This month's Senator Spotlight is on Claudia Villegas-Silva
What unit do you represent?
The School of Humanities, Arts, & Cultural Studies
How many years have you served on the Senate?
I have served for 2 ½ years.
How many years have you been employed at ASU?
I have been at ASU since the Fall of 2012, four years.
What other institutions have you taught at before coming to ASU?
I have taught at the Chapman University, University of Kansas and the University of Hawaii.
What is your research and/or creative activities focus?
My area is the use of technology in theatre and post-human aesthetic in contemporary theatre and performance of the Americas and Spain.
Why did you decide to get involved with the Senate?
I was interested in seeing how the university worked and being a part of the conversation.
Describe what you have learned during your time on the Senate.
I have learned that the Senate is where academic and professional decisions are made and addressed and the Senate strives to create a more equitable institution. I have also learned that the University is always looking to improve our services so that more students are successful in their journey here at ASU.
What committees have you participated in, or would like to participate in and what were you able to (or hope to) accomplish.
I am currently serving on the University Senate Committees on Committees.
What would you say to your peers who might be considering accepting a nomination or nominating themselves for a position on the Senate?
I would recommend that my peers consider serving, it is well worth the time in exchange for the amount one learns about the University and the way it works.