Department Committees


Academic Year 2020-2021

Below are the department committee assignments and other faculty service appointments for academic year 2020-2021. I thank you in advance for participating in these important departmental responsibilities, and your commitment to university service.

Director of Graduate StudiesKate Clancy

Director Undergraduate Studies:   Ripan Malhi

Liebman Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator: Petra Jelinek

Faculty Liaison for Anthro Club/Lamda Alpha: Andy Orta

Faculty Senate Representative: Jane Desmond


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 By-Laws and University Statutes.

Currently 2019-20:  Lyle Konigsberg, Kate Clancy, Jenny Davis, Chris Fennell, Ripan Malhi (ex officio) Laura Shackelford (ex officio); elections will be held for AY 20-21

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 ranks of Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor or Clinical Assistant Professor.

Brenda Farnell (Chair), Stan Ambrose, Kate Clancy, Jane Desmond, Jenny Davis, Virginia Dominguez, Christopher Fennell, Jessica Greenberg, Faye Harrison, Lyle Konigsberg, Lisa Lucero, Ripan Malhi, Jeff Martin, Ellen Moodie, Andrew Orta, John Polk, Gilberto Rosas, Laura Shackelford, Helaine Silverman, Rebecca Stumpf

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.

Brenda Farnell (Chair), Stanley Ambrose, Jane Desmond, Virginia Dominguez, Christopher Fennell, Faye Harrison, Lyle Konigsberg, Lisa Lucero, Ripan Malhi, Andrew Orta, John Polk, 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. 

Chris Fennell (Chair), Ellen Moodie, Jessica Brinkworth, Kate Clancy (ex officio)


Awards Committee Responsible for preparing nominations of faculty, staff and students for campus and external (national and international awards), and the administration of departmental Spring Banquet awards for faculty, staff and students,

Virginia Dominguez (Chair), Stan Ambrose, Faye Harrison, Lyle Konigsberg (Fall)

Graduate Financial Aid and Summer Research Funding Committee Responsible for making recommendations regarding financial aid for continuing graduate students, 
and for reviewing and ranking student funding proposals to the Graduate College and other units.  Responsible for assigning grants to graduate students from departmental funds for summer pre-dissertation research. 

Andy Orta (Chair), Rebecca Stumpf, Helaine Silverman (Sp), Kate Clancy (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 21 & Fall 21)

Jane Desmond (Chair), Lisa Lucero (Fall), Jeff Martin, Brandon Ritchison, + 2 grad students


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.

John Polk (Chair), Gilberto Rosas, Lisa Lucero (Fall) Helaine Silverman (Sp), Ripan Malhi (ex officio) + grad student


Development Committee Responsible for text of the alumni newsletter and other alumni relations efforts

Jane Desmond (Chair), Jeff Martin


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 2004 (updated in 2011). 

Jenny Davis (Chair), Katelyn Bishop, Krystal Smalls + grad student


Osteology Collections Committee Responsible for reviewing the osteological collections and developing strategies for replacement of teaching materials.

Laura Shackelford (Chair), Stan Ambrose, John Polk


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).

Jenny Davis (chair), Katelyn Bishop (+ grad.)


Ad Hoc Committees

Marketing and Communications Liaison Responsible for periodic text and image updates to department website, working with department RA and other faculty & staff as appropriate.

Jessica Greenberg (w/ Dora Kourkoulou)

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

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.  Graduate College Web-site.