Senate committees consider specific areas of interest to the Faculty.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee (SEC) 

SEC Leadership:

SEC Membership: 

Faculty Committees

Faculty members at Adelphi University volunteer to serve on one or more of several Faculty Senate Committees.

The committee shall:

  • Receive reports from the duly elected Academic Affairs (Curriculum) Committees of all Units within the University and recommend Senate action on new or restructured programs or courses, including any changes in designated course co- or prerequisite, proposed by the Units.
  • Review and recommend Senate action on any initiatives that seek accreditation and registration for new programs.
  • Review and recommend Senate action on proposals for the creation, merger and/or abolition of programs and academic units, or on other appropriate academic affairs/issues.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.
  • Streamline the review process to remove any gray areas.
  • Find a better way to analyze new programs and new courses for potential content overlaps.

Academic Affairs Committee Membership

Chair: Samantha Kovener (CAS) Chair, Jacqueline Johnston (CNPH) Vice-Chair

Members: Heather Waters (CAS), Timo Partenen (WSOB), Xiaoxing Liu (CAS), Carl Mirra (CEHS), Brian McDonald (Library), Jason Rosas (CEHS), Sabena Thomas (CNPH), Marilyn Paul (SOSW).

Ex-Officio Members: Angela Friedman (Provost Office), Linda Jean Louis (Registrar) and Elizabeth Ciabocchi (Associate Provost)

The committee shall:

  • Review and recommend policies and practices regarding student academic performance, including issues related to probationary criteria and practices, student program progress criteria, advisement and or guidance, and remediation practices (including the learning disabilities support program).
  • Review policies of probation and dismissal, providing written recommendations to the Senate.
  • Review policies related to academic freedom in relation to standards, making recommendations to the Senate.
  • Work with the Office of Academic Services to review University policy on administrative aspects of grading policy.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.
  • Actively provide feedback in relation to academic standards matters referred to the committee.
  • Review as required, investigate and make recommendations for all academic standards.
  • Recommend and monitor general graduation requirements for certificates, diplomas and degrees awarded by the College.
  • Establish procedures, formats, and deadlines for changes in academic standards to be presented to the committee.

Academic Standards Committee Membership

Chair: A. Hasan Sapci (Health Informatics, College of Nursing and Public Health)

Members: Louise Geddes (English, College of Arts and Sciences), Michael Moore (Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology), Hanna Kim (Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences) and Telvis Rich (School of Social Work)

Ex-Officio Members: Schanica Pickens (School of Social Work)

Policy Recommendations

Admissions and Retention Committee Membership

Chair: Justyna Widera-Kalinowska

Co-Chair: Joseph DeGearo

Members: Barbara Cunningham (Biology), Sung Kim (Mathematics and Computer Science),  Nathan Ross (General Studies), Esther Kogan (Director of STEP, School of Education and Health Sciences), Nathan George (Derner School of Psychology) and David Pierce (Art Department) 

Ex-Officio Members: Diann Cameron Kelly (Associate Provost for Student Success), Kristen Capezza (Vice President, Enrollment Management and University Communications), Christopher Storm (Provost and Executive Vice President) and Andrea Ward (Associate Provost for Research and Special Projects)

Admissions and Retention Committee Goals:

  • Propose a giving campaign geared toward new, first-time givers among the faculty who would be willing to support grants for students who demonstrate financial need.
  • Partner with Enrollment Management, Career Services, and Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics Assessment in order to design promotional materials that can be used by faculty at Admissions events.


Artificial Intelligence Committee Membership

Chair: A. Hasan Sapci

Members: Irene Auteri, Aditi Bandyopadhyay, Tandra Chakraborty, Sixia Chen, Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Matthew X Curinga, Alireza Ebrahimi, Sarah Eltabib, Galina Fomovska, Ganesh M. Pandit, Rakesh Gupta, Beth Heydemann, Fred Hicks, Joshua Hiller, Aaron Chia Yuan Hung, Karen Kolb, Michael LaCombe, Susan Letteney, Brian McDonald, Amrita Madray, Michael Matto, Kristin Pepper, Subadra Panchanadeswaran, Timo Partanen, Geoffrey Ream, Ana Isabel Simon Alegre, Lee Stemkoski, Damian Stanley, Anne Marie Skvarla, Gita Surie, Monica Yang, Monica Young

Ex-Officio Members: Christopher Storm, Andrea Ward

Athletics Committee Membership

Chair: Bob Perez

Members: Daniel McCable, Jessica Roque, Meredith Whitley, Michael Aquino, Tom Ward, Winston Waters, Michael Myers, Dan Bedard, Sentwali Bakari, Kattari Gonsalez

The committee shall:

  • Conduct and supervise all elections involving the Faculty Senate including Senate officers, Executive Committee, and the succeeding Credentials and Election Committee.
  • Conduct and supervise all elections requiring the participation of the total eligible voting faculty.
  • Examine the credentials, rule on the eligibility and recommend the seating of all Senators.
  • Discharge other duties as delegated to it by the Faculty Senate.
  • Elect new members.
  • Elect new chair.
  • SCEC operating procedures approved by senate executive committee.

Credentials and Elections Committee Membership

Chair: Rakesh Gupta

Members: Jacqueline Johnston, Robert Siegfried

Alternate Members: Margaret Marie Cox

Faculty Hearing Committee Membership

Chair: Marilyn Klainberg

Regular Members: Cindy Maguire (Art/Art History – 3 year term [ends May 2024), Yiyuan Sun (Nursing – 2 year term [ends May 2023), Rakesh Gupta (Robert B. Willumstad School of Business), Victor Oliva (University Libraries)

Alternate Members (1 year term ends May 2022): Evelyn O’Connor (Education)

The Committee shall:

  • Furnish opportunities for faculty and trustees to interact in meaningful ways
  • Inform trustees about faculty work, scholarship, student success and academic culture
  • Provide faculty perspective to Board of Trustee members
  • Develop constructive ways to highlight and improve shared governance
  • Reach for a sustainable, effective structure of communication centered on mutual respect and improved shared governance.

Faculty Senate Board of Trustees Council

Co-Chairs: Sarah Eltabib, Carl Mirra

Members: Raghida Abdullah Yassime,Sarah Eltabib, Martin Haas, Mary Jahrsdoerfer, Samantha Kovener, Carl Mirra, Brian Stockman

The committee shall:

  • Review all documents from the Administration concerning budgetary plans and policies.
  • Present interim and final recommendations to the Senate about the implications and/or any necessary alterations of these plans and policies based upon assessment of current programs and Units across the University.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.

Finance Committee Membership

Chair: Josh Hiller

Members: Sviatoslav Moskalev, Brian Stockman, Lea Theadore

The committee shall:

  • Work in cooperation with the Dean of the Libraries, Library Faculty and SCAIT to evaluate the status of library holdings in light of the academic needs of faculty and students.
  • Work in cooperation with the Dean of the Libraries and Library Faculty to develop a long range plan to improve the library and maximize its function as a quality resource for faculty and students.
  • Work to support, strengthen, and monitor the system of library liaison with schools and departments to ensure currency in library acquisitions.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.

Library Committee Membership

Chair: Dana Sinclair

Members: Andrea Ward, Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Diane Santangelo, Robert Linne, Victor Oliva

The committee shall:

  • Develop, gain approval and publicize University vision and strategic objectives for scholarly achievement
  • Develop a strategy and strategic objectives to Integrate Adelphi scholarship into online research platforms like Digital Commons, ResearchGate, Google School etc. including tool-kits & training
  • Develop a PR plan to enhance Adelphi’s reputation for meaningful scholarship
  • Tentatively offer research awards for which the committee determines and oversees criteria and process
  • Develop and run monthly university-wide faculty ‘brownbag’/colloquia
  • Enhance communication between faculty, staff, and administration regarding allocation of university resources in support of faculty scholarship and creative works
  • Improve awareness of university resources for faculty scholarship and creative works
  • Increase internal support for faculty scholarship and creative works
  • Enhance internal recognition of faculty scholarship and creative works
  • Improve external promotion of faculty scholarship and creative works

Scholarly and Creative Works Committee Membership

Co-Chairs: Meredith Whitley (Health and Sport Sciences, School of Education) and Dominic Fareri (Derner School of Psychology)

Members: Eugenia Villa-Cuesta (Biology), Lahney Preston-Matto (English), Michael Christofferson (History), Jiang Zhang (Business), Laura Brumariu (Derner School of Psychology), Christina Marini (Derner School of Psychology), Kevin Mercier (Health and Sport Sciences, School of Education), Wei Lui (Nursing & Public Health), Hasan Sapci (Nursing & Public Health), Chrisann Newransky (Social Work), Christopher Barnes (Libraries), Kartherine Fiori (Derner School of Psychology), Michael D’Emic (Arts and Sciences), Marcos Gonsalez (Arts and Sciences), Subadra Panchanadeswaran (School of Social Work).

Ex-Officio Members: Christopher Storm (Provost/Executive Vice President), Violeta Ilik (Dean of Libraries), Mary Cortina (Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, ORSP) and Andrea Ward (Associate Dean for Student Success Strategic Initiatives), Ednah Madu (Assistant Professor/College of Nursing and Public Health), Karen Kolb (Director/Faculty Center of Professional Excellence).

The committee shall:

  • Review the quality of undergraduate and graduate student life at the University and make recommendations to the Senate to improve the quality of student life. The committee shall consult with the Committee on Admissions and Retention concerning the review and recommendations.
  • Advise the Office of Student Affairs on policies and procedures pertinent to all aspects of student life, offering a summary report to the Senate.
  • Oversee the work of the Pre-Medical and Pre-Law Councils.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.

Student Life Committee Membership

Co-Chairs: Sarah Eltabib, Justyna Widera

Members: Loriann Gross, Stephanie Lake, Eric Knee

Ex-Officio Members: Anna Zinko, Emily Dorko, Joseph DeGearo, Leeann Mello

Spring 2022 FSCSL

The committee shall:

  • Serve as an advocate to maintain the high priority that Adelphi has placed on good teaching.
  • Organize and hold workshops on teaching, the purpose of which is not assessment, but colleagues learning from colleagues.
  • Monitor the academic advisement system.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.
  • Develop, distribute, and analyze a survey on advising.
  • Use survey results to develop recommendations around advising to bring to the Senate.
  • Organize & sponsor/co-sponsor workshops on teaching & advising-related topics.
  • Promote faculty discussion of teaching.
  • Provide feedback to the Faculty Senate and administration on teaching & advising issues that arise.

Teaching and Advisement Committee Membership

Co-Chairs: Lawrence Hobbie (Biology) and Courtney Weida (Art Education)

Members: Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter (Nursing), Cindy Arroyo (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Stephanie Boggs (Ruth S. Ammon College of Education and Health Sciences), Jacqueline Johnson (Sociology), Lauren Lavoie (Learning Resource Program), Karen Mancini (Nursing), Nathan Ross (General Studies), Melissa VanAlstine-Parris (Chemistry), Jennifer Walsh (Academic Services and Retention), Susan Zori (Nursing).

Ex-Officio Members: Jennifer Walsh (Academic Services and Retention)

Senate Committee on Teaching and Advisement Peer Observation

The committee shall:

  • Evaluate the status of informational technology in light of the academic needs and freedoms of faculty and academic needs of students.
  • Review plans for the amount and availability of information technology for faculty and students.
  • Develop and recommend a policy for the acquisition of academic software and hardware.
  • Work, through its services subcommittee, to resolve short-term issues relating to academic technology.
  • Carry out other activities as delegated by the Senate.
  • Distance learning Policy updates and revision.
  • Online quality survey (assessment).
  • LMS (Moodle and other options) comparisons.

View SCAIT documents and minutes on Moodle

Academic Information and Technology Committee Membership

Chairs: Monica Yeng (Business)

Members: Aaron Hung (Education), Beverly Araujo (Social Work), Carol Ann Boyle (IT), David Hodges (Libraries), Edmund Pajarillo (Nursing), Liz Ciabocchi (Provost’s Office), Emilia Zarco (Education), Erik Fox-Jackson (FCPE), Evan Watchmaker (IT), Karen Kolb (FCPE), Kerry Nicollet (IT), Monica Yang (Business), Ryan Ehrhardt (CAS), Michael LaCombe (CAS)


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