Faculty Senate


2019-2020 Faculty Senate Members

Back Row: Chancellor Dean Van Galen, Karl Peterson, Bob Coffman, Nathan Riel-Elness, Glenn Spickzak, Tim Buttles, Thomas Pedersen

Middle Row: Paige Miller, Mialisa Moline, Marshall Toman, John Heppen, Grace Coggio

Front Row: Ogden Rogers, Amber Remble, Natasha Macnack, Laura Boche, Diane Jacobson, Morgan Paavola

Missing: Tammy Kincaid, David Breger, Kenneth White, Ryan Bench, Karyn Wells, Julie Elias, and David Travis.

The Faculty Senate is the legislative arm of the faculty. As such, the faculty delegates to the Senate its powers and responsibilities as affect the academic policies and programs, faculty affairs, and the general welfare of the University in accordance with the provisions of Article III.

Senate Structure

Faculty Senate Membership 2019-2020


Term Expires 2020

Term Expires 2021

Term Expires 2022


Amber Remble


Natasha Macnack


John Heppen

Diane Jacobson sub 2019-20 for Doug Margoilis

Marshall Toman
Grace Coggio

Mialisa Moline
Glenn Spiczak


Ogden Rogers

Tammy Kincaid




David Breger


4th Division

Morgan Paavola Sub 2019-2020 for Mark Klapatch

Kenneth White

Ryan Bench
Nathan Riel-Elness
Laura Boche

At Large

Bob Coffman (sr.)
Thomas Pedersen (jr.)
Karyn Wells (jr.)

Karl Peterson (sr.)
Julie Elias (jr.)
Tim Buttles (sr.)

Paige Miller (sr.)


David Travis (Provost)

Executive Committee Membership




Mialisa Moline

Vice Chair

Tim Buttles

Elections Chair

John Heppen


Amber Remble

Faculty Senate Liaison

Karyn Wells


Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities of the Faculty Senate


  • Receive and consider suggestions, proposals, and recommendations brought before the Senate by the faculty, student body, and the administrative staff.
  • Prepare resolutions, proposals, recommendations, and specific legislation for faculty action.
  • Participate with the Chancellor in the establishment and termination of the functions and memberships of all standing committees. There shall be provision for the establishment of faculty committees within the By-laws of the Constitution. Specific provisions governing the powers, responsibilities, and procedures of faculty committees and the procedure of their appointment are to be found in the By-laws of the Constitution.
  • Serve as coordinating and expediting agency for the work of standing committees and assign responsibility along with the Chancellor for the execution of studies and activities of these committees. All recommendations for policy changes in the orientation and direction of all committees must be submitted for approval to both the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor.
  • Study and recommend policies designed to improve faculty welfare.
  • Establish general interpretations of academic policy and regulations.
  • Conduct nominations and elections of members of the Senate, as defined in Article VI Section C.
  • Inform the general faculty, the administration, and the student body of all Senate actions affecting the areas of their respective concerns.
  • Recommend to the Chancellor the University calendar, subject to the regulations of the Board of Regents.
  • Provide for and regulate such funds as may be raised and expended by the general faculty.
  • Study and make recommendations concerning any other subjects relative to the general welfare of the University.