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.


  • Greg Gierhart, Chair
  • Matthew Crider
  • Robert Donnelly
  • Bassil El Masri
  • Matthew Gianforte
  • Ray Godrey
  • Aleck Leedy
  • Shea Porr
  • TBA
  • Peter Weber


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
  • Melony Shemberger
  • Katherine Farmer
  • Amelia Dodd
  • Barbie Papajeski
  • Brian Clardy
  • Greg Gierhart
  • Thomas Pharis
  • Kevin Binfield
  • David Roach


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


  • David Roach, Chair
  • Bobbie Greer
  • Sied Hassan
  • Shri Singh
  • Kathy Smith
  • Eric Umstead
  • Randy Wilson

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
  • Vincent Atsitty
  • Maria Brown
  • Brian Clardy
  • Bommanna Loganathan
  • Ken Sutrick
  • 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
  • Terry Derting
  • Amelia Dodd
  • Heidi Ortega
  • Barbie Papajeski
  • Tim Worley

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.


  • Melony Shemberger, Chair
  • Karen Coulter
  • Jeff Henry
  • Brian Hoover
  • Kristin Reeves
  • Drew Seib
  • Allen White