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Faculty Senate Honors ‘Change Agents’ at Annual Awards Ceremony


Faculty Senate Honors ‘Change Agents’ at Annual Awards Ceremony

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

From left, Jay Skyler, Mary E. McKay, and René Sacasas.

From left, Jay S. Skyler, Mary E. McKay, and René Sacasas.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 15, 2015) – René Sacasas was a curious eight-year-old the first time he ever set foot on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. That was 60 years ago, and Sacasas’ family had come to get a close-up look at the school to which his older sister had just been accepted. Read the full story

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Three Noteworthy Professors Awarded Faculty Senate Honors

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René Sacasas, Mary E. Mckay, and Jay S. Skyler

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (February 4, 2015)—The Faculty Senate voted at its January meeting to award its highest Faculty Senate accolades to three outstanding faculty members: René Sacasas, Mary E. Mckay, and Jay S. Skyler.

Sacasas, professor and chair of the Business Law Department at the School of Business Administration, will be honored with the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award for his selfless contributions to the lives of faculty, students, and staff during his three decades at the University.

Mckay, associate dean for nursing undergraduate programs and assistant professor of clinical at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, will receive the Outstanding Teaching Award for her contributions to the quality of education for students and for inspiring faculty to develop new and innovative teaching strategies.

Skyler, professor of medicine, pediatrics, and psychology at the Miller School of Medicine and deputy director for Clinical Research and Academic Programs at the Diabetes Research Institute, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for his groundbreaking Type 1 diabetes research, which has led to improving the care received by patients with Type 1 diabetes. Along with receiving the award, he will give a short lecture on his research.

The awardees will be honored at the Faculty Senate Annual Awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15  in Storer Auditorium. The University community is invited to  join in celebrating these three extraordinary members of the faculty.



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Faculty Senate Meeting Hosted by President Shalala on February 4

The Faculty Senate will hold a meeting hosted by President Donna E. Shalala on Wednesday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the newly renovated and relocated Faculty Club in the Whitten University Center on the Coral Gables campus. There is no set agenda, but this meeting offers a special opportunity to address your questions and concerns directly to the president. All UM faculty members are invited to attend. For more information, visit the Faculty Senate website.

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Faculty Senate Elects New Leaders


Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.


UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 7, 2014)—Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., vice chair of the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, was elected chair of the Faculty Senate for a one-year term beginning June 1. Salerno, who joined the Miller School faculty in 1999, will succeed Richard Williamson, a professor at the School of Law who stepped down after five terms as chair.

Linda L. Neider, professor in the School of Business Administration who initially began serving in the Senate shortly after joining the UM faculty in 1979, was elected first-vice chair. Sam Terilli, a veteran media lawyer who joined the School of Communication faculty in 2003, was elected to his second term as second vice chair.

Salerno, who has served in the Faculty Senate since 2008, most recently as first vice chair, said he looks forward to uniting faculty from all schools, representing their views, goals and dreams, and promoting their well-being.

Linda L. Neider

Linda L. Neider

“I have been involved in many aspects of faculty life, and in many Senate committees, including Promotion, Personnel and General Welfare, and the Medical School Council, and have most enjoyed interacting with University scholars, and the leadership of the University and the different schools,” Salerno said. “I have been inspired by the legacies of previous Senate chairs, and in this new role, I will do my best to represent faculty, make sure that their voice is heard, and be a strong leader in these challenging times.”

Neider, an expert in leadership and human resources, has served in a variety of administrative roles over the past three decades, including more than 20 years as chair of the School of Business Administration’s Department of Management, and several years as a vice dean. During her Senate service, she has chaired or been a member of a number of  committees, including Academic Standards, Budget and Compensation, Student Affairs, Professional Conduct, and Women and Minorities.

Sam Terilli

Sam Terilli

Terilli, who practiced media, commercial and employment law for 30 years, including 12 years as general counsel of the Miami Herald Publishing Company, is the incoming chair of the School of Communication’s Department of Journalism and Media Management. In the Senate, he chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on the Miller School of Medicine, and previously chaired two other Senate ad hoc committees—one on the Internal Review Board and the other on revising the rules for early evaluations of deans and other administrators. He also chaired the Administrative Services Committee, and served as a member of the Committee on Professional Conduct and as an academic counsel for faculty.




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Faculty Senate Meets April 23

The last Faculty Senate business meeting of the 2013-14 academic year is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the McLamore Executive Education Dining Room on the third floor of the Jenkins Building at the School of Business Administration. All faculty are invited to attend. For more information about the Senate, its representatives, and meeting information, visit www.miami.edu/fs.

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