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Advisory Committee on Academic Technology


The Advisory Committee for Academic Technology (ACAT) consults on the management of University-wide IT support of instructional and scholarly activities, from the perspective of a college or division, not individual users.  The committee meets monthly. 


  • The ACAT advises the Executive Technology Steering Committee on strategy, policy, tactics, and implementation of instructional and scholarly technologies that impact the Academic Affairs division. 
  • The committee maintains contacts with the Provost's Council, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Council of Chairs, Educational Resources Committee, Managers of Academic Resources (MARs), and the Administrative Councils of the Divisions and Colleges.  
  • At least once each academic year, the Provost coordinates with the chair of the Faculty Senate’s Academic Technology Committee (ATC) to convene a joint meeting of the ACAT with the ATC.  The ATC functions under the auspices of the Faculty Senate, and continues to convene with the membership and charge outlined by Faculty Senate policies and bylaws.  The ATC is charged to “make recommendations regarding University resources and policy that pertain to instructional and research technology, including computing and instructional media development and services.”  
  • The primary difference between the ACAT and ATC is procedural.   The ATC advises the Faculty Senate on policy as it relates to the faculty.  The ACAT advises the Executive Technology Steering Committee on strategy, policy, tactics, and implementation of technologies that impact the Academic Affairs division. 

Membership (appointed by ETSC annually in consultation with the Provost):

ACAT Members: FY 2017-2018

Yi LiProvost (chair)
Hilary BakerVice President for Information Technology
Daniel Hosken Dean
Rick CovingtonDepartment Chair
Deone ZellAVP Academic Technology
Diane StephensAVP, Academic Resources
Chris SalesChair of the Faculty Senate Academic Technology Committee (or a designee)
Wayne Smith Faculty member appointed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, in consultation with the Provost
Steven StepanekAdditional faculty member serving as a special guest in his role as Faculty Trustee and previous member of this committee
Christina HennesseyLibrary representative
VacantRepresentative from the Tseng College

Rolando Cabral
Student representative for Associated Students
Patrice WheelerVice President-appointed representative for Student Affairs
Kimon RethisVice President-appointed representative for Advancement
J.B. Wall College Technology Representative 
Kathryn Sharron
Representative from Universal Design Center

Note: The Library and the Tseng College of Extended Learning shall each have no more than one representative.

Meeting Schedule:


Committee Classification:

Advisory to ETSC.