ASB Committees as of August 2016

Committee on Human Diversity – The Committee on Human Diversity shall promote career opportunities in the biological sciences for women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities and implement programs to eliminate barriers that restrict the access of underrepresented groups to biological careers. The committee shall consist of three members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Chair in the third year.

  • Jay Bolin – (jfbolin@catawba.edu) (Co-Chair 2016-2017)
    Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
  • Loretta Adoghe – (ovuerayeo@mybrcc.edu) (Co-Chair 2016-2018)
    Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Alfredo Leon – (aleon6@mdc.edu) (Co-Chair 2017-2019)
    Miami Dade College, North Campus, Miami, FL
  • Valarie Burnett – (valarie.burnett@newberry.edu)
    Newberry College, Newberry, SC
  • Veronica Sergarra – (vsegarra@highpoint.edu)
    High Point University, High Point, NC
  • Jeffrey Thomas – (thomasj@queens.edu)
    Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • Baohong Zhang – (zhangb@ecu.edu)
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Conservation CommitteeThe Conservation Committee shall accumulate facts about environmental issues; shall, where it deems appropriate, disseminate such information to the membership; and shall bring resolutions addressing issues of significance to the Executive Committee for presentation to the membership through the Resolutions Committee. The committee shall consist of three members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Chair in the third year.

  • Mike Gangloff (gangloffmm@appstate.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Johnny Randall (jrandall@email.unc.edu) – (Chair 2017-2018)
    North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Kim Hays (khays@daltonstate.edu) – (Chair 2018-2019)
    Dalton State College, Dalton, GA

Education Committee – The Education Committee shall explore ways and means by which the Association might contribute to improved biological education at all levels. Where feasible, the committee shall organize symposia and workshops for the Annual Meeting designed to acquaint the membership with new pedagogy and critical issues in biological education. The committee shall consist of six members appointed for terms of 3 years, with two members appointed annually and serving as Co-Chairs in the third year.

  • Holly Boettger-Tong (hboettger-tong@wesleyancollege.edu) – (Chair 206-2017)
    Wesleyan College, Macon, GA
  • Stephen C. Richter (stephen.richter@eku.edu)
    Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
  • Bruce Kirchoff (kirchoff@uncg.edu)
    University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC
  • Chris Havran (havran@campbell.edu) – EC Liason
    Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Finance Committee – The Finance Committee shall review the finances of the Association, prepare budget projections for future years, and recommend actions regarding dues structure and other financial matters to the Executive Committee. The committee shall consist of the ASB Treasurer (Chair), Past President, President-Elect (or VP), and a member of the Executive Committee.

  • Tracy Deem – ASB Associate Treasurer (tdeem@bridgewater.edu) – Chair
    Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA
  • Ed Lickey –ASB Treasurer (elickey@bridgewater.edu)
    Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA
  • Zack Murrell – Past President (murrellze@appstate.edu)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Ashley Morris – ASB President-Elect (ashley.morris@mtsu.edu)
  • Bill Ensign – ASB Vice President (bensign@kennesaw.edu)
    Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Chris Gissendanner – EC liaison (gissendanner@ulm.edu)
    University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, LA

Graduate Student Support Award Committee – The Graduate Student Support Award Committee shall make monetary awards to assist graduate students to attend the Annual Meetings of ASB. The committee shall consist of three members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Chair in the third year.

  • Beverly Collins (collinsb@email.wcu.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Matt Estep (estepmc@appstate.edu) – (Chair 2017-2018)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Jonas King (Jonas.king@mstate.edu) – (Chair 2018-2019)
    Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

John Herr Lifetime Achievement Award Committee – This prestigious award recognizes unusually significant contributions by its members to the life of the Association and to Biology in the Southeastern US.

  • Tom Wentworth (tom_wentworth@ncsu.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Former President, ASB
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Pat Cox (pcox@utk.edu) – (Chair 2017-2018)
    Former President, ASB
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Annual Meeting Arrangements Committee The Annual Meeting Arrangement Committee shall assist the Meetings Coordinator in meeting audiovisual needs, arranging field trips, and managing the silent auction. The committee shall consist of the Meetings Coordinator as permanent chair, two members from the host institution, and three members appointed by the President for terms of 3 years, with one member appointed or reappointed annually.

2017 Meeting – Montgomery, AL:

  • Joey Shaw – ASB President (joey-shaw@utc.edu) – (Co-Chair)
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Ashley Morris – ASB President-Elect (ashley.morris@mtsu.edu) – (Co-Chair)
    Middle Tennessee State University
  • Bill Ensign – ASB Vice President (bensign@kennesaw.edu)
    Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Peggy Kovach – EC liaison (margaret-kovach@utc.edu)
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Ricky Fiorillo – EC liaison (rfiorill@ggc.edu)
    Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA

2018 Meeting – TBD:

  • Ashley Morris – ASB President (ashley.morris@mtsu.edu) – (Co-Chair)
    Middle Tennessee State University
  • Joey Shaw – ASB Past President (joey-shaw@utc.edu) – (Co-Chair)
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • ASB Vice President 2017-2018 (to be elected)
  • Emily Gillespie – EC liaison (gillespiee@marshall.edu)
    Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • Dawn Wilkins – EC liaison (hwilkins@utm.edu)
    University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN

2019 Meeting – TBD:

  • Ashley Morris – ASB President (ashley.morris@mtsu.edu) – (Co-Chair)
    Middle Tennessee State University
  • President-Elect 2018-2019 (to be elected) – (Co-Chair)
  • ASB Vice President 2018-2019 (to be elected)
  • Chris Havran – EC liaison (havran@campbell.edu)
    Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
  • Chris Gissendanner – EC liaison (gissendanner@ulm.edu)
    University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, LA

Meritorious Teaching Award Committee – The Meritorious Teaching Award Committee may each year select for the award a member of the Association who has taught biology for at least ten years in any college or university represented in the Association and has been a member of the Association for at least ten years. The committee shall consist of three members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Chair in the third year.

  • Jennell Talley (jtalley@ggc.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Bill Ensign (bensign@kennesaw.edu) – (Chair 2017-2018)
    Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Claudia Jolls – Chair (jollsc@ecu.edu) – (Chair 2018-2019)
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Nominating Committee – The Nominating Committee shall, with due consideration of suggestions received from the membership, prepare a multiple slate of nominees for each office to be filled. The committee shall consist of three members, one of whom is a recent past president who shall serve as the Chair.

  • Zack Murrell – Chair  (murrellze@appstate.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Ray Williams (willmsrs@appstate.edu)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Chris Havran (havran@campbell.edu)
    Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Past President’s Council – The Past Presidents’ Council, composed of the Past Presidents attending the Annual Meeting with the current Past President serving as Chair, shall review and discuss major issues under consideration by the Executive Committee and, where appropriate, shall share its consensus view with the Executive Committee on the resolution of these issues.

  • Zack Murrell – (murrellze@appstate.edu) – (Chair 2015-2017)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

ASB Poster and Presentation Awards Committee – The Poster Awards Committee may each year select a recipient of the Association Poster Award for the meritorious presentation of original research by members at the Annual Meeting. The committee shall consist of six members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Co-Chairs in the third year. One poster award and one presentation award will be given out for each of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Aquatic Biology, Animal Biology, and Microbiology.

  • Emily Gillespie (gillespiee@marshall.edu) Chair – 2016-2017
    Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • David K. Giles (david-giles@utc.edu) Co-Chair – 2017-2018
    University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Mark Schorr (mark-schorr@utc.edu) Co-Chair – 2017-2018 
    University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • Andrew Coleman (andycoleman@birminghamaudubon.org) 
    Birmingham Audubon Society, Birmingham, AL
  • Christine May (maycl@jmu.edu)
    James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Gary Morris (gary.morris@glenville.edu)
    Glenville State College, Glenville, WV

ASB and Affiliate Awards Coordinating Committee – This committee shall coordinate the reporting of all final judging decisions across awards offered by the Association and its Affiliates at the annual meeting.

  • Emily Gillespie (gillespiee@marshall.edu) Chair – 2016-2017
    Association of Southeastern Biologists
    Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • Johnny Randall (jrandall@email.unc.edu)
    North Carolina Botanic Garden
  • Charlie Horn (charles.horn@newberry.edu)
    Southern Appalachian Botanical Society
    Newberry College, Newberry, SC
  • Malia Fincher (rmfinche@samford.edu)
    Southeastern Section of the Ecological Society of America
    Samford University, Birmingham, AL
  • Chris Havran (havran@campbell.edu)
    Southeastern Section of the Botanical Society of America
    Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Publications Committee – The Publications Committee shall provide oversight of the Association’s publications, consider requests for special publication activities, and recommend any alteration of publication policy to the Executive Committee for approval and subsequent approval by the membership. The committee shall consist of three of the Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee and the Editor (ex officio).

  • Riccardo Fiorillo (rfiorill@ggc.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Georgia Gwinnet College, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Emily Gillespie (gillespiee@marshall.edu)
    Marshall University, Huntington, WV – (Chair 2017-2018)
  • Chris Havran (havran@campbell.edu)- (Chair 2018-2019)
    Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC
  • Jim Caponetti – Ex-Officio, Print Editor (jcaponet@utk.edu)
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Ashley B. Morris – Ex-Officio, Web Editor (ashley.morris@mtsu.edu)
    Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Resolutions Committee – The Resolutions Committee shall formulate and, with approval of the Executive Committee, present to the membership such resolutions as may be considered worthy of action by the Association. The committee shall be served by the Past President as Chair and two additional members with terms of 1 year.

Senior Research Award Committee – The Senior Research Awards Committee may each year select a recipient of the Association Senior Research Prize for the meritorious presentation of original research by a member (student members excluded) at the Annual Meeting. The committee shall consist of three members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Chair in the third year.

  • Matt Heard (matthew.heard@belmont.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017) 
    Belmont Univeristy, Nashville, TN
  • Jennifer Mandel (jmandel@memphis.edu) – (Chair 2017-2018)
    University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Steven Price (steven.price@uky.edu) – (Chair 2018-2019)
    University of Kentucky

Student Research Award Committee – The Student Research Awards Committee may each year select the recipients of the Association Student Research Prizes for the meritorious presentation of original research by a student member at the Annual Meeting. The committee shall consist of three members appointed for terms of 3 years, with a member appointed annually and serving as Chair in the third year.

  • Chris Gissendanner (gissendanner@ulm.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA
  • John Quinn (john.quinn@furman.edu)
    Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • Jennifer Hancock (jhancock@marybaldwin.edu)
    Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA

Ad hoc Program Committee – The ad hoc Program Committee shall collate the abstracts and develop the Program for the current year’s meeting. The committee shall consist of the three (3) members appointed for terms of three (3) years, with one a member appointed annually unless the committee decides to stay together.

  • Howie Neufeld – Co-chair (neufeldhs@appstate.edu)
    Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Riccardo Fiorillo – Co-chair (rfiorill@ggc.edu)
    Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Christopher Brown (cbrown37@ggc.edu)
    Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA

Ad hoc Exhibitors Committee – To develop pricing and advertising strategy to attract exhibitors and potential employers to the exhibit hall.

  • Ashley Morris (ashley.morris@mtsu.edu) – (Chair 2016-2017)
    Middle Tennessee State University
  • Dawn Wilkins (hwilkins@utm.edu) – (Chair 2017-2018)
    University of Tennessee Martin, Martin, TN
  • Tom Blanchard (tblanch@utm.edu) – (Chair 2018-2019)
    University of Tennessee Martin, Martin, TN
  • Sharryse Henderson (shenders@highlands.edu)
    Georgia Highlands College, Cartersville, GA