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General Education Oversight Committee

The committee will be responsible for oversight of the general education curriculum and its assessment. The committee will receive, review, and act upon annual outcomes assessment reports on the particular areas of the general education program from the General Education Area Committees. The committee will monitor trends in the best practice of general education, and recommend improvements to the university’s curriculum accordingly.

At Large
Julia Riordan-Goncalves School of Humanities & Social Sciences June 30, 2019
School Representatives
Sue Polito Nursing & Health Studies June 30, 2019
Michael Chattalas Business June 30, 2019
Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli Education June 30, 2021
Steve Chapman Humanities & Social Sciences, Area II June 30, 2020
JP Hanly Humanities & Social Sciences, Area I June 30, 2021
Jonathan Ouellet Science June 30, 2020
Ellie Mazza Social Work June 30, 2020

There are seven GEOC Area Committees:

  • Area Committee I: English and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • Area Committee II: Social Sciences, History, and Aesthetics
  • Area Committee III: Cultural Diversity, Global Understanding, and Foreign Languages
  • Area Committee IV: First Year Seminar
  • Area Committee V: Science and Mathematics
  • Area Committee VI: Reasoned Oral Discourse and Technological Literacy
  • Area Committee VII: Experiential Education

Each of the Area Committees will be responsible for general education course approvals in the specified area. They will coordinate with GEOC and faculty who teach courses in their area to agree upon which curricular goal or goals they will review for their annual reports.

The Experiential Education committee will focus on oversight of the Ex-Ed requirement and assess how well students in the various majors are meeting it. The subcommittee will have one member of the Center for Student Success serving on an ex-officio non-voting basis. This committee will work, as necessary, with the appropriate academic schools and departments to make changes in ex-ed requirements and policy. The chair will sign off on student approvals to take Ex-Ed options (internships, cooperative education, study abroad, etc.)

The Writing Committee will review and approve courses in the Writing Intensive area.

GEOC Area Committees (Appointed)

Area I: English Composition, ISP

  • Michael Chattalas, Chair, Marketing
  • Jeffrey Jackson, LIT/COMP Spec, English (June 30, 2020)
  • Robyn Holmes, ISP Specialist, Psychology (June 30, 2019)

Area II: History, Social Sciences, Aesthetics

  • Steve Chapman, Chair, Political Science
  • Hillary DelPrete, Specialist (SS), History/Anthropology (June 30, 2019)
  • Kimberly Callas, Specialist (AES), Art & Design (June 30, 2019)
  • Tom Pearson, Specialist (HIS), History (June 30, 2019)

Area III: CD, GU, Foreign Languages

  • Julia Riordan-Goncalves, Chair, World Language & Cultures
  • Paul Humphrey, Specialist (FL), World Language & Cultures (June 30, 2019)
  • Jennifer Shamrock, Specialist (CD), Communication (June 30, 2019)
  • Heidi Bludau, Specialist (GU), Anthropology (June 30, 2019)

Area IV: First-Year Seminar

  • Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, Chair, Education
  • Antonio Estudillo, Specialist, Education (June 30, 2019)
  • Wobbe Koning, Non-Specialist, Art & Design (June 30, 2020)
  • Judy Nye, Extra Member, Psychology (Ex Officio)

Area V: Biology, Chemistry/Sciences, Mathematics

  • Jonathan Ouellet, Chair, Chemistry
  • Karen Pesce, Specialist (SCI), Biology (June 30, 2020)
  • Johnny Pang, Specialist (MATH), Mathematics (June 30, 2019)

Area VI: ROD, Technological Literacy

  • Elena Mazza, Chair, Social Work
  • Dickie Cox, Specialist (TL), Communication (June 30, 2020)
  • Michael Phillips-Anderson, Specialist (RD), Communication (June 30, 2019)

Area VII: Experiential Education

  • Sue Polito, Chair, Nursing
  • Geoff Fouad, Member, History & Anthropology (June 30, 2020)
  • Jamie Goodwin, Member, Psychology (June 30, 2019)
  • Danielle Schrama (Ex Officio)