FACET Advisory Board

The FACET Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from each college and the library, in a spectrum of roles and ranks, at different stages of tenure, including emeritus faculty, to provide vision and guidance for the center.

The FACET Advisory Board Membership shall be composed of one faculty member from each college, including the library, elected at-large to a three-year term; the Vice Chair of the Academic Senate (ex officio and voting); a representative from TURFA, elected by TURFA annually (ex officio and voting); the Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships (or another designated SPAR representative) (ex officio and voting); and the Assistant Provost for FACET (ex officio and non-voting). Elected members shall include at least one of each rank of faculty (professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and contingent faculty [lecturer, clinical, and/or adjunct]). Elected members are limited to two consecutive terms.

Voting Members

Name / Title

Department

College or Unit

TERM Expiration

Yongchen Zhao, 
Associate Professor

Economics 

College of Business and Economics 

2024

Precha Thavikulwat, 
Professor Emeritus

N/A

TURFA

2025

Melanie Morris, 
Lecturer

Communication Studies

College of Fine Arts and Communication

2024

Rachel Billman, 
Assistant Professor

Special Education 

College of Education 

2024

Luciana Zuest,
Associate Professor

Kinesiology 

College of Health Professions 

2025

Emily Bailey, 
Associate Professor

Philosophy & Religious Studies

College of Liberal Arts 

2025

Melike Kara, Assistant Professor  

Mathematics

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics 

2025

Elizabeth DeCoster, 
Research & Instruction Librarian

N/A

Library

2023

Laura Hicken, 
Assistant Professor - Chair

Music Education

College of Fine Arts and Communication 

2023

Ex Officio Members

Name / Title  Department College or Unit TERM Expiration
Patricia Westerman, 
Assistant Provost
NA FACET Director NA
Matthew Durington, 

Professor,
Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice 

College of Liberal Arts,
BTU (SPAR)

NA
Cole Reilly, 
Associate Professor
Elementary Education Academic Senate Representative NA