2021 – 2022 Committee Membership
Confirmed July 30, 2021
Horace Blackman – Vice Rector
Simmi Bhuller – Secretary
Ignacia Moreno – Member-At-Large
Carolyn Moss – Member-At-Large
Carolyn Moss, Vice Chair
Juan Carlos Iturregui
Christy Pichichero, Faculty Representative
Ali Weinstein, Faculty Representative
Mark Ginsberg, Provost
Ignacia Moreno, Vice Chair
Edward Douthett, Faculty Liaison
Ed Dittmeier, Vice President and Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer
Simmi Bhuller, Vice Chair
Alan Abramson, Faculty Representative
Lisa Gring-Pemble, Faculty Representative
Trishana Bowden, Vice President, University Advancement & Alumni Relations
Denise Turner Roth, Chair (2/2)
Paul Reagan, Vice Chair (2/2)
Horace Blackman (2/2)
Juan Carlos Iturregui (2/2)
Carolyn Moss (2/2)
Jon Peterson (1/2)
Edward Rice (2/2)
David Gallay, Faculty Representative
Mohan Venigalla, Faculty Representative
Carol Kissal, Senior Vice President, Administration & Finance
Wendy Marquez, Vice Chair
June Tangney, Faculty Representative
Amy Hutchison, Faculty Representative
Andre Marshall, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact
Faculty Senate Liaison – Bob Witeck
Law School Liaison – Ignacia Moreno
Legislative Liaisons – Jimmy Hazel and Paul Reagan
Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Liaison – Nancy Prowitt
Jimmy Hazel, Rector
Gregory Washington, President
Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post, Faculty Representative
Natalia Kanos, Undergraduate Student Representative
Steven Zhou, Graduate Student Representative
Erin Rogers, Staff Liaison
Faculty Committee Representatives, 2021-2022
Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community CommitteeChristy Pichichero
Christy Pichichero is Associate Professor of French and History at George Mason University. She earned her A.B. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, a bachelor’s of music in opera singing from the Eastman School of Music, and a Ph.D. in French Studies from Stanford University. She has held fellowships at Cambridge University (King’s College), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), West Point Military Academy, and the Society of the Cincinnati. While holding a postdoctoral fellowship in Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities Program, Dr. Pichichero was a faculty member and Associate Director of the Middlebury French School. Dr. Pichichero’s research explores the dialectic between war and culture, tracing how cultural values and practices influence ways of war and conversely how warfare generates cultural change or stagnation. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies of war and military institutions in relation to ethics, law, cross-cultural encounters, and the arts. Dr. Pichichero has developed deep expertise in multiple fields (history [military, political, social, gender, racial], literary studies, fine arts) that she brings to both her research and teaching. She is the author of The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon (Cornell University Press, 2017), which is a finalist for the Kenshur Prize. She has been invited around the world to speak on her work, including plenaries, lectures, and presentations in England, France, Japan, and at the Frick Collection.
Dr. Pichichero has more than twenty years of experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work and has held multiple leadership positions at Stanford, GMU, and in the profession. At Mason, she is currently developing and implementing DEI strategy as the University Faculty Fellow in Diversity Equity and Inclusion as well as the Coordinator of College Diversity and Global Education in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also serves on the Governing Council of the Western Society for French History, the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and the Presidential Advisory Committee of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
Christy serves as a faculty representative to the Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community (APDUC) Committee.
Dr. Ali Weinstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health in the College of Health and Human Services. She has been a faculty member at Mason since 2007. In her time at Mason, she has had the opportunity to engage in many University-level initiatives and committees that are relevant to the Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community committee. These experiences include serving on the Mason Core committee (2017-2020), Conflict of Interest committee (2015-2017), Faculty and Curricular Activities, Quality Enhancement Program Leadership Council (2012-2016), and the University Scholars Selection committee (2011-present). In addition, she is a Senior Scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, an entity whose mission is to promote the science and practices that lead to a life of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement. She has been recognized by her peers as a recipient of the Mentoring Excellence Award (2017) and the University Teaching Excellence Award (2016).
Ali serves as a faculty representative to the Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community (APDUC) Committee.
Development CommitteeAlan J. Abramson
Alan J. Abramson is a Professor of Government and Politics in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University, and Founding Director of Mason’s Center on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy. Alan is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and an Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute. In these several positions, he teaches, conducts research, and works with leaders on a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic issues. For more than a decade, Alan directed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit and philanthropy program, overseeing initiatives that helped strengthen nonprofit and foundation leaders, deepen the understanding of policymakers about nonprofit activities, and build the nonprofit research field in the U.S. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Alan Abramson was on the research staff of the Urban Institute, where he worked on a variety of domestic public policy issues. Alan has served on many national and local nonprofit boards and advisory committees. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington Universities. Alan Abramson received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and papers, and his work has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association. Alan has also been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. In 2015-2016, Alan is serving as President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the nation’s leading association for nonprofit researchers. Knowledgeable about a broad range of nonprofit issues, Alan’s major, current interests are: nonprofit-government relations; foundation policy and practice; social enterprise and social entrepreneurship; and shared governance, the engagement of all three sectors—nonprofit, government, and business—in addressing social problems.
Alan serves as a faculty representative to the Development Committee.
Dr. Lisa Gring-Pembleis an associate professor in the School of Business at George Mason University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of Maryland. Since joining George Mason University in 2000, she has pursued teaching and research around three main areas: 1) global impact and engagement, 2) argumentation, rhetorical criticism, and persuasion, and 3) political communication and public policy. She is author of Grim Fairy Tales: The Rhetorical Construction of American Welfare Policy and a co-editor of Readings on Political Communication. Her work has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Political Communication, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Communication Quarterly. She is passionate about teaching and is the recipient of the 2005 George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, 2017 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award, and 2019 George Mason University Alumni Association Faculty of the Year Award. As Co-Executive Director for the Business for a Better World Center, Gring-Pemble supports university-wide initiatives that engage students of all majors in social innovation, social enterprise, and entrepreneurship. She is deeply involved with impact and sustainability initiatives as co-founder of the Honey Bee Initiative, member of Mason’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth Advisory Council, member of the Mason Sustainability Council, member of Mason’s team in the Deans and Directors Cohort of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), a representative of Mason in the Champions Cycle of the Principles for Responsible Management (PRME) Initiative of the UN Global Compact, and Mason’s liaison to Ashoka.
Lisa serves as a faculty representative to the Development Committee.
Finance and Land Use CommitteeAlison Evans Cuellar
Alison Cuellar, PhD, MBA is a health economist and Full Professor in Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). She has been at Mason since 2009, where in addition to teaching and research, she has served in multiple additional college and university roles, including as Interim Associate Dean for Research in CHHS, on several Mason strategic initiatives and review committees, and on multiple college and departmental committees. She has taught in HAP at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, and has served as faculty advisor for both masters- and PhD-level programs.
Dr. Cuellar is an active researcher who studies hospital, physician, and health insurance initiatives. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute for Justice, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and from foundations including the National Institute for Health Care Management, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Cuellar has collaborated with a number of policymakers, federal and state agency staff, senior scientists, and practitioners, to tackle significant issues facing health delivery and policy. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Center for Disease Control’s Community Preventive Services Task Force. Previously, she served on the National Academy of Medicine’s Study Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States, and in the national, MacArthur Foundation-supported Research Network on Mental Health Policy.
Mohan Venigalla is an associate professor in Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering of Volgenau School of Engineering. He specializes in transportation systems analysis and planning with research emphases on sustainable transportation and macroscopic traffic flow. His early career (for 12 years) was primarily in engineering consulting and research. He has been engaged in his present teaching and academic research career since 2000.
Venigalla’s expertise includes modeling of transportation systems encompassing travel behavior analysis, travel demand modeling, land use transportation, traffic simulation, network analysis, and intelligent transportation systems. His current and prior works covered a range of topics on transportation planning, air quality, transit-oriented developments, shared mobility, and urban freight planning. His skillset includes traditional quantitative and statistical methods, geographic information systems, data mining, and big data analytics. He has developed and applied numerous computer models for solving various transportation planning and traffic engineering problems.
Venigalla’s research funding since 2000 topped $2.8 million. His publications include more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, two book chapters, and 38 significant technical reports. He developed or taught 16 different courses and graduated seven Ph.D. students under his supervision. He administered the undergraduate civil engineering program at George Mason University and was primarily responsible for increasing the enrollments four-fold (from 73 to 295) in an 8-year period.
Venigalla’s research on air quality received national acclaim and was recognized by the National Academy of Sciences with the prestigious Pyke Johnson Award. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been recently appointed as a Faculty Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in the US Department of Transportation.
Mohan serves as a faculty representative to the Finance and Land Use Committee.
Research CommitteeAmy Hutchison
Dr. Amy Hutchison is a Professor at George Mason University who is passionate about using digital innovations to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students and prepare them for a future that is constantly changed by digital technologies. Accordingly, her scholarship centers around the use of digital innovations to provide equitable learning opportunities for diverse learning needs.
Dr. Hutchison, along with her colleagues, has received over $4 million in funding from agencies and businesses such as National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education to conduct research focused on these areas of interest. Insights from her work in the field, and research from the field more broadly, are brought together in her recently published co-authored books and a large body of peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Hutchison was recently awarded the 2020 Digital Literacy Game Changer Award by the International Literacy Association, and has previously received research awards from the Literacy Research Association and the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and was the recipient of the Thomas N. Urban Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to education.
Dr. Hutchison serves as a faculty representative to the Research Committee.
June Price Tangney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. After teaching for two years at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Psychology Department at George Mason University in 1988, where she is currently University Professor and Professor of Psychology. Recipient of International Society for Self and Identity’s Distinguished Lifetime Career Award and Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and of APA’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology, Professor Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame and Guilt, coeditor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame in the Therapy Hour, coeditor (with Jess Tracy and Richard Robins) of The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research, and coeditor (with Mark Leary) of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as Associate Editor for Self and Identity, Consulting Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Personality, and is currently Associate Editor of American Psychologist. Her research on the development and implications of moral emotions has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. She draws on theory and research in psychology and criminology to develop novel interventions that leverage inmates’ moral emotions and prosocial values. A recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award, Professor Tangney strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically-relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.
June serves as a faculty representative to the Research Committee.
Faculty Committee Liaison
Audit, Risk, and Compliance CommitteeEdward B. Douthett, Jr.
Dr. Edward B. Douthett, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the School of Management and is the Northern Chapter Virginia Society CPA Professor of Public Accounting. He currently teaches managerial and cost accounting in the Executive MBA and Undergraduate Accounting Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University he worked as an Assistant Professor for Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Douthett also worked at Exxon Corporation in various staff and managerial positions, overseeing financial analysis and reporting for operating units in oil and gas production and chemical manufacturing. He is currently a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and consults to various firms on the subjects of cost analysis and operational control.
Dr. Douthett’s research interests focus on the economics of accounting in U.S. and international capital markets. He sits on editorial review boards for several academic journals and has written articles that have appeared in refereed journals such as: Contemporary Accounting Research, The International Journal of Accounting, Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.
Dr. Douthett earned a BS from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and PhD from the University of Georgia.
Edward serves as a faculty liaison to the Audit Committee.