In 2006, CALS faculty passed a revision of the bylaws that recognize several standing college committees.

Committees members serve one to three consecutive year terms and are eligible to serve consecutive terms. Committee chairs are chosen at the first fall meeting of each academic year.

CALS Academic Awards Committee

Committee MembersTerm
Krista Jones, ASCI2021-2024
Todd Pritchard, NFS2021-2024
Jane Molofsky, PBIO2021-2024
Antonio Golan, CDAE2023-2026
Rebecca Guy, MMG, (Co-Chair)2023-2026
Eric Bishop von Wettberg, PSS, (Co-Chair)2021-2024


Evaluate and choose winners for the following awards:

  • CALS Distinguished Undergraduate Research
  • Lawrence K. Forcier Outstanding Senior Award
  • Alexander Kende Academic Merit Award

CALS Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

CALS Committee MembersTerm
Yolanda Chen, PSS, Chair2021-2024      
Farryl Bertmann, NFS2022-2025
Julie Smith, ASCI2023-2026
Scott Lewins, UVM Extension2023-2026
Joe Ament, CDAE2023-2026
Jane Molofsky, PBIO2023-2026
Rachel Leslie, CALS Dean's Office 

Read more about the CALS EDI committee 


CALS Curriculum Committee

Committee MembersTerm
Janet Murray, MMG                                         Honors College Representative
Vic Izzo, PSS, Co-Chair2023-2026
Sarah Heiss, CDAE, Co-Chair2023-2026
Emily Belarmino, NFS2021-2024
Christina Rohan, ASCI2021-2024
Laura Hill, PBIO2023-2026


  • Reviews and evaluates all proposed changes to the curriculum of specific academic programs, including additions or deletions of courses, name changes of courses, academic programs or academic departments, modifications of courses including changes in number of credit hours, cross-listing of courses, or change in course level or program designators.
  • Reviews and evaluates all proposed changes to requirements of individual degree programs, and the general degree requirements of the College.
  • Maintains clear guidelines for the mechanisms to propose changes to courses, programs or degree requirements.  These guidelines should be reviewed and evaluated on an annual basis, or as requested by the Dean.
  • Is empowered to solicit additional clarifying information from sponsoring units or academic departments, as necessary to evaluate proposals for curriculum change.
  • Shall advise the Dean and appropriate Department Chairpersons of the Curriculum Committee’s evaluation of proposals for curriculum change.
  • Shall provide both a written and oral summary of the Curriculum Committee’s recommendations at meetings of college members
  • Shall address other appropriate curricular matters as requested by the Dean.


CALS Faculty Standards Committee

Committee MembersTerm
Dan Tobin, CDAE2023-2026
Stephen Keller, PBIO2023-2024
Eric Bishop von Wettberg, PSS                      2023-2026
Jana Kraft, ASCI2023-2024
Meridith Niles, NFS2023-2024
Lisa Chase, EXT2021-2024



  • The CALS Faculty Standards Committee (FSC) is committee is entrusted with the solemn responsibility to evaluate the performance of their peers in instruction, scholarship and service, in relation to the established CALS RPT Guidelines and any Collective Bargaining Agreement between United Academics and UVM, and provide a confidential, written  recommendation to the Dean, on matters concerning:
  • Tenure decisions (green sheet promotion review)
  • Evaluation of progress towards tenure at the 2-year and 4-year mark (green sheet reappointment reviews)
  • Four-year reappointment (blue-sheet reappointment reviews)
  • Requests for promotion in rank (green sheet promotional review)
  • Requests for sabbatical leave
  • Allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence
  • Other matters relating to faculty conduct, as requested by the Dean

Conflict of Interest:  A member of the FSC must not be present during any discussion regarding that member, or a relation/partner of that committee member.  A member of the FSC must not be present during any discussion that will result in a direct personal, professional or financial impact on the committee member

Recusals:  A member of the FSC can only cast one vote regarding the disposition of an RPT recommendation; this vote can either be at the department-level review or FSC review, but not both.  FSC members are encouraged to participate in review and discussion of matters concerning Departmental colleagues, however, the CALS Leadership Team recommends that conflicted FSC members cast their vote at the level of Department review and abstain from the FSC vote.

CALS Studies Committee

Committee MembersTerm
Karin Hodge, MMG2023-2026
Andrea Etter, NFS2023-2026
Mark Starrett, PSS, Chair2021-2024
Jana Kraft, ASCI2021-2024
James McGuffey, CDAE2021-2024
Terrence Delaney, PBIO2021-2024



The CALS Studies Committee is responsible for determining the student status for students who fall below the required 2.0 grade point average for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


University Curricular Affairs Committee

CALS Committee Members  Term
Thomas Desisto, CDAE       2023-2026     
Janet Murray, MMG2023-2024


University Education and Research Technologies Committee

CALS Committee Memebers Term
Mark Starrett, PSS2023-2026     


University Financial and Physical Planning Committee

CALS Committee Members Term



University Professional Standards Committee

CALS Committee Members Term
Mark Cannella, Extension2023-2026     


University Research, Scholarship, and the Creative Arts Committee

CALS Committee Members Term
Stephen Keller, PBIO2023-2026     


University Student Affairs Committees

CALS Committee MembersTerm
Terry Delaney, PBIO2022-2025


Graduate College Executive Committee

CALS Committee MembersTerm
Qingbin Wang, CDAE2021-2024


Honors College Council

CALS Committee MembersTerm
Janet Murray, MMG2023-2026
Laura Almstead, PBIO2023-2026


CALS Department Representatives to Faculty Senate

CALS Committee MembersTerm
Jenny Wilkinson, ASCI2021-2024
Steve Kostell, CDAE2023-2026
Josef Gorres, PSS2019-2025
Lizzy Pope, NFS2021-2024
Brian Beckage, PBIO2022-2025
Sean Diehl, MMG2021-2024
Ann Hazelrigg, Extension2023-2026