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Elections 2017-2018

A&S Faculty Senate Committee
A&S Faculty Senate Committee Page

Open Positions and Nominees:

Three three-year positions; two two-year positions; and two one-year positions
Terms: 2017-2020; 2017-2019; 2017-2018

  • Nominee information:
    • Fulton Gonzalez, Professor in Mathematics
      • A great university is a great faculty, no more and no less. And having a great faculty means having a strong faculty voice in university governance. In the Faculty Senate, I aim to be an effective and passionate advocate for the School of Arts and Sciences and its humanistic values.
      • Past service experience:
        • Current Co-chair, AS&E Executive Committee
        • Previous chair or co-chair of the following committees:
        • Budget and University Priorities Committee
        • A&S Academic Review Board
        • Grievance Panel
        • Committee on Student Life
    • Eulogio Guzmán, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Critical Studies at the SMFA
      • I am interested in running for the open position in the Faculty Senate because I hope to represent the many different points of view of the SMFA faculty (studio and academic, full-time and part-time appointments). Being in the senate, I believe, will provide the opportunity to work closely with the University’s administration and other senators to attend the mounting challenges faced by Tufts to forging an institution that better addresses, serves, and advances the diverse needs of students as well as its creative and academic faculty. My fifteen-year experience teaching academic courses on visual culture to both SMFA and Tufts students (the first twelve as a Tufts hire), my affiliation with various Tufts programs (CELT, CHAT, Latin American Studies, to name three), and service at the SMFA have given me the opportunity to understand the wide range of interests and concerns of colleagues at both institutions; I believe this qualifies me to facilitate communication, help integrate, and bridge the distance between the Boston and Medford campuses.
      • Past service experience:
        • Member of Latin American Studies Program, Tufts: work closely with faculty in program to develop and offer courses, advise students, oversee projects, and organize events for university students.
        • Member of SMFA’s Faculty Advisory Committee: worked with nine members to review and write evaluations of acquisition proposals for the SMFA merger, leading to the merge with Tufts.
        • Member of Faculty Affairs Committee, SMFA: focused primarily on faculty performance and promotion reviews in cooperation with the administration.
        • Member Planning Committee, SMFA: review and implementation of Strategic Plan and architectural space use.
        • Member of Exhibitions Committee: reviewed exhibitions proposals and programs related to the Grossman Gallery at the SMFA
    • Justin Hollander, Associate Professor in UEP
      • I am interested in serving as a member of the University-wide Faculty Senate to help represent the School of Arts & Sciences in this important new endeavor. I have been a faculty member in the School for over ten years and believe that I have the kind of experience and perspective that could be useful in launching the Senate. If elected, my priority would be to help break down barriers for research and teaching collaboration among faculty members across the University's schools.
      • Past service experience:
        • University IT Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning, Member (2016 – present)
        • Arts, Sciences & Engineering, Co-Chair, Campus Planning and Development Committee (2013 – present); Member (2008 – 2014)
        • Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning, Program Director, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) (2016 – present)
        • Provost’s Residential Strategies Working Group, Member (2015 – 2016)
        • Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University. Chair, Student Affairs Committee (2013 – present); Member, Curriculum Review Committee (2007 – 2013)
    • Vida T. Johnson, Professor in International Literary and Cultural Studies
      • I believe that it is very important to have faculty with substantial experience in committee and administrative work, as well as historical knowledge of the University, represent A&S in the new University-wide Faculty Senate. I have served the University on many committees. In addition, my service as a three-time chair of a very large department with 40+ faculty members in a variety of language and culture programs has given me hands-on experience in balancing priorities (budgets, positions…) as well as personalities. Finally, as a participant in the very process of establishing the Senate, I have gained invaluable knowledge of the other Tufts schools and their faculty, so I am ready "to hit the ground running."
      • Past service experience:
        • Chair, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures
        • Member & Co-chair, Budget and University Priorities Committee
        • Member & Chair, Faculty Research Awards Committee
        • Member & Chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee
        • A&S Representative, Faculty Senate Working Group
    • Anne Mahoney, Senior Lecturer in Classics
      • Through active participation in the semester-hours conversion and other faculty initiatives, I have become fascinated by the processes and structures of A&S, AS&E, and University governance, and I am ready to take a larger part. Although Tufts is famous for science and medicine, engineering, and many social sciences, the humanities also have a place here and deserve a seat at the table. Nonetheless, as a senator, my role will be not just to represent full-time lecturers, or to represent humanities faculty, but to represent A&S as a whole.
      • Past service experience:
        • EPC, 2013-present, chair 2015-present, co-chair 2014-15
        • Member, Academic Implementation Group, semester-hours conversion, 2015-present
        • Program in Science, Technology, and Society steering committee, 2015-present
        • Committee on Curricula (LA&J), 2013-present
        • ExCollege Board, 2006-2009, chair 2008-09
    • Mitch McVey, Associate Professor in Biology
      • I am running for the Faculty Senate because I am excited that faculty on all of the Tufts campuses now have a mechanism to collectively generate solutions to both school-specific and university-wide issues. I feel that I can contribute by listening carefully to my colleagues and making sure that their ideas are heard in a fair and open forum.
      • Past service experience:
        • Co-director of the TEACRS postdoctoral training program, which involves postdocs and faculty from the Boston, Medford, and Grafton campuses (2012-present)
        • Member of the Information Technology Committee (2011-2016, Chair 2015-2016)
        • Member of the Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (2015-present)
        • Member of the Student Evaluation Redesign Committee (2011-2013)
        • Member of the Academic Awards Committee (2008-2013)
    • Christiana Olfert, Associate Professor in Philosophy
      • As a new permanent faculty member in Arts and Sciences, I offer a fresh perspective to this important initiative in faculty governance. I am a seventh year member of the Philosophy Department and Adjunct Professor of Classics, and as a member of the Faculty Senate, I would look forward to representing the Humanities and promoting the humanistic goals of Tufts University more broadly. In joining the Senate, I aim not only to advance University policy, but also to build stronger relationships and lines of communication between departments in Arts and Sciences, and between all schools across the University.
      • Past service experience:
        • Sub-committee on Foreign Programs committee member, Fall 2011-Spring 2012, Spring 2013-present
        • Library Committee member, Fall 2015-Fall 2016
        • UIT faculty liaison, Fall 2010-2014
        • Reviewer of proposals for Tufts Experimental College courses, 2015
      Lynne Pepall, Professor in Economics
      • I am a Professor of Economics and have been an active member of the Tufts community for more than 25 years. During my tenure as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2007-13) I had the opportunity to work with the other professional schools on ways to strengthen graduate education at Tufts. This experience together with my recent service on the Task Force for University Wide Governance has deepened my knowledge and appreciation of the university – its unique composition and the strength of its faculty across the schools.
      • Past service experience:
        • Tenure and Promotion 2015-2018
        • A&S Representative to Task Force on University Governance 2014-16
        • Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2007-13
        • Research and Graduate Education Council 2006-13
        • Strategic Planning Committee: Research and Scholarship 2012
    • Martha Pott, Senior Lecturer in Child Study and Human Development
      • A university-wide Faculty Senate will create the opportunity for faculty from all campuses to share information regarding policies, and also to create programs that are not only interdisciplinary but that include strong representation and commitment from faculty on all campuses. I have long been interested in university governance, and have been affiliated with Tufts since 1983.
      • Past service experience:
        • GSAS Executive Committee: Member 2005 - present; Chair 2007-2012
        • A&S Faculty Workload Committee
        • Department of CSHD: Director of MA programs; Diversity Committee
        • IRB, Medford campus
        • Student Life Committee
    • Pearl Robinson, Associate Professor in Political Science
      • In 1990 I served on a university Search Committee for a Vice President of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. As we were finalizing our shortlist of candidates who would come to campus for town hall meetings with the Faculty, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees announced that the Search Committee’s role was merely advisory; the Trustees were free to consider their own candidates. Believing then as I do now that the Faculty should have a meaningful voice in university governance, I resigned.
      • Past service experience:
        • Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee in the 1980s
        • Director, Program in International Relations (1994-2001)
        • Member, Faculty Workload Committee (2014-2016)
        • Spearheaded realization of Tufts’ Black Freedom Trail (2015-present)
        • Core Faculty in a number of Interdisciplinary Programs: International Relations; American Studies; Africana Studies; Peace & Justice Studies; Women’s Studies Board; Consortium on Race, Colonialism and Diaspora
    • Sharan L. Schwartzberg, Professor in Occupational Therapy
      • I am a Professor of Occupational Therapy with secondary appointments in the School of Medicine Departments of Public Health & Community Medicine and Psychiatry. For over 35 years I have worked closely with the administration, faculty and staff across several departments in Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the School of Medicine. For 21 years as a department chair I engaged in many conversations about University governance, degree programs, and concerns that cut across all Schools. This experience provides a unique perspective on university wide challenges that is grounded in history and contemporary issues facing Tufts.
      • Past service experience:
        • Department Chair 1986-2007, Interim Chair 2016-2017
        • AS& E Faculty Grievance Panel 2005-2008
        • Chair, Organization and Governance University Reaccreditation Committee 2001-2003
        • Student Services University Reaccreditation Committee 1991-1992
        • GSAS Policy and Programs Committee 1986-2005
    • Peter Scott, Professor of the Practice in Print, Paper, and Graphic Arts at the SMFA
      • I am closing in on my fourth decade of teaching at SMFA as full-time regular faculty, now Professor of the Practice. I am very pleased to say that I have never been more optimistic about the future of the school and its continuing mission to art education in general and to the studio arts in particular; I am also equally pleased that this is a view shared fairly unanimously by my colleagues at SMFA. In my remaining years here, I am eager to be a part of this transition, and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute in any way that I can.
      • Past service experience:
        • Faculty Affairs and Curriculum Committees (with extended service as chair)
        • NEASC Accreditation Committee, faculty-admissions liaison
        • Initiator and/or coordinator for workshops and exchanges with Artist Proof Studios, Johannesburg, and University of Johannesburg, 1995-present
        • Southern Graphic Council International Conference, Boston, Planning Committee, 2003
        • Fenway Studios and Boston Printmakers, board member, 2016-present
    • Roger Tobin, Professor in Physics & Astronomy
      • The Tufts culture of shared governance, and the faculty commitment to playing an active and constructive role in shaping both the present and the future of the institution, are distinctive and valuable. Increasing demands on faculty time and increasing professionalization of higher education administration, however, mean that our governance structures must evolve if we are to remain a meaningful and constructive voice. I hope that the Faculty Senate, by providing a mechanism to address cross-school issues without encroaching on the autonomy of the individual schools, will represent a useful step forward in that evolution.
      • Past service experience:
        • AS&E Executive Committee: Member 2009 – 2012, 2014-2017, Co-chair ’15-’16, ’16-’17.
        • Chair, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, 2009- 2016
        • AS&E Tenure & Promotion Committee: member 2002-04; 2005-06; Chair ‘05-‘06
        • A&S Strategic Planning & Implementation Committee, 2013-14
        • NEASC Accreditation 2012-2013: Steering Committee; Chair, Governance Working Group