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Three elected to SACUA positions

Faculty members from LSA and the School of Nursing have been elected to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA).

At a March 16 meeting at Palmer Commons, Senate Assembly members elected three to SACUA: John Lehman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and research scientist, Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences, LSA; Edward Rothman, professor, Department of Statistics, and director of the Center for Statistical Consultation, LSA; and Huey-Ming Tzeng, associate professor in the School of Nursing.

The three take their seats on SACUA May 1, to begin three-year terms. They will replace outgoing members Bruce Frier, the John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law, Frank O. Copley Collegiate Professor of Classics and Roman Law, professor of classics, LSA, and professor of law, Law School; SACUA Chair David Potter, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and professor of Greek and Latin, Department of Classical Studies, LSA; and Keith Riles, professor in physics.

Lehman, a former committee member, had not announced an intention to run for SACUA but was nominated from the floor by former chair Charles Smith.

Also running for SACUA were Laurence Boxer, professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, and associate chair of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases for Faculty Affairs; and Stephen Lusmann, associate professor of music (voice).

Addressing Senate Assembly before the vote, Lehman noted his ongoing committee work as chair of the Academic Affairs Advising Committee and his service on the Faculty Grievance Policy Task Force. He said SACUA must be vigilant about attempts to reduce faculty benefits and to force retirements. Rothman said he was concerned with attacks on faculty fringe benefits and where that will lead. Tzeng said she had observed a dispute involving a tenured faculty member, and said that showed her there was a need for strong faculty governance.

The new SACUA members join incumbents Robert Frost, associate professor, School of Information; M. Robert Fraser, librarian, Mardigian Library, UM-Dearborn; Gina Poe, associate professor of anesthesiology and associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology, Medical School, and Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program faculty member; Mojtaba "Moji" Navvab, associate professor of architecture in the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and chair of the certificate program in simulation and gaming in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies; Wayne Stark, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering; and Michael Thouless, professor of materials science and engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, CoE, and SACUA vice chair.

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