College of Basic & Applied Sciences 2020-2021 Committees

Curriculum Committee -  (1 year term)

This committee shall have primary responsibility for the curriculum of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. In this regard, the Committee shall review: 1) all aspects of the educational program of the College; review and approve proposals for earned degrees to be offered and the requirements for them; 2) review and approve all departmental, general educational, and interdisciplinary courses offered by the College; 3) and formulate and review other academic policies and procedures.

  • Dr. Scott Handy (CHEM) - CHAIR
  • Dr. Kevin Downs (ABAS)
  • Dr. Yeqian Liu (Math)
  • Dr. Ferrol Anderholdt (CS)
  • Dr. Emmanuel Rowe (ET)
  • Dr. Clay Harris (GEO)
  • Dr. Suman Neupane (PHYSICS)
  • Dr. Matt Elrod-Erickson (BIO)
  • Dr. Duane Vanhook (CCM)
  • Dr. Joe Hawkins (AERO)
  • LTC. Carrick McCarthy (MS)
  • Dean -  Ad Hoc Member
  • Associate Dean - Ad Hoc Member
  • Rachel Brock - Ad Hoc Member

Retention Committee -  (1-3 year terms)

The Retention Committee shall 1) propose ways to improve and maintain the quality of academic advising in the College and the University in consultation with faculty and department officials; 2) identify educational issues and needs related to the retention of students generally or specific student populations 3) make recommendations regarding possible response options to the issues and 4) organize programs and events that would improve student connections to the college, departments, and faculty. 

Dr. Kevin Corns (AERO) 2 year term
Dr. Samuel Haruna - (AG) 1 year term
Dr. Warner Cribb - (GEO) 3 year term
Dr. Mina Mohebbi - (ET) 1 year term
Dr. Yi Gu Li - (CS) 3 year term
Dr. Rachel Leander - (MATH) - CHAIR 2 year term
Ms. Mimi Thomas - (CBAS Staff) Ad Hoc Member
Ms. Jennifer Danylo - (CBAS Staff) Ad Hoc Member
Mr. James Wick - (CBAS Staff) Ad Hoc Member

Research Committee -  (1-3 year terms)

The Research Committee shall 1) recommend policies and programs which promote and facilitate research and scholarship in the College 2) work with ORS to identify, recommend and facilitate procedural changes that would streamline the grant submission and administrative processes 3) recommend policy and programs which promote and facilitate research and grant participation in the college 4) develop strategies for strengthening the graduate programs and 5) nominate CBAS candidates for the Distinguished Research Award. 

Dr. Alyson Lischka - (MATH) CHAIR 1 year term
Dr. Greg Rushton - (TSEC) 2 year term
Dr. Grant Gardner -  (BIO) 3 year term
Dr. Hanna Terletska (PHYS) 2 year term
Dr. Keying Ding - (CHEM) 1 year term
Dr. Holly Spooner - (AG) 3 year term
Ms. Sharon Scott - (ORS Staff) Ad Hoc member

Teaching Committee - (1-3 year term)

The purpose of the CBAS Committee on Teaching is to promote excellence in teaching and to provide support for faculty development in the area of pedagogy: (1) Develop and help implement policies and procedures which encourage and reward effective teaching. (2) Create and implement programs, presentations, guest speakers, and workshops in the area of teaching in order to help ensure that faculty members reach their full potential as teachers. (3) Develop a more structured outlet for reflection on both the teaching and learning process and the aspirations and accomplishments of the teaching professionals. (4) Seeks ways to increase opportunities for faculty to engage in productive discussions to invigorate the teaching enterprise as it takes place within, but also outside, the classroom. (5) Recommend new and innovative procedures or evaluation techniques to measure effective teaching. (6) Work closely with the LT&ITC to support the use of formative and self-assessment techniques and materials for promoting faculty professional growth and teaching effectiveness, including strategies for robust student feedback.

In pursuit of these objectives, the committee should pay special attention to nurturing beginning faculty members and supporting faculty at all levels to effectively incorporate innovative strategies, technologies, formats, and best practices.

Dr. Mark Abolins - (GEO) - CHAIR  1 year term
Dr. Iris Gao  - (AG)  1 year term
Dr. Lei Miao - (ET) 2 year term
Dr. Andrea Georgiou - (AERO) 3 year term
Dr. Xin Yang - (CS) 3 year term
Dr. Don Nelson - (MATH) 2 year term

Awards Committee - (2-year term)

The Awards Committee shall:  1) determine awards to be presented by CBAS, 2) develop and establish the criteria for each award, 3) formulate and publicize an annual agenda and calendar for the awards process, 4) seek nominations throughout the college community, 5). develop and distribute supporting nomination documents, 6) select finalists based upon the selection criteria, 7) forward award finalists to the CBAS Dean, and 8) continuously review and realign selection criteria as appropriate

Meeting Date: TBD

Dr. Rafat Al-Tobasei - (CS) 1 year term
Dr. Joe Collins -(GEO) 1 year term
Dr. Jana Ruth Ford - (PHYS) 1 year term
Dr. Justin Miller - (CHEM) - CHAIR 1 year term
Dr. Jennifer Lovett - (MATH) 2 year term
Ms. Nancy Miller - (CBAS Staff) 1 year term
Ms. Suzanne Hicks - (Staff) 2 year term
Dr. Kishor Luitel - (AG) 2 year term
Dr. Jake Avila - (CCM) 1 year term
Dr. Peter Neff - (AERO) 1 year term
Dr. Yangseung Jeong - (BIO) 2 year term
Dr. Anthony Newsome (BIO) 1  year term
Dr. Heather Brown - (CCM) 2 year term
Dean or designee Ad Hoc Member


College of Basic and Applied Sciences 
MTSU, Box 83, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 
Phone: 615-898-2613