CTRE Faculty Advisory Board



Given the purpose of the CTRE – to build a community among the faculty – it is vital that faculty actively participate in the direction and events of the Center.  This is accomplished through two faculty committees and through annual surveys administered to all faculty members. 

First, the Distance Education Committee, which was established through the UPI contract, assesses, recommends, develops, and evaluates activities specifically related to the growth and promotion of distance education at the University. The Committee also assesses the variety, quality, and depth of course offerings; the operation and support provided for distance education; and the policies and procedures of the University referencing distance education.

The second faculty committee is the CTRE Advisory Board (CTREAB). This board was established to allow for active participation from faculty in the setting of priorities of the CTRE, in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the services provided through the CTRE, and in the direction of the programming to be offered.  This board contains representation from the Distance Education Committee.


The CTREAB is an advisory committee to the Director of the Center of Teaching and Research Excellence, and provides the Director with recommendations concerning all matters relevant to the CTRE.  This includes deliberating and responding to issues, proposals, and reports brought to the attention of the CTREAB through the Director of the CTRE or the Chair of the CTREAB.

In addition, the CTREAB has the authority to:

  • Review and approve strategic planning
  • Review and approve annual operating budgets and any modifications over $5000
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the CTRE and its leadership

Limitations of the Advisory Board

The CTREAB is created to support and enhance the work of the CTRE, and can be disbanded through the amendment process by the Dean of the Library and Instruction Services.

The establishment and activities of the CTREAB are outside the scope of the negotiated contract and are not grievable or guaranteed.

Organization of the Advisory Board

The CTREAB is comprised of an executive board, primary board, ex officio members, standing sub-committees and ad-hoc committees as needed.

Executive Board: The executive board will be comprised of the past chair, chair, chair-elect, secretary, chair of the Distance Education Committee or his/her designee, and Director of the CTRE, who is a non-voting member.  This board will meet prior to the monthly meeting to establish the agenda.  In addition, this board will meet between established monthly meetings to attend to situations as necessary. The executive board can make the decision by simple majority to approve issues that would regularly need full board approval in emergency situations.  These decisions will need to be communicated to the primary board as soon as reasonably possible.

Primary Board: The primary board will be comprised of the voting membership of the CTREAB, including the executive board.  This group will meet monthly to attend to necessary business relating to the CTRE.

Ex-Officio Members: Select individuals will be allowed to participate in the primary board meetings of the CTREAB as non-voting, ex-officio members.  These members will include the Director of the CTRE, representation from the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Library and Instruction Services.  Additional ex officio members can be appointed with joint agreement between the Chair of the CTREAB and the Director of the CTRE.

Standing Sub-Committees: The CTREAB will have the following standing sub-committees.  Additional standing sub-committees can be established by recommendation from the CTREAB.

  • Celebration and Community – This committee will be responsible for activities and initiatives to celebrate faculty success and build community among the faculty and instructors at CSU.  This includes activities such as New Faculty Orientation, Faculty Showcases, newsletters, etc.
  • Teaching Excellence – This committee will be responsible for improving the quality of teaching at the university.  This includes directed programming, facilitation of the student nominated Teacher of the Year award, etc.
  • Research Excellence – This committee will be responsible for improving the quality and quantity of research efforts on campus.  This includes directed programming for increasing publications and grants by faculty, awarding of the seed and enrichment grants, etc.
  • Technology Excellence – This committee will be responsible for investigating and integrating technology into the teaching and learning process.  This includes planning for the training and integration of technology initiatives, surveying the faculty on their technology needs, working in conjunction with the Chief Information Officer of CSU on indentifying and establishing necessary technology, etc.
  • Service Excellence – This committee will be responsible for improving faculty service opportunities on campus and in the community.  This includes establishing a clearinghouse for service opportunities, determining a method for acknowledging exceptional service activities, etc.
  • Membership – This committee will be responsible for the management of the recruitment and selection of new members and the election of officers.  The chair of this sub-committee will be the chair-elect of the CTREAB.

Sub-Committee Chairpersons: All sub-committee chairpersons will be selected from the voting members of the CTREAB and are appointed by the CTREAB Chair after nomination from the CTREAB.

Sub-Committee Membership: The membership of a Subcommittee will be determined by the Chairperson of the sub-committee and reported to CTREAB and may include both CTREAB members and non-members.  All members of a Subcommittee are voting members within the subcommittee.  

Sub-Committee Requirements: The chairperson of each subcommittee is responsible for submitting minutes of their meetings that reflect the actions and deliberations of the subcommittee to the secretary of the CTREAB.  Minutes should show that they have been reviewed and accepted by the membership of the subcommittee.  In addition, each subcommittee chair will be expected to report on their progress at the monthly CTREAB meeting.

Officers, Elections, Term of Office, and Responsibilities

The Chair, Chair-elect, and secretary are the elected officers of the CTREAB.

Term of Office: Each officer shall be appointed to serve a two-year term.

Election of Officers: Elections will be held during the month of May for appointments to begin in July.  All officers will need to be nominated by a voting member of the CTREAB and receive a simple majority of votes from a quorum the CTREAB to be elected. Each May, a new chair-elect will be elected and every other year a new secretary will be elected.

Responsibilities of Officers: Each officer shall have the following responsibilities:

ChairThe chair of the CTREAB shall be responsible for the following:

  • Establishing a standing meeting time for the CTREAB in consultation with the Executive Board
  • Managing membership of the CTREAB making sure it represents the guidelines indentified later in this document
  • Convening the CTREAB meetings
  • Convening the Executive Board meetings
  • Appointing chairs of the sub-committees
  • Submitting the annual evaluation of the CTRE
  • Assuring the processes and procedures outlined in these by-laws are followed

Chair-Elect– The chair-elect of the CTREAB shall be responsible for the following:

  • Chair the Membership Sub-Committee
  • Actively participating in the executive board and CTREAB meetings
  • Convening the CTREAB and/or the executive board in the absence of the chair
  • Prepare to assume full chair responsibilities at the conclusion of his/her first term of service

SecretaryThe Secretary shall be responsible for the following:

  • Taking minutes and recording attendance of all Executive Board and CTREAB meetings
  • Keeping a current membership list and make it available at all Executive Board and CTREAB meetings
  • Notifying members of the time and place of meetings.
  • Keeping the CTREAB organizational site(s) current


The voting membership of the CTREAB shall consist of fourteen (14) to eighteen (18) members that are comprised of the following:

  • Broad representation of the campus faculty, including instructors and non-instructional faculty (e.g. librarians, counselors, etc.)
  • The Chair of the Distance Education Committee or their designee
  • At least one department chairperson
  • At least one elected senator from Faculty Senate to serve as the CTREAB Senate Liaison(s)
  • At least one-third of the members shall have experience teaching online

The Membership sub-committee will recruit, identify, and recommend faculty who possess the experience, interest, and motivation for good membership to the CTREAB.  Every attempt will be made to achieve representation from each college.  Candidates recommended for membership will be voted on by the CTREAB during the May elections.

Terms of Service: All CTREAB members will serve for a period of two (2) years. All appointments are renewable upon a vote of the membership for a second two-year term. To ensure that the faculty membership is broad-based, members serving two consecutive terms should not be considered for re-appointment for a third term. The exception to this term of service is for those individuals who initially volunteered to help establish the CTREAB.  These members will be asked if they are able and interested in continuing to serve on the 2011-2012 CTREAB; if so, half will be identified to serve a one year term and the other half will serve a two year term in order to establish a staggered cycle.  All members will be able to have their term renewed for a second full, two-year term.

Member Responsibilities: Members will attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings and participate in discussions and voting. If a member has two or more unexcused absences or is not fulfilling their responsibilities, it will be addressed by the chair and/or the Executive Committee.  Members will participate as chairs and members of subcommittees, subgroups and/or task forces as appointed or requested by the Chair and will be a spokesperson concerning the deliberations and actions of the CTREAB.

CTREAB members will also function as a conduit for ideas and issues raised by the faculty and students.


The CTREAB meets monthly throughout the year with special meetings as necessary called by the Chair.  In the event the Chair does not fulfill this responsibility, the Executive Committee of the CTREAB can also call meetings of the CTREAB by a simple majority vote of its membership.

QuorumThe presence of fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the voting membership will constitute the quorum needed for all business, including elections.  In matters requiring a vote, a simple majority of the quorum present will be satisfactory, except in the case of modifications to the by-laws.

Minutes: Minutes of each meeting of the CTREAB will reflect the actions and deliberations and will be distributed to the membership, Dean of the Library and Instruction Services, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and the Union President. 
Minutes will also be distributed to the faculty through the CSU Faculty portal, but may be modified to protect sensitive information.

Minutes are recorded by the secretary of the CTREAB.

Parliamentary Procedure: All meetings of the CTREAB will be conducted using Robert’s Rules of Order.

2014-2015 Meeting Schedule
All meetings take place in LIB 301 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on the dates shown below.

  • October 16, 2014
  • November 20, 2014
  • January 22, 2015
  • February 19, 2015
  • March 19, 2015
  • April 16, 2015
  • May 7, 2015

Appeal Process

Should a situation arise where the CTREAB feels that responsibilities as outlined within this document are not being followed, they should first address the situation with the Director of the CTRE.  The issue can then be brought to the attention of the Dean of the Library and Instruction Services, who will work to rectify the situation. The Dean will consult with the necessary individuals and make a final decision on a course of action.  His/her decision will be final. All of elements are outside of the negotiated contract and are not grievable or guaranteed, as the CTREAB has been administratively established as a mechanism for gaining faculty input and guidance into the area of faculty development.

List of Members


Elizabeth Arnott-Hill, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Moussa Ayyash, PhD
Associate Professor, Information Studies
College of Education

Anser Azim, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Abir El-Alfy, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
College of Pharmacy 

Miguel Fernandez, PhD
Associate Professor of Bilingual Education
College of Education
Chair, Distance Education Committee

Joanna Kolendo, MLIS, MMLL
Assistant Professor, Reference and E-Resources Librarian
Library and Instruction Services

Florence L. Miller, MSN, MPH, RN
Lecturer, Department of Nursing
College of Health Sciences

Mohammad Newaz, MD, PhD, FAHA 
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
College of Pharmacy 

Mel Sabella, PhD
Professor of Physics
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Cynthia K. Valenciano, PhD
Director, Teacher Development Center
Professor of Special Education, Early Childhood, and Bilingual Education
College of Education

Lisa A. Young, DNP, APN, FNP-BC
Director, Wellness/Health Center
College of Health Sciences

Ex Officio Members 

Richard Darga, EdD
Dean, Library and Instruction Services

Tenell Edingburg, MSM
Academic Advising Specialist
Center for Teaching and Research Excellence

James Kowalski, MSEd, CFD
Faculty Development Specialist
Center for Teaching and Research Excellence

Michael Sukowski, MEd
Director, Center for Teaching and Research Excellence