Elections
Divisional Elections
At-Large/Special Elections
Termination Committee Elections

Divisional Elections

According to the Constitution, elections are held during spring semester for divisional slots first, and then for at-large seats. UWRF has five divisions: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Professional Studies (the first three colleges), the Fourth Division, and the College of Business and Economics (the newest "division"). All tenure-track faculty and academic staff have "faculty status." Thus, the "faculty" of a college includes tenure-track faculty and academic staff within the college. The Fourth Division acquired its current name when there were only three colleges, and currently consists of academic staff outside the four colleges (i.e. student personnel, university services, and library academic staff), all of whom also have faculty status. 

The Elections Chair, as the agent of the Faculty Senate, shall conduct and validate elections. The procedure for electing senators shall be initiated by March 1 in the spring semester.  

Divisional Elections – Senate Seats 

A) During spring semester, the Elections Chair shall inform the faculty members of the number of Senators to be elected from their respective divisions. A list of those eligible shall also be provided. Any faculty member may be placed on the ballot by written petition signed by no fewer than five eligible voters from within the division within seven business days of the announcement of the call for candidates. 

B) The Elections Chair shall see that all voters receive ballots in good time and shall do whatever else is necessary for an effective election process. Upon completion of the slate of candidates for the Faculty Senate seat(s) within each voting division, an election by secret ballot shall be conducted. Faculty may cast one vote per vacancy on the ballot.  

C) Candidates receiving the most votes will be elected. Ties in the division elections shall be broken by lot supervised by the Elections Chair. The names of the individuals elected to the Senate shall be reported in the Faculty Senate minutes. Upon request, the vote totals shall be available from the Elections Chair of the Senate. 

After divisional elections are completed, a similar process begins to select at-large faculty senators: junior (i.e. assistant professors, instructors, and academic staff) and senior (i.e. associate and full professors). The Constitution and additional details about the election processes are located in Chapter III of the Handbook.

The 2014-15 Divisional Elections have been completed and the ballots have been counted. Elected to three-year terms are:

• College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: David Zlesak
• College of Arts and Sciences: Doug Margolis, Matt Millett, Michelle Parkinson
• College of Education and Professional Studies: Ogden Rogers


At-Large Elections

After the completion of divisional elections, junior at-large senators (i.e. assistant professors, instructors, and academic staff) and senior at-large senators (i.e. associate and full professors) are elected.

  1. During spring semester and following the election of division senators, the Elections Chair shall furnish each faculty voter a list of those eligible for nomination and election to the Senate from the senior ranks (i.e., associate and full professors) and a similar list of those eligible from the junior ranks (i.e., assistant professors and academic staff). The Elections Chair shall identify the number of vacancies at the senior and junior levels.
  2. Any faculty member may be placed on the ballot by written petition signed by no fewer than 10 eligible voters of the same rank of the petitioner within seven (7) business days of the announcement of the call for candidates. Candidates must also have been employed at UW-River Falls for a minimum of one (1) semester to be eligible to run. The Elections Chair shall see that all voters receive ballots in good time and shall do whatever else is necessary for an effective election process.
  3. Upon completion of the slate of candidates, the Elections Chair shall conduct a University-wide election by secret ballot. The winners of the election shall be those receiving the most votes. Ties shall be broken by lot supervised by the Elections Chair.
  4. The names of the individuals elected to the Senate shall be reported in the Faculty Senate minutes. Upon request, the vote totals shall be available from the Elections Chair of the Senate.

The call for nominations ended April 4, 2014. The following faculty were nominated in their respective ranks:

• Junior At-Large (1 open seat): Thomas Pedersen

• Senior At-Large (1 open seat): Robert Coffman, Dennis Cooper, Eric Sanden

The at-large elections will run from Thursday, April 10, 2014, through Friday, April 18, 2014. Ballots must be delivered to Wendy Stocker in 116 North Hall by 4 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014. Ballots received after this time will be invalid.

IMPORTANT: Ballots must be completed, placed into an unmarked envelope (i.e., one that has no identifying marks), then sealed. This sealed, unmarked envelope must be placed into a second envelope that includes both the printed name of the voter and his or her signature. Ballots that do not comply with these directions will be marked invalid. You may cast only one ballot.

Ballots will be counted in the Geography Seminar Room in 364 KFA at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014. Ballot counting is open to the public.

Ballots Lists of Eligible Voters
Junior At-Large Ballotdocument Junior At-Large Eligible Votersdocument
Senior At-Large Ballotdocument Senior At-Large Eligible Votersdocument


Special Elections

There are two (2) senate seats open due to resignations: one (1) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and one (1) in the 4th Division. Any faculty member within these divisions may be placed onto the ballot by written petition signed by no fewer than five (5) eligible voters from within their division within seven (7) business days of the announcement of the call for candidates. Employees must also have been employed for a minimum of one (1) semester to be eligible to run.

The call for nominations ended April 4, 2014. The following faculty were nominated in their respective divisions:

• College of Arts and Sciences (1 open seat): Rellen Hardtke, Rhonda Petree

• 4th Division (1 open seat): Louis Porter II, Kenneth White

The special elections will run from Thursday, April 10, 2014, through Friday, April 18, 2014. Ballots must be delivered to Wendy Stocker in 116 North Hall by 4 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014. Ballots received after this time will be invalid.

IMPORTANT: Ballots must be completed, placed into an unmarked envelope (i.e., one that has no identifying marks), then sealed. This sealed, unmarked envelope must be placed into a second envelope that includes both the printed name of the voter and his or her signature. Ballots that do not comply with these directions will be marked invalid. You may cast only one ballot.

Ballots will be counted in the Geography Seminar Room in 364 KFA at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014. Ballot counting is open to the public.

Ballots Lists of Eligible Voters
CAS Ballotdocument CAS Eligible Votersdocument
4th Division Ballotdocument 4th Division Eligible Votersdocument


Termination Committee Election

The Termination Committee is established by the faculty, in response to the requirements of UWS 4.03 and UWS 5.11 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, as a standing committee of nine tenured, full-time faculty members, nominated and elected by the faculty. (Academic staff shall not participate in the election of this committee.) Members serve three-year terms, with one-third (three members) being elected each year. 

According to the Faculty Senate's By-Laws, all faculty members (but not Academic Staff) shall be eligible to nominate and vote for members of the Committee on Termination. Each faculty member may nominate one person for each vacancy that exists on the Committee (i.e. each person can nominate three tenured people this year). Two people will be nominated for each vacancy, and those nominated will be faculty members receiving the largest number of votes. The Elections Chair of the Faculty Senate will contact the nominees and obtain their consent before placing their names on the election ballot. If any nominee declines, the person having the next largest number of votes shall have his or her name placed on the ballot once it is determined by the Elections Chair that he or she accepts the nomination. Election shall be by secret ballot. The persons receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared elected and the vote will be published. Ties will be broken by lot.

The call for nominations ended April 4, 2014. The following faculty were nominated:

• Termination Committee (3 open seats): Dennis Cooper, John Heppen, Kristin Tjornehoj, Marshall Toman

The Termination Committee election will run from Thursday, April 10, 2014, through Friday, April 18, 2014. Ballots must be delivered to Wendy Stocker in 116 North Hall by 4 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014. Ballots received after this time will be invalid.

IMPORTANT: Ballots must be completed, placed into an unmarked envelope (i.e., one that has no identifying marks), then sealed. This sealed, unmarked envelope must be placed into a second envelope that includes both the printed name of the voter and his or her signature. Ballots that do not comply with these directions will be marked invalid. You may cast only one ballot.

Ballots will be counted in the Geography Seminar Room in 364 KFA at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014. Ballot counting is open to the public.


Ballot List of Eligible Voters
Termination Committee Ballotdocument Termination Committee Eligible Votersdocument


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