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Senate Membership

The voting membership of the Faculty Senate consists of the Elected Senators, the Chairs of the six Standing Committees, and in the case of a tie vote, the Senate President.  Each department elects one senator from its eligible faculty for a three-year term.  Units with more than 25 full-time eligible faculty members shall elect two senators.  Faculty Senate membership eligibility, terms, and duties are outlined in the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws Section 2: Membership.


2019-2020 Faculty Senators

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agriculture and Life Sciences
  Animal & Veterinary Sciences Wilkinson, Jenny 2018-2021
  Community Development and Applied Economics Tobin, Daniel 2017-2020
  Extension Callahan, Chris 2017-2020
  Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Diehl, Sean 2018-2021
  Nutrition and Food Sciences Pope, Lizzy 2018-2021
  Plant Biology Beckage, Brian 2019-2022
  Plant and Soil Science Gorres, Josef 2019-2022

Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences
  Anthropology Van Keuren, Scott 2016-2019
  Art and Art History Mierse, Bill 2019-2022
  Asian Languages & Literatures Ikeda, Kyle 2019-2022
  Biology Agnarsson, Ingi (Goodnight, Charles designate Spring 2020) 2017-2020
  Chemistry Schneebeli, Severin 2017-2020
  Classics Bailly, Jacques 2017-2020
  Economics Vizcarra, Catalina (Law, Marc designate Spring 2020) 2018-2021
  English - Rep 1 Kete, Mary Louise (Barnaby, Andrew designate for Fall 2019) 2018-2021
  English - Rep 2 Harrington, Susanmarie 2017-2020
  Geography Bose, Pablo 2017-2020
  Geology Webb, Laura 2018-2021
  German and Russian Mieder, Wolfgang 2017-2020
  History - Rep 1 Massell, Dave 2018-2021
  History - Rep 2 Ergene, Bogac 2019-2022
  Music Feurzeig, David 2017-2020
  Philosophy deRosset, Louis (Moyer, Mark designate for Spring 2020) 2018-2021
  Physics White, Matthew 2017-2020
  Political Science VonDoepp, Peter (Zakaras, Alex designate for Spring 2020) 2019-2022
  Psychological Science Cepeda-Benito, Antonio 2019-2022
  Religion Borchert, Tom (Trainor, Kevin designate for Spring 2020) 2019-2022
  Romance Languages Lopez-Vicuna, Ignacio 2019-2022
  Sociology Macias, Thomas 2019-2022
  Theatre and Dance Carleton, Sarah (Parmett, Helen designate for Fall 2019) 2019-2022

Business (Grossman School)

Business (Grossman School)
  Business - Rep 1 Chiang, Kevin 2019-2022
  Business - Rep 2 Prevost, Andrew 2017-2020

Education and Social Services

Education and Social Services
  Education - Rep 1 Cowles, Kate 2019-2022
  Education - Rep 2 DeMink-Carthew, Jessica (Woodside-Jiron, Haley designate Fall 2019) 2017-2020
  Leadership and Developmental Sciences Garvey, Jay 2017-2020
  Social Work Comerford, Susan 2018-2021

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  Civil and Environmental Engineering Bomblies, Arne 2018-2021
  Computer Science Near, Joe 2017-2020
  Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Almassalkhi, Mads 2019-2022
  Mathematics and Statistics - Rep 1 Julianelle, Tony 2019-2022
  Mathematics and Statistics - Rep 2 Yang, Jianke 2017-2020
  Mechanical Engineering Oldinski, Rachael 2019-2022

Environment and Natural Resources (Rubenstein School)

Environment and Natural Resources (Rubenstein School)
  Environment & Natural Resources - Rep 1 D'Amato, Tony 2017-2020
  Environment & Natural Resources - Rep 2 Pontius, Jennifer 2018-2021


  Libraries - Rep 1 Stokes, Alice 2017-2020
  Libraries - Rep 2 Sherriff, Graham 2018-2021


  Anesthesiology Hoeft, Mark 2018-2021
  Biochemistry Hondal, Robert 2017-2020
  Family Medicine Weinstein, Daniel 2019-2022
  Medicine Spees, Jeffrey 2018-2021
  Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Trybus, Kathleen 2017-2020
  Neurological Sciences - Rep 1 Stafford, James 2017-2020
  Neurological Sciences - Rep 2 Mahoney, J. Matthew (Hernan, Amanda replacement Spring 2020) 2018-2021
  Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Knakal, Roger 2018-2021
  Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Rep 1 Gardner, Juli-Anne 2018-2021
  Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Rep 2 Sidiropoulos, Nikoletta 2017-2020
  Pediatrics - Rep 1 Saia, Matthew 2018-2021
  Pediatrics - Rep 2 Moore, Molly 2017-2020
  Pharmacology Dostmann, Wolfgang 2017-2020
  Psychiatry - Rep 1 Eyler, Evan 2019-2022
  Psychiatry - Rep 2 Dickerson, Jeremiah 2018-2021
  Radiology Lach, Mark 2017-2020
  Surgery - Rep 1 Ahern, Thomas 2019-2022
  Surgery - Rep 2 Evans, Krista 2019-2022

Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing and Health Sciences
  Communication Sciences and Disorders Cote, Sharon 2018-2021
  Biomedical and Health Sciences Allen, Kenneth 2017-2020
  Nursing - Rep 1 Palumbo, Mary Val (Rogers, Sarah designate for Spring 2020) 2017-2020
  Nursing - Rep 2 McManus, Loretta 2018-2021
  Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences Gell, Nancy 2019-2022

Retired Faculty

Retired Faculty
  Retired Faculty Representative Gurdon, Michael 2017-2020

Chairs of the Senate Standing Committees

Chairs of the Senate Standing Committees
  Curricular Affairs Committee Almstead, Laura 2019-2020
  Educational and Research Technologies Committee Toolin, Regina and Read, Helen 2019-2020
  Financial and Physical Planning Committee Ross, Don 2019-2020
  Professional Standards Committee Giangreco, Michael 2019-2020
  Research, Scholarship & The Creative Arts Committee Cushman, Mary 2019-2020
  Student Affairs Committee

Prue, Jennifer and Allen, Kenneth


Officers of the Faculty Senate

Officers of the Faculty Senate
  President Chittenden, Thomas 2019-2021
  Vice President

Burns, Christopher

  Immediate Past-President Paris, Catherine 2019-2020
  Parliamentarian Mierse, Bill 2019-2020
  Secretary Eddy, Laurie  


Executive Council

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The activities of the Faculty Senate are overseen by an Executive Council.  Members of the Executive Council include the Senate President, Vice President, the chairs of the six standing committees, and four members-at-large elected from among the Elected Senators.  Executive Council

2019-2020 Senate Meetings

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Faculty Senate meetings are generally held on the fourth Monday of every month from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Waterman Memorial Lounge.  Exceptions to this schedule are the months of December (3rd Monday) and May (Thursday at 3pm).  Degrees will be conferred in September, October, January and May. 2019-2020 Senate Meeting Schedule and Materials

Faculty Senate Bylaws: Section 2. Membership

Section 2. Membership.

2.1 Eligible Faculty. University faculty members eligible for membership in the Faculty Senate (“eligible faculty”) are those holding a primary appointment as an Officer of Instruction, Officer of Research, Officer of Extension, or Officer of the Libraries at the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, or Lecturer, with a full-time equivalent of at least 0.10.

2.2 Faculty Senate Membership. The membership of the Faculty Senate shall consist of the Elected Senators, a President and a Vice-President (see 3. below), and the elected members of the Senate Standing Committees (see 7. below). The voting membership of the Faculty Senate shall consist of the Elected Senators, the Chairs of Standing Committees whether or not they are also Elected Senators, and, in the case of a tie vote, the Senate President.

2.3 Elected Senators.
Apportionment and Term. Each department or comparable budgetary unit of the University shall elect one senator from its eligible faculty to the Faculty Senate for a three- year term beginning on July 1; units with more than 25 full-time eligible faculty members shall elect two senators. Units may merge their members; the resulting merged group of faculty should be promptly reported to the Senate President and will be considered as a single unit for the purposes of apportionment and eligibility of elected senators. One senator shall be elected by and from the ranks of retired faculty. Senators shall be eligible for re-election, except that a member who has completed two consecutive three-year terms shall be ineligible for re-election to serve during the year that immediately follows the period of consecutive service.

2.3.2 Elections. Elections for senators shall be held no later than April of each year by each department having a senator whose term is due to expire on June 30, and shall be conducted by secret ballot distributed to all eligible faculty members whose primary appointment is in the department. At least one week shall be allowed for receipt of marked ballots. All eligible faculty members must be provided an opportunity to stand for election to the Faculty Senate as an Elected Senator. Terms shall be staggered so that approximately one-third of senators are elected each year. The Faculty Senate shall supervise the elections of Senate representatives; concerns regarding election irregularities must be communicated to the Senate President by May 1.

2.3.3 Vacancies. If an Elected Senator must vacate his or her seat, the vacancy shall be filled by a special election within the unit from which s/he was elected. The term of a member under these circumstances shall commence immediately and shall be for the duration of the absence or the unexpired term of the regularly elected member. If an Elected Senator is granted leave for one year or less a replacement shall be elected by a special election within the unit from which s/he was elected to take the absent Senator’s seat for the period of the leave.

2.3.4 Attendance. Elected Senators are expected to regard attendance at all meetings as a fundamental obligation to their colleagues and to the University. When conflicting professional duties, imperative personal affairs, or illness make attendance at a given meeting impossible, Elected Senators may send an alternate, who shall have the same voting privileges as the Elected Senator. Alternates should present themselves to the Secretary of the Senate prior to assuming the seat of the Elected Senator. If neither the Elected Senator nor his/her chosen alternate is present, the Elected Senator will be indicated as absent from the meeting. A senator indicated as absent from two regular or special meetings of the Faculty Senate in an academic year will be considered to have vacated his/her seat.