Faculty Governance 



The faculty members of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine have certain responsibilities and privileges that operate through the system known as faculty governance. The philosophy and regulations on which faculty governance is based are in compliance with the standards set forth by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education and are described in the Constitution of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. The Bylaws of the Faculty are intended to supplement the Constitution.

The OUWB Faculty Handbook is written to orient members of the OUWB faculty to the school's mission, vision, values and goals, its administrative structure, organization, policies and procedures.

For more information, please contact medfacaffairs@oakland.edu.

OUWB Committees

For charges of the committees, please refer to the bylaws.

Executive Committee
  • Committee Chair: Vaishali Pansare, M.D., Department of Pathology

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Dean OUWB School of Medicine
Committee on Committees
  • Committee Chair: Douglas Gould, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Dean of OUWB School of Medicine
Committee for Admissions
  • Committee Chair: Rebecca Pratt, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Robert Noiva, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
  • Daniel Kallenberger, M.S., Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Services
Curriculum Committee
  • Committee Chair: Virginia Uhley, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex-Officio Member:

  • David Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
Student Performance Review Committee (SPRC)
  • Committee Chair: James Grogan, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical  Studies

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Robert McAuley, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Educational Information Technology
Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure (CAPT)
  • Committee Chair: J. Michael Wiater, M.D., Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ex-Officio Member:

  • Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Committee on Research
  • Committee Chair: Matthew Simms, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Richard Kennedy, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research
  • David Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
Committee on Faculty Recognition
  • Committee Chair: Jickssa Gemechu, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Committee on Student Awards
  • Committee Chair: Sarah Lerchenfeldt, Pharm.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex-Officio Member:

  • Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs & Career Development
Committee on Admissions Recruitment Scholarship
  • Committee Chair: Stefanie Attardi, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex Officio Member:

  • Robert Noiva, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
Committee on Continuum of Medical Education
  • Committee Chair: Jeffrey Devries. M.D., Department of Pediatrics

Ex Officio Member:

  • David Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
Scholarship Committee
  • Committee Chair: Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D., Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Ex Officio Members:

  • Stephen Collard, CMA, Vice Dean for Business & Administration
  • Robert Noiva, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
  • Claus Weisman, Senior Director of Development 
Faculty Due Process Committee
  • Committee Chair: James Grogan, Ph.D., Department ofFoundational Medical Studies

Ex Officio Members:

  • Deirdre Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Faculty Assembly

Responsibilities of the School of Medicine Faculty Assembly

The Faculty Assembly of the School of Medicine shall: 

  1. Advise the Dean in all matters the Dean wishes to bring before it. 
  2. Initiate proposals on all matters relevant to the general welfare of the School of Medicine. 
  3. Vote to approve or not approve recommendations presented to it. 
  4. Be consulted on all matters of academic importance to the School of Medicine. 
  5. Take such actions as are necessary to exercise responsibilities stated elsewhere in this Constitution. 
  6. Receive reports from the Dean and all standing and ad-hoc committees. 
  7. Facilitate faculty objectives in regards to instruction, research, and service programs for which the faculty of the School of Medicine is responsible.

Faculty Assembly Leadership

SawarynskiPresident: Kara Sawarynski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Foundational Medical Studies
Embark Program Co-Director
Sandor ShoichetVice President: Sandor Shoichet, M.D., FACP
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
AttardiSecretary: Stefanie Attardi, Ph.D.
Secretary, Faculty Assembly
Assistant Professor
Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Save the Date

Spring 2022 Faculty Assembly 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
6–7:30 p.m.
(Meeting format to be determined)

Clinical faculty will receive 0.5 Meaningful Participation Program (MPP) service credits for attending a Faculty Assembly meeting.