COSAM Champions


The COSAM Champions


COSAM Champions are a diverse volunteer group of faculty, staff, and students who serve as informal mentors and confidential sounding boards to help others deal with conflict within the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University.

The role of the COSAM Champions is to address and solve conflict through open, yet confidential communication. Champions will work with the student, faculty, or staff member and the other party to come  to a clear understanding and try to resolve the issue. Champions are available via email, phone, or in-person, and meetings can be arranged wherever the individual feels comfortable.

Champions are authorized to:

  • Listen and understand issues while remaining neutral with respect to the facts. The Champion doesn’t listen to judge or to decide who is right or wrong. The Champion listens to understand the issue from the perspective of the individual.
  • Assist in reframing issues; develop and help individuals evaluate options. 
  • Guide or coach individuals to deal directly with other parties, including the use of formal resolution resources of the college. 
  • Seek to help individuals improve their skill and their confidence in giving voice to their concerns directly.
  • Facilitate informal resolution processes
  • Identify new issues and opportunities for systemic organizational change. The unique positioning of the Champion serves to provide unfiltered information that can produce insight to issues and resolutions. The Champion is a source of detection and early warning of new issues and a source of suggestions of systemic change to improve existing processes.
  • Raise student, faculty or staff issues to administration.
  • Generate ways to improve work relationships with supervision.
  • Help clarify and communicate about conflicts.
  • Provide a sounding board.
  • Refer students, faculty or staff to appropriate internal resources.
  • Generate options to improve work relationships with peers.
  • Clarify university or college policy.
  • Influence college policy or practice.

Champions are not authorized to:

  • Make official the allegations of wrongdoing received from a complainant or witness, they should be received only from the individual or with the individuals express permission.
  • Make, change or set aside a law, policy or administrative decision.
  • Compel an entity or any person to implement the Champion’s recommendations.
  • Conduct an investigation that substitutes for administrative proceedings.
  • Make binding decisions, mandate policies or determine rights.
  • Create or maintain records or reports for the college.

 


Tenure-Track Faculty:

Maggie Han

Maggie Han

Mathematics & Statistics

Maggie Han is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a recipient of the Marguerite Scharnagle Endowed Professorship. Han’s daily schedule includes conducting research, attending meetings with students, teaching MATH 7000 (Analysis) and MATH 5870/6870 Financial Mathematics classes, and doing work for her role as the managing and associate editor of a few journals. As a COSAM Champion, Han serves the college as a mediator and listener, assisting colleagues when they are facing a problem they do not know how to deal with. Han says, “What interested me most in this opportunity is the opportunity to help resolve conflicts between different parties within the college, as well as to help colleagues to pass their concerns to the administration team while they are hesitant to do it by themselves.”

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Maggie Han

Luke Oeding

Mathematics & Statistics

Luke Oeding is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and serves as the Associate Chair and Undergraduate Program Officer. Oeding works in pure mathematics (Algebraic Geometry) and with applications such as Quantum Information Theory and Machine Vision, as well as collaborates with researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In addition to this, Oeding teaches an Honors Linear Algebra class. This COSAM Champion juggles a busy schedule that takes him all across the college – from meetings to research to teaching, each day is just as busy as the one before. As a COSAM Champion, Oeding is able to present concerns and questions from the department to the leadership team, and utilize his training to be effective in discussions and interactions with COSAM colleagues. Oeding says, “I hope that I can help improve the climate in COSAM. I hope that lingering concerns that some have in the college, those that fester and rot away at people’s job satisfaction, can be rooted out and handled through this program.”

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Paul Cobine

Paul Cobine

Biological Sciences

Paul Cobine is a professor in the Department of Biological sciences and serves Graduate Program Officer. Cobine’s research program investigates how organisms regulate the cellular distribution of essential metals, particularly copper, using genetics and biochemistry. He teaches Clinical and General Microbiology as well as a upper level undergraduate/graduate class called Model Systems and Human Disease. Cobine says “COSAM Champions offers a chance to support people with concerns from across the college and the opportunity to listen and learn to make us better peers, supervisors or supporters in the future.”


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Allen Landers

Allen Landers

Physics

Allen Landers is a professor of physics and has spent the semester teaching Graduate Quantum Mechanics and conducting research on experimental atomic and molecular physics. Each day in COSAM varies for Landers, from meeting with faculty and students, to teaching, to working on projects. Landers hopes his experience serving on the Student Discipline Committee, connecting with the SEC Leadership Fellows program, and working with the College and Leadership P&T committees, as well as other efforts, will make him a versatile resource to anyone requesting assistance from COSAM Champions. Landers says, “As with any service activity, the reward is knowing you can make a difference.”


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Lecturer:

 

Marilyn Vogel

Geosciences

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Visiting Assistant Professor:

 

Sima Ahsani

Mathematics & Statistics

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Staff/A&P:

Mae Davis

Mae Davis

Mathematics & Statistics

Mae Margaret Davis is the office supervisor for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Through this role, Davis oversees all of the administrative work in the department and reports directly to the department chair. Davis’ responsibilities include assisting faculty and instructors with class preparations, room scheduling, student registration, office administration, event set-up, and more. As a COSAM Champion, Davis is available for any student, staff or faculty member to discuss issues or problems that one may not be comfortable sharing with a direct supervisor or instructor. Because Davis’ role as office supervisor spreads her across multiple areas, she is witness to how the different strengths and abilities of each COSAM member make the college so successful, and is able to use this knowledge to better serve as a COSAM Champion. Davis says, “I have always considered myself a ‘fixer’ by nature. If anyone has a problem or is facing a situation with uncertainty, I want to help find a solution.”

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Becca Folmar

Becca Folmar

Chemistry

Rebecca Folmar is the office supervisor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A typical day for Folmar varies depending on what time in the semester it is, but she always starts her day with a productive routine in order to set her priorities and complete her work efficiently and effectively. Folmar decided to become a COSAM Champion because it is an excellent way to serve the college. Folmar says, “I believe we can fulfill our sense of purpose when we are serving and giving our time to others. The fastest way to feel better is to help someone else.”

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JoAnn Broach

JoAnn Broach

Biological Sciences

JoAnn Broach is the accountant for the Department of Biological Sciences.  JoAnn has been with Auburn University for 17 years, the past 14 in Biological Sciences.

In this role she acts as an accounting liaison with central business, budget services and finance areas with respect to journal entries, reporting, analysis and audit/reconciliation of accounts in a college, school and department.

She prepares numerous budget reports, inventory and acts as a financial analysist for the department.

"Even though I have a general idea what my task are for a given day, every day is different.  Since I work directly with faculty, staff and students, I decided to become a COSAM Champion, because, with the proper training, it is an excellent way to serve the college.  I think of myself as a good listener and one that pays close attention to detail. In my role as a COSAM Champion, I would like to help anyone who has a problem and help them find a solution.  Just plainly, to make a difference and help someone feel better about a situation." 

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Janice Brown

Inclusion, Equity & Diversity
Janice Brown's love for Auburn started in 1981 (she wanted to highlight that she's not that old) when she worked as a secretary for Auburn at 20 years old. After four and a half years though, she felt like she needed a change. She then transitioned from the campus life to the City of Opelika Municipal Court System as a Municipal Court Magistrate for almost twenty years. There, she learned a great deal about different personalities as they attempted to navigate issues pertaining to the court. As an extrovert, she welcomed all personalities and concerns and helped whenever it was possible. These early years taught her a great deal about life and she thanks God that years of hardship in some of these situations has built her into a stronger woman and has allowed her to love and help the students in the Drop-in-Center. She loves Auburn and is so amazed by the wonderful and diverse group of students she sees and helps each and every day. She sees the Office as their second home and loves to be seen as the mother figure that she is. She had not really considered what diversity meant to her until she worked with a great leader in Dr. Mulligan, but her working definition is as follows: “Believe that you are created equal, believe that you are great, believe that you are different from the inside and out and always bring your uniqueness to the table. Now, if others would do the same, you'll see many positive dimensions to explore within ourselves." 

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Morgan Beadles

Biological Sciences - Arboretum
Auburn native Morgan Beadles is the director of the Davis Arboretum. She received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Auburn University. Beadles worked in the private sector as a junior landscape architect and landscape designer before accepting her position at Auburn in 2016. Under her supervision, the Davis Arboretum has seen countless improvements, a significant rise in visitors, and a greater presence on campus and in the surrounding community. Beadles also serves as the vice-president of the Azalea Society of America’s Alabama Chapter; vice-president of the Board of Directors for O-Grows in Opelika; Opelika’s representative on the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center Board of Directors; and is a graduate of Opelika’s 20 Under 40 program.

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Paula Norrell

Biological Sciences

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Graduate Students:


Brittni Hall

Brittni Hall

Mathematics & Statistics

Brittni Hall is a doctoral student and a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with a specific interest in Applied Mathematics and a desire to work in differential equations and mathematical modeling. Hall spends her days either studying and completing assignments for classes or teaching and preparing lesson plans for the two courses she is instructing this semester. This COSAM Champion enjoys being an advocate for others in the college and a “middle man” between students and professors. Hall’s goal is to be a safe place for anyone who needs it and to be a resource for improving communication and interpersonal relationships within the college for all personnel. Hall says, “Being a COSAM Champion provides a unique opportunity to work with others across departments and professions in our college. I am extremely grateful to be in COSAM and it’s been a cool experience so far to work alongside other graduate students, faculty, and staff to help COSAM be the best college on campus.”

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John Carr

Biological Sciences

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Gopal Nath

Mathematics & Statistics

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Erin McGraw

Biological Sciences

Erin McGraw is a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, conducting research on nanoparticle-mediated delivery of molecules into cells. Besides conducting research in the lab, McGraw also takes classes and teaches a BIOL 1001 class. McGraw first heard about COSAM Champions at the graduate student training. Being well verses in issues such as Title IX reporting, Auburn’s evaluation system, and anonymous mediation, she decided to volunteer her time to the college in this way. Through her role as a COSAM Champion, McGraw stresses the importance of communication among all parties. She says, “COSAM Champions are friends. We are here to listen to a person’s concerns and issues and help guide them to a solution. Sometimes that solution is as simple as two parties having an open, honest conversation, and sometimes it isn’t.”


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Post-Doctorate Fellow:


Gabriela Toomer

Gabriela Toomer

Biological Sciences

Gabriela Toomer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Life Sciences department and has spent the semester as an invited guest lecturer in BIOL 4970/7970 – RNA in biomedicine. Toomer is passionate about studying viruses – from viral evolution to the molecular dynamics underlying the viral life cycle. Toomer wants to use her passion to discover findings that can fight against viruses and create a healthier and happier world. This COSAM Champion starts each day with an energizing morning routine and a lot of coffee before heading to the lab where she stays performing experiments, preparing materials, analyzing data, taking notes, and updating records until 5 or 6 p.m. In her role as a COSAM Champion, Toomer strives to be the person of contact who can help others, make them feel comfortable, and direct them to the proper resources if needed. Toomer says her goal is to “be unbiased to resolve issues through the proper channels to create a happier campus.”


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