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University Committees

Office of the President

The Honorary Degree Committee reviews nominations for honorary degrees and makes recommendations to the President.

  • Judy Bowman, Office of Academic Affairs, Coordinator
  • Lynn Doyle, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
  • James Hixon, Board of Visitors
  • Ravindra Joshi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Worth Pickering, Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Carolyn Rutledge, School of Nursing
  • Ed Shelton, Alumni Association
  • Haiwen Zhou, Department of Economics

The University Athletics Committee advises the President on all matters related to intercollegiate athletics. Its areas of responsibilities include: (1) review of current athletic procedures, policies, practices, and results; (2) recommendation of changes related to the scope and quality of the total athletics program; (3) proposal of new policies or changes in existing policies that affect athletic programs; and (4) advice in areas such as the philosophy, goals, and priorities of the athletics program; high-level athletics personnel appointment; and other areas requested by the President.

  • Janis Sanchez, Department of Psychology, Chair
  • Osman Akan, Dean's Office, College of Engineering and Technology
  • Judy Bowman, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Beth Esinhart, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Rick Kiefner, Intercollegiate Foundation
  • Ed Markowski, Department of Information Systems/Decision Sciences
  • Justin Brunelle, Student Representative
  • Sara Larson, Student Representative
  • Christopher Keenan, Student Representative
  • Jim Jarrett, Athletic Department
  • Deb Polca, Athletic Department

Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity

Old Dominion University is committed to the achievement of equality of opportunity in education and employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or political affiliation. The principle of equality is provided by law and is consistent with the ideals and mission of the University. Only through effective programs of affirmative action and strong commitment from members of the University community can we eradicate discrimination and accomplish equal opportunity for all.

The University, through its Affirmative Action Program, seeks to expand its effort to guarantee equality of opportunity in employment and education and to reduce under representation and underutilization of diverse populations. Towards that end, the President appoints an Advisory committee to promote campus-wide commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. The major function of the President's Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity is to advise the President and the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity on programs, services, and policies affecting protected classes. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conducting specific EO program evaluations to determine the effectiveness of the Affirmative Action Plan (s);
  • Developing recommendation to the president for action programs to improve the status of diverse populations;
  • Serving as a sounding board for determining attitudes toward minorities and women;
  • Serving as a member of an investigative panel for discrimination complaints when selected in accordance with the University Discrimination Complaint Procedure;
  • Meeting regularly to discuss results of evaluations, identify problems, propose solutions to those problems, and determine ways in which the Committee may assist the President, the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the University.

The Committee consists of representatives who serve as liaisons for their respective constituents of faculty, administrative faculty, staff and students from the following areas: Institutional Equity and Diversity Office, the Asian Advisory Council, Academic Affairs, Admissions, the Coalition of Black Faculty and Administrators (CBFA), Educational Accessibility, Faculty Senate, the Hourly and Classified Employees Association (HACE), Hispanic & Latino Employee Association (HLEA), Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, International Programs, Multicultural Student Services, Public Safety, Student Services, Student Senate, University Relations, Women's Caucus, Women's Center and each respective College.

The Committee comprises a number of subcommittees determined by the Committee's annual assessment of the needs of the University community. The Committee meets once a month from September through May. In the month of May, the Committee meets with the President to present any observations or recommendations they have developed for the year.

Committee members are knowledgeable on the following policies: The University Discrimination Complaint Procedure; The University Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure; The Accommodation of Students with Disabilities Policy and Procedure, and The Accommodations for Faculty and Administrators with Disabilities Procedure. If you have any relative concerns, contact the Institutional Equity and Diversity Office, or a member of the committee directly.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees equal treatment under law to all of its citizens. Indeed, it has become an American ideal to have equal opportunity for all, in which everyone is guaranteed the same right to employment and education, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affliation, or disability.

Sadly however, the ideal is not yet a reality. Not everyone has been afforded equal opportunities and whether intentional or not, discrimination still exists. Only through effective affirmative action programs in combination with a strong commitment to diversity, can we eradicate discrimination and accomplish equal opportunity for all.

Old Dominion University is committed to making equal opportunity a reality on its campus. To that end, the Accessibility Committee was initially established to make the entire campus facility accessible to people with physical disabilities. The major function of the Accessibility Committee was to monitor the construction and renovation activities of the University. In 1997, the Committee expanded its focus by addressing programmatic access issues for the entire University body. Currently, the committee identifies problems, proposes solutions to those problems, and makes recommendations accordingly. The Committee includes representatives from the following areas: Architectural Services, Facilities Management, Disability Services, Student Support Services, Recreational Sports, Institutional Equity and Diversity, Faculty, Staff and the Student body.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 757-683-3141.


Office of Academic Affairs

  • Andy Casiello, Distance Learning, Co-chair
  • Rusty Waterfield, Office of Computing and Communication Services, Co-chair
  • Cheryl Baker, Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education
  • Scott Harrison, Office of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services
  • Alice McAdory, Office of Enrollment Management
  • Joyce Neff, Department of English
  • Mike Overstreet, College of Sciences
  • Kay Palmer, School of Nursing
  • Kim Sibson, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
  • Randall Spurrier, Department of Accounting
  • Cynthia Swaine, Perry Library

The Eminent Scholars Committee reviews faculty nominated for Eminent Scholar designation.

  • Frank Day, Department of Biological Sciences (for Health Sciences)
  • Hani Elsayed-Ali, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Adolphus Hailstork, Department of Music
  • Cynthia Jones, Department of Ocean Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Lee Manning, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Wayne Talley, Department of Economics
  • Nina Brown, Department of Counseling and Human Services - Faculty Senate Representative

The Experiential Learning Committee reviews policies and procedures related to experiential learning.

  • Judy Bowman, University College, Co-Chair
  • Sharon Joyner, University College, Co-chair
  • Crystal Anderson, Office of Admissions
  • Vicki Bonner, Office of Student Affairs
  • Sandra Breeden, College of Health Sciences
  • Carol Considine, Department of Engineering Technology
  • Robert Curry, Office of Distance Learning
  • Patricia Doherty, Department of Accounting
  • Janet Katz, College of Arts and Letters
  • Guang-lea Lee, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Mike Overstreet, Department of Computer Science
  • Jacqueline Sharpe, College of Health Sciences
  • Kim Sibson, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
  • Mary K. Swartz, Office of the University Registrar
  • Darryl Wilson, Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences
  • Barbara Winstead, Department of Psychology

The objectives of the Graduate Administrators Council are to:

  1. Review current University standards, rules and procedures governing graduate education and make recommendations to strengthen and simplify these standards, rules and procedures;
  2. Review the Graduate Catalog, identify areas that need clarification or consistency, and make recommendations for revisions; and
  3. Assess resources and space needs for graduate training and research and make recommendations.

Members

  • Philip Langlais, Graduate Studies, Chair
  • Osman Akan, College of Engineering & Technology
  • Ali Ardalan, College of Business & Public Administration
  • Mona Danner, Department of Sociology
  • Laurel Garzon, School of Nursing
  • Isao Ishibashi, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Sharon Judge, College of Education
  • Brenda Neumon Lewis, Graduate Studies
  • Brenda S Marshall, College of Health Sciences
  • Chris Osgood, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Mike Overstreet, Department of Computer Science
  • Ted Remley, Department of Education, Leadership & Counseling
  • Robert Wojtowicz, Dean Arts and Letters
  • Yin Xu, Accounting Department

The Graduate Appeals Committee is responsible for reviewing suspension appeals for graduate students.

  • Gayle McCombs, Health Sciences
  • Elliot Jones, Arts and Letters
  • Abdelmageed Elmustafa, Engineering and Technology
  • Gary Morrison, Darden College of Education
  • Myron Glassman, Business and Public Administration
  • Charles Suskenik, Sciences

The Information Technology Advisory Committee makes recommendations regarding the University's technology plan and its implementation.

  • Rusty Waterfield, Office of Computing and Communication Services, Chair
  • Amy Adcock, Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies
  • Glenn Bunton, Perry Library
  • Andy Casiello, Office of Distance Learning
  • Carolyn Eakin, Office of Admissions
  • Rick Fisher, Office of Finance
  • Scott Harrison, Office of Student Affairs
  • Janet Katz, College of Arts and Letters
  • Bryan Magary, College of Engineering and Technology
  • Connie Merriman, College of Business and Public Administration
  • Mike Overstreet, College of Sciences
  • Kay Palmer, School of Nursing
  • Jason Phenicie, Institutional Advancement
  • Adam Rubenstein, Office of Research
  • Marty Sharpe, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Mary Swartz, Office of the Registrar

The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee reviews proposals submitted by students in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program.

  • Kathy Fowler, Department of English, Chair
  • Kimberly Adams-Tufts, School of Nursing
  • Gianluca DeLeo, School of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences
  • Asad Khattak, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kerry Kilburn, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Lou Lombardo, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Stella Mims, Office of Student Affairs
  • Rick Overbaugh, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Haiwen Zhou, Department of Economics
  • Harry Zhu, Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences

The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee reviews nominations for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards program and recommends those that should be forwarded to SCHEV. The Committee also reviews nominations for the CASE University Professor of the Year Program and other similar faculty recognition opportunities.

  • Michele Darby, School of Dental Hygiene
  • Larry Hatab, Department of Philosophy
  • Katherine Kersey, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Shaomin Li, Department of Business Management
  • Anatoly Radyushkin, Department of Physics
  • Greg Selby, Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Undergraduate Student Academic Policies and Procedures Committee reviews current University standards, rules and procedures governing undergraduate education and makes recommendations to strengthen and simplify these standards, rules and procedures. The committee brings together representatives from several vice presidential areas and is often asked to provide recommendations on policies and procedures, especially as they relate to undergraduate students.

  • Deborah Bauman, College of Health Sciences
  • Judith Bowman, Office of Academic Affairs, Chair
  • Janice Hawkins, School of Nursing
  • Janet Brunelle, Department of Computer Science
  • Samuel Coppage, Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences
  • Mike Debowes, Office of Student Judicial Affairs
  • Murde Erten-Unal, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Beth Esinhart, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Veronica Finch, Office of Financial Aid
  • Janet Katz, College of Arts and Letters
  • Stephen Knott, Department of Human Movement Sciences
  • Vishnukumar Lakdawala, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Terri Mathews, College of Sciences
  • Alice McAdory, Office of Admissions
  • Melanie O'Dell, Office of Finance
  • Alan Schwitzer, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership
  • Mary Swartz, Office of the Registrar
  • Jennifer Usis, College of Business and Public Administration
  • Sandra Waters, University College
  • Ron Woodward, Office of Distance Learning

The University Professors Committee reviews faculty nominated for University professor designation.

  • Ravindra Joshi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Steve Rhiel, Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences
  • Kneeland Nesius, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Joanne Scheibman, Department of English
  • Scott Sechrist, School of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences
  • David Swain, Department of Human Movement Sciences
  • Ruth Triplett, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Rich Whittecar, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

The University Scholarship Committee selects recipients for a number of student scholarships and awards.

  • LaKeisha Phelps, Office of Admissions, Chair

  • Eileen Abrahamsen, Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education

  • David Chase, Office of Distance Learning

  • Veronica Finch, Office of Financial Aid

  • Gail Grisetti, School of Physical Therapy

  • Russell Haines, Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences

  • Richard Jones, Department of Engineering Technology

  • Gwen Lee-Thomas, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership

  • Terri Mathews, College of Sciences

  • Chris Osgood, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Jason Phenicie, Office of University Events

  • Zia Razzaq, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Jan Smith, Department of English

  • Melvina Sumter, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

  • Lynn Wiles, School of Nursing

  • Ken Yung, Department of Business Administration