Program Review Committee

Westmont College is committed to achieving academic excellence in higher education and has instituted a rigorous and on-going program review of its academic departments and auxiliary programs. To achieve that end, the College has:

  • Required regular annual assessment reports from each area with 6 year comprehensive reviews
  • Created a Dean of Curriculum & Educational Effectiveness position to oversee and encourage the process
  • Created a Program Review Committee of Faculty and Administrators which meets regularly
  • Placed Program Review at the highest level of Strategic Planning

Program Review at Westmont College: Mission-Driven, Meaningful, & Manageable

Current Members for the 2015-16 academic year:

Dr. Tatiana Nazarenko – Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness

Photo of Tatiana NazarenkoDr. Nazarenko joined Westmont College in 2010. She chairs the Program Review Committee and works with academic and co-curriculum departments on issues pertaining to curriculum development and assessment. She also serves on the Academic Senate and AS Review Committee, General Education Committee, WSCUC Steering Committee, the President's Council, and the College's Strategic Planning Committee. Her research interests include assessment and enhancement of student learning in various educational contexts.

Dr. Helen Rhee – Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Social Sciences).

Prof Rhee

Elected to a term ending in Spring 2018, Dr. Rhee serves as Professor of Religious Studies. A member of Westmont's Department of Religious Studies since 2004, she specializes in early Christian history, especially the second and third century Christian literature, focusing on the diverging Christian self- identities and formations in relation to Greco-Roman and Jewish culture and society.  She is particularly interested in the intersection of theological and social history in Early Christian martyrdom, asceticism, care of the poor, and healthy care in Late Antiquity.

Dr. Mark Nelson Professor of Philosophy (Humanities)

Mark T. Nelson

Elected to a term ending in Spring 2017, Dr. Nelson has been a member of Westmont's Department of Philosophy since 2006. His research interests lie in the areas of ethics, epistemology and philosophy of religion.  Within ethics, his main area of interest is contemporary metaethics.  He served on Faculty Council from 2010 to 2013.


Beth Horvath Professor of Biology (Natural and Behavior Sciences)



Dr. Bill Wright – Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Research, WASC ALO

Photo of Bill WrightBill Wright has served Westmont College in a number of capacities including Professor of Psychology and Registrar since 1980. Along with serving on the President's Executive Team he also directs Westmont's Off-Campus Programs.  He has served as Westmont's WASC Association Liaison Officer since the Fall of 2006.

Tim Wilson Associate Dean of Students


Tim Wilson appreciates the opportunities he has had to serve in a variety of roles since his arrival in 1980.   He oversees the assessment efforts of the Student Life Division, encourages his colleagues in Student Life, enjoys giving administrative support to the Counseling Center and Health Center, and provides oversight to the Student Life Division's budget.  Tim is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, MA), and Boston College (MA).

Molly Riley – Research and Instruction Librarian

rileyMolly Riley is the Instructional and Research Services Librarian at Westmont. She has been at Westmont since 2012 but has worked in libraries of one kind or another since 2008. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2011 and did her undergraduate work at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Some of her professional interests include information literacy instruction, equitable access to information, and information behavior.

Christen FoellChristen Foell - Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness (recording secretary)

Christen is an alumna of Westmont College with a BA in Communication Studies. She earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. Christen has been working in the Provost's Office since 2014 and is serving the Program Review Committee in an administrative capacity. Christen is also the Assistant Director of the Gaede Institute for the L iberal Arts at Westmont.