Faculty Senate and University Committees

Faculty Collegium (F.M. Faculty Collegium,  VII)

Standing Committees of the Collegium (F.M. Faculty Collegium, VIII)

Standard Appointments to University Committees (Committees not under Collegium Auspices) (F.M. Faculty Collegium, IX)

Other University Committees (F.M. Faculty Collegium, X)

*Indicates that the committee is not described in the Faculty Manual


Faculty Collegium

Faculty Senate

General Job Description The Senate serves as a coordinating body for policy discussions and proposals of interest to the faculty.
Number of Members One elected representative from each School, one graduate faculty representative, eight elected undergraduate at-large Senators, one of whom is graduate, and two contingent faculty representatives.
Selection and Terms Election to two-year term; contingent faculty elected for one year if status remains intact. School representatives must have 5 years of service at St. Edward’s.
High Activity Times monthly meetings during academic year
President Lorelei Ortiz ’20
Senate Executive Committee Lorelei Ortiz (President), Carol Gee (Vice President), Mary Brantl (Secretary), Trish Baynham (Documentarian)
At Large Representatives
Undergraduate Lori Peterson ’20
Carol Gee ’20
Kathy Brown ’19
Steven Fletcher ’20
Mary Brantl ’19
Jason Callahan ’19
Graduate Tom Sechrest ’20
At Large Alternates Innes Mitchell
Thomas Sechrest

Contingent Representatives


 Sunny Lansdale

Genaro Lopez

Joseph Colarusso

Mitch Phillipson





School Representatives
BSS Jooyoun Lee
Alternate: Michelle Robinson
HDE John Knorr
Alternate: Liz Johnson
AHMX Catherine Rainwater
Alternate: Chris Flynn
MSB Mark Poulos
Alternate: Kate Lopez
NSCI Trish Baynham
Alternate: Chuck Hauser

Standing Committees of the Collegium

Faculty Compensation Committee

General Job Description
Reviews faculty compensation for comparison with other universities; makes recommendation to Faculty Senate for salary levels; two members chosen by the Committee serve on the University Budget council.
Number of Members
One from each School and two at large.
Selection and Terms Composed of seven full-time faculty, or tenured and tenure track faculty, appointed by the FEAC for staggered two-year terms: five representatives from the schools and; two at-large reps appointed by the FEAC.  School members are chosen by the Schools through either election or appointment (as the Schools see fit) with nominees to be sent to the FEAC.
High Activity Times Some activity late fall and early spring
BSS Delia Paskos (chair) ’19
HDE John Knorr ’19
AHMX Drew Loewe ’20
MSB John Loucks  (Budget Council) ’19



Laura Baker

Mary Dunn



 At Large

Shelia Gordon   (Budget Council)

Lisa Goering

Camelia Rotaru (Grad) (Vice-chair)




Faculty Elections and Appointment Committee (FEAC)

The FEAC consists of the eight at-large members of the Faculty Senate and the vice president of the Senate, who chairs the FEAC. They are charged with oversight of elections of at-large senators, contingent faculty senators, at-large members of the standing committees of the Collegium and the president of the Collegium.  They recommend for Senate approval representatives for certain university committees and keep records of all committee appointments.

Faculty Evaluation Committee

General Job Description
Evaluates faculty for promotions and tenure, makes recommendations to the Provost.
Number of Members One faculty member from each School, elected by that School’s faculty; two faculty members elected at large and one graduate representative. At-large members must be tenured; School representatives must have at least five years of service at SEU and hold the rank of professor or associate professor.
Selection and Terms Election to two year term.
High Activity Times Mid-October to the end of January.
At Large Jeannetta Williams ’19
Lori Peterson ’20
Graduate  Kris Sloan  ’20
School Representatives
BSS Sarah Henseler ’19
HDE David Hollier ’19
AHMX Amy Clements ’20
MSB Matt Clements ’20
NSCI Chuck Hauser ’20

Faculty Performance Evaluation Committee (FPEC)

(previously the Course Evaluation Committee)


General Job Description

Keep up with research into methods of course evaluation and inform faculty of these findings. Assess the faculty evaluation procedures in use on campus and suggest improvements. The committee serves as a forum for faculty members’ concerns regarding performance evaluations. It assists faculty in interpreting evaluation data and in using the information to adjust and improve teaching as needed.
Number of Members One elected from each school and two at-large representatives
High Activity Times Varies
BSS Selin Guner ’20
HDE Steven Fletcher ’20
AHMX Kelley Coblentz Bautch ’20
MSB Camelia Rotaru ’20
NSCI Terry Bilinski ’20
At Large Justine Hernandez
Kathleen Wilburn


Curriculum Committee

General Job Description Committee members are charged with representing the Collegium on matters pertaining to the curriculum and with actively soliciting and forwarding proposals for improvements in the curriculum. They serve as faculty representatives to the Academic Council and elect their own chairperson of the Curriculum Committee.
Number of Members One elected from each School, two at large, the Collection Development Librarian (non-voting representative), and the Director of General Education or their designee.
Selection and Terms Election to two-year term.
High Activity Times Late fall and early spring
At Large Michele Richter
Kathleen Wilburn
 Mary Rist ’20
School Representatives
BSS Daniel Glenn ’20
HDE Leslie Loughmiller ’20
AHMX Mary Brantl ’20
MSB Kate Lopez ’20
NSCI Mary Kopecki-Fjetland ’19
LIBR Collection Development Librarian
Gened General Education Director or their designee

General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC)

General Job Description (Current GEAC description to be revised). The GEAC will remain apprised of, provide counsel about, and facilitate communication regarding matters such as the following:

  • changes in the general education curriculum which will be forwarded to the Curriculum Committee and Academic Council:
  • changes in the majors which may affect the general education curriculum;
  • ongoing assessment of courses in the general education curriculum;
Number of Members

The GEOC will be chaired by the designee of the Executive Vice President and Provost. A vice-chair will be elected by GEOC each year; in the absence of the chair designee, the vice-chair will chair meetings. In addition, one member is appointed by each of the School Committees and one member is appointed by the Faculty Senate. The dean or department chair in those academic disciplines whose courses are represented in the general education curriculum may appoint non-voting members who are invited to attend. The Faculty Senate President is also invited to attend as a non-voting member.

* Voting Member
@ Appointed by Faculty Senate
— Non-Voting Member

Chair, AVP for General Education Cory Lock–
Assessment Representative Matthew DeSantis, Assistant Director for Institutional Assessment
Faculty Senate President Lorelei Ortiz–

Rodrigo Nunez*,

then Selin Guner starting Jan ‘19

HDE  Sheila Alicea  ’18
Faculty Senate Appointee  Jason Callahan*
AHMX  Mary Rist  ’20
MSB Camelia Rotaru* ’20
NSCI Jason Callahan* ’19


Contingent Faculty Committee

General Job Description Examines the current practices of St. Edward’s University in regard to its contingent faculty, both part-time and full-time. Researches and proposes best practices to the University in regard to these faculty members.
Membership Any faculty—tenured, tenure-track, or contingent—who wish to volunteer to serve, though at least four members must be present to constitute a quorum.
Members Florina Matu
Amy Nathan Wright



Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (FCDI)

General Job Description Create and sustain a civil and robust dialogue about the values of a diverse faculty body.
Member(s) Any faculty who wish to volunteer to serve, in two to three-year terms, though at least five members must be present to constitute a quorum.
High Activity Times Varies.
Members Jason Callahan, Ana Escamilla, Teresita Garza, Kelly Green, Jack Green-Musselman , Arcelia Hernandez (co-chair), Justine Hernandez, Andrea Holgado (co-chair), Dinah Kenard, Lee Land, Rachael Neal , Lorelei Ortiz, Sara Parent-Ramos, Delia Paskos, James Puglisi, Michelle Robertson, Michael Saclolo, Tricia Sheperd, Kris Sloan, Teri Varner, Sara Villanueva, Jeannetta Williams, Angel Wilson, Amy Nathan-Wright.

Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee (DTAC)

General Job Description Reviews nominees for the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award by reviewing teaching portfolios and evidence from the schools and by conducting classroom observations. Selects winners of these awards. Selects the university’s nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Award.
Number of Members One from each school elected by that school’s faculty for two-year term.


BSS Katy Goldey ’20
HDE Leslie Loughmiller ‘20
AHMX Jenny Veninga ’20
MSB Juli James ’20
NSCI Raelynn Haynes ’19

Collegiality Committee

General Job Description Plan activities related to furthering faculty     collegiality across campus, including, but not limited to, working with various entities on campus (schools, offices, etc.) to host faculty social gatherings
Member(s) One full-time faculty member chosen by each of the schools (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI for staggered two-year terms.


HDE Steven Fletcher ’20
AHMX Jimmy Luu ’20
MSB vacant
NSCI vacant


Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (PTRC)

General Job Description Conduct a comprehensive review of the promotion and tenure system for faculty at St. Edward’s University and provide recommendations for updating and improving all phases of the promotion and tenure process.
Member(s) One full-time faculty member chosen by each of the schools (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI) and three at-large members; members to serve for staggered, two-year terms.
Members Mary Dunn, MSB
David Hollier, HDE
Catherine Rainwater, AHMX
Bilal Shebaro, NSCI
Christie Sample Wilson, BSS
At-Large Representatives Mary Rist
Rachael Neal
Barbara Filippidis


Standard Appointments to University Committees

Admission Advocacy Committee

General Job Description Helps coordinate the recruitment of faculty volunteers for recruitment-related activities for all student audiences.
Member(s) AVP/Dean of Admission, Admission staff representative for TRAD and GRAD audiences, a faculty member chosen to represent each School.
Selection and Terms Selected by schools for staggered two-year terms
High Activity Times Peak periods during October-November and February-April
MSB Ali Dadpay
BSS Tom Yufik ’19
HDE Arcelia Hernandez ’18
NSCI Kaitlyn Phillipson ’19
AHMX Peter Wake ’19

Athletic Council

General Job Description Approves athletic schedules and serves as conduit to the faculty for general information about athletic program.
Number of Members One faculty member
Selection and Terms Faculty appointed by FEAC for one-year term.
High Activity Times Meets one time per semester
Member Raychelle Burks ’19

Faculty Manual Revision Committee (FMRC)

General Job Description Reviews faculty manual and revises as needed.
Number of Members Two faculty members appointed by FEAC; one selected by the Provost.
Selection and Terms Post-probationary, tenured or tenure track faculty appointed by FEAC for two-year term
High Activity Times Varies
Members VPAA appointment: Sybil Miller (chair)
Justine Hernandez
Kathleen Wilburn


Financial Aid and Student Success Committee

General Job Description The purpose of the committee is to provide input on issues that relate to student academic success and how that relates to receiving student financial assistance.
Number of Members Four faculty members are appointed to work with the Director of Financial Services and the Director of Academic Support and Retention Programs.
Selection and Terms Faculty are appointed by FEAC for two-year terms.
High Activity Times Meets often, including in the summer
Members John Loucks
Tere Garza
Peter Austin
Billy Earnest
Stephanie Martinez


Student Life Council

General Job Description Provides a conduit of information sharing between the faculty and Student Life, including advising of student organizations and associated training, risk management, faculty service opportunities, identification of curricular/co-­curricular programming opportunities, and Student Life academic credit‐bearing programs, and will engage with leadership from the Student Government Association in information sharing, identification and exploration of curricular interests of the student body, and aid in identification of student members for appropriate faculty‐led committees.
High Activity Times Meet monthly with the exception to April and September when the group will meet every other week.
Members  Currently on hold.



Faculty Development Committee (FDC)

General Job    Description
Advises the vice president for academic affairs on faculty development matters that affect all schools. Periodically reviews and assesses existing faculty development opportunities and proposes relevant additional opportunities and initiatives in line with university strategic priorities; develops and/or improves processes and calls for proposals for new and existing faculty development opportunities; makes recommendations for development of the Faculty Resources link on website and programming for faculty development opportunities.
Number of Members One from each school elected by that school’s faculty for two-year term. A contingent faculty representative selected by the chair of the contingent faculty committee. The associate vice president for faculty development and academic programs will chair the committee.
Members- currently on hold

Other University Committees


Institutional Review Board (IRB)

General Job Description The mission of the IRB is to work in collaboration with researchers in the St. Edward’s community to ensure that federal standards are met when conducting research with human research participants. More details:   https://www.stedwards.edu/institutional-review-board
Number of Members The IRB is composed of a minimum of two faculty members appointed or elected (as each school sees fit) from each school (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI) for a two-year term, with one additional member representing the graduate programs. Ex officio non-voting members include the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Director of Institutional Assessment, and one other administrator appointed by the Provost.
Members- IRB is holding elections after the 2018 University elections.
BSS Adam McCormick
Warren Andresen
HDE Ellen Melton
Melissa Alvarado
AHMX Peter Austin
MSB Matt Clements
Debra Zahay
NSCI Raelynn Deaton Haynes
GRAD Open ??



Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

General Job Description The IACUC is responsible for oversight of the care and well-being of animals used to research and teaching at St. Edward’s University. The IACUC is also committed to assisting investigators in the development of sound policies to govern the humaneness of animal research and to ensure compliance with federal policies and best practices.
Number of Members

Based on policies administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the IACUC must be comprised of a minimum of five members including: An Institutional Officer, veterinarian, scientist experienced in laboratory animal procedures, a non-scientist, preferably an ethicist,

lawyer, or other person who can competently address issues of animal welfare,

a non-affiliate (i.e., a person who has no other affiliation with the research program other than sitting on the IACUC committee, and who represents the viewpoint of the community.

Institutional Officer Gary Morris, Dean of Natural Sciences
Gloria White, OSP (ex-officio)
Veterinarian Pending
(animal experience)
Matt Steffenson
Raelynn Haynes
Katherine Goldey (Chair)
Non-scientist, ethicist Stephen Dilley ‘20
community member



Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) Steering Committee

General Job Description The SOURCE Steering Committee is annually assembled of faculty throughout the University who volunteer to serve in a range of capacities. The Committee is led by two co-chairs who serve for two-year, staggered terms. Each year the continuing co-chair selects a new co-chair. The SOURCE Steering Committee organizes and supports and annual undergraduate student symposium intended to recognize accomplishments in research and creative expression. As a forum for cross-disciplinary sharing and discussion of original work, SOURCE provides opportunities for faculty-student engagement outside the structured classroom setting.
Co-chairs Casie Parish-Fisher


Teaching, Learning, and Technology Round Table (TLTR)

General Job Description Informal committee of faculty, staff, and students with interest in the use of computers in instruction on campus. Forum for discussion of new developments and needs in instructional technology; makes recommendations to I.T.
Number of Members Faculty members appointed or volunteered; all schools represented.
Members TLTR Site


Faculty Advisory Board for Global Initiatives and University Partnerships

General Job Description This committee reviews international university partnerships to meet strategic goals. Clarifies criteria for selection of affiliate partner universities and academic networks and evaluates current and future international partners.
Number of Members One from each school elected by that school’s faculty for two-year term.
BSS Bill Nichols, Lindsey Taucher ’19
HDE  Kris Sloan ’19
AHMX Sheila Gordon, Lori Peterson ’19
MSB Catherine MacDermott ’19
NSCI  Patricia Baynham ’19
IT  Rebecca Frost Davis ’19
LIBR  Margaret Warner  ’19


University Assessment Committee

General Job Description Continuous improvement assessment strategy for academic excellence.
Number of Members 14 – all schools represented.  Members are appointed or volunteer.
  • Chair: David A. Blair, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research & Assessment, Division of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning
  • Alumni & Parent Programs—Karin Dicks, Director
  • Applied Learning & Social Impact—Caroline Morris, Associate Vice President
  • Arts & Humanities—Georgia Seminet, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences—Anna Escamilla, Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Education — Ellen Melton, Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • Global Engagement—Lesley Robinson, Director
  • Munday School of Business—Nancy Schreiber, Dean & Professor of Management
  • Natural Sciences—Richard Kopec, Professor of Computer Science & Chemistry
  • Institutional Assessment—Matthew DeSantis, Assistant Director
  • Institutional Effectiveness & Planning—Justin Sloan, Vice President
  • Institutional Research—Danica Frampton, Director
  • Residence Life—Alicia Vela, Director
  • Student Academic Support Services—Nicole Guerrero-Trevino, Associate Vice President