Senator Spotlight February 2019

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This Month's Senator Spotlight is on Daniel McCarville

What unit do you represent?

SCIDSE, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

How many years have you served in the Senate?

I believe it is now six years or so.

How many years have you been employed at ASU?

Seven years

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

None, I spent 27 years in industry before starting at ASU.

What is your research and/or creative activities focus?

Industrial statistics and engineering management

Why did you decide to get involved with the Senate?

I had two reasons for joining the Senate.  Because the academic world is a bit different than my industry experience, joining the Senate helped me understand the big picture of an academic institution.  Most of our Senate meetings begin with very interesting talks from various ASU leaders including Michael Crow.  Working with other senators on our Student Faculty Policy Committee has allowed me to learn quite a bit more about, and benchmark, other schools and programs across ASU.  My second reason for joining the Senate was to join the Student Faculty Policy Committee.  Many of our important policies at ASU are developed and updated through the SFPC.  I simply wanted to participate in making impactful improvements to policies affecting students and faculty.

Describe what you have learned during your time in the Senate.

Initially I was a bit skeptical about the successful implementation of proposals I had submitted to the Student Faculty Policy Committee, and ultimately the Senate and Provost’s Office.  After the thoughtful discussions with the SFPC, and the overwhelming support from the Senate, my skepticism quickly vanished.  All new policies and policy changes need to be implemented.  Our job as senators does not need to end with the vote and approval.  I enjoy the implementation process more than the proposal process, and learned that the various departments and organizations at ASU welcome our help through the implementation of these new policies and changes.  To work on a new policy from the start through to implementation is very rewarding.

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

I have participated in the Student Faculty Policy Committee for all but this past year on the Senate.  I chaired this committee in the 2017-2018 academic year.  I was fortunate to work with the committee on many impactful proposals, including several I authored.  A few of the key SFPC proposals that were approved by the Senate and/or Provost’s Office include a centralized student academic integrity tracking system, proctoring the incoming math placement exam, four day summer school schedule, better support for military and first responder students, and better management of student copyright violations with online posting sites.

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?

I am constantly encouraging my peers to be nominated to the ASU Senate and to join one of the committees.  The learning opportunity is fantastic, and the satisfaction of making positive change happen at ASU is rewarding!