Working Groups

Steering Committee Members

The Bucknell University Middle States Working Groups will contribute to the Self-study Report and Evidence Inventory for the University's Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation review. Over a two-year period beginning in February 2022, the Working Groups will conduct a robust review and evaluation of the University’s programs, practices and policies relevant to their Middle States Standard. The Steering Committee is responsible for coordinating the work of all of the working groups.

Tom Cassidy, Co-chair
Professor, Department of Mathematics

Jan Knoedler, Co-chair
Professor, Department of Economics

Kevork Horissian, MSCHE Liaison Officer
Assistant Provost for Institutional Research & Assessment

Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak (served March 2022 - May 2023)
Provost and Professor, Department of English

Christina Masciere Wallace
Director of Executive & Internal Communications

Working Group 1 Co-chairs

Keith Buffinton
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Robert Midkiff
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Working Group 2 Co-chairs

Aaron Mitchel
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Karin Rilley
General Counsel and Chief of Staff

Working Group 3 Co-chairs

Ghislaine McDayter
Associate Provost for Research & Creative Inquiry and Professor, Department of English

Jessica Newlin
Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Le Paliulis
Herbert L. Spencer Professor, Department of Biology

Working Group 4 Co-chairs

Collin McKinney
Associate Professor, Department of Spanish

Working Group 5 Co-chairs

JiaJia Dong
Associate Dean, Natural Sciences & Mathematics and Professor, Department of Physics

Eric Santanen
Associate Professor, Department of Markets, Innovation & Design

Working Group 6 Co-chairs

Param Bedi
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

J.T. Ptacek
Professor, Department of Psychology

Working Group 7 Co-chairs

Carol Kennedy
Executive Director, Office of the President and University Secretary

Bill Kenny
Professor, Department of Music

Working Groups

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