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 Program Review Committee of faculty and staff which meets regularly

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

Current members for the 2017-18 academic year:

Tatiana Nazarenko – Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness (Chair)

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.


Don PattersonDonald J. Patterson – Professor of Computer Science (Natural and Behavior Sciences, 2018)

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.

Rick Pointer - Professor of History (Social Sciences, Spring 2019)

Steve ButlerSteve Butler – Professor of Music (Humanities, Spring 2019)

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.

Martin AsherMartin Asher - Professor of Economics & Business (Social Science, Spring 2019)

Dr. Martin A. Asher joined Westmont College’s Department of Economics and Business in 2016, having spent the previous 20 years teaching at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Economics from Stanford University.  His career has included positions in the private sector, the public sector, and in academia. 

 Dr. Asher has provided expert economic testimony in antitrust cases involving allegations of price fixing and market allocation, has analyzed class certification issues, and constructed damage models in a variety of cases covering a wide range of industries.  He was the court-appointed expert in the largest gender discrimination damages case in the United States, and conducted contract research and evaluation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Departments of Public Welfare and Health.

Rick Pointer – Professor of History (Social Sciencies, Spring 2020)

Richard Pointer

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 ZiliottoDiane 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

Chris CallMr. 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 BrienTori 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 are vital for providing excellent service and support with our LiveText software here on campus.