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The ISU Chapter Executive Committee
The ISU Chapter Executive Committee seeks to provide an open forum for all issues affecting their employment as ISU Faculty members, while pursuing the goals set forth by the national organization of the American Association of University Professors.
President: Dr. Heimir Geirsson
Bio: Dr. Geirsson has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1995, and has been a member of the AAUP since 1991. He is Professor of Philosophy, and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Vice President, ISU AAUP Chapter, 2009-2019
- Chair, Iowa Conference Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, 2004-present
- Member, Iowa Conference Committee A, 1993-present
- ISU Committee A, Chair, 2010-present
Areas of Special Interest in AAUP: Academic freedom, due process, and shared governance
Vice President: Dr. Cullen Padgett-Walsh
Bio: Dr. Padgett-Walsh has been at ISU since 2008. He is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. He was President of the Graduate Employee Organization, the union representing teaching and graduate assistants at UIC from 2006-2008. He has been a member of ISU Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure since 2010.
Secretary: Dr. Timothy McNicholl
Bio: Dr. Tim McNicholl is a Professor in Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from George Washington University in 1995. He has been a member of ISU Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure since 2019.
Treasurer: Dr. Fritz Keinert
Bio: Dr. Fritz Keinert is a Professor in Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University and has been a chapter treasurer and a member of ISU Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure since 2019.
At-Large: Dr. John Pleasants
Bio: Dr. Pleasants has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1979. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB). He earned his B.S. in Biology in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1977.
Areas of Special Interest in AAUP: Non-tenure-eligible faculty and shared governance
At-Large: Dr. Kan Wang
Bio: Dr. Wang is a Professor in the Department of Agronomy. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1987.
At-Large: Dr. Mack Shelley
Bio: Dr. Shelley has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1979. He is a University Professor of Statistics, as well as Political Science. His B.A. was received from American University in Economics and International Studies (1972), his Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics, and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.
Description of Duties: The duties of the president shall include carrying out the policies of the chapter, appointing all committees of the chapter, exercising general supervision over the activities of the chapter, and presiding at meetings of the chapter and executive committee. The president shall be a member ex officio of all committees.
Areas of Special Interest in AAUP: Academic freedom, tenure, faculty rights, and shared governance
At-Large: Dr. Ken Moore
Bio: Dr. Ken Moore is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agronomy, where he holds the Pioneer Hi-Bred Agronomy Professorship. Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1983 and has previously held academic appointments at the University of Illinois, New Mexico State University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.