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 co-curricular programs. To achieve that end, the College has:
- Required regular annual assessment reports from each area with six-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
Current Members for the 2016-17 academic year:
Dr. Mark Nelson – Professor of Philosophy (Humanities), PRC Chair
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.
Dr. Tatiana Nazarenko – Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness
Dr. 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. Eileen Mc Quade – Associate Dean of Faculty
Dr. McQuade joined the Provost's Office in June of 2016 but has been a professor in the Biology department since 2004. She continues to teach in the classroom (Cell Biology and Genetics) and maintains a research program studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms of autoimmune disease. She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. She was a visiting professor for a one-year appointment at University of California at San Francisco for her last sabbatical in 2010-2011. Since returning, Dr. McQuade has worked closely with the Provos'st Office, first as a department chair (2011-2015) and then as Vice Chair of the Faculty (2012-2013).
Dr. Steve Butler (Humanities, Fall 2016)
Dr. Steve Butler is an ASCAP award-winning composer who teaches music theory, composition, orchestration, and form and analysis, at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He earned his doctor of musical arts degree in composition from the University of South Carolina and his works are published through Sunhawk Corporation in Seattle, Washington.
Performances of his works have been staged across the United States as well as Europe, and have received funding from arts organizations such as the American Composers Forum, the Esperia Foundation, the County Arts Council of Santa Barbara, the Contemporary Arts Forum, the Richard/Lexington County Arts Council, the South Carolina Arts Commission, as well as others.
Dr. Helen Rhee – Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Humanities, Spring 2018)
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. Donald J. Patterson – Professor of Computer Science (Natural and Behavior Sciences, 2019)
Elected to a term ending in Spring 2019, Dr. Donald J. Patterson is an Associate Professor in the Math and Computer Science Department. Professor Patterson’s research lies at the interface of ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. In this space he researches applications, algorithms and systems that use intelligent context to support situated sustainable computing. He has received multiple impact awards for his research as well as for his support of undergraduate teaching and research.
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).
Diane Ziliotto – Special Collections Librarian
Diane Ziliotto is the Special Collections Librarian at Westmont College. Since 2008, she has also served as the College Archivist. In addition to these duties, she performs traditional academic librarian tasks including research help, bibliographic instruction, and collection development. She is currently the liaison librarian to the following departments: Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre Arts, Modern Languages, and English.
Chris Call – Vice President for Administration and for Reserach, Planning and Implementation, WSCUC ALO
Mr. Call has served as Westmont’s Vice President for Administration since 2001. Previously, he served for over five years as Executive Assistant to then-President David Winter. In his current position he serves as the President’s liaison with Auxiliary Services, Legal Affairs, Procurement and Contracts, Public Events, Risk Management/Institutional Resilience and supervises the directors of these areas. He serves as Westmont’s Title IX Officer and assists the President with institutional research, strategic planning, and trustee meetings. Mr. Call is a graduate of Whitworth College (B.A.) and Willamette University College of Law (J.D). After serving for four years as a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, he worked for 11 years in the President’s Office and Development Office at Willamette University.
Tori O'Brien – recording secretary and LiveText Coordinator
Tori O'Brien joined Westmont in 2016. She has previously worked at Duke University assisting the Department of Physical Therapy with research and administrative duties and W5, Inc. a B2B qualitative and quantitative marketing research company. More recently, she has done website and social media management as well as academic coaching for Learning Foundations, an academic tutoring company located in Colorado. She graduated with an English - Communications concentration degree from Boston University in 2006 and completed a Master's in Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2012. Tori has a wide range of skills that will be vital for continuing to provide excellent service and support with our LiveText Program here on campus.