The Faculty Senate
(FS Bylaws, Article 1 and 7)

Membership of Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 1

1.1 Voting Members

1.1.1 Election of Voting Members

Voting members of the Faculty Senate shall be elected in the following manner:

(A) One member of the Faculty Senate shall be elected from and by the tenure-track faculty of each academic department or school in the degree-granting colleges of the university, with two elected from each department or school of over 50 faculty members, and one faculty member each from the College of Law and the University Libraries. Such tenure-track faculty, eligible to either be elected or to elect, shall include those who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor, and shall exclude the president, the president's staff, the executive vice president and provost, the executive vice president and provost's staff, the deans, and the deans' staff.

Members of the University Council may not serve as the elected Faculty Senate representative of an academic department. Alternates for elected members of the Faculty Senate shall be selected from the member’s department. Alternates may attend and participate as voting members in the event the elected member is unable to attend.

In addition, 10 non-tenured instructors as defined by the Instructors collective Bargaining Agreement Article 1 shall be voting members. One instructor will be selected by each of the seven degree-granting colleges. The remaining three instructors will be selected at large.

One clinical faculty member will be selected by the Council of Deans.

Two Supportive Professional Staff members will be selected by the Supportive Professional Staff Council.

Two Operating Staff members will be selected by the Operating Staff Council. Operating Staff will serve one-year terms.

(B) When the Faculty Senate does not contain at least one elected faculty representative who is a member of a minority racial group, the elected faculty members of the Faculty Senate shall meet and elect such a representative. The person thus elected shall be chosen from among the faculty members of the university who are eligible for election as a faculty representative of the Faculty Senate. Prior to conducting such an election, the elected faculty representatives on Faculty Senate shall seek nominations from the college faculties and shall elect one of the persons thus nominated. The position thus filled shall be in addition to the number of seats otherwise apportioned. The faculty representative so elected shall serve a term of three years.

(C) Eleven students will have voting membership on the Faculty Senate. One student will be selected by the Student Advisory Committee from each of the six undergraduate degree-granting colleges. Two undergraduate students will be selected by the Student Government Association. Two graduate students will be selected by the Graduate Council. One College of Law student will be selected by the College of Law. Students will serve one-year terms. Students will not vote on faculty and staff personnel matters.

1.1.2 The terms of office for all voting members of the Faculty Senate, except students, shall be for three years and shall begin July 1 of each year.

1.2 Nonvoting Members

1.2.1 Any faculty member of the University Advisory Committee (UAC) to the Board of Trustees who is not a voting member of the Faculty Senate shall be an ex officio nonvoting member.

1.2.2 If not otherwise a member of the Faculty Senate the faculty representative to the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Committee shall be an ex officio nonvoting member.

1.2.3 If they are not otherwise voting members of the Faculty Senate, the faculty serving as assistant chairs of the Academic Planning Council, the Graduate Council, and the Baccalaureate Council, shall sit as ex officio nonvoting members of the Senate during their terms of office.

1.2.4 If not otherwise a voting member of the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Athletics Representative shall be an ex officio nonvoting member.

Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 7

7.1 The Faculty Senate shall serve as the official voice of the faculty of Northern Illinois University and as the authoritative representative liaison body between the faculty and (1) the University Council, (2) the president of the university, (3) the executive vice president and provost, (4) other vice presidents with respect to their responsibilities affecting the faculty, and (5) the chair and the Board of Trustees. The Faculty Senate is the body empowered to act as an agent for the university faculty with the power to formulate policies regarding educational functions of the university.

7.2 In accordance with the Preamble and Article 7.3 of the University Constitution and the stated commitment to university governance as a shared process, the Faculty Senate shall serve the following purposes:

7.2.1 Faculty shall predominate in all policy decisions relating to the faculty personnel system, the university curriculum, and to policy decisions concerning admissions and academic policies and standards.

7.2.2 To promote the representation of the faculty in the governance of the university;

7.2.3 To encourage active faculty participation in the development of university policies and procedures;

7.2.4 To discuss and recommend as a Faculty Senate policies affecting the university as a whole;

7.2.5 To promote the welfare of the faculty and the university.

Meets monthly on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.
2023-2024 dates: Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Nov 29, Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 27, Apr 24



TENURE-TRACK FACULTY

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

 

BUSINESS                   

 

 

 

 

Accountancy

Mark Mellon Mark Mellon
Mark Mellon Mark Mellon

Finance

Fall-Yao Zheng
Spring-Nan Qin

Nan Qin

Management

Sarah Marsh, VP

Sarah Marsh
Vice President

Marketing

Reza Rajabi for Fredericks

Reza Rajabi for Fredericks

OMIS

Biagio Palese

Fall-Amin Vahedian Khezerlou
Spring-Biagio Palese 

Biagio Palese

EDUCATION                   

 

 

 

 

Counseling and Higher Education

Xiaodan Hu

Gudrun Nyunt

Gudrun Nyunt

Gudrun Nyunt

Curriculum and Instruction

Fall-Jodi Lampi
Spring-Sheldon Woods for Lampi

Jodi Lampi

Jodi Lampi Jodi Lampi

Educational Technology, Research & Assessment

Cindy Campbell

Cindy Campbell

Cindy Campbell

Kinesiology & Physical Education

Peter Chomentowski

Peter Chomentowski

Peter Chomentowski

Leadership, Educational Psychology & Foundations

Tiffany Puckett for Creed

Ben Creed
President

Special and Early Education

Lisa Liberty

Lisa Liberty

Lisa Liberty

Lisa Liberty

ENGINEERING & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY                   

 

 

 

 

Electrical Engineering

Veysel Demir

Veysel Demir

Veysel Demir

Veysel Demir

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Gary Chen

Ziteng Wang

Ziteng Wang

Ziteng Wang

Mechanical Engineering

Sahar Vahabzadeh

Sahar Vahabzadeh

Sahar Vahabzadeh

Technology

Mahdi Vaezi

Fall-Mahdi Vaezi
Spring-William Mills

HEALTH & HUMAN SCIENCES                   

 

 

  

  

Allied Health & Communicative Disorders

In-Sop Kim

In-Sop Kim

Family and Consumer Sciences

Bette Montgomery

Charline Xiaolin Xie for Montgomery

Health Studies

Fall-Sheila Barrett
Spring-Jennifer Gray

Sheila Barrett

Sheila Barrett

Interdisciplinary Health Professions

Melanie Duffrin

Nahal Salimi for Duffrin

Nursing

Jeanette Rossetti for Petges

Jeanette Rossetti for Petges

LAW

Fall-Sarah Fox
Spring-Dan McConkie

Therese Arado for McConkie

Therese Arado for McConkie

LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES                   

 

 

 

 

Anthropology

Emily McKee Emily McKee Emily McKee Emily McKee

Biological Sciences

Virginia Naples for Bujarski

Virginia Naples

Virginia Naples

Virginia Naples

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Evgueni Nesterov

Evgueni Nesterov

Communication

Karen Whedbee

Karen Whedbee

Karen Whedbee Karen Whedbee

Computer Science

Kirk Duffin

Kirk Duffin Kirk Duffin Kirk Duffin

Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Michael Konen for Carpenter

Wei Luo Wei Luo Wei Luo

Economics

George Slotsve

George Slotsve

English

Brian May for Aygen

Mark Van Wienen for Gulsat Aygen

History

Ismael Montana, 
President

Taylor Atkins

Taylor Atkins

Taylor Atkins

Mathematical Sciences

Gleb Sirotkin

Gleb Sirotkin

Gleb Sirotkin Gleb Sirotkin

Philosophy

Valia Allori

Alicia Finch

Alicia Finch

Alicia Finch

Physics

Yasuo Ito 

Yasuo Ito

Political Science

April Clark

Brendon Swedlow Brendon Swedlow

Brendon Swedlow

Psychology

David Valentiner 

David Valentiner

Public Administration

Jaehee Jong 

Jaehee Jong

Sociology

Shane Sharp

Shane Sharp

Shane Sharp

Statistics and Actuarial Science

 

World Languages & Cultures

Linda Saborio for Smith

Dennis Brain Dennis Brain Dennis Brain

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Beth McGowan

Beth McGowan

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS                   

 

 

 

 

Art and Design

Todd Buck for Staikidis

Kryssi Staikidis

Music

Christopher Scanlon

Christopher Scanlon

Christopher Scanlon

Theatre & Dance

Lori Hartenhoff

Lori Hartenhoff

Lori Hartenhoff

INSTRUCTORS AND CLINICAL FACULTY

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

Instructor-BUS

 

 

 

 

Instructor-EDU

David Serowka for Laben

Vicky Books

Vicky Books

Vicky Books

Instructor-EET

Ed Miguel

Charlie Ruetsche

Charlie Ruetsche 

Charlie Ruetsche

Instructor-HHS

Marcia Berke

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

Instructor-LAS

Kristen Borre

Roxanna Fotovat

Roxanna Fotovat

Roxanna Fotovat

Instructor-LAW

Jeanna Hunter

Sandra Kupelian Sandra Kupelian

Sandra Kupelian

Instructor-VPA

Brian Penkrot

 

Instructor-at large

Fall-Dave Benner
Spring-Tim Sullivan

 

 

Instructor-at large

Jason Akst

Jason Akst Jason Akst

Jason Akst

Instructor-at large

Victoria Books

 

Clinical faculty-at large

Mariah Cheyney

Yenitza Guzman TBD for Guzman

TBD for Guzman

STAFF

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

Supportive Professional Staff

Felicia Bohanon 

Felicia Bohanon

Felicia Bohanon

Felicia Bohanon

Supportive Professional Staff

Andrew Rogers for Richter

John Boswell

John Boswell

John Boswell

Operating Staff

Natasha Johnson

Natasha Johnson

 

 

Operating Staff

Holly Nicholson

Mandy Kreitzer

 

 

STUDENTS

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

Student-SAC-BUS

 

 

 

Student-SAC-EDU

 

 

 

 

Student-SAC-EET

 

 

 

Student-SAC-HHS

Marlena Martinez

 

 

Student-SAC-LAS

Hannah Mooberry

Kennedy Porter

 

 

Student-SAC-VPA

 

 

 

 

Student-SGA

Dallas Douglass

Chris English

 

 

Student-SGA

Fall-Corey Batz
Spring-Raaif Majeed

Fall-Manny Corpuz
Spring-Landon Larkin

 

 

Student-GC

Nazia Saiyed

Hollis Harris 

 

 

Student-GC

Dashiell Shulman

Fall-Kianna Graves
Spring-George Zumanu

 

 

Student-LAW

Paige Gors

 

 

NONVOTING
MEMBERS OR CONSULTANTS

2022-2023

2023-2024

2024-2025

2025-2026

Faculty members of the University Advisory Committee 
to the Board of Trustees

Ismael Montana

 Ben Creed

    

    

    

Karen Whedbee

Karen Whedbee

    

Katy Jaekel Fall-Katy Jaekel
Spring-Larissa Garcia

 

Brad Cripe

Brad Cripe

 

Faculty Advisory Committee to the IBHE

Linda Saborío

Linda Saborío

Linda Saborío

Assistant Chair, APC

Marc Falkoff 

Marc Falkoff

 

 

Assistant Chair, GC

Fall-Katy
Jaekel
Spring-Jeremy Groves

Wesley Swingley

 

  

Assistant Chair, BC

Amanda Ferguson

Amanda Ferguson

 

  

Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR)

Courtney Hughes Courtney Hughes

   

 

Parliamentarian

Ferald Bryan

Ferald Bryan

 

 

Ombudsperson

Sandy Cox

Sandy Cox

 

 

Contact Us

University Council
Altgeld Hall 103

Benjamin Creed
President, Faculty Senate
Chair, University Council
bcreed@niu.edu

Pat Erickson
Administrative Assistant
pje@niu.edu

Linda Saborío
Faculty Advisory Council to the IBHE
lsaborio@niu.edu

Carrie Kortegast
Faculty Personnel Advisor
ckortegast@niu.edu

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