2023 -2024 Faculty Senate Executive Election

Join us in welcoming the recently elected executive officer candidates to the faculty senate.

Chair Elect Candidate

Photo of Tracy Klein


Tracy Klein’s Statement of Candidacy

Associate Professor
College of Nursing
WSU Vancouver


Executive Secretary Candidate

Photo of Matthew Hudelson


Matthew Hudelson’s Statement of Candidacy

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
WSU Pullman

Election Timetable & Procedural StepsTimeline Identified 2023 Dates
Dates and procedures announced; nomination forms openFirst Faculty Senate meetingJanuary 19
Formal nominations due to Executive Secretary 1,25 PM Tuesday before third meetingFebruary 14
Candidates announcedThird meetingFebruary 16
Ballots sent to senatorsMonday after third meetingFebruary 20
Ballots due5 PM Tuesday before fifth meetingMarch 21
Ballots read and counted by Executive Secretary and ASWSU PresidentWednesday before fifth meetingMarch 22
Chair-elect or need for second round 3 announcedFifth meetingMarch 23
2nd round ballots distributedFriday after fifth meetingMarch 24
2nd round ballots due5 PM Tuesday before sixth meetingApril 4
2nd round ballots read and counted by Executive Secretary and ASWSU PresidentWednesday before sixth meetingApril 5
Chair-elect announcedSixth meetingApril 6

Duties and responsibilities of the Senate Executive Committee

The Executive Committee requires both independent and shared responsibility for specific projects.

A summary of the current duties of the senate executive committee roles are identified below.

Senate Executive Duties

Financial Support

The Provost provides financial support to help offset the workload of faculty senate leadership.  At this time, the Chair-Elect, Chair, and Executive Secretary receive support in the form of buy-outs and other compensation that is negotiated with the faculty member’s chair or director and dean. The following link details those funding mechanisms.

Financial Support for Executive Duties 

This application closed at 5:00pm, on February 14 2023.

Candidate responses and links to CVs will be posted on this site before candidates are formally announced on February 16, 2023.

1Eligibility for Nomination

From Article III, Section 2 of the Faculty Senate Constitution:

The chair-elect of the Faculty Senate shall be elected by the membership* of the Faculty Senate from among those individuals who are currently a senator, parliamentarian, or a faculty member (as defined by “Appointment Status” in Article II, Section 5) of any Faculty Senate sponsored committee or have served in one of these positions within the previous four years. The chair-elect shall assume the duties of the chair in the absence of the chair.

The Executive Secretary shall be a member of the faculty eligible for election to the Senate, and shall be selected by the Senate for a three-year term and shall be eligible for re-election. If the person chosen is an elected member of the Senate, the seat thereby becomes vacant and shall be filled as specified in Article II, Section 7.C.

*i.e., both continuing senators and those whose terms are expiring are eligible to vote in this election

2Statement and CV

 Chair-Elect Nominees (self-nomination is permitted) are requested to prepare a statement outlining their background and goals for their term as an officer of the Faculty Senate.  This statement and a copy of their CV will be posted to the Faculty Senate website; submitting them constitutes formal acceptance of the nomination.  These documents are to be submitted by the time formal nominations are due (5 PM on Tuesday before the third Faculty Senate meeting in spring semester).

3Second round

 The italicized entries in the table occur if a second round is needed, i.e., if no candidate has a majority of the votes cast in the first round or if fewer than 40% of senators vote.  The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the first round move on to the second round of voting.

From Article III, Section 4 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws:

All elections of officers shall take place by a majority of those present and voting. If no candidate secures a majority, a run-off election shall be conducted between the two candidates with the highest number of votes.