UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Elections

Divisional Election

According to the Constitution, elections are held during spring semester for divisional slots first, and then for at-large seats. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls 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 Election – 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.

2017-18 Divisional Election Results

The ballots have been tallied and the following candidates have been elected to three-year terms:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS): Doug Margolis, John Heppen, Michelle Parkinson
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) Amber Remble
  • 4th Division: Mark Klapatch
  • College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS): Ogden Rogers
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
  COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Candidate Votes Candidate Votes
*Doug Margolis
37 *Amber Remble
15
*John Heppen
33 Peter Rayne
7
*Michelle Parkinson
38    
Write in
7

TOTAL 115
TOTAL 22

4TH DIVISION   COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Candidate Votes *Ogden Rogers
11
*Mark Klapatch
15

Maureen Olie-LaJoie
13

Tadd Heichel
5

Leanne Van Allen
11

TOTAL 44 TOTAL 11


*-denotes winner


2017-18 At-Large Election

Following 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.

2017-18 At-Large Election Results

The ballots have been tallied and the following candidates have been elected to three-year terms:

• Senior At-Large: Bob Coffman
• Junior At-Large: Thomas Pedersen, Karyn Wells

SENIOR AT-LARGE   JUNIOR AT-LARGE
Candidate Votes Candidate Votes
*Bob Coffman
41 *Thomas Pedersen
42
Mark Gillen
8 *Karyn Wells
46
Peter Rayne
16 Leanne Van Allen
32




TOTAL 65 TOTAL 120

*-denotes winner


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2016-2017 Election Results