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* Asterisks indicate committees with more information in The Governance (pdf, 1 Mb). The dates in parentheses indicate the expiration of terms of office.


Academic Panel *

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.

Debra ZeifmanChair
Hiromi Dollase (2020)At Large
Lioba Gerhardi (2020)At Large
James Merrell (2021)At Large

Committee on Academic Technologies *

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.

Lioba Gerhardi (2020)Division 1
Ismail Rashid (2022)Division 2
Joshua de Leeuw (2022)Division 3
Rachel FinnLibrarian
Hadley Bergstrom (2022)Multidisciplinary
Miles Mitchell (2020)Student

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

Rachel PereiraChair
Carlos Alamo-PastranaAdministrator
Marianne BegemannAdministrator
MaryJo CavanaughAdministrator
John CollierAdministrator
Stephen Dahnert (2020)Administrator
Carlos GarciaAdministrator
Ruth SpencerAdministrator
Kathleen SusmanAdministrator

Appeal Committee *

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 his or her 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.

Jennifer Walter (2021)Chair
Anne Brancky (2020)Assistant Professor
Joshua de Leeuw (2021)Assistant Professor
Kariane Calta (2021)Tenured
Cindy Schwarz (2021)Tenured

Committee on Assessment *

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 two 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.

Susan Zlotnick (2020)Chair
Mary Ellen Czesak (2021)At Large
Thomas Porcello (2020)At Large

Committee on Benefits *

The committee on benefits consists of the vice president for finance and administration (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).

Marianne BegemannAdministrator
Stephen Dahnert (2020)Administrator
Carlos GarciaAdministrator
Frank JelenkoAdministrator
Kara MontgomeryAdministrator
Leslie PowerAdministrator
Ruth SpencerAdministrator
Sarah Pearlman (2022)Associate Professor
Dustin Frye (2021)At Large
Zachary Donhauser (2020)Budget Member

Campus Investor Responsibility *

The campus investor responsibility 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.

Stephen Dahnert (2020)Administrator
Gary HohenbergerAdministrator
Shona Tucker (2020)At Large
Jeffrey Walker (2020)At Large
Marianne BegemannSenior Officer

Campus Master Planning Committee *

The committee on campus master planning shall consist of the vice president for finance and administration (chair), the dean of strategic planning and academic resources, three faculty members elected to three year terms one representative from each of the three divisions (with one retiring each year), and three students (elected or appointed as determined by the VSA). In addition the committee shall include, ex officio, the director of buildings and grounds, the director of capital projects and facilities planning, the director for accessibility and educational opportunity, an associate dean of the faculty, the director of academic facilities planning, the vice president for computing and information services, the director of residential life and the sustainability coordinator.

William PeabodyAdministrator
Tobias Armborst (2020)Division 1
James Merrell (2022)Division 2
Kelli Duncan (2021)Division 3
Kathryn Burke (2020)Student

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.

Marianne BegemannAdministrator
Rosaleen CardilloAdministrator
John CollierAdministrator
Bryan CorriganAdministrator
Colleen MalletAdministrator
Nancy MyersAdministrator
Steven TaylorAdministrator
Lynn Christenson (2021)At Large
Jeffrey Seidman (2020)At Large
Kathleen SusmanFull Professor

Climate Action & Sustainability Committee *

The college committee on sustainability shall consist of the college sustainability coordinator, chair; two members elected from the faculty; one student elected by the VSA: 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.

Marianne BegemannChair
Stephen Dahnert (2020)Administrator
William PeabodyAdministrator
Bryan SwarthoutAdministrator
Lynn Christenson (2021)At Large
Lizabeth Paravisini (2020)At Large
Jeffrey Seidman (2020)At Large
Bryan CorriganProgram Director

College Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid *

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 freshmen. The five students include at least one freshman. The vice president for communications serves ex officio.

Michael AlbanoAdministrator
Jennifer HerreraAdministrator
Sonya SmithAdministrator
Eréndira Rueda (2020)Co-Chair of CAFA
Barbara Olsen (2021)Division 1
Katherine Hite (2021)Division 2
Kelli Duncan (2020)Division 3
Christopher Bjork (2022)Faculty Athletics Rep
Kevin Arce (2020)Student
Jennifer Luo (2020)Student
Candice Lowe Swift (2020)Tenured

Committee on College Life *

The committee 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.

Carlos Alamo-PastranaChair
Luis InoaAdministrator
Wendy Maragh TaylorAdministrator
Edward PittmanAdministrator
Teresa QuinnAdministrator
Molly McGlennen (2020)At Large
Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa (2021)At Large
Kevin Arce (2020)Student
Antonella DeCicci (2020)Student
Ariana Gravinese (2020)Student
Alexandra Lyons (2020)Student
Amy Miller (2020)Student
Damian Zapien (2020)Student

College Regulations Panel

Committee on Committees *

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.

Brian Daly (2020)Chair
Richard Born (2021)Elections Officer
Gisella Kagy (2020)Non-Tenured
Ronald Patkus (2021)Non-Tenured

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.

Tracy SutherlandChair
MaryJo CavanaughAdministrator
Wesley DixonAdministrator
Joan GerardiAdministrator
Karen GetterAdministrator
Doreen Hammell-BackerAdministrator
Nancy WanzerAdministrator
Eric WatsonAdministrator
Nicholas de LeeuwAt Large
Erin McCloskeyAt Large
Laura StreettLibrarian

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 *

CCP 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, shall ordinarily be the Academic Executive of the VSA; and, as non-voting members, the dean of studies and the registrar. No two divisional or multidisciplinary elected faculty members shall come from the same department or program.

William HoynesChair
Colleen MalletAdministrator
Debra ZeifmanAdministrator
Jeffrey Schneider (2020)Division 1
Martha Kaplan (2020)Division 2
Dara Greenwood (2021)Division 3
Peipei Qiu (2021)Multidisciplinary
Miles Mitchell (2020)Student
Medha Venkat-Ramani (2020)Student

Faculty Appointment and Salary Committee *

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.

Susan Hiner (2020)Chair
David Esteban (2020)Associate Professor
Marc Smith (2021)Associate Professor
Kevin Holloway (2022)Full Professor
Stephen Rock (2021)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 Representative must hold the rank of Professor and cannot be a member of the Department of Athletics and Physical Education. 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.

Christopher Bjork (2022)Full Professor

Faculty Compensation Committee *

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.

Zachary Donhauser (2020)Budget Member
Susan Hiner (2020)FASC Member
Kevin Holloway (2022)FASC Member
Stephen Rock (2021)FASC Member
Mia Mask (2022)FPCC Chair

Committee on Faculty 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.

Tracey Holland (2020)Non-Tenured
Mark Andrews (2021)Tenured
Shona Tucker (2022)Tenured

Faculty Policy & Conference Committee *

Mia Mask (2022)Chair
Leroy Cooper (2021)Assistant Professor
Allan D. Clifton (2021)Associate Professor
Zachary Donhauser (2020)Budget Member
Stephen Rock (2020)FASC Member

Fellowships *

Debra ZeifmanChair
Myra Hughey (2021)At Large
Curtis Dozier (2021)Division 1
Erica Stein (2020)Division 1
Diane Harriford (2020)Division 2
Jonathon Kahn (2020)Division 2
Randolph Cornelius (2021)Division 3
Jingchen (Monika) Hu (2021)Division 3

Good Neighbors Partnerships

Samuel SpeersChair
Karen GetterAdministrator
Lisa KaulAdministrator
Annie SampugnaroAdministrator
Giselle Sanchez HuertaAdministrator

Committee on House Fellows

The committee of house fellows shall consist of all the house fellows, one of whom it shall elect as chair. The committee shall serve as the faculty's consultant to the board of house presidents of the VSA.

Abigail BairdChair
Megan GallAdministrator
Leroy CooperAssistant Professor
Jaime Del RazoAssistant Professor
Dara GreenwoodAssistant Professor
Adam LowranceAssistant Professor
Taneisha MeansAssistant Professor
Lori NewmanAssistant Professor
Molly McGlennenAssociate Professor
Barbara OlsenAssociate Professor
Hiram PerezAssociate Professor
Elliott SchreiberAssociate Professor

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.

Colleen Ballerino CohenCo-Chair
Eréndira RuedaCo-Chair
Carlos Alamo-PastranaAdministrator
Stephen Dahnert (2020)Administrator
Wesley DixonAdministrator
Carlos GarciaAdministrator
Rachel PereiraAdministrator
Edward PittmanAdministrator
Daria RobbinsAdministrator
Biniam TesfamariamAdministrator
Kelli Duncan (2021)At Large
Justin Patch (2021)At Large
José Perillán (2021)At Large

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.

Justin Touchon (2022)Chair

Institute Planning Committee

The committee is charged with working with FFP on the Inn & Institute design to ensure that the project meets the anticipated needs of faculty, students, administrators and others who will be organizing programmatic use of the space. This group will also develop a proposed governance structure for the Institute.

Marianne BegemannChair
Wesley Dixon (2021)Administrator
Frank Jelenko (2021)Administrator
Wendy Maragh Taylor (2021)Administrator
Thomas Pacio (2020)Administrator
Teresa Quinn (2021)Administrator
Elliott Schreiber (2021)Division 1
Mita Choudhury (2021)Division 2
Benjamin Morin (2020)Division 3
Mia Mask (2022)FPCC Chair
Katherine Hite (2021)Full Professor
Kathleen Susman (2021)Full Professor
Susan Zlotnick (2021)Full Professor
Lisa Brawley (2021)Multidisciplinary
Curtis Dozier (2021)Non-Tenured
Michael Quattrociocchi (2021)Staff
Bryan Swarthout (2021)Staff

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.

Debra ZeifmanChair
Christine Howlett (2020)Associate Professor
Brian Daly (2020)Full Professor
Seungsook Moon (2020)Full Professor
Eva Woods Peiró (2020)Full Professor

Library Committee *

The library committee consists of the Director of the Library (co-chair); a faculty co-chair, 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.

Leslie Dunn (2020)Co-Chair
Andrew AshtonAdministrator
Marianne BegemannAdministrator
Kathleen Susman (2022)Administrator
Yvonne Elet (2021)At Large
Kenisha Kelly (2020)At Large
James Merrell (2021)At Large
Christopher Raymond (2021)At Large
Miles Mitchell (2020)Student

New Student Orientation Committee

Jennifer HerreraAdministrator
Wendy Maragh TaylorAdministrator
Candice Lowe SwiftAssociate Professor

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.

Lisa KoopermanAdministrator
James F. ChalleyAlum
Elizabeth CollinsAlum
Justin TouchonAssistant Professor
Ming-Wen AnAssociate Professor
Zachary DonhauserAssociate Professor
David EstebanAssociate Professor
Jennifer KennellAssociate Professor
Joseph TanskiFull Professor
Susan TrumbettaFull Professor
Jennifer HerreraNon-Tenured
David RishellNon-Tenured

Priorities and Planning *

Membership is at the discretion of the President, but may generally be composed of the following members: the president, the other senior officers of the college; the three senior professors of the faculty appointment and salary committee, including the chair; the budget member and assistant professor member of the faculty policy and conference committee; the dean of admission and financial aid; the budget director; the assistant to the president; the director of institutional research; the associate dean of the faculty; and two students appointed by the VSA, normally including the VSA president.

Elizabeth BradleyChair
Wesley DixonAdministrator
Amanita Duga-CarrollAdministrator
Timothy KaneAdministrator
Sonya SmithAdministrator
Susan Zlotnick (2020)Assessment Committee Chair
Leroy Cooper (2021)Assistant Professor
Zachary Donhauser (2020)Budget Member
Eréndira Rueda (2020)Co-Chair of CAFA
Susan Hiner (2020)FASC Member
Stephen Rock (2021)FASC Member
Mia Mask (2022)FPCC Chair
Elysia RomanLibrarian
Leeann WellsLibrarian
Carlos Alamo-PastranaSenior Officer
Marianne BegemannSenior Officer
Stephen Dahnert (2020)Senior Officer
William HoynesSenior Officer
Carlos Espina (2020)Student
Jennifer Luo (2020)Student

Committee on Research *

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 twoyear terms retire each year.

Brian Godfrey (2022)Chair
Zoltán Márkus (2020)Division 1
Sarah Pearlman (2020)Division 2
Jan Andrews (2021)Division 3
Hadley Bergstrom (2020)Non-Tenured

Review Committee *


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 freshman (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.

Debra ZeifmanChair
Peter AntelyesAt Large
Kariane CaltaAt Large
Hiromi DollaseAt Large
Michaela PohlAt Large
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