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Faculty Senate

The purpose of the Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate was established on April 23, 1970. The Faculty Senate is the official faculty governing body of Holy Family University. The Faculty Senate is the voice of the faculty at Holy Family University and acts as the medium through which faculty discuss academic matters and make recommendations to the administration. Additionally, the Faculty Senate serves to promote professional development, faculty welfare, high academic standards, and fostering student welfare.

Faculty Senate Meeting Dates & Locations

The Faculty Senate meets once a month on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 in the Campus Center, Room 115. A virtual option will be provided. Please see the Faculty Senate Canvas shell for the meeting link.

Meeting times for each academic year are posted on the campus calendar, as well as below.

Faculty Senate meetings are mandatory for full-time faculty; however, part-time faculty members are also encouraged to attend.

  • General Faculty Senate Schedule (1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
    • Fall 2022 Semester
      • September 7
      • October 12
      • November 9
      • December 7
    • Spring 2023 Semester
      • January 18
      • Feb 15
      • March 15
      • April 12
  • Executive Committee Schedule (12:50 - 2:00 p.m.)
    • Fall 2022 Semester
      • August 29
      • October 5
      • November 2
      • November 30
    • Spring 2023 Semester
      • January 11
      • Feb 8
      • March 1
      • April 5

Faculty Senate Dues, Due Dates, and Payment Methods

Yearly dues for Faculty Senate are $20 for full-time faculty and $5 for part-time faculty and are to be submitted to the Faculty Senate Treasurer (Dr. Dana McClain).

Dues may be paid via check (written out to Holy Family University), in cash, or electronic payment. Please see the Faculty Senate Canvas Shell for directions regarding the submission of electronic payments.

2020-2021 Faculty Senate Officers

  • Jennifer DeCicco - President
  • Patrick McElwaine - Vice-President
  • Kristin Sagedy - Secretary
  • Dana McClain - Treasurer

Faculty Senate Bylaws

The membership, charges, and governance policies and procedures of the Faculty Senate are defined in the bylaws:

Faculty Awards (Internal and External)

Lindback Award

  • 2020 - Pam Flynn
  • 2016 - Gloria Kersey-Matusiak
  • 2013 - Kathryn Van Dyke Hayes
  • 2011 - Robert Cordero
  • 2009 - Cathleen Jenner
  • 2007 - George Haynes
  • 2006 - Kathryn Osenlund
  • 2005 - Bette Tokar
  • 2004 - Kathleen McMullen
  • 2003 - Kathleen Moyer
  • 2002 - Kathleen Quinn
  • 2001 - Arthur Grugan
  • 2000 - Regina Hobaugh
  • 1999 - Claire Ann Sullivan
  • 1998 - Thomas McCormick

Golden Toga

  • 2020-2021 - Brian Berry
  • 2019-2020 - Janet McNellis
  • 2018-2019 - Don Goeltz
  • 2017-2018 - Roseanna Wright
  • 2016-2017 - Daniel Bassi
  • 2015-2016 - Megan Meyer
  • 2013-2014 - Mary Carroll Johansen
  • 2012-2013 - Bill Zulch
  • 2011-2012 - Jenai Grigg, Mike White
  • 2010-2011 - Stuart Brian

Earlier recipients included: Father Thomas Fahy, George Haynes, and Kathryn Van Dyke Hayes.

Sunshine Scholarship Recipients

  • 2019-2020 - Nicolina Vega, School of Education
  • 2018-2019 - Miraina Wilkins, School of Nursing
  • 2018-2019 - Rory Marr, School of Education
  • 2018-2019 - Alexa Zapczynski, School of Arts and Sciences
  • 2017-2018 - Sean Gaffney, Business
  • 2017-2018 - Brittany Hall, Nursing
  • 2017-2018 - Caitlyn Olszewski, Biology
  • 2016-2017 - Brianna Branchide, Business
  • 2015-2016 - Roney Burton, Biology/MT
  • 2015-2016 - Peter Dougherty, Psychology

Faculty Grant Awards

Elizabeth Reilly, PhD - Using The Local Environment In Urban Environmental Science University Classrooms. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Education Grant. $2870.