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Professor speaks for campus faculty

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Rose Rudnitski (Educational Administration) will begin
the second year of her three-year term as the New Paltz
representative on the SUNY University Faculty Senate in the fall.

Rose Rudnitski (Educational Administration) enjoys her role as the voice of New Paltz faculty and staff within the State University of New York system.

Since last year, Rudnitski has served on the SUNY University Faculty Senate representing the academic and professional faculty members at New Paltz. In her elected position, she works with her fellow senators from the 33 comprehensive colleges and university centers within SUNY.

According to Rudnitski, the goal of the senate is to enhance communication between campuses and to work together on common issues regarding education.

"We help inform each other on issues in a way that we could not if we didn't have the Senate," she said.

The University Senate was created in 1953. It is the official agency through which the faculty connects with the governance of the University. It also serves as a resource on governance for the University faculty.

"We are part of a system that has a degree of coherence and a degree of diversity, both of which are good," she said. "The faculty senate helps keep both."

The full University Faculty Senate holds a plenary meeting once a year. Rudnitski keeps the campus informed on SUNY matters by presenting a report following the meeting. She works closely with Corinne Nyquist (Library), who is the alternate faculty senator, and John VanderLippe (History), presiding officer of the New Paltz Faculty Governance.

Committee meetings are held three times a year, in the fall, winter and spring. The fall planning meeting will take place in late September in Syracuse.

A university faculty senator is a senior person who has already served in a faculty governance leadership role. Rudnitski has been involved in faculty governance since she joined the faculty in 1992. "Rose is a very effective advocate for New Paltz and a powerful voice for all SUNY faculty in the Senate," said VanderLippe.

At New Paltz, Rudnitski, served on the Curriculum Committee. She is currently chair of the General Education Committee and a member of the Promotion and Salary Committee.Her participation and interaction with the campus community resulted in being electing presiding officer of Faculty Governance in 1997.

It was during her four years as presiding officer that Rudnitski became involved in governance on a SUNY-wide scale when she became the convener of the Campus Governance Leaders, the group of campus presiding officers who attend University Faculty Senate meetings. Next, Rudnitski became campus ombudsperson and advocated for faculty members. After only a year in the position, she stepped down in order to serve in her current role as University Faculty Senator.

Rudnitski was recently appointed to the General Education Assessment Review (GEAR) group to help campuses design and implement assessment plans for their general education programs. She also sits on the undergraduate committee of the Faculty Senate.

New Paltz academic and professional staff members can lend their voice to the senate by joining committees. The Senate is run by committees covering such areas as graduate and research, operations, student life and undergraduate academic programs and policies. Interested faculty members - academic and professional - can learn more by contacting Rudnitski at rudnitsr@newpaltz.edu.

For more information about the University Faculty Senate, visit the Web site.