Riverside Academic Senate Standing Committees ​

Committee Charge
The Academic Standards Committee has the responsibility of researching issues of an academic and professional nature, providing a forum for discussion of academic policies and making recommendations to the college academic senate. The Academic Standards Committee activities include, but are not limited to, Academic Honesty, Grading Systems, Scholastic Honors, Dean’s List, Minimum Qualifications, and Graduation Requirements."
The five committee members are elected to staggered two-year terms. Members also meet and confer with faculty designated by the Moreno Valley and Norco academic senates to attend to policy and procedures that require coordination across the district.

Tom Allen (District)  
Jeanne Howard (MV) 
Nick Sinigaglia (MV) 
Deborah Smith (N) 
Lee Nelson (R) ​

Committee Charge (Riverside Only): 
The Assessment Committee supports both formative (in-class) and summative (end of class) assessment to improve student learning. The Assessment Committee facilitates college-based activities and discussion by consulting with and providing guidance to departments, disciplines, and other units undergoing program review. The committee seeks to foster engagement in student learning outcomes assessment by encouraging dialogue related to pedagogy and curriculum, and supporting college-wide assessment efforts.​

2019 - 2020 Members
Faculty Co-Chairs: Jude Whitton, Denise Kruizenga-Muro
Administrative Co-Chair: Wendy McEwen, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness

Sharon Alexander
Hayley Ashby
Kelly Brautigam
Steve Brewster
Kathy Brooks
Deborah Brown
Debbie Cazares
Rita Chenowith
Shelly Dawson
Jim Elton
Mona Jazayeri
Jasminka Knecht
Kevin Maroufkhani
Melissa Matuszak
Scott Mc Leod
Mike Medina
Joshua Orlando
William Phelps
Paul Richardson
Nick Robinson
RoseMarie Sarkis
Rochelle Smith
Rana Tayyar  ​

Standing Committees:  Associate (Part-Time) Faculty​

Committee Charge
The Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee represents part-time faculty concerns in the Riverside City College Academic Senate: 
The Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee works to strengthen relations and mutual respect among the members of the associate faculty and between the associate faculty, full-time faculty, staff, and the administration, and to encourage associate faculty interest and participation in academic affairs. 
The Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee promotes development and leadership among the associate faculty and supports the integration of the associate faculty into institutional processes at RCC. 
The Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee facilitates the associate faculty’s availability to interact with students, to participate in governance, and to contribute to the curriculum decision-making process. 
The Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee cooperates with organizations such as RCCDFA/CCA/CTA/NEA and the California Part-Time Faculty Association (CPFA) on matters of mutual interest or concern. 
The Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Committee promotes and encourages compliance with the recommendations of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges to the Board of Governors."
Associate (Part-Time) Faculty Website 

Five committee members are elected to staggered two-year terms:  
Jan Buttermore
Mark Cantrell
Mark Carpenter
Nicole Green-Hodges

Standing Committees:  Curriculum

Committee charge
The curriculum committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding new and revised course outlines and new and revised programs of study. Upon the submission of curriculum proposals from faculty, the curriculum committee reviews all curricular issues including establishing requisites, assigning courses to disciplines and resolving curriculum conflicts between disciplines." 
Members are elected by their departments to two-year terms. The committee elects its chair annually. The Committee meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 3-5 in Digital Library 409. 

2018 - 2019 Members 
Chris Bastion – ASRCC Student Representative
Madeline Bettencourt – Cosmetology Department Representative
Dan Borses – History Department Representative
Jay Boshara – Economics, Geography, and Political Science Department Representative
Ellen Brown-Drinkwater – Articulation and Counseling
Paul Conrad – Business Administration and Information Systems Technology Department Representative
Kristine DiMemmo – Dean, Career and Technical Education
Kelly Douglass – English and Media Studies Department Representative
Nancy Gall – Applied Technology Department Representative
Shannon Hammock – Library and Learning Resources Department Representative
Judy Haugh – Articulation and Counseling
Robert Jew – Arts Department Representative
Kathy Kelly – World Languages Department Representative
Clara Lowden – Kinesiology and Athletics Department Representative
Karyn Magno – Counseling Department Representative
Ernesto Reyes – Mathematics Department Representative
Paul Richardson – Chemistry Department Representative
Star Romero – Communication Studies Department Representative
Brock Russell – Physical Science Department Representative
Steven Schmidt – Music Department Representative; Chair – RCCD Technical Review Committee
Catherine Thaler – Life Sciences Department Representative
Amy Vermillion – Nursing Education Department Representative
Shari Yates – Early Childhood Studies Department Representative

Greg Burchett – Faculty Chair, Riverside City College Curriculum Committee
Carol Farrar – Administrative Co-Chair, Riverside City College Curriculum Committee; Riverside City College Vice President of Academic Affairs
Christine DiMemmo – Dean Career and Technical Education; Interim Dean Performing Arts
Steven Schmidt – Chair of Riverside Community College District Technical Review Committee; Performing Arts Department Representative
Mark Sellick – President, Riverside City College Academic Senate

Committee charge
Purpose - The Department Leadership Council of Riverside City College is composed of the chairs and assistant chairs of the academic departments of the college. Department Chairs have obligations to the RCC District, as defined in Board Policy and the NEA/CCA/CTA contract. Many chairs have obligations to the department faculty who elect them as stipulated in department policy. In its status as a standing committee of the Academic Senate, the APC acts to advise the Riverside City College Academic Senate with regard to “academic and professional” matters, as defined in Title 5 §53200. It further acts to advise the Riverside City College Strategic Planning Committee regarding resource prioritization on behalf of the Academic Senate. 
The Department Leadership Council allows for open dialogue between chairs and the administration and advises the academic senate with regard to the maintenance and evolution of academic programs of the college and district. The Department Leadership Council seeks to develop and maintain a collegial approach to supporting academic programs, enrollment management.

The composition of the Department Leadership Council: All faculty serving as department chairs, co-chairs, or assistant chairs are members of the Department Leadership Council. The committee is co-chaired by the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or other designees of the college president) and a faculty member elected by the committee. The term of office shall be two years with the chair chosen at the end of the spring semester in even-numbered years. 

The Riverside City College Department Leadership Council shall:
  • ​Review and approve proposed academic programs where such programs appear to be compatible with existing college resources. In such cases where the Department Leadership Council judges that proposed programs will have an adverse effect on existing programs, it shall recommend to the Academic Senate that approval for such programs be withheld until resources can be identified to support the program. 
  • Advise the Academic Senate with regard to the prioritization of new full-time faculty hires. 
  • Promote collaboration among departments and with the administration to best meet student needs and best use of department resources. 
  • Promote consistent practices in those areas subject to board or college policy. 
  • With regard to resource allocation and prioritization, the Department Leadership Council advises the Riverside City College Strategic Planning Committee and, indirectly, the Riverside Community College District Strategic Planning Committee.
Meetings and Procedures
The Department Leadership Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month while the academic year is in session. A quorum shall require 50% plus one member; where possible, a decision shall be made by consensus. Roberts Rules shall be used to structure the conversation of the committee. While the Vice President of Academic Affairs (or designee of the college president) co-chairs the committee, all votes of the committee regarding matters under the authority of the Academic Senate shall be limited to the faculty members of the committee."
Department chairs and assistant chairs are elected by their departments to three-year terms in accordance with the CTA contract. The committee elects its chair annually. 

Department ​​​Member
DLC Chair Kevin Mayse, Carol Farrar
Applied Technology Paul O'Connell, Jim Knieriem
Art Rhonda Taube, Jeff Soto
Behavioral Sciences Jami Brown
Business Administration/CIS Janet Lehr, Ajene Wilcoxson, Laneshia Judon
Chemistry Leo Truttmann, Paul Richardson
Communication Studies
Micherri Wiggs
​Cosmetology  Peter Westbrook 
Counseling Garth Schultz, Ellen Brown-Drinkwater
Early Childhood Studies Shari Yates
Economics/Geography/Political Science Dariush Haghighat
English & Media Studies
Kathleen Sell, Jo Scott-Coe, Victor Sandoval
Rom Masterson
​Kinesiology Steve Sigloch, Clara Lowden  
Library Learning Resources Jacqueline Lesch
Life Science Scott Herrick
Ken Cramm, Marc Sanchez, Jason Wong
Nursing Education Gina Harold (VN), Tammy Vant Hul (ADN)
Performing Arts Kevin Mayse, Charlie Richard, Jodi Julian, 
Rita Chenoweth, Jazminka Knecht
Physical Sciences
Terrence O'Neill
World Languages
Dorothy Gaylor  

Standing Committees:  Planning & Budget

Committee Charge
The Strategic Planning & Budget Committee works with the Strategic Planning committee and RCCDFA/CCA/NEA to promote budget processes that place students and their learning experience at the center of budgeting processes at RCCD. The committee especially works to promote budget processes which prioritize effective support for faculty (including counselors and librarians, full and part-time) as they fulfill their educational mission to students on the Riverside City College campus.

Ward Schinke (Chair) - Political Science  
Debbie Cazares - Early Childhood Education 
Garth Schultz - Counseling
Leo Truttman - Chemistry 
Peter Westbrook - Cosmetology

Committee Charge
The District encourages faculty to continue their professional preparation through academic, scholarly, and professional endeavors beyond those skills presented at the time of employment. Faculty members must submit a plan to the College Professional Growth and Sabbatical Leave Committee in advance of initiating professional growth activities and must get preliminary approval of that plan. The Chairperson will inform the faculty member in writing of their approval or if changes need to be made. Upon completion of the plan, the faculty member will submit a formal written request for salary reclassification with all the necessary documentation.
Sabbatical leaves are also presented to the committee according to the CTA/RCCD contract which requires among other things the stated goals and outcomes of the leave.
The College PGSL Committee will submit its recommendations through its Chairperson to the President of the College for presentation to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
A representative from the PGSL Committee also attends Academic Senate meetings to keep officers and senators abreast of what is happening."

The Riverside faculty elected to PG&SL serve as members of the district PG&SL committee. 
Cyn-D Gobatie - History, Philosophy & Humanities 
Tammy Kearn - English 
Gwen Yount - World Languages 

The Program Review committee functions primarily as a district committee. 

Committee Charge (Riverside Only):
The Program Review Committee works with both instructional and administrative units on the Riverside campus and across the Riverside Community College District to develop and refine Program Review processes that provide relevant information and effective methods for faculty, staff and administers to meaningfully evaluate and improve their programs so that the potential for student success is maximized across the campus and district.

2019-2020 Members
Faculty Co‐Chair: Cynthia Morrill Film Studies
Administrative Co‐Chair: Wendy McEwen, Dean, Institutional Effectiveness 

Huda Aljord - Languages, Humanities, & Social Sciences 
Jennifer Amaya  - Music
Aubrey Apodaca - Nursing
Alicia Berber - STEM & Kinesiology
Vianney Cruz - ASRCC
Monica Delgadillo - Counseling
Casandra Greene - Academic Affairs
Rebecca Kessler - Career & Technical Education
Ellen Kime - STEM & Kinesiology
Regina Miller - Admissions & Records (staff member)
Nicole Render - Nursing
Cassandra Sprinks-Gilbert  - Admissions and Records 

Academic Senate Appointees: Strategic Planning Committee

The faculty members of the Strategic Planning committee are appointed to staggered two-year terms by the Academic Senate.  Click here to review the Strategic Planning Committee bylaws 

Susan Mills - Institutional Mission & Effectiveness
Joannie Gibbons-Anderson - Instructional Programs
Ellen Drinkwater-Brown - Student Services
Hayley Ashby - Library & Learning Resources
Oliver Thompson - Human Resources
Steve Sigloch - Physical Resources
Scott Blair - Technology Resources
Ron Pardee - Financial Resources
Richard Davin - Leadership & Governance
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