PSU Faculty Senate

Members & Officers, 2020-21

Members & Officers

Faculty Senators and Ex-Officio Members

Presiding Officer: Michele Gamburd


The election for Faculty Senators is held each spring term, after an opt-in process for candidates. A regular term is three years. Representation is apportioned according to the number of Faculty in each of the Senate divisions.

Ex-officio (non-voting) members of Faculty Senate include: chairs of constitutional Faculty committees, members of Steering Committee, Advisory Council, and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate (if they are not already elected Senators); a representative for part-time faculty; the Secretary to the Faculty; the President of ASPSU; and administrators at the level of dean, vice provost, or higher.

Steering Committee

Voting ex-officio members

  • Michele Gamburd, Presiding Officer
  • Isabel Jaén Portillo, Past Presiding Officer
  • Vicki Reitenauer, Presiding Officer Elect

Elected members

  • Jill Emery (2019-21)
  • Jon Holt (2019-21)
  • José Padín (2020-22)
  • Steven Thorne (2020-22)

Non-voting ex-officio members

  • Richard Beyler, Secretary to the Faculty
  • Rowanna Carpenter, Senior Interinstitutional Faculty Senator
  • Yves Labissiere, Faculty Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Mary Oschwald, Chair of Committee on Committees

Other Faculty Officers

Advisory Council

  • Rowanna Carpenter (2020-22)
  • Michele Gamburd (2019-21)
  • Yves Labissiere (2019-21)
  • José Padín (2020-22)
  • Janelle Voegele (2020-22)
  • Rachel Webb (2019-21) - Chair

Interinstitutional Faculty Senators

  • Rowanna Carpenter (Jan. 2019-Dec. 2021)
  • Yves Labissiere (Jan. 2020-Dec. 2022)
  • Alex Sager (Jan. 2021-Dec. 2023)


Faculty Senate District List, 2020-21

To foster regular communication between Senate and the Faculty as a whole, each Senator is assigned a "district" of approximately twenty Faculty colleagues. (The size of the districts varies because, where possible, units such as departments are kept together). Senators can be in communication with their colleagues about Senate actions and upcoming items, with attention to the particular interests and needs of their district. Conversely, the district system gives to every member of the Faculty a contact person for questions or concerns. Faculty members are, however, free to talk with any Senator about Senate business; they're not limited to their district representative.

Please note that the districts do not have any constitutional status or function--they are simply an informal arrangement to facilitate communication. In particular, inclusion on the posted district roster should not be taken as definitive inclusion in the certification list for Faculty elections, or vice versa. Nevertheless, please bring any apparent errors in the list to the attention of the Secretary.