Committee on Committees - Academic Senate

2022-2025: (9 Members)

Faculty Representatives (Name, Department, Term Ends)

  1. Sexton, Danny, Chair, Associate Professor, English (2023)
  2. Mooney, Christine, Professor, Business (2024)
  3. Namdar, Hamid, Professor, Engineering Technology (2023)
  4. Sideris, Paul, Associate Professor, Chemistry (2024)
  5. Riekert, Sue, Lecturer, Nursing (2024)
  6. Stark, Julian, Secretary, Associate Professor, Biology (2023)
  7. Jasper Lin, Art and Design (2025)
  8. Shannon Kincaid, Social Sciences (2025)
  9. Isabella Lizzul, Health, Physical Education and Dance (2025)


  • Margot Edlin, Interim Dean of Faculty, President's Designee

Committee Charge

There shall be a Committee on Committees elected by the Academic Senate to draw up a proposed list of Committees to be presented for adoption to the Academic Senate. This Committee shall also be responsible for the nominations and elections to such Committees as established by the Senate. However, nominations and elections for the Steering Committee of the Senate and for the Committee on Committees shall be conducted directly from the floor at the duly convened May meeting of the Senate.

Section 8. Committee on Committees.

  1. Organization
    1. The Committee on Committees shall consist of nine (9) persons. These persons shall be voting faculty as defined in Article IV of the Bylaws of the Faculty.
    2. Only one member from any department may serve at any time on the Committee on Committees. In an election where more than one member from a department is elected, the person having the most votes shall be eligible to serve. The other will then be automatically deemed ineligible. In the case of a tie, a run-off will be conducted. A hiatus equal to the number of years of service must exist between terms for a person re-elected to the Committee on Committees.
    3. Nominations and elections for the Committee on Committees shall be conducted directly from the floor at the duly convened May meeting of the Senate except in the case of the first Senate body.
    4. Except as provided in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection d, the term of office of each member of the Committee on Committees shall be three years commencing from the time of his or her election. For the first committee, however, the members shall be elected and serve as follows:
      1. The nine (9) individuals receiving the greatest number of votes shall be deemed elected;
      2. Of the nine (9) individuals elected to the committee, the three (3) receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of three (3) years; the three (3) receiving the next three (3) highest number of votes shall serve for a term of two (2) years; and the three (3) receiving the fewest number of votes shall serve for a term of one (1) year.
      3. A person elected to fill an unexpired term shall serve only to the end of the term to which he/she was elected to complete.
  2. The Committee on Committees shall:
    1. Prepare a list of committees, their structures and functions for adoption by the Academic Senate.
    2. Present to the Senate a slate of all nominations to standing committees, including those nominated by petition.
    3. Fill all vacancies on standing committees other than the Committee on Committees which occur between annual elections and report all such actions to the Senate at the meeting immediately following such action.
    4. Conduct the election of members at large to the Academic Senate as provided hereinafter.
    5. Conduct any other election as requested by the Steering Committee or the Faculty Executive Committee.
    6. Review and report on the operations of all of the committees of the Academic Senate.
    7. Advise and provide assistance to committees in the mechanics of committee operations.
    8. Designate a member(s) of the Committee on Committees as liaison(s) with Academic Senate committees.
    9. Receive and report on suggestions to establish or terminate committees of the Academic Senate.

Steering Committee Suggested Charges/Committee Goals


  • ​Update the committee’s guidelines and/or create a “flow chart” so that all committee members become well aware on how the committee works. 
    • This should include the below information with a time frame: 
      • Procedures required to setup committee slate - may refer to 2012 committee guide - include criteria that CoC members consider when assembling the committee slate (e.g., who is placed on a committee and why, in accordance with our Academic Bylaws) 
      • Procedures required to setup elections to the Senate - may refer to 2012 committee guide
  • ​Share the current excel file used to populate committees with the SC and technical support (STO and IT)
  • Continuously inform technical support of any changes to committee compositions and any changes to committee names and status 
  • Create a fully electronic process for the nomination petition for Senate seats (i.e., signatures should be gathered electronically for Faculty at Large, HEO, CLT, & Adjunct).  Consult with the Steering Committee Chair as he created and assisted in facilitating this last year.
  • Consider the use of another election platform
  • Maintain the committee’s website updated with current members of the CoC, upcoming meeting times posted, and an email of who to contact for those who would like to attend a meeting.
  • Upload onto the CoC website the current members of the Standing Committees of the Academic Senate. 
  • Consult as needed with the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate, STO, IT support, and the office of Faculty and Staff
  • Assign members of the CoC to certain committee tasks

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