2022 – 2023 Committee Membership
Confirmed July 29, 2022
Simmi Bhuller – Vice Rector
Jon Peterson – Secretary
Wendy Marquez – Member-At-Large
Carolyn Moss – Member-At-Large
Simmi Bhuller, Vice Chair
Juan Carlos Iturregui
Cesar Rebellon, Faculty Representative
Ali Weinstein, Faculty Representative
Mark Ginsberg, Provost
Dolly Oberoi, Vice Chair
Edward Douthett, Faculty Liaison
Ed Dittmeier, Vice President and Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer
Simmi Bhuller, Vice Chair
Keith Renshaw, Faculty Representative
Lisa Gring-Pemble, Faculty Representative
Trishana Bowden, Vice President, University Advancement & Alumni Relations
Juan Carlos Iturregui, Chair (1/2)
Carolyn Moss, Vice Chair (1/2)
Simmi Buller (1/2)
Reg Brown (1/2)
Jimmy Hazel (1/2)
Jon Peterson (2/2)
Bob Witeck (1/2)
Maggie Daniels, Faculty Representative
Mohan Venigalla, Faculty Representative
Deb Dickenson, Interim Senior Vice President, Administration & Finance
Wendy Marquez, Vice Chair
Bijan Jabbari, Faculty Representative
Alison Landsberg, Faculty Representative
Andre Marshall, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact
Faculty Senate Liaison – Bob Witeck
Law School Liaison – Reg Brown
Legislative Liaisons – Jimmy Hazel and Bob Witeck
Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Liaison – Nancy Prowitt
Horace Blackman, Rector
Gregory Washington, President
Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post, Faculty Representative
Sophia Nguyen, Undergraduate Student Representative
Ayondela McDole, Graduate Student Representative
Erin Rogers, Staff Liaison
Faculty Committee Representatives, 2022-2023
Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community CommitteeCesar J. Rebellon
Cesar J. Rebellon is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and a Faculty Equity Advisor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on the ways in which peer and family contexts, legal socialization, and legitimate authority affect involvement in crime and delinquency. He is particularly interested in the degree to which peers influence delinquency by serving as delinquent role models and by socially reinforcing delinquent behavior. He is currently working on a project using primary survey data from middle-school and high-school youth to examine whether youth who engage in risky behavior are more likely to receive romantic attention from their peers. His prior work appears in such journals as Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Law and Human Behavior. Before joining George Mason University, he was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at University of New Hampshire, where he served as Department Chair from 2017-2020.
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 CommitteeKeith D. Renshaw
Keith D. Renshaw, Ph.D. is Professor & Department Chair of Psychology, and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Families Initiative, at George Mason University. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and was a faculty member at the University of Utah from 2005-2009 before moving to George Mason University in 2009. At Mason, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013 and to Professor in 2019.
Dr. Renshaw’s has conducted research on the interpersonal context of anxiety, stress, and trauma, with a particular emphasis on the experience of combat veterans and their spouses. He has received over $3 million in extramural funding, published more than 85 peer-reviewed publications, and given more than 150 conference presentations, and he was named a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2021. More recently, his scholarship has focused on dissemination of evidence-based practice and scalable mental health solutions. He has also won multiple teaching and mentorship awards, including the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the Military Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association in 2021.
Dr. Renshaw has also been highly active in service and leadership at George Mason, receiving the David W. Rossell Quill Award in 2019. From 2016-2019, Dr. Renshaw served as Chair of George Mason’s Faculty Senate and the faculty representative to the University’s governing Board of Visitors (BOV). He also served as Faculty Representative to George Mason University Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2019-2021, and he has served on a number of university task forces and workgroups, including the Term Faculty Task Force (2017-2018), the Tiger Team group that developed reopening plans for Fall 2020, the Innovation Commission (2021), and the Strategic Plan Steering Committee (2021-2022). In 2020, Dr. Renshaw led the creation of George Mason’s Military, Veterans, & Families Initiative. As the Director, he is overseeing the formation of community partnerships, creation of new virtual programming, development of new programs, and fundraising efforts.
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 CommitteeMaggie Daniels
Maggie Daniels, PhD, is a Full Professor of Tourism and Events Management in the School of Sport, Recreation and Tourism Management. She has been at Mason since 2002, conducting applied research in the areas of tourism planning, tourism transportation, park planning, park visitation and event management as pertaining to urban cores and regional economic development. For over a decade, Maggie was the lead investigator of a team that completed a series of collaborative research studies funded by the National Park Service that enhanced planning initiatives within the National Mall and Memorial Parks. At the height of COVID-19, Maggie led a group of researchers implementing onsite data collection in diverse settings within the Montgomery Parks system for a visitation study funded by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Dr. Daniels is a prolific researcher and has a combination of over 100 published papers, book chapters, professional presentations and technical reports to her credit. A recipient of Mason’s Teaching Excellence Award, Maggie empowers her students to develop management skills specific to analytical planning, financial ecosystems, valuation, investment analysis and capital allocation. Her financial advice and planning expertise have been featured in outlets such as ABC Nightline News, MSNBC News, NPR Marketplace, The Washington Post, United Press International and US News and World Report.
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 CommitteeAlison Landsberg
Alison Landsberg is Professor of History and Cultural Studies and Director of Mason’s Center for Humanities Research (CHR). She earned a BA in English from Williams College, and an MA and PhD in Literature and Film from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at George Mason in 2000, she was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Landsberg is internationally known in the field of Memory Studies for her book Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2004) in which she argues that the birth of cinema in the early 20th century, and with it the large scale circulation of images and narratives about the past, made it increasingly possible for people to take on memories of events they did not live through: prosthetic memories. The book theorizes this new form of memory and explores its potential to produce empathy and to become the grounds for progressive politics. She is also the author of Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia UP, 2015), which explores how popular representations of the past, even as they engage their viewers affectively, might foster historical thinking, forcing a reconsideration of what constitutes history and of how history works in the contemporary mediated public sphere. She is currently working on a project entitled, “Post-Postracial America,” which examines the way in which contemporary films, television shows, and museums are engaging in complex ways with America’s violent racial “past” in order to make visible its presence in the present. Taken together, her body of research on museums, film, and television has focused on the modes of engagement they solicit from individuals and the possibilities therein for the production and acquisition of memory, historical knowledge, and political subjectivity in the public sphere.
As inaugural director of Mason’s Center for Humanities Research, Landsberg has worked to support and raise the visibility of humanities research at Mason, to foster intellectual life on campus, and to build bridges to the local community. Under her leadership, the center has provided semester-long, residential faculty and graduate fellowships, launched an annual conference, created interdisciplinary reading groups, hosted panel discussions and presentations of faculty and student research, and embarked on an ambitious public humanities project entitled, “Alienation and Belonging: The Shifting Cultural Landscapes of Northern Virginia,” which was recently awarded funding by Virginia Humanities.
Bijan Jabbari is a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University. He is also an affiliated faculty with Telecom Paris-Tech in France. Dr. Jabbari’s areas of specialization and interests are in wireless communications and is recognized internationally for his contributions to the field of wireless networks through research, standardization, patents and publishing books, articles in refereed journals and conferences. His patents are being deployed in the LTE and 5G wireless. He continues funded research through grants from US Research agencies including NSF.
He received PhD and MS degree from Stanford University, California, in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he obtained a MS degree in Management Science and Engineering also from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IET Fellow and received the IEEE Millennium Medal. He is a recipient of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Engineer of the Year Award and received the VSE Outstanding Faculty Research Award. Dr. Jabbari has helped industry and governments as an advisor and has been involved in different aspects of the Intellectual Property matters both development of patents as well as an expert witness assisting major law firms and their clients in patent infringement cases in wireless technology, communications services, Internet and software. He is a member of the Mason Faculty Senate. In addition, he is also a volunteer in civic and humanitarian activities as well as the community. He is one of the co-founders of the American Heart Association’s annual charity event, which in the past 20 years has brought over $20 million for research to this association.
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.