Academic Policies

Considers and makes recommendations to the senate to enable the senate to carry out its responsibility for initiating and/or reviewing policies relating to university academic matters, considers and makes recommendations to the senate on matters which have a bearing on academic excellence.


  • Marjorie Hilton (Interim Chair)
  • Rob Donnelly
  • Matthew Gianforte
  • Aleck Leedy
  • Chris Lavery
  • Ken Sutrick
  • Sung-ho Hong


Serves as the agenda committee for the senate, a nominating committee for senate officers and representatives, and an advisory board to the president of the senate.


  • Joe DeBella
  • Katherine Farmer
  • Justin Walsh
  • Barbie Papajeski
  • Melony Shemberger
  • Marjorie Hilton
  • David Roach
  • Thomas Pharis
  • Kevin Binfield
  • Marty Jacobs (ex-officio)


Considers and makes recommendations to the senate on budgetary matters concerning fiscal resources and the financing of university programs.


  • David Roach (Chair)
  • Corky Broughton
  • Randy Wilson
  • Tommy Stambaugh
  • Seid Hassan
  • Shri Singh
  • Eric Umstead
  • Bobbie Greer
  • Marty Jacobs (ex-officio)

Governmental Affairs

Keeps the senate informed of the actions and proposals of legislative, administrative, and other agencies (public and private), which might affect aspects of university programs and governance for which the senate has responsibility; serves as an advisory board to the COSFL representatives; bears primary responsibility for developing and conducting programs advocating the advancement of faculty and university interests with publics external to the university.


  • Thomas Pharis (Chair)
  • Nancy Armstrong
  • Maria Brown
  • Bommanna Loganathan
  • Bellarmine Ezumah
  • Drew Seib
  • Jie Wu

Handbook and Personnel

Considers and makes recommendations to the senate on policies relating to the rights and responsibilities of faculty members incident to their employment by the university, considers and makes recommendations to the senate on changes and/or additions to the Faculty Handbook.


  • Kevin Binfield (Chair)
  • Melony Shemberger
  • Barbie Papajeski
  • Amelia Dodd
  • Kathy Smith
  • Tim Worley
  • Terry Derting
  • Gary Atkerson

Rules, Elections, and Bylaws

Prepares senate electoral rolls, conducts all elections for which the senate is responsible, makes recommendations for changes in the senate constitution and/or bylaws.


  • Katherine Farmer (Chair)
  • Daniel Hepworth
  • Justin Walsh
  • Brian Hoover
  • Traci Byrd
  • Karen Coulter