General Education Oversight Committee

The General Education Oversight Committee is charged (2.43.230) with making recommendations to the President or her/his designee for the implementation and review of the General Education curriculum. The committee meets throughout the Fall and Winter semesters. The committee, which includes elected faculty members, as well as liaisons from the Academic Senate, the Student Senate, and the Graduate Employees Organizing Committee, is representative of the six undergraduate degree-granting schools/colleges across the University community and responsible for the following:

  • Reviewing and evaluating all courses proposed for satisfying the various General Education requirements.
  • Monitoring all facets of general education for the purpose of assuring that the courses have consistent goals, with clearly delineated learning outcomes that are assessed appropriately.
  • Receiving and evaluating all reports required of departments and/or colleges in conjunction with implementing the various requirements of the General Education Program.
  • Encouraging and promoting the goals of general education at Wayne State University and to assure that all students experience a meaningful and rigorous program of general education.
  • Submitting an annual report to the Provost and the Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the Academic Senate. The report will address the assessment of the learning outcomes of the program and recommendations for program improvements.

Membership of the General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC)


  • Dan Kashian, Professor and Gen Ed Faculty Coordinator, Biological Sciences
  • Laurel Whalen, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Kinesiology

Terms expiring in Winter 2024

  • Moira Fracassa, Academic Service Officer IV, Pharmacy
  • Jeff Horner, Sr., Associate Professor of Teaching, Urban Planning and Studies
  • Pramod Khosla, Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Science
  • Christine Malinowski, Assistant Professor (Clinical), Nursing
  • Anita Mixon, Assistant Professor, Communication

Terms expiring Winter 2025

  • Jeffrey Grynaviski, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Manoj Kulchania, Associate Professor, Finance
  • Jeremy Rickli, Associate Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Terms expiring Winter 2026

  • Patricia Miranda-Hartsuff, Associate Professor, Public Health
  • Norma Schropshire, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Social Work
  • Thomas Trimble, Associate Professor of Teaching, English
  • Eric Troffkin, Associate Professor, Art and Art History

Senate Appointees for 2023-2024

  • Pynthia Caffee, Academic Staff appointee, University Advising Center
  • Elizabeth Stoycheff, Faculty appointee, CFPCA

Ex-officio (with vote)

  • Veronica Bielat, University Libraries

Student Representatives

  • Robert Alexander-Jordan (Student Senate)

General Education Oversight Assessment Subcommittee Members

  • Cathy Barrette, Provost's Office
  • Dan Kashian, Professor and Gen Ed Faculty Coordinator, Biological Sciences
  • Colleen Ezzeddine, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Communication
  • Beth Fowler, Associate Professor of Teaching, Honors College
  • Jeffrey Grynaviski, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Lenuel Hernandez, University Counselor II, Student Affairs
  • Manoj Kulchania, Associate Professor, Finance
  • Jennifer Wareham, Professor and Associate Dean, Criminal Justice
  • Danika Hickling, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Matthew Gonderinger, Academic Services Officer, Physics and Astronomy

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