Senator Spotlight August 2023

YOUR NAME: Chris Kyselka

What unit do you represent?  

I represent The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

How many years have you served in the Senate?

Serving on the university senate began 13 years ago.  I started as a senate standing committee chair followed by secretary of the academic assembly and university senate and then Polytechnic campus president.  This year I begin a term as a senator from my unit.

How many years have you been employed at ASU?

I have worked at ASU for 30+ years.  Before that, I earned both baccalaureate and graduate degrees from ASU which means I did not go far after graduation.

What other institutions have you taught at before coming to ASU?

I started teaching right here at ASU.

What is your research and/or creative activities focus?  

I have always been an advocate of bridging the gap between higher education and students from underrepresented groups.  My current focus is on diversity and STEM.

Why did you decide to get involved with the Senate?

My interest in the university senate began years ago when I jumped at the chance to participate in a shared governance work group. This work with colleagues helped me understand the role the senate plays in what happens at the university. That incredible experience led to more opportunities to be involved and serve in various senate leadership roles.

Describe what you have learned (or hope to learn) during your time in the Senate?

I have gained many insights into how the University works.  The faculty and staff demonstrate impressive dedication and commitment to student success.  The university senate plays an important role in university and student success; what we are able to achieve has far-reaching impact.  I am grateful to have served with and learn from many dedicated colleagues and academic leaders who want to make ASU the best it can be.

What committees have you participated in, or would like to participate in and what were you able to (or hope to) accomplish

I served as chair of the senate Committee on Committees for several years, a committee that works to identify future leaders at the senate, campus and university levels. It was gratifying to encourage others to engage, serve and make a difference.  In my current role as senator, I will be most interested in policy making that affects student success and shared governance.

What would you say to your peers who might be considering accepting a nomination or nominating himself or herself for a position in the University Senate?

The university senate presents a platform for faculty and academic professionals to contribute to university affairs proactively. Serving allows faculty and academic professionals to address concerns, propose solutions, and drive institutional progress effectively. I strongly recommend interested parties, particularly those unfamiliar with university senate involvement, to explore this opportunity.

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