College Advisory Council

MSU’s Bylaws for Faculty Governance stipulate that the bylaws of each college shall provide for a College Advisory Council (CAC) of faculty to serve as a means of participation by faculty in the policy-making of the college.  Members of the CAC serve as advisors to the dean, bringing the voice of the faculty to discussion and planning, and serving as a conduit of information between the dean and the faculty. In addition, the CAC has shared responsibility with the provost to determine procedures for nomination of the dean and for the dean’s five-year review.

The CAC includes one faculty member from each administrative/academic unit of the college, and two medical students and one graduate student, representing different parts of the curriculum. Faculty members are elected for a two-year term by the voting members of the unit. Chairpersons and directors of units are responsible for initiating and supervising, within their respective units, elections in early spring semester with members taking office on August 15. The election procedure is determined by each unit’s bylaws but is limited to eligible internal voting faculty of the college.  In addition to elected voting members, the faculty members representing the college on each university standing committee  serve as ex officio, non-voting members of the CAC and provide a quarterly, or as needed, report of their committee’s activities at a regularly scheduled CAC meeting.  Other ex officio non‑voting members may be added as needed by the CAC and generally include the associate deans for administration, academic affairs, student affairs and faculty development.

The term of office for members will be two years; no faculty member may serve for more than two consecutive terms.


Third Monday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm
E4 Fee Hall/451 Secchia Center

Minutes prepared by CAC Secretary

College Advisory Council Roster

Department Elected Members Term Ends Term
Anesthesiology Michael Lewis, MD 8/15/2024 1st term
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Rob Quinn, PhD 8/15/2024 1st term
CS Mott Dept. of Public Health Nicole Jones, PhD, MS* 8/15/2024 1st term
Emergency Medicine Christian Kolacki, MD 8/15/2024 1st term
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Claire Margerison, PhD 8/15/2025 2nd term
Family Medicine Natoshia Cunningham, MS, PhD 8/15/2024 1st term
Medical Education Research & Develop. (OMERAD) Stacey Pylman, PhD 8/15/2024 2nd term
Medicine Ade Olomu, MD 8/15/2025 2nd term
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Thomas O’Halloran, PhD 8/15/2025 1st term
Neurology & Ophthalmology Kabelo Thusang, MD 8/15/2025 1st term
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Repro. Biology Stacey Missmer, ScD 8/15/2024 2nd term
Orthopedics TBD
Pediatrics & Human Development Shawn Jobe, MD 8/15/2025 1st term
Pharmacology & Toxicology Cheryl Rockwell, PhD - Secretary 8/15/2024 1st term
Physiology Kathleen Gallo, PhD 8/15/2024 2nd term
Psychiatry TBD
Radiology Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD 8/15/2024 1st term
Surgery Jordan Knepper, MD - Vice-Chair 8/15/2025 2nd term
Translational Neuroscience Scott Counts, PhD – Chairperson 8/15/2024 1st term
MCE Student Representative Indhu Rammohan 8/15/2024
LCE Student Representative Jon Giolitti 8/15/2024
Graduate Student Representative Bendu Sherman (Epi) 8/15/2024
  • Ex-Offico Representatives per bylaws

    Representative of Faculty Senators TBD
    Representative to University Committee on Academic Governance (UCAG) John Fitzsimmons (2023-2026)
    Representative to University Committee on Curriculum Rebecca Schein, MD (2021-2024)
    Representative to University Committee on Faculty Affairs Jamie Alan, PhD, PharmD (2023-2026)
    Representative to University Committee on Faculty Tenure Susan Barman, PhD (2022-2025)
    Representative to University Committee on Graduate Studies David Barondess (2022-2025)
    Representative to University Committee on International Studies & Programs Connie Currier (2023-2025)
    Representative to University Committee for the Library Kathleen Oberst (2023-2026)
    Representative to University Committee on Undergraduate Education Kathleen Gallo, PhD (2023-2026)
  • Ex-Officio Division Representatives approved per vote

    (Units must annually renew request for representation per bylaws)

    Academic Specialist (approved for a two-year term) Twynette Mixon, LLPC
    Bioethics and Social Justice (Center for) Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD
    Cardiovascular Medicine TBD
    Clinical Neurosciences TBD
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Ryan Doyle, DO
    Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Joseph Junewick, MD, FACR
    Rehabilitation Medicine TBD
  • Standing Guests
    Dean Aron Sousa, MD
    Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Andrea Wendling, MD
    Sen. Assoc. Dean, Diversity & Inclusion/Assoc. Dean for Student Affairs Wanda Lipscomb, PhD
    Associate Dean for Administration Carol Parker, PhD, MPH
    Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Staff Administration Narayanan Parameswaran, BVSc, MS, PhD
    Staff Representative Lori Dykstra (term ends 8/15/2024)
  • Staff
    Executive Assistant to the Dean Allison Tilma
    Communications Director Geri Kelley


To reach the CAC with questions or concerns, please email your department representative or the Steering Committee directly and In addition, to reach your CHM Faculty Senators, use