Faculty Council Officer Elections 2017

The Vice Chair serves a term of one year as Vice Chair, two years as Chair, and one year as Past Chair.  The candidates for Vice Chair are: Cataldo Leone (GSDM) and  Lynn O’Brien Hallstein (CGS). Their statements and the link to their faculty profile pages are below.

The Secretary-treasurer serves a term of two years and may be elected for one additional term.  The candidate for Secretary-treasurer is: Eileen B. O’Keefe (Sargent).  Her statement and the link to her faculty profile page is below.

The candidates were recruited by the Nominating Committee, chaired by Yvette Cozier (SPH).

The poll will remain open until the end of the day on Friday, April 28, 2017.  Only current members of the Faculty Assembly are eligible to vote.  Faculty who have a professorial rank, unmodified or modified (except for adjunct, visiting, emeritus) or a lecturer rank and hold an appointment of .50 FTE or greater are members of the Faculty Assembly.

Click on the link at the bottom of the page, or at the right, to access the poll.

If you have a problem accessing the poll, please email fafc@bu.edu during business hours prior to Friday, April 28, 2017.

The results will be announced on the Faculty Assembly/Faculty Council website and via broadcast email.

Candidates for Vice Chair

Cataldo W. Leone, DMD, DrMedSc, FACD
Professor of Periodontology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
BU Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

It would be an honor to serve as Vice-chair of Faculty Council. I recognize the vital role of faculty governance in promoting understanding and cooperation across the University, to achieve our mutual aims in the areas of educational content, student life and faculty work environment.

For those who may not know me, I provide a brief biosketch. I have been full-time faculty for 28 years, of which the past 18 years have been here at Boston University, with responsibilities as an educator, researcher, clinical practitioner and administrator. I am director and primary instructor for five courses in the dental school. I have received several teaching awards at the department, school and national levels, as well as a 2012 nomination for the Metcalf Award. My past research has included basic science investigations in proteoglycan structure-function, salivary proteins, and immune mechanisms in periodontal disease; current scholarship is focused on educational methodologies and curriculum design. Grant support has included NIH T-35 short-term research funding for women and minority dental students. I maintained a limited practice in Periodontology while on staff at the Dental Health Center on Comm. Ave. and I continue to hold an appointment at Boston Medical Center. Most of my efforts since 2008 have been as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, including two national committee memberships for the American Dental Association.

I have served on Faculty Council/University Council nearly continuously since 2005.  During these years I have observed first-hand how issues important to faculty are identified and addressed.  Furthermore, I have been a member of several university-level faculty groups:

  • APT Committee of Faculty Council (2007-2008; Chair: Dr. Tanya Zlateva, Dean of Metropolitan College) [committee discontinued following restructuring of UC & FC]
  • Provost’s IT Common Task Force (2008-2009; Chair: Mr. Jeffrey Albro, IS&T Applications)
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) Steering Committee (2012-present; Co-chairs: Dr. Roland Jaeckel, Dir. of Educ. Technology & Dr. Janelle Heineke, Chair of Operations and Technology Management, Questrom)
  • Graduate Council (2012-present; Chair: Dr. Daniel Kleinman, Assoc. Provost for Graduate Affairs)
  • Dean’s Search Advisory Committee, School of Hospitality Administration (2012; Chair: Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost & Chief Academic Officer; Vice-chair: Ms. Nicole Hawkes, Assoc. Provost for Strategic Initiatives)
  • University Program Learning Outcomes Assessment Working Committee on Other Graduate/Graduate Professional Degree Programs (2013-present; Co-chairs: Dr. Gillian Pierce, Dir. of Learning Assessment & Dr. Elizabeth Loizeaux, Assoc. Provost for Undergraduate Affairs)
  • Faculty Council ad hoc workgroup for non-tenure track faculty promotions processes (2015; Chair: Dr. J. Robb Dixon, Chair of Faculty Council)
  • University Council Committee on Faculty Policies (2016-present; Co-chairs: Dr. Janelle Heineke and Dr. Julie Sandell, Assoc. Provost for Faculty Affairs)
  • Student Information System (SIS) Program Steering Committee (2017-present; Co-chairs: Ms. Tracy Schroeder, Vice-pres. of Information Services & Technology and Ms. Christine McGuire, Vice-pres. ad interim of Enrollment and Student Affairs)

Active involvement in these committees has allowed me to glean requisite experience for a leadership role on Faculty Council, through which I can contribute more broadly as an officer. Going forward, I envision continuation of current agenda, such as our ongoing diversity and equity initiatives, as well as adoption of new issues affecting faculty quality of life. One example is the need for clarity on short-term support/bridge funding to help retain colleagues, given the likely significant cuts in federal funding for the arts, sciences and humanities. This would be aligned with one of several issues highlighted by President Robert Brown at recent meetings of the Faculty Assembly and University Council.

I welcome the distinct privilege of addressing these and other important issues together with you as Vice-chair of Faculty Council.  Thank you for considering my nomination.

Respectfully submitted,


Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric
College of General Studies
Affiliate Faculty Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

It is an honor to stand for election as vice chair of the Faculty Council.  I believe I have the extensive experience and interpersonal skills to represent the interests of faculty on both the Charles River and Medical Campuses and to be an effective leader of Faculty Council.

I joined the College of General Studies in 2005, and I became an Affiliate Faculty of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Program in 2016.  I have been an active member of Faculty Council since 2008.  I first served on Faculty Council as a member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee from 2008-2010.  I have been a member of the Executive Committee and University Council since 2010.  In that capacity, I have chaired the Credentials & By-laws, while I have also chaired the Teaching Resources Committee two times.  Currently, I now Co-Chair the Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Committee, University Council.  Additionally, I have served on the Dean’s Search Advisory Committee for the School of Hospitality Administration in 2012, and I am currently the Acting Chair of the Rhetoric Division at CGS.  This extensive and diverse service has given me the opportunity to meet and work with faculty colleagues across both the MED and Charles River Campuses and to understand better both campuses and how BU works as an institution.

It is vital that the next chair of Faculty Council be a good communicator, flexible, and open minded—attributes that colleagues who know me would use to describe me–in order to insure that Faculty Council is represented well within BU.  Moreover, the last 10 years have been an important decade of growth and change at BU, and that growth and change have and will continue to impact faculty across both the MED and Charles River Campuses.  As a result, the next chair must also already have a variety of different experiences working within Faculty Council, while also being committed to working to ensure that faculty interests and concerns are voiced and represented, as BU continues to grow and change.  I would be honored to continue to serve Faculty Council in these ways, if elected.

Respectfully submitted,


Candidate for Secretary-treasurer

Eileen B. O’Keefe, MB BCh (MD) 
Clinical Professor of Health Sciences
College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (Sargent)

It is an honor to stand for Secretary-Treasurer of Faculty Council.

I joined Boston University as a faculty member in The Department of Health Sciences in 2004. I have served as a member of faculty council since 2013. Over this time I have come to appreciate the importance of a strong faculty voice in representing our university faculty.

Throughout my years at Boston University, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity for professional service in a variety of roles, both within Boston University and nationally. This service has provided me the skills and perspective to serve well in the role of secretary treasurer. I currently serve as a Governing Councilor with The American Public Health Association (APHA), working with colleagues to move forward a strong national public health agenda. I serve as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Public Health – Epidemiology. In 2010, I served as member of a National Taskforce on Undergraduate Public Health Learning Outcomes with The Association of American Colleges and Universities and Association of Schools of Public Health. This group developed a standard for learning outcomes for emerging undergraduate programs in public health. I served on the national Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Optimization Center Advisory Board and as Chair of its Data Committee. I have worked internationally with colleagues in research program development, including The India Research and Outreach Initiative, to which I serve as co-Director.

Within Boston University, in addition to Faculty Council, I have served on The Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board (2005-2009 and 2012-Present), Undergraduate Public Health Steering Committee, a collaborative committee of faculty from College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health, Questrom and Sargent faculty to develop and support accelerated bachelors/masters programs in public health. I have worked extensively with BU Global Programs to develop new health programs abroad, including The Dublin Health Science (2007) and Ghana Global Health (2016) Programs.

Within Sargent College, I served as the first Director of the Health Science Program from 2004 – 2016. Through this role, I gained experience engaging faculty and gaining consensus to build this successful undergraduate program with a current student enrollment of 440 students. I served as Chair of Sargent Faculty Council (2007-2009) and as a member of The Undergraduate Education Committee (2005-2007).

These activities have afforded me the opportunity to work with faculty and administration across Boston University. I have enjoyed these opportunities to serve and would very much appreciate your support for Secretary-Treasurer.

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The poll will close at the end of the day on Friday, April 28, 2017.