Academics
Areas of Study

Gallaudet University operates with the principles of shared governance, and the Board of Trustees has the fundamental responsibility and ultimate authority for institutional legal, fiscal, academic, and operational well-being. The faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees each have primary responsibilities which overlap in some instances.

The University Faculty Handbook: A statement of policies and procedures, including conditions of employment. In the spirit of shared governance, the University Faculty shall work with the administration to develop proposals for amendments to the University Faculty Handbook that can be recommended to the Board of Trustees for approval.

The University Faculty Bylaws: A statement of how the University Faculty shall operate. The faculty has responsibility for initiating changes to the document and for acting on such proposals. The University Faculty will keep the administration and the Board of Trustees informed of all changes it makes to the bylaws.

Charge

The principal decision-making body of the faculty:

The UF shares with the institution the highest level of responsibility for developing and maintaining an intellectual climate and relevant professional and disciplinary standards the UF through its governance structures

  1. shall establish courses of study requirements for admission or transfer, requirements for graduation for the associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees;
  2. shall determine academic discipline;
  3. shall recommend to the president and Board of Trustees candidates for degrees;
  4. shall regulate faculty status and conduct.

Membership

Name Title / Role Group Represented Term
William Ennis Assistant Professor/HPRS UF Chair 2018 – 2021
Christi Batamula Assistant Professor/EDU UF Vice Chair 2018 – 2021
M. Elizabeth Bowman Instructor/SWK UF Secretary 2020 – 2023
Pia Borsheim Professor/ENG Senate Representing the UF At-Large 2018 – 2021
Teresa Blankmeyer-Burke Associate Professor/HPRS Senator Representing the Faculty of Color 2020 – 2023
Pamela Collins Instructor/DOIT Senator Representing the Faculty of Color 2020 – 2023
Audrey Frank Assistant Professor/SWK Senator Representing Undergraduate Studies 2019 – 2022
Danielle Hunt Assistant Professor/DOIT Senator Representing Chair of Legislative Councils-CGE 2019-2020
Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi Professor/PSY Senator Representing Undergraduate Studies 2020 – 2023
Raja Kushalnagar Associate Professor/STM Senator Representing Undergraduate Studies 2020 – 2023
Jacquelyn Lally Dir Academic and Research Tech Support/GTS Senate, Staff Representative
Larry Medwetsky Professor/HSLS Senator Representing the UF At-Large 2019 – 2022
Gene Mirus Associate Professor/ASL&DST Senator Representing the UF At-Large 2019 -2022
Brendan Stern Assistant Professor/GPA Senator Representing Undergraduate Studies 2020 – 2023
David Thornton Assistant Professor/HSLS Senator Representing Graduate Studies 2020 – 2023
Kathleen Wood Professor/ENG Senator Representing the UF At-Large 2019-2020
Felicia Williams Lecturer I/ASL Deaf Studies Senator Representing Chair of Legislative Councils – CUE 2017-2020
TBD Staff Representative/Ex Officio, Non-Voting Rep
TBD SBG President Ex Officio, Non-Voting Rep
TBD Administration Rep. Ex Officio, Non-Voting Rep
TBD GSA Chair Ex-Officio, Non-Voting member

Updated May 2020

Executive Committee of the Senate

The Executive Committee serves as University Faculty representatives to the University Council.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Member Information

Faculty governance meetings schedule (2020, 2021)

Schedules for Fall and Spring Meetings in 2020 and 2021.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Faculty Support

Faculty Welfare Committee

The Faculty Welfare Committee develops policies regarding the rights and responsibilities of individual faculty members.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Member Information

Faculty-Student Affairs Committee

The Faculty-Student Affairs Committee recommends policies regarding student orientation, academic advisement, and student reinstatement.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Member Information

Faculty, Senate, and Committees

Faculty Governance roster.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Member Information

Honorary Degree and Faculty Emeritus Committee

The Committee on Honorary Degrees recommends recipients for honorary degrees and professor emeritus awards.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Member Information

Tenure and Promotion Committee

Membership, authority, roles, and responsibilities of the Tenure and Promotion Committee.

Academic Affairs

Resource Type: Member Information

Contact Us

Academic Affairs

College Hall 201

(202) 250-2071

(202) 651-5085

By submitting this form, I opt in to receive select information and deaf resources from Gallaudet University via email.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.