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Committee Assignments 2022-23

Administrative Leadership 

Administrative Directors/Managers

Appointed Posts

Academic Program Directors

  • Director of Creative Writing: Tara Ison (fall 2022) / Sally Ball (spring 2023)
  • Director of English Education: Christina Saidy 
  • Director of Film and Media Studies: Julia Himberg 
  • Director of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics & TESOL: Matthew Prior
  • Director of Literature: Jonathan Hope
  • Director of Writing, Rhetoric & Literacies: Mark Hannah

Elective Posts


  • Aaron Baker

Budget & Personnel Committee (elected)

  • Karen Adams

  • Lee Bebout

  • Jim Blasingame

  • Mark James

  • Devoney Looser

  • Richard Newhauser

  • Jessica Early (ex officio)

Instructor Representatives

  • Jackie Brady

  • Heather Cimino-Lance

  • Adam Hoffman

  • Amilynne Johnston

  • Kenneth Landenburg

  • Jeremy Meyer

  • Abigail Oakley

University/College Senate

  • Dana Tait (yr 1)

  • Solmaz Sharif (yr 1) (fall 2022) / Danielle Alfandre (spring 2023)

  • Heather Maring (yr 3)

Writing Programs Committee 

  • (TBD - August 2022)

Department Committee Membership (Appointed)

Admissions Committees for Program Areas

  • Determined by Program Directors & Chair

Awards Committee/s 

  • Brad Irish (chair fall 2022)

  • Lisa Han

  • Mitchell Jackson (chair spring 2023)

  • Kassie Lamp

  • Kathryn Pruitt

  • Kristen LaRue-Sandler (ex officio)

  • Linda Sullivan (ex officio)

[Committee solicits input from the DGS, the Associate Chair of Curriculum, Lead Advisor, the Director of Communications, and academic program directors]

Career Faculty Committee 

  • Dana Tait (chair)

  • Cajsa Baldini

  • Christopher Bradley

  • Lynette Myles 

  • Kevin Sandler

  • Joshua Vasquez

Committee for Altruistic Research and Experience (CARE)

  • Danielle Alfrandre (co-chair) 

  • Shauna Dranetz (co-chair) 

  • Karen Adams

  • Elly Van Gelderen - spring only

  • Bruce Matsunaga

  • Katie Morrissey

  • Henry Quintero

  • Shirley Rose - fall only

Curriculum Committee 

  • Aya Matsuda (Associate Chair, Curriculum) 

  • Tara Ison / Sally Ball (Director of CW)

  • Christina Saidy (Director of English Ed)

  • Julia Himberg (Director of FMS)

  • Jonathan Hope (Director of Lit)

  • Matthew Prior (Director of Ling, Applied Ling, and TESOL)

  • Mark Hannah (Director of WRL)

  • Cora Fox / Brad Ryner (Director of Graduate Studies)

  • Kathleen Hicks (Director of Online Programs)

  • Linda Sullivan (Lead Adviser)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

  • Joe Lockard (Chair)

  • Aviva Dove-Viebahn

  • Stacey Moran 

  • Tyler Peterson 

  • Safiya Sinclair

  • Tricia Webb

Elections Committee

  • Paul Matsuda (chair)

  • Peter Goggin

  • Bruce Matsunaga

Events Committee

  • Brian Goodman (chair)

  • Gabe Acevedo

  • Brandi Adams

  • Jackie Balderrama

  • Michael Begay

  • Kara von Holten

  • LaMonte Key

  • Mustafa Khaleel 

  • Mike McNally

  • Kristen LaRue-Sandler (ex officio)

  • Bruce Matsunaga (ex officio)

Executive Committee

  • Aya Matsuda (Associate Chair)

  • Tara Ison / Sally Ball (Director of CW)

  • Christina Saidy (Director of English Ed)

  • Julia Himberg (Director of FMS)

  • Jonathan Hope (Director of Lit)

  • Matthew Prior (Director of Ling, Applied Ling, and TESOL)

  • Mark Hannah (Director of WRL)

  • Cora Fox / Brad Ryner (Director of Graduate Studies)

  • Kathleen Hicks (Director of Online Programs)

  • Jessica Early (Associate Chair, Personnel) 

  • Linda Sullivan (Lead Adviser)

Graduate Committee

  • Cora Fox / Brad Ryner (chair)

  • Tara Ison (fall) Sally Ball (spring) (Director of CW)

  • Christina Saidy (Director of English Ed)

  • Jonathan Hope (Director of Lit)

  • Julia Himberg (Director of FMS)

  • Kyle Jensen (Director of Writing Programs)

  • Mark Hannah (Director of WRL)

  • Matthew Prior (Director of LAL and TESOL)

  • Sheila Luna (Graduate Programs Manager)

  • Kathleen Hicks (Director of Online Programs, ex-officio)

  • TBD (graduate student rep)

Operations Committee

  • Matt Bell (chair)

  • Bob Bjork

  • Lisa Barksdale-Shaw (spring)

  • Lilly Downs

  • Melissa Free (fall)

  • Jake Greene

  • David Hawkes

  • Kristen LaRue-Sandler

  • Bruce Matsunaga

  • Bryan Smith

Newsletter Committee

  • Elizabeth Horan (co-chair)

  • Kristen LaRue-Sandler (co-chair)

  • Kira Assad

  • Larry Ellis

  • Jenny Irish

  • Sheila Luna

  • Sarah Viren

Writing Programs Administrative Committees 

  • (to be appointed- August 2022)

Ad Hoc Committees 

ENG Representatives to ENG/Humanities/EdPlus Committee

  • Kris Ratcliffe (DEPT CHAIR)

  • Kathleen Hicks (Online)

  • Julia Himberg (FMS MAS)

  • Cora Fox / Brad Ryner (ENG MA)

  • Aya Matsuda (ASSOC CHAIR)

  • Matt Prior (LAL/MTESOL) 

  • Linda Sullivan (UG)

Reading Room and Book Donation Committee (new)

  • Doris Warriner (chair)

  • Michael Begay 

  • Joe Buenker

  • Peter Goggin (fall)

  • Kristen LaRue 

  • Heather Maring 

University Service

  • Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (Director): Lois Brown

  • Committee on Academic Freedom & Tenure (Tempe Campus): Aya Matsuda (2020-2023)

  • Committee on Academic Professional Status: Ruby Macksoud

  • Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (CAPC): Claudia Sadowski-Smith (2020-)

  • Faculty Women’s Associate Executive Board (Member): Joni Adamson
  • Faculty Women’s Associate Executive Board (Member): Claudia Sadowski-Smith 

  • Flagship Hub, UNESCO BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition (Director): Joni Adamson
  • General Studies Council: Sarah Florini

  • Governance Grievance Committee: Kathleen Lamp (2019-2022)

  • Learning Enterprise, Justice-involved Initiative Team: Joe Lockard
  • Melikian Center Advisory Board (Member): Claudia Sadowski-Smith

  • Osher Lifelong Institute at ASU, Senior Fellow: Kevin Sandler

  • Project Humanities (Director): Neal Lester 

  • Residency Appeal Hearing Committee: Ruby Macksoud

  • University Academic Professional Grievance Committee: Ruby Macksoud 

  • University Hearing Board: Sarah Duerden 
  • University P&T Committee: Ayanna Thompson 

  • University Promotion & Continuing Appt Review Committee: Ruby Macksoud

  • University International Student OPT/CPT Committee: Ruby Macksoud

College Service

  • Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Director): Ayanna Thompson 

  • Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Associate Director): Ruben Espinosa

  • Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Outreach): Maddie Sayet

  • Center for Imagination in the Borderlands (Director): Natalie Diaz

  • Center for Public Humanities (Lisa New) 

  • College Curriculum Committee: Cora Fox (2021-23)

  • Committee on Committees: Tricia Webb (2021-2024)

  • Committee on the Quality of Instruction: Cajsa Baldini (2022-2025)

  • Committee on Student Affairs & Grievances: Christine Holbo (2022-2025)

  • Committee of Review: Elizabeth Horan (2022-2025)

  • Dean’s Academic Professional Advisory Council: Ruby Macksoud (2019-22) 

  • Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, Member: Shirley Rose (2021-2024)

    • Aaron Baker (Spring 2023 only, to fill in for Shirley)

  • Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, Advisor: Paul Matsuda (2018-present)

  • Desert Humanities (Associate Director): Ron Broglio (2018-present)

  • Environmental Humanities Initiative GIOSI/GFL/IHR (Director): Joni Adamson

  • Faculty Digital Initiative Committee: Cajsa Baldini (2021-23)

  • Institute for Humanities (Director): Nicole Anderson

  • Institute for Humanities Research (Associate Director): Ron Broglio 

  • Poetry for the People: Solmaz Sharif

  • Student Affairs and Grievances Committee: Joe Lockard (2019-22)

Department Service outside of Appointed Committees in Bylaws

  • CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) Certificate: Bryan Smith

  • Comparative Lit Concentration/MA, Advisor: Claudia Sadowski-Smith

  • Connected Academics Liaison: Ellie Long

  • Environmental Humanities Certificate: Joni Adamson

  • Graduate Critical Theory Certificate: Ron Broglio

  • Graduate Linguistics Certificate: Elly van Gelderen

  • Interdisciplinary Health Humanities Certificate: Cora Fox

  • Iron City Magazine, Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief: Corri Wells

  • Prison Education Awareness Club, Faculty Advisor: Corri Wells

  • TESOL Certificate: Matt Prior

  • Writers’ Place Awards Committee: Heather Hoyt

On Sabbatical or Approved Leave

AY 2022-23 

  • Sally Ball Fall 2022 (sabbatical leave)

  • Sarah Florini Fall 2022 (sabbatical leave)

  • Melissa Free Spring 2023 (sabbatical leave)

  • Elly van Gelderen Fall 2022 (sabbatical leave)

  • Peter Goggin Spring 2023 (sabbatical leave)

  • Shirley Rose Spring 2023 (sabbatical leave)

  • Brad Ryner Fall 2022 (sabbatical leave)

  • Doris Warriner Spring 2023 (sabbatical leave)


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