Syllabus Subcommittee

Composition & Tenure

  • Four faculty, all of whom are actively involved in teaching courses, selected with representation from the various areas of the University in mind, and with at least three geographic regions (and Global) represented. Faculty will serve for three years and can renew for another three year term (F). One undergraduate student with one-year terms (renewable). (U)

Representatives of particular committees or offices (one person may serve in multiple capacities):

  • Two representatives from Catalog Sub-committee
  • One representative from Academic Affairs Committee
  • One representative from Graduate Studies Committee
  • One representative from the Professional Health Committee
  • One representative from the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning
  • One representative from the University Common Requirements committee
  • One representative from Information Technology
  • One representative from Student Affairs; Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, or designee (ex-officio)


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The Syllabus Committee serves as the primary gateway for syllabus related matters for Washington State University.  The committee will work to increase the clarity and functionality of our syllabus system.


  • Develops, reviews, and appraises syllabus guidelines and policies of Washington State University.
  • Makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate committees concerning syllabus guidelines and policies, including required and recommended elements.
  • Receives, reviews, and acts upon policy recommendations of the Faculty Senate’s permanent subcommittees, serving as the syllabus guideline implementation committee for Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, and Professional Health.
  • Maintains a web-based resource for faculty that provides approved guidelines, templates, policies, and evidence-based best practices for syllabus creation and maintenance.

Additional notes

  • The chair is elected by the committee and serves a three year term.  Chairs may have their position renewed for a second term.
  • The vice-chair is elected by the committee and becomes the chair if the previous chair resigns before their term is done.  Vice-chairs who rise to chair would finish out the term of the previous chair.  Vice-chairs serve two year terms.
  • Permanent Subcommittees: Required & Recommended Elements, Best Practices, New Elements, Student Messaging, Learning Outcomes and Assessment.
  • Whenever possible, at least one non-ex officio member of the Syllabus Committee shall serve on each of the permanent subcommittees.
  • Reports to: Faculty Senate, through the Faculty Steering Committee, and to the university president, through the provost.
  • Annual Update: The committee will provide an annual update to Academic Affairs by May 15 of each academic year.
  • Support: The committee will receive administrative support provided by Faculty Senate Steering and webpage design and maintenance support provided by Information Technology.
Name Rank Constituency Location Start Term End Term
Committee Chair, Krista Nishida (F) Assistant Professor Chemistry, CAS Pullman 2020 2023
Gina Cronrath (F)Associate Clinical Professor Nursing, CoNTri-Cities 20222025
Elizabeth Siler (F)Assistant Professor English / ESL, CAS Pullman 20222025
Tom Tripp (F)Professor Business Management, CCBVancouver 20192025
Student Representative
Anusha Bose Undergraduate Student CAS Pullman 2023 2024
Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members
Allan Felsot Professor Viticulture & Enology, CAHNRS Tri-Cities Catalog Subcommittee Representative Catalog Subcommittee Representative
Tammy Crawford Associate Professor Sports Management, CoE Pullman Catalog Subcommittee RepresentativeCatalog Subcommittee Representative
Becky Bitter Registrar Secretary Designee Office of the Registrar Pullman Academic Affairs Committee RepresentativeAcademic Affairs Committee Representative
Gary Wayman Professor Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience, CVMPullman Graduate Studies Committee RepresentativeGraduate Studies Committee Representative
Kathryn MeierProfessor Pharmaceutical Sciences, CoPPSSpokane Professional Health Sciences Representative Professional Health Sciences Representative
Kimberly Green Director Smith Cntr. for Undergraduate Ed. Pullman Office of Assessment RepresentativeOffice of Assessment Representative
Darren Yocum Executive Director, ITSEnterpirse Systems Group Pullman IT Representative IT Representative
Vacant Student Affairs Ex-Officio Student Affairs Ex-Officio
Bill Davis Interim Vice Provost Office of the Provost Pullman Vice Provost for Academic Engagement & Strategic Achievement Rep.Vice Provost for Academic Engagement & Strategic Achievement Rep.
Matt Hudelson Associate Professor Mathematics & Statistics, CAS Pullman Faculty Senate Liaison Faculty Senate Liaison
Michael Sugerman Vice Chancellor Academic Outreach & Innovation Pullman Global Campus Ex-Officio Global Campus Ex-Officio
Holly Ashkannejhad Director Compliance & Risk Management Pullman CCR Ex-Officio CCR Ex-Officio
Amy Sharp Director Women*s Center Pullman Women*s Center Ex-Officio Women*s Center Ex-Officio
PendingUndergraduate Student ----Undergraduate Student RepresentativeUndergraduate Student Representative
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