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Academic Technology Committee



 Photo of Ashlee Sowards
Ashlee Sowards 

School of Dentistry



Name Primary Constituency Faculty Rank Role
Ashlee Sowards School of Dentistry Associate Professor Chair
Megan Leight College of Creative Arts Teaching Assistant Professor Member
Brian Dilcher School of Medicine Assistant Professor Member
Mark Fullen WVU Extension Professor Member
Marie Krause Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Associate Professor Member
Lee Pyles School of Medicine Associate Professor Member
Hailin Li Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Assistant Professor Member
Jane Rusescki Chambers College of Business and Economics Professor Member
Ralph Utzman School of Medicine Professor Member
Mohammad (MJ) Ahmad Chambers College of Business and Economics Teaching Assistant Professor Member
Brogan Dozier Student
Student Representative
Logan Pierce Student
Student Representative
Sucharitha Bachanna Information Technology Services Dir. for Systems Engagement Ex officio
Erin Kelley Teaching and Learning Commons Exec. Director of Learning Design and Transformation Ex officio
Erin Bunner Teaching and Learning Commons Dir. of Application and Web Support Ex officio
Megan Heady WVU Libraries Associate University Librarian Ex officio
Tracey Beckley Teaching and Learning Commons TLC Commons Ex officio

Committee Charge

The Faculty Senate Academic Technology Committee is charged with undertaking the following set of actions:

  • Advise the WVU Teaching and Learning Commons, Information Technology Services, and Libraries on evaluation, recommendation, discussion, and review of academic technology of any type that might be useful to WVU’s mission of teaching, research, and service.
  • As needed, report on best practices within higher education, and how WVU should pursue technologies or strategies to maximize the University’s missions.
  • Investigate and report on issues of third-party tools, including issues surrounding costs, integration into University systems, privacy/security, applicability to financial aid sources, vendor support of the tools, academic integrity, academic freedom, and student consistency.
  • Work with WVU’s Teaching and Learning Commons and WVU Student Government Association to seek feedback from the student body, as well as the faculty and/or staff, on the use and effectiveness of academic technology at the University.
  • Work with WVU academic technology stakeholders (including, but not limited to, ITS, Libraries, and TLC) to ensure that faculty are made aware of issues and opportunities surrounding such technology at West Virginia University.
  • Work with the Provost’s office, as well as University stakeholders, to seek a broad University policy on adoption, use, and availability of academic technology.
  • Address in a timely fashion other issues pertinent to the charge of the committee.