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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the main governance body for CWGS and is composed of fifteen members (12 faculty and three students) as well as several ex-officio members.

The Current Faculty Voting Members of the Executive Committee are:

Neville Hoad (October 2018 - September 2020)

Laura Gutierrez (October 2018 - September 2020)

Caroline Faria (October 2018 - September 2020)

Karin Wilkins (October 2018 - September 2020)

Megan Alrutz (October 2017 - September 2019)

Sharmila Rudrappa (October 2017 - September 2019)

Julie Minich (October 2017 - September 2019)

Noël Busch-Armendariz (October 2017 - September 2019)

Lucy Atkinson (October 2017 - September 2019)

Victoria Rodríguez (October 2017 - September 2019)

Student Members:

Mac Irvine, CWGS MA Student (2018-2019)

Leah Butterfield, CWGS Portfolio Student (2018-2019)

Chloe Hamm, CWGS Undergraduate Student (2018-2019)

Ex Officio Members:

Susan Sage Heinzelman, CWGS Director

Matt Richardson, CWGS Graduate Advisor/GSC Chair

Omisee’ke Tinsley, CWGS Associate Director


Faculty Members (twelve total):

a. Eight elected faculty members (half selected each year) from the list of CWGS Core Faculty– from four categories of affiliated schools and colleges. All Core Faculty can vote for all four positions (one per category) each year.

College and school categories (one seat selected per category, per year):

Liberal Arts

Social Work, Pharmacy, Nursing

Communications, Engineering, Information, Natural Sciences

Business, LBJ, Fine Arts, Architecture, Education, Law

b. Four appointed faculty members (half selected each year) from the list of CWGS Core Faculty. These members will be selected by the Director to maximize diversity (by discipline and rank) and representation on the committee.

c. Terms and rotation

Each year six new faculty members (four elected, two appointed) will join the committee for two-year terms. These terms are renewable once (for a maximum of four years total) either by election or appointment, then a two-year hiatus is required before a faculty member is eligible to serve on the committee again.

Student Representatives (three total):

1 undergraduate student (appointed by the Director)

1 doctoral portfolio student (appointed by the Director)

1 CWGS MA student (elected by CWGS MA students)

These are non-voting, one-year terms. The student members shall be appointed or elected by October 1 of each year to serve through the remainder of the academic year.

Nominations and Elections

Nominations will be accepted from all affiliates during the last four weeks of the spring semester prior to the fall elections. Self-nominations are also accepted. The top five nominees (in terms of the number of nominations received) per category shall be placed on the ballot. Affiliates are limited to two nominees per category, for a maximum of eight names for the four members to be elected.

Elections will be held the first week of the fall semester. Ballots will be mailed to all faculty affiliates the week prior to the start of the fall semester with a request that they be returned to the CWGS office by 5 pm on the Friday of the first week of classes. Emailed ballots (sent to the Assistant to the Director) will also be accepted.

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