Faculty Committee Service

BCOM faculty participate in shared governance through involvement in service activities, including student advising, admissions interviewing, and committee work. BCOM has several committees, comprised of faculty, staff, and students whose committed service contributes to our mission.

Institutional Standing Committees Include:

Responsibilities: The Curriculum Committee shall have oversight of the undergraduate educational programs of the college and shall recommend policy to the Executive Committee and the Dean for final approval. Such oversight shall include all aspects of curriculum development and implementation, instructional design, and assignment of faculty and facilities for the proper execution of the educational programs according to accreditation standards.

Chair

David Rodenbaugh, PhD
Chair of Physiology and Pathology
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Physiology

Members

Pedro Del Corral, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology

Michael Frederich, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine and Palliative Care

Joanne Ray, DO
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics

Michael Woods, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology
Director of BCOM BioSciences Research Laboratory

Victoria Chang, DO
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Meaghan Wilson
BCOM Student

Melissa Sayegh
BCOM Student

Ex-Officio Members

Cindy Funk, PhD
Assistant Dean of Student Assessment
Professor of Anatomy

Robert Ketchum, PhD
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Associate Dean of Pre-Clinical Education

Adela Lente, MD
Associate Dean of Clinical Education &
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Surgery

David Osborne, PhD
Assistant Dean of Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

For further information visit the curriculum committee website: https://bcomnm.org/curriculum-committee/

Responsibilities: This Council will discuss and provide recommendations to the Dean regarding the content and scheduling of institutional faculty development opportunities, evaluation of institutional faculty development activities, distribution of resources to support institutional faculty development opportunities, establishment and maintenance of faculty mentoring and peer evaluation programs as they relate to the teaching effort, and other matters that may be referred to the Council. Efforts and recommendations of this Council may provide additional support for individual and/or departmental faculty development needs.

Chair

Jennifer Eastwood, PhD
Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Members

Miley Grandjean, MA
Educational Specialist & Adjunct Instructor of Biomedical Sciences, Medical Education

Erin Palazzolo, MLIS
Director of Library & Professor of Medical Informatics in Biomedical Sciences

Pedro Del Corral, PhD MD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology

Robert Goldsteen, DO
Chair of Clinical Medicine & Professor of Clinical Medicine, Internal Medicine

Gabor Szalai, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Immunology

Deborah Whitson, DO
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Responsibilities: The committee shall have the responsibility to review all documentation for initial appointment to the faculty of the College as may be requested by the Dean, and subsequent petitions for promotion and make its recommendations to the Dean. The committee shall be responsible for working in cooperation with the Office of Faculty Affairs to sustain a program that evaluates all faculty at least annually

Chair

Harald Stauss, MD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Members

Joseph Benoit, PhD
Professor of of Physiology and Pathology, Physiology,
Assistant Dean of Research

Scott Cyrus, DO
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics

Robert Goldsteen, DO
Chair of Clinical Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Internal Medicine

Jon Jackson, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratories

Responsibilities: This committee shall have the responsibility for making recommendations to the dean regarding the handling and safe conduct of activities that involve the use of hazardous chemicals, biohazardous agents and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules in the college’s owned or operated facilities. Such procedures as developed shall be in compliance with NIH and OSHA guidelines. The committee shall assume such additional authority as may be required by regulatory agencies holding oversight of the college’s research activities.

Chair

Michael Woods, PhD
Director of Research Laboratories & Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology

Members

John Byrd, PhD
President at Southwest Bio-Labs, Inc.

Erin Martin, RN, BSN, MHA, CPPS
Chief Quality Officer at MountainView Regional Medical Center

Kalli Martinez, MS
Scientific Research Associate

Steven Ontiveros, MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director of Student Research

Jon Jackson, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratories

Joseph Benoit, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Pathology
Assistant Dean of Research

Ex-Officio Members

Nina Nunez, MA Ed
Director of Compliance and Institutional Assessment

Jeff Harris
Chief Information Officer
Assistant Vice President of Administration

For further information visit the Institutional Biosafety Committee website: https://bcomnm.org/research/ibc/

Responsibilities: The Institutional Review Board is responsible for overseeing the safe conduct of human research at the college and implementing the rules and regulations attendant to such activities as may be required by regulatory authority.

Chair

Steven J. Ontiveros, MBA, PhD 
Assistant Professor Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Director of Student Research

Members

Rev. Jared Carson 
Non-Affiliated Community Member
Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM

Michael Frederich, MD
Assistant Professor Department of Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine and Palliative Care

Adrienne Kania, DO 
Associate Professor Department of Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Robert J. Ketchum 
Associate Dean of Pre-Clinical Education
Professor of Anatomy

Adela Lente, MD 
Associate Dean of Clinical Education &
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Surgery

Tanya Martinez, C-TAGME
Non-Affiliated Community Member
Assistant Designated Institutional Official (DIO), MountainView Regional Medical Center

Harald Stauss, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology Department of Biomedical Sciences

Justin McHorse, MS
Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Inclusion

For further information visit the Institutional Review Board website: https://bcomnm.org/research/irb/

Responsibilities: The council shall recommend to the Executive Committee and the Dean policies and procedures for the selection of applicants for admission to the College. The committee shall enact all such policies and procedures needed to select candidates for admission to the College as approved by the Dean. a. The council shall create one or more selection sub-councils to identify and nominate candidates for admission to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program at the college. The composition and procedures of such sub-councils shall be determined by this Governance Council.

Chair

Debra Bramblett, PhD
Chair of Biomedical Sciences
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology

Members

Nancy Minugh-Purvis, PhD
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Scott Ochs, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Scott Cyrus, DO
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics

Adela Lente, MD
Associate Dean of Clinical Education &
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Surgery

Michael Woods, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology
Director of BCOM BioSciences Research Laboratory

Responsibilities: This committee shall have the responsibility for making recommendations to the dean regarding all procedures germane to the conduct of research by faculty, staff and students of the college. Such procedures shall include but not be limited to the equitable use of facilities controlled by the college, distribution of intramural funds to support new and continuing projects, establishment and maintenance of student research initiatives and all other matters that may be referred to the committee by the dean. The committee shall not be responsible for the activities of the Institutional Review Board but shall support same as may be requested.

Chair

Joseph N. Benoit, PhD 
Assistant Dean for Research
Professor of Physiology & Pathology

Members

Harald Stauss, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Gabor Szalai, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Immunology

Adrienne Kania, DO 
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Division Chief of OMM

Ex-Officio Members

Robert J. Ketchum, PhD
Associate Dean of Preclinical Education
Professor of Anatomy

Adela Lente, MD 
Associate Dean of Clinical Education &
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Surgery

Kalli Martinez, MS 
Scientific Research Associate

Steven J. Ontiveros, MBA, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director of Student Research

Erin Palazollo, MLIS 
Library Director and Professor of Medical Informatics

Jennifer E. Taylor
Vice-President for Administration
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Woods, PhD
Director or Research Laboratories
Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology

For further information visit the Research Advisory Council website: https://bcomnm.org/research/rac/

Responsibilities: This committee shall have the responsibility of reviewing the academic performance records of all students matriculated to the College and make recommendations to the Dean regarding matters of continued matriculation, promotion, retention and graduation. The committee may, at its discretion, consider prior disciplinary actions in its deliberations but shall not engage in disciplinary hearings. b. The Dean shall appoint a chair of the committee from among its seated members.

Chair

Cindy Funk, PhD
Assistant Dean of Student Assessment
Professor of Anatomy

Members

Muneer Assi, DO
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Internal Medicine
Regional Assistant Dean of the El Paso Hub

Miriam Donohue, PhD
Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Scott Ochs, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Richard Selinfreund, PhD
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology

Faculty Council Standing Committees Include:

Officers

Richard Selinfreund, PhD
Chair
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Pathology

Jon Jackson, PhD
Past-Chair
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology & Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratories

Kristin Gosselink, PhD
Vice-Chair
Associate Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Physiology

Adrienne Kania, DO 
Secretary
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Division Chief of OMM

Deborah Whitson, DO
Parliamentarian
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Responsibilities:

  1. The Faculty Awards Committee will develop, keep current, and recommend criteria and procedures to the institution for developing and awarding the various Faculty Awards for Teaching, Scholarly Activity and Research, and Service.
  2. The Faculty Awards Committee, on the basis of 1) above, identifies and recommends particular faculty to the President and Dean of the College for receipt of the Awards given by BCOM as outlined above.

Chair

Vanessa De La Rosa, PhD
Instructor of Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry

Members

Jon Jackson, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratories

Kristopher Vaudrey, MA
Instructor of Anatomy

Norice Lee, MLIS
Associate Professor of Medical Informatics in Biomedical Sciences & Associate Director of Library

Gabor Szalai, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Immunology

Jeremy Taulbee
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Responsibilities:

  1. The Faculty Grievance Committee is charged with handling any faculty grievances as may come before it, provided that such matters are not otherwise addressed by the policies and procedures of the College. They may conduct hearings and/or proceedings as the committee deems necessary.
  2. The Faculty Grievance Committee provides written recommendations to the Chief Academic Officer of the College regarding specific actions. The reasons for the decision, stated separately as to facts and conclusions, are a part of this recommendation.