member
Kathleen SusmanCommittee Member
Bryan CorriganRepresentative (Buildings and Grounds)
John CollierRepresentative (Computing and Information Services)
Nancy MyersRepresentative (Computing and Information Services)
Steven TaylorRepresentative (Computing and Information Services)
Rosaleen CardilloRepresentative (Purchasing)
Colleen MalletRepresentative (Registrar's Office)

College Committee on Admission and Financial Aid *

The committee on admissions and financial aid considers all topics relevant to the college’s practice, standards, and policies of admission and financial aid broadly construed. The committee (1) acts as a forum for the discussion of issues and policies related to admission and financial aid, (2) acts as a conduit for the flow of information among the faculty, the student body, and the administration concerning these issues, (3) presents for approval to the faculty changes in standards and policies regarding admission and financial aid which are relevant to educational policy. Any policy changes approved by the faculty must be submitted to the trustees for final approval.

The committee on admissions and financial aid consists of five members of the faculty, four members of the administration, and five students. Faculty members include the faculty co-chair, a tenured member of the faculty elected at large for a three-year term; three divisional representatives, one from each division, elected for two-year terms, one or two retiring each year; and the faculty athletics representative. In conformity with the rules of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, members of the department of athletics and physical education may not serve on this committee. Administrators on the committee include the dean of admission and financial aid (co-chair), director of financial aid, associate dean of the college for campus life and diversity, and dean of first-year students. The five students include at least one freshman. The vice president for communications serves ex officio.

Members:Membership Type:
Alison Keimowitz (2023)Co-Chair (Tenured)
Sonya SmithAdministrator (Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services)
Jennifer HerreraAdministrator (Dean of First Year Students)
Michael AlbanoAdministrator (Director of Student Financial Services)
Barbara Olsen (2021)Division 1
Katherine Hite (2021)Division 2
Jenny Magnes (2022)Division 3
Christopher Bjork (2022)Faculty Athletics Rep
Shona Tucker (2023)Tenured

College Committee on Climate Action and Sustainability *

The committee acts as a forum for the discussion of administrative and educational policies that foster a sustainable interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It presents for approval to the faculty policies that are related to educational policy and is advisory to the president on administrative policies. Any policy changes approved by the faculty is submitted to the trustees for final approval.

The college committee on sustainability consists of the college sustainability coordinator (chair); two members elected from the faculty; one student; one representative from the alumnae/i; and one representative from each of the following offices: buildings and grounds, computing and information services, purchasing, development, and dining services.

Members:Membership Type:
Marianne BegemannChair (Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources)
Micah KenfieldAdministrator (College Sustainability Coordinator)
Leah Bendavid (2021)Faculty at Large
Benjamin Ho (2022)Faculty at Large
Tahirih Motazedian (2022)Faculty at Large
Jeffrey SeidmanFaculty Sustainability Coordinator
Elizabeth BradleyPresident
William PeabodyRepresentative (Buildings and Grounds)
Bryan SwarthoutSenior Officer (Vice President of Finance and Administration)
Julian Aguilar (2021)Student
Sonali Deshpande (2021)Student
Jacob Hunter (2021)Student
Celeste Weidemann (2021)Student

Committee on College Life *

The committee on college life reviews academic and residential policies as they affect students and recommends to the president revisions of college regulations. The committee is empowered to set regulations for the college community to ensure compliance with existing local, state and federal laws. The committee serves as the liaison, through the dean of the college and the president, between students and the trustees.

The Committee on College Life consists of the Dean of the College (chair), three administrators chosen by the Dean of the College, two members of the faculty elected for staggered two year terms, one house fellow, four students elected to represent each of the four classes, a member of the executive board of the VSA, and a student member chosen at large.

Members:Membership Type:
Carlos AlamoChair (Dean of the College)
Luis InoaAdministrator
Wendy Maragh TaylorAdministrator
Edward PittmanAdministrator
Teresa QuinnAdministrator
Abigail Baird (2022)Faculty at Large
Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa (2021)Faculty at Large

College Regulations Panel

Committee on Committees *

After the results of elections to committees have been announced, the committee on committees chooses faculty members for vacancies on other committees including the following standing committees: climate action and sustainability committee, campus responsibility committee, college regulations committee, academic panel, committee on college life, and committee on housing. When elections fail to fill positions on elective college committees, the committee on committees fills those positions until the next election can lead to an elected representative on the committee. It selects faculty representatives on ad hoc committees when so authorized by the faculty. It also appoints the college marshal for a five-year term.

The committee on committees consists of four members of the faculty, two of them tenured, elected for two years with two retiring each year. The committee elects a tenured member to be chair and a second member to be the elections officer who conducts the balloting for standing elective committees.

Members:Membership Type:
Kathleen Hart (2022)Chair
Richard Born (2021)Elections Officer
Leah Bendavid (2022)Faculty at Large
Ronald Patkus (2021)Faculty at Large

Community Works Committee

Community Works is Vassar’s annual giving campaign for local non-profit organizations. Funded by donations from employees, trustees, and students, Community Works has provided over $1 million in grants to over 50 different groups since its inception in 2001. Recipients are selected each year by an employee committee based upon nominations from members of the college community.

Members:Membership Type:
MaryJo CavanaughCommittee Member
Nicholas de LeeuwCommittee Member
Wesley DixonCommittee Member
Joan GerardiCommittee Member
Karen GetterCommittee Member
Doreen Hammell-BackerCommittee Member
Erin McCloskeyCommittee Member
Laura StreettCommittee Member
Nancy WanzerCommittee Member
Eric WatsonCommittee Member

Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement

The Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement (CASA) is a collaboration designed to increase communication and transparency between the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs & Development, Career Development and the student body. CASA seeks to raise awareness of the short- and long-term goals of the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs & Development and the College through programming initiatives geared toward the student body. These initiatives work to promote a culture of philanthropy and alumnae/i appreciation on campus.

Committee on Curricular Policies *

The committee on curricular policies (CCP) considers all policies and practices of the
college related to the curriculum. CCP recommends changes in general curricular policy to the faculty. CCP considers proposed changes in department and program course offerings before presenting them to the faculty for approval.

Membership: The committee on curricular policies consists of: the dean of the faculty (chair); four members of the faculty, one from and representing each division and one multidisciplinary program director (currently serving, or having served within the past six years), elected for two years with staggered terms so that two retire each year; two students from the student curriculum committee with majors in a department and a multidisciplinary program, one of whom is ordinarily the Academic Executive of the Vassar Student Association (VSA); and, as non-voting members, the dean of studies and the registrar. No two divisional or multidisciplinary elected faculty members come
from the same department or program. If faculty members resign from membership on the committee during their term, the Committee on Committees appoints a replacement representing the same division or, if the resigning member was the multidisciplinary program director member, another multidisciplinary program director representative. Faculty and student representatives to the committee consult on curricular initiatives with the constituencies they represent.

Members:Membership Type:
William HoynesChair (Dean of the Faculty)
Debra ZeifmanAdministrator
Colleen MalletAdministrator (Registrar)
Kathryn Libin (2022)Division 1
Zachary Cofran (2022)Division 2
Eric EberhardtDivision 3
Peipei Qiu (2021)Multidisciplinary

Faculty Appointments and Salary Committee *

The faculty appointment and salary committee (FASC) advises the president and the dean of the faculty in accordance with the provisions of the Governance, (See The Educational Organization of the College: with listing of appropriate sections). FASC participates in appointments, reappointments, promotions, granting tenure, and reviewing dismissals. Only the three full professors act in cases of promotion from associate to full professor, and in granting tenure to persons hired at the rank of full professor. FASC reviews cases of extension of initial professor contracts and reappointments of two-year instructors when there is a negative recommendation from either the department or the dean. FASC conducts its reviews independently, and then submits a recommendation to the dean of the faculty. Both FASC and the dean make a joint recommendation to the president. After all relevant substantive evidence, including external evaluations, has been considered, the president, the dean of the faculty, and FASC may meet with departments or programs if they require additional information or if their preliminary discussions indicate the likelihood of a decision contrary to the department’s or program’s recommendation. The Faculty Handbook describes the procedures for all appointments and reviews. Faculty members are free to consult informally with any member of FASC. FASC, however, is precluded from responding to faculty members under review once their materials have been submitted for review, except under circumstances specified by the Faculty Handbook. Working with FPCC, FASC annually assesses the performance of the president and their administration in a report to the personnel committee of the board of trustees.

Membership: The faculty appointment and salary committee consists of three tenured professors, elected for three years, and two tenured associate professors elected for two years, one member at each rank retiring each year. The chair is the professor with the longest service on the committee. No department may be represented by more than one committee member. Continuity of service on this committee is essential, so individuals accepting nomination to the committee should plan to serve a full term.

Members:Membership Type:
Stephen Rock (2021)Chair
Kariane Calta (2022)Associate Professor
Marc Smith (2021)Associate Professor
Kevin Holloway (2022)Full Professor
Denise Walen (2023)Full Professor

Faculty Athletics Representative

The Faculty Athletic Representative, currently a member of the faculty appointed by the Dean of the Faculty, is now an elected faculty position due to recently passed faculty legislation. The term of office is 3 years. The NCAA handbook states that the local duties of faculty athletics representatives vary from institution, but in every case the faculty athletics representative is or should be involved in the assurance of the academic integrity of the athletics program and in the maintenance of the welfare of the student-athlete. The Representative is a member of the newly created Faculty Athletic Advisory Committee, which also includes a member of FASC and a member of FPCC.

The Representative must hold the rank of Professor and cannot be a member of the Department of Athletics and Physical Education.

Members:Membership Type:
Christopher Bjork (2022)Full Professor

Faculty Compensation Committee *

The faculty compensation committee advises the president on the aggregate amount that is annually allotted to faculty compensation and, in cooperation with the faculty policy and conference committee and the committee on benefits, on the nature and magnitude of faculty insurance, pension and other benefits. The committee has the right to report to and confer with the appropriate trustee committee in the event that the faculty compensation committee’s recommendation differs from that
of the president.
The faculty compensation committee recommends general guidelines to the president, dean of the faculty, and faculty appointment and salary committee for the distribution of salary among ranks. The committee reports to the faculty after the conclusion of the allocation of faculty compensation.

The faculty compensation committee consists of the three professors of the faculty appointment and salary committee and the chair and budget member of the faculty policy and conference committee. The chair of FASC serves as the chair of the faculty compensation committee.

Members:Membership Type:
Kevin Holloway (2022)FASC Member
Stephen Rock (2021)FASC Member
Denise Walen (2023)FASC Member
Adam Lowrance (2023)FPCC Budget member
Mia Mask (2022)FPCC Chair

Committee on Faculty Housing

The committee on housing supports the residential nature of the campus through the administration of housing policy related to Vassar’s rental and leasehold properties. The committee on housing is responsible for considering general questions of housing policy and for the application of established policy to particular cases. The committee also serves as the body to which administrative rulings concerning housing may be appealed. The enforcement of all provisions and regulations described in the Faculty Handbook is the responsibility of the dean of strategic planning and academic resources in consultation with the committee on housing.

The committee on housing consists of three members of the faculty, elected by the faculty for a term of three years, one member rotating off each year, two of whom are tenured and one untenured.

Members:Membership Type:
Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa (2023)Non-tenured
Shona Tucker (2022)Tenured
Yu Zhou (2022)Tenured

Faculty Policy and Conference Committee *

The faculty policy and conference committee represents the faculty in relations with the trustees concerning substantial changes in educational policy and in terms and provisions of employment of the faculty an in matters of faculty housing policy. FPCC confers with the trustees and administration on behalf of the faculty in establishing priorities for the allocation of the college’s resources. It evaluates the incorporation of these priorities in the operating and capital budgets as prepared by the administration and approved by the trustees. FPCC considers revisions to the Faculty Handbook and to the following sections of the Governance: Relations of Trustees and Faculty, The Educational Organization of the College, and By-laws of the Faculty. FPCC discusses matters of concern referred to the committee by faculty or administration; it may also initiate studies of its own. It may seek advice from, or refer specific matters to, other faculty committees. FPCC serves as the faculty’s committee on conference with the trustees with the exception of conferences reserved to the faculty appointment and salary committee and the faculty compensation committee. Working with the faculty appointment and salary committee, FPCC annually assesses the performance of the president and their administration in a written report to the personnel committee of the board of trustees and discusses the report in a meeting with that committee. FPCC serves as the faculty’s committee on conference with the students.

The faculty policy and conference committee consists of three elected faculty members, one from each professorial rank (the professor is the chair); one elected budget member from the tenured ranks; the second-year full professor on the faculty appointment and salary committee; and a member from the committee on curricular policies, selected annually by the faculty members of that committee. The full and associate professors as well as the budget member serve 3-year terms and the assistant professor serves a two-year term. Upon promotion of an assistant or associate professor member, the promoted member serves on the committee until a replacement is elected.

Members:Membership Type:
Mia Mask (2022)Chair (Professor)
Leroy Cooper (2021)Assistant Professor
Allan Clifton (2021)Associate Professor
Adam Lowrance (2023)Budget Member
Peipei QiuCCP Delegate
Kevin Holloway (2021)FASC Full Professor (Second Year)

Committee on Fellowships *

The committee on fellowships awards the income of college fellowships, except those for which a special procedure has been prescribed. The committee on fellowships reviews and makes decisions on applications for nationally competitive awards requiring institutional nomination or endorsement.

The committee on fellowships consists of the dean of studies (chair) and seven members of the faculty elected for two years, at least two from each division, three members retiring each year. No department is represented by more than one faculty member. Ad hoc committees review applications for particular fellowships in order to reduce the workload of the fellowship committee.

Members:Membership Type:
Debra ZeifmanChair (Dean of Studies)
Simona Bondavalli (2022)Division 1
Eva Woods Peiró (2022)Division 1
Pinar Batur (2021)Division 2
Abigail Coplin (2022)Division 2

Good Neighbors Partnerships

Provides grants to Vassar College students, student groups, staff and faculty who work in partnership with local community organizations/individuals from Arlington and Poughkeepsie to support innovative ideas in the areas of: food systems, the environment, urban gardening, education, mental and physical health, housing, community organizing initiatives, and the arts.  Past grants have supported the renovation of youth playgrounds, establishment of gardens at community centers, establishment of tutoring programs, establishment of organizations to support families in foreclosure, local basketball programs for area youth, trips for youth to experience the arts, and murals at local schools.

Members:Membership Type:
Samuel SpeersChair
Karen GetterCommittee Member
Lisa KaulCommittee Member
Anne SampugnaroCommittee Member

Committee on House Fellows

The committee shall serve as the faculty's consultant to the board of house presidents of the VSA.

The committee of house fellows shall consist of all the house fellows, one of whom it shall elect as chair.

Members:Membership Type:
Abigail BairdChair
Leroy CooperHouse Fellow
Jaime Del RazoHouse Fellow
Megan GallHouse Fellow
Dara GreenwoodHouse Fellow
Adam LowranceHouse Fellow
Molly McGlennenHouse Fellow
Taneisha MeansHouse Fellow
Lori NewmanHouse Fellow
Barbara OlsenHouse Fellow
Hiram PerezHouse Fellow
Elliott SchreiberHouse Fellow

Committee on Inclusion and Equity

The Committee on Inclusion and Equity (CIE) is a presidential advisory committee. The committee works with the President each year to identify college practices and issues that would benefit from a clearer articulation of the institution’s stance pertaining to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The committee researches high-priority campus concerns. It develops pertinent guidelines that are reviewed by the President and the shared governance structures of the College, before being proposed for adoption as official statements or policy. 

The Committee on Inclusion and Equity includes students, administrators, and faculty, some of whom are appointed by the President, and some of whom are elected. The appointed members include two faculty co-chairs and administrators from various campus offices. The elected members include two student representatives, one untenured faculty member, and two faculty members of any rank. The term of service for student representatives is one year and the term of service for elected faculty is two years.

Members:Membership Type:
Colleen CohenCo-Chair
Erendira RuedaCo-Chair
Carlos AlamoAdministrator
Wesley DixonAdministrator
Carlos GarciaAdministrator
Rachel PereiraAdministrator
Edward PittmanAdministrator
Daria RobbinsAdministrator
Biniam TesfamariamAdministrator
Kelli Duncan (2021)Faculty at Large
Vinay Swamy (2022)Faculty at Large
Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa (2022)Non-tenured

Institute for the Liberal Arts Committee

The committee is advisory to the Faculty Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts on issues related to the Institute’s strategic direction. It assists the Faculty Director in the development of the Institute’s short term objectives and is responsible for soliciting proposals for Institute programs from the Vassar community. The committee advises the Faculty Director on the selection of internal and external Institute programs, and as needed in matters related to external programming that is brought by the external management company. The committee will report annually to the faculty.

Members:Membership Type:
William HoynesChair (Faculty Director)
Thomas PacioAdministrator
Willa VincitoreAdministrator
Teresa Quinn (2021)Administrator (Associate Dean for Campus Activities)
Kenneth Livingston (2022)Faculty at Large
Elliott Schreiber (2021)Faculty at Large
Katherine Hite (2021)Faculty Director of Research Development
Anne Brancky (2022)Non-tenured
Wesley Dixon (2021)Program Director
Julian AguilarStudent
Mohtad AllawalaStudent

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The goal of each IACUC is to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research, and compliance with guidelines and regulations, while maintaining flexibility to best meet the unique needs of the institution. Active participation by research scientists allows for the scientific needs of research investigators to be considered; participation by nonaffiliated members incorporates a public conscience; and the involvement of veterinarians ensures appropriate medical care and animal well-being. A program of continuing education is essential to ensure that animal care and use standards and ethical principles continue to be applied at the highest possible level.

Members:Membership Type:
Justin Touchon (2022)Chair

Committee on Leaves and Privileges

All requests for academic leaves of absence, special privilege with respect to curricular requirements, acceleration etc. should be directed to the faculty Committee on Leaves and Privileges through the office of the dean of studies. All requests for privilege must be reviewed by the adviser. Requests for academic leaves and for acceleration must be accompanied by proposed academic programs reviewed and evaluated by the adviser.

Members:Membership Type:
Debra ZeifmanChair

Library Committee *

The library committee collaborates with the Director of the Library on library policies, initiatives and new directions that affect the library’s central role in the educational mission of the College. Its agenda reflects the curricular interests of the faculty and the interests of the community as a whole as they relate to the resources and services of the library. As educational technology issues arise, the library committee consults with the committee on academic technologies. The library committee reports annually to the faculty on its activities and brings all issues that may significantly affect the library’s role as an educational unit of the College to the faculty for discussion.

The library committee consists of the Director of the Library (co-chair); a faculty cochair, who is tenured and elected at large for a three-year term; the dean or associate dean of the faculty; the dean or associate dean of strategic planning and academic resources; one librarian; four faculty members, no more than two from any division, elected for two years, two retiring each year, and two students. No department is represented by more than one faculty member.

Members:Membership Type:
Sarah Pearlman (2023)Co-Chair (Tenured)
Kathleen Susman (2022)Administrator (Associate Dean of the Faculty)
Andrew AshtonAdministrator (Director of the Library)
Yvonne Elet (2021)Division 1
Lioba Gerhardi (2022)Division 1
James Merrell (2021)Division 2
Christopher Raymond (2021)Faculty at Large
Marianne BegemannSenior Officer (Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources)

New Student Orientation Committee

Members:Membership Type:
Jennifer HerreraAdministrator (Dean of First Year Students)
Candice Lowe SwiftCommittee Member
Wendy Maragh TaylorCommittee Member

Pre-Health Advisory Committee

The Pre-Medical Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty members from the sciences. Additionally we have a Public Health liaison. Members of the committee work with students exploring health professions. Support is available to all Vassar students and graduates. The committee works together to draft, review and finalize all composite letters of recommendation.

Members:Membership Type:
Zachary DonhauserCommittee Member
David EstebanCommittee Member
Jennifer HerreraCommittee Member
Jennifer KennellCommittee Member
Lisa KoopermanCommittee Member
David RishellCommittee Member
Joseph TanskiCommittee Member
Justin TouchonCommittee Member
Sue TrumbettaCommittee Member
Ming-Wen WissmannCommittee Member

Committee on Priorities and Planning *

The committee on priorities and planning is advisory to the president on issues relating to annual budget planning and the long-term allocation of resources at the college. Members of the committee are mindful of the overall mission of the college in their consideration of student charges, financial aid policies, compensation, endowment use, non-compensation operating expenditures, maintenance of the facilities, as well as other expenditures and sources of revenue.

Membership is at the discretion of the President, but may generally be composed of the following members: the president, the dean of the faculty, dean of strategic planning and academic resources, dean of the college, and dean of admissions and financial aid; the vice president for finance and administration; the chair and second year full professor of the faculty appointment and salary committee; the chair and the budget member of the faculty policy and conference committee; and two students appointed by the VSA, normally including the VSA president. Faculty representation from additional standing committees depends on the focus of the work of P&P in a given year. Examples include but are not limited to the faculty co-chair of the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, the chair of the Assessment Committee, and a faculty member of the Campus Master Planning Committee.

Members:Membership Type:
Elizabeth BradleyChair (President)
Alison Keimowitz (2023)Co-Chair of CAFA
Wesley DixonAdministrator
Sonya SmithAdministrator (Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services)
Benjamin Lotto (2023)Assessment Committee Chair
Leroy Cooper (2021)Assistant Professor
Stephen Rock (2021)FASC Chair
Kevin Holloway (2021)FASC Full Professor (Second Year)
Adam Lowrance (2023)FPCC Budget member
Mia Mask (2022)FPCC Chair
Marianne BegemannSenior Officer (Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources)
Carlos AlamoSenior Officer (Dean of the College)
William HoynesSenior Officer (Dean of the Faculty)
Tim KaneSenior Officer (Vice President for Alumnae/i Affairs and Development)
Amanita Duga-CarrollSenior Officer (Vice President for Communications)
Bryan SwarthoutSenior Officer (Vice President of Finance and Administration)
Elysia RomanStaff
Leeann WellsStaff

Committee on Research *

The committee on research considers policies related to faculty research. It advises the president, the dean of the faculty, and the faculty on applications for designated college research funds.

The committee on research consists of five faculty members. The chair is a tenured member of the faculty elected for three years. Three other tenured members of the faculty are elected for two years, one from each of the divisions. The fifth member of the committee is elected at large for two years from the non-tenured (tenure-track, lecturers, or visiting) teaching faculty with academic suffrage. Two of the four members on two-year terms retire each year.

Members:Membership Type:
Brian Godfrey (2022)Chair
Mario Cesareo (2021)Division 1
Benjamin Ho (2022)Division 2
Janet Andrews (2021)Division 3
Taneisha Means (2022)Non-tenured

Review Committee *

In the case of a recommendation to dismiss afaculty member for cause, the faculty member may request that a review committee be constituted. The review committee reviews the case and makes an independent recommendation to the president, the dean of the faculty, and the faculty appointment and salary committee as provided in The Educational Organization of the College. The appeal committee may also request a review committee be constituted if non-tenured faculty members allege that an abridgment of academic freedom significantly contributed to a decision to terminate their appointment at its expiration, as provided in The Educational Organization of the College. In such cases, the burden of proof rest with the faculty members for establishing the grounds upon which the allegations are based.

A separate review committee is constituted for each case. The committee on committees appoints the membership of the review committee, which consists of three tenured professors. The committee elects a chair from its membership.


Committee on Student Records

The committee on student records considers student academic records and makes final decisions on awarding of degrees with departmental honors. It recommends to the faculty the standards for continuance in the college and considers and acts upon the academic records of students whose standing is less than satisfactory. 

The committee on student records shall consist of: the dean of studies (chair), the dean of first year students (a voting member only when freshman are under consideration), four members of the faculty appointed by the chair for two years, two retiring each year, and as non-voting member, the registrar. No department may be represented by more than one member.

Members:Membership Type:
Debra ZeifmanChair (Dean of Studies)
Colleen MalletAdministrator (Registrar)
Kariane CaltaFaculty at Large
Hiromi DollaseFaculty at Large
Michaela PohlFaculty at Large
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