Spring 2011 Election

The Faculty Assembly will elect a Vice-chair and a Secretary-treasurer in Spring 2011.

Candidates for Vice-chair and Secretary-treasurer have been selected by the Nominating Committee of the Faculty Assembly.

The Vice-chair serves a four year term: one year as Vice-chair, two years as Chair of Faculty Council, and one year as Past-chair.

The Secretary-treasurer serves a term of one year.

Please read the candidates’s statements and click on the link at the bottom of the page to access the poll.

The poll will be open until midnight, Friday, April 29, 2011.  The winners will be announced on the Faculty Council website and via broadcast email.

If you have trouble accessing the poll, please contact fafc@bu.edu during business hours before the poll closes.

Vice-chair Candidates

Kathe Darr

I’m honored to keep company with the other candidates for Vice-Chair of BU’s Faculty Council (FC), but I ask for your vote for these reasons:

Vision and Voice – As Vice-Chair (and, after one year, Chair) of our FC, I’ll work vigorously: to promote wider participation in the Faculty Assembly/Faculty Council, our primary voice in university governance; to listen to and speak out for the wisdom of all who teach BU’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students; to achieve our shared goal of faculty salary parity with peer institutions; to insure that our administrators intentionally and gladly seek out the knowledge and experience of our teaching faculties; to encourage additional support for our research/writing, artistic performance, and publication activities; and to facilitate ever stronger communication between our school/college/program faculty, administrators, and Board of Trustees members, including helping to make our new website (www-test.bu.edu/fafc) a “must read” for up-to-date faculty information and dialogue.

Dedication and Experience - Since 2005, I’ve enthusiastically poured effort and energy into the FC—first as STH Fac. Rep., then as the Council’s Sec./Treas. (elected to two terms), and now as Chair of its Academic Freedom Comm. and Chair of the University Council’s Comm. on Faculty Policies (UCCFP). Thanks to these and other responsibilities, I know well BU’s organizational structures and how to function effectively within them as a diplomatic and firm faculty advocate. As Chair of the UCCFP, for example, I worked successfully with stellar faculty and administrators to make BU’s Paid Childbirth and Paid Workload Reduction Policies stronger and more inclusive, to improve its revised Department/Program Discontinuation Policy, and to update the Faculty Handbook tenure provisions and the new salary calendar for CRC faculty. In each case, the UC has unanimously approved the UCCFP’s proposals.

BU is in my blood. I arrived in 1983 as an Instructor with a not-quite-completed dissertation; and over the years, I’ve climbed the ladder of academic rankings from Asst. Prof., to Assoc. Prof. (with tenure), to Full Prof. In the process, I’ve seen first-hand (and remember well) the view from each rung. I look forward to working with you and your FC representatives to make our faculties, and the University we serve, the best they can be.

J. Robb Dixon

I am currently the course coordinator for SM 299, Management as a System, the introductory course that serves as the gateway for students interested in transferring into the School of Management. Since joining Boston University in 1987, I have taught courses in Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Project Management, and Management of Technology and Innovation in the undergraduate, masters, Executive MBA, and doctoral programs.

My research and publications address operations strategy issues. I am currently interested in the interaction of performance measurement systems with improvement efforts in the health care sector. I co-authored with Alfred J. Nanni and Thomas E. Vollmann a book on performance mea¬surement, The New Performance Challenge: Measuring Operations for World Class Competition. I have also published articles on performance measurement, business process reengineering, manufacturing flexibility, operations strategy, and technological innovation.

I am interested in serving as vice-chair of the Faculty Council because I believe the faculty’s role in the shared governance of the university matters. Having served on the Faculty Council’s Executive Committee and as chair of SMG’s Faculty Policy Committee and MET’s Academic Policy Committee, I have an appreciation of the effort required to work with administration to create positive changes and address faculty concerns. Given the University’s aspirations, change and innovation are essential, and I believe active faculty engagement in making them happen is vital.

I earned my Ph.D. in Business Administration and MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and my B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University.

Robert Volk

I have been a member of the Law School faculty for almost thirty years, serving as Director of the Writing Program. My primary field of interest in Legal Writing, although I also teach a seminar on the legal rights of LGBT citizens. I have been involved with Faculty Council for many years as a Law School representative. I have also served as chair of the Student Life Committee, where we rewrote the University’s policies under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), as well as the policies governing dormitory visitation. Currently, I am chair of the University Committee on Curriculum and Programs, the committee charged with review of all new degree programs. Finally, I was a member of the University Task Force on Graduate Programs. One of the most rewarding aspects of my service on the Faculty Council has been the opportunity it has given me to learn more about Boston University and the faculty that perform the work that is at the core of the institution: research and teaching. Given the chance to serve as Vice-Chair of the Council, my goal would be to enable the faculty to have a voice in the workings of this University and to help create a supportive atmosphere that would allow the faculty to flourish.

Secretary-treasurer Candidates

Stephen Brady

I would be honored to be reelected by the Faculty Council to serve as Secretary/Treasurer a position I have held for less than 1 year. I have been a member of the Faculty Council for 7 years during which time I have variously served as a member or Chair of the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee and member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee. I am committed to maintaining a vigorous faculty voice at BU in governance matters. During my tenure on FC I have been involved in a number of issues germane to faculty including helping to streamline the approval process for new programs, defending the rights and prerogatives for faculty in discontinued programs and participating with a number of colleagues in the Equity and Inclusion Committee in drafting policies related to domestic partners. I am a consistent and reliable member of the Faculty Council and will devote the requisite time needed to do a credible job as Secretary/Treasurer.

My academic and professional background includes the following: I am a Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences at the Medical Campus and the Director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program. I have a number of active collaborations at the Charles River Campus, principally with faculty in the Schools of Education, Social Work, Sargent College and Theology. These intercampus collaborations allow me to better serve the needs of all faculty at Boston University including faculty in regular and modified titles and those with and without tenure. My principal areas of my clinical and research interests include HIV prevention, interventions for people with serious mental disorders and gay/lesbian identity formation. I am currently Principal Investigator for an NIH-NIMH project “HIV, Severe Mental Illness and Homelessness” and the past Chair of the APA’s Council on Psychology and AIDS where I was active in gaining NIH-NIMH funding to mentor junior faculty in HIV/AIDS research. Indeed, one of my principal areas of interest is mentoring junior faculty at BU where I recently led an Emerging Leaders forum for the most promising clinical faculty and scholars on the Medical Campus.

Yvette C. Cozier

I am an Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. My research interests include the social and genetic determinants of health in African-American women — specifically, the influence of factors such as racism, neighborhood socioeconomic status, and genetics in the development of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. Additional research interests include the role that the faith community, particularly the black church, plays in health promotion/disease prevention efforts associated with HIV/AIDS in the African-American community.

I am currently in my second term as a Faculty Council representative, and serve on the Equity and Inclusion committee. My motivation for running for the Secretary/Treasurer post is that I am very excited about the work being addressed by the individual committees and by the Faculty Council as a whole. I would welcome the opportunity to play a larger role in this important organization within Boston University.

Peter Szende

Thank you for considering my name for the position of Secretary-Treasurer.

I joined Boston University School of Hospitality Administration as an assistant professor in 2003 and, effective September 1, 2010, I was promoted to associate professor of the practice.

Since my arrival to SHA, I have taught four different courses and I’m currently teaching Food and Beverage Management and Human Resource Management for the Hospitality Industry. I have written two books. My current research focuses on developing innovative instructional materials for the 21st century.

Prior to joining Boston University, I was employed for 8 years by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and served in management positions in Toronto, Dallas and Boston. Prior to that, I developed my hospitality leadership and teaching experience in various European countries.

I have been active in faculty governance for the last eight years. My first experience was serving as an alternate. I then served twice as the representative of SHA. Between 2008 and 2010, I chaired the Faculty Council Equity & Inclusion Committee. After extensive research and deliberation, our committee recommended extending domestic partner benefits to unmarried domestic partners. The Faculty Council approved this recommendation. Currently, I’m the chair of the Faculty Council Advisory Committee.

As Secretary-Treasurer, I would focus my efforts on promoting transparency in university affairs and governance actions.

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