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Senate Structure

Executive Committee
The function of the Executive Committee is to act for and to further the activitiesof the University Senate.

Coordinating Council
The function of the Coordinating Council is to facilitate the sharing of information and the coordination of activities among the standing committees of the University Senate.

Standing Committees
A major part of the Senate’s work is done by its Standing Committees, which consist of elected representatives of faculty, staff, and students.

  • Executive Committee

    Senate Executive Committee

    The function of the Executive Committee is to act for and to further the activities of the University Senate. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, four Vice-Presidents, the Secretary and Treasurer of the Senate, the President of the Undergraduate Student Government or designee, and the President of the Graduate Student Organization or designee. The Stony Brook representatives on the SUNY Faculty Senate shall choose one of their number to represent them as a voting member of the Executive Committee. In addition, the President-elect shall serve on the Executive Committee as a voting member immediately upon election. The immediate past-President shall serve on the Executive Committee until a new President is elected. If, for any reason, the immediate past-President cannot serve until a new President is elected, the Executive Committee will identify another past-President to serve for this period. The President of the University Senate shall chair the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee normally will meet with the campus President once a month and the campus Provost once a month during academic terms.

    Current Executive Committee members

    Nancy Tomes, President

    Nancy Tomes is a Distinguished Professor of History.  She has been at Stony Brook University since 1978.  Her research specialty is the history of American medicine, health and disease.  She is the author of four books, most recently  Remaking the American Patient (2016) which won the Bancroft Prize.  Her scholarship has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, the National Humanities Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Institute for Mental Health.  She teaches a wide range of courses on American history, including “The History of the American Mental Hospital” and “Presidential Assassinations in Historical Perspective.”  She has served as director of undergraduate studies, department chair, chair of the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, and associate dean of arts and sciences.

    Edward Feldman, Past President

    Academically, Dr. Edward Feldman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook Medicine where he has developed and teaches an extensive and innovative curriculum as the Director of Behavioral Medicine. He teaches medical faculty, resident physicians and medical students about the integration of psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of health care with the biomedical in addition to medical ethics. He has received numerous grants on the diagnosis and treatment of depression and medical education, has published his research and presented his work at national and international conferences on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, loneliness, physician utilization, clinical practice guidelines, medical ethics, fatigue and interdisciplinary medical education. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and service awards including the Chair’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006, the Biopsychosocial Award for outstanding teaching in the area of Psychosocial Education in 2010, the Certificate of Appreciation Award from the Residents in 2014 and the Outstanding Life Coach Award from the Residents in 2015. He was also selected for Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education published by AcademicKeys. He was recently selected for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of the most prestigious teaching awards in New York State.

    In addition to his excellence in teaching, Dr. Feldman has been actively involved in Faculty Governance at Stony Brook and the state-wide SUNY Faculty Senate. At Stony Brook, he has been a member of the School of Medicine Senate, chaired the Administrative Review and the Student Life Committee for the University Senate. In 2010, he was elected Secretary of the University Senate and from 2014-18, he was elected President of the University Senate representing more than 2800 faculty and 3300 professional staff. As President, he was a member of the Stony Brook Council, the University Council and the Provost’s Advisory Group. He has served on multiple national search committees for deans and senior administrative positions.

    He has been one of four elected senators from Stony Brook to the NY State-wide University Faculty Senate where he served as Chair of the Student Life Committee. Under his leadership this committee developed the first of its kind publication on “Campus Traditions” – a catalogue the unique programs at SUNY campuses that lead to an  espirit de corps on each campus. He also led in the development of a White Paper on disparities in student health insurance at different campuses, advocated for increased mental health care for students in the post-Virginia Tech era with a Faculty Senate resolution, and led the Committee in writing guidelines for the development of service learning programs (available on line). He was also Chair of the Graduate and Research Committee where he was instrumental in the inaugural Graduate Research Symposium in Albany highlighting research at SUNY and CUNY colleges in STEM and the arts. He was elected the representative of the Academic Health Sciences Sector on the University Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee representing the four Academic Medical Centers and the College of Optometry. In 2011, he was elected Vice-President/Secretary of the State-wide University Faculty Senate and served on the Executive Committee. In the spring of 2015, he was the sole NY State recipient of the prestigious Chugh/University Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award which is awarded for outstanding service in New York State in the area of faculty governance at the SUNY System and campus levels.


    Richard Larson, President Elect

    Richard Larson is Professor of Linguistics. He held previous appointments at University of Pennsylvania and MIT and has been at Stony Brook University since 1989. His research has spanned a wide range of topics in natural language syntax and semantics,. Languages of investigation include Warlpiri, Japanese, Turkish, Haitian, Russian, Mandarin, Iranian Persian, Gilaki and Zazaki. In addition to linguistics research, Larson has worked in undergraduate science education in connection with the NSF-sponsored  Grammar as Science Project.  He is also chair of the Linguistic Society of America's newly established  AP Linguistics Committee,  which is working in partnership with the  College Board  and with students, teachers and faculty across the nation to create an AP Linguistics course and examination.

    Pamela Wolfskill, Secretary and Treasurer

    Pamela Wolfskill came to Stony Brook in 1996. She serves as an Administrative Specialist in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She spent 14 years as the Assistant to the Chair (ATC) in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and also as the ATC in Political Science. In 2018, she was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the University Senate. .  She has served as an At-Large Senator for both the University Senate and the Arts & Sciences Senate since 2010.  Other Senate work includes Chair of the University Affairs Committee and she is on her second term as a state-wide University Faculty Senate Senator. She has also served as a Professional Delegate for the West Campus Chapter for  United University Professions since 2001. Also in 2001 she was invited to serve on the President’s ADA Advisory Committee and served on the Awarness committee. Outside the University, she serves as the Jr. Church Warden at St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church in Selden. She’s a Mets/Jets fan, plays golf and can often be found with a karaoke mic in her hand on the weekends.

    Peter Khost, President, Arts and Sciences Senate

    Peter H. Khost, (pronounced coast), Ph.D., is an associate professor in and the associate director of the SBU Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), where he is also a founding co-Principal Investigator of the Writing Research Lab. He has additionally served the PWR as its graduate program director, assessment coordinator, and director of the Writing Center, and is a faculty affiliate in the English Department. Peter has authored Rhetor Response: A Theory and Practice of Literary Affordance (Utah State University Press), co-edited Collaborating(,) Literature(,) and Composition: Essays for Teachers and Writers of English (Hampton Press), and published various articles and chapters in the field of writing studies. He is coeditor of the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning and has won numerous research grants, including from the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. In connection with one of his ongoing studies, Peter has invented an open educational resource mobile app that helps improve students’ writing transfer and “habits of mind” self-efficacy. He is always looking for colleagues across the disciplines with whom to collaborate on this and other research/pedagogical project(s).

    Alan Tucker, Vice President, CEAS

    Alan Tucker is Senate Vice-President for Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.  He came to Stony Brook in 1970 and was the Applied Math Dept chair or deputy chair from 1978 to 2010.  In the 1970's, he developed an innovative major in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, since widely copied, that now graduates over 400 B.S.'s a year, 10% of all U.S. applied math degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the American Association of the Advancement of Science.  He is editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Mathematics Letters.  He has chaired and served on dozens of advisory committees of the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council and the Mathematical Association of America.  He was lead author of two influential national reports on mathematics education: Recommendations for a General Mathematical Science Program that  catalyzed a re-orientation of the U.S. mathematics major away from pre-doctoral training and towards preparation for a broad range of mathematical careers; and The Mathematical Education of Teachers that debunked the prevaling view that if future school teachers studied beginning college-level mathematics or majored in mathematics, there would be a trickle-down effect giving them mastery of primary school or secondary school mathematics, respectively.  While directing projects to improve the pre-service education of mathematics teachers, he organized workshops that sketched out the foundation for the Common Core Curriculum in Mathematics.

    Frederick Walter, SUNY (State-Wide) Senator

    Fred Walter is an undistinguished professor of Astronomy, now in his 30th year at Stony Brook University. He has presided over the Arts & Sciences and University Senates. He has chaired the Intercollegiate Athletics Board (IAB). He is currently a state-wide University Faculty Senate Senator and Vice-President for Academics of the local UUP Chapter. Professionally, he has chaired the Space Telescope Users Committee and the AURA (Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy) Observatory Council. He has served on the AURA Board of Directors, and is on the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of New York. He is an observational astronomer with research interests including exploding white dwarf stars, star formation, and stellar weather. He teaches courses on Astronomy, Science Fiction, and gloom and doom in the Anthropocene. He bicycles, runs marathons, brews beer, flies airplanes, writes proposals, and intends to retire far away from New York.

    Mary Kritzer, HSC Representative

    Mary Kritzer, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Dr. Kritzer has served as Secretary and currently serves a Departmental Senator, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the School of Medicine Faculty Senate. She also serves on a number of committees related to curriculum, co-directs two courses in the Medical School and directs graduate and dental school courses.  She is currently the Director of SBU's Graduate Program in Neuroscience and operates a federally funded research lab.  She was named a Distinguished Service Professor in the Fall of 2018.

    Stephen Walker, HSC Representative

    Kenneth MacDowell and Tracey Iorio,  Professional Employees Governing Board

    Kenneth MacDowell is the Assistant Dean for Academic Services for the School of Nursing. He came to Stony Brook University in 1995.  Mr. MacDowell has served as the elected East Campus Co-Chair of the Professional Employees Governance (PEG) Board from 2015 to the present, a role through which he has also served on the University Senate Executive Committee for the same period.  He has also served as a Professional Senator-at-Large for the East Campus since 2009.  Mr. MacDowell has been appointed by President Stanley as a representative of the University Senate to serve a three-year term on the selection committee for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  Mr. MacDowell obtained a Masters degree from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and a Bachelors degree from the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare.

    Tracey Iorio has been working at Stony Brook University for 17 years. She worked within the Admissions Office in her first role as a Transfer Advisor. Later she and her other transfer colleagues became part of Academic and Transfer Advising in 2012. Tracey is currently an Assistant Director and works primarily as an transfer credit evaluator and academic advisor. Tracey has served on the Administrative Review Committee for the last 3 years and the Professional Employees Governance Board for the last year. Tracey received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from CW Post in May 2009. She is a licensed counselor and has her own practice. Tracey graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Studio Art from Fairleigh Dickenson University in May 1987.

    Camilo Rubbini, GSO

    Camilo Rubbini, GSO is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics. He is also the Policy Action Chair for the  Graduate Student Organization . Camilo taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in Economics at Stony Brook and developed an online course on game theory. In 2018, he won the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. Since August 2015, Camilo has been the Administrator of the Center for Game Theory in Economics at Stony Brook University.

    Shaheer Khan, President, USG,  is rising senior majoring in Political Science and Health Science. He served as a Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government for the 2018-2019 academic year where he focused on increasing services on campus for those with accessibility needs. Along with his involvements with USG, Shaheer has also served as an Undergraduate Fellow for the Global Studies Undergraduate College, Residential Hall Council President, Voter Engagement Team Lead for the Center for Civic Justice, and Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Shaheer has been elected as the Undergraduate Student Government President for the 2019-2020 academic year. 


  • Coordinating Council

    Senate Coordinating Council

    The function of the Coordinating Council is to facilitate the sharing of information and the coordination of activities among the standing committees of the University Senate. The Coordinating Council shall consist of the members of the Executive Committee as defined above, and the chairperson or another representative of each standing committee. The President of the University Senate shall chair the Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council shall meet twice per semester.

    Current Coordinating Council members

    Academic Planning and Resource Allocation: Norman Goodman & Axel Drees
    Administrative Revie: Alan Tucker
    Graduate Council: Brenda Anderson
    Library Services: John Torre
    Research Committee: Iris Fineberg and Nolwenn Dhielly
    SPD Council: Teri Tiso
    Student Life Committee: Steven Adelson
    Undergraduate Council: Roy Lacey, Hanna Nevasil
    University Affairs: Pamela Wolfskill
    Campus Environment: Thomas Wilson

  • Standing Committees

    Senate Standing Committees

    For Committee Minutes see Senate Activity

    Academic Planning and Resource Allocation (CAPRA) More >>

    This Committee shall review budgetary procedures and priorities for planning and resource allocation in the Presidential, Provostial, and Vice-Presidential areas. It shall be consulted by the University Administration on these matters and on proposals for new colleges, schools, and inter-collegiate programs, and it shall seek advice from other University Senate committees whenever appropriate.

    Administrative Review More >>

    This Committee shall be the chief body of the Senate for reviewing and evaluating administrative performance and proposed reorganizations. It shall be consulted about and represented on all search committees at the level of Dean or above.

    Committee on Information Technology More >>

    The Senate Committee on Information Technology (SCIT) serves as the primary faculty advisory body for the University’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). This committee shall advise the CIO, and assist in crafting University IT strategy, policies and priorities. SCIT shall also help to develop policies about projects and initiatives involving information technology that support education, research and administration on campus. As technology permeates every aspect of the University, this committee shall be formed of representatives from all other Senate Standing Committees as well as elected members from the campus community

    Educational Services More >>

    This Committee will review and evaluate the educational support services with the goal of enhancing the University's educational mission.
    Among the areas of responsibility are:

    1. implementation of new educational pedagogies,
    2. development of new learning environments,
    3. application of new education technologies
    Faculty Rights and Responsibilities More >>

    This Council shall advise the President, the Provost, or both on behalf of the University Senate on conflicts between members of the academic community in matters relating to the academic rights and responsibilities of all those holding qualified or unqualified academic rank: on possible abuses of these rights, on breaches of ethics, and on questions of conflict of interest. This Council will not, however, infringe on those rights and responsibilities that are incorporated into the bargaining unit agreement.

    Graduate Council More >>

    This Council shall advise the Dean of the Graduate School and monitor all aspects of the University's graduate program.

    Library Services and Resources More >>

    This committee shall advise on all aspects of the university library and recommend improvements in the resources, services, and operation of the library so as to foster an excellent innovative culture of education and research.

    Research More >>

    This Committee shall consult with and advise the Vice President for Research, the Provost, and other administrators, as appropriate on all aspects of the research enterprise and scholarly activities on campus.

    School of Professional Development (SPD) Council More >>

    This Council shall consult with and advise the Dean of the School of Professional Development on all aspects of the SPD program.

    Student Life More >>

    This Committee shall consult with and advise the Vice President for Student Affairs and shall monitor all co-curricular aspects of resident and commuter student life, both undergraduate and graduate, and shall work with Undergraduate Student Government, the Faculty/Student Association, the Residence Hall Association, the Commuter Student Association, and the Graduate Student Organization.

    Undergraduate Council More >>

    This Council shall review and recommend policy to the Provost and other administrators, as appropriate, concerning all aspects of the University's Undergraduate academic program including: (1) recommending the minimal instructional responsibilities of instructors; (2) monitoring the undergraduate programs through participation in University accreditation and periodic reviews of academic programs; (3) reviewing and coordinating all curricular and other academic matters that are not limited to a single major governance unit; and (4) monitoring policy concerning undergraduate admissions and scholarships.

    University Affairs More >>

    This Committee will examine all aspects of the University's public image and fundraising, including publicity, athletics, and alumni relations.

    University Environment More >>

    This committee shall examine all aspects of the university environment, including but not limited to conservation of natural areas, ecological preserves and historic sites and artifacts; transportation, parking issues, infrastructure, facilities planning, human health issues, safety and security, energy efficiency, recycling, waste management, and general appearance of all university locations. It will consult with and advise the Vice-President for Facilities and Services and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

  • 2019-20 Standing Committee Liaisons

    2019-2020 Liaisons and Committee Chairs

    Administrative Review: Liaison: Paula Di Pasquale-Alvarez; Chair: Paula Di Pasquale-Alvarez

    Academic Planning and Resource Allocation (CAPRA): Liaison: Alan Tucker; Chair:  Axel Drees

    Senate Committee on Information Technology (SCIT): Liaison: Peter Khost; Chair: John Shackelford

    Educational Services: Liaison: Ken MacDowell; Chair: Keri Hollander

    Graduate Council: Liaison: Camilo Rubinni; Chair: Brenda Anderson

    Library Services and Resources: Liaison: Alan Tucker; Chair: Song Wu

    Research: Liaison: Mary Kritzer; Co-Chairs: Iris Fineberg and Nolween Dhielly

    School of Professional Development (SPD) Council: Liaison: Terry Tiso;      Co-Chairs: Lisa Berger, Madeline Turan

    Student Life: Liaison: TBD; Chair: Steven Adelson

    Undergraduate Council: Liaison: Camilo Rubbini; Chair: Roy Lacey & Leo Bachmair

    University Affairs: Liaison: Fred Walter; Chair: Pamela Wolkfskill

    University Environment: Liaison: Fred Walter; Chair: Tom Wilson