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March 22, 2012

Senate, Faculty Assembly slates announced

Electronic balloting for University Senate officers and new Faculty Assembly members will begin March 24 and run through April 7.

There are two presidential candidates: Beverly Ann Gaddy, associate professor of political science at the Greensburg campus, and Thomas C. Smitherman, professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, School of Medicine. (See related story this issue.)

The winner will succeed Michael R. Pinsky, who is completing his third consecutive term, the maximum allowed under Senate bylaws.

There are two candidates for vice president: James T. Becker, professor of psychiatry, psychology and neurology in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, and Jay Sukits, clinical assistant professor of business administration, Katz Graduate School of Business.

Incumbent Senate secretary Linda Frank, associate professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health, is running unopposed for a second term.

Senate officers will serve one-year terms beginning July 1.

Newly elected members to Faculty Assembly serve the first year of their three-year terms on the Assembly; during their second and third years, they serve on both the faculty-only Assembly and on Senate Council, which includes faculty, staff, students and administrators.

The following are candidates for Faculty Assembly. The number of vacancies in each unit is indicated in parentheses:

School of Arts and Sciences

  • Humanities (1 vacancy): Clark Muenzer (German); Anna Nisnevich (music).
  • Natural Sciences (2): Russell Clark (physics and astronomy); Marta Lewicka (mathematics).
  • Social Sciences (2): Martha Chaiklin.

Professional schools

  • Business (1): no candidates.
  • Education (1): M. Najeeb Shafiq.
  • Law (1): Nancy Burkoff.
  • Engineering (1): Patrick Smolinski.
  • Information Sciences (1): Michael Spring.
  • Public and International Affairs (1): Jerome McKinney.
  • Social Work (1): Keith Caldwell.

Schools of the Health Sciences

  • Public Health (1): Jane Cauley; Joe Costantino.
  • Medicine (3): Michael Butterworth; Kevin Gibson; Jordan Karp; Sam Tisherman.

University Library System

(1): Miriam Meislik; Claire Withers.

There are no openings this year for new Assembly members from the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Nursing, the Health Sciences Library System or the School of Pharmacy.

Pitt’s Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville campuses elect their own representatives to Faculty Assembly.

The slate for the Senate’s 15 standing committees is being compiled by the Senate elections committee and is expected to be published in the April 5 University Times. Senate committee elections will run April 10-21.

For more information on the elections, visit or contact the Senate office at 4-6505.

—Peter Hart


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