2015-16 Faculty Senate Members > Executive Board
David Sanders, Chair
Phone: (775) 784-4288
Brief Bio:David Sanders is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. David received a B.Sc. in 1984 from Iowa State University, an M.S. in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been at the University of Nevada since 1990. He is UNR Foundation Professor, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute. He conducts research in the behavior and design of structural concrete with an emphasis in the seismic performance of bridges. He has over 250 research publications. He has been the PI or co-PI of $13 million of research. He has been selected as the Senior Scholar Faculty Mentor six times and received the CEE Faculty Appreciation Award five times. He has received two alumni awards from Iowa State University. He has chair many committees at the department, college and university levels, and many technical committees outside the university. He is currently a member and subcommittee chair for the national structural concrete building code committee.
Fred Harris, Chair-Elect
Phone: (775) 784-6571
Brief Bio: Fred is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He received his B.S. in 1986 from Bob Jones University, M.S. in 1988 from Bob Jones University, an additional M.S. in 1991 from Clemson University, and his Ph.D. in 1994 from Clemson University. His reseach interests include Parallel Computing, Cortical Simulation, Graph Algorithms, Computer Graphics, Virtual Reality, and Scientific Visualization. His past experience includes research projects funded by NSF, NASA, ONR, DoD, and Sun Microsystems. He was in charge of the external software testing for one of NASA's planetary landers to Mars and has also developed parallel applications that have been used in industry by companies such as AT&T and Southern Bell. Fred has also served as the Interim Senior Director of the Center for Advanced Visualization, Computation and Modeling at the Desert Research Institute.
Claudene Wharton, Parliamentarian
Brief Bio: Claudene Wharton is the statewide Communications Specialist for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Before accepting this position in February 2013, she was Media Relations Officer in the University’s Office of Media Relations for 4 ½ years. From 1999 until 2008, she was Public Information Officer for the Western Area of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Claudene was born in Reno, raised in the Chicago area and returned to Reno in 1982, where she graduated With Distinction from UNR, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1986. After graduation, Claudene worked as Assistant and then as Director of Community Relations and Development for The Salvation Army in Reno for about seven years, and then served as Associate Director of the Washoe ARC for almost five years. In 1996, she completed her Nonprofit Management Certification, and in 1999, she earned her master’s in journalism from UNR. Claudene belongs to Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has served as Chair of the Human Services Advisory Board in Washoe County, on the Board of The Ridge House, and on the Citizen Advisory Board for Southwest Truckee Meadows. Claudene lives in Reno with her husband (also a UNR alumnus). They have two daughters, one an alumna and the other currently a student at UNR.
Brief Bio: Shanon Taylor is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education. Shanon received a B.A. in 1991 in Liberal Arts for Professional Education from Christian Brothers University, an M.Ed. in 1994 in Special Education from Memphis State University and an Ed.D. in 2003 in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from The University of Memphis. She teaches courses in the areas of behavior management, autism, and general special education issues. Her research interests include school choice as it impacts students with disabilities, behavior management, teacher education, and doctoral education and the special education professoriate. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Teacher Education and Special Education, Remedial and Special Education , the Journal of School Choice, and the Journal of Law and Education. She previously served as the Senator from the College of Education in 2007-2008, and has served on the Campus Affairs Committee from 2009-2013.
Kent Ervin, At Large
Term Expires: June 2018
Phone: (775) 784-6676
Brief Bio: Kent Ervin is the Clemons-Magee Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science, and is a faculty member of the Chemical Physics Program. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Ervin teaches at all levels of the Chemistry curriculum, including undergraduate physical chemistry and graduate level courses in physical chemistry, spectroscopy, and kinetics. His research group investigates the reactivity and dynamics of ion-molecule reactions using mass spectrometry techniques, with applications in the thermochemistry of neutral radical molecular species that are important as reactive intermediates in combustion and atmospheric chemistry.
Brief Bio: Chuck Price is the Director of the Joe Crowley Student Union. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Strategic Planning from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the State University of New York, Brockport and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Brockport. Before moving to Nevada, he was Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Riverside Church in New York City. He was Director of Student Activities at Columbia University and also worked at CUNY Queens College. He has been an active member on various University campus committees. He previously served on the Faculty Senate and on the Executive Board from 2000 to 2002. He is also involved at the international level in the Association of College Unions, International (ACUI).
Michelle Hritz, Faculty Senate Manager
Phone: (775) 682-7518
Brief Bio: Michelle has been at the University of Nevada, Reno as the Faculty Senate Manger since 2008. Michelle is a native Nevadan who received a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno. Later she pursued a master's degree in elementary education, leaving one semester shy of her degree to pursue a professional endeavor with the YMCA of the Sierra. She spent thirteen years at the Sparks Family YMCA in various roles beginning as a youth worker and leaving as the Executive Director. She then worked for the State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Services as the grant administrator for the federal Social Services Block Grant.