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General Education Executive Committee

General Education (GE) falls under the jurisdiction of College One; all Senate faculty are members of College One and share responsibility for General Education. The Vice-Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (VPDUE) is the Dean of College One.

The Program Faculty Chair administers the program with the support of the Executive Committee. Unless otherwise stipulated herein, member roles are defined in the Academic Senate’s Guides to Membership and Executive Session.


a. Members of the Executive Committee include:

• The Faculty Chair of the Program (ex-officio, voting member)

• Two Senate faculty representatives from each of the schools of Engineering;

Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts (voting members)

• Two at-large Non-Senate faculty members from different Schools (voting


• The Director of the Merritt Writing Program (ex-officio, non-voting member)

• The Coordinator of the General Education Program (ex-officio, non-voting


• A representative from Student Affairs (non-voting member)

• An undergraduate student (non-voting member)


2021 - 2022 Membership

       Name                                  Representation                             Department

Valarie Leppert, Materials Science & Engineering, Chair, Assoicate Dean of General Education

Alejandro Gutierrez, Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor for the School of Engineering

Gerardo Diaz, Mechanical Engineering, Professor for the School of Engineering

Nigel Hatton, Literatures, Languages & Cultures, Associate Professor for the School of Social Sciences

Holley Moyes, Anthropology, Professor for the School of Social Sciences

Marcos Garcia-Ojeda, Molecular & Cell Biology, Associate Professor for the School of Natural Sciences

Ryan Baxter, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Associate Professor for the School of Natural Sciences

Michelle Toconis, Merritt Writing Program, Global Arts, Media and Writing Studies, Lecturer for the Merritt Writing Program

Derek Sollberger, Applied Mathematics, Lecturer for Applied Mathematics

Estee Beck, School of Social Sciences, Humantities, and Art, Director, Merritt Writing Program

Brian O’Bruba, Executive Director for Office of Leadership, Service and Career, Division of Student Affairs

Michelle Greenwood, Division of Undergraduate Education, Managing Director of General Education

Avreen Bal, Biological Sciences w/ an emphasis in Human Biology, Undergraduate Student