Faculty Senate Elections - Spring 2015



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Michael Sachs, College of Public Health


I am a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, specializing in exercise and sport psychology, and have been at Temple since 1989. Our Department has journeyed through numerous colleges, from our original College of HPERD (Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance), to the College of Education, then the College of Allied Health Professions and Social Work, and now CPH (College of Public Health). I have held numerous administrative and elected roles at many levels, from Department (Graduate Program Director, Interim Chairperson, Chair of Kinesiology Assembly), to College (Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Chairperson of Collegial Assembly), to University (Graduate Board member, various committees such as President's Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics), and, most importantly, the Faculty Senate (currently, and in the past, as Secretary, and in the past as Vice-President, as well as longtime representative from my College). I share this to highlight my active role in service across a wide variety of positions to the Department/College/University and the Faculty Senate, and my deep appreciation for being considered for the position of President of the Faculty Senate. My goals are to continue the excellent work of our current Faculty Senate officers, with increased lines of communication across campus, enhanced communication with and among faculty using multiple platforms, and a focus on enhancing faculty governance at Temple University. Review CV https://cph.temple.edu/kinesiology/faculty/michael-sachs





Elvis Wagner, College of Education


Having served on the Faculty Senate since 2012, I recognize the importance of the Faculty Senate's work, and the importance of shared governance between the faculty and administration at Temple. As a member of the Faculty Senate Library committee since 2009, I also know first-hand the importance of the various Faculty Senate committees. In the nine years I have been at Temple, I have served in a number of different roles and been on numerous committees across the university, and have worked closely with faculty in most of the different colleges and schools, as well as with many members of Temple's administration. Because of these experiences, I would like to serve as Vice-President of the Faculty Senate, in order to continue the great work that it does, to increase faculty participation in the many Faculty Senate committees, and to continue to promote the increasingly important role of shared governance between the faculty and administration. Review Bio: http://education.temple.edu/faculty/elvis-wagner-edd





Susan Dickey, College of Public Health


It has been my great pleasure to be a part of the Temple Community and also the Faculty Senate for many years. Although I have a few tribal scars, I hope to bring passion, tenacity and grit to the role of serving all Owls! I briefly served on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee in the early 2000s, and I look forward to returning. I believe deeply in the wisdom of the Temple U. faculty with whom it is a pleasure to work, TT, NTT and adjunct alike. I would like to sum up my willingness to serve as Faculty Senate Secretary with the following quote, cited from The Code of Ethics for Nurses - my discipline:
"The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality healthcare" (American Nurses Association, 2015, p. 23). I will strive to serve Temple from a healing community model in order to move all forward in the 21st century. Review CV







Robin Mitchell-Boyask, College of Liberal Arts

I would like to stand for election to EPPC. My department has a long history of involvement in it and it is past time that I should participate. My main focus at Temple is and has been undergraduate education (not least because my department lacks any form of graduate program). I have won several teaching awards and served for 14 years as a department chair, building a vibrant educational culture and strong department. I would very much like to be involved in larger undergraduate issues at Temple, and I have both the time and the energy to do so. I am active in my profession, and have two children in college, so I have a fairly broad and deep understanding of university cultures elsewhere as well. Review CV





Harold Klein, Fox School of Business and Management


I am standing a second consecutive term on the Personnel Committee. I have spent forty years now as a TU faculty member. Rather dramatic changes have taken place during this time in the University's governance philosophy and practice, its academic mission and the composition and role of the faculty. Some have not been so positive for the faculty. I have seen unfortunate situations that my colleagues have found themselves in, often more through inadvertence than choice. Not unique to faculty in an institution of higher learning, particularly a public one. I would consider it an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility to serve on this committee -- and one that I would continue to take with the utmost seriousness. Review Bio



Tricia S. Jones, School of Media and Communication


As current President of the Faculty Senate I have been closely involved with the implementation of the new University Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committees and issues of process that can influence decisions in those cases. Process appeals for tenure and promotion cases are sent to the Personnel Committee for review and recommendation to the President. I am interested in serving on the Personnel Committee primarily to continue service in providing the most effective processes possible for critical decisions of faculty retention, tenure and promotion. Review CV:






Vallorie Peridier, College of Engineering


I am committed to serving a second three-year term on the Faculty Senate Honors-program Oversight Committee (HOC).
University Honors is one of Temple's gems. Dr. Ruth Ost has assembled a terrific staff and together they have shepherded an adaptive, progressive and stimulating program that truly attracts the best and the brightest to Temple University.
Although I have been the Honors-program coordinator within the College of Engineering for many years, it is by serving on HOC that one can do the most to both promote and support the University Honors Program.
Thank you for considering my application to serve a second term on HOC. Review CV



Matt Wray, College of Liberal Arts


I'm writing to self-nominate for election to the University Honors Program Oversight Committee. I have a strong interest in serving the Honors Program staff and students because I consider it to be one of the jewels of our university. I am associate professor and undergraduate chair of sociology and have been a faculty member since 2008. I taught my first Honors course in 2010 and since then have taught 3 additional courses, and in my experience, Temple's Honors students are exceptional in every way. They inspire me to be a better teacher and through teaching them, I have become one. In 2014, I won the CLA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.
Since 2009, I have been involved in the Temple's Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society, and I currently serve as President. Other relevant service includes serving on ad-hoc selection committees for Temple candidates for Truman and Fulbright Scholars and a three-year term on the Faculty Advisory Board for Temple University Press (2012-2015). The expected time commitment for the Oversight Committee appears quite manageable and I would have no problem allotting more time as needed, as I strongly believe in the quality and mission of the Honors Program. Review CV



Claudia Pine-Simon, College of Science and Technology


I have been involved with the Honors program for more than ten years I have served on the Honors Oversight Committee for the past four years. I am very committed to the Honors Program and have been chosen an Honors Professor of the Year. The special scholarship and the research opportunities available to students advance their academic and career paths, so the program attracts top students who significantly impact Temple and can enhance its influence and reputation both nationally and internationally. Since I have a long history with the Honors program, I have a more focused perspective on meeting the continual challenges of providing the optimum Honors experience for the students. Review CV: http://astro.temple.edu/~csimon/CV-spring2016.htm






A: Humanities and the Arts


Fred M. Duer, Theater, Film and Media Arts


I have been teaching for 15 years after a professional design career in theater, film and television. I have been at Temple for 3 years. I head the Design program in the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Serving on UTPAC for 15/16 proved very rewarding and made me realize how important it is to have an arts person on the newly restructured committee at the university level. And the new T and P structure has been beneficial to the Humanities and the Arts. It is a responsibility that I don't take lightly after receiving tenure and promotion at two R1 institutions. I look forward to continuing the work on UTPAC. Review Bio: http://tfma.temple.edu/staff-faculty/fred-m-duer



C: Social Sciences, Business and Law


Cornelius Pratt, School of Media and Communication


I am in my 10th year of service at Temple University, which, at heart, is the epitome of a public-service institution. Serving on UTPAC requires passion for the academy and a dedication to understanding the bases for several decisions on a case. My first round of service on UTPAC was in 2007-2009. I am on my second "tour of duty." This advisory committee reminds me of the phenomenal strengths of our university in which we have great pride-and of the importance of having a demonstrably disinterested perspective on major academic issues. It's all about helping to deepen our virtues as a world-class, public-service institution. Review Bio: https://smc.temple.edu/directory/cornelius-pratt