University Standing Committees

University Standing Committees

The following committees are part of the University Standing Committee System as described Section 1.5 in the Murray State University Faculty Handbook found here.

Submits decisions, policies, and/or recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Purpose

  1. To adjudicate appeals from students or faculty members relating to decisions made by administrators and /or faculty members on readmission, grades, and/or credits toward graduation. Such appeals should occur only after all collegiate/school appeals procedures have been followed;
  2. To adjudicate appeals from students relating to decisions by administrators on suspension or expulsion for academic reasons; and
  3. To make recommendations to the Academic Council related to recurring curriculum problems which are not specifically dealt with in current policy and which may prevent some students from going graduated within appropriate time limits as determined by the committee.

Membership

One faculty member elected from each academic college/school, two student members, and, ex-officio, the Registrar who shall serve as Secretary and be non-voting in adjudications.

Current Members

Unit Represented

Member

Term Expiration

Business

Ismail Karabas

2024

Education and Human Services

Cindy Clemson

2024

Humanities and Fine Arts

Alexandra Hendley

2024

Science, Engineering and Technology

Darlena Jones

2024

Agriculture

Matthew Shultz

2024

Nursing and Health Professions

Janice Thurmond

2024

Student Member

 

 

Student Member

 

 

Registrar

Associate Registrar

Tracy Roberts

Kristi Jackson

Ex-officio

Ex-officio

 

Submits recommendations to the President.

Purpose

Represents a cross section of the university community with the following goals:

  1. To serve as a sounding board for individuals or groups with concerns that fall within the interests protected by equal opportunity/affirmative action law;
  2. To review and survey those aspects of university life which involve affirmative action;
  3. To ensure that the university will comply with the Higher Education Guidelines for Executive Order 11246 (or succeeding relevant guidelines) as published by the Department of Education;
  4. To evaluate and monitor existing affirmative action goals and timetables;
  5. To survey and investigate past discrimination resulting from overt acts or from unconscious systematic exclusion of minorities and women;
  6. To recommend to the President new policies and procedures which will aid the university in meeting its affirmative action responsibilities; and
  7. To serve as Affirmative Action Compliance Officers on search committees organized to fill vacant and/or new positions on which they may serve.

Membership

Membership includes three members of the faculty, three members of the staff, two students, and a representative of Murray State Police Department. Members of this committee are appointed by the President from lists provided by the Faculty Senate, Staff Congress, and Student Government Association. Faculty, staff members, and the MSU Police Department representative serve staggered three-year terms. Student members serve one-year renewable terms. Meetings of the committee will be called by the President or the Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access.

 Current Members

Unit Represented

Member

Term Expiration

Faculty

Michael Bordieri

2025

Faculty

Marquese Carter

2025

Faculty

Brian Clardy

2023

Faculty

Anna Fowler

2025

Faculty

Samir Patel

2024

Faculty

Tanya Romero-Gonzales

2023

Staff

Trish Lofton

2024

Staff

Ken Ashlock

2025

Staff

Stacie Collins

2025

Student

 

2023

Student

 

2023

University Police  

Jeff Gentry

2025

IDEA

Cami Duffy

Ex-officio

IDEA

Lea Bowland

Ex-officio

Submits decisions and/or recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Purpose

  1. To evaluate faculty research proposals and determine allocations of institutionally sponsored research funds; and
  2. To make recommendations for the development of the university research and institutionally studies program.

Membership

Two faculty members representing separate disciplines, appointed by the Dean of each academic college, one faculty member appointed by the Dean of each school, one faculty member appointed by the Dean of University Libraries, and ex-officio, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Research.

Current Members

Unit Represented

Member

Term Expiration

Business

Elise Kieffer

2024

Business

Christopher Craig

2023

Education and Human Services

Eric Batts

2024

Education and Human Services

Landon Clark

2025

Humanities and Fine Arts

Gwendolyn Paradice

2023

Humanities and Fine Arts

John Ash Stemke

2023

Science, Engineering and Technology

Ted Porter

2024

Science, Engineering and Technology

Grace Eder

2024

Agriculture

Jeff Young

2025

Nursing and Health Professions

Azaher Molla

2024

University Libraries

Megan Wilson

2023

Associate Provost

Robert Pervine

 

Submits recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services.

PURPOSE

To evaluate and make recommendations concerning group health and life insurance and other benefits for faculty and staff.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member elected from each academic college/school and the University Libraries; an equal number of representatives selected by Staff Congress; and ex-officio the Director of Human Resources and the Director of Procurement Services.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Unit Represented

Member

Business

Teri Ray

Education and Human Services

Randall Wilson

Humanities and Fine Arts

David Pizzo

Science, Engineering and Technology

John Porter

Agriculture

Ryan Morrow

Nursing and Health Professions

Kristin Reid

University Libraries

Candace Vance

Staff Congress

Marty Anderson

Staff Congress

Marion Hale

Staff Congress

Duane Dycus

Staff Congress

Jessica Evans

Staff Congress

Orville Herndon

Staff Congress

Brian Purcell

Staff Congress

  

Staff Regent

Jessica Evans (ex-officio)

Faculty Regent

Melony Shemberger (ex-officio)

Human Resources

Courtney Hixon (ex-officio)

Faculty Senate

David Roach (ex-officio)

Procurement Services

Lizabeth Ward (ex-officio)

Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Jackie Dudley

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Brett Shather

Submits recommendations and decisions to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or as indicated.

PURPOSE

  1. Evaluate and make recommendations on faculty applications for promotion, sabbatical leaves, and leaves without pay;
  2. Establish procedures for promotion application and recommendations; and
  3. Make recommendations to the Faculty Senate concerning policies on promotion, sabbatical leaves, and leaves without pay.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member, holding the rank of full Professor, elected from each academic college/school and the University Libraries (if a college/school or the University Libraries does not have three full Professors, then Associate Professors shall be eligible for election); Academic Deans; and, ex-officio, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Unit Represented

Member

Term Expiration

Colleges and Schools

Academic Deans

 

Business

David Durr

 

Education and Human Services

Brian Bourke

 

Humanities and Fine Arts

Daniel Wann

 

Science, Engineering and Technology

Abdul Yarali

 

Agriculture

Brian Parr

 

Nursing and Health Professions

Katy Garth

 

University Libraries

Kathy Farmer

 

Provost

Tim Todd

 

Submits recommendations to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

PURPOSE

To adjudicate student disciplinary actions which could result in sanctions, suspensions or expulsion of a student for reasons of disobedience to university rules, contumacy, insubordination or immoral conduct.

MEMBERSHIP

Six faculty members and three students appointed by the Board of Regents. Staggered terms are for three years, ending on June 30 of the final year. Student terms are for one year.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Unit Represented

Member

Term Expiration

Business

David Gesler

2023

Education and Human Services

Sean Simons

2023

Humanities and Fine Arts

Alexandria Hendley

2022

Science, Engineering and Technology

Bikram Subedi

2022

Agriculture

Jeffrey Young

2022

Nursing and Health Professions

Elizabeth Gordon

2023

 

Submits recommendations to the President and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

Works collaboratively to evaluate and provide feedback about university assessment plans and reports, ensuring that the University engages in best practices for institutional effectiveness.

  1. Align institutional assessment procedures and policies with University and unit missions, best practices and SACSCOC standards;
  2. Evaluate and provide feedback for assessment plans and reports for all reporting campus units; and
  3. Provide workshops and individualized training on assessment.

 MEMBERSHIP

Members are appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to represent faculty and staff supportive of assessment and continuous improvement of all campus units. Faculty Senate will appoint one representative.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Accounting

Leigh Johnson

Accounting and Financial Services

Debbie Cunningham

Adult and Regional Education

Lisa Schmidt

Agriculture

Brian Parr

Earth and Environmental Science

Mike Busby

Education and Human Services

Jessica Evans

English and Philosophy

Carrie Jerrell

Enrollment Management

Jennifer Smith

Information Systems

Peter Terry

Institutional Effectiveness

Brett Shather

International Studies

Heather Johnston

Nursing and Health Professions

TBA

Office of the Provost

Renee Fister

Office of the Provost

Ashley Ireland (Chair)

Student Engagement and Success

Peggy Whaley

University Counseling Services

Angie Trzepacz

Submits recommendations to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

PURPOSE

  1. To hear cases in which suspension or expulsion might eventually result; and
  2. To act as appellate court in cases passed on to it by the Offices of Academic Affairs and/or Student Affairs.

MEMBERSHIP

Three members of the Student Judicial Board chosen by a random drawing for each hearing by the Chair of that board, three faculty members elected by the faculty as a whole for staggered three year terms, and one administrative staff member appointed by the President for a one-year term.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Faculty

Donald Adongo

 

Faculty

Benjamin Littlepage

 

Faculty

Vacant

 

Staff

Matthew Jones

 

Students

3 by random draw

 

 

Submits recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

  1. Monitor content of university studies courses to assure compliance with the educational goals of the university;
  2. Review all course proposals and guidelines designed for university studies and make appropriate recommendation to the Academic Council Undergraduate Studies Committee; recommend, as appropriate, the addition or deletion of courses of university studies;
  3. Design or adopt assessment instruments to measure the effectiveness of the university studies program;
  4. Sponsor faculty development seminars for individuals assigned to teach in the university studies program;
  5. Institute strategies that encourage faculty collegiality and appreciation for all programs among faculty, staff, and students; and
  6. Conduct general review of structure of university studies program every six to ten years.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member appointed by the Dean of each academic college/school, one faculty member appointed by the Dean of University Libraries, and one faculty member from each academic college/school appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from a list of candidates provided by the academic college. The Director of the University Studies program will serve as chair. Member serve three year terms.

 

CURRENT MEMBERS

Unit Represented

Member

Term Expiration

Business

Teresa Betts

2024

Business

Linda Johnsonious

2025

Education and Human Services

Jessica Branch

2025

Education and Human Services

Kelly Rogers

2024

Humanities and Fine Arts

Kathy Callahan

2024

Humanities and Fine Arts

Jie Wu

2023

Science, Engineering and Technology

Rachel Allenbaugh

2024

Science, Engineering and Technology

Gary ZeRuth

2023

Agriculture

Brian Parr

2025

Agriculture

Alyx Shultz

2024

Nursing and Health Professions

Summer Cross

2024

Nursing and Health Professions

Lauren Roberson

2025

University Libraries

David Sye

2025

Assistant Provost Ashley Ireland

Chair

 

Submits recommendations to the President or as indicated.

PURPOSE

  1. To review tenure recommendations to ensure that the tenure policy, procedures, and administrative guidelines have been observed uniformly throughout the university;
  2. To consider appeals and make recommendations to the President;
  3. To write an annual report to the President concerning areas of the university in which policy, procedures or guidelines have not been followed;
  4. To advise the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at his/her request, of the University Tenure Committee's interpretation of the Appointment and Tenure Policies in any instance where various interpretations may arise; and
  5. To notify the Faculty Senate concerning recurring problems within the Tenure Policy, procedure, and guidelines.

 

MEMBERSHIP

One tenured faculty member elected from each academic college/school and the University Libraries. Should circumstances prevent a member of the University Tenure Committee from serving for a hearing or other official duty, a replacement shall be elected by the college/school or library tenure committee.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Business

Francie Smith

2025

Education and Human Services

Daniel Hepworth

2023

Humanities and Fine Arts

Lissa Graham

2025

Science, Engineering and Technology

Jake Hildebrant

2025

Agriculture

Shea Porr

2023

Nursing and Health Professions

Amelia Dodd

2023

University Libraries

Jeff McLaughlin

2025

 

 

University Advisory Committees

Accordion

The following non-governance committees serve the University in specific advisory functions.

Submits recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

  1. To be responsible for commencement ceremonies; and
  2. To review nominations and recommend individuals for honorary degrees.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member per academic college/school selected by the Dean, and in a non- voting capacity, the Associate Provost.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Business      

Heath Keller

Education and Human Services

Susana Bloomdahl

Humanities and Fine Arts

Sue Sroda

Science, Engineering and Technology

Matt Williams

Agriculture

Terry Canerdy

Nursing and Health Professions

Lori Ballard

Associate Provost

Robert Pervine

Submits recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

Screens, interviews, and selects the scholarship applicants who qualify to attend the Academic Excellence recognition events and recommends guidelines for Honors College members, including course offerings and faculty.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member from each academic college/school and the University Libraries selected by the Provost upon recommendation of the Director of the Honors College; the Honors College Student Council President, non-voting; and the Director of the Honors College, non-voting.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Business      

Stephan Linhoff

Education and Human Services

Alaina Steele

Humanities and Fine Arts

Jeff Osborne

Science, Engineering and Technology

Chris Trzepacz

Agriculture

Alyx Shultz

Nursing and Health Professions

Jessica Naber

University Libraries

Leslie Engleson

Honors Student Council (ex officio)

Hayden Smee

Honors College Director (ex officio)

Warren Edminster

Submits information technology recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice Presidents for their review and recommendations to the President. Policy and procedures that impact academics should be referred to Academic Council for review and recommendation.

PURPOSE

  1. To recommend information technology policy and procedures;
  2. to study and recommend information technologies vital to the discovery, collection, and communication of knowledge; and
  3. To recommend technologies essential to the increased productivity required in the administration of higher education.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member from each academic college/school and University Libraries, appointed by the respective Dean; CARE representative; five members of Information Systems, appointed by the Chief Information Officer; eight administrators, appointed by the Vice Presidents (two from each Vice Presidential area); and one student member.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Business

Clark Duncan

Education and Human Services

Jennifer Earls

Humanities and Fine Arts

Sue Sroda

Science, Engineering and Technology

David Roach

Agriculture

Ryan Morrow

Nursing and Health Professions

Tonia Mailow

University Libraries

Cris Ferguson

Center for Adult and Regional Education

Lisa Schmidt

Information Systems

Brantly Travis

Information Systems

 

Information Systems

 

Information Systems

Dave McKenna

Information Systems

Tommy Phillips

Provost Representative

Riza Marjadi

Provost Representative

Michael Ramage

Student Affairs

 

Student Affairs

 

Finance and Administrative Services

Jan Fuqua

Finance and Administrative Services

Haley Stedelin

Institutional Advancement

 

Institutional Advancement

Carol Brunn

Student

Tiffany Pederson

Chief Information Officer

Brian Purcell, chair

Submits recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

  1. Assure that MSU researchers and instructors care for and use animals in ways judged to be scientifically, technically, and humanely appropriate — including the ethical mandates known as the 3Rs — reduce the number of animals to be used; replace animal models with other methods whenever possible; and refine techniques to minimize distress to animals used in research or teaching.
  2. Provide research oversight and evaluation of the institution's animal care and use program and facilities by ensuring compliance with federal regulations related to the proper care, use, and humane treatment of animals used in research, testing and education.
  3. Provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligation to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical principles.

MEMBERSHIP

At least five members are appointed for indefinite terms by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Chair

Michael Flinn

Attending Veterinarian

Terry Canerdy

Non-Scientist

Christopher Craig

Community Member

Kathy Hodge

 

Barbie Papajeski

 

Matt Shultz

 

Dena Weinberger

 

 

Submits recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

  1. To review for ethical acceptability all research activities dealing with the use of human subjects; and
  2. To advise individuals in the academic community regarding the ethical acceptability of proposed research utilizing human subjects.

MEMBERSHIP

Seven members are appointed for staggered, three-year terms by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Membership is determined in accord with Federal DHHS regulations.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Chair

Paula Waddill

Vice Chair

Justin Brogan

Community Member

Mark Mallory

Prisoner Representative   

Jessica Flinn

 

Candace Alvey

 

Christopher Craig

 

Oluwabunmi Dada

 

Gary ZeRuth

IRB Specialist

Jonathan Baskin

Special Advisor

Robert Miller

Ex Officio     

Bob Pervine

Submits recommendations to the President.

PURPOSE

To address parking services issues, concerns and needs and to make recommendations to the President. The Committee is asked to:

  1. Review campus parking policies and procedures.
  2. Study and recommend campus parking needs, including zoning changes.
  3. Foster collaboration, transparency and effective communications on parking-related issues.

MEMBERSHIP

The Committee is to be comprised of the following members:

  • Three members appointed by the Student Government Association
  • Three members appointed by Faculty Senate
  • Three members appointed by Staff Congress

The following members shall serve as ex-officio members

  • Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services or designee
  • Vice President for Student Affairs or designee
  • Chief of Police, MSU Police Department or designee
  • Parking Manager, MSU Police Department or designee

CURRENT MEMBERS

Student Government Association

Ian Puckett

Student Government Association

Cole Wyatt

Student Government Association

 

Faculty Senate

Denise Donahue

Faculty Senate

Brian Perna

Faculty Senate

Eric Umstead

Staff Congress

Duane Dycus

Staff Congress

Trish Lofton

Staff Congress

Kimberly Newburn

Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Jackie Dudley

Vice President for Student Affairs

Don Robertson

Chief of Police

Jeff Gentry

Parking Manager

Katrina Carr

Submits recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

PURPOSE

Advisory committee on research, scholarship, and creative activities of faculty. Recommendations are made on university policies to strengthen the research environment on campus.

MEMBERSHIP

One faculty member from each academic college/school and the University Libraries selected by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, one Sigma Xi faculty member, the Directors of Sponsored Programs and The Office of Research and Creative Activity.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Business

Stefan Linnhoff

Education and Human Services

Jessica Pryor

Humanities and Fine Arts

Ann Johnson

Science, Engineering and Technology

Joshua Ridley

Agriculture

Naveen Musunuru

Nursing and Health Professions

Azaher Molla

University Libraries

Candace Vance

Sigma Xi

Howard Whiteman

ORCA

AJ Boston, chair

Associate Provost

Robert Pervine, Ex Officio

Sponsored Programs

John Roark, Ex Officio

Submits decisions to the Registrar.

PURPOSE

To hear appeals of residency rulings made by the Registrar.

MEMBERSHIP

Three faculty members, two staff members, and one student all appointed by the President. The Bursar serves as Chair.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Bursar

Wendy Cain, Chair

 

Faculty

Jenny Rogers

2023

Faculty

Paul Walker

2023

Faculty

Jan Super

2023

Staff

Shawn Smee

 

Staff

 

 

Student

 

 

Submits recommendations to the President.

PURPOSE

Receives nominations for naming university buildings, rooms, sites, programs or other facilities or areas. Nominations approved by the committee shall be forwarded to the President for consideration and possible recommendation to the Board of Regents, who will make the final determination of the matter.

MEMBERSHIP

One representative each recommended by the Faculty Senate, the Staff Congress, the Student Government Association, and the MSU Alumni Association. These members shall be nominated by their respective organizations and appointed by the President for a term of one year; One or more of the following, as deemed appropriate by the President: The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, (or designated representative), The Vice President for Student Affairs, (or designated representative), The Vice President for Institutional Advancement (or designated representative) will serve as ex-officio as Chairman of the Committee and be responsible for forwarding the recommendation of the Committee to the President, the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and/or the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services.

CURRENT MEMBERS

University President

Bob Jackson, Chair

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tim Todd

Vice President for Student Affairs

Don Robertson

Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Jackie Dudley

Executive Director of Development

Tina Bernot

Associate Athletic Director

Velvet Milkman

MSU Alumni Association

Darren Jones

Staff Congress

Tim Williams

Faculty Senate

Heidi Ortega

Student Government Association

 

MSU Foundation, Ex Officio

David Durr

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