Steering Committee & Working Groups

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee charged with the decennial Self-Study is currently composed of 22 individuals. These individuals were carefully chosen to broadly represent the GW community. The Steering Committee was constituted with an eye toward both diversity (including gender and race) and broad representation from the ten schools that make up the university.

Elizabeth Amundson, Registrar and Associate Provost: amundson@gwu.edu
Charles Barber, Deputy General Counsel: cbarber@gwu.edu
Cheryl Beil, Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment (Co-Chair, Steering Committee): cbeil@gwu.edu
Sarah Baldassaro, Associate Vice-President, External Relations: sarahgb@gwu.edu
Jeffrey Brand, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Philosophy (CCAS): jbb@gwu.edu
Elizabeth Chacko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Geography (CCAS): echacko@gwu.edu
Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor of Law (GW Law): charno@gwu.edu
Joseph Cordes, Associate Director (TSPPPA); Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration: cordes@gwu.edu
Julie DeLoia, Associate Dean; Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Science (MISPH): jdeloia@gwu.edu
Paul Duff, Professor of Religion (CCAS) (Co-Chair, Steering Committee): duff@gwu.edu
Gina Lohr, Interim Associate Vice President for Research: glohr@gwu.edu
Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation: genevahenry@gwu.edu
Pamela Jeffries, Dean, School of Nursing (SoN): pjeffries@gwu.edu
Laurie Koehler, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management and Retention: koehler@gwu.edu
Raymond Lucas, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (SMHS): rlucas@gwu.edu
Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (ESIA): mochizuk@gwu.edu
Terry Murphy, Deputy Provost; Professor of American Studies (CCAS): tmurphy@gwu.edu
Bhagi Narahari, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Programs; Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (SEAS): narahari@gwu.edu
Rene Stewart O’Neal, Vice-Provost of Budget and Finance, Office of the Provost: rstewartoneal@gwu.edu
Barbara Porter, Chief of Staff, President’s Office: porter@gwu.edu
Paul Wahlbeck, Vice-Dean for Programs and Research; Professor of Political Science (CCAS): wahlbeck@gwu.edu

Working Groups

Eight Working Groups are responsible for the majority of the self-study analysis. One Working Group has been assigned to each of the seven standards of accreditation; an additional Working Group has been created to address the requirements of affiliation and verification of compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations. Two co-chairs, each of whom is a member of the Steering Committee, lead each Working Group. At least one of the co-chairs of each Working Group is a faculty member with significant administrative experience. The co-chairs formed their Working Groups with input from the Steering Committee co-chairs and the Office of the Provost. As was the case with the co-chairs, the members of each of the Working Groups were chosen to ensure both diversity and broad representation from across the university.

Charges to the Working Groups

At the Kick-Off meeting of the Steering Committee (March 29, 2016), the co-chairs were given general instructions as follows:

  1. Each Working Group report should be limited to 10 pages;
  2. Both the strengths and weaknesses of the university concerning the standards should be evaluated but the tone of the report should be factual and, as far as possible, constructive. This will greatly aid the Steering Committee co-chairs when they put together a draft of the entire Self-Study;
  3. In the evaluation of each standard (and the Requirements of Affiliation), linkages should be made to both the university’s Mission Statement and the Strategic Plan.

In addition, a common charge was given to eight Working Groups. Specifically, each group was charged to:

  1. Examine relevant documentation, processes, and procedures as they relate to the standard under review;
  2. Describe the extent to which GW meets the criteria established by the standards;
  3. Provide an analysis of the university’s strengths and challenges with regard to the standard;
  4. Make recommendations for improvement; and
  5. Revise and update the Document Roadmap in terms of its relevance to the standard.

Working Group 1: Mission and Goals (Standard I)

Jeffrey Brand, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Philosophy (CCAS) (Co-Chair)
Sarah Baldasarro, Associate Vice-President for External Relations (Co-Chair)
Amy Cohen, Executive Director, Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service
Chris Deering, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Provost (VSTC); Professor of Political Science (CCAS)
Renee DeVigne, Associate Dean for Student Academic Development; Professorial Lecturer (GW Law)
Stacey DiLorenzo, Executive Director of Communication (MISPH)
Mohssen Esseesy, Chair, Department of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Associate Professor of Arabic and International Affairs (CCAS)
Toni Marsh, Director of the Paralegal Studies Graduate Program; Associate Professor (CPS)
Sherry Davis Molock, Associate Professor of Psychology (CCAS)
Rumana Riffat, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Civil Engineering (SEAS)
Jennifer Spencer, Vice Dean for Faculty & Research; Professor of International Business and International Affairs (GWSB)
Gail Weiss, Professor of Philosophy (CCAS)
Lourdes Winberry, Associate Dean for Health Affairs (SMHS)
Jason Zara, Associate Chair for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (SEAS)
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 2: Ethics and Integrity (Standard II)

Steve Charnovitz, Associate Professor of Law (GW Law) (Co-Chair)
Raymond Lucas, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (SMHS) (Co-Chair)
Brian Biles, Professor Emeritus of Health Policy (MISPH)
Joan Butler, Program Director, Clinical Research (SMHS)
Allen Dyer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (SMHS)
Vicki Fair, Assistant Vice President, Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity
Thomas Falcigno (Undergraduate Student)
Jared Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic Technologies and Deputy Chief Academic Technology Officer
Danielle Lico, Associate Dean of Students
Corey Parker, Contractor, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Alfreda Robinson, Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy (GW Law)
Edwin Schonfeld, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Dan Small, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Assistance
Suresh Subramaniam, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)
Richard Weitzner, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 3: Student Learning Experience (Standard III)

Julie DeLoia, Associate Dean; Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Science (MISPH) (Co-Chair)
Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation (Co-Chair)
Adele Ashkar, Associate Dean for Academic Excellence, Associate Professor (CPS)
Denis Cioffi, Senior Advisor to the Dean; Associate Teaching Professor of Decision Science (GWSB)
Renee DeVigne, Associate Dean for Student Affairs (GW Law)
Patty Dinneen, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center
Jennifer Donaghue, Director of International Services
Catherine Golden, Associate Dean, Academic Planning and Assessment; Director, Health Intervention and Disaster Response (SMHS)
Daniel Hayes, Associate Professor of Political Science (CCAS)
Christine Pintz, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing (SoN)
Lisa Rice, Chair and Associate Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies (GSEHD)
Anne Scammon, Managing Director, Curricular and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Career Services
Donna Scarboro, Associate Provost for International Programs, Professorial Lecturer in English and Honors
Megan Siczek, Director and Assistant Professor of English for Academic Purposes (CCAS)
Lisa Stephenson, Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Professorial Lecturer in International Affairs (ESIA)
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 4: Support of Student Experience (Standard IV)

Laurie Koehler, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management (Co-Chair)
Bhagi Narahari, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Programs; Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (SEAS) (Co-Chair)
Tracy Arwari, Student Success Officer
Christopher Britt, Associate Professor of Spanish (CCAS)
Rachel Brown, Assistant Provost of University Career Services
Corinne Hester Crews, Advanced Degree Program Coordinator (GSEHD)
Kim Dam, Director, Survey Research and Analysis
Erika Feinman, President, GW Student Association
Dan Friedman, Associate Registrar
Christopher Kayes, Chair, Department of Management and Professor of Management (GWSB)
Caroline Laguerre-Brown, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement
Lindsay Peck, Enrollment Retention Officer
Jonathan Walker, Assistant Dean of Student Services (ESIA)
Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)
David Iselin, Special Assistant, Enrollment Management and Retention

Working Group 5: Educational Effectiveness Assessment (Standard V)

Elizabeth Chacko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Geography (CCAS) (Co-Chair)
Mike Mochizuki, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (ESIA) (Co-Chair)
Denver Brunsman, Associate Professor of History (CCAS)
Vivek Choudhury, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management (GWSB)
Evie Downie, Associate Dean of Academic Assessment and Support; Associate Professor of Physics (CCAS)
Jody Ganiban, Professor of Psychology (CCAS)
Kimberly Gross, Associate Director of School of Media and Public Affairs; Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs and of Political Science (SMPA/CCAS)
Selila Honig, Associate Director of Assessment
Lisa Lipinski, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Corcoran School; Assistant Professor of Art (CCAS)
Jack Prostko, Associate Dean, Learning/Faculty Development (CPS)
Elizabeth Rice, Associate Professor of Special Education (GSEHD)
Mary Jean Schumann, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in School of Nursing; Assistant Professor of Nursing (SoN)
Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning and Outreach, Division of Student Affairs
Zoe Szajnfarber, Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and of International Affairs (SEAS)
Monique Turner, Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health (MISPH)
Leslie Ward, Associate Director of Accreditation and Data (GSEHD)
Cheryl Beil and Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chairs (ex-officio)

Working Group 6: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement (Standard VI)

Joe Cordes, Associate Director (TSPPPA); Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration (Co-Chair)
Rene Stewart O’Neal, Vice-Provost of Budget and Finance, Office of the Provost (Co-Chair)
Stella Apekey, Associate Vice-President for Budget and Financial Management
Allison Benner, Finance Director (SEAS)
Don Boselovic, Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Christopher Bracey, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs; Professor of Law (GW Law)
P.B. Garrett, Sr. Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Learning & Chief Academic Technology Officer
Natasha Kazeem, Senior Advisor (MISPH)
Alicia Knight, Senior Associate Vice-President of Operations
Joe Knop, Director, Office of Institutional Research and Planning
Gina Lohr, Interim Associate Vice President for Research
Dale McLeod, Associate Vice-President for Human Resources Operations
Angela McNelis, Professor of Nursing (SoN)
Doug Shaw, Senior Associate Provost for International Strategy
Carol Sigelman, Chair, Department of Psychology; Hunt Professor of Psychology (CCAS)
Dave Steinour, Chief Information Officer
James Tielsch, Chair, Department of Global Health; Professor of Global Health (MISPH)
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 7: Governance, Leadership, and Administration (Standard VII)

Charles Barber, Deputy General Counsel (Co-Chair)
Paul Wahlbeck, Vice-Dean for Programs and Research; Professor of Political Science (CCAS) (Co-Chair)
Aristide Collins, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations; Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration
Kyle Farmbry, Board of Trustees
Charles Garris, Executive Chair, Faculty Senate; Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (SEAS)
Christina Gee, Associate Professor of Psychology (CCAS)
David Green, Associate Vice-President for Financial Operations
Thomas LaVeist, Chair of Health Policy and Management; Professor of Health Policy and Management (MISPH)
Barbara Porter, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Paul Duff, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Working Group 8: Requirements of Affiliation - Compliance

Elizabeth Amundson, Registrar and Associate Provost (Co-Chair)
Pamela Jeffries, Dean, School of Nursing (SoN) (Co-Chair)
Yordanos Baharu, Executive Director, Academic Enterprise, Academic Technologies
Joachim Knop, Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Mina Markus, Compliance Associate (SoN)
Terry Murphy, Deputy Provost; Professor of American Studies (CCAS)
Laurie Posey, Director of Instructional Design; Professorial Lecturer in Health Sciences
Abbey Richards, Office of General Counsel
Mary Jean Schumann, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SoN)
David Smedley, Associate Director, Compliance & Policy, Office of Student Financial Assistance
Cheryl Beil, Steering Committee Co-Chair (ex-officio)

Arrangements, Design, and Editing

Alex Feldman, Academic Planning and Assessment, Doctoral Student (GSEHD)
Rachel Muir, Executive Director, Editorial Services, External Relations
Eden Slone, Editorial Assistant, Graduate Student in Museum Studies (CCAS)