Academic Appeals (Juan Mejia)
To provide students an opportunity for a hearing when they believe they have received an unfair grade or unfair treatment by a faculty member. The committee is charged with the responsibility of considering whether the action received in a particular case is justified and either endorsing this action or recommending an alternate decision.
Kay Lynn Moran, Chair
Margaret Rapp, Ex Officio
Admission Appeals (Nidia Hassan)
To consider requests for admission (or readmission) in which the applicant’s qualifications are atypical, and to consider policies and procedures appeals from students who have been placed on scholastic probation or suspension.
Assessment (Juan Mejia)
To promote continuous improvement and enhancement of student learning through the use of assessment data; to discuss and share assessment strategies, make assessment resources available to encourage continued learning about assessment, and maintain the College’s Learning Outcomes; to serve as a repository for faculty, department and school assessment efforts; and to encourage challenging and creative student-centered instruction.
Rachel Jennische, Co-Chair
Donna Belt, Co-Chair
Leigh Ann Olejnik
IT Steering Committee
To serve as an advisory group in establishing and evaluating IT policies and priorities and monitoring computer hardware/software purchases to ensure compatibility, state-of-the-art technology and the College’s ability to support acquisitions.
Sarah Van Cleef
College Planning (Juan Mejia)
To develop long-range goals and strategies directed toward moving the College to a more competitive position in the external environment and developing internal resources to their full potential using a data/research-based set of planning assumptions and performance expectations.
Chair Kim Lessner
College Program Review (Juan Mejia)
To assist deans/department chairs in devising and implementing an ongoing process of program review that is appropriate for each department/program; to provide resources and recommendations to departments pertaining to the means and methods of program review at appropriate intervals for the purpose of departmental and institutional development; to encourage a campus conversation that establishes the value of a college-wide program review process for our own use; to monitor concerns over the review process, and respond to expressed concerns as for the collection and reporting of student/program data.
Melanie Ward, Chair
Sarah Van Cleef
Curriculum & Instruction (Juan Mejia)
To review curriculum change requests and make appropriate recommendations to the Provost. The committee will seek consensus on curriculum changes that best serve student interest in accordance with the Tyler Junior College mission statement.
Tammy Burnette, Chair
Data Standards (Larry Mendez)
To protect the integrity of Tyler Junior College (TJC) data housed in any application with particular emphasis on information stored in the Banner Information System and other systems which interface with Banner. The committee is comprised of members of the TJC Community who come together to set standards concerning information stored in any application. These standards are determined through consensus of all constituents involved to find solutions that work for TJC coupled with best practices established by peer institutions.
Doug Baker, Chair
Rick Besch, Ex-Officio
Department Chairs and Program Coordinators (Juan Mejia)
To establish a culture of leadership, academic excellence, and collaboration through research and identification of best practices for department/program chairs/program coordinators among the state and nation’s junior/community colleges and development of strategies toward institutional implementation; identification of strategies for consistent and equitable implementation of practices and procedures among the College’s schools; achievement of high standards in department chair/program coordinator performance of duties and responsibilities; examination of ways to enhance communication between department chairs and program coordinators with both internal and external offices affecting duties and responsibilities; and recommendations to TJC administrators and offices regarding increasing effectiveness, efficiency and economics of departments and programs directed by department chairs and program coordinators.
Geoffrey Willbanks, Chair
Diversity (Connie Russell)
To assist in the design and execution of action-orientated programs aimed toward accomplishing the goals and objectives of the College’s affirmative action plan.
Idalia Trent, Chair
Financial Aid Appeals (Devon Wiggins)
To meet at the call of the financial aid director to hear appeals of students who have been suspended from their financial aid and have been denied by the financial aid staff committee thus providing them due process.
Molly Garrett, Chair
General Education (Juan Mejia)
To establish measureable general education outcomes which specify knowledge and skills that students should gain from completing courses in the various component areas of the core curriculum, and to oversee all College assessment efforts that pertain to general education areas.
Erica Powell, Co-Chair
Derik Gray, Co-Chair
Honors (Juan Mejia)
To facilitate the implementation of innovative ideas within the Honors Program; to make key decisions about the program’s curricula, instruction and operation; to advise the honors director and the administrative dean; and to evaluate the program along the lines of vision and efficacy on an annual basis.
Dave Funk, Chair
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee [IACUC] (Ken Murphy)
To serve as an advocate for any live animal used in teaching at TJC. Under this general charge, the committee has oversight over the animal care programs, the facilities where animals are used, transported or housed, and the proposed protocols describing animal use.
Homayoun Shams (Pet Veterinary Clinic), Chair
Tony Black (Whitehouse Baptist Church)
Bryan Ramsey (South Tyler Animal Clinic)
Ginger Wood (Environmental Health)
Institutional Review Board (Juan Mejia)
To assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in a research study. The Institutional Review Board follows FDA regulations and is authorized to approve, require modification in (to secure approval), or disapprove research.
Afton Barber, Chair
Integrated Marketing and Branding (Kim Lessner)
To serve as an advisory group for the creation, implementation and communication of the College’s Integrated Marketing and Branding Plan, which specifies uniform standards for consistent brand representation of the College.
Pamela Rathbun, Chair
Intercollegiate Athletics (Tim Drain)
To serve in an advisory capacity to the director of intercollegiate athletics to help create an environment through programs of physical development and competitive sports in which the development of human potential is the highest priority.
Susie Johnston, Chair
Risk Management (Sarah Van Cleef)
To promote a safe and healthy setting for all TJC employees, students and visitors by focusing on protecting human health, property and the environment.
Robby Underwood, Chair
Scholarship Awards (Shelby Gould)
To assist the administration in the planning and evaluation of the student financial aid programs and to consider and recommend qualified recipients for all scholarships over which Tyler Junior College has selection jurisdiction in accordance with donor specifications.
Sivya Leventhal, Chair
Sick Leave Pool (Kevin Fowler)
To consider employee requests for use of time from the College Sick Leave Pool.
Larry Mendez, Chairperson
Social Activities (Kevin Fowler)
To plan appropriate social and recreational events each semester for the faculty and staff.
Maggie Ruelle, Co-Chair
Mary Tanner, Co-Chair
Kevin Fowler, Ex-Officio
Special Hearing Panel (Mike Metke)
To serve as members of any special hearing committee as may be required by the College policy on professional security and termination of employment of faculty personnel.
Student Discipline Appeals (Juan Mejia)
To meet at the call of the chairperson to hear appeals against the disciplinary actions of College officials in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook.
Jim Richey, Co-Chair
Anthony Sanders, Co-Chair
Mark Gartman James Ledet (Alternate)
Nidia Hassan Christine Melius