Santa Clara University

Core Committees

Core Curriculum Committee

  • Phyllis Brown, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Professor of English 
  • Laura Nichols, Director of the Core Curriculum, Chair of the Core Curriculum Implementation Team and Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Philip Kesten, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Physics 
  • Christine Bachen, Director of Assessment and Associate Professor of Communication 
  • Kathleen Villarruel Schneider, Senior Assistant Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences 

Faculty Core Committees

Cultures and Ideas 1 & 2
  • Dennis Gordon, chair, Political Science (term ends 06/2014)
  • Michelle Bezanson, Anthropology (term ends 06/2016)
  • Michael Whalen, Communication (term ends 06/2016)
  • Philip Riley, Religious Studies (term ends 06/2016)
  • Juan Velasco, English (term ends 06/2015)
Cultures and Ideas 3  
  • Barbara Molony, chair, History (by appointment)
  • Naomi Andrews, History (term ends 06/2014)
  • Michelle Burnham, English (term ends 06/2016)
  • Susan Popko, Global Engagement (by appointment)
  • Jane Curry, Political Science (term ends 06/2015)
  • William Sundstrom, Economics (term ends 06/2015)

Writing (Critical Thinking & Writing and Advanced Writing)
  • Simone Billings, chair, English (by appointment)
  • Terry Beers, English (term ends 06/2014)
  • Claudia McIsaac, English (term ends 06/2016)
  • Elizabeth McKeigue, Library (term ends 06/2016)
  • Donald Riccomini, English (by appointment)
  • Greg Corning, Political Science (term ends 06/2015)
Religion, Theology, & Culture
  • James Bennett, chair, Religious Studies
  • Michael McCarthy, S.J., Religious Studies (term ends 06/2014)
  • Josef Hellebrandt, Modern Languages and Literatures (term ends 06/2016)
  • Gary Macy, Religious Studies (by appointment)
  • Fred Parrella, Religious Studies (term ends 06/2014)
  • Kathleen Maxwell, Art and Art History (term ends 06/2016)
Math
  • Daniel Ostrov, chair, Mathematics and Computer Science (term ends 06/2016; on sabbatical Spring 2014)
  • Laurie Poe, Mathematics & Computer Science (term ends 06/2015)
  • Steven Chiesa, Civil Engineering (term ends 06/2016)
Second Language
  • Catherine Montfort, chair, Modern Languages (term ends 06/2014)
  • Daniel Turkeltaub, Classics (term ends 06/2015)
  • Jill Pellettieri, Modern Languages (term ends 06/2016)
Ethics
  • Chris Kulp, chair, Philosophy (term ends 06/2014)
  • David DeCosse, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (by appointment)
  • Scott LaBarge, Philosophy (term ends 06/2016)
  • Shannon Vallor, Philosophy (term ends 06/2014; on sabbatical fall 2013)
  • David Caldwell, Management (term ends 06/2016)
  • Nancy Unger, History (term ends 06/2015)
Arts
  • Paul Soukup, S.J., chair, Communication (term ends 06/2014)
  • Kelly Detweiler, Art and Art History (term ends 06/2016)
  • Pancho Jimenez, Art & Art History (term ends 06/2015)
  • Teresa McCollough, Music (term ends 06/2014)
  • Rebecca Schapp, de Saisset Museum (by appointment)
  • Marilyn Edelstein, English (term ends 06/2016; on sabbatical Winter & Spring 2014)
Diversity
  • Laura Ellingson, chair, Communication (by appointment)
  • Sharmila Lodhia, Women & Gender Studies (term ends 06/2014)
  • Chuck Powers, Sociology (term ends 06/2014)
  • Anna Sampaio, Ethnic Studies (by appointment)
  • Tammy Madsen, Management (term ends 06/2016)
  • Anthony Hazard, Ethnic Studies (term ends 06/2015)
Natural Science
  • John Birmingham, chair, Physics (term ends 06/2015)
  • Aleksander Zecevic, Electrical Engineering (term ends 06/2014)
  • Leilani Miller, Biology (term ends 06/2014)
  • Steven Fedder, Chemistry and Biochemistry (term ends 06/2016)
Social Science
  • Laura Nichols, chair, Sociology (term ends 06/2015)
  • Helen Popper, Economics (term ends 06/2014)
  • Terri Peretti, Political Science (term ends 06/2015)
  • Michelle Marvier, Environmental Studies and Sciences (term ends 06/2016)
  • Elizabeth Day, Liberal Studies (term ends 06/2016)
Civic Engagement
  • Thomas Plante, chair, Psychology (term ends 06/2014)
  • Michael Kevane, Economics (term ends 06/2014)
  • Lindsey Cromwell Kalkbrenner, ex officio, Office of Sustainability (by appointment)
  • James Reites, S.J., Religious Studies (term ends 06/2016; on sabbatical Fall 2013)
  • Jerald Enos, Theatre & Dance (term ends 06/2016)
Science, Technology, & Society
  • Janice Edgerly-Rooks, chair, Biology (term ends 06/2015)
  • Larry Nelson, Philosophy (term ends 06/2014)
  • Andrew Garavel, S.J., English (term ends 06/2016)
  • Michael Carrasco, Chemistry (term ends 06/2014)
  • Stephen Chiappari, Applied Mathematics (term ends 06/2016)
  • Keith Warner, ex officio, Religious Studies and Center for Science, Technology, and Society (by appointment)
  • Thane Kreiner, Center for Science, Technology, and Society (by appointment)
Experiential Learning for Social Justice
  • Tracey Kahan, chair, Psychology (term ends 06/2014)
  • Renee Billingslea, Art and Art History (term ends 06/2016)
  • Andrea Brewster, Drahmann Center (by appointment)
  • Timothy Healy, Electrical Engineering (term ends 06/2015)
  • Jennifer Merritt, ex officio, Ignatian Center (by appointment)
  • Dale Achabal, Marketing (term ends 06/2016)

Pathways
  • Phyllis Brown, English, and Christine Bachen, Communication, co-liaisons
  • Dan Lewis, Computer Engineering (term ends 06/2014)
  • Sherryl Booth, English (term ends 06/2016)
  • Lucia Gilbert, Psychology (term ends 06/2016)
  • Shelby McIntyre, Marketing (term ends 06/2015)
  • Craig Stephens, Biology (term ends 06/2015)

* In some cases the liaison from the Core Curriculum Implementation Team will serve as committee member and chair. In other cases the committee will select one of the members to serve as chair. Additional members may be added to some committees.