More important, to fully integrate all faculty into shared governance, the lives and the careers of all of us, including women, working parents, persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities, must be nurtured with special attention on tenure and promotion, competitive salaries, and support for balancing family responsibilities. As a SACUA member for one year, I had an opportunity to serve for the Prescription Drug Workgroup for 2002 as a SACUA liaison. I fought for faculty members to keep the cost for health care at a reasonable level. I believe that I can make a significant contribution to the University through service in SACUA. I believe that I can be a bridge between leaders of the University and faculty at large.
Yeo, associate professor of nursing, has been with the University since 1986. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. She is a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing Science. She served as a Senate Assembly member for three years. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Childrens Center for Working Families, as well as the Executive Committee for the School of Nursing. She received the Heart of Gold Award from the United Way for her service to the Corner Adolescent Health Center in Ypsilanti. Her research has involved pregnant womens exercise and its effect on preeclampsia.
Koopmann was a faculty member at the University of Arizona (197786) before coming to the U-M in 1986. In 199496, he completed his studies at the School of Public Health to earn a masters of health services administration degree, and in 1998, he obtained a Certificate in Medical Ethics from the University of Washington. He is professor and associate chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a member of the Faulty Group Practice Board of Directors at the Medical School. He has served on departmental, Medical School and university tenure committees (he is chair of the Tenure Committee for the University) and currently serves on the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee. He was one of the authors of the Principles of Faculty Involvement in Institutional and Academic Unit Governance at the University of Michigan and the Tenure Committee Principles document (recently approved by the Faculty Senate), and he recently served on the Do It All Task Force and the Faculty Senate. He has served as an officer in several national societies (president of one) and is currently a member of an American Medical Association advisory committee.
The Regents Bylaws state that the Senate Assembly is the legislative arm of the University Senate. However, Senate Assembly has evolved into an organization that spends most of its time listening to presentations by senior officers and very little time on legislation. It is probably unrealistic to expect that a 72-member body will be able to originate new proposals and policies during once-a-month meetings. Instead, the development of new initiatives should generally be delegated to smaller committees, such as SACUA and faculty advisory committees. As a SACUA member, I will encourage SACUA and the SACUA-appointed committees to develop proposals that include a range of alternatives for Senate Assembly to consider.
As a Senate Assembly member from a branch campus, I also have an interest in seeing that U-M-Dearborn and U-M-Flint are not overlooked in Universitywide faculty governance. In 199899, Dearborn and Flint accounted for 22.7 percent of the students enrolled in the U-M system (FYES) and 17.7 percent of faculty effort (FTE). In light of these numbers, it is disappointing when most of the presentations and documents that come before Senate Assembly presume a purely Ann Arbor audience, even in cases where potential policies might very appropriately be applied to all three campuses.
Riebesell has been a biology faculty member at Dearborn since 1977. He has substantial faculty-governance experience, including service on the executive committees of the Department of Natural Sciences and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, and on the U-M-Dearborn Faculty Senate, which he chaired in 199799. His current research focuses on the ecology of the Rocky Mountain capshell (a rare limpet) and on developing methods for applying geographic information systems to environmental problems.
Savage, professor of chemical engineering, has been at Michigan since earning his Ph.D. in 1986. His scholarly interests involve chemical reaction kinetics and mechanisms, especially in systems of environmental significance. He has served on the Senate Assembly for two years and also is a member of the Provosts Council on Student Honors. He has served on many College of Engineering committees, including the curriculum committee; the nominating committee (chair in 1999); the honors and awards committee (chair in 2001); the Institute for Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology (IESET) curriculum and executive committees; and other ad hoc task forces. Savage was the national winner of the 2001 Catalyst Award from the American Chemistry Council for excellence in chemical education. He was named a Thurnau Professor in 1997. He won the Amoco Faculty Teaching award in 1996, and he has received both Research Excellence (1997) and Teaching Excellence (1995) awards from the College of Engineering. He will bring this experience in service and his insights from integrating teaching and research to his role as a member of SACUA.