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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
Jennifer Harpootlian SHSS June 30, 2022
School Representatives
Chuck Whedon Nursing & Health Studies June 30, 2022
Mihail Sher Business June 30, 2022
Stephanie Bobbitt Education June 30, 2024
Geoff Fouad, vice chair Humanities & Social Sciences, Area II June 30, 2023
Shannon Hokanson Humanities & Social Sciences, Area I June 30, 2024
Jonathan Ouellet, chair Science June 30, 2023
Anne Deepak Social Work June 30, 2023

One appointed faculty member from the University Writing Committee (designated by the Writing Committee).  Three non-voting ex officio members: Director of Assessment; Director of Transfer Student Services and Undeclared Services; and a representative of the Office of the Provost designated to support GEOC.

There are seven GEOC Area Committees:

  • Area Committee I: English and Literature
  • Area Committee II: History, Social Sciences and Aesthetics
  • Area Committee III: Cultural Diversity, Global Understanding, and World Languages
  • Area Committee IV: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Human Experience (IPHE)
  • Area Committee V: Biology, Chemistry/Sciences 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 & Literature

  • Shannon Hokanson, Chair, SHSS I
  • Joe Torchia, Specialist (LIT), English (June 30, 2022)
  • Linda Sacks, Specialist (COMP), English (June 30, 2022)

Area II: History, Social Sciences, Aesthetics

  • Geoff Fouad, Chair, History/Anthropology
  • Hillary DelPrete, Specialist (SS), History/Anthropology (June 30, 2022)
  • Kimberly Callas, Specialist (AT), Art & Design (June 30, 2023)
  • Bill Gorman, Specialist (HS), History (June 30, 2023)

Area III: CD, GU, World Languages

  • Jennifer Harpootlian, Chair, English
  • Julia Riordan-Goncalves, Specialist (WL), World Language & Cultures (June 30, 2023)
  • Manuel Chavez, Specialist (CD), Anthropology (June 30, 2023)
  • Adam Heinrich, Specialist (GU), Anthropology (June 30, 2022)


  • Stephanie Bobbitt, Chair, Education
  • Kathleen Scaler Scott, Non-Specialist (June 30, 2022)
  • Robyn Holmes, Specialist, ISP (June 30, 2023)

Area V: Biology, Chemistry/Sciences, Mathematics

  • Chuck Whedon, Chair, Health Studies
  • Karen Pesce, Specialist (NS), Biology (June 30, 2022)
  • Torrey Gallagher, Specialist (MA), Mathematics (June 30, 2023)[on leave Fall 2021]
  • Laura Turner, Specialist (MA), Mathematics (Fall 2021)

Area VI: ROD, Technological Literacy

  • Mikhail Sher, Chair, Management and Leadership
  • Katie Gatto, Specialist (TL), Computer Science and Software Engineering (June 30, 2022)
  • Michael Phillips-Anderson, Specialist (RD), Communication (June 30, 2023)

Area VII: Experiential Education

  • Anne Deepak, Chair, Social Work
  • Paul Urbanski, Member, Social Work (June 30, 2022)
  • Tom Carey, Member, Psychology (June 30, 2023)
  • Danielle Schrama (Ex Officio)