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Faculty Senate Elections

This page provides an overview of Faculty Senate elections, including how the president elect and secretary are elected, the names of those seving on the current year's election committee, the current year's timeline, and a list of current senators who will be rotating off. After elections are complete, the names of those elected will also be shared.

Frequently Asked Questions

Overview of Elections Process

Faculty Senate elections begin in February and conclude near the end of March. The specific deadlines are updated each year in accordance with the Faculty Senate constution (excerpt below from Article II, Section D.).

Nomination and Election of Candidates
  1. An election committee along with caucus chairs shall conduct an election each year and certify the results with the aid of such offices as are necessary. This election committee shall be composed of the chair or co-chairs of the faculty affairs committee, the chair or co-chairs of the professional staff affairs committee, the president, and the secretary of the senate. Approximately 11 weeks before the first meeting of the new senate, the caucus chair from each unit shall confirm with the Office of Faculty Senate a list of those in the unit eligible to vote and eligible to serve in senate elections. The election committee shall adjudicate any questions of voter eligibility, the unit in which a person should vote, and the eligibility for election to the senate, according to Article II, Section A.1.
  2. All eligible voters shall have the opportunity to vote by secret ballot for representatives from their respective unit.
  3. Nominees for membership in the senate shall be chosen approximately nine weeks before the first meeting of the new senate by a preliminary ballot of those entitled to vote. The caucus chair in charge of unit elections or a member of the election committee shall ascertain the willingness to serve of those nominated from each unit, in order of number of votes each received, and shall certify twice the number to be elected as the official nominees of the unit. In the event of ties, those receiving the same number of votes shall be included on the ballot for election; eligible voters shall be directed to vote for, at most, the necessary number of senators.
  4. Senators shall be chosen by secret ballot in a final election supervised by the caucus chair and election committee. In the event of a tie in the final election, a coin will be tossed to determine the winner. Elections shall be conducted seven weeks before the first meeting of the new senate.
  5. A complete summary of the election shall be kept on record for at least three years in the Office of Faculty Senate. Election results shall be forwarded to the president of the senate.

    As a vacancy occurs in the senate, the caucus where the vacancy occurred will appoint to the senate for the unexpired term the individual who received the next highest number of votes in the most recent election within the unit. In the case of a vacancy in the Term Appointment caucus, this same procedure will be used, except that the required composition of the caucus will be maintained when filling the vacant seat (see Article II, Section A.1.b.) In the case of a vacancy within the General University caucus for the senator from Olathe, the individual who received the next highest number of votes for that seat in their most recent election will be appointed for the unexpired term. Notification of the replacement will be provided at the next regularly scheduled executive committee and Faculty Senate meetings.

    Each caucus shall go back no further than the final ballot to find replacements for vacancies. When the names on the final ballot are exhausted, a special election will be called at the time of the vacancy to fill the vacancy. In the event the names on the final ballot are exhausted and yearly elections are in process, the vacancy may be filled utilizing the current elections. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the caucus chair and election committee.
  6. In the event of reorganization of the colleges, extension, the library, or the general administration, representation on the senate of these groups will remain unaltered until after the next regularly scheduled election.

Election of president-elect and secretary

Each year in May, there is what is affectionately known as the "turnover" Faculty Senate meeting. The first portion of that meeting is for the outgoing senate. Then, once that meeting is adjourned, outgoing members depart and incoming members begin their voting role as the first meeting is called to order.

At that first meeting of the new senate, the president-elect assumes the presidency, and a new president-elect and secretary are elected by the senate from its membership or the membership of the immediately preceding senate. If one person does not receive a majority of the votes, there will be a runoff election between the two nominees receiving the highest number of votes. This is the only vote taken by ballot, unless there is only one nominee.

With the assistance of the Faculty Senate Leadership Council, the president and past president are charged with identifying and encouraging individuals to become candidates for officer positions.

During their terms, the president-elect, president, and past president shall serve as senators-at-large with voting rights and not as representatives of their unit.

2024 Election Committee:
  • Don Von Bergen, Faculty Senate President
  • Graciela Berumen, Faculty Senate Secretary
  • Brad Cunningham, Co-Chair of Faculty Affairs
  • Tareque Nasser, Co-Chair of Faculty Affairs
  • Monica Curnutt, Co-Chair of Professional Staff Affairs
  • Renee Gates, Co-Chair of Professional Staff Affairs
2024 Election Timeline:
February 27Primary ballots go out to eligible persons in the colleges/units.
March 5Primary ballots due back to caucus chairs.
March 19Final ballots go out to eligible persons in the college/units.
March 25Final ballots due back to caucus chairs.
March 28Results due to Faculty Senate Office
April 22

Caucus chairs are to identify members for the following permanent committees of Faculty Senate:
-Executive Committee (caucus chair)
-Academic Affairs – must be a senator
-Faculty Affairs – must be a senator
-JEDAII (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, Identity, Inclusion)
-Professional Staff Affairs 
-FSCOT (FS Committee on Technology)
-FSCOUP (FS Committee on University Planning)

2024 Senators with terms ending:

Due to the regular reapportionment, which was held in October 2023, some caucuses are increasing in size and some are decreasing. The total number of senators being elected this year is 35.

An asterisk* means the person is not eligible for re-election at this time.

CaucusSenator's name

Agriculture (2) Due to Reapportionment

*Mishelle Hay McCammant
Sarah Sexton-Bowser
Cassandra Olds

Architecture, Planning & Design (2)

Grant Alford
La Barbara Wigfall

Arts & Sciences (5) Due to ReapportionmentChardie Baird
Marcellus Caldas
*Pamela Kempton
*Marianne Korten
*Michael Krysko
*Sara Luly
Eve McCulloch
Business Administration (4) Due to Reapportionment

Rebecca Adams
Michael Raine
Terry Mason

Education (2)

Brandon Kliewer
Lisa Rubin

Engineering (2) Due to Reapportionment

Andrew Rys
Kevin Wanklyn
Steve Warren

Extension (1)

*Elizabeth Kiss

General University (3) Due to Reappointment

Linda Craghead
Scott Finkeldei
Aaron Stroot
Andy Thompson

Health and Human Sciences (2) Due to Reapportionment

Barbara Anderson
*Jared Durtschi
Kim Hiller

K-State Salina (Technology & Aviation) (2)

Bill Genereux
Drew Smith

Term Appointment Caucus (4)

Graciela Berumen
Erin Bishop
Tandy Rundus
Mary Sullivan

University Libraries (2)

Roger Adams
Carolyn Jackson

Veterinary Medicine (4) Due to Reappointment

Amy Brusk
*Mary Lynn Higginbotham
Justin Kastner
*Thomas Schermerhorn
Regina Scott