2013-14 Faculty Senate Members > Executive Board
Brief Bio: Swatee Naik is a professor of mathematics. She received her Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1994 and joined UNR the same year. Her area of research is low dimensional topology and knot theory. An electronic version of her book on classical knot concordance, a work in progress with coauthor Charles Livingston, is available at her website.
Swatee has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics. She has served as the core mathematics director and department chair. She was on the faculty senate in 2009-10 and 2011-12 as a College of Science representative.
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).
Trish Ellison, Parliamentarian
Phone: (775) 784-4561
Brief Bio: Patricia Ellison has been at UNR since 2000, and is the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Patricia received her B.Sc in 1983 and Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1987 from the University of Sheffield. She conducted her post-doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, and at Washington State University. She teaches undergraduate courses in Analytical Biochemistry and Protein Chemistry techniques, and a graduate course in Enzymology.
Brief Bio: Jodi Herzik is the Director of Redfield Campus. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Political Science. Jodi previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Bristlecone Family Resources, and prior to this spent ten years in the office of the Dean of Arts and Science at UNR where she was HR director and then development director. Jodi served on the Faculty Senate from 2006 to 2009 and the Executive Board from 2008 to 2009. She has served on a number of university and community committees. This year, committees include Residency Appeals Board, Administrative Faculty Personnel, Policies and Procedures and Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Board.
Brief Bio: Paul Neill is a Professor in the Department of Physics. Paul received a B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1984 from the Queen's University Belfast, N. Ireland, U.K.
David Zeh, Past Chair
Phone: (775) 784-1648
Brief Bio: David Zeh joined the UNR faculty as an assistant professor in 1998 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. He carries out research at the interface of behavioral ecology and molecular genetics, with interests spanning conservation genetics, speciation mechanisms, sexual selection and the role of selfish genetic elements in evolution and human disease. He also teaches high enrollment courses required for the Biology major (Introduction to Organismal Biology; Evolution), supervises a large number of undergraduate and graduate students in his laboratory, and serves as an editor for the international journal Ethology. He was elected the Chair of the Department of Biology in July 2011.
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.