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Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Officers

Chair: Jerry Katrichis

Vice Chair: Nels Highberg

Secretary: Natalie Politikos

The University of Hartford faculty senate is the primary faculty governing board and consists of faculty members from each college who serve as senators and represent their constituent faculty members. Among other responsibilities, the faculty senate oversees faculty input on faculty policies, academic procedures, and university curricula. The Senate convenes twice each month and subcommittees meet as required. Elections for Senators are held in April at the individual college’s faculty meeting.

About the Senate

The University of Hartford Faculty Senate is authorized in Part III, Article III Section 3 of the University's Charter and Bylaws as the only official faculty organization at the University. It actively engages 31 Faculty Senators representing all seven schools and colleges of the University. A faculty member who is full-time and has been in residence for a year or more is eligible to run for the Senate. Elections for three-year terms are held at each college's faculty meetings. There are 8 Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate, listed in the Senate Bylaws.

The Executive Committee of the Senate meets monthly, before the full Senate meeting, and sets the agenda. The Executive Committee is composed of the Senate Officers and Committee Chairs. The administration consults with Faculty Senate Executive members for advice and feedback on issues of concern.

In addition to its role in approving all curriculum changes, the Senate makes a major contribution to setting academic policies and procedures through its role in changing the Manual of Academic Policies and Procedures (MAPP) and the Faculty Policy Manual (FPM). Changes to MAPP are initially approved by the Student Affairs Committee of the Senate for issues related to students, and by the Curriculum Committee for issues related to the curriculum review process. Changes to the FPM are initially approved by the Senate's Faculty Affairs committee. Proposed changes may be initiated by faculty or the Council of Deans.

These committees then present the proposals to the full Senate for review and approval. Should there be a disagreement about a proposal between the Senate and the Council of Deans, the proposal is then sent to the Faculty Senate/Deans Joint Committee, which includes the three Senate officers plus representatives of the Council of Deans, as appointed by the Provost. Changes approved by both the Council of Deans and the Faculty Senate must be approved by the Provost, the President, and the Executive Committee of the Board of  Regents before being enacted.

(Revised 5-10-07; 1-4-08; 8-1-08; 9-23-13; 5-23-14; 12-11-15, 2-13-19)

Contact the Faculty Senate

Phone: 860.768.4789
Office location: Suite 314, Computer Center and Administration Building
Coordinator: Lydia Chiappetti

Contact College Senators

Arts & Sciences

Joanna Borucinska

Al DiChiara
Abe Hefter
Nels Highberg
Anne E. Pidano
Natalie Politikos
Olga Sharp

Barney School of Business
Jerome Katrichis
Onur Oz
Rebecca Ranucci
Narendar Sumukadas

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)
Tim Britt

Suhash Ghosh
Saeid Moslehpour
Paul Slaboch
Akin Tatoglu

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP)
Sarah Hart
Claudia Oakes
Lucy Richard
Michael Wininger

The Hartt School
Steve Davis
Warren Haston
Carrie Koffman
Tracey Moore

Rita Porfiris

Phil Snedecor

Hartford Art School (HAS)
Cat Balco
Michael Vahrenwald
Andy Wollner

Hillyer College
Paula Alderette
Mari Firkatian
Scott Scribner

Staff Association

Christina Lapierre

Faculty Senate Committee Members

Awards and Nominations

Committee Member College Position Email
  Hillyer Non-Senator  
Ghosh, Suhash CETA Senator
Certo, Catherine ENHP Non-senator
Koffman, Carrie Hartt Chair
Nordyke, John HAS Non-Senator
Pidano, Anne A&S Senator
Rogers, Annette Barney Non-senator
Townsend, Rebecca


Committee Member College Position Email
Balco, Cat HAS Senator
Highberg, Nels A&S Chair
Misovich, Stephen Hillyer Non-Senator
Moore, Tracey Hartt Senator
Oz, Onur Barney Senator
Richard, Lucy ENHP Senator
Sawruk, Ted CETA Non-Senator

Environmental & Sustainability

Committee Member College Position Email
Davis, Steve Hartt Senator
Firkatian, Mari Hillyer Chair
Hefter, Abe A&S Senator
Britt, Tim CETA Senator
Ranucci, Rebecca Barney Senator
Scribner, Scott Hillyer Senator
Weinholtz, Donn ENHP Non-Senator
Wollner, Andy HAS Senator
Debbie Vergara SGA Student

Faculty Affairs

Committee Member College Position Email
Porfiris, Rita Hartt Senator
Major, Bill Hillyer Non-Senator
Moslehpour, Saeid CETA Senator
Politikos, Natalie A&S Chair
Sumukadas, Narendar Barney Senator
Thomson, Bill HAS Non-Senator
Wininger, Michael ENHP Senator


Committee Member College Position Email
Alderette, Paula Hillyer Chair
Carey, Ellen HAS Non-Senator
Dichiara, Al A&S Senator
Hao, Andy Barney Non-Senator
Hart, Sarah ENHP Senator
Tatoglu, Akin CETA Senator
Woodard, Peter Hartt Non-Senator

Student Affairs

Committee Member College Position Email
Ashuntantang, Joyce Hillyer Non-Senator
Jagaiah, Thilagha ENHP Non-Senator
Oakes, Claudia ENHP Senator
Borucinska, Joanna A&S Senator
Slaboch, Paul CETA Senator
Snedecor, Phil Hartt Senator
Vahrenwald, Michael HAS Chair
Joevanni Thompson SGA Student

Executive Committee

Committee Member College Position Email
Alderette, Paula Hillyer Diversity Chair
Koffman, Carrie Hartt A&N Chair
Highberg, Nels A&S Curriculum Chair
Firkatian, Mari Hillyer Environmental & Sustainability Chair
Katrichis, Jerry Barney Senate Chair
Moslehpour, Saeid CETA CAT Chair
Pidano, Anne A&S Chair Emeritus
Politikos, Natalie A&S FA Chair
Richard, Lucy ENHP Civility Chair
Vahrenwald, Michael HAS SA Chair

Senate/Deans Joint

Committee Member College Position Email
Highberg, Nels A&S Vice Chair
Katrichis, Jerry Barney Chair
Politikos, Natalie A&S Secretary
Black, Katherine Admin Dean Rep
Goldenberg, David Admin Dean Rep

CAT Task Force

Committee Member College Position Email
Katrichis, Jerry Barney Senate Chair
Moslehpour, Saeid CETA Chair
Oakes, Claudia ENHP Senator
Pidano, Anne A&S Senator
Rogers, Annette Barney Non-Senator

Civility Statement Task Force

Committee Member College Position Email
Grant, Christine
(Spec. Asst. to Pres for Diversity)
Horvath, Jane A&S Non-Senator
Richard, Lucy ENHP Chair
Schiano, Michael Hartt Non-Senator
Sekou, Bilal Hillyer Non-Senator
Sharp, Olga A&S Senator