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Academic Affairs


About Us

The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee (AACDC), formed in Summer 2011, has responsibility for division-wide diversity and climate initiatives in the Division of Academic Affairs. AACDC is composed of a steering committee and several standing and short term subcommittees. The steering committee consists of members that have been appointed by the academic affairs leadership team. For more information about the roles and terms of service of this group, see the membership guidelines. Together, these dedicated volunteers work on a variety of projects to implement the division’s Diversity Plan. If you have suggestions for projects that AACDC should consider or wish to participate in implementing efforts, please share your ideas or interest with any steering committee member.

The committee is currently co-chaired by Dr. Paulo Lima-Filho and Chelsea Gochnour.


Division Units

Vice Provost for Student Success

  • Office for Student Success
  • Math Learning Center
  • University Writing Center
  • Academic Success Center
  • Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) Coordination
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • Undergraduate Academic Advising

Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate and Professional School

  • Office of Graduate and Professional Studies

Associate Provost for Faculty Success & Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs

  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Office of Academic Innovation

Associate Vice President for Academic Effectiveness & Planning

  • SACSCOC Liaison
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Evaluation
  • Curricular Review Process
  • Academic Program Review

University Librarian

  • University Libraries

Steering Committee Roster

Name Term Length Department/Unit Title
John Bondurant 1 year

University Libraries

Assistant Librarian
Bradley Burroughs 1 year Office for Student Success Program Coordinator I
Kimmy Clough 2 years Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation Assistant Director
Emily Finbow 2 years LAUNCH Assistant Director, Honors Program
Bonnie Gardner 3 years University Libraries Associate Librarian
Chelsea Gochnour
3 years Academic Innovation Associate Director
Dustin Kemp 3 years LAUNCH Program Coordinator I, Honors Program
Aimee Lay 2 years Graduate & Professional School Senior Graduate Student Specialist I
Paulo Lima-Filho
2 years Math Learning Center Assistant Provost
Marimar Miguel 2 years Higher Education Center McAllen Assistant Director
Ginessa Payne 1 year Center for Teaching Excellence Senior Instructional Consultant
Jennifer Van Horn 1 year Academic Success Center Program Assistant
Jobin Varughese 1 year Academic Innovation Manager, Data Insights
Shannon Walton 1 year Graduate & Professional School Assistant Dean
Laura Widman 3 years University Writing Center Writing Consultant III
Alexia Williams 3 years Office for Student Success Program Assistant