College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Welcome from the Dean

2013-2014 Goals of the Dean

2012 Goals of the Dean       Report on 2012 Goals of the Dean 
2011 Goals of the Dean       Report on 2011 Goals of the Dean
2010 Goals of the Dean       Report on 2010 Goals of the Dean  
2009 Goals of the Dean       Report on 2009 Goals of the Dean

Meet the CLAS Deans and Staff
Archive of speeches by the Dean
Bios for Deans and Staff


Position Descriptions for Associate Deans, Assistant Dean and Director of Communications
 

CLAS Professional Servicesl Staff responsibilities    
Organizational Chart of the CLAS College Office

 

 

Welcome from
the Dean

Frederick J. Antczak
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
antczakf@gvsu.edu


Welcome to the heart of Grand Valley State University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences! CLAS was was created on July 1, 2004, becoming immediately the largest of the University's colleges, with the widest range of courses and curricula. Our students can choose almost 50 bachelors degrees (and a growing number of advanced degrees) in the natural and mathematical sciences, humanities, the fine and performing arts, and the social sciences. And of course GVSU undergraduates in all fields build the foundation for their major studies in general education courses offered by our College. It all starts here.

What do we really mean when we say that CLAS is the heart of Grand Valley? Our College embodies GVSU's commitment to undergraduate teaching and individual attention to student learning. Moreover, our students find there's something life-changing about study in the liberal arts and sciences. We are distinctive in both range and depth: the College offers well over 1,000 courses, from Athletic Training to Music to Psychology to Zoology, exploring the most profound artistic, scientific, cultural and social questions that human beings have formulated and pursued. Our students learn about the birth of stars and tsunamis, help make a film with professional actors and directors, explore the ethical considerations in human genetics, play with the possibilities of geographic information systems. And we're also all about recharging the batteries and refreshing the mind and heart: our faculty keep their courses state-of-the-art through their own scholarship; our vital tradition of the literary, studio and performing arts enriches the entire community.

At a moment in history when change is broader, deeper and more rapid than ever, what could be more useful than learning how to learn? The liberal arts and sciences build exactly those dynamic habits and transportable skills of inquiry, analysis and communication that will liberate you to make the world your own, even as you realize your place in it. Broad exposure, deep challenge, and vibrant, continuing, self actuated growth--growth of knowledge, and growth in individuals and among people--are what our students find in the liberal arts and sciences at Grand Valley. And as you'll see in the news, features, events and spotlights on our site, students can choose from an abundant supply of opportunities for active and engaged learning, and a lot of fun along the way.

Enjoy your exploration through our website, and please return to visit us often--we are continuously updating our pages with the latest information. If the College can be of service to you in any way, we have phone numbers and e-mail addresses throughout our site, and we'll be glad to help you find whatever information you may need. And whether you're an alum, a prospective student, a constituent in the state, or a new member of our College, I want to know your responses to our College site. Below is a link for your feedback; please let us know what you think, how we can help you, or how we can make the site more useful.

Frederick J. Antczak
Founding Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
B-4-232 Mackinac Hall
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan 49401
(616) 331-2495

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Addresses at College Meetings and Hauenstein Center

Grateful (April 1, 2014)

Science Olympiad Welcome 2014

We Did All That (August 22, 2013)

The Currency of Character: Scarcity, Abundance and the Next Transitions (April 3, 2013)

Walking the Talk: Rhetoric as a Practice of Ethical Leadership   (November 7, 2012) 

Professing More: Six Ways to Extend Our Reach (August 23, 2012)

A Tradition of Change (April 4, 2012)

After the End of the Beginning (August 25, 2011)

Breakthrough: A Song For Graduation (Traverse City, May 7, 2011)

Reaching for Pebbles in the Valley of Elah (April 6, 2011)

The University We Ought to Want: Building with the Mortar of Commitment (August 26, 2010)
For All Our Worlds: Education in the Arts and Sciences (April 7, 2010)
We Must Be Giants (August 27, 2009)
We Are a Ship, Not a Clown Car: Clashing Metaphors for Higher Education in Economic Turbulence (Apr. 1, 2009)
Keeping Our Promises, Fulfilling Our Promise: What's Smart, What's Right, and a Few Synecdoches (Aug. 21, 2008)
Affirming the Tradition (April 18, 2008)
What One Hopes for at the End of Things (August 23, 2007)
Neverthless and Therefore: Accountability and Accomplishment (April 17, 2007)
A Season of Rededication (August 26, 2006)
Pardon the Interruption (April 19, 2006)
Transitions and Essentials (August 25, 2005)
Operationalizing Trust (April 25, 2005)
Focusing a Shared Vision (August 24, 2004)


Fred Antczak, PhD

 Frederick J. Antczak

Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences

B-4-232 Mackinac Hall
Ph(616) 331 2495

Fax (616) 331-2840
antczakf@gvsu.edu

Areas of final responsibility in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

PEOPLE

  • student welfare
  • support and development of graduate programs
  • appointing officer in CLAS
  • faculty and staff development
  • initiatives

PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS

  • final College signoff on curriculum
  • support of faculty teaching, scholarship (including grant work) and service (including campus service and community outreach)
  • College recommendations for tenure and promotion; annual evaluation and salary recommendations
  • developmental leave/sabbatical recommendations
  • development and implementation of personnel policy
  • job searches and candidate interviews
  • schedule development oversight
  • implementing College strategic plan; integrating benchmarking and assessment into ongoing planning and vision
  • implementation of the University strategic plan, and Academic Affairs initiatives
  • development and promotion of new programs, institutes and centers in CLAS close and vigorous relationship with faculty governance
  • collaborations with the Library and our sister colleges
  • alumni relations
  • CLAS student, staff, emeriti and alumni advisory committees

RESOURCES

  • facilities and equipment purchase, assignment, maintenance and safety
  • advocate for additional resources
  • budget development, management and oversight
  • promotion and oversight of grants
  • public communication strategy and implementation fundraising for the College

link to bio

Gary Stark, PhD

 Gary Stark

Associate Dean of Faculty

B-4-232 Mackinac Hall
Ph(616) 331 2495

Fax (616) 331-2840
starkg@gvsu.edu

  • Faculty Positions and Recruitment
  • Faculty Personnel Policy and Procedures
  • Faculty Complaints and Grievances
  • Scheduling and Enrollment Management
  • Governance Elections
  • Approval of Requisitions and Travel & Expense Forms
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

link to bio

Mary Schutten, PhD

 Mary Schutten

Associate Dean of Students and Curriculum

B-4-232 Mackinac Hall
Ph(616) 331 2495

Fax (616) 331-3675

  • Liaison with CLAS Curriculum Committee
  • Student welfare
  • Manage the CLAS Student Advisory Committee
  • Promote internships and service learning
  • Resolve appeals and complaints
  • Address academic misconduct issues
  • Facilitate Student ADA requests
  • Serve as liaison for student veterans
  • Foster undergraduate research, Student Scholarship Day
  • Promote best practices in teaching and advising
  • Liaison for university curriculum related committees such as: Honors College, Assessment, Records, Admissions, Provost’s office
  • Facilitate departmental strategic planning, assessment and self studies
  • Oversee CLAS Academic Advising Center

link to bio

Shaily Menon, PhD

 Shaily Menon

Associate Dean for Professional Development and Administration

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 2495
Fax (616) 331-3675

 

  • Facilities and space requests
  • Resource needs including computers
  • Research and grants
  • Strategic Planning
  • Liaison with other colleges
  • Professional development of faculty, APs and PSSs
    • New Faculty Orientation
    • First, second and third year faculty seminars
    • Sabbatical Showcase
    • Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence program
    • CLAS Teaching Roundtables
  • Assist the Dean with general administrative needs

  link to bio

Pat Haynes

 Pat Haynes

 

 

 

Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 2495
Fax (616) 331-3675
haynesp@gvsu.edu

  • Evaluation of grant proposals and budgets.
  • Develop annual budget request for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Work with the University's grant accountant to monitor active grants
  • Monitor the Department and College Budgets
  • Work with Departments concerning accounting or budget issues
  • Log and monitor College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Assistantships
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

link to bio

Ed Aboufadel, PhD

 Ed Aboufadel

Interim Assistant Dean

aboufade@gvsu.edu

  • Interim Unit Head for the Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • other projects for the College

 Monica Johnstone, PhD

 

 

Director of CLAS Communications & Advancement

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 8125
Fax (616) 331-3675
johnstmo@gvsu.edu

  • CLAS website administration
  • Promotion of CLAS faculty, staff, and student achievements and events
  • CLAS alumni relations
  • Staffing for CLAS Faculty Council
  • Ex officio CLAS Staff Advisory Committee
  • Assist the Dean with CLAS Student Advisory Committee
  • Assist the Dean with CLAS Alumni Board
  • CLAS Acts faculty newsletter editor
  • Quadrennial Report and annual report editor
  • Occasional teaching
  • Tailored distribution of news clips and grant announcements
  • Advisory committee of Grandparents, Grandkids, Grand Valley
  • CLAS on the Green golf outing advisory committee
  • GLAD
  • Inclusion Advocate, Allies & Advocates communications and training, ODK
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

link to bio

Cindy Laug

 Cindy Laug

 

Administrative Assistant for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 2495
Fax (616) 331-2840
laugc@gvsu.edu

  • Schedule development
  • Faculty searches
  • Adjunct/overload budget
  • Salary process
  • Personnel issues
  • Contracts
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

link to bio

Tracy McLenithan 

 Tracy McLenithan

 

Dean's Office Assistant for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 2495
Fax (616) 331-3675

mclenitt@gvsu.edu

  • Dean Antczak appointments
  • Back up for Assistant Dean Haynes in her absence with regards to budgets and grants
  • CLAS record keeper (committee lists, minutes, award list, etc.)
  • Unit Head evaluations, contracts, meetings, orientation for new UH, etc.
  • Unit Head  & Faculty Weekly Mailings
  • CLAS faculty awards (Pew teaching, technology, etc.)
  • Faculty salary process
  • Assist with schedule process
  • Process Travel & Expense Forms

link to bio

Courtney Sherwood

Courtney Sherwood

 

Secretary

B-4-232 MAK
Phone: 331-2495
sherwoco@gvsu.edu

  • Reception
  • Production of CLAS Happenings monthly poster
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

link to bio

Roxanne Mol

Roxanne Mol

 

 

 

 

Office Coordinator

B-4-232 MAK
Phone: 331-2296
molr@gvsu.edu

  • Schedule appointments and provide clerical support for Dean Schutten.
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean
  • Support for the following:
    • CLAS Curriculum Committee
    • Student Advisory Committee
    • Conference Room Scheduling
    • Manage student employees
  • Responsible for:
    • Facilitate completion of online Banner grade entry
    • Grade change and incompletes form processing and tracking.
    • Late add request processing.
    • Student grievances intake and scheduling.
    • B-4-243 MAK and other CLAS conference room scheduling.

 

 

 

 

 link to bio

 

Keesha Hardiman

Keesha Hardiman

 

 

Office Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 2495
Fax (616) 331-3675
hardimak@gvsu.edu

  • Plan and implement the logistics of College-wide events (CLAS New Faculty Social, Faculty and Staff Meeting, Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Program, Teaching Roundtables, Holiday Open House, Sabbatical Showcase and Spring Celebration, Faculty Research Colloquia, Faculty Seminars, and PSS MiniTour)
  • Schedule appointments and provide clerical support for Dean Menon in these areas:
    • Faculty and Staff Development activities
    • Research/Grants activities
    • Space/Facilities activities
    • Strategic Planning activitie
  • Support for :
    • CLAS Faculty Development Committee
    • CLAS Staff Advisory Committee
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

 

 

Heidi Nicholson

 heidi Nicholson

Database Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

B-4-232 MAK
Ph(616) 331 2495
Fax (616) 331-2840
nicholhe@gvsu.edu

  • Personnel file creation and maintenance
  • Course Changes
  • Process mail
  • Orphan sections for final exams 
  • Contract creation and revisions
  • Run reports from database
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean

link to bio

Aaron Perry

 Aaron Perry

 

Director of Lab Support

perryar@gvsu.edu

Responsibilities:

  • Optimize the support provided to the science faculty in the areas of research, laboratory research space, and safety.
  • Support faculty research, including facilities support, startup coordination.
  • Facilitating communications between administration and support staff providing ready access to expert information, and reducing the duplication of efforts among units.
  • Coordinate efforts of Facility Services, including maintenance, custodial, mail delivery, and Safety Office with support staff.
  • Supervise divisional technician, lab safety specialist and Holland/DeVos lab supervisors.
  • Assign research, storage space, based on criteria established by administration.
  • Administrate science equipment repair, Chemical Hygiene and Holland/DeVos lab operations budgets.
  • Coordinate the scheduling and usage of Holland and DeVos labs.
  • Coordinate outreach usage of all Padnos/Henry teaching labs
  • Provide direction on procedural questions on all aspects of lab support to any department on campus, such as information on proper handling of chemicals or waste, access to science supply discounts, etc.
  • Other projects as directed by the Dean.

Jim Seufert

 Jim Seufert

 

Lab Safety Specialist

seufertj@gvsu.edu

Responsibilities:

  • Oversees safety in research and academic activities at the University
  • Acts as the University Chemical Hygiene Officer and Radiation Safety Officer.
  • Ensures compliance with environmental, health, and safety regulations and interacts with regulatory agencies as necessary.
  • Supports hazard assessments and safe operating procedures for faculty and staff.
  • Reviews and enforces safety policies, making revisions as necessary
  • Manages hazardous waste disposal for academic and research buildings
  • Conducts safety training sessions for faculty, staff and students
  • Oversees emergency preparedness and incident responses in labs, studios, shops, classrooms, and field studies.
  • Participates as needed on University committees where consideration of safety, health, and environmental issues are necessary.
  • Supports CLAS sustainability efforts.

 

 

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