Office of Academic Affairs

University Standing Committees

Attendance and Grievance Appeals Committee

This committee hears appeals from graduate and undergraduate students who, claiming extenuating circumstances, have exceeded the allowed number of absences for a particular course as defined by Delta State University policy or the course syllabus and therefore, have been cut out of the course and have received a grade of F. The committee also hears academic appeals from undergraduate students who have correctly followed the “Student Academic Grievance Policy” as outlined in the Delta State University Undergraduate Bulletin. All actions of the committee come in the form of recommendations to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Armstrong, Josh (Chair)
Becker, Brian
Byrd, Henry Lynn
Coleman, Judith
Dahman, Jamie
Dickey, Roslind
Fortune, Melody
Groh, Severine
Horne, Janet
Howell, Laura
Loper, Rhonda

Montgomery, Daniel Cameron
Rocconi, Christie
Schattner, Dianne
Townsend, Chelsea
Wegmann, Andrew
Wilkes, Jeanna
Zhang, Yongqin

Library Committee

The Library Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Library Services and staff. The committee should assume responsibility for encouraging and increasing the use of the Library by students and faculty. It should interpret library policies and solicit opinions and recommendations from students and faculty for possible implementation by the library staff. The committee should make periodic studies and recommendations aimed at making the Library more functional.

Alvarez, John
Ashmore, Ann
Backlin, Laurissa
Baghai-Riding, Nina
Dahman, Jamie
Hill, Phyllis
Mark, Doug
Oleis, Brett

Garcia-Penagos, Andres (Chair)
Ussery, Fawn
Zengaro, Sally
Zhao, Guozhen

Safety and Environment Committee

The Safety and Environment Committee acts as a communication conduit between University administration and the campus community to assist in addressing safety or environment concerns as they arise on campus.

Alvarez, John
Backlin, Laurissa
Ballard, Cheryl
Bays, Barry
Bingham, Vicki
Byrd, Henri Lynn
Campbell, Angela
Claunch, Kristina (Chair)
Curry, Tameka

Jones, Emily
Oleis, Brett
Pannel, Mary Bess
Reza, AHM Ali
Shimizu, Kumiko
Smithart, Chuck
Tremmel, Richard
Ussery, Afton Fawn

Writing Across the Curriculum Committee

Delta State University encourages an interdisciplinary approach to writing, and fosters writing-intensive coursework across multiple academic units.

Coleman, Judith (Chair)
Goldman, Jacqueline
Hill, Phyllis
Howell, Laura
Kane, Gray
Reza, AHM Ali
Robertson, Rachel
Tharp, Paula
Zengaro, Sally
Zhang, Yongqin

Courtesy Committee

The Courtesy Committee is a non-profit organization composed of a group of faculty and staff who maintain the family atmosphere of the university by remembering all full-time faculty/staff when there is a wedding, birth, adoption, illness, retirement, and death in our Delta State Family throughout the year. Dues are collected in the Bologna Performing Arts Center lobby at the Faculty and Staff Opening Session in August. Contributions of $10.00 or more/less may be given.

Allen, Debra
Blessitt, Lacey
Horne, Janet
McCreary, Allison
Meador, Gwen (Chair)
Miller, Jim
Pongetti, Kim
Robertson, Rachel
Sandifer, Lisa

Research Committee

The Research Committee was initially founded in 1976 to promote faculty research and scholarship. While that remains the primary focus, its mission has become broader and more articulated over the past 30 years. During that same period, expectations for faculty research and scholarship have been raised. Also, there is increasing emphasis on graduate and undergraduate research and scholarship. Consequently, the goal of the Research Committee is to promote research and scholarship at all levels of the Delta State Community, growing with the new directions of the university.

Baghai-Riding, Nina
Bentley, Joe
Bondurant, Liza
Campbell, Angela
Claunch, Kristina
Cooley, Lisa
Donahoe, Jana
Fortune, Melody
Garcia-Penagos, Andres
Green, Ellen
Groh, Severine
Hill, Phyllis
Kane, Gray
Mark, Doug
Montgomery, Daniel Cameron

Mounce, Michael
Putnam, Bette C. (Chair)
Reza, AHM Ali
Smithhart, Chuck
Stewart, Leslie
Taran, Zinaida
Tharp, Paula
Ussery, Afton Fawn
Wegmann, Andrew
Zengaro, Franco
Zengaro, Sally
Zhang, Yongqin
Zhao, Guozhen