Faculty Senate President Election

Voting will close April 16, 2018.


Kyle Bishop headshot

Dr. Kyle William Bishop is a third-generation teacher at Southern Utah University. Raised in Cedar City, he earned a BA in humanities from BYU and an MA in English from the University of Utah. He joined the faculty at SUU in the year 2000, working in the business education program before transferring into the English Department. He took a leave of absence in 2006 to pursue a PhD in English at the University of Arizona, where he wrote a dissertation on the origins and cultural significance of zombie narratives, research he published as a book in 2010 as American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture. He has taught courses at SUU in composition, American literature, genre fiction, and film studies. He has served as the English Department chair, the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Honors Program Director. Working with Dr. Todd Petersen, he developed an interdisciplinary, cross-college film and screen studies minor. He has published two additional academic books on zombie culture and literature, along with a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and he is currently the series editor for McFarland's Contributions to Zombie Studies series. He has served as a senator for the SUU Faculty Senate before, and as the CETL Director, he had an ex-officio seat on the Deans' Council for three years. He is passionate about innovative, experience-based pedagogies; dynamic and valuable curricula; providing students with a well-rounded liberal arts education; and supporting faculty's academic freedom and their participation in shared governance.

Steve Barney headshot

Steve Barney: I am a professor of psychology and have been at SUU since August of 1998. I have served as a Faculty Senator, Faculty Senate President, President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association and Department Chair in psychology. Through the years, I have seen a great deal of change in the scope and focus of higher education, and in the unique mission of SUU. One thing that has not changed is the essential role faculty play in the educational process. I have always been a strong advocate for faculty, and am committed to represent faculty interests to the administration, as well as communicate information from the administration back to the faculty. I have no grand aspirations for the office of Faculty Senate President, only a willingness to serve as a balanced and diplomatic voice for our interests. I am fully confident those whose names are on the ballot will also provide effective advocacy, and I fully respect and support any decision the voting body makes.  



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