Bios for Candidates for Chair-Elect

Nedret Billor and Herbert Jack Rotfeld

Nedret Billor received her Ph.D. in Statistics from University of Sheffield, UK and has held faculty positions at Cukurova University in Turkey and the University of Iowa prior to Auburn University. She joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2003 and is currently serving as a professor of Statistics. She served as the Director of Statistics Program from 2008‐2010.

Dr. Billor has published more than 50 technical papers. She has coauthored a paper which received an honorable mention award in Computers and Biology in Medicine. She served on the Statistics Panel of the National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences. She is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute since 2012 and serves as the country representative of the ISI Committee on Women in Statistics (CWIS). She was selected to be a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in 2016. She is currently involved in many international collaborations with scholars in Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica and Cuba. She has advised eight Ph.D. students and 37 master students, and served on numerous (70+) interdisciplinary Ph.D./MS graduate committees. She is the recipient of the awards for Outstanding Teacher of Graduate Students (2016) and Dr. Marie Kraska Award for Excellence in Teaching (Statistics) (2014).

In addition, she has served on many university, college, and department committees, holding positions including Member of Admissions Appeals Committee (2004‐2007), Member of Senate Steering Committee(2010‐2012), Member of University Curriculum Committee (2014‐2016), Chair of COSAM Faculty Travel Committee(2007‐2009), Member of COSAM Research Advisory Committee (2006‐2009), Member of the COSAM Dean Search Committee (2009‐2010), Chair of Undergraduate Studies Committee(2012‐2013), Chair of the Ad‐Hoc Committee for Tenure and Promotion Committee (2015‐2017), Member of Department Mission/Vision committee (2004, 2011), Member of Search Committee for STAT positions (2004, 2005, 2006, 2012), Member of Search Committee for the Director of Statistical Consulting Center(2012‐2013), Member of Graduate Studies Committee (2013‐2016). She is currently serving as a member on the Department Faculty Award Committee, Teaching Mentoring Committee, and the Joint Curriculum Committee for Master in Science in Data Science and Engineering (chair of DMS group) and Competitive Research Grant Committee.


Herbert Jack Rotfeld, nominee for chair-elect of the University Senate and University Faculty, has been an AU faculty member since 1988 in what is now the Raymond Harbert College of Business, attaining the rank of professor in 1995. A doctoral graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the decade-long editor of the pan-disciplinary Journal of Consumer Affairs (2002-11) was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Advertising, and is an honored recipient of Kim B. Rotzoll Award for Advertising Ethics and Social Responsibility, the Ivan L. Preston Outstanding Contribution to Research Award. A past president of the Auburn chapter of AAUP, he served six past chairs of the Senate and Faculty as their Parliamentarian and was honored with the AAUP chapter's Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award. He participated in university governance and as a member, sometimes-chair, of many University and Senate standing and ad hoc committees, over the years including: Rules Committee, Steering Committee, Student Communications Board of Directors, Persons with Disabilities Committee, Academic Standards Committee, University Curriculum Committee, Alumni Professorship Committee, Student Retention Committee, Presidential Undergraduate Advising Council, Assistant Provost's Ad Hoc Committee on Incomplete Grade Policy, Calendar and Schedules Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, Ad Hoc Committee to Study Professional Improvement Leave Policy, Senate Program Review Committee, and the Provost’s Special ad hoc committee with a name too long to seriously remember.

Bios for Candidates for Secretary-Elect

Daniela Marghitu and Adrienne Wilson

Dr. Daniela Marghitu has been a faculty member since 1992. She received her B.S. and M.S degrees in Automation and Computing from Polytechnic University of Bucharest, and her Ph.D. degree in Automation and Computing from University of Craiova, European Community. Her teaching experience includes a variety of Information Technology and Computing courses (e.g., Introduction to Computing for Engineers and Scientists, Network Programming with HTML and Java, Personal Computer Applications, Spreadsheet-Based Applications with Visual BASIC, Web Application Development). Her research areas include the K12 Inclusive Computing Research and Outreach; Web Design; Education and Assistive Technology; Software Engineering; Web and Software Usability and Accessibility. Dr. Marghitu has participated in numerous administrative activities at Auburn University. Among these activities are the following: Auburn University Board of Trustee Faculty Representative; Auburn University representative for National Center for Women in Information Technology, NSF AccessComputing, NSF Access10K, and NSF AccessEngineering Alliances; Auburn University Persons with Disabilities Committee chair; Founder and Director Auburn University Laboratory for Education and Assistive Technology; faculty representative Auburn University Core Curriculum Oversight committee and Multicultural Diversity Commission; Chair World Usability Day Web Site Committee; PI of NSF Computer Science for All; CO-PI of NSF Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM; CO-PI of NSF INCLUDES: South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM; and Panel member for the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Marghitu has received funding for research and education projects from National Science Foundation, National Center for Woman in Information Technology, Daniel F. Breeden Endowment for Faculty Enhancement, AccessComputing Alliance, AccessEngineering Alliance, Computer Science Collaboration Project, Microsoft Fuse Research, Altova Co., and Pearson Education Publishing Co.

Dr. Marghitu published seven Information Technology books at Pearson Publishing Co., articles at Transactions of the SDPS: Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, User Experience Magazine, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, International Journal for Virtual Reality, Journal of SMET Education and Research. She has published peer reviewed papers and gave presentations at numerous international conferences (e.g., ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium, International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, International Conference on Software Engineering Advances, EDUCAUSE, Association for Advancement of Computing in Education, International Society for Technology in Education, International Academy, Research and Industry Association, Society for Design and Process Science, and American Society for Engineering Education)in USA, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany and Romania.

Among Dr. Marghitu's honors and awards are the following: 2011 AccessComputing Capacity Building Award, the 2012 Auburn University Access award, the 2012 Society for Design and Process Science Outstanding Achievement Award, the 2013 Microsoft Fuse Research award, the 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer award, and the 2017 IARIA Fellowship, the 2017 Society for Design and Process Science Fellowship. She has been a member of the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering since 2015.


Adrienne Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, teaching all levels of modern dance technique (technique and theory, dance history, improvisation and composition, anatomy for dance, dance conditioning), rhythm tap, movement for the actor, and music theory and piano skills for music theatre; and is a collaborative pianist for the Department of Music. She created, and advises, the dance minor; choreographs and directs the annual student dance concert; and choreographs movement for other theatre productions. One of her most recent accomplishments was hosting, coordinating, and facilitating the American College Dance Association (ACDA) South Region Conference here at Auburn University, March 2017. This conference brought over 400 participants (faculty and students) from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri and Wyoming to campus for four days of classes, panels, scholarly presentations, adjudication concerts, and other activities related to dance in higher education. Profits from the conference were applied to departmental scholarships.

Wilson presents her creative research at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) annual conferences, at American College Dance Association conferences, International Somatic Conferences; and continues professional development through these organizations and teacher intensives throughout the country.  Her choreographic work has been performed in New York, California, South Carolina, Utah, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia.

Since arriving at Auburn University in 2006, Wilson has served two terms as Senator for the Department of Theatre, as well as participating in departmental governance through search committees, mentoring committee, chair of the website committee, and committees of the whole (curriculum). As a Women’s Studies affiliate, she serves on the Advisory Board and is Program Committee Chair She has been active in committees at the University and College (CLA) level, having served on committees: Traffic Appeals Board, Non-Tenure Track Faculty Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, Academic Appeals, Administrator Evaluation Committee, and as a Senate alternate. Most recently, she has volunteered to serve on the CLA Scholarship Committee and the CLA Research Committee. Outside of the university, her service includes serving as a board member of the Alabama Dance Council, board member for the American College Dance Association, election facilitator for the American College Dance Association South Region, and member of the National Dance Education Organization.

Wilson has an MFA in Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York at Brockport, Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Piano Performance from Ithaca College, Ithaca NY; and studied piano performance and movement at Boston University, Boston MA.  She is also a Certified Evans Teacher (CET) having been trained and certified by master teacher, performer and choreographer Bill Evans in his Laban/Bartenieff-Based Modern Dance Technique; and is a certified somatic practitioner through EastWest Somatics.

Previous university teaching experience includes appointments at The State University of New York at Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Alfred University, and Elmira College.

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