* Asterisks indicate committees with more information in The Governance (pdf, 1 Mb). Click the asterisk to download the document. The dates in parentheses indicate the expiration of terms of office.

A — F:

Academic Panel *

The academic panel consists of the dean of studies (chair); three faculty members elected for two years, one and two retiring in alternate years; and three students.

ChairBenjamin Lotto
At LargeDebra Bucher (2019)
At LargeHiromi Dollase (2020)
At LargeLioba Gerhardi (2020)

Committee on Academic Technolo *

The committee on academic technologies consists of four elected members of the faculty, one from each division including the multi-disciplinary programs; a member of academic computing services; a professional librarian appointed by the director of the libraries; and a member of the student body. Faculty members serve three-year terms and may not be elected to more than 2 consecutive terms. The committee selects a chair annually from the faculty members on the committee.

Division 1Lioba Gerhardi (2020)
Division 2Benjamin Ho (2019)
Division 3Jenny Magnes (2020)
LibrarianRachel Finn
MultidisciplinaryEric Eberhardt (2019)
StudentMedha Venkat-Ramani (2019)

Accessibility Committee

"Accessibility Committee. The Accessibility Committee Issues (CODI) functions as an advisory committee and is chaired by the director of the Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO). Membership is open to all members of the Vassar community who have an interest in accessibility issues on campus. The purpose of the committee is to promote awareness of accessibility issues through education, to identify areas of concern within the Vassar community, and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Office for Accessibility. The committee seeks to provide information to aid in understanding the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, their purpose, and the benefits of adhering to those standards. Faculty, administration, and staff serve on the Accessibility Committee issues in addition to the Director of Affirmative Action, who shall serve as Chair; an appointed member of the faculty also has the responsibility to serve on the ADA/Section 504 Appeals Panel. "

ChairRachel Pereira
AdministratorCarlos Alamo-Pastrana
AdministratorMarianne Begemann
AdministratorMaryJo Cavanaugh
AdministratorJohn Collier
AdministratorStephen Dahnert
AdministratorCarlos Garcia
AdministratorTeresa Garrett
AdministratorRuth Spencer

Appeal Committee *

The appeal committee consists of three tenured members of the faculty and two assistant professors. The term of service is two years. Two tenured members and one assistant professor retire in one year; one of each category of members retires in alternate years. No department chair or program director serves on the committee and no department is represented by more than one member. No member of FASC may be elected to serve on the appeal committee in the year immediately following his or her retirement from FASC. Each year the committee elects one of its tenured members as chair. If a member faces a conflict of interest in a particular issue before the appeal committee, the chair requests the committee on committees to appoint a temporary substitute.

ChairPeter Antelyes (2019)
Assistant ProfessorTahirih Motazedian (2020)
Assistant ProfessorJason Waterman (2019)
TenuredKariane Calta (2019)
TenuredSarah Pearlman (2019)

Committee on Assessment *

The committee on assessment consists of three elected members of the faculty: a chair, who is tenured, and two members elected at-large. The term of service of the chair is three years; the term of service of the two at-large members is two years. The dean or associate dean of the faculty and the director of institutional research serve on the committee, ex officio.

ChairSusan Zlotnick (2020)
At LargeThomas Porcello (2020)
At LargeSilke von der Emde (2019)

Committee on Benefits *

The committee on benefits consists of the vice president for finance and administration (chair), three members of the administration appointed by the president, the budget member of FPCC, an assistant professor elected for a two year term, a senior member of the faculty who has served on the committee on planning and priorities within the past five years who is chosen by the committee on committees for a three year term, an emeritus member of the faculty chosen by the chair, and a member of the human resources staff (ex officio).

AdministratorMarianne Begemann
AdministratorStephen Dahnert
AdministratorWendy Freedman
AdministratorFrank Jelenko
AdministratorKara Montgomery
AdministratorLeslie Power
AdministratorRuth Spencer
At LargeSukanya Basu (2019)
Budget MemberZachary Donhauser (2020)
Full ProfessorPaul Ruud (2019)

Campus Investor Responsibility *

The campus investor responsibility committee consists of the dean of strategic planning and academic resources, two alumnae/i, two students, two members elected from the faculty for two year terms, and two administrators. As one of its nine members, the dean of strategic planning and academic resources chairs the committee, coordinates the selection of committee members who are chosen or appointed by the relevant constituency, and serves as a non-voting member except in the case of a tie. Each constituency may also be represented by an alternate.

AdministratorStephen Dahnert
AdministratorGary Hohenberger
At LargeShona Tucker (2020)
At LargeJeffrey Walker (2020)
Senior OfficerMarianne Begemann

Campus Master Planning Committee *

The committee on campus master planning shall consist of the vice president for finance and administration (chair), the dean of strategic planning and academic resources, three faculty members elected to three year terms one representative from each of the three divisions (with one retiring each year), and three students (elected or appointed as determined by the VSA). In addition the committee shall include, ex officio, the director of buildings and grounds, the director of capital projects and facilities planning, the director for accessibility and educational opportunity, an associate dean of the faculty, the director of academic facilities planning, the vice president for computing and information services, the director of residential life and the sustainability coordinator.

AdministratorWilliam Peabody
Division 1Tobias Armborst (2020)
Division 2Jeffrey Seidman (2019)
Division 3Kelli Duncan (2021)
StudentSamantha Steeves (2019)

Classroom Committee

The Classroom Committee plans for renovations and improvement of teaching spaces and offices on campus. It is a working group chaired by the director of academic facilities development with representatives from Buildings and Grounds Services, the Registrar’s Office, Computing and Information Services, the Dean of the Faculty office, and Purchasing.

AdministratorCarlos Alamo-Pastrana
AdministratorRosaleen Cardillo
AdministratorJohn Collier
AdministratorBryan Corrigan
AdministratorColleen Mallet
AdministratorNancy Myers
AdministratorKim Squillace
AdministratorSteven Taylor

Climate Action & Sustain. Comm *

The college committee on sustainability shall consist of the college sustainability coordinator, chair; two members elected from the faculty; one student elected by the VSA: one representative from the alumnae/i; and one representative from each of the following offices: buildings and grounds, computing and information services, purchasing, development and dining services.

ChairMarianne Begemann
AdministratorStephen Dahnert
AdministratorWilliam Peabody
AdministratorBryan Swarthout
At LargeMary Ann Cunningham (2019)
At LargeJenny Magnes (2019)
At LargeJeffrey Seidman (2019)
Program DirectorBryan Corrigan
StudentSophie Cash (2019)

College Committee on Admissions & Financial Aid *

The committee on admissions and financial aid consists of five members of the faculty, four members of the administration, and five students. Faculty members include the faculty co-chair, a tenured member of the faculty elected at large for a three-year term; three divisional representatives, one from each division, elected for two-year terms, one or two retiring each year; and the faculty athletics representative. In conformity with the rules of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, members of the department of athletics and physical education may not serve on this committee. Administrators on the committee include the dean of admission and financial aid (co-chair), director of financial aid, associate dean of the college for campus life and diversity, and dean of freshmen. The five students include at least one freshman. The vice president for communications serves ex officio.

AdministratorJessica Bernier
AdministratorBenjamin Lotto
AdministratorEdward Pittman
AdministratorArt Rodriguez
Co-Chair of CAFAEréndira Rueda (2020)
Division 1Eva Woods Peiró (2019)
Division 2Nancy Bisaha (2019)
Division 3Kelli Duncan (2020)
Faculty Athletics RepMark Amodio (2019)
StudentRori-An Chuck (2019)
TenuredCandice Lowe Swift (2020)

Committee on College Life *

The committee consists of the dean of the college (chair), three administrators chosen by the dean of the college, two members of the faculty elected for staggered two year terms, one house fellow, four students elected to represent each of the four classes, a member of the executive board of the VSA, and a student member chosen at large.

ChairCarlos Alamo-Pastrana
AdministratorEdward Pittman
AdministratorTeresa Quinn
At LargeDara Greenwood (2019)
At LargeMolly McGlennen (2020)
StudentJennifer Luo (2019)

College Regulations Panel

Committee on Committees *

The committee on committees consists of four members of the faculty, two of them tenured, elected for two years with two retiring each year. The committee elects a tenured member to be chair and a second member to be the elections officer who conducts the balloting for standing elective committees

ChairBrian Daly (2020)
Elections OfficerRichard Born (2019)
Non-TenuredJoshua de Leeuw (2019)
Non-TenuredGisella Kagy (2020)

Community Works Committee

Community Works is Vassar’s annual giving campaign for local non-profit organizations. Funded by donations from employees, trustees, and students, Community Works has provided over $1 million in grants to over 50 different groups since its inception in 2001. Recipients are selected each year by an employee committee based upon nominations from members of the college community.

ChairTracy Sutherland
AdministratorMaryJo Cavanaugh
AdministratorWesley Dixon
AdministratorJoan Gerardi
AdministratorKaren Getter
AdministratorDoreen Hammell-Backer
AdministratorNancy Wanzer
AdministratorEric Watson
AdministratorTracy Wright-Mauer (2019)
At LargeNicholas de Leeuw
At LargeErin McCloskey
LibrarianLaura Streett

Council for Alumnae/i and Stud

The Council for Alumnae/i and Student Advancement (CASA) is a collaboration designed to increase communication and transparency between the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs & Development, Career Development and the student body. CASA seeks to raise awareness of the short- and long-term goals of the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs & Development and the College through programming initiatives geared toward the student body. These initiatives work to promote a culture of philanthropy and alumnae/i appreciation on campus.

AdministratorStacy Bingham
AdministratorCatherine Lunn

Committee on Curricular Policies *

CCP consists of: the dean of the faculty (chair); four members of the faculty, one from and representing each division and one multidisciplinary program director (currently serving, or having served within the past six years), elected for two years with staggered terms so that two retire each year; two students from the student curriculum committee with majors in a department and a multidisciplinary program, one of whom, shall ordinarily be the Academic Executive of the VSA; and, as non-voting members, the dean of studies and the registrar. No two divisional or multidisciplinary elected faculty members shall come from the same department or program.

ChairJonathan Chenette (2019)
AdministratorBenjamin Lotto
AdministratorColleen Mallet
Division 1Jeffrey Schneider (2020)
Division 2Yu Zhou (2020)
Division 3Alison Spodek (2019)
MultidisciplinaryRobert DeMaria (2019)
MultidisciplinaryIsmail Rashid (2019)
StudentMedha Venkat-Ramani (2019)

Enrollment Management Committee

The Enrollment Management Committee brings together administrators from various offices, as well as the faculty Co-Chair of the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid, for the purpose of monitoring the college's enrollment and the various factors which impact it. When necessary, the Committee will bring forward to the Senior Officers any concerns which seem to merit further discussion. The Committee focuses on enrollment projections, admission results, financial aid spending, housing capacity, course availability, and the budgetary effects of these and similar factors. Included in the membership of the Enrollment Management Committee are the Dean of Admission and Financial Aid (Chair), the Registrar, the Director of Residential Life, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Freshmen, the Dean of Studies, the Budget Director, the Director of Financial Aid, the Director of Institutional Research, the Associate Dean of the Faculty, and the faculty Co-Chair of the Committee on Admission and Financial Aid. Typically, the group meets twice per term unless circumstances call for additional sessions.

ChairArt Rodriguez
AdministratorDavid Davis-Van Atta
AdministratorBenjamin Lotto

Faculty Appointment & Salary Committee *

The faculty appointment and salary committee consists of three tenured professors, elected for three years, and two tenured associate professors elected for two years, one member at each rank retiring each year. The chair is the professor with the longest service on the committee. No department may be represented by more than one committee member. Continuity of service on this committee is essential, so individuals accepting nomination to the committee should plan to serve a full term.

ChairNatalie Frank (2019)
Associate ProfessorEve Dunbar (2019)
Associate ProfessorDavid Esteban (2020)
Full ProfessorSusan Hiner (2020)
Full ProfessorStephen Rock (2021)

Faculty Athletics Representative

The Faculty Athletic Representative, currently a member of the faculty appointed by the Dean of the Faculty, is now an elected faculty position due to recently passed faculty legislation. The term of office is 3 years. The Representative must hold the rank of Professor and cannot be a member of the Department of Athletics and Physical Education. The NCAA handbook states that the local duties of faculty athletics representatives vary from institution, but in every case the faculty athletics representative is or should be involved in the assurance of the academic integrity of the athletics program and in the maintenance of the welfare of the student-athlete. The Representative is a member of the newly created Faculty Athletic Advisory Committee, which also includes a member of FASC and a member of FPCC.

Full ProfessorMark Amodio (2019)

Faculty Compensation Committee *

The faculty compensation committee consists of the three professors of the faculty appointment and salary committee and the chair and budget member of the faculty policy and conference committee. The chair of FASC serves as the chair of the faculty compensation committee.

Budget MemberZachary Donhauser (2020)
FASC MemberNatalie Frank (2019)
FASC MemberSusan Hiner (2020)
FASC MemberStephen Rock (2020)
FPCC ChairMita Choudhury (2019)

Committee on Faculty Housing *

The committee on housing consists of three members of the faculty, elected by the faculty for a term of three years, one member rotating off each year, two of whom are tenured and one untenured.

Non-TenuredTracey Holland (2020)
TenuredMark Andrews (2021)
TenuredStuart Belli (2019)

Faculty Policy & Conference Cm *

ChairMita Choudhury (2019)
Assistant Professor on FPCCJustin Touchon (2019)
Associate ProfessorAllan D. Clifton (2021)
Budget MemberZachary Donhauser (2020)
CCP DelegateAlison Spodek (2019)
FASC MemberSusan Hiner (2019)

Fellowships *

ChairBenjamin Lotto
At LargePatricia-Pia Célérier (2020)
Division 1Robert DeMaria (2019)
Division 1Michael Warari (2020)
Division 2Jonathon Kahn (2020)
Division 2Erin McCloskey (2019)
Division 3Adam Lowrance (2019)
Division 3Christopher Smart (2019)

G — Z:

Good Neighbors Partnerships

ChairSamuel Speers
AdministratorKaren Getter
AdministratorLisa Kaul
AdministratorAnne Sampugnaro
AdministratorGiselle Sanchez Huerta

Committee on House Fellows

The committee of house fellows shall consist of all the house fellows, one of whom it shall elect as chair. The committee shall serve as the faculty's consultant to the board of house presidents of the VSA.

ChairAbigail Baird
AdministratorMegan Gall
Assistant ProfessorLeroy Cooper
Assistant ProfessorJaime Del Razo
Assistant ProfessorDara Greenwood
Assistant ProfessorAdam Lowrance
Assistant ProfessorTaneisha Means
Associate ProfessorMolly McGlennen
Associate ProfessorBarbara Olsen
Associate ProfessorHiram Perez
Associate ProfessorElliott Schreiber

Committee on Inclusion & Equity

The Committee on Inclusion and Equity (CIE) is a presidential advisory committee. The committee works with the President each year to identify college practices and issues that would benefit from a clearer articulation of the institution’s stance pertaining to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The committee researches high-priority campus concerns. It develops pertinent guidelines that are reviewed by the President and the shared governance structures of the College, before being proposed for adoption as official statements or policy. The Committee on Inclusion and Equity includes students, administrators, and faculty, some of whom are appointed by the President, and some of whom are elected. The appointed members include two faculty co-chairs and administrators from various campus offices. The elected members include two student representatives, one untenured faculty member, and two faculty members of any rank. The term of service for student representatives is one year and the term of service for elected faculty is two years.

Co-ChairColleen Ballerino Cohen
Co-ChairEréndira Rueda
AdministratorCarlos Alamo-Pastrana
AdministratorStephen Dahnert
AdministratorWesley Dixon
AdministratorCarlos Garcia
AdministratorRachel Pereira
AdministratorEdward Pittman
AdministratorDaria Robbins
AdministratorBiniam Tesfamariam
At LargeHeesok Chang (2019)
At LargeTaneisha Means (2019)
StudentEloudia Odamy (2019)
StudentEmma Ratzman (2019)

Inst. Animal Care & Use Committee

The goal of each IACUC is to ensure the humane care and use of animals used in research, and compliance with guidelines and regulations, while maintaining flexibility to best meet the unique needs of the institution. Active participation by research scientists allows for the scientific needs of research investigators to be considered; participation by nonaffiliated members incorporates a public conscience; and the involvement of veterinarians ensures appropriate medical care and animal well-being. A program of continuing education is essential to ensure that animal care and use standards and ethical principles continue to be applied at the highest possible level.

ChairKelli Duncan (2020)

Committee on Leaves & Privileges

All requests for academic leaves of absence, special privilege with respect to curricular requirements, acceleration etc. should be directed to the faculty Committee on Leaves and Privileges through the office of the dean of studies. All requests for privilege must be reviewed by the adviser. Requests for academic leaves and for acceleration must be accompanied by proposed academic programs reviewed and evaluated by the adviser.

ChairBenjamin Lotto
Associate ProfessorChristine Howlett (2019)
Full ProfessorBrian Daly (2020)
Full ProfessorWilliam Hoynes (2020)
Full ProfessorEva Woods Peiró (2020)

Library Committee *

The library committee consists of the Director of the Library (co-chair); a faculty co-chair, who is tenured and elected at large for a three-year term; the dean or associate dean of the faculty; the dean or associate dean of strategic planning and academic resources; one librarian; four faculty members, no more than two from any division, elected for two years, two retiring each year, and two students. No department is represented by more than one faculty member.

Co-ChairLeslie Dunn (2020)
AdministratorCarlos Alamo-Pastrana
AdministratorAndrew Ashton
At LargeKenisha Kelly (2020)
Division 1Molly Nesbit (2019)
Division 3John H. Long, Jr. (2019)
Division 3Jill Schneiderman (2019)
StudentMedha Venkat-Ramani (2019)

New Student Orientation Committee

AdministratorDiane Eshelman
AdministratorWendy Maragh Taylor
AdministratorDenise A. Walen
Associate ProfessorCandice Lowe Swift
StudentBenjamin Kheyfets (2019)

Pre-Health Advisory Committee

The Pre-Medical Advisory Committee is comprised of faculty members from the sciences. Additionally we have a Public Health liaison. Members of the committee work with students exploring health professions. Support is available to all Vassar students and graduates. The committee works together to draft, review and finalize all composite letters of recommendation.

AdministratorLisa Kooperman
AlumJames F. Challey
AlumElizabeth Collins
Assistant ProfessorJustin Touchon
Associate ProfessorZachary Donhauser
Associate ProfessorDavid Esteban
Associate ProfessorJennifer Kennell
Associate ProfessorMing-Wen An
Full ProfessorJoseph Tanski
Full ProfessorSusan Trumbetta
Non-TenuredJennifer Herrera
Non-TenuredDavid Rishell

Priorities and Planning *

Membership is at the discretion of the President, but may generally be composed of the following members: the president, the other senior officers of the college; the three senior professors of the faculty appointment and salary committee, including the chair; the budget member and assistant professor member of the faculty policy and conference committee; the dean of admission and financial aid; the budget director; the assistant to the president; the director of institutional research; the associate dean of the faculty; and two students appointed by the VSA, normally including the VSA president.

ChairElizabeth Bradley
AdministratorArt Rodriguez
Assessment Committee ChairSusan Zlotnick (2020)
Assistant Professor on FPCCJustin Touchon (2019)
Budget MemberZachary Donhauser (2020)
Co-Chair of CAFAEréndira Rueda (2020)
FASC MemberNatalie Frank (2019)
FASC MemberSusan Hiner (2020)
FPCC ChairMita Choudhury (2019)
Senior OfficerCarlos Alamo-Pastrana
Senior OfficerMarianne Begemann
Senior OfficerJonathan Chenette (2019)
Senior OfficerStephen Dahnert
StudentRori-An Chuck (2019)

Committee on Research *

The committee on research consists of five faculty members. The chair is a tenured member of the faculty elected for three years. Three other tenured members of the faculty are elected for two years, one from each of the divisions. The fifth member of the committee is elected at large for two years from the non-tenured (tenure-track, lecturers, or visiting) teaching faculty with academic suffrage. Two of the four members on twoyear terms retire each year.

ChairKathleen Susman (2019)
Division 1Zoltán Márkus (2020)
Division 2Sarah Pearlman (2020)
Division 3David Esteban (2019)
Non-TenuredHadley Bergstrom (2020)

Review Committee *

Committee on Student Records

The committee on student records considers student academic records and makes final decisions on awarding of degrees with departmental honors. It recommends to the faculty the standards for continuance in the college and considers and acts upon the academic records of students whose standing is less than satisfactory. The committee on student records shall consist of: the dean of studies (chair), the dean of freshman (a voting member only when freshman are under consideration), four members of the faculty appointed by the chair for two years, two retiring each year, and as non-voting member, the registrar. No department may be represented by more than one member.

ChairBenjamin Lotto
At LargePeter Antelyes
At LargeKariane Calta
At LargeHiromi Dollase
At LargeMichaela Pohl

Vassar First Year Committee

The Vassar First Year Program (VFYP) seeks to ensure that each new student will feel welcomed into the Vassar community and encouraged to explore opportunities that will fulfill Vassar's ideal of a richly satisfying personal and intellectual engagement. The Vassar First Year is a series of events, including New Student Orientation, meant to introduce new students to Vassar College. A mix of academis events, cultural happenings and discussions about about campus issues, the programs are designed to get students talking about the big ideas they face in their scholarship and their social life on campus. The committee, consisting of administrators from Campus Life, Dean of Students Office, Dean of Freshmen, Campus Activities, International Services and student representatives, is coordinated by the Campus Life and Diversity Office.