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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.


2021-2022 Faculty Senators

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agriculture and Life Sciences
 Animal & Veterinary SciencesWilkinson, Jenny2021-2024
 Community Development and Applied EconomicsShrum, Trisha2020-2023
 ExtensionCallahan, Chris2020-2023
 Microbiology and Molecular GeneticsDiehl, Sean2021-2024
 Nutrition and Food SciencesPope, Lizzy2021-2024
 Plant BiologyParis, Cathy 2019-2022
 Plant and Soil ScienceGorres, Josef2019-2022

Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences
 AnthropologyVan Keuren, Scott2019-2022
 Art and Art HistoryMcDowell, Bill (delegate for Mierse, Bill, FAll 2021)2019-2022
 Asian Languages & LiteraturesIkeda, Kyle2019-2022
 BiologyAgnarsson, Ingi2020-2023
 ChemistrySchneebeli, Severin2020-2023
 ClassicsBailly, Jacques2020-2023
 EconomicsRamirez-Harrington, Donna2021-2024
 English - Rep 1Schnell, Lisa2021-2024
 English - Rep 2Alexander, Sarah2020-2023
 GeographyBose, Pablo2020-2023
 GeologyWebb, Laura2021-2024
 German and RussianSwanson, Bridget2020-2023
 HistoryErgene, Bogac2019-2022
 MusicFeurzeig, David2020-2023
 PhilosophydeRosset, Louis2021-2024
 PhysicsWhite, Matthew2020-2023
 Political Science

VonDoepp, Peter

(Bradley, Jonathan "Doc" - delegate for Spring 2022)

 Psychological ScienceCepeda-Benito, Antonio2019-2022
 ReligionClark, Anne2019-2022
 Romance LanguagesLopez-Vicuna, Ignacio2019-2022
 SociologyFox, Kathy2019-2022
 Theatre and DanceCarleton, Sarah2019-2022

Business (Grossman School)

Business (Grossman School)
 Business - Rep 1Chiang, Kevin2019-2022
 Business - Rep 2Noordewier, Thomas2020-2023

Education and Social Services

Education and Social Services
 Education - Rep 1Cowles, Kate2019-2022
 Education - Rep 2DeMink-Carthew, Jessica 2020-2023
 Leadership and Developmental SciencesConroy, Nicole2020-2023
 Social WorkComerford, Susan2021-2024

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 Civil and Environmental EngineeringBomblies, Arne2021-2024
 Computer ScienceNear, Joe2020-2023
 Electrical and Biomedical EngineeringDuffaut Espinosa, Luis2019-2022
 Mathematics and Statistics - Rep 1Julianelle, Tony2019-2022
 Mathematics and Statistics - Rep 2Merrill, Katherine2020-2023
 Mechanical EngineeringFloreani, Rachael2019-2022

Environment and Natural Resources (Rubenstein School)

Environment and Natural Resources (Rubenstein School)
 Environment & Natural Resources - Rep 1

Ivakhiv, Adrian

(Erickson, Jon-delegate during Spring 2022)

 Environment & Natural Resources - Rep 2Danks, Cecilia2021-2024


 Libraries Sobel, Laura2021-2024


 Anesthesiology - Rep 1Hoeft, Mark2021-2024
 Anesthesiology - Rep 2Tharp, William "Gabe"2020-2023
 BiochemistryFrancklyn, Christopher2020-2023
 Family Medicine - Rep 1Weinstein, Daniel2019-2022
 Family Medicine - Rep 2Calkins, Whitney2020-2023
 Medicine - Rep 1Spees, Jeffrey2021-2024
 Medicine - Rep 2Terrien, Edward2020-2023
 Molecular Physiology and BiophysicsTrybus, Kathleen2020-2023
 Neurological Sciences - Rep 1Stafford, James2020-2023
 Neurological Sciences - Rep 2Barry, Jeremy2021-2024
 Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive SciencesKenny, Bronwyn2020-2023
 Orthopaedics and RehabilitationKnakal, Roger2021-2024
 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Rep 1Gardner, Juli-Ann2021-2024
 Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Rep 2Conant, Joanna2020-2023
 Pediatrics - Rep 1Saia, Matthew2021-2024
 Pediatrics - Rep 2Todd, Jennifer2020-2023
 PharmacologyMorielli, Anthony2020-2023
 Psychiatry - Rep 1Maruti, Sanchit2019-2022
 Psychiatry - Rep 2Dickerson, Jeremiah2021-2024
 Radiology - Rep 1Lach, Mark2020-2023
 Radiology - Rep 2Ali, Naiim2020-2023
 Surgery - Rep 1Ahern, Thomas2019-2022
 Surgery - Rep 2Evans, Krista2019-2022

Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing and Health Sciences
 Communication Sciences and DisordersCote, Sharon2021-2024
 Biomedical and Health SciencesCarson, Wade2020-2023
 NursingBrown, Brandon2020-2023
 Rehabilitation and Movement SciencesGell, Nancy2019-2022

Retired Faculty

Retired Faculty
 Retired Faculty RepresentativeSaule, Mara2020-2023

Chairs of the Senate Standing Committees

Chairs of the Senate Standing Committees
 Curricular Affairs CommitteeKervick, Colby and Everse, Stephen2021-2022
 Educational and Research Technologies CommitteeRead, Helen and Wildin, Bob2021-2022
 Financial and Physical Planning CommitteeKnodell, Jane2021-2022
 Professional Standards CommitteeBonifield, Carolyn2021-2022
 Research, Scholarship & The Creative Arts CommitteeCushman, Mary and Beltre, Mildred2021-2022
 Student Affairs Committee

Prue, Jennifer and Delaney, Terrence


Officers of the Faculty Senate

Officers of the Faculty Senate
 PresidentBorchert, ThomasJuly 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023
 Vice President

Eyler, Evan

July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023
 Immediate Past PresidentBurns, ChrisJuly 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
 SecretaryEddy, 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

2021-2022 Senate Meetings

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For the Fall semester 2021, the Faculty Senate meetings are generally held on the third Monday of every month from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.  Exceptions to this schedule are the months of August (4th Monday at 3PM), and December (3PM).  The Senate meeting during the Spring semester 2022 will be held on the 4th Monday of each month from 4:00 - 5:30 PM, with the exception of May (Thursday at 3pm).  Degrees will be conferred in August, September, October, January and May. 2021-2022 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 at the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Research Associate, Clinical Educator, Clinical Practice Physician, or Faculty Scientist with a full-time equivalent of at least 0.10 and who may also be Chairperson, Directors, or Associate Deans.

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.