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Middle States Self-Study USciences
Steering Committee and Working Groups

The work of eight Working Groups will address the criteria included in the Middle States Standards for Accreditation (also see pdf) and Verification of Compliance.  There will be one Working Group assigned to work on each of the seven Standards and one Working Group assigned to work on compliance.  There will be approximately 93 people participating in the Self-Study Working Groups. The composition of the Working Group membership represents our efforts to include broad university representation throughout the Self-Study.  Specific individuals were selected whose knowledge/experience would contribute to addressing the criteria within each Standard. Additionally, we have included a member of the University Assessment Council (UAC) on each committee to support the assessment criterion within each Standard.

To ask questions or provide feedback, please email: middlestatesselfstudy@usciences.edu.

 

 

Steering Committee

Personnel Role
Nathan Baird*, PhD, Interim Chair; Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Associate Professor of Biochemistry Self-Study Co-Chair Working Group 1 Co-Chair
Laura Waite*, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, BC-ADM, Director of Student Recruitment & Engagement for PCP; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Self-Study Co-Chair Working Group 1 Co-Chair
John Connors*, PharmD, Accreditation Liaison Officer; Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Accreditation Liaison Officer Compliance Working Group Co-Chair
Kymber Taylor*, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Director of Institutional Effectiveness Working Group 5 Co-Chair
Cathleen O’Connell, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Writing; Faculty Senate President 2019-2020 Faculty Senate President
Jenna Pizzi, Associate Director of Communications Staff Assembly President
Jayna Suter, SGA President 2019-2020 Kyle Brunner, SGA Executive Vice President 2019-2020 Student Government Association Executive
Jim Rivard, P’81, MBA, Board of Trustees Vice-Chair  Board of Trustees Representative
Lucy Malmberg, P’72, HonDSc’20  Alumni Representative
Juliana Perry, MS LIS, PMPEnterprise Project Manager Evidence Inventory Manager
Laura Mandos, PharmD, BCPP, Associate Dean of PCP Student Affairs and Admissions; Director of BS Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Studies Program; Professor of Clinical Pharmacy; Remington Professor of Pharmacy Working Group 2 Co-Chair
Ruth Roberts, PhD, Director of Human Resources Working Group 2 Co-Chair
Dana Pape-Zambito, PhD, Interim Chair, Department of Biological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Working Group 3 Co-Chair
Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD, Associate Provost, Research & Graduate Education; Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Working Group 3 Co-Chair
Carol Maritz, PT, EdD, GCS, Associate Dean, Samson College of Health Sciences; Professor of Physical Therapy Working Group 4 Co-Chair
Heidi Freeman, PhD, Assistant Dean of Students for Health & Wellness Working Group 4 Co-Chair
Lora Packel, PT, PhD, Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Working Group 5 Co-Chair
Brigid Isackman, MBA, Associate Vice President of Finance; Controller Working Group 6 Co-Chair
Andrew Armitage, EdD, MBA, Associate Provost for Administration Working Group 6 Co-Chair
Odessa Jackson, Esq., General Counsel; Chief Compliance Officer; Secretary to Board of Trustees Working Group 7 Co-Chair
David Forde, Jr., Esq., Vice President, Community & Government Affairs Working Group 7 Co-Chair
Mark Nestor, EdD, Associate Vice President; Chief Information Officer Compliance Working Group Co-Chair
Beth Pilipzeck (lead), Patricia Notarfrancesco, Erika Lohbauer Administrative Coordinators

*denotes Executive Steering Committee members who will serve as ex-officio members of all Working Groups, as appropriate.

 

Working Group I - Mission and Goals

Personnel Role/Experience
Laura Waite*, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, BC-ADM, Director of Student Recruitment & Engagement for PCP; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy PCP
Nathan Baird*, PhD, Interim Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Associate Professor of Biochemistry Misher
John Connors,PharmD, Accreditation Liaison Officer; Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Staff/PCP
Kymber Taylor, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Staff, UAC
Wendy Walsh, PhD, OTR/L Chair, Occupational Therapy; Assistant Professor Samson
Jim Rivard, P’81, MBA, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees BoT
Rob Rudd, Vice President, Institutional Advancement Cabinet
Ra’ed Khashan, RPh, PhD Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty Senate designee Faculty
Madalina Veres, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Staff Assembly designee Staff
TBD, SGA designee Student
Mary Mwangi, Biochemistry graduate student Graduate Student
A. David McCarrick, Pharmacognosy graduate student  
TBD, Alumni representative/designee from Alumni Association Alumni
Administrative Assistant Staff

* Working Group 1 Co-Chair

 

 

Working Group II - Ethics and Integrity

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: John Connors, PharmD  

Personnel Role/Experience
Laura Mandos*, PharmD, BCPP, Associate Dean of PCP Student Affairs and Admissions; Director of BS Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Studies Program; Professor of Clinical Pharmacy; Remington Professor of Pharmacy PCP, Faculty Title IX representative
Ruth Roberts*, PhD, Director of Human Resources Staff, UAC
Patti Vanston, EdD, Vice President, Business Development & Enrollment Management Cabinet
Mark Bullock, JD, Associate Dean of Students Staff, UAC
Karen Tietze, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy PCP, Conduct Board, Teaching and Learning Committee
Jessica Rickmond, Title IX Coordinator Staff, Grievance
Angela Buchanico, Executive Director of Marketing Staff
Leslie Ann Bowman, AMLS, Associate Director of Library & Information Services; Associate Professor of Information Sciences Misher, Policy Committee
Eric Pelletier, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Samson, FSI, Senator
Vincent Evangelista, Prospect Research Analyst Staff

* Working Group 2 Co-Chair  

 

 

Working Group III - Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: Nathan Baird, PhD and/or Laura Waite, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, BC-ADM  

Personnel Role/Experience
Dana Pape-Zambito* PhD, Interim Chair, Department of Biological Sciences; Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Misher
Jean-Francois Jasmin* PhD, Associate Provost, Research & Graduate Education, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Staff/PCP
Marlaina Kloepfer, EdD, Online Student Success Coach - Graduate Level Online
Britta Schasberger, PT, MS, EdD, Director of General Education; Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Samson, UAC
Jessica Sautter, PhD, Interim Associate Dean; PPEA Program Director; Pre-Professional Program Director; Associate Professor of Medical Sociology Misher, UAC, Culture Group
Lisa Charneski, PharmD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy; Assistant Dean of Curriculum PCP
Chantal Koechli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology Misher
Therese Anderson, MS, Registrar Staff
Joe Canaday, MEd, Executive Director of Student Success Center; Student Ombudsman Staff; Student Affairs
Deborah Summers, MS, PA-C, Vice-Chair & Associate Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies; Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies Samson
Shelly Lewis, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Director of Clinical Education Samson, Senate 
Diane Hadley Quinn, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy PCP, IPE, Gen Ed, Faculty Senate Officer

* Working Group 3 Co-Chair

 

 

Working Group IV - Support of the Student Experience

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: Laura Waite, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, BC-ADM  

Personnel Role/Experience
Carol Maritz*, PT, EdD, GCS, Associate Dean, Samson College of Health Sciences; Professor of Physical Therapy Samson
Heidi Freeman*, PhD, Assistant Dean of Students for Health & Wellness Staff/Samson, Teaching and Learning Committee
Ross Radish, JD, Vice President of Student Affairs; Dean of Students Staff
Gus DiStefano, Executive Director of Admissions, Enrollment Operations & Analytics Staff
Jesse Swartz, MS, Director of StePP Program Staff in PCP
Grace Farber, PhD, Interim Associate Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences; Pre-Health Director; Co-Director, Neuroscience Program; Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience Misher, Former Director Gen Education
Mike McHugh, MS, Associate Registrar – Operations Staff
Amy Kimchuk,MA, Senior Lecturer of Mathematics Misher, Faculty Athletic Rep
Kathy Nay, MAEd, Senior Professional Advisor Staff
Dominic Viola, Director of Residence Life Staff
Michael Clark, Director of Career Services Staff
Miguel Gonzalez, Online Student Success Coach – Graduate Level Online
Matt Bulzomi, Institutional Research Analyst Staff, UAC
Student(s), to be selected by SGA Student
Pamela Ramanathan, Director of Financial Aid Staff

* Working Group 4 Co-Chair

 

 

Working Group V - Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: Kymber Taylor  

Personnel Role/Experience
Kymber Taylor*, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Staff, UAC
Lora Packel*, PT, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Samson, Teaching and Learning Committee
Laura Pontiggia, PhD,  Associate Provost for Academic Partnerships; Data Science Program Director; Professor of Statistics Staff, Misher, UAC
Jane Bowen, PharmD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy PCP, UAC
Amy Janke, PhD, Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Director, Master’s Program in Health Psychology; Program Director, Health Policy; Associate Professor of Psychology Misher
Karleen Melody, PharmD, Associate Professor, Clinical Pharmacy; Director of Assessment at PCP PCP, UAC
Madhu Mahalingam, PhD, Undergraduate Program Director and Assistant Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Associate Professor of Chemistry Misher, UAC, Teaching and Learning Committee
Elisabeth Morlino, PhD, Interim Provost; Vice President of Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Chemistry Cabinet
Kate Jackson, MA, Admissions/Assessment Coordinator, Department of Physician Assistant Studies Samson, UAC
Patricia Ingerick, MBA, MSHS, DEd, Director of Online Academics, USciences Online Online

* Working Group 5 Co-Chair

 

 

Working Group VI - Planning, Resources, and Institutional Effectiveness

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: Nathan Baird, PhD  

Personnel Role/Experience
Brigid Isackman*, MBA,  Associate Vice President Finance; Controller Staff
Andrew Armitage*, EdD, MBA, Associate Provost for Administration Staff
Dennis Collins, Director of Facilities Services Staff
Ron Kishen, MS MIS, Vice President, Online Division Cabinet, Online
John Masciantonio, Executive Director of Information Technology Staff
Josh Caulder, Budget Director Staff, UAC
Marcia Conrad, Associate Director of Human Resources Staff
Vojislava (Voki) Pophristic, PhD, Interim Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences Misher, Culture Group
Cathy Poon, BS, PharmD, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration; Associate Dean of Interprofessional Education; Barbara H. Korberly Professor of Women’s Leadership and Health PCP
Shaun Varrecchia, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Samson, Senate University Affairs
Tricia Purcell, Director, Campus Recreation & Student Activities Staff

* Working Group 6 Co-Chair  

 

 

Working Group VII - Governance, Leadership, and Administration

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: Kymber Taylor  

Personnel Role/Experience
Odessa Jackson*, Esq., General Counsel; Chief Compliance Officer; Secretary to Board of Trustees Cabinet
David Forde*, Jr., Esq., Vice President, Community & Government Affairs Cabinet
Fred Schaefer, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Misher, previous Faculty Senate Pres
Jenna Pizzi, Associate Director of Communications Staff Assembly Pres
Andrew Peterson,PharmD, PhD, Executive Director, Substance Use Disorders Institute; Professor of Pharmacy & Professor of Health Policy; John Wyeth Dean Emeritus PCP, Policies Committee
Greg Thielman, PT, MSPT, ATC, EdD, Professor of Physical Therapy and Neuroscience; Director of Patricia Leahy Research Lab Samson, Senate P&T, FSI
Elisabeth Morlino, PhD, Interim Provost; Vice President of Academic Affairs Cabinet
Valerie Weil, MD, FACP, Chief Financial & Operating Officer Cabinet
Cole Anderson, Student Government Association VP of External Communication (the office) SGA representative
Michael C. Hemsley, USciences Board of Trustees BoT

* Working Group 7 Co-Chair

 

 

Compliance Working Group

Executive Steering Committee Liaison: John Connors, PharmD  

Personnel Role/Experience
John Connors*, PharmD, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Staff/PCP
Mark Nestor*, EdD, Associate Vice President; Chief Information Officer Staff
Aaron Skrypski, MDiv, JD, Associate General Counsel Staff
Aimee Viggiani, Director of Transfer, Graduate and Professional Admission Staff
Kymber Taylor, Director of Institutional Effectiveness Staff, UAC
Amy Christopher, MS, Web Manager Staff
Colleen Power, Associate Director, Financial Aid Staff
Rodney B. Murray, PhD, Director of Online Learning, USciences Online Online
Anne Galgon,PT, PhDAssociate Professor of Physical Therapy Samson, Senate Curriculum subcommittee
Rebecca Butler, MEd, Director of Student Conduct & Grievances Staff

* Compliance Working Group Co-Chair

Potential ad hoc members:

  • Therese Anderson, MS, Registrar