Faculty Senate Elections

Every year during the spring semester, faculty nominate and elect individuals to represent themselves as members of Faculty Senate. Members serve three-year terms, and upon the end of their term, cannot be elected until two years have passed. Resources related to the election process can be found below, including faculty not eligible for nomination, continuing faculty senate members, and the nomination form.

Vote in the Elections

Please review the candidates and their bios before opening the ballot, which will be emailed to you. Elections open on March 22nd and close March 29th.


The following persons are eligible for election to the Faculty Senate:

1) individuals with an employee classification of faculty, including the library faculty, who possess tenure, and

2) individuals with an employee classification of faculty or unclassified academic staff with full‑time appointments. Eligible job titles include, but are not limited to:  

  • Clinical professor, clinical associate professor, or clinical assistant professor;
  • Instructor or clinical instructor;
  • Lecturer, senior lecturer, or multi-term lecturer;
  • Librarian, associate librarian, or assistant librarian;
  • Professor, associate professor, or assistant professor;
  • Professor of the practice, associate professor of practice, or assistant professor of practice;
  • Research professor, associate research professor, or assistant research professor;
  • Senior curator, associate curator, or assistant curator;
  • Senior scientist, associate scientist, or assistant scientist;
  • Senior specialist, associate specialist, or assistant specialist;
  • Teaching professor, associate teaching professor, or assistant teaching professor.

Faculty Not Eligible for Nomination

Andrea Herstowski, Associate Professor, Design, Architecture & Design

Antha Cotton-Spreckelmeyer, Associate Specialist, Humanities, CLAS

Geraldo Sousa, Professor, English, CLAS

Jeremy Shellhorn, Associate Professor, Design, Architecture & Design

Justin Blumenstiel, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, CLAS

Laura Hines, Professor, Law

Lea Currie, Librarian, Libraries

Mahasweta Banerjee, Professor, Social Welfare

Mizuki Azuma, Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences, CLAS

Nils Gore, Professor, Architecture & Design

Patricia Gaston, Professor, Journalism

Purnaprajna Bangere, Professor, Math, CLAS

Rana Esfandiary, Assistant Professor, Theatre, CLAS-Arts

Randy Logan, Professor of the Practice, Biotechnology, Professional Studies

Tarun Sabarwal, Professor, Economics, CLAS

Yvonnes Chen, Associate Professor, Journalism

Amanda Mollet, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Education & Human Sciences

Barbara Kerr, Distinguished Professor, Educational Psychology, Education & Human Sciences

Ben Chappell, Associate Professor, American Studies, CLAS

Margaret Marco, Professor & Director, Music

Maya Stiller, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies, History of Art, CLAS

Rafael Acosta, Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, CLAS

Sam Brody, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, CLAS

Tim Hossler, Associate Professor, Design, Architecture & Design

Continuing Faculty Senate Members

Andi Back, Assistant Librarian, Libraries

Anne Patterson, Lecturer, Architecture and Design

Betsy Barnhart, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Design

Brad Osborn, Associate Professor, Music

Colin McRoberts, Associate Teaching Professor, Business

Jonathan Mayhew, Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, CLAS

Josh Arpin, Lecturer, Business, Business

Muhammad Hashim Raza, Assistant Professor, Child Language Program, CLAS

Roberta Schwartz, Associate Professor, Music

Russell Ostermann, Associate Professor, Engineering

Sean Seyer, Assistant Professor, History, CLAS

Victor Gonzalez, Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences, CLAS

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, Professor, Mathematics, CLAS

Brendan Mattingly, Program Director, Professional Studies

Janelle Ruisinger, Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy

Joe Walden, Associate Teaching Professor, Business

Kristi Neufeld, Professor, Molecular Biosciences, CLAS

Lorin Maletsky, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering

Marike Janzen, Associate Professor, Slavic, German, & Eurasian Studies, CLAS

Mat Johnson, Professor & Interim Chair, Mathematics, CLAS

Matt Jacobson, Professor, Film & Media Studies, Arts, CLAS

Mugur Geana, Director & Associate Professor, Journalism & Mass Communications

Samantha Simmons, Assistant Librarian, Humanities, Libraries

Stacey Vanderhurst, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, CLAS