Committees

2019 – 2020

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Tom Davis – Rector
Jimmy Hazel – Vice Rector
Horace Blackman – Secretary
Ignacia Moreno – Member-At-Large
Denise Turner Roth – Member-At-Large

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, DIVERSITY & UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Bob Witeck, Chair
Simmi Bhuller, Vice Chair
Horace Blackman
Anjan Chimaladinne
Juan Carlos Iturregui
Wendy Marquez
Carolyn Moss
Nancy Prowitt
Paul Reagan
Lisa Zuccari
Christy Pichichero, Faculty Representative
Keith Renshaw, Faculty Representative
David Wu, Provost

AUDIT
Edward Rice, Chair
Ignacia Moreno, Vice Chair
Horace Blackman
Mehmood Kazmi
Edward Douthett, Faculty Liaison
Ed Dittmeier, University Auditor

DEVELOPMENT

Jimmy Hazel, Chair
Lisa Zuccari, Vice Chair
Mehmood Kazmi
Paul Reagan
Alan Abramson, Faculty Representative
Chris Kennedy, Faculty Representative
Trishana Bowden, Vice President, University Advancement & Alumni Relations

FINANCE AND LAND USE

Denise Turner Roth, Chair
Paul Reagan, Vice Chair
Horace Blackman
Jimmy Hazel
Juan Carlos Iturregui
Carolyn Moss
Edward Rice
Jim Thompson, Faculty Representative
Mohan Venigalla, Faculty Representative
Carol Kissal, Senior Vice President, Administration & Finance

RESEARCH

Horace Blackman, Chair
Nancy Prowitt, Vice Chair
Anjan Chimaladinne
Wendy Marquez
Edward Rice
Bob Witeck
Bijan Jabbari, Faculty Representative
Andrew Novak, Faculty Representative
Deborah Crawford, Vice President, Research

BOARD LIAISONS

Horace Blackman, Athletics Liaison
Tom Davis, Legislative Liaison
Nancy Prowitt, Athletics Liaison
Paul Reagan, Legislative Liaison

ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS

At all Committees:
Tom Davis, Rector
Anne Holton,  Interim President
Shannon Davis, Faculty Senate Chair
Natalie Gelbvaks, Graduate Student Representative
Camden Layton, Undergraduate Student Representative

 

Faculty Committee Representatives

Alan J. Abramson
Alan Abramson

Alan 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.

 

Bijan Jabbari
Bijan Jabbari

Bijan Jabbari

Bijan Jabbari is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and an affiliated faculty with ENST- Paris, France. He has held industrial positions with major communications service providers and networking equipment organizations developing data communications products. He has founded innovative laboratories for Internet and wireless communications research and is conducting research through funding provided by National Science Foundation and other funding organizations. Dr. Jabbari was an International Division Editor for Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and was on the editorial board of Proceedings of the IEEE and several other journals. He is a coeditor of recent books on Multiaccess, Mobility and Teletraffic (Kluwer Publishing, Volume I and IV-VI) and continues research on multiaccess and wireless communications, mobility and traffic theory, and packet networks. He is the past chairman of the IEEE Communications Society technical committee on Communications Switching and Routing. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IEE, is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Engineer of the Year Award, in 2003. Dr. Jabbari has been a technical advisor to the industry and government on issues ranging from transport to switching and routing. He helped industry adoption of MPLS by service providers and large corporations in their networks. He received the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, California, in electrical engineering.

Bijan serves as a faculty representative to the Research Committee.

 

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Dr. Chris Kennedy is an economist and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. His research interests include the analysis of fisheries management institutions, the valuation of coastal ecosystem services, conflict and the environment, and the application of behavioral economics theories to issues related to resource management and energy use. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focused on introducing economic concepts of sustainability, cost-benefit analysis, and market-based mechanisms for managing environmental externalities. Chris is currently on partial leave and serving as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations as part of a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship.

Chris serves as a faculty representative to the Development Committee.

 

 

 

Andrew Novak

Andrew Novak

Andrew Novak is a specialist in international and comparative law and teaches courses related to international criminal justice and human rights.  He was previously an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, where he taught African Law.  A lawyer by training, most of his research has been on the death penalty and comparative constitutional law, especially in common law Africa. Currently, his research focuses on comparative executive clemency and litigation against anti-sodomy laws. He has also written on sport history, international criminal law, LGBT rights, and African politics. He is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, and served as a law clerk to the Chief Administrative Law Judge in the United States Department of Labor.

Andrew serves as a faculty representative to the Research Committee.

 

 

 

Christy Pichichero
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Christy 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.

 

Keith D. Renshaw
Keith Renshaw

Keith Renshaw

Keith D. Renshaw is an Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. Dr. Renshaw’s research focuses on anxiety, stress, trauma, and relationships, with an emphasis on how adults’ response to trauma interacts with their interpersonal relationships. In particular, he has conducted several studies of military service members/veterans and their spouses. Dr. Renshaw has authored over 50 publications and given 100 conference presentations. His recent research on the experiences of service members who were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and their spouses/partners has been supported by two federal grants from the Department of Defense.

Keith serves as a faculty representative to the Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community (APDUC) Committee.

 

 

 

James Thompson

James (Jim) Thompson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Australia, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Radiology at West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV, and joined the faculty of Mason in 2006. Dr Thompson’s research is focused on the neural basis of social cognition, including a) the brain mechanisms that underlie the perception and understanding of other people; b) the relationship between problems with social cognition and mental illness; and c) social influences on the development of substance use disorders. His research has been published in top-tier psychology and neuroscience journals, such as the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychological Science, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Dr Thompson has obtained more than $12 million in external funding as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator, primarily from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the US Office of Navy Research. He currently serves as the Scientific Director of the GMU 3T MRI Core Facility, and is a co-Director of the newly formed Center for Adaptive Systems in Brain-Body Interactions (CASBBI).

Jim serves as a faculty representative to the Finance and Land Use Committee.

 

Mohan M. Venigalla

Mohan M. Venigalla

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.

 

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Faculty Committee Liaison

Edward B. Douthett, Jr.
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Edward Douthett

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.