Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate President Election

Voting will be open from April 16-22, 2014.

You must be logged into the mySUU portal in order to cast your vote. Read about the candidates and then cast your vote at the bottom of this page.

The individual garnering the most votes will serve one year as the Faculty Senate President-Elect (2014-2015) and represent the voice of the faculty as the Senate President during 2015-2016.

Candidates:

Dr. Kevin Stein, Associate Professor of Communication

“Dearest colleagues. My name is Kevin Stein and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. I am currently on a year long sabbatical in China teaching, conducting research, and overseeing SUU's American Studies Center at Hunan Normal University. I will return to SUU this summer. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005 and began working at SUU that same year in my first full-time faculty position. I served on the faculty senate from 2007 to 2010 before I was awarded tenure in 2012. Some of my peers at the time expressed concern about non-tenured faculty members being limited in their ability to truly represent their colleges because of political pressure or fear of contract termination. Personally, I never worried much about this and have rarely avoided opportunities to engage in dialogue on issues I think are important. I had the opportunity to chair the Academic Affairs committee my last year on the senate and we were faced with the difficult task of revising the university's anti-discrimination policy. The movement to include sexual orientation as a protected status in the policy was very polarizing. After months of debate within the committee and with great effort to represent the wishes of the faculty senate members, the official policy now protects this status group. I sincerely believe the faculty senate can function effectively as a tool for initiating appropriate changes. Plus, during my term on the senate and the academic affairs committee, I found that administrators were much more open to debate than perhaps people perceive them to be. I promise that, if elected, I will do my best to represent the faculty diligently, courageously, and respectfully. ”

Dr. Nichole Wangsgard, Associate Professor of Special Education

Dr. Nichole Wangsgard is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Southern Utah University (SUU). She has been teaching at SUU since 2006. In the Fall of 2013, Dr. Wangsgard was the interim Dean for the College of Education and Human Performance. Prior to joining SUU, Dr. Wangsgard earned her masters degree from University of Utah and doctorate degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her teaching career in 1998 as a public school special education junior high school teacher in West Valley City, Utah, where she was department chair of special education and coach of several athletic teams. Dr. Wangsgard's research and publications have been in the areas of assessment, literacy, reading motivation, reading strategies, professional learning communities, behavior management, and mild/moderate disabilities. Today, Dr. Wangsgard is a proud mother of twins and was recently granted tenure and advancement in rank to associate professor of education. Dr. Wangsgard has launched several new and exciting research projects including a peer-mentoring project at SUU designed help professors improve teaching practices. Dr. Wangsgard would bring leadership, positive energy, and commitment to the needs of her colleagues if nominated Faculty Senate president.