Academic Council

Primary function:

Serve as the primary council body in the College’s Employee Involvement System to consider issues related to teaching and learning.

Specific functions:

  • Identifies important issues related to teaching and learning.
  • Considers issues and recommendations.
  • Creates ad-hoc charter groups to explore key issues related to teaching and learning.
  • Makes recommendations to vice president for Academic Affairs.
  • Reports Council activities to constituents.

Reports to:

Thomas McDonnell, vice president for Academic Affairs


Faculty member elected annually by Council membership - Deb Holst



  • Dean of Math and Natural Sciences - Mike Flesch
  • Dean of Industrial Technology - Scott Broady

Faculty representatives from each of the following areas:

  • Applied Technology - Al Cox
  • Business and Human Services - Richard Carter
  • Culinary, Hospitality and Horticulture - Steve Bell
  • English, English as a Second Language and Reading - Deb Holst
  • Health and Public Services - Candy Ryan
  • Humanities and Visual Arts - Andrea Lang
  • Information Technology and E-Learning - Mary Vorpi
  • Literacy and Workplace Skills - Tammy Madsen
  • Math and Natural Sciences - Rachel Neurath
  • Social Sciences - Joy Schulz
  • Curriculum Design Studio - Cindy Catherwood
  • Adjunct faculty (general ed/transfer area) - Brock Hanisch
  • Adjunct faculty (career program area) - Don Glenn 

Non-voting members:

  • Vice president for Academic Affairs - Tom McDonnell
  • Vice president of Student Affairs - Arthur Rich (or designee)
  • Faculty ex-officio - Al Cox
  • Past chair of the Council - Laura Chambers
  • Secretary for the Council - Sally Swanger

Steering Committee comprised of Council chair, one full-time faculty member and one administrator.

Academic Council Meeting Minutes

Academic Council Charter

Academic Council Annual Summaries