University Committees

The American University in Bulgaria relies on University committees for advice to key administrators on matters of policy. 

Academic Integrity Council

Mission: 

Reviews allegations of academic dishonesty, plagiarism, or other forms of academic misconduct, and makes recommendations to the President for suspension, dismissal, or other appropriate action for persons found responsible for sufficiently serious violations. 

Membership: Faculty: 3 (from different Departments); Staff: 1; Students: 3 

Chair: To be elected 

Faculty: 
Sean Homer
Georgi Kalchev
Magdalena Bernaciak 

Staff: 
Krasimir Spasov, Information Literacy Librarian  

Students:
Simona Mihaylova
Dimitar Lazarovski
Maria Vasileva

Academic Standing Committee

Mission:

Reviews the academic progress of students, determining whether students are maintaining good academic standing, and whether those whose performance falls below the levels articulated in University policies are subject to academic warning, probation, suspension or dismissal. The Committee will monitor the progress of those students on probation to determine whether the conditions of probation have been satisfied.

Membership: Faculty: 3,  Staff: 3

Chair: Robert White, Dean of Faculty

Faculty:
Hristo Iliev
Lynnette Leonard
Arthur Pantelides

Staff:
Maia Parmakova, Advising Center Coordinator
Tania Markova, Registrar
The Dean of Faculty as Chair holds the third staff seat.

Accreditation Committee

Mission:

Evaluates and interprets US, Bulgarian or any other appropriate accreditation criteria, assists in the process of gathering information and opinions from all university constituencies, assists departments in the process of writing and editing their program accreditation reports, oversees the writing and editing of the US accreditation self-study reports, and participates actively in the onsite visits of accreditation teams. Advises the Provost.

Membership: Faculty: 4 members

Chair: Emilia Zankina, Provost

Members:
Dean of Faculty
Dimitar Christozov
Diana Stancheva
Rositsa Gradeva
Orlin Stoytchev
Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Inst’l Research

US Accreditation
Bobby Phillips

The chairs of sub-committees is responsible for writing the narrative on each NEASC accreditation standard participate in the work of the Accreditation Committee during US accreditation cycles.

Admissions Committee

Mission:  

To review applications for the fall and spring semesters. In determining admission, consideration is given to many different indications of a student’s qualities and abilities: scholastic achievements, performance on standardized tests, extracurricular activities, personal experience and leadership potential. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on the strength of the application as a whole and makes initial recommendations for financial aid and merit-based awards. Committee deliberations are confidential.

Meets weekly especially in the second semester.

Membership: Faculty: 2,  Staff: 3

Chair: Boriana Shalyavska, Admissions Director

Staff:
Asya Alexandrova, ELI Director
Evgenia MacDonald, Assistant to the Dean of Faculty
The Admissions Director as Chair holds the third staff seat.

Faculty:
Sabina Wien
Jonathan Lyons

Commencement

Mission: 

Acts as a task force in the organization the Commencement ceremony and related Commencement events in May; coordinates between the different departments of the University engaged in the logistics of these events and the ceremony; facilitates and develops new ideas and practices to secure efficiency and safety of the organization of the Commencement weekend events. (The number of members to be confirmed, should be composed of members from Dining, Security, Facilities departments)

Chair: Radosveta Miltcheva 

Staff:
Rumyana Boshkilova
Maria Sotirova

Faculty:
Magdalena Bernaciak 

Additional Staff:
Martin Georgiev
Evgenia MacDonald
Olga Draganova
Viktor A Dimitrov
Ilko Vangelov
Atanas Urdev
Lydia Krise
Lyudmila Dzakova
Albena Kehayova

Forecasting and Budgeting

Mission:

Forecasts revenues and costs for the University and advises on the creation of the annual budget. The Committee advises the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Membership: Faculty: 2, Staff: 5, Students: 2

Chair: Alexander Alexandrov, CFO

Staff:
Emilia Zankina, Provost
Todor Kehayov, Residence Life Director
Mariya Handzhiyska, Erasmus & Financial Assistant
Dimo Kolchev, Operations Director
The Chair holds the fifth staff position.

Faculty:
Petar Dalakov
Nedyalko Delchev

Students:
Fabio Rucaj
Mikheil Parunov

Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service

Mission: 

Solicits nominations for honorary degrees and distinguished service awards from the University community, reviews nominations, and makes recommendations to the President for candidates for conferral of the AUBG Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards. 

Membership: Faculty: 2; Staff: 4

Chair: Emilia Zankina, Provost 

Faculty:
Vladimir Levchev
Lyubomir Terziev  

Staff:
Yana Simeonova, Executive Assistant to the President and Clerk to the Board of Trustees
Albena Kehayova, Director of Communications and Marketing
Irena Macheva, Director of Development
The Provost as Chair holds the fourth staff seat

Human Subjects Review

Mission: 

Guarantees the observance of ethical standards and legal responsibilities in conducting off- or on-campus surveys by faculty, staff, and students. 

Membership: Faculty: 3; Staff: 2. 

Chair: Vladimir Elezov, Institutional Research Coordinator

Faculty:
Mark Leonard
Rossen Petkov
Lynnette Leonard  

Staff:
Lydia Krise, Dean of Students
The Institutional Research officer as Chair holds the second staff seat

Scholarship

Mission: 

Conducts the selection process and chooses the recipients of named scholarships, funded by private individuals, corporations and foundations. Awards are given when available and are directed towards students’ tuition.

Membership:
Faculty: 3,  Staff: 4

Chair: Irena Macheva, Director of Development

Faculty:
Ali Termos
Lucia Lopez Vazquez
Laura Kelly

Staff:
Kristina Doneva, Financial Aid Coordinator
Dimana Doneva, Senior Editor and Marketing Content Specialist
Borislav Tyulekov, Database and Reporting Senior Coordinator
Chair holds the forth position

Sexual Harassment Hearing Panel

Mission: 

Hears complaints and makes recommendations to the HR Director. Members of this committee must undergo mandatory training on the subject matters addressed by the committee. 

Membership: The number of members to be confirmed 

Chair: To be elected 

Faculty:
Laura Kelly
Ivelin Sardamov  

Staff:
Senem Konedareva, Health and Safety and Health Education Coordinator
Maia Parmakova, Advising Center Coordinator

Students:
Ainagul Aitbayeva
Milostina Krasteva

Student Conduct

Mission: 

Reviews non-academic grievances against students, student clubs or other student entities, cases of student violence and other matters in which students are alleged to have broken housing policies, student conduct policies, technology policies, general ethic codes or other internal University regulations. The Committee makes recommendations to the President. 

Membership: Faculty: 3; Staff: 2; Students: 3

Chair: Pierangelo Castagneto 

Faculty:
Laura Kelly
Ilya Levine
Chair holds the third position
Ivelin Sardamov (alternate)  

Staff:
Todor Kehayov, Residence Life Director
Evgenia MacDonald, Assistant to the Dean of Faculty

Students:
Aila Baizhmartova
Elsa Kelmendi
Xhonatan Cela

Student Outcomes Assessment

Mission: 

Requests, gathers, reviews and evaluates data on the outcomes from the overall academic, co- and extracurricular experience of the AUBG students. As a result of research findings, makes recommendations for improvement in the academic and residential life programs to the Provost.

Membership:
Faculty: 2; Staff: 3; Students: 2

Chair: Emilia Zankina, Provost

Faculty:
John Galletly
Senem Konedareva, Health and Safety and Health Education Coordinator

Staff:
Lydia Krise, Dean of Students
Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Inst’l Research
The Provost as Chair holds the third seat.

Students:
Klea Hassanbeliu
Erga Skenda

Student Services

Mission:
Advises the Dean of Students regarding non-curricular student activities and issues. Administers the annual Student Travel Fund. Selects participants in study abroad programs.

Recommends the Student Commencement Speaker to the President. 

Recommends the Presidential Medalist to the President.

Meets every two weeks.

Membership:
Faculty: 3; Staff: 3; Students: 3

Chair: Lydia Krise, Dean of Students

Faculty:
William Clark
Petar Dalakov
Nedyalko Delchev

Staff:
Martin Georgiev, Communications Development Specialist
Toshka Borisova, Head Librarian
The Dean of Students as Chair holds the third seat.

Students:
Klea Hassabeliu
Dimitrina Pashova
Kristina Uzunova

Meets every two weeks.

Staff Development and Policies

Mission:

Facilitates the development of staff and managers through recommendations for training programs, individual development plans, and improvements in the annual evaluation process consistent with the goals for development of the institution. The committee prepares guidelines and reviews applications for professional development support and makes recommendations to the Provost.

Membership: Staff: 5

Chair:
Elena Bardarova, HR Partner 

Staff:
Ilko Drenkov, Residence Hall Director (Skaptopara II)
Yulia Pechanova, Provost’s Assistant
Gergana Atanasova, Panitza Library
Nadezhda Boboshevska, Development Office
The Chair holds the fifth staff seat

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