THREE to be elected, ballot listed in alphabetical order

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Cathy Bril, PA-C, Physician Assistant Studies

I would like to express my interest in joining the Committee on Faculty Welfare. For the past five years I have been a participating faculty member of the Physician Assistant Program at Marquette. Prior to that, I served as an adjunct faculty member in the PA Program for seven years. However, my ties to Marquette go as far back to my undergraduate studies in the Dental Hygiene Program, class of 1992, followed by earning a Master's Degree from the PA Program in 2000. It has been an honor to be part of the faculty that trained me, and I would like to be able to represent them, as well as all of the faculty at this University, by serving on the Faculty Welfare Committee. I am motivated to join this committee by a desire to become more involved with the bigger picture here at Marquette. Working in the PA Program, while extremely rewarding, generally involves interacting with eight other faculty members on a daily basis. As a member of the Health Careers Opportunities Program I am also in contact with members of the college of health sciences throughout the year. However I see this committee as an opportunity to look at the goals and needs of faculty members across the University rather than just from our corner of campus. From my own experience as a new faculty, I believe there is room for improvement in the area of faculty mentoring. I believe that a smooth transition will promote job satisfaction as well as efficiency.

Franco Trivigno, Philosophy

I think there is much to be done to improve overall faculty welfare at Marquette. If elected, I will be strong supporter of Marquette's return to the top tier research university status, particularly by advocating for the commitment of university resources to faculty development, mentoring, training and compensation that this would entail.

Background: I have been at Marquette University for 6 years and am currently the Assistant Chair in the Philosophy Department, I am also the Chair of the undergraduate Committee, as well as a member of the Executive Committee.

Professional Societies: Member of the American Philosophical Association, Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Ancient Philosophy Society.

Darren Wheelock, Social and Cultural Sciences

I will be an associate professor in Social and Cultural Sciences department (beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year). I have been at Marquette University since I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2006. My research examines the intersection of race, crime, punishment and the law. More specifically, my work follows two lines of inquiry. The first involves examining the factors that shape public desires to punish law violators. The second, investigates the ways that the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction operates to exacerbates racial inequality in the labor market. I am currently working on two new projects with collaborators at the Marquette University Law School. My university service includes serving on the Committee on Academic Policies and Issues (2011-2014). I would like to serve on the Committee on Faculty Welfare because I think I can provide unique and invaluable insight as someone that has only recently received tenure. Not only can I understand the challenging process of securing tenure but with the long-term concerns of improving conditions for faculty at Marquette.

Mary Jo Wiemiller, PA-C, M.S., Physician Assistant Studies

Mary Jo Wiemiller is the Department Chair and Program Director of the Marquette University Physician Assistant Department. She is also the Program Director for the Marquette University-Aurora Health Care Post Graduate Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine which started July 2010. She has also implemented the Mark B. Adams Medical College of Wisconsin Post-Graduate Physician Assistant Surgical Program for General Surgery and continues her involvement as adjunct faculty of the program. She has an emphasis on developing post-graduate Physician Assistant training in addition to entry level Physician Assistant training. Importantly, Mary Jo is a Full Time Participating Faculty who would bring insight on the Participating Faculty arena to the committee. Additionally, she works with both tenure track and non-tenure track colleagues and many full time clinical faculty. She can offer insight from knowledge gained from her peers and colleagues from a variety of faculty settings. She would relish the opportunity to serve on the University Academic Senate as a Full Time Participating Faculty member and contribute in an official capacity.

Background: Mary Jo Wiemiller received her B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001. She then completed her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant at Finch University of Health Sciences in North Chicago, Illinois (now Rosalind Franklin University), and worked for 5-1/2 years at the Medical College of Wisconsin at Froedtert Hospital in Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery. She has an additional 4 years of Emergency Medicine experience with Aurora Health Care. She joined Marquette University in 2009 as a Clinical Assistant Professor and became Chair in August 2009. Her areas of expertise include Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery and Critical Care, Emergency Medicine and Educational Research.

About the Committee on Faculty Welfare

The Committee on Faculty Welfare (CFW), a standing committee of the University Academic Senate, provides consultation to the Senate and a forum for discussion of long-range planning regarding overall faculty welfare that may be initiated by the Senate, the Provost, other Senate bodies, or individual faculty. Faculty welfare issues range from faculty development, mentoring, training and evaluation to university and academic support services, compensation and fringe benefits.


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