Liu to chair faculty governance for 2021-22; Finlayson is vice chair


The University of Michigan’s Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs has elected new leadership for 2021-22.

Allen P. Liu, associate professor of mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and biophysics, will serve as chair. J. Caitlin Finlayson, associate professor of English at UM-Dearborn, will serve as vice chair. Their one-year terms start May 1.

SACUA is the nine-member executive arm of the university’s central faculty governance system, which includes the Senate Assembly and the Faculty Senate. The SACUA chair and vice chair also serve the same positions in the Senate Assembly and Faculty Senate.

Liu succeeds Colleen Conway, professor of music education. Finlayson succeeds Annalisa Manera, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.

One other SACUA member, Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information and professor of information, ran for chair. Finlayson ran unopposed. SACUA chose the new officers at its meeting April 12 during an executive session.

The Senate Assembly consists of 74 elected faculty members from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The Faculty Senate is made up of all professorial faculty, librarians, full-time research faculty, executive officers and deans.


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