Advisory Council


The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is a standing committee of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is comprised of a maximum of 15 regular staff members from across Arts and Sciences who applied and were selected for two or three-year staggered terms. This diverse council will be convened to advise administration on staff issues, administer staff awards, and facilitate staff development grants, among other tasks.

The SAC meets monthly, typically in 156 University Hall.  Meetings are open to any ASC staff member, and all staff are encouraged to attend as frequently as they are able. If you plan to attend an upcoming meeting, please email one of the SAC co-chairs so that we can ensure adequate space for all of our guests.

Currently, all council meetings are via Zoom.

Please email either co-chair for the meeting link.

Join the ASC SAC Mailing List

View Meeting Minutes

Contact the SAC

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Grants & Awards

See below for information on applying for professional development grants and nominating a staff member for an Outstanding Staff Award. View more college staff awards and university opportunities here.

Also, check out these videos from some of our previous winners:

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The grant program is on hold for the 2020-2021 academic year and applications are not being accepted at this time.

We will update staff when applications can be submitted in the future.

Thank you.

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) supports professional enrichment or development opportunities and specialized activities that advance or re-focus the development of skills by assisting with costs such as:

  • Expenses for participation in seminars, workshops, conferences, training programs, or meetings
  • Books, software, or materials related to the area of professional development
  • Equipment that broadens or deepens skills or advances an applicant’s professional development or career aspirations

Proposals for the following will NOT be considered:

  • Professional development to address skills required by your current position
  • Equipment required by your current position
  • Professional/career activities that have taken place prior to the application deadline

Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Staff Professional Grant.


All regular (.50-1.00FTE) staff members in the College Arts and Sciences who have been employed within ASC for at least two years are eligible to apply. The length of employment is calculated from the employee's date of hire by the College of Arts and Sciences until the application deadline. Eligible staff members can receive the grant once per academic year. In a competition round where there are proposals of equal merit from both repeat and first-time applicants, the selection committee gives priority to first-time applicants.


Funding supports up to 15 grants annually at up to $1,000 per person. A minimum of $100 of matching support from the home unit (department or college) is highly encouraged. Grants are to be used within one year of being awarded.


Applicants will be notified of the SAC committee's decision via email approximately four weeks following the application deadline.

There are three annual deadlines:

  • February 1
  • May 15
  • October 15

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For more information, please email Jackie Lipphardt.


The College of Arts and Sciences has chosen not to fund our yearly Outstanding Staff Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Thank you to those who already submitted nominations and to all ASC staff for your support of each other, dedication to the missions of the college, and your perseverance in this difficult time.

To recognize staff members in the Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated sustained excellence in overall job performance and have improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students, and/or the university.


The funding for this program supports up to six awards. Each award recipient will receive a $1,000 one-time cash award and an increase of $500 to their base salary.


Competitive nominees will meet the following criteria:

  • Three or more years of employment within the College of Arts and Sciences at 50% or more FTE
  • Demonstrate excellence in assigned job duties
  • Promote and contribute to a culture of inclusivity and positivity
  • Engage in service to their unit, college, university, or community
  • Serve as an ambassador of the College
  • Advocate for staff advancement
  • Exhibit patterns of sustained excellence or other standout qualities

To nominate an outstanding staff member for this award, please submit two nomination letters to by the deadline below.


Wednesday, April 21, 2020 by 5 p.m.

For more information, please email SAC Chair Elizabeth Vu(.191). Previous winners can be viewed below.



  • Charlene Brenner, STEAM Factory
  • Shannon Hand, Department of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Steve McCann, Department of History/Department of African American and African Studies/Melton Center for Jewish Studies
  • MaryKatherine Ramsey, Department of English
  • Joanna Spanos, ASC Honors
  • Larysa Stepanova, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures


  • Lauren Barrett, Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Melissa Beers, Department of Psychology
  • William Husen, Department of Mathematics
  • Tom Marker, ASC Technology Services
  • Courtney Sanders, Department of Political Science
  • Elizabeth Vu, Department of Comparative Studies


  • Sue Ellen Dehority, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Kristina Dunlap, Department of Physics
  • Lynaya Elliott, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Elizabeth Freeman, Department of Anthropology
  • Cassie Patterson, Center for Folklore Studies and University Folklore Archives
  • Amy Schmidt, Department of Dance


  • Damian Bowerman, Department of Theatre
  • Nicole Cochran, Department of Psychology
  • Julia McGory, Department of Linguistics
  • Luciana Musetti, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
  • Nick Spitulski, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Bernadette Vankeerbergen, Program Director Curriculum and Assessment, ASC Administration


  • Stephanie Fowler, Department of Psychology
  • Michael Kaylor, Arts and Sciences Technology Services
  • Tiffany Quattlebaum, Department of Psychology
  • Karen Royce, ASC Advising and Academic Services and School of Earth Sciences
  • Eddie Singleton, Department of English 
  • Kris Wethington, ASC Advising and Academic Services


  • Anne Collins, ASC Advising and Academic Services
  • Diana De Vol Bevilacqua, Department of Mathematics
  • Amy Kulesza, Center for Life Sciences Education
  • Susan Pennington, Institute for Population Research
  • Brian Smith, Department of Statistics
  • Kirstina Ward, Department of History 


  • David Alden, Department of Mathematics
  • Melinda Miracle Bogarty, Department of African American and African Studies
  • Joan Leonard ,Department of Molecular Genetics
  • Eric Mayer, Department of Theatre
  • Elizabeth Miller, Department of Mathematics
  • Pablo Tanguay, Department of English/ASC


  • James Bach, Department of History
  • Carolyn Cox, Department of Dance
  • Prudence Gill, Department of Art
  • Dale Gnidovec, School of Earth Sciences
  • Aurelia Kubayanda, Honors Program
  • Marge Lynd, Department of Comparative Studies 


  • Cynthia Dassler, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • Jim DeGrand, Department of Geography
  • Lisa Van Dyke, Department of Statistics
  • Shelia Francis, Advising and Academic Services
  • Therese O’Donnell-Leonard, Department of Chemistry
  • Roy “Jack” Zuefle, Department of Mathematics


  • Rachel Barnes, Department of Theatre
  • Jennifer Belisle, Advising and Academic Services & ASC Technology Services Office
  • Paul Brower, Department of Statistics
  • Doug Dangler, Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing
  • Judith Ridgway Center for Life Sciences Education
  • David Staley, Department of History


  • Stephanie Bernhardt, Department of History of Art
  • Margaret Milliman-Wing, Department of Microbiology
  • Matt Misicka, Center for Life Sciences Education
  • John-David Slaughter, Department of Economics
  • Joan Snowden, Honors Program


  • Kathy Edwards, The Ohio State University Press
  • Jane Pletcher, ASC Advising and Academic Services
  • Melinda Robinson, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • So Yung Wilson, Department of Psychology
  • Denise Witcher, Department of Mathematics


  • Diana Camella, Department of Political Science
  • Kevin Dill, Department of Chemistry
  • Kim Kovarik, Department of English
  • Sylvia Meadows, Department of Psychology
  • Peggy Strow, Center for Life Sciences Education
  • Tom Watters, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
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Important! Under the Internal Revenue Code, the university is required to report taxable income for all financial incentives that a faculty/staff member or his/her S/SSDP receives. Therefore, you will be taxed if you choose to accept a prize (approximately 30%).

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More About the SAC


The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We abhor the ongoing, entrenched and systemic violence against and oppression of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color in the US. We say the names of those who have been murdered and brutalized by state-sanctioned violence: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, Dijon Kizzee, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain, Justin Howell, Sean Monterrosa, Jamel Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Tyre King and many more.  

We recognize that The Ohio State University and the College of Arts and Sciences are not free from the systemic racism that pervades our nation. As your Staff Advisory Council, we are committed to concrete action to do our part to dismantle these oppressive systems. 

To that end, we move to take the following actions during the 2020-2021 academic year: 

  • We will provide multiple opportunities for staff throughout the year aimed at fostering a culture of anti-racism in Arts and Sciences including but not limited to trainings, teach-ins, and workshops tailored to the concerns and realities of ASC staff members, and an anti-racist, intersectional reading club. 
  • We will continue to support the anti-racist efforts of students and faculty. 
  • We will place anti-racist work as the primary focus of our Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee. 
  • We are encouraged by the establishment of a Public Safety Advisory Committee to advise the Department of Public Safety and OSUPD. We have advocated for a staff member from University Staff Advisory Council to sit on this committee. We also call for the immediate demilitarization of the OSUPD and a decommission of all of OSUPD's military equipment
  • We will prioritize recruiting staff members of color to join the Staff Advisory Council.    
  • We will continue to work with Dean Ritter to promote a culture of anti-racism in the college, including express acknowledgement from college leadership that attending diversity and inclusion professional development events should be counted as time worked.  

We must and will be a part of the change. While the SAC meetings have always been open to the public, it is more important than ever that we hear from you. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 2:00-4:00 pm. Click here to access the Zoom link for the 2020-2021 series.

We will send a reminder email to everyone on the mailing list the Monday before our monthly meeting. We hope that you can join us in action to build a better future for everyone.  

In Solidarity, 

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council 


Become a member of the Staff Advisory Council by applying below for a two (2) year term, starting in July.

The ASC Staff Advisory Council seeks to: foster communication between staff and administrators; promote a positive and innovative work environment; recognize the needs and interests of the staff as they relate to the missions of the College of Arts and Sciences and The Ohio State University. We do this by helping staff gain greater access to professional development opportunities within the college and across the university. We also work to enhance the visibility of staff performance through our commitment to staff recognition programs and staff support and appreciation events.

As a member of the council you will collaborate with other staff members who share a common goal of contributing to a positive work experience for all Arts and Sciences staff!

Apply now


Jennifer Hill
Member, 2nd year

Dorian Johnson
Member, 1st year
School of Communication

Jackie Lipphardt
Member, 3rd year
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Marliss McGarvey
Secretary, 2nd year

Steve Pruchnicki
Treasurer, 1st year

MaryKatherine Ramsey
Co-Chair, 2nd year   

Amy Raubenolt
Member, 1st year
ASC Administration

Jay Smith
Member, 2nd year   
ASC Technology

Jackson Stotlar
Co-Chair, 2nd year   
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Brian Swaney
Member, 1st year
ASC Technology

Elizabeth Vu
Member, 3rd year
Comparative Studies


The mission of the College of Arts & Sciences (ASC) Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is to act on behalf of all College of Arts & Sciences staff in bringing matters of collective interest to the attention of the Executive Dean. Specifically, the council seeks to foster communication between staff and administrators; promote a positive and innovative work environment; ensure staff development, and recognize the needs and interests of the staff as they relate to the missions of the College of Arts & Sciences the The Ohio State University.

The SAC values diversity in people and perspectives and is committed to advancing inclusion and equity internally and for staff throughout the college in collaboration with key university stakeholders.

Staff play a crucial role in the functioning of the College of Arts & Sciences (ASC). Currently, 853 staff are employed in the college. These staff contribute to the success of 38 departments; 27 centers; 18 initiatives, programs, institutes, and schools; and 13 museums, galleries, and labs. Arts & Sciences staff occupy 34 buildings and can be found across campus.


Communications Subcommittee
Jay (chair), and Marliss 

Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee
Elizabeth (chair), Jennifer, Elizabeth, and Dorian 

Resources Subcommittee
Dorian (chair), and Steve 

Events Subcommittee
Amy (chair), Jackie, Jackson, Jennifer, and MaryKatherine 


Staff Advisory Council Bylaws—revised and ratified January 2019

I. Name

The name of the council is the College of Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council referred to herein as “SAC”.

II. Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC) Staff Advisory Council is to act on behalf of all College of Arts and Sciences staff in bringing matters of collective interest to the attention of the Executive Dean. Specifically, the council seeks to foster communication between staff and administrators; promote a positive and innovative work environment; ensure staff development, and recognize the needs and interests of the staff as they relate to the missions of the College of Arts and Sciences and The Ohio State University.

The SAC values diversity in people and perspectives and is committed to advancing inclusion and equity internally and for staff throughout the college in collaboration with key university stakeholders.

III. Membership

  1. Regular Members
    The council is composed of a maximum of fifteen regular members. The council membership shall always strive to include at least one member from each ASC Division and at least one member from the non-academic units.  The SAC seeks to maintain a diversity of membership and viewpoints and be an inclusive representation of the College.  Members are selected for two-year appointments, commencing July each year. Renewable for an additional consecutive term (see Reappointment). 
  2. Eligibility
    To be eligible to serve on ASC SAC, an individual must have at least one year of work experience in the Arts and Sciences; have a 75% FTE or greater appointment as Classified Civil Service, Unclassified Administrative and Professional, or Senior Administrative and Professional; and not be in a position that reports directly to the Executive Dean.
  3. Selection
    Staff who would like to serve on the ASC SAC should respond to an annual Call for Nominations and complete the application form. Recommendations are also accepted for consideration.
  4. Reappointment: at the end of their term, members can reapply for appointment. Membership appointments are open to reappointment based on nominations, with preference given to new applicants.
    1. Term limits: membership is restricted to two consecutive terms with the possibility for reappointment after two years of non-service.
  5. Vacancies
    1. Council membership vacancies that arise shall be filled within two months or via the annual selection process, if it is underway.
    2. Off-cycle replacement of officers: In the event that an officer cannot fulfill their term, the co-chair(s) will solicit internal nominations from the SAC and hold a vote to replace the officer. The replacement officer will serve through June, at which time the regular nomination process for officers will take place. The replacement officer can be nominated again during the regular cycle.
    3. Off-cycle replacement of members: In the event that a member cannot fulfill their term, the co-chairs will solicit nominations from SAC and hold a council vote to determine who to recruit to replace the member(s). The co-chairs will send a request for membership to the agreed upon recruits.

IV. Officers

Five members of the ASC SAC will serve as administrators for the Council: two Co-Chairs, one Secretary, one Treasurer, and one Communications Officer. Each officer serves a one year term beginning in July and running through the following June (see Reappointment for details about renewal).


The duties of the Co-Chairs:

  • Facilitate and foster an open, inclusive, and positive atmosphere
  • Call meetings and set the agenda
  • Preside over and conduct the meetings in accord with accepted meeting procedures
  • Aid in setting the goals and priorities of any subcommittees
  • Monitor that the bylaws are followed
  • Organize and administrate the work of the Council

The Secretary's duties are to:

  • Record minutes
  • Maintain list of Councilmembers contact information and current members status
  • Act in place of the Co-Chairs in their absence

The Communications Officer duties are to:

  • Update/maintain SAC website
  • Strategize and manage communications through ASC Communications
  • Record minutes in the Secretary’s absence

The Treasurer’s duties are to:

  • Manage and Track the Council Budget
  • Procurement

V. Meetings

  1. Frequency
    The yearly organizational meeting shall be held in July to determine the meeting schedule and council assignments. The ASC SAC shall meet with the ASC Executive and Divisional Deans at a minimum of once per academic term.
  2. Quorum
    A quorum shall consist of an officer and a simple majority of ASC SAC.
  3. Voting
    The council shall strive for consensus decision-making. On issues where consensus is not achieved, voting will be conducted per Robert's Rules of Order.
  4. Special Meetings
    Either SAC chair shall be authorized to call special meetings. Except in the rare case of an emergency, five (5) business days’ notice shall be given.
  5. Special Events
    An expectation of participation in SAC special events is a significant part of council membership.

VII. Special Projects

Ad hoc subcommittees and or taskforces to address special tasks may be formed at the concerted discretion of the SAC Chairs. The chair of an ad hoc subcommittee shall be a council member and report out to the Council at each monthly meeting.

VIII. Amendment of Bylaws

These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the council by a majority vote of the full council. Suggested amendments shall be submitted to the Co-Chairs for distribution to the full council no later than two working days prior to the next business meeting.



All events scheduled spring semester 2021 will be conducted virtually.

The Staff Advisory Council, on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, hosts annual events throughout the year as appreciation for staff and all they do.

2021 Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for 2021 events.

2020 Past Events

Reach Out: An Education & Advocacy Session for Suicide Prevention
Date/time: November 19, 2020 3:00-4:15p
Location: Zoom

Facilitators: Elizabeth Vu & Mark Hamilton

ASC Staff Workshop: Creative Solutions for Remote Work Challenges
Date/time: September 23, 2020 3:00-5:00p
Location: Zoom

The ASC Staff Advisory Council would like to invite to you a Workshop and Conversation devoted to developing solutions to the remote work challenges we are facing this year. We'll break out into small groups for guided discussion of existing policies, discuss how some departments are making it work, and work together to develop some tips and recommendations for how to overcome obstacles. 

Notes from this event can be viewed here [PDF].

ASC Staff Workshop: Tools to Amplify Underrepresented Voices in Your Daily Work

Date/time: March 3, 2020 1:00-2:30p
Location: Psychology Building, Room 035

Dr. Megan LePere-Schloop, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Andrea Headley, Assistant Professor, both of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs will present.

Space is limited! Please RSVP by February 28, 2020. 


Career Roadmap Town Hall
Date/time: January 22, 2020 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Physics Research Building, Smith Seminar Room, Rm 1080

The ASC Staff Advisory Council would like to invite you to a town hall session devoted to answering your questions regarding the Career Roadmap process. College HR representatives Jen Prak and Peggy Link as well as Rob Prisbrey, Compensation Projects Senior Director, and Darrell Dupuis, Compensation Consultant, will give a brief overview of the process then answer questions from the audience. 

 If you cannot attend in person, the town hall will also be available via Zoom.

2019 Past Events

2018-19 Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council Fiscal Report
Date/time: July 30, 2019 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Townshend Hall, room 248

Dare to Lead: Developing brave leaders and courageous cultures.
Join us for a discussion on award winning author Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead which focuses on incorporating vulnerability and courage in our everyday lives. 

ASC Staff Advisory Council Holiday Celebration
Date/time: December 11, 2019 5:00-8:00pm
Location: Seventh Sons Brewing Co. 1101 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201

Join us for this year's Staff Advisory Council Holiday Celebration!

Come to mingle with fellow staff, make new friends, and establish connections. Guests are welcome!

We will have a photo booth, and Post-It recognition wall for you to write out things that you and/or your colleagues have accomplished or were proud of this year (Spoiler: we know there is A LOT).

If you're not interested in traditional "networking", this is a great opportunity for you to come meet, and interact with staff at a low pressure brewery!

Bring your best post-work self, enjoy snacks, and have a drink or two! We can't wait to meet you!


Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council 2018-19 Fiscal Report

For our July 30th meeting we will be reviewing the 2018-2019 fiscal year report.

The report is embedded as a PDF (link) and image below. 

ASC SAC 18-19 Fiscal Year Report