Liberal Studies Committee


The UNIVERSITY POLICIES: Committees and Councils section of the Policy File details the areas on which Committee members focus - specifically:

  • development of policy, program, and curricular proposals.
  • review of other policy and curriculum proposals that affect the Liberal Studies program.

The Committee holds primary responsibility for recommending policy and program changes, and may request the assistance of external specialists.

This Committee has a membership of 11*:

Ex-officio members (5):

  • Director of the University Advising Center
  • Coordinator of Liberal Studies, who shall serve as Chair
  • Dean of the College of Education
  • Director of the School of Teacher Education
  • Chair of Dual Language and English Learner Education

Appointed members (6):

  • five faculty who have taught in the Liberal Studies program - one each from English and speech, mathematics and natural sciences, fine arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences
  • one student majoring in Liberal Studies

*there is a policy update in progress to formally increase membership spring 2022.

Major Academic Unit or Ex Officio Position Name (*Senator) Term Ends Appt. Date Dept.
Director of Liberal Studies (Chair) Chizhik, Estella (Chair) EDU
Faculty – Liberal Studies 
Fine Arts and Humanities
Potter, Jenny May-22 21-May MUSIC ED
Faculty – Liberal Studies
English and Speech
Samraj, Betty May-23 May-05 LING/LANG
Faculty – Liberal Studies
English and Speech
Nickerson, Susan May-23 Oct-08 MATH/STAT
Faculty – Liberal Studies
Social and Behavioral Sciences
DeVos, Paula May-21 Aug-18 HISTORY
Faculty - IV
(Liberal Studies affiliated)
Cordero, Elizabeth May-22 May-21 IV
Dean: College of Education Chung, Barry COE
Director: School of Teacher Education Bercaw, Lynne STE
Chair: Dual Language and English Learner Education Macado-Casas, Margarita DLE
Chair: Special Education Hall, Laura SPED
Liberal Studies Advisor Xiong, Michelle COE
Student – Liberal Studies Major Lawrence, Alexa May-22 May-21 LS
Student – Liberal Studies Major Budnik, Eugenie May-22 May-21 LS
Student – Liberal Studies Major (IV) Lora-Acosta, Karla May-22 May-21 IV
Day Tuesday
Time 1:00 p.m.
Frequency Monthly
Modality via Zoom
Location N/A