Officers and Senators

Executive Officers

Bethany Wolf, PhD

Michael Schmidt, MD
Vice President 

Melissa Evans, MD, FAAP

Past Executive Officers


President: Nancy DeMore, MD
Vice President: Melissa Hortman, EdD
Secretary: Pinar Emecen-Huja, DDS, PhD


President: Kristi Helke, PhD, DVM
Vice President: Michelle Nichols, RN, PhD
Secretary: Emily Gottfried, PhD


President: Adam Smolka, PhD
Vice President: Caroline Westwater, PhD
Secretary: Nancy Carson PhD, FAOTA, OTR/L


President: Adam Smolka, PhD
Vice President: Caroline Westwater, PhD
Secretary: Emily Brennan, MLIS

Electoral Unit

  1. Consist of all elected Senators and Alternates from the particular Electoral Unit.
  2. Elect one representative to serve as a member of the Executive Committee for a one-year term. This election occurs immediately after the results of the Senate election are known. This name is submitted to the Governance Committee;
  3. Facilitate communication among the Faculty Senate and the dean and faculty of the Electoral Unit;
  4. Receive requests for Senate action from faculty of their respective units and decides whether the Faculty Senate should be involved in such action. If not, the Committee directly responds to the request.

Electoral Unit Representatives:


Chair: Laura Kasman, PhD

  1. Govern the proceedings of the Senate;
  2. Conduct Faculty Senate elections, certify eligibility of faculty for election, and maintain appropriate records of elections [See Amendment 1 and Amendment 2];
  3. Review the Faculty Senate’s governing documents and recommend changes to these documents as deemed appropriate;
  4. Interpret the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws;
  5. Codify changes or amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, as deemed necessary;
  6. Call for nominations, establish slates, and conduct elections of officers of the Faculty Senate, as described in Article IV.A.; Monitor and, as necessary, manage changes to the practices and procedures of the Faculty Senate, by revision to Bylaws as appropriate.

Communication and Education

Chair: Chair - Dhiraj Baruah, MD

  1. Collaborate with other standing committees to inform faculty of issues;
  2. Inform the faculty about the work of the Senate through organized activities. Examples of actions: the organization of targeted workshops or retreats addressing themes such as faculty mentoring, tenure, interpretation of contracts, and sabbaticals.
  3. Maintain the Faculty Senate web site and ensure that Senate activities are published in University publications.

Faculty and Institutional Relationships

Chair: Jane Joseph, PhD

  1. Consider issues pertaining to negotiations and procedures that, in a generic sense, apply to individual faculty. Examples of actions: Formulation of contracts, tenure/post-tenure review, promotions and rank, equity, sabbaticals, conflicts of interest, means of grievance.
  2. Accept and evaluate requests to change the Faculty Handbook.

Institutional Advancement

Co-chair: Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L

  1. Monitor major trends in the life of the institution;
  2. Track progress of action items discussed in the Senate throughout the administrative channels of the University;
  3. Participate in strategic planning for the University;
  4. Report back to the Faculty Senate where deemed appropriate;
  5. Request that the Faculty Senate take a position or act on issues of general interest.
  6. Examples of actions: Collect information and report on major building activities, and on creation, development, or discontinuation of major units or departments.