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2019 Academic Assembly Election Candidates

Elections to be held in April 17–23, 2019. Faculty members and Academic Professionals will receive a ballot via email. Voting to take place online.

Academic Assembly

Faculty and academic professionals on each campus will be electing a new president-elect to serve for the 2019-20 academic year.

Campus president-elect candidates

Downtown Phoenix campus

Ann Sebren, Principal Lecturer, ASU College of Health SolutionsAnn Sebren
Principal Lecturer
College of Health Solutions

I am honored to submit my application for the position of president-elect of the Downtown Phoenix campus Academic Assembly. My academic career spans 24 years, 22 of them at ASU. I have experience teaching and developing and coordinating degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and have developed and taught online courses for the last seven years. I have served as an ASU Faculty Senator for six years and served on the university level Student-Faculty Policy Committee, the Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (CAPC), the Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Task Force and a campus Governance and Grievance Committee. I have served on numerous college and unit level committees including personnel committees, grievance committees, by-laws committees, curriculum committees, and search committees and a variety of re-organization, strategic planning, and visioning committees. The breadth of my experience gives me depth of perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing faculty and students at ASU and has informed my commitment to faculty and student success within the model of ASU as the New American University. I will work to continue to support faculty and student success through strong faculty governance and leadership in meeting the financial, technological and growth challenges facing ASU.

Polytechnic campus

Vaughn Becker, Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School/HSEVaughn Becker
Associate Professor
The Polytechnic School/HSE

I am honored to accept the nomination for president-elect of the Polytechnic campus. If elected, I will serve as a voice for the Polytechnic campus for three years. I have been on the faculty of ASU at the Polytechnic campus since 2005. I have seen it grow from a handful of repurposed buildings to one of the most beautiful campuses in the ASU family. We have been through considerable organizational changes in this time, but we have emerged from each challenge stronger, and have stayed faithful to the aspirations and ethos of the New American University. If elected I will use this platform to ensure that the Polytechnic campus is increasingly integral to the broader ASU mission. This means forging stronger ties across programs within our campus, but also strengthening our connections to programs at the other ASU campuses. And while we continue serving the communities in the East Valley, we must also develop new collaborations at the state, national and global levels. I have experience that will facilitate this role: I have served in many administrative capacities, including the curriculum and standards committees at three different colleges, executive committees at the program and college levels, and six years on the academic senate. I was also part of the creation and launch of the campus’s first PhD program in Simulation, Modeling and Applied Cognitive Science. I will leverage the insights gained from these experiences to sustain the climate and values that have made the Polytechnic campus a welcoming community that fosters the best in our students, staff and faculty.


Penny Ann Dolin, Associate Professor of Practice, Graphic Information Technology, The Polytechnic SchoolPenny Ann Dolin
Associate Professor of Practice
Graphic Information Technology
The Polytechnic School

I consider it a privilege to be nominated as a candidate on the Spring 2019 assembly ballot for president-elect of the Polytechnic campus assembly. This campus has been a part of my professional career and life for 20 years and I’ve seen it grow from a small upper division campus to a thriving powerful educational force in the East Valley and ASU as a whole. One of the hallmarks of this campus has been its sense of community and shared mission. As we grow, sometimes those attributes are hard to maintain - one area I would commit myself to improving is that sense of shared community and I would seek new ways to bring us together to create a more vibrant and engaged campus. I feel our academic assemblies are important events and I will work hard to get the word out, encouraging all faculty to participate. I will also pledge to be a strong voice in support of the polytechnic campus goals and vision at ASU wide events and initiatives. And I feel it is important to strengthen our ties to our local community. I am excited to be able to contribute back to this campus, which has given so much to me.

During my time at the Polytechnic campus, I have been pleased to be of service through committee work, campus events and presentations in support of the campus. I was the Engineering senator for two years in 2011-13. I served my program, Graphic Information Technology, as the chair for five years and continue to be supportive of its goals and vision. I created the GIT Commercial Photography Studio 11 years ago, and it has grown into a thriving academic lab that not only provides student-led photography services to ASU, but is a resource for numerous research projects and provides a commercial studio experience for all majors. I have had the privilege of being the Barrett Faculty Honors adviser for the GIT program since 2004, as well as an appointed member of the ASU wide Barrett Honors Council. As an associate professor of practice, I not only maintain the highest pedagogical standards I can, but am actively involved in my field at the national level. I have been an Adobe education leader for eight 8 years and was the recipient of the Education Award of Excellence in 2016, a national recognition awarded by the Printing Industries of America.

I look forward to an opportunity to give back to a campus and a university that has been so supportive of all the faculty, staff and students here on the Polytechnic campus. I promise to be a voice for everyone. I am excited to serve, and I thank you for your vote!


Chad E. Kennedy, Lecturer Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of EngineeringChad E. Kennedy
Technology Entrepreneurship and Management
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

As Arizona State University continues to lead as the #1 in Innovation across the country and globally, we need to have leadership that can apply innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset within our university and surrounding communities. Most industries and careers of the future require these skills among their new hires, management and C-suite. I envision Arizona State University being the go-to resource and knowledge hub that empowers the development of the industries of tomorrow.

Having a background in engineering, medical technology start-ups, and academia, I have been on the front lines of technology innovation and associated challenges. I not only teach innovation courses from and engineering perspective, but I have direct industry experience in which to share with the Academic Assembly. Active leadership is a listening and collaborator endeavor. Working on interdisciplinary programs with E & I, W. P. Carey, Herberger Institute of Design, and Thunderbird School of Management, I have gained significant appreciation, humility, and experience working with teams to create diverse programs and curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I have also served on several college level and campus level committees, such as the Fulton Curriculum Committee and the Polytechnic School Contract Faculty Evaluation Committee. Before coming to ASU, I lead a national team and helped expand a program in Biomedical Engineering Technology across thirteen campuses at a private university, Co-Founded a Biotechnology start-up called Restorative Biosciences, and worked in Silicon Valley in a technology company, VI-Technology, that was later acquired by Aeroflex, Inc. Therefore, I bring internal and external leadership and complex collaborative experiences to the Academic Assembly.

If chosen as president-elect of the Academic Assembly, I vow to work toward transparency and collaborative solutions to issues that we face and help provide vision toward a future we can responsibly embrace. We need to focus on the needs of the students first, while ensuring a balanced work/life for both tenure track, contract faculty, and staff. I believe we can continue and expand our leadership role on the global stage and ensure that we move in a sustainable and productive manner for all stakeholders.

Tempe campus

Daniel R. McCarville, Professor of Practice, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems EngineeringDaniel R. McCarville
Professor of Practice
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

It is truly an honor to be nominated for the position of president-elect of the Tempe campus Assembly. I spent the first twenty-seven years of my career in the semiconductor industry implementing major process and business improvements. I was very fortunate to join Arizona State University seven and a half years ago to rollout our new Engineering Management degree program, as well as develop and teach a number of new classes. In just my first year at ASU, I launched the first fully online Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program in the country.

I fully support ASU’s Charter regarding student and faculty inclusiveness, research and discovery, and responsibility to our community. As we all know, these are not easy to accomplish. The dynamics of our university are changing dramatically as our enrollments continue to grow. I am looking forward to our overcoming the significant challenges we will be facing over the next few years.

After being elected to the ASU Senate by my peers five and a half years ago, I immediately joined the Student Faculty Policy Committee. At our first SFPC meeting that year, I proposed a new policy to track student academic integrity violations across ASU, and not just within our various colleges. This proposal was quickly approved by the senate; however, required almost three more years to fully implement. As many of you already know, changes like this require constant attention through to complete implementation. I am proud of the work our SFPC has completed the past five and a half years. We developed, proposed and implemented many new and impactful policies including help for our active military and first responder students, proctoring the incoming first year student math placement exam, requiring online student photos, and many others. I had the privilege of leading the SFPC in the 2017-18 school year, and look forward to serving ASU’s Assembly in new roles going forward.


Greg Stone, Associate Professor, Department of PsychologyGreg Stone
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Through the University Senate, the Academic Assembly at ASU shares in the governance of the university. As a member of the senate, and especially as a member of the Senate Executive Committee, I’ve been impressed with the scope of our involvement, not only in the functioning of the university as it is, but also as a partner with the administration in implementing a model for the New American University.

Continued development of a vibrant research community is essential to ASU’s success. This requires close collaboration between the administration and faculty. For example, as chair of the senate’s Research and Creative Activities Committee, I worked closely with OKED to advance high performance computing at ASU. We emphasized that with the advent of big data and machine learning, easily accessible training, help and educational services are essential. The RCA continues to work with the University Technology Office to enhance the research computing experience at ASU.

ASU places a strong emphasis on retaining students and assuring that they have a positive experience. The senate plays an important role in this process. First, by enacting policies and procedures that advance these goals; and second, by helping to educate instructors and others regarding issues like student mental health. I would like to see such efforts strengthened.

The senate has a diverse array of responsibilities. If elected president of the Tempe Academic Assembly, I will do everything I can to help make ASU the best possible environment in which all members of our community can pursue their goals. Thank you for considering me for this important position.

West campus

Eduardo Pagan, Associate Professor School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural StudiesEduardo Pagan
Associate Professor
School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

I am pleased to submit my application for the position of president-elect of the West campus faculty senate. I bring 15 years of experience as a faculty member in the New College. During that time, I have served in the faculty senate in a variety of positions, such as: senator, CAPC chair, West campus faculty president, and Faculties Council Chair for the Arizona Board of Regents. I have also served my department as chair, my college as an associate dean, and ASU as vice provost for inclusion and excellence. ASU has seventeen colleges and an assortment of schools that operate independently from a college unit, but not all these colleges and schools with their respective campuses are equal in terms of availability of resources, funding, and student body. Understanding how each college that resides at the West campus fits within the ASU matrix is critical to advancing campus growth. I have gained that understanding through my past experience, and while I am committed to the mission of ASU access and excellence, especially for the West campus, I believe that campus growth must not happen without faculty growth, in terms of new hires and also new programs of study. That growth must be smart, utilizing the resources we have to chart out the future of the campus and of the colleges that have, or will have, a presence at the West campus. The university senate is an important body in deliberating course development and program growth, as well as faculty policy and concerns. I hope to build on the efforts of past leadership to continue advancing the growth of the West campus, especially for students on the west side, but also for all of ASU.

Faculty Members

Faculty members will vote for campus president-elect as well as new members of the grievance committees. Personal statements from candidates appear below.

Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure candidates

Faculty members will vote for new members of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT). Some campuses are not electing CAFT members this year.

Downtown Phoenix campus

No candidates at this time.

Polytechnic campus

To be elected: 1 member, 3 year term (2019-22).

Shawn S. Jordan
Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Academic freedom and tenure are at the foundation of our institution and the present and future of the academy. Without the equitable execution of these policies, the freedoms from which we benefit erode. I believe that every case should be heard and deliberated carefully to fairly and equitably resolve grievances.

Tempe campus

To be elected: 3 members, 3 year term (2019-22).

Angélica J. Afanador-Pujol
Associate Professor of Art History, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

I have been at ASU for five years, where I was tenured early. I have served as a member of hiring committees for faculty and the director of the School of Art. I currently serve as the faculty director of the LACMA-ASU Master’s Fellowship in Art History, a new program that seeks to increase diversity among museum professionals. Some of my community service outside ASU includes hosting and assisting asylum seekers while en route to their new permanent homes. I see the work of the committee as essential to ensuring fairness and integrity to the life and processes that rule faculty and university life. I will work to provide equitable and transparent resolutions to the grievances presented.

Rida Bazzi
Associate Professor, School of Computing Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering

I strongly believe that having clear and fair processes that are duly followed promotes a positive working environment that everyone at ASU benefits from. As the chair of the Fulton Schools of Engineering sabbatical committee, I put this belief to practice by introducing with my colleagues on the committee a clear evaluation process that reduces some of the subjectivity inherent in evaluating applications from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. As a member of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, I plan to positively contribute to a fair and equitable grievance process.

Eric Kostelich
President's Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

If elected, I would strive to carry out the duties of the committee as impartially as possible.  My research interests are in applications of nonlinear dynamics systems, and I have directed summer program to provide research experiences in applied mathematics for undergraduates for more than a decade. This is my fourth term as an elected Senator.  I have served on the Goldwater Scholarship selection committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Conciliation Committee.

West campus

No candidates at this time.

Governance Grievance Committee candidates

Faculty members will vote for new members of the Governance Grievance Committee (GGC). Some campuses are not electing GGC members this year. 

Downtown Phoenix campus

No vacancies or election this year.

Polytechnic campus

To be elected: 1 member, 3 year term (2019-22)

Jennifer Bekki
Associate Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

As a faculty member and as a person, I strongly value process as a vehicle for promoting equity, access, and transparency. I’ve been on the faculty at ASU since 2008 and have served in leadership roles within unit level personnel (promotion and tenure, probationary review, faculty annual review) committees, faculty hiring committees, and as graduate program chair for the Engineering Education Systems and Design PhD program. In those roles, I’ve strived to implement, improve, and create processes that provide fair and consistent treatment and opportunities for related students and faculty. I welcome the opportunity to bring these same values and ideas to a role within the broader, university-wide Governance Grievance Committee, which provides a critical and necessary part of the process for evaluating and ensuring equitable opportunity and treatment to all ASU faculty.

Tempe campus

To be elected: 5 members, 3 year term (2019-22)

Kevin Dooley
Distinguished Professor, W. P. Carey School of Business

I believe fairness in our academic environment is foundational to faculty rights and academic freedom. I had the honor of being chair of an earlier version of this Committee in 2001 and found it very satisfying service. I have been chair of my department’s Personnel Committee for 21 of my 22 years at ASU, so I am very familiar with academic HR practices and procedures.

Kathleen Lamp-Fortuno
Associate Professor, Rhetoric, Department of English

As a scholar of the history of rhetoric, both my teaching and my research focus on the history of civic deliberation and the role of public communication in the process of cooperative problem solving as situated in various discourse communities. In my nine years at ASU, I have served on the CLAS Student Affairs and Grievance Committee, the IHR Advisory Board, and am currently a member of the University Hearing Board and the area director of Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies in the Department of English.  My experience on the Student Affairs and Grievance Committee and University Hearing Board has taught me the importance these structures play in ensuring our community standards are upheld in order to maintain a thriving academic environment.  If elected, I would work to ensure the processes in place to ensure academic freedom at ASU are upheld.  

Charles T. Lee
Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation

I have taught at ASU since 2007. My service has included being the Graduate Director in Justice Studies at the School of Social Transformation, a member on the Social Justice Council at the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience, as well as a member on the policy work group, search committee, graduate committee, and undergraduate committee within my academic unit. I research and teach about democracy and citizenship, and have a strong commitment to due process and fair procedures in governance and administrative matters. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Governance Grievance Committee, and if elected will work to ensure equity and fairness in the resolution of grievances.

Heather A. Bimonte-Nelson
Professor, Department of Psychology

I have been a faculty member at ASU in the Psychology department for thirteen years; ASU was my first and has been my only faculty home. I served as division chair of Behavioral Neuroscience within the Psychology Department for seven years, have been on over a dozen faculty hiring and Promotion and Tenure committees, am an Associate Director on a Postdoctoral T32 Training Grant, am a Co-Director of the Research Education Component of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center, and am a dedicated and proud mentor to many high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees in my laboratory, which has received continuous extramural funding since its inception. Seven doctoral students have completed their PhDs under my mentorship, and I am thrilled that they have received NSF, NIH NRSA, and NIH Diversity Fellowship Grants, and that they have current positions that they love. I am proud that in 2018, I received the Michael A. Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year award from The Arizona Bioindustry Association. I highly value due process and believe it is critical that all parties have the opportunity to use their voices, that individuals know that they have been heard, and that fairness, thoroughness, core values, and integrity lead the way to a thoughtful decision.

Elliot Rabinovich
AVNET Professor of Supply Chain Management, W. P. Carey School of Business

I have been at ASU for almost eighteen years.  During this time, I have served at the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, The W. P. Carey School of Business Personnel Committee, and different departmental hiring committees. My participation in these committees has given me the opportunity to be involved in decision making processes at different levels of faculty development. I view the Grievance Committee as an essential contributor in ensuring that the outcomes from these processes reflect an adherence to rigorous standards of objectivity and fairness.

West campus

No vacancies or election this year.

Academic Professionals

Academic professionals will vote for campus president-elect as well as new members of the grievance committee. Personal statements from candidates appear below.

Academic Professional Grievance Committee candidates

Academic professionals on all campuses will be electing new members of the Academic Professional Grievance Committee. To be elected: 2 members, 3 year term (2019-22).

Elizabeth Dunham

Elizabeth Dunham
Associate Archivist, Collections Care and Processing
ASU Library

I joined ASU as an Academic Professional in 2011 and currently work as an associate archivist in the Library’s Collections Care and Processing unit. I have held a number of elected positions in the Library Assembly, including chairing the Review Committee for Personnel Action (2018-19), and have served as a member of the University Hearing Board since 2015. I believe that a transparent, thorough, and equitable grievance process is essential to maintaining a positive and supportive work environment for ASU’s Academic Professionals. I would be pleased to apply my training and experience to help mitigate grievances in a fair and equitable manner as a member of the Academic Professional Grievance Committee.


Rachel Leket-Mor

Rachel Leket-Mor
Associate Liaison Librarian, Humanities Division
ASU Libraries

I am in my 17th year of employment at ASU Library, where my job duties involve collaborative work with students and faculty in various ASU colleges and campuses. At the library, I served on several search committees and on the Review and Personnel committees. I am ready to bring my experience and policy-driven, AP-advocacy approach to a meaningful service on the Academic Professional Grievance Committee.


Jeanette Mueller-Alexander

Jeanette Mueller-Alexander
Liaison Librarian, Humanities Division
ASU Libraries

I have been an academic librarian for over 40 years working to resolve issues that arise when people work together and have misunderstandings and other communication challenges. Societal challenges do occur in academe, but there are differences from society at large or even the corporate world, which mean these need to be addressed in a manner that works for academe. I believe my own challenges and experiences can be called on to provide fair hearing and listening on any issue presented to the committee.


Edward C. Oetting

Edward C. Oetting
Liaison Librarian, STEM Division
ASU Libraries

I am in my 36th year as an Academic Professional. I have served two terms on the Academic Senate as well as on numerous senate and university committees. As a former university archivist, I have a strong understanding of and commitment to Arizona State University and to shared governance. It would be an honor to be elected to the Academic Professional Grievance Committee and to serve the interest of AP’s within university governance.

Brad Vogus

Brad Vogus
Associate Liaison Librarian, Social Science Division
ASU Librarian

I have over 19 years at ASU as a librarian, serving on the Tempe, Polytechnic, and West campus. My responsibilities have included management roles supervising other academic professionals and staff, and liaison librarian duties working with faculty. The role of the Academic Professional Grievance Committee is to provide a fair and equitable resolution of grievances. If chosen, I would be pleased to contribute to the role of this important committee.