2021-2022 Elections

The CLAS Staff Council shall have eleven members elected from and by the CLAS staff from the Voting Groups.  Two members shall represent Voting Group I, two members shall represent Voting Group II, one member shall represent Voting Group III, two members shall represent Voting Group IV, and two members shall represent Voting Group V. Two remaining members will be elected by the staff At Large from any Voting Group, but there may be no more than three members from any one Voting Group.

This year there are two member seats to fill. One member must be elected from Voting Group II and one member must be elected from Voting Group V. Click on names below to see statements.

Voting Group II (Administration) candidates

Voting Group V (Research and Health Care) candidates

Candidate Statements

Voting Group II (Administration)

Carole Kern
Administrative Services Coordinator, CLAS Administration

I believe the University and its people are stronger through shared governance, shared responsibility, and active participation.  My experience at the University in P&S, Merit and as research staff provides a foundation for understanding the evolving processes of the University and helps me better understand staff challenges.  My current position in the CLAS Dean’s office gives me an opportunity to get to know the departments and the people within them.  I appreciate the dedication necessary to support the students and faculty during these difficult times.  I am grateful to be nominated as a candidate and would be happy to continue to serve on the CLAS Staff Council to voice your concerns and work with you to assure equity and excellence at Iowa.

Jenna Miller
Administrative Services Coordinator, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

I am humbled to be nominated to serve as a member CLAS Staff Council. In my current role as the Academic Coordinator and Graduate Program Coordinator for the DWLLC, I have the fortune of working with a wide variety of passionate individuals from around CLAS and the larger UI community.  I see and hear how our policies and procedures impact our faculty, students, and staff. This hard work is most often a great positive service to our community, but also sometimes comes with challenges that require our attention. Staff members of CLAS are particularly well-suited to identify these opportunities for growth and improvement, and I want to help serve as that voice for all of you on CLAS Staff Council. Our advocacy for those in and impacted by CLAS will allow us to move forward through this ever-changing landscape of higher education while continuing to hold to our many traditions of excellence.

Blake Rupe
Sustainability Program Manager, CLAS Administration

Hello! My name is Blake Rupe, my pronouns are she/her, and I am a Program Manager at the Office of Sustainability. I have been at the University for 6 years, I started in Engineering and moved to my role in CLAS a few years ago. I live on the East Side in Iowa City with my son and two dogs. (Deluxe is the best!). I would like to serve on CLAS Staff Council because I believe in the importance of shared governance structures on campus and would like to serve as a medium of communication between, and within, CLAS and campus units. I also believe there are several strides to embed sustainability measures within programs in CLAS that I would like the opportunity to address as a member of Staff Council. I identify as a single parent and I believe there are some policies that would help give voice to other single parent issues. I served on Engineering’s Staff Council for 3 years, my final year of that as President, and will bring this experience and passion to CLAS Staff Council.

Becca Tritten
Division Administrator, Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Thank you for the opportunity to run for CLAS Staff Council. I am currently the Administrator for the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs. During my time serving both Divisions, I have grown to deeply appreciate collaboration, interdisciplinary efforts, and the focus of student success. I love the world of academia and enjoy supporting faculty and students to enable the best environment possible for an advanced education. As my Dad would always say and now I know it to be true for myself, “I get to go to work.” That is how I feel when I approach each new work day and I feel lucky that it involves being a Hawkeye! There is much work to be done to embrace our new strategic plans and to bridge relationships between the CLAS Dean’s office and the departments and programs held within. If elected, I would work to continue that task of effective communication and look for ways to build stronger relationships throughout CLAS.

Voting Group V (Research and Health Care)

Ali Sulaiman
Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer, Physics and Astronomy

As a representative on the CLAS staff committee, I will strive to ensure researchers have a strong voice and a fair representation within the College and University. I will work constructively with the committee to help identify strategies that both alleviate day-to-day issues as well as promote long-term professional growth. I have been fortunate to connect with researchers of diverse backgrounds and across different stages of their careers, and this has made me aware of some of the unique and shared challenges. I am accessible and welcome any input from my colleagues for consideration by the committee. By the end of my term, my goal will be to strengthen the connection between researchers and the higher levels of the College and University by fostering a more effective and engaging communication channel between the two.

Darrelle Wilkinson
Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the CLAS Staff Council. Throughout my time at the University of Iowa from a student to a staff member, I have met and learned from people across all parts of the University. One of the most important things I have learned and come to appreciate is that no matter our job title, we are all linked and we need to advocate for each other. Serving on the Staff Council would allow me to be in a position to make sure the voices of staff members, especially those who have not been heard, are raised up to the highest levels of the College.

I count the following among my strengths. I know how to simplify complex tasks into smaller steps for the benefit of others. I research every topic I come across to understand it clearly. I listen to others while keeping an open mind and am respectful in stating my opinions. The CLAS staff should be able to look to the Staff Council and know that it is working 100% for them. It would be my privilege to be a part of making this vision real.

Term ends 2021: Carole Kern (group 2), George Hospodarsky (group 5)

Term ends 2022: Kathy Ford (group 2), Mark Fullenkamp (group 1), Emma Kirk (group 1), Julie Ostrem (group 3), Jeremy Richardson (group 4), Greta Sokoloff (group 5)

Term ends 2023: Amanda Jensen (At Large), Jen Knights (At Large), Sandy Mast (group 4)

Nomination and Election Processes

From February 3 through February 10, 2021, CLAS staff may nominate candidates to serve on the CLAS Staff Council.  Nominees who agree to become candidates will appear on the election ballots later in March (see election timeline below).

The CLAS Staff Council shall have eleven members elected from and by the CLAS staff from the Voting Groups. Two members shall represent Voting Group I, two members shall represent Voting Group II, one member shall represent Voting Group III, two members shall represent Voting Group IV, and two members shall represent Voting Group V. Two remaining members will be elected by the staff At Large from any Voting Group, but there may be no more than three members from any one Voting Group.

Voting

CLAS staff are assigned to one of five electoral groups based upon job function, as shown in the Nomination and Voting List, in which each unit and its staff is listed with the Voting Group in which it belongs:  

Voting Group 1: Academic Support, Libraries, and Information Technology
Voting Group 2: Administration
Voting Group 3: Arts Culture and Entertainment, Marketing Communications and Outreach
Voting Group 4: Business and Finance, Engineering and Architecture, Facilities, Human Resources
Voting Group 5: Research and Health Care

To find out which voting group you belong to please check your My Self-Service > University Information > Staff Council Category.

Timeline

Timeline for CLAS Staff Council Voting
Date Details
February 3 (Wednesday) Nomination ballots open, 8 a.m.
February 10 (Wednesday) Nomination ballots close, midnight
February 26 (Friday) Election ballots and candidate statements published on the website
March 3 (Wednesday) Election voting opens, 8 a.m.
March 10 (Wednesday) Election voting closes, midnight
March 17 (Wednesday) Election results posted on the webpage