Promotion and Tenure Committee
The Promotion and Tenure (P&T) Committee is the most important committee of the department. The role of the committee is to: assess progress of each faculty member toward tenure, promotion, or both. The promotion and tenure committee consists of all professors with majority appointment in PES, without exception. The chair of the committee shall serve for up to two and one-half years to align with the promotion and tenure cycle. The outgoing Chair will complete the cycle for portfolios submitted the prior year, as well as any other unfinished business. The Chair, in consultation with the Department Head and faculty individual, will assign a member of the senior faculty to mentor each untenured professor. The P&T committee shall review packets submitted by Assistant Professors annually and submit recommendations concerning the renewal of annual contracts to the Dept. Head. The P&T committee will provide a review and comments to Assistant and Associate Professors who submit their packets for Spring review. Special attention will be provided to ensure adherence to college and university formatting and organizational guidelines. Decisions of this committee are made in compliance with Departmental, College, and University guidelines and policy.
- Jinfa Zhang, Chair
- Members All majority appointed PES Professors
The Curriculum Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the department on course and curriculum proposals and revisions in the major and minor academic programs in the department. The Curriculum Committee can appoint subcommittees to discuss Agronomy, Genetics, Horticulture, Soil, Turf, and Environmental Science programs. The chair of the committee serves on the College Curriculum Committee. All new courses, course changes (description, credit, prerequisite, etc.), and course deletions are approved by the Curriculum Committee and then the Associate Dean's Academic Council, prior to being placed in the catalog or in the Schedule of Classes. Where appropriate the committee chairs should interact with college and university committees that have similar charges. This committee will also assume the duties of the Outcomes Assessment Committee.
- April Ulery (Chair)
- Members : Colby Brungard, Chris Cramer, Rachel Gioannini, Kulbhushan Grover, Michelle Hammitt, Omar Holguin, Dennis Lozada, Jinfa Zhang
Graduate Studies Committee
The Graduate Studies Committee provides oversight for the graduate program and is responsible for recruitment of graduate students. It solicits nominations for teaching assistantships (TAs), and recommends assignment of TAs to classes and labs to the Department Head for review and approval. The committee will periodically review the Department’s graduate admission policies and procedures. It is also responsible for reviewing and encouraging normal progress of graduate students. Normal progress refers to timely completion of graduate exams and submission and completion of programs of study. It also helps to ensure consistency of procedure/policy/standards across doctoral committees, especially with regard to the conduct of Comprehensive Examinations. It reviews annual submissions to the Graduate Catalogue and, when needed, recommends graduate curriculum revisions. This committee may be called upon to review requests for reassignment of graduate advisors submitted by either faculty or graduate students, and to base its recommendations to the Department Head on pre-established policy. The Chair will send out an email on or about 15th October and 15th April to solicit the faculty regarding need for teaching assistantships to support course and lab offerings and graduate student teaching opportunities. The committee will solicit nominations for, and recommend, graduate students for the PES Outstanding Graduate Paper, and PES Teaching Assistantship Awards. Where appropriate, the committee chair should interact with college and university committees that have similar charges.
- Ian Ray (Chair)
- Members : Sangu Angadi, Chris Cramer, Koffi Djaman, Rajan Ghimire, Ivette Guzman, Niall Hanan, Manoj Shukla, Nick Webb
Undergraduate Student Recruitment and Retention Committee
This body makes recommendations to the Department on recruiting activities, including dissemination of information to prospective students. It also recommends means of promoting academic progress. Members of this body are called upon to participate in and assist with coordination of New Student Orientations in cooperation with main office personnel. They also host school counselors.
- K.C. Carroll (Chair)
- Members : Owen Burney, Koffi Djaman (northwest), Murali Durapuneni, Rajan Ghimire, Rachel Gioannini, Sabine Green, Steve Guldan (north central), Jackie Jarvis, Nicole Pietrasiak, Naveen Puppala (northeast), Caitriana Steele, Blair Stringam, Marisa Thompson, Shengrui Yao
The Department Scholarship Committee awards numerous departmental scholarships, as well as college scholarships, to students each year. Committee awards scholarships to students based upon the selection criteria established for each scholarship. It also coordinates the scholarship application process and works with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs to ensure that students have fair access to College and University scholarship programs. The scholarship committee will change membership in a manner that ensures faculty will consistently be able to evaluate and identify the most qualified students.
- April Ulery (Chair)
- Members : Colby Brungard, Murali Darapuneni, Rachel Gioannini, Kulbhushan Grover, Nicole Pietrasiak, Blair Stringam, Jinfa Zhang,
The role of this committee is to strongly promote safe working environments for employees and students. All laboratory space under department management must have representation on this committee. Committee meetings are held periodically to review safety standards and procedures established by governmental agencies and the University Safety Officer. This committee encourages safety compliance by information sharing, by calling attention to items of potential risk, and by recommending procedures to reduce or eliminate risk. A departmental faculty member serving as laboratory Safety Liaison meets with the Committee and reports its progress and concerns to departmental faculty. The Chair meets with the Department Head to discuss Committee progress and administrative assistance that may be needed to address items of concern. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has the authority in matters related to fire safety and emergencies such as fire, medical, hazardous material, confined space rescue including providing emergency medical services at special events.
- Jackie Jarvis (Chair)
- Omar Holguin (Lab Safety Liaison)
- Members : Lab representatives from Skeen Hall and Gerald Thomas Hall.
The Awards Committee is tasked with developing the nominating packets for the departmental Faculty and Staff awards, and awards outside the department. These include but are not limited to: the ACES awards, University teaching, research, and service awards (Ft. Bliss, Burlington Northern, Christmore, Westhafer), NACTA Teaching, STAR awards, and Fellows in the professional societies. The Department Head, as an ad hoc member of the committee, may provide information and write supporting letter(s) of recommendation where appropriate. The Faculty/Staff award consists of a plaque recognizing extraordinary effort in a particular area, and a gift certificate. Students will nominate worthy candidates at the end of each semester. Previous award recipients, and other interested faculty, should be willing to serve on the committee and play a leadership role in nominating and supporting new nominations. The awards committee chair will maintain a list of possible candidates for awards and record the successful and unsuccessful nominations for the benefit of the incoming Chair.
- Shengrui Yao (Chair)
- Members : Koffi Djaman, Brandon Edwards, Rajan Ghimire, Ivette Guzman, Kevin Lombard, Geno Picchioni, Nicole Pietrasiak, Jinfa Zhang
Student Assessment Committee
The Student Assessment Committee conducts, reviews, recommends and responds to assessment of student learning related items. The primary role is to develop, conduct, analyze and report assessment activities for the annual academic departmental assessment (ADA) cycle. Reporting will be directed to the Office of Assessment, ACES Academic Dean, PES Department Head, and PES faculty through regular faculty meetings. The chair of the committee serves on the ACES Student Assessment Committee. The committee chair should interact with college and university committees that have similar charges.
- Ryan Goss (Chair)
- Members : Colby Brungard, Rachel Gioannini, Kulbhushan Grover, Kevin Lombard, Manoj Shukla, April Ulery
Subject to change on an annual basis per faculty request and needs of the department. Requests for reassignment should be submitted in a timely fashion to allow time to select a suitable replacement.
Environmental Science Student Organization (ESSO) -Advisor, April Ulery, Blair Stringam
HortForum Student Organization: Advisors -Geno Picchioni and Rachel Gioannini
Floral Judging Team -Advisor, Sabine Green
NMSU Turf Club -Advisor, Ryan Goss
Graduate Student Organization(GSO) -Advisor, Ivette Guzman
Faculty Senate -Elected College Representative; Richard Pratt
MOLB Admission Committee -Jinfa Zhang, Nicole Pietrasiak
Plant and Environmental Sciences Endowments -Rolston St. Hilaire
NM Chile Conference -Stephanie Walker, Chair
Plant Variety Release Committee -Stephanie Walker (Chair), Chris Cramer, Ian Ray, Rich Pratt, Jinfa Zhang, Rolston St. Hilaire, Naveen Puppala, Shengrui Yao, Dennis Lozada
Greenhouse Committee -Geno Picchioni (Chair), Jose Ortega, Ivette Guzman, Rebecca Creamer, Patty Havstad, Derrik Wootton
Water Resources Management Degree Advisory Committee -KC Carroll
ACES P&T Committee, PES representative -Niall Hanan
Central Advising Liaison -April Ulery, Kulbhushan Grover
Library Liaison -Richard Pratt
Chemical Hygiene Officer -Les Boyse
Campus Ag Lands committee -Chris Cramer
NMSU Water Initiative Committee -KC Carroll
ACES Global Initiatives -Manoj Shukla