Anthropology Department Committee Appointments

Academic Year 2023-2024

Below are the department committee assignments and other faculty service appointments for academic year 2023-2024. This year will again be a very active one requiring service on the self-study for the external review and several promotion committees in addition to those listed below. Thank you for participating in these important departmental responsibilities and for your commitment to effective shared governance and university service.

  • Department Head: Brenda Farnell
  • Interim Associate Head: Kate Clancy
  • Director of Graduate Studies (DGS): Jessica Greenberg
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS): Petra Jelinek
  • Liebman Undergraduate Research Coordinator: Petra Jelinek
  • Director of Laboratory Research: Stan Ambrose
  • Faculty Liaison for Anthro Club/Lambda Alpha Honors Society: Brandon Ritchison
  • Faculty Senate Representatives: Virginia Dominguez, Jessica Greenberg
Advisory Committee:

Elected annually by the faculty to advise the Head on matters of substance, policy, and procedure and to carry out such additional duties and responsibilities as specified in the Bylaws and University Statutes. Election to the 23-24 committee will be held early in the Fall.

Members: Katelyn Bishop, Jessica Greenberg, Stan Ambrose, Krystal Smalls, Kate Clancy (ex officio), Ripan Malhi (Ex officio)

Tenured Faculty Committee:

All active faculty members appointed on indefinite tenure. The committee’s responsibilities are normally to advise the Head in matters concerning the evaluation and promotion and/or tenure of persons holding the rank of Assistant Professor.

Professorial Committee:

All active faculty members holding the rank of Full Professor and the Department Head as Chair. The committee’s responsibilities are normally to advise the Head in matters concerning the evaluation and promotion of members of the faculty holding the rank of Associate Professor.

Members: Brenda Farnell (Chair), Stanley Ambrose, Kate Clancy, Jane Desmond, Virginia Dominguez, Christopher Fennell, Faye Harrison, Lyle Konigsberg, Lisa Lucero, Ripan Malhi, Andrew Orta, Laura Shackelford, Helaine Silverman, Rebecca Stumpf

Graduate Admissions Committee:

Responsible for the selection and recruitment of new graduate students for admission, and for the identification of fellowship candidates from the pool of newly admitted applicants.

Members: Lyle Konigsberg (Chair), Jennifer Delfino, Kate Bishop, Jessica Greenberg (ex officio)

Awards Committee:

Responsible for preparing nominations of anthropology faculty, staff, and students for campus and external (national and international awards), and the administration of Departmental Awards for faculty, staff, and students.

Members: Virginia Dominguez (Chair), Chris Fennell, Rebecca Stumpf, Kate Clancy (ex officio)

Graduate Financial Aid and Summer Research Funding Committee:

Responsible for making recommendationsregardingfinancialaidforcontinuinggraduatestudents, andforreviewingand rankingstudentfundingproposalstotheGraduateCollegeandotherunits. Responsibleforassigning grants to graduate students from departmental funds for summer pre-dissertation research.

Members: Lisa Lucero (Chair), Jeff Martin, Laura Shackelford, Krystal Smalls, Jessica Greenberg (ex officio)

Colloquia and Intellectual Community Committee:

Responsible for planning and promoting talks, colloquia, workshops, and other departmental events and for coordinating departmental support for events initiated by other campus units. (Planning ahead for Sp 24 & Fall 24)

Members: Ripan Mahli (Chair) Suzie Telep, LaKisha David, Helaine Silverman, Jessica Greenberg, and graduate students Tamara Pavlovic and Abby Long. 

Courses and Curricula Committee:

Responsible for reviewing curricula, making recommendations to the department for changes in curricula and assisting faculty in the course development process.

Jesssica Greenberg (Chair), Erin Riggs, Elise Kramer, Jessica Brinkworth, and graduate student Grace Shaw. 

Diversity and Departmental Community Committee:

Responsible for developing and promoting department efforts to build a diverse scholarly community and for guiding department efforts to enact and update commitments detailed in the Departmental Action Plan of 2011 and 2021 Statements relating to Decolonizing Anthropology

Members: Faye Harrison (Chair), Jennifer Delfino, Jane Demond (SP24), and graduate student David Tsoi

Osteology Collections Committee:

Responsible for reviewing the osteological collections andb developing strategies for replacement of teaching materials.

Members: Stan Ambrose (Chair), Katelyn Bishop

Human Remains & Ethics Committee:

Responsible for documentation and repatriation of all unaffiliated Native American and other human remains held by the department or former Lab of Anthropology. Advisory to the Head with respect to NAGPRA compliance issues (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).

Members: Chris Fennell (Chair), Ripan Malhi, and graduate students Abby Houkes and Aimee Carbaugh.

Development /Marketing and Communications Team:

Responsible for periodic text and image updates to department website, working with staff and faculty as appropriate. Responsible for text of the alumni newsletter and other alumni relations efforts.

Members: Jessica Greenberg, Kate Clancy, Petra Jelinek, and graduate students Breanna Escamilla and Abby Long.

Ad Hoc Committees

Green Team:

Responsible for identifying (and implementing) ways in which the department can be more environmentally conscious and move towards more sustainable practices.

Members: Jessica Brinkworth (Chair) + any and all volunteers.

Capricious Grading Committee:

A Capricious Grading Committee shall be appointed or elected annually by each unit’s executive officer as needed. Student Code 3-107(b).

Grievance Committee:

A Grievance Committee will be appointed by the Head of the Department as needed. See Anthropology Graduate Handbook page 11.