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Goal Teams

During the 2014-15 academic year, five teams comprising faculty, staff, and students met to develop recommendations around the goals of the Roadmap. Their deliberations and guidance led to the final Roadmap and the creation of its Compass Points. The membership of each team is listed below.

CLA alumni will be the most desirable graduates available

  • Laura Gurak, Professor, Writing Studies (Chair)
  • Rose Brewer, Professor, African American & African Studies
  • Danielle Dadras, Student Personnel Coordinator, Institute for Global Studies
  • Rachel Drake, Coordinator of Advising & Undergraduate Studies, English
  • Bob Eichinger, Alumnus & Donor
  • Steve Engel, Professor, Psychology
  • Kathy Hansen, Professor, School of Journalism
  • Kelley Harness, Associate Professor, School of Music
  • Holly Hatch-Surisook, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator, Psychology
  • Tom Holmes, Professor, Economics
  • Jennifer Marshall, Associate Professor, Art History
  • Matt McGue, Regents Professor, Psychology
  • Matt Paulbeck, CLA Student Board President
  • Jon Ruzek, Senior Director of Alumni Networks, UMAA
  • Joelle Stangler, MSA President
  • William Viestenz, Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Amber White, Graduate Student, Art
  • Goal Team Consultants: Colin DeLong, Director of Enrollment Analytics; Nanette Hanks, Assistant Dean for Curriculum; Kaylee Highstrom, Associate Director of Development; Paul Timmins, Career Services Director

CLA will have a relentless focus on research and creative excellence

  • Mark Snyder, Professor, Psychology (Chair)
  • Daniel Brewer, Professor, French & Italian
  • Anthony Courtright, Technical Coordinator, Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Guillermo De Paz, Assistant To the Chair, Psychology
  • Jan Estep, Professor, Art
  • John Freeman, Professor, Political Science
  • Vinay Gidwani, Associate Professor, Geography, Environment & Society
  • Tom Lindsay, Research Support Services Coordinator, CLA OIT
  • Alan Love, Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • RocĂ­o Madera, Graduate Student, Economics
  • David Pellow, Professor, Sociology
  • Paula Rabinowitz, Professor, English
  • David Rahman, Associate Professor, Economics
  • Steve Ruggles, Regents Professor of History and Director, Minnesota Population Center
  • Sara Saljoughi, Graduate Student, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
  • Xiaotong Shen, Professor, Statistics
  • Joan Tronto, Professor, Political Science
  • David Valentine, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Travis Workman, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Literatures
  • Goal Team Consultants: Anna Brailovsky, Grants Consultant/Writer; Alex Rothman, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs; Shannon Wolkerstorfer, Development Officer

CLA will lead and flourish in the environment of grand challenges

  • Catherine Squires, Associate Professor, Communication Studies (Chair)
  • Stephen Ahearne-Kroll, Associate Professor, Classical & Near Eastern Studies
  • Christine Baeumler, Associate Professor, Art
  • Jigna Desai, Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
  • Bud Duvall, Professor, Political Science
  • Rochelle Hammer, Coordinator, Institute for Global Studies
  • Doug Hartmann, Professor, Sociology
  • Galin Jones, Professor, Statistics
  • Ruth Karras, Professor, History
  • Kurt Kipfmueller, Associate Professor, Geography, Environment & Society
  • Richard Leppert, Regents Professor, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
  • Ryan Olson, Student, Political Science
  • Chris Phelan, Professor, Economics
  • Michael Walsh, Coordinator of Instructional Services, Psychology
  • Goal Team Consultants: John Blair, Assistant To the Associate Dean for Faculty; Scott Meyer, Chief Advancement Officer

The CLA community will mirror the community at large

  • Josephine Lee, Professor, English & Asian American Studies (Chair)
  • Ronald Aminzade, Professor, Sociology
  • Amber Annis, Graduate Student, American Studies
  • Penny Edgell, Professor, Sociology
  • Colleen Hennen, Associate Administrator, American Studies
  • Rich Kott, Senior Academic Advisor, History
  • Sonja Kuftinec, Professor, Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Keith Mayes, Associate Professor, African American & African Studies
  • Vanessa Nyarko, Student, School of Journalism
  • Jean O’Brien, Professor, History & American Indian Studies
  • Abdi Samatar, Professor, Geography, Environment & Society
  • Jane Sitter, CLA Student Ambassador; Student, Individualized Studies
  • Moin Syed, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Nyssa Towsley, Principal Office & Administrative Specialist, Anthropology
  • Goal Team Consultants: Katie Louis, Senior Assistant to the Dean; Sue Schultz, Senior Human Resources Consultant; Andrew Williams, Director of Diversity Student Support Programs

CLA will deepen a culture of engagement for our alumni, community and state

  • Phyllis Moen, Professor, Sociology (Chair)
  • Evelyn Davidheiser, Director, Institute for Global Studies; Assistant Dean for International Programs
  • Tracey Deutsch, Associate Professor, History
  • Marcus Dilliard, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Karen Ho, Associate Professor, Anthropology
  • Rich Lee, Professor, Psychology
  • Kevin Murphy, Associate Professor, History and American Studies
  • Amanda Nelson, Associate Administrator, History
  • Peggy Nelson, Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Anabel Njoes, Recruitment Coordinator, School of Music
  • Howard Oransky, Director, Nash Gallery
  • Lisa Park, Professor, Sociology & Asian American Studies
  • Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Joe Price, Program Director, Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Luis Ramos-Garcia, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Michael Silverman, Associate Professor, School of Music
  • Chris Uggen, Professor, Sociology
  • Najimo Yusuf, Somali Student Organization President; Student, Communication Studies
  • Goal Team ConsultantsColleen Donahue, Senior Development Officer; Erica Giorgi, Director of Alumni Relations