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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: Mission Effectiveness Team

Mission Effectiveness Team

The Mission Effectiveness Team develops ongoing education and promotion of mission fulfillment, coordinates awards to recognize those who foster the mission, and consistently seeks ideas from other similarly situated universities to promote even further the development of mission at Detroit Mercy.

Mission Effectiveness Team Structure

Nine-member team which reports to the Provost/VPAA and through that office to other bodies as appropriate includes:

  • one representative from University Ministry
  • one representative from the Sisters of Mercy affiliated with the University
  • one representative from the Society of Jesus affiliated with the University
  • two faculty representatives elected by the McNichols campus faculty
  • one staff representative
  • one Corktown campus representative
  • one Riverfront campus representative
  • one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members


Procedures for Mission Awards

Mission Effectiveness Team Minutes

Mission Effectiveness Team Roster

University Ministry
Erin McDonald (term expires 8/22)

Sisters of Mercy
Renee Kettering (term expires 8/23)

Society of Jesus
Si Hendry, SJ (term expires 8/22)

McNichols Faculty
Prasad Venugopal, CES (term expires 8/22)
Sr. Linda Thiel, CHP (term expires 8/23) - Co-Chair

Carmen Gamlin (term expires 8/23)

Christina Van Dam (term expires 8/23)

Jessica Rouser (term expires 8/22) - Secretary

MFA Representative
Karen Mihelich (term expires 8/22) - Co-Chair

Invited Participants
Holly Kerstner, Associate Athletic Director for Student Services (term expires 8/22)
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Office of Mission Integration (term expires 8/22)*
Lilymae Swan, Director, International Services Office (term expires 8/22)


*Served two terms, ineligible for a third term.

Committee and Team Roles and Responsibilities

Mission Effectiveness Team Charges

       2021-2022 Mission Effectiveness Team Charges

1. Continue to reflect on the effectiveness of the University's mission statement, vision and proposed guiding values and when appropriate, resubmit for review by the President’s Cabinet for consideration.
2. Continue to work in collaboration with the Assistant to the President for Mission Integration to develop and raise mission-related issues suggested by Team members or forwarded to the Team for consideration.
3. Continue to work with the Office of the President on refining the administrative and selection process for the Mission Awards.
4. Meet with the Provost/VPAA address specific questions raised in the Team’s 2020-2021 Annual Report.

2021-2022 Standing Charges for All Committees and Teams

  1. Review the preliminary charges for 2021-2022 and contact Provost/VPAA  with any additional Committee/Team goals for the 2021-2022 year.
  2. Review the Roles and Responsibilities for MFA Committees and University Teams.
  3. Review the University of Detroit Mercy 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
  4. Review the Shared Governance webpage to determine information provided for the specific Team or Committee is accurate.
  5. Keep the University community informed of Committee/Team activities by providing mid-year and annual reports to be posted to the Shared Governance webpage. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to
  6. Submit proposals, recommendations, or documents for consideration by the Shared Governance Clearinghouse to the Provost/VPAA and the MFA President for review and discussion.