Faculty Committees

Admissions / Standards / Honors / Scholarship Committee

Charge: The committee selects the recipients of College honors and scholarships. This includes awards for the outstanding students in the College, to be given at the Choppin Honors Convocation.

  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Kathryn Loveless (College of Science)
  • Megan Klingler (College of Science)
  • Johnna Roose (Biological Sciences)
  • John Hogan (Chemistry)
  • Barb Dutrow (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Ivan Agullo (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Stephen Shipman (Mathematics)

Courses & Curricula Committee

Charge: This committee ensures that the curricula for the various lines of study within the College retain a carefully conceived philosophy of education, promote a healthy symbiotic relationship between the departments, and remain in line with the mission and scope of the College. Accordingly, the committee will also encourage student participation in interdisciplinary research by facilitating the cross-listing of independent research credit courses across diverse disciplines (e.g., cross-listing between Geology & Geophysics and Art & Design).

  • Andy Mavrick (College of Science)
  • Kathryn Loveless (College of Science)
  • Erin Doherty Peck (College of Science)
  • Greg Pettis (Biological Sciences)
  • John Hopkins (Chemistry)
  • Darrell Henry (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Jim Matthews (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Ricardo Estrada (Mathematics)

Distinguished Dissertation/Non-Tenured Faculty Research Award Committee

Charge: The committee selects the winners of the Distinguished Dissertation and Non-Tenured Faculty Research Awards in the College.

  • Sam Bentley (College of Science)
  • Mark Batzer (Biological Sciences)
  • Kevin Smith (Chemistry)
  • Juan Lorenzo (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Ilya Vekhter (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Len Richardson (Mathematics)

Diversity Committee

Charge: Members are (a) to advocate for and promote diversity at the graduate, postdoctoral, faculty and staff levels in the College of Science of Louisiana State University, (b) to serve as an advisory group to the Dean of the College of Science and, as appropriate, to other members of the administration, including Deans, Provosts, and President in areas related to diversity, and (c) to recommend measures to increase diversity at every level in each of the College’s departments in keeping with PS 55 and PS 1.

  • Cynthia Peterson (College of Science)
  • Zakiya Wilson- Kennedy (College of Science)
  • Michael Malisoff (Past Chair)
  • Mark Wilde (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Geoff Clayton (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Shea Vela-Vick (Mathematics)
  • Julia Ledet (Mathematics)
  • Phil Bart (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Patricia Persaud (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Jane Garno (Chemistry)
  • Bin Chen (Chemistry)
  • Latoya Paul (Biological Sciences)
  • Kyle Harms (Biological Sciences)

Diversity Committee Web Page

Policy Committee

Charge: The Policy Committee advises the Dean of the College of Science on procedures of policy. The committee also determines allocations of seats to the Faculty Senate from the CoS. An algorithm has been adopted by the Policy Committee to determine the allocation of senators for each department. Faculty Senators will be elected in the spring following the guidelines of the Constitution and Bylaws of the LSU Faculty Senate.

  • Cynthia Peterson (College of Science)
  • Patrick DiMario (Biological Sciences)
  • Evanna Gleason (Biology Sciences)
  • Kermit Murray (Chemistry)
  • Doug Gilman (Chemistry)
  • Barb Dutro (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Darrell Henry (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Phil Sprunger (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Ward Plummer (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Stephen Shipman (Mathematics)
  • Gestur Olafsson (Mathematics)

Members selected by department vote. Two-year appointment ; one department representative rotates off each year. Two year term listed for each.

Pre-Medical/Pre-dental Review Committee

Charge: The committee reviews applicants to medical and dental schools and makes admission recommendations to the programs to which students have applied. Student files are evaluated in advance of meetings.

  • Robby Bowen (College of Science)
  • Eric Achberger (Biological Sciences)
  • David Donze (Biological Sciences)
  • Leaf Boswell (Biological Sciences)
  • Khoa Nguyen (Biological Sciences)
  • Caroline Schneider (Chemistry)
  • Justin Ragains (Chemistry)
  • Nick Totaro (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
  • Wanda Hargroder (Kinesiology)

Promotion & Tenure Committee

Charge: The Promotion and Tenure Committee is formally advisory to the Dean. Following the college meeting among departmental representatives, the chair and co-chair of the committee meet with the Dean. The Dean receives the votes, takes discussions under advisement and uses that information and the department’s recommendations in formulating his/her official evaluations. The Dean passes this information forward.

  • David Donze (Biological Sciences)
  • Graca Vicente (Chemistry)
  • Peter Clift (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Jack Blackmon (Physics & Astronomy)
  • James Oxley (Mathematics)

One member selected from each department by faculty vote. Additional members selected by the Dean.

Science Residential College Advisory Committee

Charge: The committee has the responsibility to coordinate co-curricular activities and participate when possible. 

  • Hollie Donze (SRC Rector)
  • Capri Mandella (SRC/ College of Science)
  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Steve Pomarico (Biological Sciences)
  • Kandace Hurst (Chemistry)
  • Frank Neubrander (Mathematics)

Teaching Awards Committee

Charge: The committee shall make recommendations to the Dean regarding teaching awards 

  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Leaf Boswell (Biological Sciences)
  • Ken Lopata (Chemistry)
  • Amy Luther (Geology & Geophysics)
  • Kristina Launey (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Stephen Shipman (Mathematics)
  • Geaux Teach Advisory Committee

Charge: The committee will supply input to the design and administration of the GeauxTeach program in order to provide a high-quality undergraduate STEM major as part of a pathway to secondary teacher certification that is in compliance with BESE regulations. Departmental representatives enhance communication and cooperation between departments and GeauxTeach in order to benefit students, departments, and the College of Science. 

  • Jim Madden (College of Science)
  • Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy (College of Science)
  • Tiah Alphonso (College of Science)
  • Sharon Besson (GeauxTeach)
  • Chelsea Duhon (GeauxTeach)
  • Gregg Pettis (Biological Sciences)
  • Kandace Hurst (Chemistry)
  • Hongyu He (Mathematics)
  • Juana Moreno (Physics and Astronomy)
  • Frank Neubrander (Cain Center) 
  • Richard Baker (College of Human Sciences & Education)
  • David Kirschner (College of Human Sciences & Education)
  • Angelle Stringer (College of Human Sciences & Education)
  • Sara Strickland (La. Dept. of Education)
  • Jordan Delaune (GeauxTeach Student)
  • Rebecca Nguyen (GeauxTeach Alumni) 

Faculty Awards Nomination Committee (ad hoc)

Charge: The committee shall make recommendations to the Dean regarding faculty awards.

  • Sam Bentley (College of Science)
  • Mark Batzer (Biological Sciences)
  • Isiah Warner (Chemistry)
  • Suzanne Brenner (Mathematics)
  • James Oxley (Mathematics)
  • Ward Plummer (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Gabrielle Gonzales (Physics & Astronomy)

Undergraduate Task Force (ad hoc)

Charge: This ad hoc committee was established in 2017-2018 to work on issues related to undergraduate retention and inclusion and is currently in an exploratory phase. If it is determined that this committee should be converted to a standing committee, it will be brought before the Policy Committee for a vote.

  • Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy (College of Science)
  • Andy Maverick (College of Science)
  • Anne Grove (Biological Sciences)
  • Steven Pomarico (Biological Sciences)
  • James Moroney (Biological Sciences)
  • Kandace Hurst (Chemistry)
  • Rendy Kartika (Chemistry)
  • Patricia Persaud (Geology and Geophysics)
  • Amy Luther (Geology and Geophysics)
  • Daniel Sage (Mathematics)
  • Julia Ledet (Mathematics)
  • Thomas Corbitt (Physics and Astronomy)
  • Mette Gaarde (Physics and Astronomy)
  • Prosanta Chakrabarty (Museum of Natural Science)
  • Becky Carmichael (Communication across the Curriculum)