Senate-Department Liaisons

Senate-Department/Program Assigned Liaisons for Academic Year 2018-19

African American Studies - Irene Browne
Anthropology - Astrid Prinz
Art History - Joonna Trapp
Biology - Megan Cole
Chemistry - Tracy McGill
Classics - Marta Jimenez
Comparative Literature - Elizabeth Goodstein
Computer Science - Dorian Arnold
Economics - Elena Pesavento
English/Creative Writing - Barbara Ladd
Environmental Sciences - Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec
Film & Media Studies - Tim Dowd
French and Italian Studies - Elizabeth Kim
German Studies - Elizabeth Goodstein
History - Sheila Cavanagh
Human Health - David Fisher
Institute of Liberal Arts - Robyn Fivush
Jewish Studies - Sara McClintock
Linguistics - Joonna Trapp
Mathematics - Dorian Arnold
Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies - Barbara Ladd
Music - Tim Dowd
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology - Rohan Palmer
Philosophy - Marta Jimenez
Physics - Megan Cole
Political Science - Cliff Carrubba
Psychology - Rohan Palmer
Quantitative Theory and Methods - Cliff Carrubba
Religion - Sara McClintock
Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures - Sheila Cavanagh
Sociology - Irene Browne
Spanish and Portuguese - Robyn Fivush
Theater and Dance - Huw Davies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Astrid Prinz




Senate discussed October 17, 2018


Role of the Senate Department Liaison

The liaison acts as a conduit of information from the Senate to department members and from departments to the Senate. As such, the liaison does not “represent” a department per se, but conveys views of the faculty to the Senate.


Structure of Contact with Departments

 Liaison Introduction:

Early in fall semester, ECAS Senate President will introduce liaisons (via email) to chairs of departments to be represented, informing them to share the liaison contact with department members. The list of departmental Senate liaisons will be posted on the Senate website (

Arranging a Department Visit:

 Liaisons should request a date to visit the department to summarize work of the Senate, solicit views on major Senate undertakings, and hear general concerns of faculty members. The visits should coincide with Senate discussions of major issues faced in a year (e.g., for 2018-19, the Senate Review constitutes a major issue and thus liaisons should visit departments in November prior to the writing of the Review Report, or in early spring to discuss the report). Visits should occur at least once a year.

After Department Visit:

The liaison should provide a summary to Senate executive council (via email) one week after the meeting. The (bulleted or prose) summary should indicate the department visited and date of visit and categorize the views of the faculty members at the meeting: 1) pertaining to the major issue facing the Senate; 2) other concerns raised (which may be further organized, depending upon content). The summaries will be useful in planning future Senate business.

Ongoing Email Exchanges:

Liaisons should check-in (via email) with department chairs periodically throughout the academic year. They should encourage chairs to have their faculty members directly contact the liaison as well.


Role of Executive Council

 After each Senate meeting, the ECAS Senate Chair and staff member will put together “talking points,” summarizing the activity of the meeting. The Executive Council will review the summary before it is sent to all Emory faculty members. The cover email for these “Senate Updates” will indicate that the liaison can provide more information (if needed) and stress the availability of the (monitored) Senate Discussion Board, where all faculty can post their concerns. These “talking points” provide the basis for liaisons to summarize the work of the Senate when they visit their assigned departments.