Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Senate Assembly elects three to fill seats on SACUA

The Senate Assembly on Monday elected faculty members from the College of Engineeringand the Medical School to three-year terms on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA).

The faculty governance body elected:

• Rachel Goldman, professor of materials science and engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and physics.

• Kimberlee Jane Kearfott, professor of nuclear engineering radiological sciences, biomedical engineering, and radiology.

• Kate Barald, professor of cell and developmental biology, and biomedical engineering.

All three take their seats on May 1 on SACUA, the nine-member executive arm of the University Senate and of the Senate Assembly. They will replace outgoing members Michael Thouless, professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering, and current SACUA chair; M. Robert Fraser, associate director for scholarly resources at UM-Dearborn’s Mardigian Library and current SACUA vice chair; and Wayne Stark, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

The new SACUA members join incumbents Robert Frost, associate professor of information studies; Gina Poe, associate professor of anesthesiology, and molecular and integrative physiology; Mojtaba “Moji” Navvab, associate professor of architecture; Stephen Lusmann, associate professor of music; John Lehman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Edward Rothman, professor of statistics, adjunct professor of economics, and director of the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research.

Also running for SACUA were Gonçalo Abecasis, Felix Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics; Dr. Laurence Boxer, professor of pediatrics; William Schultz, professor of mechanical engineering, and naval architecture and marine engineering; and Greg Wakefield, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

In remarks before the vote, Goldman said collaborative governance between the faculty and central administration is increasingly important. Kearfott said SACUA should address modern concerns of the academy while continuing to stick by the historical principals under which universities have traditionally operated. Barald said she would work to make SACUA a voice for all faculty members in dealing with the economic pressures facing U-M.