(Constitution, Article 1)

Membership of the University Council


  1. The University Council consists of 31 tenured full-time, regular university faculty members, including department chairs, one representative from the faculty of the University Libraries elected by that faculty, the president of the Operating Staff Council and one other voting member, the president of the Supportive Professional Staff Council and one other voting member, the president of the Student Association, and 14 student members. The student members shall be chosen in the following manner: one student representative and that representative's alternate shall be chosen by the student advisory committee of each degree-granting college and seven student representatives and their alternates shall be appointed by September 10 by the Student Association president with the advice and consent of the Student Association Senate.

    Among the ex officio members are 11 voting members, including the president, the executive vice president and provost, and the dean of each of the degree-granting colleges, University Library and the Graduate School. There will be four ex-officio non-voting members:  the associate provost for Student Affairs and three additional members of the university administration to be designated by the president.

    The faculty representatives shall be elected by the faculty members of the colleges and the University Libraries, excluding the president's staff and the provost's staff, members of the Council of Deans, associate deans, assistant deans, assistants to deans, and members of the Supportive Professional Staff, with a minimum of one representative from any one college. The distribution of the remaining members shall reflect the ratio between the number of regular full-time faculty members in each college, excluding the Supportive Professional Staff, to the total number of such faculty members in all colleges, this being the number reported by the executive vice president and provost on January 1 of each year. This ratio shall be reviewed by the Elections Committee of the University Council every third year prior to the election in those years which are multiples of three, and the distribution of membership adjusted if need be.

  2. The University Council, in accordance with Board of Trustees' Governance Documents, has the power:

    1. To establish the educational and academic policies of the university;

    2. To be concerned with and to participate actively in decisions made on other matters that may directly affect educational policies for which the University Council is primarily responsible;

    3. To act upon reports from designated committees, boards, commissions, or councils  whose actions affect the educational and academic policies of the university;

    4. To advise on policies regarding academic salaries, sabbatical leaves, tenure, and  promotion as follows: establish a personnel committee which will review and approve, in accordance with the bylaws of the university, policy recommendations concerning salary and all recommendations pertaining to tenure, promotion in rank, and sabbatical leaves, and report such recommendations to the University Council.

    5. To establish such standing and temporary committees as may be necessary for the  discharge of its responsibilities; to define the membership, jurisdiction, and authority of such committees; to resolve disputes among committees thus established; and to act on the reports submitted by such committees.

    6. To advise the president, and the vice presidents, on policies affecting the quality of student life on campus.

For details please see Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University.

Meets one Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

†President & Chair John G. Peters
†Executive Vice President & Provost Ryamond Alden, III
Dean, College of Business Denise Schoenbachler
Dean, College of Education Lemuel Watson
Dean, College of Engineering and Enginnering Technology Promod Vohra
Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences Shirley Richmond
Dean, College of Law LeRoy Pernell
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Christopher McCord
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts Harold Kafer
Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School Rathindra Bose
Dean, University Library ØByron Anderson
×Vice President for Student Affairs Brian Hemphill
Ex officio, nonvoting members 
(appointed by the president)
         ×Vice President Administration Anne Kaplan
         ×Vice Provost Earl Seaver
         ×Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations Eddie Williams

Business Rick Ridnour  Rick Ridnour Rick Ridnour  Rick Ridnour
Business David Wade David Wade  David Wade  
Business Diane Docking Diane Docking    
Education Rebecca Butler Rebecca Butler    
Education M. Cecil Smith M. Cecil Smith    
Education Laurie Elish-Piper Laurie Elish-Piper Laurie Elish-Piper  
Education Jean Pierce Jean Pierce Jean Pierce  
Education Toni Tollerud Toni Tollerud Toni Tollerud  Toni Tollerud
Engineering & Eng. Tech. Xueshu Song Clifford Mirman  Clifford Mirman Clifford Mirman
Engineering & Eng. Tech. Shin-Min Simon Song Shin-Min Simon Song    
Health and Human Sciences Brigid Lusk Brigid Lusk    
Health and Human Sciences Linda Derscheid Linda Derscheid Linda Derscheid  
Health and Human Sciences Jody Newman-Ryan Nancy Nuzzo    
Law John Walton  Dan Schneider Dan Schneider  Dan Schneider
Liberal Arts & Sciences Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen  
Liberal Arts & Sciences Michael Kolb  Jeffrey Chown Jeffrey Chown  Jeffrey Chown
Liberal Arts & Sciences Lynn Kamenitsa Lynn Kamenitsa    
Liberal Arts & Sciences Janice Hamlet  Barbara Burrell  Barbara Burrell   Barbara Burrell
Liberal Arts & Sciences William Baker  William Baker William Baker  William Baker
Liberal Arts & Sciences John Wolfskill  Linda Sons Linda Sons  Linda Sons
Liberal Arts & Sciences Eric Mogren Eric Mogren Eric Mogren  
Liberal Arts & Sciences Amy Newman Amy Newman    
Liberal Arts & Sciences Jay Stravers Jay Stravers    
Liberal Arts & Sciences *Paul Stoddard *Paul Stoddard Paul Stoddard   
Liberal Arts & Sciences James Giles Richard Greene Richard Greene  
Liberal Arts & Sciences William Tolhurst William Tolhurst    
Liberal Arts & Sciences Brad Peters  Carol Thompson Carol Thompson  Carol Thompson
University Libraries Byron Anderson Jim Millhorn    
Visual & Performing Arts Debra Grall Debra Grall    
Visual & Performing Arts Lee Sido Lee Sido   Lee Sido
Visual & Performing Arts Kent Gallagher Douglas Boughton  Douglas Boughton   Douglas Boughton 
Visual & Performing Arts Jeff Kowalski Jeff Kowalski    
xParliamentarian Ferald Bryan  Ferald Bryan    
Supportive Professional Staff Bobbie Cesarek Bobbie Cesarek     
Supportive Professional Staff Todd Latham Elizabeth Leake     
Operating Staff Rachel Turner Jay Monteiro     
Operating Staff   Sara Clayton     
xAssistant Chair, APC   Aimee Prawitz     
xAssistant Chair, GC   David Changnon     
xAssistant Chair, UCC   Cason Snow     
xFAC to IBHE        
xUniversity Advisory Comm. *Paul Stoddard *Paul Stoddard     
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Xueshu Song Nancy Castle  Nancy Castle Nancy Castle
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Ferald Bryan Ferald Bryan    
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Joseph "Buck" Stephen Joseph "Buck" Stephen  Joseph "Buck" Stephen  Joseph "Buck" Stephen 
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Bobbie Cesarek Bobbie Cesarek    
xUniversity Advisory Comm. Rachel Turner Jay Monteiro    
Student Association President Adam Novotney Jarvis Purnell    
Student Association    Sarah Roman    
Student Association   Robert Batey    
Student Association    Paul Bradley    
Student Association    Samuel Davis    
Student Association   Matthew Venaas      
Student Association   Carol Orrego      
Student Association   Meagan Szydlowski      
SAC BUS        
SAC ED        
SAC EET Mirjana Polovina      
SAC HHS        
SAC LAS        
SAC LAW        
SAC VPA        
Graduate Student   Eric Johnson    
xFaculty Senate Vice President Kendall Thu Kendall Thu    
xFaculty Senate Secretary Nancy Castle Nancy Castle    

Parliamentarian to the University Council (Bylaws, Article 3.13)  Ferald Bryan
Faculty Personnel Advisor (Bylaws, Article 9)   Alan Rosenbaum
Representative: Faculty Advisory Committee to the Board of Higher Education (four-year term) (Bylaws, Article 15.5)

Representatives: State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
James Lockard and Judy Burgess