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CWGS Steering Committee

Steering Committee Members

The Steering 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 Steering Committee include:

Gloria González-López (2016-2018)

Su Yeong Kim (2016-2018)

Megan Alrutz (2017-2019)

Sharmila Rudrappa (2017-2019)

Julie Minich (2017-2019)

Noël Busch-Armendariz (2017-2019)

Lucy Atkinson (2017-2019)

Victoria Rodríguez (2017-2019)

Student Members:

Shawntal Brown-CWGS MA Student

Beth Prosnitz-CWGS Portfolio Student

Libby Carr-CWGS Undergraduate Student

Ex Officio Members:

Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director

Omise'eke Tinsley, Associate Director

Matt Richardson, GSC Chair

1. Faculty Members (twelve total):

a. Eight elected faculty members (half selected each year) from the list of CWGS Faculty Affiliates – from four categories of affiliated schools and colleges. All faculty affiliates 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 Faculty Affiliates. 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.

2. Ex-Officio, nonvoting Members (four total):

  • Director
  • GSC Chair
  • Graduate Advisor/Associate Director
  • Assistant to Director

3. 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.

4. 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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