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)
At Large Representatives
Undergraduate Lori Peterson ’20
Carol Gee ’20
Todd Onderdonk ’21
Steven Fletcher ’20
Mary Brantl ’21
Jason Callahan ’21
Graduate Tom Sechrest ’20
At Large Alternates Innes Mitchell ’20
Florina Matu ’21

Contingent Representatives

(elected in fall)


Michael Weston

Genaro Lopez



School Representatives
BSS Delia Paskos
Alternate: Michelle Robinson

Arcelia Hernandez

Alternate: Liz Johnson



AHMX Catherine Rainwater
Alternate: Georgia Seminet
MSB Kate Lopez
Alternate: Keith Ward
NSCI Trish Baynham
Alternate: Casey Sherman

Standing Committees of the Collegium

Faculty Compensation Committee

General Job Description
The duties of the FCC include: (a) to solicit relevant recommendations from the faculty, at the beginning of the academic year, (b) to report annually to the Senate the current status of faculty compensation (which includes salary and benefits) and its comparability to similar institutions when possible. Specifically, salary comparisons will be reported annually and comparisons of other benefits will be reported at reasonable intervals or as needed, (c) to present for Senate approval detailed recommendations specifying compensation and increment policies (for the academic year two years from the committee’s working year) for all SEU faculty members.
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.  Two members of the FCC also serve as representatives to the Budget Council.
High Activity Times Some activity late fall and early spring
BSS Chad Long ’21
HDE David Carrington ’21
AHMX Drew Loewe ’20
MSB Jane Xie ’21



Laura Baker




 At Large

Shelia Gordon   (Budget Council)

Lisa Goering

Camelia Rotaru (Grad)




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 Hollis Hammonds ’21
Lori Peterson ’20
Graduate Bill McHenry ’21
School Representatives
BSS Michelle Robertson ’21
HDE Steve Fletcher ’21
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 Christopher Flynn ’21
MSB Camelia Rotaru ’20
NSCI Kaitlyn Phillipson ’21
At Large

Justine Hernandez

Kelley Coblentz Bautch




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 Tammie Rubin ’21
 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 ’21
LIBR Collection Development Librarian
Gened Laura Hernandez Ehrisman
Grad Ellen Melton ’21

General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC)

(previously the General Education Advisory Committee)

General Job Description
  • GEOC is charged with oversight of the general education curriculum.
    • It hears appeals from faculty or departments whose course proposals are not approved, and who disagree with the decision-maker and cannot reach consensus.
    • It reviews course offerings approved for each requirement so that the committee can offer suggestions to meet student needs and promote variety.
    • It regularly reviews assessment reports and continuous improvement plans for each core general education assessment outcome and determines whether further action is required.
    • As requested by the Curriculum Committee, GEOC periodically recertifies courses to count for general education requirements. GEOC may also review certification as requested by other vested stakeholders.

    It recommends minor policy adjustments to the general education process and changes to general education SLOs when needed.

Selection and Terms One full-time faculty member elected by each of the schools (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI); members serve staggered, two-year terms.
Number of Members GEOC is chaired by the Associate Vice President for General Education and composed of an elected member from each School.  The Director of Assessment is an ex officio (nonvoting) member.  The AVP for General Education can appoint additional ex officio members as needed.
Chair, AVP for General Education Cory Lock–
Assessment Representative Matthew DeSantis, Assistant Director for Institutional Assessment
Ex officio Jennifer Ansier, Assistant Director for General Education
BSS David Thomason ’21
HDE  Sheila Alicea ’21
Faculty Senate Appointee  Jason Callahan* ’21
AHMX  Mary Rist ’20
MSB Kate Lopez* ’20
NSCI Jason Callahan* ’21


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.
Number of Members 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 Updated in fall


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.
Number of Members 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, 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 Michael Kart ’21

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
Number of Members One full-time faculty member chosen by each of the schools (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI for staggered two-year terms.


Casie Parich-Fisher ’21
HDE Steven Fletcher ’20
AHMX Jimmy Luu ’20
MSB vacant
NSCI Bill Quinn ’21


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.
Number of Member 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 ’20
David Hollier, HDE ’20
Mary Helen Specht, AHMX  ’21
Bilal Shebaro, NSCI  ’20
Christie Sample Wilson, BSS ’20

At-Large Representatives

Michelle Richter ’21
Stephen King ’21
Barbara Filippidis  ’20


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.
Number of Members 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
BSS Jooyoun Lee ’21
HDE Kristy Ballard ’21
AHMX Sasha West ’21
MSB Juli James ’21
NSCI Santiago Toledo ’21

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 Peter Austin ’21

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 Regina Faunes
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.
Number of 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 and Task Forces

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.

Laurie Heffron

Amy Concilio

Adam McCormick (Interim Chair)

HDE Melissa Alvarado ‘20
AHMX Drew Loewe ‘21
MSB Amrid Swid
Debra Zahay
NSCI Raychelle Burks ‘21
Paul Walter ’21
GRAD David Carrington ’21


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 Karen Wheeler
(animal experience)

Matt Steffenson

Emily Barton

Andrea Holgado




Non-scientist, ethicist Stephen Dilley ‘20
community member
Karen Wheeler



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 ‘19


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.


BSS  Lisa Holleran ’21

HDE  Tom Sechrest ’21

AHMX  Sasha West ’21

MSB  Tony Alverado

NSCI  Daniel Gold ’21


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.
Members    On hold


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—Amy Clements ’21
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences—Sarah Henseler ’21
  • HDE — Ellen Melton ’20
  • Global Engagement—Lesley Robinson, Director
  • Munday School of Business—David Altounian ’21
  • Natural Sciences—Santiago Toledo ’21
  • 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

Academic Freedom Taskforce

General Job Description The Academic Freedom Taskforce “will take as its initial charge to explore Faculty Manual Section 2.8.4—the dismissal for cause clause, the related process for termination, as well as the appeals process, the 2.9.2 statement on academic freedom, to minimally include benchmarking of peer and aspiring peer and other relevant institutions, and to survey the university’s faculty for the purpose of gauging faculty understanding of these issues and their concerns.”  [Senate Minutes, 26 April 2019]
The Academic Freedom Taskforce is composed of an elected member from each school (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI) as well as two At-large members.
BSS Chad Long ’20
HDE Kristy Ballard ‘20
AHMX Teri Varner ‘20
MSB Kathleen Wilburn ‘20
NSCI vacant ‘20

Lori Peterson

Peter Austin

GRAD vacant ’20


The Chair Position Taskforce

General Job Description The Chair Position Taskforce “will look at compensation, responsibilities, and evaluation of chairs; workload, university-wide differences, a survey of chairs (for baseline understanding of the position), and other matters as pertinent.”  [Senate Minutes, 27 September 2019]
The Chair Position Taskforce Taskforce is composed of an elected chair from each school (BSS, HDE, AHMX, MSB, NSCI) and four at-large representatives.
BSS Christie Wilson ’20
HDE Kristy Ballard ‘20
AHMX Hollis Hammonds ‘20
MSB Monica Hernandez ‘20
NSCI Carol Gee ‘20
At-large vacant ’20
GRAD vacant ’20