Apr 16, 2014
By Gretchen Gregory
Faculty Senate unanimously elected three officers on Monday, April 14, including Beth Quitslund as chair, David Thomas as vice chair, and Katie Hartman as secretary. Each will serve a one-year term in their newly-elected positions, starting May 1.
"I'm very honored to be given this opportunity to serve the institution in representing the faculty, and I am looking forward to working with the other senates and university leadership to maintain Ohio University's academic quality," Quitsland said. "While I'm expecting the learning curve to be steep, I have been lucky enough to serve on the Faculty Senate under some exceptionally capable chairs whom I hope to emulate."
Quitslund has served several terms on Faculty Senate and has held the office of secretary since 2011. She has been a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee since 2010, and was a member of the Educational Policy and Student Affairs Committee and the University Curriculum Council from 2007 to 2009. She served as the senate representative on the most recent search for a vice president of Student Affairs and currently serves on the Tuition Guarantee Implementaion Team and the General Education Task Force. She also is the undergraduate director for the Department of English and has several published works. Her research interests include the English Renaissance and Reformation, Edmund Spenser, John Milton, Bibles and their interpreters, and the history of printing.
Prior to the start of electing new officers, Faculty Senate chair Elizabeth Sayrs announced that Quitslund's opponent, Ken Hicks, withdrew from the race due to a research opportunity next year which will take him away from the campus community.
Faculty Senate Vice Chair David Thomas was unanimously reelected to serve another term in the same position. Thomas currently serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and has served multiple terms, including as vice chair and chair of the University Curriculum Council during the quarters-to-semesters transition. He co-chaired the 2010 General Education Committee funded by an 1804 Grant, instituted the "Friday Group" task group for UCC and developed policies to resolve disagreements between departments or colleges over course ownership or names.
Thomas is a professor of film who teaches courses in screenwriting, producing, and introductory courses in film history and analysis. He has taught in the Peoples Republic of China as well as Croatia and his research interest includes writing and developing historical screenplays. He served as the Director of Ohio University Film for more than a decade, has served as editorial vice president of the University Film and Video Association and also as conference vice president. He currently serves as chief financial officer and treasurer of the University Film and Video Foundation.
Also at the meeting, Katie Hartman was unanimously elected to the position of secretary for Faculty Senate. She has been a member since 2012, and currently serves on the Educational Policy and Student Affair Committee. She has served on the University Curriculum Council and on the Program Review Subcommittee, and currently serves as the Educational Policies and Student Affairs Committee representative on the Copyright Task Force and Trimester Task Force. She also is director of assessment for the College of Business and has several published works.
Hartman is a second-generation Ohio University alumnus and faculty member who also serves as chair of Assurance of Learning CIT for the College of Business, is faculty adviser for the OHIO Chapter of Mu Kappa Tau, faculty advisor for the OHIO Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma and a tutor for the Honors Tutorial College. She is the executive president for Mu Kappa Tau, the National Marketing Honor Society, a trustee for the National Educational Foundation, an ex-officio member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Council and a member of the abstract editorial staff for the Journal of Professional Selling & Sales Management.