04 June 2017

Academic Staff Steering Committee 2017 election bios

Running for Co-Chair

CYNTHIA MERRITT
Department of African American Studies & Department of Urban Studies and Planning
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor II
Degrees:
  • Master of Arts, Department of Leadership and Counseling, College Student Personnel, Eastern Michigan University, June 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, College of Business, Business Marketing, Ferris State University, May 1989
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Member-at-Large, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Academic Staff Steering Committee, 2016-2017
  • Council Representative, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, Departments of African American Studies & Urban Studies and Planning, 2015-present
  • Volunteer, Wayne State University (WSU) Graduation Commencement Ceremony
  • Membership Rounding, Membership Outreach and Education (MORE), AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2016
  • Social Justice Committee (an extension committee of MORE), AAUP-AFT, Local 6075
  • Lead Organizer, Alternative for Girls, Academic Staff Steering Committee Service Project, 2016
  • Department Liaison, SNOWPILE (Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation), Academic Staff Steering Committee Service Project, 2015
  • Marketing Talent, 1st Annual WSU Baroudeur Bike Ride, 2015
  • Interviewer, APEX Scholars, 2014-present
  • Department Liaison, WSU HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program, Academic Staff Steering Committee Service Project, 2014
  • Guest Volunteer, Celebrate Learning Fair Planning Committee, College of Education-Mission Possible: Graduation, 2014
  • Volunteer, African American Cultural Graduation Celebration, 2014
  • Volunteer, Political Action Committee (PAC), AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2014
  • AFSCME Phone Bank Volunteer, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 PAC Committee, 2014
  • Department Representative, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, WSU Combined Charitable Contributions Campaign, 2013
Statement: As an advising professional, I have over 19 years of experience committed to higher education and student success. Since joining the WSU Academic Staff, I was eager to become a member of the AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, as bringing my history with Union service is an advantage. I have been in attendance at many of the events and programs sponsored by the ASSC, ASPDC, and the AAUP-AFT Academic Forums, which I feel are important in sustaining membership and the morale of the Academic Staff experience here at WSU. I continue to keep abreast of University policies and procedures, as well as the Union's structure and information. I proudly served as Member-at-Large for the Academic Staff Steering Committee for the 2016-2017 year, and would like to continue serving the Committee as Co-Chair.

DEVON STERK
Dean of Students Office
Student Affairs
Academic Services Officer II
Degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, 2010
  • Master of Business Administration, Oakland University, 2012
Selected University Service and Committee Membership:
  • NASPA Culture of Respect Campus Leadership Team, 2017-present
  • Spirit of Community Awards Committee, 2016-present
  • President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2015-present
  • Student Engagement in Athletics/Warrior Pride Committee, 2015-2016
  • Community Engagement Committee, 2015-present
  • Academic Senate Student Affairs Committee, 2014-2015
  • Commencement Volunteer, 2013-present
  • Baroudeur Volunteer Dispatch Coordinator, 2015-2017
  • AP Day Volunteer, 2015-2017
Statement: Hello! I currently work as an Academic Services Officer II in the Dean of Students Office. I work primarily with student community engagement programming and DOSO signature events programming, including Orientation Part Two, Late Night Breakfast, and Alternative Spring Break Detroit. During my four years at WSU, I have been able to work on various initiatives, including student engagement in athletics, fraternity and sorority life, and legacy and affinity programs.
I am running for the ASSC Co-Chair position because I hope to continue to support the efforts of the ASSC with the backing of the colleagues from AAUP-AFT, Local 6075.
As I begin my fifth year at WSU, I am excited to become more actively involved in the matters that impact our academic staff and students. If elected, I will focus on developing innovative and robust programming to support the growth of our academic staff. As someone that has recently gone through the promotion and ESS processes, I have benefited from the guidance, both formally and informally that has come from the ASSC. I look forward to the opportunity to give back by utilizing my event planning skillset to provide programming for junior academic staff and provide professional development opportunities for our more seasoned academic staff members.

Running for Secretary

DAWN NIEDERMILLER
Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor I
Degrees/Awards:
  • Master of Science, Geology, Wayne State University, pending August 2017
  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Wayne State University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science Geology, Minors Biology and Psychology, Wayne State University, 2004
  • ASPDC Outstanding Contributor Award, recognition of significant accomplishments during the previous academic year and emerging leadership among junior academic staff, 2017
  • Michigan Mineralogical Society Life Membership, recognition of 15 years of excellence in service, 10 years as monthly MMS Newsletter Editor and Hospitality Chair, and commitment to further education in the community, 2016
  • Extra Mile Award, Wayne State University Student Disability Services, recognition for commitment and service to SDS students, 2014
  • Richard J. Barber Faculty/Staff Award, WSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, for WSU Planetarium and Outreach Efforts, 2012
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Council Representative, Department of Physics and Astronomy, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2015- present
  • Secretary, Academic Staff Steering Committee, 2016-2017
  • ASSC Holiday Fundraiser and Service Opportunity, Volunteer Donation Collector, 2016 and 2017
  • CLAS Orientation Sub-Committee Member, 2015-2016
  • Mentee Participant, WSU Academic Staff Mentoring Program, 2013-2016
  • CLAS Selective-Salary Committee, 2014-2016
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy Retention and Recruiting Committee, Undergraduate Scholarship Committee, Society of Physics Students (SPS) Student Organization Advisor, 2013-present
  • WSU Freshman/Transfer Orientations, Festifall, Scholars Day, Spring/Fall Open House, represent/promote department and university in role as academic advisor
  • Regular volunteer for WSU commencement, Late Night Breakfast
Statement: I have worked at Wayne State University since 2001 in the capacity of Academic Success Center Tutor, Instructional Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, WSU Planetarium Coordinator/Instructor, Department of Physics and Astronomy Outreach Coordinator, WSU Camp Cosmos Astronomy Summer Program Director, and the last four years as an academic advisor. I am very passionate about my job, student success, Wayne State, and the surrounding community. In the last few years I have been more involved at the college level and recently I have strived to learn and make a difference at the university level. In the last few years I have attended many of the ASSC professional development events and since August 2015 I have served as a department AAUP-AFT council representative. During this past year, I served as Secretary of the ASSC and I learned a great many things. I am running for reelection because I would like to serve as secretary for one additional year. Now that I am more familiar with the role of the ASSC, I would like to follow through with a few ideas and make a greater contribution, such as writing a newsletter that summarizes the monthly events hosted by the ASSC. If elected as secretary of the ASSC, I can contribute strong organizational skills, knowledge and enthusiasm. I will be committed to the ASSC mission, will promote greater awareness of staff engagement and I will continue to work with others to seek new ways to promote knowledge, professional development and excellence for academic staff.

Running for Member-At-Large

CHERISE M. FROST
Student Retention
Student Affairs
Academic Advisor II

KRISTIN LONDON
Student Retention
Student Affairs
Academic Services Officer I

MARISA HENDERSON
Mathematics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Advisor I
Statement: For almost five years I have been the Academic Advisor for the Emerging Scholars Program in the Mathematics department. I have spent my entire academic and professional career here at the University, and will receive ESS October 2017. The Emerging Scholars Program is an honors program where students take an intensive supplemental workshop in addition to their mathematics lecture where we put emphasis on collaborative learning and high expectations for all who participate, but also provide a great support system to encourage the students to succeed. As their support coordinator, I am responsible for the approximately 200 students each semester that enroll in our courses, making sure they are prepared for not only the rigors of the program, but also prepared to move forward in their academic careers.
Due in part of the dedication and energy I have put in during my time as academic advisor, the program enjoys a great reputation with a vast majority of who participate, and we come highly recommended by both students and staff. However, I have the ASSC to thank for guiding and developing me professionally to make sure I obtained ESS. The workshops organized by the committee and the connection to other academic staff were invaluable resources that I could not find in my own unit. I am frequently in attendance for ASSC events and value the great work that the Union does for those who work at the University. At this point in my career giving back to support the committee that has helped me is what I want to do now. I want to become more than just a support for mathematics students, I want to help advance my colleagues in their careers, who might be in the same situation as I once was in, a goal that reflects the very purpose of the committee. In order to achieve those goals, I would like to be able to bring the same dedication as I have for my students to the committee to serve as Member-at-Large and help the ASSC become even better than it is now.
Thank you for your consideration.

NICHOLAS PATTERSON
Academic College Enrichment Services
Student Affairs
Academic Advisor I
Statement: "Young professional destined for greatness" are the words once stated to me by a former supervisor. My name is Nicholas Patterson and I am an Academic Advisor in the APEX Program. I have been employed with WSU since May 2016. Before my employment at WSU, I worked at Washtenaw Community College for 3 years as the Lead Talent Development Specialist in Workforce Development. I obtained my Bachelor's from Eastern Michigan University in preparation of one day becoming a high school English teacher. Since I have been employed at WSU, I have been selected and served on various committees, formed a beneficial networking relationship with colleagues inside and outside the department, and have received stellar remarks from my supervisor about my work ethic. One of the mottos of my fraternity is "servants of all"; which is why I would like to be your 2017 Member-at-Large. I desire to serve our students and colleagues in the best ways possible while staying abreast of new trends. I yearn to be a part of an executive board that will strengthen and challenge me while also providing a youthful perspective to how we serve our students. Today, I am asking for your full confidence in voting for me, Nicholas Patterson, as your 2017 Member-at-Large.

SHAUNA REEVERS
Office of Student Affairs (Deans Office Pharmacy & Health Sciences)
Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Academic Services Officer I
Degrees:
  • Bachelor of Art, Linguistics, Wayne State University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Art, Romance Languages - Spanish, Wayne State University, 2009
  • Master of Art, Romance Languages - Spanish, Wayne State University, 2016
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Selective Salary Committee, Academic Staff Collegial Committee, EACPHS, 2016, 2017
  • Member-at-Large, Academic Staff Steering Committee, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2016
  • College Representative, Honors College, Scholars Day, 2011-present
  • College Representative, Admitted Students Day, 2013-present
  • Commissioner, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2013-present
  • Vice Chair, Gender and Equity Committee, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Co-Chair, Health and Wellness Committee, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2014, 2015
  • Scholarship Committee and Membership Committee, President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2014, 2015
  • Member, University Advising Council (UAC), President's Commission on the Status of Women, 2010-2011
  • Volunteer, University Commencement, 2011-present
  • Liaison, Student Disability Services, 2012-present
Statement: In the last year, I found it rewarding to help on the Academic Staff Steering Committee by hosting valuable events that help disseminate knowledge to Union members. Since I have been a member of AAUP-AFT for 7 years, I would like to continue my service by participating in AAUP-AFT and ASSC events. I have found these events invaluable for better understanding AAUP-AFT, ASSC, and the support that they provide to academic professionals. These events and the support they offered, fostered in me a desire to give back to the Union and its members. I am hoping to enthusiastically demonstrate my commitment to AAUP-AFT and ASSC by supporting the Union and the committee as a Member-at-Large.

TANESHA M. WATKINS
Academic Services Education
College of Education
Academic Advisor II
Degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Michigan State University, May 2000
  • Juris Doctor, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, September 2003
  • Advisor Training Academy, WSU Level 1 Advisor Certification, October 2016
University Service and ASSC/AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 Activities:
  • Rounding Volunteer, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, 2016-present
  • Interviewer and COE Representative, Scholars Day (University), 2016-present
  • COE Representative, University Open Houses, 2016-present
  • Floor Marshall, Commencement (University), 2016-present
  • COE Representative, University Housing Advising Fair, 2016
  • COE Representative, Warrior Summer Preview Information Session, 2016
  • COE Representative, Transfer Open House (University), 2016
Statement: I am fortunate to have been working 12 years as an advising professional in higher education. In that time, I made a commitment early on to serve students in their pursuit of higher learning. This profession has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing students as well as colleagues. Moreover, I am thrilled to have recently joined the Wayne State University family. After my recent "rounding" experience and the events that I have attended sponsored by ASSC, it has sparked a desire to contribute to the mission, goals and programming of ASSC, ASPDC, and AAUP-AFT, Local 6075. If elected as Member-at-Large, my goal will be to continue the tradition of offering quality professional development programming while looking for opportunities to create new ways to learn and develop professionally for both senior and new academic staff.