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Faculty Senate elects leadership for 2016-17

Aug. 17, 2016, 3:03 PM

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee for 2016-17 comprises (from left) Leslie Hopkins, Geoffrey Fleming, Brian Heuser, Charlene Dewey, Ann Price and Richard Willis. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University)
The Faculty Senate Executive Committee for 2016-17 comprises (from left) Leslie Hopkins, Geoffrey Fleming, Brian Heuser, Charlene Dewey, Ann Price and Richard Willis. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University)

The Faculty Senate, the representative and deliberative body of the Vanderbilt faculties, has elected its leadership for 2016-17.

The Executive Committee oversees the work of the senate and meets regularly with Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente and President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dean of the School of Medicine Jeff Balser.

The Executive Committee members are as follows:

  • Charlene Dewey, chair, associate professor of medicine;
  • Brian Heuser, vice chair, assistant professor of the practice of international education policy at Peabody College;
  • Geoffrey Fleming, chair-elect, associate professor of medicine;
  • Leslie Hopkins, vice chair-elect, assistant professor of nursing;
  • Richard Willis, immediate past chair, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Professor of Accounting; and
  • Ann Price, immediate past vice chair, assistant professor of medicine.

In addition, the Faculty Senate’s standing committees guide the senate’s work. Review the committees’ charges and responsibilities.

The standing committee chairs are as follows:

  • Gayle Shay, Academic Policies and Services. Shay is associate professor of voice at Blair School of Music.
  • Scott Pearson, Faculty Life. Pearson is associate professor of surgery in the School of Medicine.
  • Myrna Wooders, Faculty Manual. Wooders is professor of economics in the College of Arts and Science.
  • Tom Christenbery, Christenbery is associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing.
  • Kevin Murphy, Senate Affairs. Murphy is professor and chair of history of art in the College of Arts and Science.
  • Xenofon Koutsoukos, Strategic Planning and Academic Freedom. Koutsoukos is professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the School of Engineering.
  • David Cliffel, Student Life. Cliffel is professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Science.

Faculty members can read about Faculty Senate business and activities in the monthly Engage newsletter.

For more information about the senate or upcoming meetings, to provide anonymous feedback, or to find the senators who serve your school, please visit the Faculty Senate website.

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