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Initiated in Spring 2017, the Senate provides faculty representation from all Schools of the University “in order to facilitate and enhance the effectiveness of the governance of the University and further develop a shared sense of community among its members.”  There are thirty (30) elected faculty officers and three (3) ex-officio members from the university administration.

Major issues focus on university-wide plans and policies. The schools are still autonomous, but issues that may impact/influence faculty at other schools can be brought before the senate for consideration.  Its powers are not absolute, but the senate allows a central body in which issues that may be of concern to the entire university can be addressed and faculty can have a voice in these matters.  Issues may be introduced from the administration or from faculty at the various schools.

Please contact any Faculty Senate member if you have a question or issue that you feel the Senate should address. You can also submit an issue for Senate consideration by filling out the “Contact Us” form on the homepage or by emailing

Faculty Senate Members, 2020-21 Academic Year

School Senator Term Dates
Cummings School Carl Kirker-Head 2020-2023
Cummings School Melissa Mazan 2019-2022
Cummings School Dominique Penninck 2018-2021
School of Dental Medicine Olympia Karacosta 2018-2021
School of Dental Medicine Aikaterini Papathanasiou 2020-2023
School of Dental Medicine Nicole Holland 2019-2022
School of Arts & Sciences Sonia Hofkosh 2019-2022
School of Arts & Sciences Roger Tobin 2017-2021
School of Arts & Sciences Anne Mahoney 2019-2022
School of Arts & Sciences Lynne Pepall 2017-2021
School of Arts & Sciences Ellen Pinderhughes 2020-2023
School of Arts & Sciences Mary Jane Shultz 2018-2021
School of Arts & Sciences (SMFA) Chantal Zakari 2019-2022
School of Arts & Sciences Mitch McVey 2018-2021
School of Engineering Douglas Matson 2018-2021
School of Engineering Remco Chang 2019-2022
School of Engineering Mai Vu 2020-2023
Fletcher School Tom Dannenbaum 2020-2023
Fletcher School Leila Fawaz 2019-2022
Fletcher School Jette Knudsen 2018-2021
Friedman School Parke Wilde 2020-2023
Friedman School Nirupa Matthan 2019-2022
Friedman School Greg Gottlieb 2020-2021
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Brent Cochran 2020-2023
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Henry Wortis 2018-2021
School of Medicine Michael Malamy 2019-2022
School of Medicine Misha Eliasziw 2018-2021
School of Medicine Janet Forrester 2020-2023
School of Medicine Maher Taba 2018-2021
School of Medicine Lelan Sillin 2020-2023

Ex-Officio Members

Executive Committee of Faculty Senate and Officers