Lindsay Admon, Silvia Pedraza elected to fill SACUA vacancies


Two faculty members have been elected to step into vacancies on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.

Lindsay Admon, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Medical School, and Silvia Pedraza, professor of sociology and American culture in LSA, were the top two vote-getters of four candidates and will serve out SACUA terms ending April 30, 2024.

The Senate Assembly, which consists of 74 elected faculty members from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, voted for the two new members via virtual ballot with results announced Jan. 13.  

Admon and Pedraza will fill terms left vacant after Kanakadurga Singer, Valerie Castle Opipari M.D. Professor of Pediatrics and associate professor of pediatrics and of molecular and integrative physiology in the Medical School, and Michael Atzmon, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences in the College of Engineering, stepped down.

Also running were Andre Monteiro Da Rocha, research assistant professor in the Medical School’s Department of Internal Medicine, and Alex Yasha Yi, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, UM-Dearborn.

Admon and Pedraza join incumbents:

  • Tom Braun, professor of biostatistics, School of Public Health.
  • Simon Cushing, associate professor of philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, UM-Flint.
  • Allen Liu, associate professor of mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering.
  • Rebekah Modrak, professor of art and design, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
  • Damani Partridge, associate professor of anthropology and of Afroamerican and African studies, LSA.
  • Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information and professor of information, School of Information.
  • Sergio Villalobos-Ruminot, professor of Spanish, LSA.

SACUA is the nine-member executive arm of U-M’s central faculty governance system, which also includes the Senate Assembly and the full Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate consists of all tenure track professorial faculty, research faculty, librarians, executive officers and deans of each school or college.


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