This month's Senator Spotlight is on Eric Kostelich
What unit do you represent?
The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
How many years have you served in the Senate?
About 9, during various terms.
How many years have you been employed at ASU?
A long time! 29 years.
What other institutions have you taught at before coming to ASU?
University of Maryland and University of Texas.
What is your research and/or creative activities focus?
I have run an undergraduate research program in applied mathematics for over 160 ASU students during the past 10 years in collaboration with several other mathematics faculty members. My own research interests are in nonlinear dynamics and applications, mathematical biology, and data assimilation.
Why did you decide to get involved with the Senate?
I was first elected in 2005 by my colleagues in math. I had been involved in curriculum development as an Associate Chair in my own unit and on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum committee.
Describe what you have learned during your time in the Senate.
I have appreciated the thoughtful effort that many faculty members have put into running the academic affairs of the university.
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 on the Online Education Task Force. It has been a very good experience to learn about other units’ concerns and programs, and I hope that my experience will be helpful to current and future online programs in mathematics.
What would you say to your peers who might be considering accepting a nomination or nominating himself or herself for a position in the Senate?
My advice to prospective senators is to take the time to talk to your colleagues and unit administrators to gain a good understanding of your unit’s issues, which will help you be more effective.