Faculty Senate and University Committees

University Elected Committees

University Standing Committees

University Elected Committees

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 and the library, six elected undergraduate at-large, and two graduate at-large.
Selection and Terms Election to two year term. School representatives must have 5 years of service at St. Edward’s.
High Activity Times monthly meetings during academic year
President Lorelei Ortiz ’18
Senate Executive Council Lorelei Ortiz (President), Sara Villanueva (Vice President), Mary Brantl (Secretary), Trish Baynham (Documentarian)
At Large Representatives
Undergraduate Mary Brantl ’19
Jason Callahan ’19
Kathy Brown ’19
Steven Fletcher ’18
Sara Villanueva ’18
 Todd Onderdonk  ’18
Graduate Camelia Rotaru (At large) ’19
Alternates Elizabeth Katz

Joey Colarusso

Genaro Lopez

Alternate TBD

School Representatives
BSS Jooyoun Lee
Alternate: Rachael Neal
EDUC John Knorr

Catherine Rainwater

Alternate: Chris Flynn



MSB Mark Poulos
Alternate: Kate Lopez
NSCI Trish Baynham
Alternate: Chuck Hauser
LIB Dianne Brownlee ’19
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 academic area, one at large, and one librarian.
Selection and Terms Election to two year term.
High Activity Times Late fall and early spring
At Large Michele Richter
Kathleen Wilburn
Graduate Council ’18
School Representatives
BSS Daniel Glenn ’18
EDUC Leslie Loughmiller ’18
HUM Mary Brantl ’20
MSB Ali Dadpay ’18
NSCI Mary Kopecki-Fjetland ’18
LIBR Dianne Brownlee ’17
Faculty Evaluation Committee
General Job Description Evaluates faculty for promotions and tenure, makes recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Number of Members One librarian; One faculty member from each School, elected by that School’s faculty; two faculty members elected at large. At-large members must be tenured; School and library representatives must have at least five years 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
Shannan Butler ’18
Pat Perry ’18
School Representatives
BSS Sarah Henseler ’19
EDUC David Hollier ’19
HUM Amy Clements ’20
MSB Louise Single ’18
NSCI Lisa Goering ’18
Distinguished Teaching Awards Committee 
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 Jessica Boyette Davis ’18
EDUC Leslie Loughmiller ’19
HUM Jenny Veninga ’20
MSB Hilal Yilmaz ’18
NSCI Raelynn Haynes ’19

FEAC Appointments to University Standing 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, NC and GRAD audiences, seven faculty members representing each school
Selection and Terms Selected by schools for staggered two-year terms
High Activity Times Peak periods during October-November and February-April
BSS Tom Yufik ’19
EDUC Katie Peterson ’18
NSCI Kaitlyn Phillipson ’19
HUM 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

Pat Perry

Bill Martello



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

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, EDUC, HUM, MSB, NSCI) and one representative chosen by New College (NEWC).
Members Jimmy Luu

Tammie Rubin

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.

Florina Matu

Amy Nathan Wright



Faculty Advisory Board on University Partnerships
General Job Description This is a sub-committee of the Faculty Advisory Board for Global Initiatives. Reviews international university partnerships t0 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 ’19
EDUC ’19
HUM Sheila Gordon ’19
MSB ’19
NSCI ’19
NEWC ’19
Faculty Advisory Board for Global Initiatives
General Job Description This committee reviews international university partnerships t0 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
EDUC  Kris Sloan ’19
HUM Sheila Gordon, Lori Peterson ’19
MSB Catherine MacDermott ’19
NSCI  Patricia Baynham ’19
IT  Rebecca Frost Davis ’19
LIBR  Margaret Warner  ’19

Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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 (co-chair), Arcelia Hernandez,  Justine Hernandez, Dinah Kenard, Lee Land, Rachael Neal (co-chair), 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.

Faculty Compensation Committee
General Job Description Reviews faculty compensation for comparison with other universities; makes recommendation to Faculty Senate for salary levels; one member chosen by the Committee serves on the University Budget council.
Number of Members One from each academic area, one at large, one grad, and one librarian.
Selection and Terms Members appointed by FEAC for two-year terms.
High Activity Times Some activity late fall and early spring
BSS Delia Paskos (chair) ’19
EDUC John Knorr ’19
HUM Drew Loewe ’20
MSB John Loucks ’19
NSCI Patricia Baynham ’18
At Large

Faculty Development Committee
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.
BSS Michael Disch ’18
EDUC Elisabeth Johnson ’18
HUM Tammie Rubin ’18
MSB ’18
NSCI  Terry Bilinski ’18
NEWC ’18
Faculty Manual Revision Committee
General Job Description Reviews faculty manual and revises as needed.
Number of Members Two faculty members appointed by FEAC; one selected by the Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Selection and Terms Faculty appointed by FEAC for two-year term
High Activity Times Varies
Members VPAA appointment: Sybil Miller (chair)
Justine Hernandez
Kathleen Wilburn



Faculty Performance Evaluation Committee (formerly 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 Appointed from each school and two at-large representatives
High Activity Times Varies

Justine Hernandez

Kathleen Wilburn

BSS Selin Guner ’18
EDUC Todd Onderdonk ’18
HUM Kelley Coblentz ’20
MSB Kate Lopez ’18
NSCI Raelynn Deaton Haynes ’18
NEWC Danney Ursery ’18

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 Anna Escamilla
Sasha West
Don Unger

General Education Advisory Committee
General Job Description  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 GEAC will be chaired by the designee of the Executive Vice President and Provost. A vice-chair will be elected by GEAC 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 eight 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 Cory Lock —
Faculty Senate President Lorelei Ortiz —
Members David Blair (Assessment) —
BSS Rodrigo Nunez* ’19
Faculty Senate Appointee
HUM  Mary Rist  ’20
MSB Camelia Rotaru* ’18
NSCI Jason Callahan* ’19
Library Anna Stewart*  ’18


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.

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