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Advisory Council

An advisory council comprising faculty and students advises the CLACS director. The Advisory Council consists of 7 core faculty members, one undergraduate student, and one graduate student representative.


The Advisory Council includes designated seats for the College of Arts and Letters, Social Science and Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as one seat for a representative of MSU's professional colleges. Three at-large faculty seats provide for broader representation beyond the 4 designated seats.  

Student representatives serve one-year terms. Faculty serve two-year terms that are staggered to provide continuity from year to year. Terms begin in January and run on calendar years.  

2018 Advisory Council Members

Kristine Byron, Associate Professor (byronk(at)msu.edu), Romance and Classical Studies, College of Arts and Letters,

Ed Murphy, Associate Professor (murph367(at)msu.edu), History, College of Social Science,

Maria Claudia Lopez, Assistant Professor (mlopez(at)msu.edu), Community Sustainability, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources,

Bruno Takahashi, Assistant Professor (btakahas(at)msu.edu), Journalism, CCAS, Professional Colleges/Schools,

David Mota-Sanchez, Assistant Professor (motasanc(at)msu.edu), Entomology, CANR, At-Large Rep. # 1

Mary Jo Zeter, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bibliographer (zeter(at)msu.edu), MSU Libraries, At-Large Rep. #2, 

Cristina Schmitt, Associate Professor  (schmit12(at)msu.edu), Linguistics, CAL, At-large Rep. #3,