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 2013-14 Academic Year:

Dr. Tatiana Nazarenko – Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness

Photo of Tatiana NazarenkoDr. Nazarenko joined Westmont College as Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness in 2010. She chairs the Program Review Committee and works with academic and co-curriculum departments on issues pertaining to curriculum development, outcome-based learning, and assessment. She also serves on the Academic Senate, AS Review Committee, and the College's Strategic Planning Committee.


Dr. Andrew Mullen – Professor of Education (Social Sciences).

Andrew Mullen

Elected to a term ending in Spring 2015. Dr. Mullen serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Education. His scholarly interests include nationalism and cosmopolitanism in American education, children’s literature, and the history of teaching history.

Dr. Dinora Cardoso - Professor of Spanish (Humanities)

Photo of Dinora Cardoso

Elected to a term ending in Spring 2014. Dr. Dinora Cardoso joined the Modern Languages Faculty in 2008.  She teaches a variety of Spanish language courses (SP001, SP003, SP004), Survey of Latin American Literature (SP103, SP104), Latin American Women Novelists (SP195, seminar), and The Magical World of Gabriel García Márquez (SP195, seminar).  In addition, Dr. Cardoso has led international programs in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina.


Dr. Michael Sommermann - Professor of Physics (Natural and Behavior Sciences)

Dr. Michael Sommermann

Elected to a term ending in spring 2016. Dr. Michael Sommermann is
a member of Westmont's Department of Physics since 1985. He has
served as department chair from 2002-2004. Trained as a theoretical
physicist, Dr. Sommermann's research interests lie in the areas of
mathematical and computational physics.

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.

Dana Alexander, Director of the Office of Planning, a yearly replacement for Tim Wilson – Associate Dean of Students

Savannah Kelly – Instructional Librarian

Savannah Kelly Picture Savannah Kelly joined Westmont College in August 2008 and is currently serving her second year as a member of the Program Review Committee. She teaches an interdisciplinary course, Research Across the Disciplines, and serves as a liaison to the Political Science, Psychology, and Communication Studies Departments.

Barbara Kennedy - Senior Administrative Assistant to Provost (recording secretary)

Photo of Barbara KennedyBarb Kennedy has worked in the Provost's Office since 2005. She has served both the Program Review Committee and the previous WASC Steering Committee in an adminisrative capacity.