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Faculty Members on Appointed Committees

Faculty Appointed Committees AY 2015-2016

Appointed Committees are typically ongoing, with some rotating annual membership.  They tend to meet regularly throughout the academic year, though some have set meetings as indicated below. 

Advisory Committees review policies, procedures, and short and long term planning for the area.

Affirmative Action Committee

The Affirmative Action Committee meets approximately once a month to monitor the Faculty Search process, shape affirmative action policies for the College and organize the Diversity Action Plan.  Committee members are chosen yearly with an effort toward representation across departments.

Tom James -- Chair

Christopher Emdin
A. Lin Goodwin
Pamela Koch
Jennifer Lena
Amy S. Wells
Janice Robinson
Yvonne Destin
Randy Glazer


Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

This Committee aids students in designing an area of specialization not currently offered at the College, but for which a coherent and integrated program of study may be developed from several disciplines.

Tom James -- Chair

Daniel Friedrich
Ansley Erickson
Richard Jochum
Nathan Holbert

Ed.D. Committee and Ph.D Committee

These Committees assist the Faculty with respect to its responsibility to set conditions for graduation and the award of degrees.  The Committees supervise certifications, programs of study, projects and dissertations, and examinations for the degrees offered; they also serve to highlight the relationship between TC and Columbia University with respect to jurisdiction over the various degrees awarded.


Hal Abeles
Alex Bowers
Daniel Friedrich
Carolyn Riehl


Ellie Drago-Severson
Barry Farber
Janet Miller
Aaron Pallas


Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) meets once or twice per month to review all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, regardless of the location of the research activity, source of funding, and whether the research is exempt under the Code of Federal Regulations for Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46).  The IRB reviews research in accordance with the current Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations.  The main purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects who take part in research. 

Christine Baron (A&H)
Karen Froud (BBS and IRB Chair)
Detra Price-Dennis (C&T)
Melanie Brewster (CCP)
Peter Bergeman (EPSA)
Dolores Perin (HBS - Fall 2015)
Marla Brassard (HBS - Spring 2016)
Ryan Baker (HD)
Oren Pizmony-Levy (ITS)
Nathan Holbert (MST)
Alex Bowers (O&L)

Faculty Development Advisory Committee

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee is in charge of monitoring the mentoring plan for the College, and planning and implementing group mentoring activities for the Pre-Tenured faculty members. In addition, the Committee advises the Dean about faculty development activities for all faculty of the College.

Aaron Pallas - Chair
Bryan Keller
Haeny Yoon
Ernest Morrell
Erika Levy
Felicia Mensah
Laura Smith

Campus Safety Advisory Committee

The Campus Safety Advisory Committee empanelled by the President of the College, addresses environmental, health, safety and security issues for Teachers College.  The Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the College and offers reports and recommendations to the College's administration.  The Committee is chaired by the Assistant Vice-President of Campus and Auxiliary Services.  The Committee makes recommendations for corrective or preventive actions which are forwarded to appropriate senior executives for action. The committee is divided into two subcommittees: the Public Safety Sub-Committee chaired by the Director of Public Safety and the Environmental Health and Safety Sub-Committee is chaired by the Director of EHS. Committee membership is made up of 1/3 students, 1/3 faculty and 1/3 administrative staff.

Eric Nadelstern
Sonali Rajan (starting on Spring 2016)
Philip Saigh

Issue Focused, or Task Force Committees -- These committees meet regularly throughout the year until a final report is written to address issues and cases.

Harassment Panel

The Harassment Panel serves as the primary vehicle through which the College addresses concerns related to harassment as described in the Teachers College Policy on Protection from Harassment. The Panel's primary responsibility with regard to harassment is to assist in the informal and formal resolution of concerns or complaints of harassment brought by employees and students of the College. The Panel is comprised of faculty, staff, and one or more students. The Panel meets to discuss cases, review policy and for training.

Katie Embree-- Chair

Noah Drezner
Judy Scott-Clayton

Elizabeth Tipton

Kristine Roome
Yvonne Destin
David Malterre
Iraida Torres

Selection Committees -- These committees typically meet once a year for two hours to make selections.  The two to three weeks preceding the meeting will likely involve review of materials.

Dean's Grants for Faculty Committee

This Committee reviews proposals for two grant programs of the Dean's Office including the Dean's Grant for Tenured Faculty Research and the Dean's Competitive Grant for Pre-Tenured and Non-Tenure Track Faculty.  Typically, the committee reviews 3 - 10 proposals and meets one time (per grant) to select awardees.

Noah Drezner
Erika Levy
Angel Wang
Jennifer Lena

Dean's Grants for Students Committee

This Committee reviews proposals for two student grant programs including the Dean's Grant for Student Research and the Walter Sindlinger Writing Award.  Typically, the committee reviews 5-15 proposals and meets one time (per grant) to select awardees.

Ryan Baker
Caryn Block
Corbin Campbell
Joe Ciccolo
Pamela Koch

Young-Sun Lee
Victoria Marsick
Philip Saig
Gita Steiner-Khamsi