Guskiewicz Names Group to Plan for Spring Semester
Sept. 16, 2020
The committee to help develop a plan for the spring semester will be co-chaired by Mimi Chapman ’97 (PhD), chair of the faculty; Shayna Hill, chair of the Employee Forum; and Reeves Moseley, student body president. (File photo)
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz has appointed a new Campus and Community Advisory Committee to begin planning for the spring semester as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom over the academic and social environment on and around the campus.
The committee includes students, faculty, staff and community members.
“Along with our own experience in preparing and implementing our fall plan, we have paid close attention to what is taking place at other institutions around the state and nation,” Guskiewicz wrote in an email sent to the campus community on Monday. “Many institutions are finding similar outcomes to ours, while others are taking different routes and seeing varying results. We are studying those and will identify the best path to take for Carolina.
“Final decisions delegated to our campus and responsibility for those decisions rests with me, in consultation with my leadership team, our Board of Trustees and the UNC System.”
In August — as clusters of COVID-19 infections broke out on campus two weeks after students began moving back and one week after classes began for the fall semester — UNC made national news as the first university to change its instructional plans after the semester had started, shifting all instruction for undergraduates to remote-only; graduate and professional programs were allowed to follow the discretion of school and department leaders.
The committee to help develop a plan for the spring semester will be co-chaired by Mimi Chapman ’97 (PhD), chair of the faculty; Shayna Hill, chair of the Employee Forum; and Reeves Moseley, student body president. Other members are:
- Taya Jackson Scott, vice dean, Gillings School of Global Public Health;
- Paul Lanier ’03 (’08 MSW), associate professor, School of Social Work;
- Tom Kelley, James Dickson Phillips Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the school’s Institute for Innovation;
- Martinette Horner ’96 (’16 EdD), clinical assistant professor, School of Education;
- Joy Renner ’80 (’92 MA), clinical associate professor, director, Division of Radiologic Science, School of Medicine;
- Seth Noar, James Howard and Hallie McLean Parker Distinguished Professor, Hussman School of Journalism and Media;
- Rich McLaughlin, professor and chair, department of mathematics;
- Sharon Holland, Townsend Ludington Distinguished Professor and chair, department of American studies;
- Donna Gilleskie ’89, professor and chair, economics department;
- Aaron Bachenheimer, executive director of off-campus student life and community partnerships, Office of Off-Campus Student Life;
- Jennifer Gerz-Escandon, associate dean for interdisciplinary education and fellowship programs, the Graduate School;
- Elizabeth Hall, assistant director, Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office;
- James Holman, crew leader, housekeeping services;
- Chloe Russell ’07, assistant dean, Academic Advising Program;
- Kim Stahl ’97 (MSIS), senior policy and process lead, Information Technology Services;
- Michael Vollmer ’03 (’06 MAC), associate dean for administration and operations, School of Government;
- Richard Watkins ’14 (PhD), program coordinator, Chancellor’s Science Scholars;
- Maian Adams, graduate student, School of Law;
- Ryan Collins ’11, graduate student, School of Law;
- Kira Griffith, undergraduate;
- Ethan Phillips, undergraduate;
- Lamar Richards, undergraduate;
- Kathy Atwater, community advocacy specialist, Marian Cheek Jackson Center;
- Jamil Kadoura, owner, Mediterranean Deli, Bakery and Catering;
- Mary Jane Nirdlinger, assistant town manager, Town of Chapel Hill; and
- Aaron Nelson ’97, president and chief executive officer, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.
The committee will begin work immediately.