Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the primary policy-making body of the university as well as the academic community's primary advisory body to the president.



Monthly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, from 4 – 6 p.m. and are open to anyone who would like to attend them. If you would like to be added to the monthly email distribution list, please contact the . If you have questions regarding the Academic Senate, please contact the

Academic Senate Meeting Dates for AY 2023-2024.

Academic Senate Membership

Academic Senate Executive Committee 2023-2024

  • Bart Debicki, Chair
  • Stephen Scales, Vice Chair
  • Maria João Lobo Antunes, Secretary
  • Ellen Hondrogiannis, Member-at-Large
  • Melanie Perreault, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Cynthia Cooper, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Academic Senate

Name Department College Term Expires
Badejo, Johannes 

Department of Computer and Information Science

Adjunct Faculty Representative

FCSM 2024
Beck, Harald Biological Sciences (FCSM) At Large 2026
Bentahar, Ziad Languages, Literatures & Cultures (CLA) At Large 2025
Knox, Felicity Library Library 2024
Christenson, LeaAnn Early Childhood Education COE 2024
Brewer, Katie Nursing CHP 2026
Dearborn, Walter Health Sciences (Lecturer rep) CHP 2026
Debicki, Bart Management CBE 2024
Brown, Cheryl

Computer & Information Sciences


Devadas, Mary Chemistry FCSM 2025
Emanuel, Diana Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology CHP 2025
Guha, Pallavi Mass Communication COFAC 2025
Haverback, Heather Chairs Representative  COE 2024
Collister-Murray, Phillip Music COFAC 2026

Hondrogiannis, Ellen

Chemistry (FCSM) At Large 2024

Maranda, Louise

Mathematics (Lecturer rep)

FCSM 2026

Nag, Barin

Business Analytics & Technology Management

CBE 2026
Dixon-Payne, Deneen Elementary Education COE 2026

Locco, June

Department of English

Adjunct Faculty Representative

CLA 2025

Antunes, Maria João Lobo

Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminial Justice CLA 2026
Mullen, Laurie  Deans Representative COE 2025
Deng, Min


At Large 2024
Mydlack, Danny Electronic Media and Film (COFAC) At Large 2024
Pampinella, Margherita Languages, Literatures, & Cultures CLA 2025
Peev, Plamen Marketing CBE 2025
Kolagani, Raj Physics, Astronomy, & Geosciences FCSM 2026
Wray, Peter Theatre COFAC 2026
Sadera, Bill Learning Technologies, Design & School Library Media COE 2025
Scales, Steven Philosophy and Religious Studies  CLA 2024
Siegel, Martha


TURFA Representative 

FCSM 2024
Sinnott, Bria Library At Large 2024
Wengert, Deitra

TURFA Alternate Representative

CHP 2024
Wood, Caroline Health Sciences CHP 2024
Zipp Dowd, Samantha Psychology (Lecturer rep) CLA 2026

Ex Officio (voting)

  • Laurie Mullen, Dean, College of Education (2024)
  • Heather Haverback, Council of Chairs Representative (2024)
  • Elin Lobel, Kinesiology, AAUP Representative (2024)

Ex Officio (non-voting)

  • Melanie Perreault, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Cynthia Cooper, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Clare Muhoro, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
    • Sidd Kaza, Dean of Graduate Studies
    • Terry Cooney, Rector of the Honors College
    • Heather Sorenson, Chair of TUSS
    • Jordan Colquitt, President of the SGA
    • Shawn Bell, II, Vice President of the SGA
    • Brianna Saffran, President of the GSA
    • Madison Paige, Vice President of the GSA