Adjunct Faculty Participation in Governance

In addition to becoming a member of the AFC, Adjunct Faculty have three other possible ways to engage in governance processes at the University of St. Thomas!

The Faculty Senate is responsible for establishing university-wide academic standards and policies in accordance with the university's mission, and with particular attention to the common good of the university. Faculty of individual schools and colleges exercise the autonomy appropriate to their expertise and to their particular understanding of the values and boundaries of their disciplines, as they contribute to the mission and the common good of the university. Schools and colleges thus have autonomy except in those areas expressly delegated to the Faculty Senate or to specific committees.

Adjunct faculty now provide representatives to standing committees of the University of St. Thomas.  There are two types of standing committees: Faculty and University.  The full descriptions of these committees can be found in the Faculty Handbook, located at http://www.stthomas.edu/academicaffairs/publications/facultyhandbook/

Committees charged with areas identified as “Areas of Primary Faculty Responsibility” are considered Committees of the Faculty.  Those areas include: the Faculty Handbook; curriculum, including program revision and standards for granting degrees; subject matter and methods of instruction, including educational policies, allocation of resources for teaching enhancement, and assessment of student learning and grading standards; research, including freedom of scholarly inquiry, standards for evaluation of faculty scholarship, and allocation of faculty research funds;  faculty status, including faculty ethics, peer review in hiring and retention, and procedures for redressing grievances; those aspects of student life that relate to the academic experience, including student academic ethics, and academic co-curricular policies; andadmissions to graduate programs and to undergraduate majors, with due attention to the economic constraints of enrollment goals.

Adjuncts sit on the following Committees of the Faculty:

  • Faculty Development 
  • Committee on Teaching Evaluation
  • Educational Policies and Planning (EPPC)
  • Core Curriculum Commitee
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee
  • Undergraduate Studies
  • Academic Review Committee for International Education (ARCIE)

Adjuncts may not sit on the following Committees of the Faculty:

  • Executive Committee
  • Faculty Nominations Committee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Tenure and Promotions Committee

Adjunct faculty now provide representatives to standing committees of the University of St. Thomas.  There are two types of standing committees: Faculty and University.  The full descriptions of these committees can be found in the Faculty Handbook, located at http://www.stthomas.edu/academicaffairs/publications/facultyhandbook/

All committees charged with areas identified as “Areas Meriting Significant Faculty Consultation” are considered Committees of the University.  Those include:  strategic planning; mission; undergraduate admissions, enrollment management, and financial aid; budget; hiring and evaluation of academic administrators; policies and priorities related to affirmative action and human resources; accreditation and institutional assessment, such as the National Survey for Student Engagement and alumni surveys; recommendation of candidates for honorary degrees;  academic facilities, including instructional technologies; aspects of student life that affect academic climate and quality; and policies related to academic calendars.

Adjuncts are permitted to sit on the following 10 Committees of the University:

  • Enrollment and Financial Aid 
  • Grievance & Discipline
  • Student Life
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Fringe Benefits Advisory
  • Budget Advisory
  • University Technology Advisory
  • Library Advisory
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • University Assessment
Organization Name College Term Duration  Email Address 
Faculty Senate        
 Senate Seat #1 Kelly Donahue CAS 05/18 dona9875@stthomas.edu
 Senate Seat #2 Kathy Jenson OCB 05/19 kljenson@stthomas.edu
Task Forces        
Educating for the Future Kim Sovell OCB Appointment kimsovell@stthomas.edu
Faculty Committees        
Faculty Development Stephen Pohlen CELC 05/18 spohlen@bsmschool.org 
ARCIE Susan (Stacey) Supina OCB 05/19 supi3375@stthomas.edu
Teaching Evaluation John Daley CAS 05/19 john.daley@stthomas.edu
Undergraduate Curriculum Volker Peterson OCB 05/19 volker.petersen@stthomas.edu
Graduate Curriculum John Rogoz OCB 05/19 rogo3977@stthomas.edu
Core Curriculum Dianne Blake  CAS  05/19 blak9193@stthomas.edu
Undergraduate Studies Nelly Rios-Freund CAS  05/18  neriosfreun@stthomas.edu 
University Committees        
Enrollment & Financial Aid Tonly Fulco OCB        05/18  fulc0001@stthomas.edu 
Grievance & Discipline Al Aspengren ENG 05/18  ahaspengren@stthomas.edu 
Student Life Biba Hadziavdic CAS 05/19  hadz9198@stthomas.edu 
Diversity & Inclusion Chucks Madhav CELC 05/19  cbmadhav@stthomas.edu 
Fringe Benefit Advisory Mary Twite CAS  05/19  mktwite@stthomas.edu 
Budget Advisory Marguerite Spencer CAS 05/19 mlspencer@stthomas.edu 
Technology Advisory Lynn Olsen OCB 05/19   lwolsen@stthomas.edu
Library Advisory Kelly Leiker OCB 05/19  leik5025@stthoms.edu 
University Assessment  Bolormaa (Bolla) Jamiyansuren  CAS 05/19  jami7423@stthomas.edu