Committees Library

(Revised 10/27/2022)

College Budget Committee

The COE Budget Committee is chaired by the Dean, COE, and is composed of two elected faculty members from RFT, CLSE, CEFS and GLS. Dr. Kayla Lewis was elected and approved to serve as a representative for the Executive Budget Committee on 10/20/2020. The representative for Academic Affairs Budget Committee is Dr. Jennice McCafferty-Wright as of Spring 2021 semester. Ex-officio members are appointed by the Dean. All members serve two-year terms, staggered by academic school year.

Elected department representatives


  • Leslie Anderson, 2022-2024
  • Kim Finch, 2022-2024


  • Kayla Lewis, 2020-2022, 2022-2024
  • Jamie Atkinson, 2020-2022


  • Jennice McCafferty-Wright, 2020-2022, 2022-2024
  • Sara Tipton, 2020-2022, 2022-2024


  • Tim Pfeil, 2021-2023

Staff Representative

  • Juli Panza

Ex-officio representatives

  • Barri Tinkler, Dean
  • Denise Cunningham, CEFS Department Head
  • Marjorie Shavers, CLSE Department Head
  • Stephanie Huffman, RFT Department Head
  • Ron Snodgrass, Greenwood Director
  • Rose Lee, Executive Assistant

Assessment Committee

The COE Assessment Committee is charged with developing and implementing a College-wide assessment plan for data collection and analysis; reviewing program and department assessment plans to ensure they are in compliance with the College and University Assessment plans; presenting summary data to the College periodically; and coordinating assessment efforts and reports for the University Assessment Council. The committee conducts annual reviews of Public Affairs assessment data generated within departments and the college and analyzed at the program level. The committee may assist programs and departments in identifying key assessments that will yield public affairs outcome data. As each program submits public affairs outcome data annually, the COE Assessment Committee is charged with reviewing same and identifying trends and themes common across programs and departments. These data are shared with departments and programs as well as other groups throughout the University. In addition, the COE Assessment Committee will conduct graduate follow-up surveys and employer surveys and produce reports for dissemination. Members serve two-year terms and are elected by departments which may select up to one member per program.


  • Barri Tinkler, Dean


  • Jamie Atkinson, 2021-2023
  • Julie Steiger, 2022-2024


  • Hailey Choi, 2021-2023
  • Tammi Davis, 2022-2024


  • Gilbert Brown, 2022-2024
  • Kelly Lettieri, 2020-2022,, 2022-2024
  • Ximena Uribe-Zarain, 2021-2023

GLS (Greenwood Lab School)

  • Melinda Hammerschmidt, 2013-2020

Personnel Committee

As required by the Missouri State University Compensation Plan (2006), the College Personnel Committee (CPC) is comprised of one tenured faculty member from each academic department, and the Greenwood Laboratory School. The faculty member who is the chair, or co-chair, of the department’s Promotion and Tenure Committee will be the rep on the COE Personnel Committee. The charge of the Personnel Committee is as follows:

  1. To review department Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (PT) guidelines for compliance with university policies and congruence within the College;
  2. To hear and deliberate upon faculty appeals related to compensation or other personnel matters;
  3. To evaluate applications received for Sabbatical leave and make recommendations to the Dean, and
  4. Other matters that arise related to personnel.

2022–2023 members


  • James Sottile


  • Mandy Benedict-Chambers


  • Kayla Lewis

Greenwood Lab School

  • Abby Burch

Scholarship Committee

The COE Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of elected representatives from each department in the College of Education and secondary education. Three-year terms are preferred as it takes a while to understand the money and financial aid award process. Members can choose to renew their term upon approval of the department. Staggering the committee representatives is preferred so that at least 2 of the 4 have previous experience on the committee. Committee members elect the Chair at the end of the spring semester of the current Chair’s 3rd year. The Chair serves 3 years in that capacity with at least 1 previous year membership on the committee, the chair can serve successive terms. In January members make announcements to their departments to encourage students to complete FAFSA’s and the financial aid application form. In February members post, distribute, and make announcements in classes to promote scholarships. The committee members review scholarship applicants in early March and then meet in March and/or April to make decisions on awards. The Chair reports recommendations to the foundation and financial aid for review and approval. Once all awardees are identified and approved The Foundation notifies the students of the awards and their responsibilities in accepting the awards. Occasionally, some follow- up work is needed by the committee between first awards in the spring and the beginning of the fall semester when scholarship recipients must decline the award for any reason.


Elected representatives from each department serve three-year terms. These should be staggered so that we have continuity. The Chair is a non-voting member of the committee.


  • Joanna J Cemore Brigden (Chair), 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2021, 2021 - 2024
  • Stefanie Livers, 2021 - 2024


  • Kewman Lee, 2019 - 2022, 2022-2025

Sec Ed

  • Fatih Benzer, Tonia Tinsley, 2021 - 2024


  • Shari Scott, 2022-2025

Graduate Program Advisory Committee (GPAC)

The following charge is a revision of the original charge given to the COE Graduate Programs Advisory Committee by the office of the Dean. This revised charge is given as guidance to the committee as work continues related to improving graduate programs and initiatives in COE.

Committee Charge

The COE Graduate Programs Advisory Committee is a standing committee which meets regularly to address ongoing issues related to graduate programs in the College of Education. The scope of work for the committee may include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Support CAEP and DESE accreditation of advanced programs.
  2. Support and monitor assessment plans and data for graduate programs.
  3. Advocate on behalf of COE graduate faculty and programs.
  4. Assist units in COE with graduate faculty criteria, admission criteria, and other components of graduate program operations.
  5. Promote opportunities for research/scholarship for faculty and students which strengthen and enhance graduate programs and experiences.
  6. Assist in the recruitment, promotion, and public awareness of COE graduate programs and activities.
  7. Review/support curricular proposals generated at the department/school level impacting graduate programs in COE. Note: the purpose of this committee is advisory in nature, and not an additional level or step in the governance or curricular process. The COE Graduate Programs Advisory Committee is pro-active in the support of all graduate programs and faculty and makes recommendations to the Dean’s office and/or appropriate unit administrator.
  8. The COE Graduate Programs Advisory Committee is not associated with the Missouri State University Graduate Council in terms of governance; however, the Missouri State University Graduate Council member(s) from COE must be a member(s) of the COE Graduate Program Advisory Committee.


COE Graduate Programs Advisory Committee members include each graduate program coordinator or designee. Department Heads will choose a designee for programs without an identified coordinator. In cases where the Department Head is also a program coordinator a faculty member in that program area will be identified as the COE Graduate Programs Advisory Committee representative. Additional members may be appointed by the Dean.


Comparable to other committee structures, this committee should elect a chair for a two-year term. The chair must agree to make sure that appropriate minutes are maintained for all meetings, communicate with administrators and faculty, and is willing to advocate for COE graduate programs in venues such as the EPP and the Graduate Council. The committee may have the flexibility to extend the terms of a chair.

The Dean or designee will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. When possible, the administrator/faculty charged with NCATE/DESE accreditation will also be an ex-officio member and provided any and all minutes of the meetings.

Chair: Mandy Benedict-Chambers


  • Marjorie Shavers, Department Head
  • Gilbert Brown - Professor (SAHE)
  • Karrie Swan - Associate Professor (COU)
  • Kim Finch - Associate Professor (EAD)
  • Reesha Adamson - Associate Professor (SPED)


  • Denise Cunningham - Department Head (ECSE)
  • Mandy Benedict-Chambers, Chair - Associate Professor (ELE)
  • Debra Price - Instructor (FCS)
  • Elizabeth King - Assistant Professor (CFD)
  • Lindsey Murphy - Assistant Professor (CLS)


  • Stephanie Huffman - RFT Department Head
  • Ching-Wen Chang - Professor (EDT)
  • Kayla Lewis - Associate Professor (LIT)
  • Pam Correll - Assistant Professor (MAT)
  • Steven P. Jones - Professor (MATL, SETL)

COE - Ex-officio members

  • Barri Tinkler - Dean

For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the College of Education.