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Each of the following committees includes a chair, charged with organizing, prioritizing, reporting to the department, and ensuring the timely achievement of goals.  Normally, two additional faculty members (graduate or fulltime unclassified academic staff) serve on each committee except as noted below. Standing committees are those from which regular reports are given and whose policy recommendations are presented for faculty vote.

This standing committee oversees the recruitment of new graduate students qualified to pursue either the M.A. or the Ph.D. in the department. This committee also administers all fellowships and competitions relevant to recruitment.

Committee Members

Committee Chair: Rafael Acosta


Rafael Acosta
Assistant Professor, Director of Admissions
Wescoe Hall, Room 2620
Amy Rossomondo
Associate Professor, Director, Spanish Language Program
785-864-0290
Wescoe Hall, Room 2644
Omaris Zunilda Zamora
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2628

 

The director(s) of the Spanish Language Program chair(s) this standing committee. Its goal is to ensure the quality of the Spanish and Portuguese language programs, establish policy regarding the implementation of effective language instruction and teacher training, and to provide the department chair with evaluations of all GTAs and lecturers sufficient for the assignment of possible merit salary increases at the end of the spring semester.

Committee Members

Committee Chair: Amy Rossomondo


Iris Hauser
Lecturer, Assistant Director of Spanish Language Program Associate
785-864-5839
Wescoe Hall
Amy Rossomondo
Associate Professor, Director, Spanish Language Program
785-864-0290
Wescoe Hall, Room 2644
Luciano Tosta
Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture
785-864-1133
Wescoe Hall, Room 2630

 

This standing committee promotes the coherence and vitality of Portuguese as a less commonly taught language. The committee may engage in publicity activities and curriculum revision that contribute to stronger enrollments and greater programmatic coherence. If GTAs are appointed in Portuguese, their training and supervision belongs with the members of this committee.

Committee Members

Committee Chair: Luciano Tosta


Photograph of Dovis
785-864-3778
2637 Wescoe
Antõnio Simões
Associate Professor
785-864-0285
Wescoe Hall, Room 2638
Luciano Tosta
Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture
785-864-1133
Wescoe Hall, Room 2630

 

The goal of this standing committee is to oversee the effective administration of the B.A. and Minor in Spanish and the Minor in Brazilian Studies. This includes: periodic revision of the requirements for the major and minor; periodic assessment of the major and minor; attention to coherent articulation among courses at the 300, 400, and 500 levels; the development and periodic revision of curricular guidelines to ensure standard levels of requirements and learning objectives for similar courses; and the evaluation of materials for transfer credits from accredited United States post-secondary institutions as needed by petition. It is also charged with managing the department’s undergraduate Assessment Plan and submitting the department’s undergraduate Assessment Report to the Provost.

Committee Members

Committee Chair: Verónica Garibotto


Verónica Garibotto
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-0295
Wescoe Hall, Room 2614
Sean Gullickson
Assistant Specialist
785-864-1130
Wescoe Hall, Room 2640
Omaris Zunilda Zamora
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2628

 

The goal of this standing committee is to oversee the effective administration of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the department. This includes: periodic evaluation of each degree program and its curriculum, periodic revision of the M.A. Reading List (once every four years), response to all petitions seeking exceptions to departmental procedures, oversight of all comprehensive examination procedures, and administration of extensions for GTA support and completion of degree. The committee also oversees professional development of graduate students, including workshops and other activities meant to prepare graduate students for postgraduate academic careers. It is also charged with managing the department’s graduate Assessment Plan and submitting the department’s graduate Assessment Report to the Provost.

Committee Members

Committee Chair: Jonathan Mayhew


Robert Bayliss
Associate Professor
785-864-1132
Wescoe Hall, Room 2626
Jonathan Mayhew
Professor
785-864-0287
Wescoe Hall, Room 2624
Margot Versteeg
Professor, Interim Director of the Humanities Program Associate Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
785-864-0289
Wescoe Hall, Room 2616

 

The goal of this standing committee is to ensure the standardization of course credits transferred from international institutions, to ensure the quality and continuity of international programs affiliated with the department, and to propose policy for departmental adoption regarding credits for study abroad. The committee also works to promote our study abroad programs, to explore new programs, and to collaborate with Undergraduate Studies to review program curricula to address the needs of our students.

Committee Members

Committee Chair: Luciano Tosta


Verónica Garibotto
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-0295
Wescoe Hall, Room 2614
Isidro Rivera
Associate Professor
785-864-0297
Wescoe Hall, Room 2636
Luciano Tosta
Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture
785-864-1133
Wescoe Hall, Room 2630

 


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