Committees

Through our strategic planning process, we will reimagine our programs (who we are and what we do, as represented by the Four Pillars), our structures (how we do it), and our resources (how we support it). This work will be carried out by four committees:

  • Curriculum Review Committee - Focus on reimagining our programs, Pillar 1
  • Integrated Learning Committee - Focus on reimagining our programs, Pillars 2, 3, and 4
  • Structure and Resources Committee - Focus on reimagining our size, structure, and resources
  • Strategic Planning Committee - Responsible for coordinating the overall activities of the strategic planning process

Curriculum Review Committee

The Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) is charged with advancing Pillar 1 (a rigorous liberal arts and sciences education) by creating a robust and contemporary academic experience for our students. The essential knowledge and skills that students acquire are the foundation of a Gettysburg College experience and an education that prepares students for their lives.

Draft Key Questions:

  • What are the essential student learning outcomes of the Gettysburg College curriculum? What should all students know and be able to do by the time they complete the curriculum?
  • How might these essential student learning outcomes be addressed in the curriculum? How might the curricular requirements be structured so that these essential learning outcomes are met?
  • In partnership with the College faculty and academic departments/programs, how will the essential student learning outcomes be assessed?
  • How will the Gettysburg College curriculum be integrated with co-curricular experiences?

Members:

  • Sahana Mukherjee (Co-Chair), Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Chris Zappe (Co-Chair), Provost
  • Kathy Cain, Professor of Psychology
  • Ryan Johnson, Associate Professor of Physics
  • Nicholas Miller, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
  • David Powell, Associate Professor of Education
  • Beatriz Trigo, Associate Professor of Spanish

Consultants:

  • Melissa Forbes, Lecturer of English
  • Darren Glass, Associate Provost for Academic Assessment

Integrated Learning Committee

The Integrated Learning Committee is charged with making recommendations that will bring Pillars 2, 3, and 4 to life. The Integrated Learning Committee will be divided into three subcommittees that focus on each pillar.

Pillar 2 Subcommittee

The Pillar 2 Subcommittee will focus on teaching students how to have an impact in their lives. Components of this work include civic knowledge and engagement, an appreciation of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and ethical and effective leadership.

Draft Key Questions:

  • What knowledge, skills, and experiences do students need to make an impact in their lives?
  • How do we leverage our current and potential new programs to deepen our students’ understanding about how to bring ideas to life?
  • Is there a way to think about current and potential new programs in concert with one another so that the sum is greater than the parts?

Members:

  • McKinley Melton (Co-Chair), Associate Professor of English
  • Julie Ramsey (Co-Chair)
  • Jeanne Arnold, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Rimvydas Baltadounis, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Amy Dailey, Associate Professor of Health Sciences
  • Caroline Hartzell, Professor of Political Science
  • Andy Hughes, Executive Director of the Garthwait Leadership Center
  • Salma Monani, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Gretchen Natter, Executive Director of the Center for Public Service, Assistant Dean of College Life, Interim Director of LGBTQA
  • Laura Runyan, Director of College Grants
  • Hakim Williams, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
  • Katie Mercer (Student)

Pillar 3 Subcommittee

The Pillar 3 Subcommittee will focus on experiential learning. An important component of a Gettysburg experience is learning through practice and application. This applied learning complements the classroom experience and helps prepare students for their career and professional life.

Draft Key Questions:

  • What knowledge, skills, and experiences do students need to complement their classroom experience to broaden understanding, to develop lifelong skills, and to be ready for a successful and satisfying career?
  • Can we ensure that every student graduates with at least one hands-on learning experience, such as an internship, research project, or service learning opportunity? Is this a desirable goal? If so, how do we achieve this? Should these experiences be designed or just what arises?
  • Can our geographical location be better leveraged to provide experiential learning opportunities for our students?

Members:

  • McKinley Melton (Co-Chair), Associate Professor of English
  • Julie Ramsey (Co-Chair)
  • Mike Baker, Associate Director of Communications
  • Marc Goldman, Executive Director of the Center for Career Engagement
  • Paul Miller, Director of the Garthwait Leadership Center
  • VoonChin Phua, Professor of Sociology
  • Sarah Principato, Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Kathleen Regentin, Assistant Vice President for College Advancement
  • Eric Remy, Director of Educational Technology
  • Richard Russell, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Gail Sweezey, Dean of Admissions
  • Jocelyn Swigger, Associate Professor Sunderman Conservatory of Music
  • Adil Sarwar (Student)

Pillar 4 Subcommittee

The Pillar 4 Subcommittee will focus on integrating the curricular and co-curricular experiences so that students graduate with clarity about what they learned and who they became at Gettysburg College. Advising, mentoring, and career counseling play an important role in this work.

Draft Key Questions:

  • Can we create new pathways to more effectively integrate academic and co-curricular learning?
  • How can strong advising and mentoring help students plan and integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences to prepare for a successful life and career after college?
  • As the new curriculum is being developed, what is the plan for effective advising of the new curriculum?
  • How can strong advising and mentoring support student success during college?
  • Are there ways to more fully embed career counseling in academic programs?

Members:

  • McKinley Melton (Co-Chair), Associate Professor of English
  • Julie Ramsey (Co-Chair)
  • Scott Boddery, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Rob Bohrer, Associate Provost and Dean of Public Policy Programs
  • Josef Brandauer, Associate Professor of Health Sciences
  • Veronica Calvillo, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Charmaine Cruise, Dean of Academic Advising and Student Support Services
  • Chris Fee, Professor of English
  • Monique Gore, Director of Multicultural Programming and Outreach
  • Katy Mattson, Associate Director of Career Planning
  • Andy Wilson, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
  • Cindy Wright, Director of EES Student Success and Well-being
  • Alma Contreras (Student)

Consultant:

  • Jennifer Bloomquist, Associate Provost for Faculty Development

Teagle Bridge

The Curriculum Review Committee and the Integrated Learning Committee will be connected by the Teagle Bridge. The College received a planning grant from the Teagle Foundation to explore how we might leverage the power of our location and history to graduate students prepared with the knowledge, skills, and inclination to have a meaningful impact on the civic life of their communities—locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.

Key Questions:

  • How can we align the curriculum with our overall goal of graduating students with the knowledge, skills, and inclination to have a meaningful impact on the civic life of their communities? (CRC)
  • Are there opportunities for civic engagement and responsibility, with a particular focus on issues of diversity and inclusion, to be included as part of the mandatory First-Year Seminar? (CRC)
  • Emphasizing the power of our location and history, how can we integrate the necessary components of civic literacy across a student’s four-year educational experience? (ILC)
  • How can we connect co-curricular civic experiences back to the curriculum in a more intentional way? (ILC)
  • How can we build on the First-Year Walk by offering additional anchoring experiences in the sophomore, junior, or senior year? (ILC)
  • Are there opportunities for a January-term experience that look at examples set by leaders like Lincoln and Eisenhower to build on the knowledge and skills we seek? (ILC)

Structure and Resources Committee

The Structure and Resources Committee (SRC) is charged with reimagining our size and structures to best amplify the College’s reach and impact. The committee also will work to better align our resources and expenses.

Draft Key Questions:

  • How do we steward and allocate our resources to maximize their long term productive use, realign annual operating expenses with expected revenues, and amplify the priorities that we have identified?
  • Given the changing demographic landscape, what is an appropriate size of the student body?
  • How do we adjust to the changing environment to ensure that our student body is stronger in academic and other metrics while also being financially sustainable?
  • What new sources of alternative revenue should the College pursue?

Members:

  • Beth Campbell-Hetrick (Tri-Chair), Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Dan Konstalid (Tri-Chair), Vice President of Finance and Administration
  • Chris Zappe (Tri-Chair), Provost
  • Brendan Cushing-Daniels, Associate Professor of Economics
  • Darrien Davenport, Assistant Secretary to the BoT, Assistant VP of College Life
  • Jeff Foster, Associate Dean of College Life
  • Shelli Frey, Professor of Chemistry
  • Mike Mattia, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Heather Odle-Dusseau, Associate Professor of Management
  • Radi Rangelova, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Jack Ryan, Vice Provost and Dean of Arts and Humanities
  • Megan Sijapati, Professor of Religious Studies
  • Rod Tosten, Vice President for Information Technology

Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee will consist of the co-chairs of the other committees and other members of the community. It is charged with ensuring an integrated, innovative, and inspirational plan emerges from the strategic planning process.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating the overall activities of the strategic planning process
  • Monitoring adherence to the guiding principles
  • Integrating work from the Curriculum Review Committee, the Integrated Learning Committee, and the Structure and Resources Committee
  • Ensuring broad community input during the strategic planning process
  • Ensuring the effective engagement the Board of Trustees Group and the Alumni Group
  • Communicating with the Gettysburg College community
  • Ensuring timely progression of the strategic planning process
  • Reviewing draft committee reports and providing feedback
  • Producing the final report of the strategic planning process

Members:

  • Tim Shannon (Co-Chair), Professor of History
  • Kris Stuempfle (Co-Chair), Chief of Staff and Strategic Advisor to the President
  • Beth Campbell-Hetrick, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Barbara Fritze, Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services
  • Dan Konstalid, Vice President of Finance and Administration
  • McKinley Melton, Associate Professor of English
  • Sahana Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Julie Ramsey
  • Charlie Scott, Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Jamie Yates, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Chris Zappe, Provost

Board of Trustees Advisors Group

A group of trustees will serve as a resource group to the strategic planning process. This group will provide insight and advice throughout the process, particularly to the Strategic Planning Committee, the Integrated Learning Committee, and the Structure and Resources Committee.

Members:

  • Charlie Scott (Convener)
  • Gordie Beittenmiller
  • Lauren Bright
  • Bruce Chamberlin
  • Marsha Comegno
  • Skip Cowen
  • Troy Datcher
  • Lindsey Hough

Alumni Group

As part of the strategic planning process, alumni will be engaged to provide input informed by their perspectives as graduates of the College and as people experienced in how to lead lives of meaning and consequence.

Draft Key Questions:

  • What are the key applied skills students need to demonstrate to launch their careers? Are there skill sets that need a “boost” for our students to be more successful in their career launch?
  • What are the most important experiences students need to gain entry into their first careers? What kinds of experiences resonate most with employers?
  • Are there emerging career trends that all students should be aware of, regardless of the specific industry? How can students be exposed to these issues?
  • What tips can you offer to help students “tell their story” most effectively to potential employers?

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