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Faculty Affairs Committee

Purpose: The Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) works with the Provost to promote the professional development of faculty. In this capacity it serves as the final locus of dialogue in the formulation of University programs, policies, and procedures pertaining to the responsibilities of the faculty.

The Faculty Affairs Committee makes its recommendations to the Provost, the senior administrator overseeing faculty affairs.


  • Iris Stewart-Frey, Professor of Environmental Studies & Sciences, 2022-24 (Chair)
  • Catherine Murphy, Associate Provost for Faculty Personnel and Policy (ex officio)
  • Blake de Maria, Associate Professor of Art & Art History, 2021-24
  • Jean Love, Professor of Law, 2023-24
  • Cheryl Bowen, Senior Lecturer of Education, 2022-25
  • Shoba Krishnan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2022-25
  • Farid Senzai, Associate Professor of Political Science, Winter 2023-Winter 2026
  • Michael Calegari, Associate Professor of Accounting, Spring 2023-2026
  • Katie Williams, Senior Manager for Faculty Affairs (administrative support, non-voting participant)

The charge of the Faculty Affairs Committee is to:

  1. Initiate and/or review proposals, University initiatives, and programs for faculty development.
  2. Review and evaluate proposals on compensation/benefits so that they promote faculty achievement and reflect sound personnel practice.
  3. Promote adequate support for faculty teaching, advising, scholarship, creative work, and service.
  4. Review and recommend policies governing sabbaticals. 
  5. Ensure that guidelines and criteria for recruitment and hiring of faculty, and for promotion and tenure advance the mission and goals of the University.
  6. Ensure the fairness and efficiency of University appellate and judicial procedures for faculty.
  7. Oversee faculty committees charged with responsibility for policies, procedures, programs, or issues pertaining to the responsibilities or compensation of faculty.
  8. Collaborate with the Staff Affairs Committee on issues, policies, guidelines, and programs that affect all University personnel.

The subcommittee was formed in 2018-19 to assist the Faculty Affairs Committee in reviewing and drafting policies and procedures related to Adjunct Faculty, Lecturers and Senior Lecturers.

In June 2022, non-tenure-track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the schools of Business, Education and Counseling Psychology, and Engineering elected that SEIU Local 1021 would serve as their exclusive representative in negotiating their terms and conditions of employment. In light of this change, the University Coordinating Committee is studying whether to retain the Subcommittee, or revise its composition and charge. The topic may also be a subject in collective bargaining. The Subcommittee is suspended until these questions are resolved.  



FAC Members

  • Blake DeMaria, Professor of Art & Art History, 2021-24
  • FAC Member TBD
  • Catherine Murphy, Associate Provost for Faculty Personnel and Policy (Provost Designee)

UCC-Appointed Members

  • Allia Griffin, Ethnic Studies, RTL, 2020-23
  • Matthew Harrigan, Political Science, AYAL, 2021-24
  • Tonya Nilsson, Civil, Senior Lecturer of Enviromental and Sustainable Engineering, 2021-24
  • Ted Grudin, Environmental Studies and Sciences, AYAL, 2021-24
  • Laura Jacobus, Adjunct Lecturer of Management & Entrepreneurship, 2022-25
  • Loring Pfeiffer, Lecturer of English, 2022-25
  • Jim Airola, Adjunct Lecturer of Economics, 2022-25
  • Pandora del Carmen (Manager for Faculty Affairs, non-voting participant)

Agendas & Minutes

End of Year Summary Reports

For additional information about current issues that FAC and SubFAC are working on please visit the issue spreadsheet tracker. You will be asked to login with your SCU user name and password.