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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


    Richard Larson, President

    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.


    Nancy Tomes, Past 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.

    Richard Stein, Secretary/Treasurer

    Richard Stein is a professional employee within the Division of Information Technology, whose primary role is in providing support, training, and innovation in the use of enterprise-level Academic Technology applications such as Blackboard, Echo360, E-Portfolios, VoiceThread, Qualtrics, and Zoom. He has a background in classroom technology, and serves as a consultant to faculty on course development and design, especially in the age of hybrid and online coursework. He also serves as a member of the Course Evaluation administration team. Outside of formal duties, Richard instructs in the School of Health Professions as Clinical Adjunct Faculty for the Paramedic Program while also serving on the Program’s accreditation committee, facilitates the Introduction to Stony Brook seminar courses within the Undergraduate Colleges, and oversees the operational administration of a local volunteer ambulance company. Richard is a proud alumnus of Stony Brook with a degree in Linguistics.  


    F. Jason Torre, Vice President, Arts and Sciences Senate

    F. Jason Torre came to Stony Brook in 2001.  He is an Associate Librarian within the University Libraries, where he is the Preservation Librarian/Head of the Preservation Services Department, and Principle Investigator/Administrator of the New York State Program Grant for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials.  Prior to assuming his current position, he has held the positions of AIDC 100 Archivist and University Archivist within the University Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives where he currently holds a joint appointment within the department.  He is currently chair of the University Libraries' faculty, and has served on various University Senate committees over the years, and most recently as a Senator-at-Large within the Arts & Sciences Senate.  An active member and former officer of the United University Professions (West Campus) Chapter, he served as the Associate Chief Negotiator on the negotiations team to the 2016-2022 NYS/UUP contract round. He is a former recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

    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.

    Pamela Wolfskill, SUNY University Faculty Senate (State-Wide) Senator


    Vacant, 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.

    Stephen Walker, UUP East

    Fred Walter, UUP West

    Fred Walter has been a professor of Astronomy at Stony Brook University since 1989. His research involves observations of stellar magnetic activity, the formation of stars and planets, the galactic novae, and neutron stars. He teaches courses in Astronomy, Science Fiction, and Surviving the Anthropocene. He became involved in faculty/staff governance when first elected to the Senate in 1998. He served as President of the Arts & Sciences Senate from 2004-2006 and President of the University Senate from 2010-2014. He was a SUNY Faculty Senator 2014-2020.He currently serves on the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, the Campus Environment Committee, and chairs the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Policy Committee of the Arts & Sciences Senate. He was elected Academic Vice President of the Stony Brook West Campus chapter of the UUP 2017-2019. He is a UUP academic delegate, and sits on the statewide committee on the Future of Public Higher Education. He is an advocate for closer ties and better communication between shared governance and the UUP.

    Adithya Muralli, President, Graduate Student Organization

    Adithya (he/him/his) is a second-year Master's student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Stony Brook. His academic interests are centered around the field of natural language processing and lexical analysis. Outside of academia, Adithya is an avid gamer, enjoys long rides on his motorbike, and loves going on treks. Adithya serves the GSO as President to help advance the political interests of graduate students including: advocating for international students, and facilitating better access to research funding.

    Devin Lobosco, President, Undergraduate Student Government

    Devin Lobosco is a senior pre-medical undergraduate student at Stony Brook University studying Biochemistry and Women’s and Gender Studies. He is the current president of Stony Brook University’s Undergraduate Student Government. He is also involved with Stony Brook’s Center for Prevention and Outreach, National Residence Hall Honorary and Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity. He serves as an EMT in Port Jefferson, NY, and assists with research at Stony Brook’s World Trade Center Health Program. He also currently sits as the Undergraduate representative on the Faculty Student Association Board of Directors and the Stony Brook Council.

  • 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:  Alan Tucker & Axel Drees
    Administrative Revie: Madeline Turan & Stephen Walker
    Graduate Council: Brenda Anderson
    Library Services: Philip Doesschate
    Research Committee: Brittain Mahaffey & Qiaojie Xiong
    SPD Council: Lisa Berger & Madeline Turan 
    Student Life Committee: Robin DeLuca-Acconi
    Undergraduate Council: Hanna Nevasil
    University Affairs: Richard Laskowski
    Campus Environment: Thomas Wilson

  • Standing Committees

    Senate Standing Committees

    Committee Minutes can be viewed here.

    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.

  • 2023-24 Standing Committee Liaisons

    2023-2024 Liaisons and Committee Chairs

    Administrative Review (ARC) - Stephen Walker

    Academic Review & Resource Allocation (CAPRA) - Alan Tucker

    Senate Committee on Educational Services and Information Technology (SCEDIT) - Kenneth MacDowell

    Graduate Council - Richard Larson

    Library Resources & Services - Jason Torre

    Research - Vacant

    School of Professional Development Council - On Hiatus (Richard Stein)

    Student Life - Tracey Iorio

    Undergraduate CouncilAlan Tucker

    University Affairs - Ed Quinn

    University Environment - Richard Stein