Bios for Candidates for Chair-Elect:
Bio for David Cicci

David Cicci is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and has been a faculty member at Auburn since 1987. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and was promoted to full professor in 2000. Cicci previously served as Chair of the AU Faculty and Senate in 2007‒08 and has served as a member of the University Senate and many committees, including the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, Engineering Faculty Council, and Academic Honesty Committee. Cicci was the Graduate Program Officer in the Aerospace Engineering Department for 13 years and the Director of the Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE) Program from 1995‒2000. He was also elected to the Auburn City Council for 1998‒2002.  In 2009‒2010, Cicci was invited to serve as a Faculty Resident at the Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters in Langley, VA. He has won numerous teaching awards at Auburn and was the 2010 recipient of the Academic Freedom Award given by the Auburn Chapter of the AAUP.  


Bio for R. James Goldstein

R. James Goldstein, a professor of English specializing in medieval literature and languages, has been a faculty member at Auburn since 1991.  He has over twenty years’ experience in shared governance at the university, college, and department levels, as well as through the American Association of University Professors.  His service includes two terms as senator (2007‒13), the Senate Rules Committee, Faculty Handbook Review Committee (which he currently chairs), Graduate Council, Core Curriculum Oversight Committee, Competitive Research Grant Committee, Library Committee, CLA Promotion and Tenure Committee, and Provost Search Committee.  In addition, he has served as President and longtime member of the Executive Committee of the AU Chapter of the AAUP and received the Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award from the local AAUP chapter in 2013.


Bios for Candidates for Secretary-Elect:
Bio for Michael Baginski

Michael Baginski has been a member of the Auburn University Faculty since the fall of 1985. During that time he has been a Senator representing the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as a member of the Steering Committee since 2011, the Administrator Evaluation Committee for one term and been Committee Chair twice, the Faculty Grievance Committee, the Traffic Appeals Committee, the Admission Appeals Committee, the University Library Committee, and served on several Ad Hoc Committees. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The experience I gained in Committees has given me an appreciation of the University Senate and the duties of all the Senate Officers including the Secretary and what is expected of each. I know that these Officers directly interact with the Administration and they must clearly communicate the long and short term goals of the Administration to the Faculty. They must also present the Faculty’s advice, suggestions, and concerns to all levels of the Administration”.  


Bio for Xing Ping Hu

Dr. Xing Ping Hu is a Professor of Entomology and an Extension Specialist with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Dr. Hu received her BS in Plant Protection and MS in Entomology in from Shandong Agriculture (SA), where she joined the entomology faculty SA as an Instructor in 1985 and attained the rank of full professor in 1993. She then spent one year as a visiting scientist in University of Massachusetts, where she earned a Ph.D. in Entomology/IPM in 1998. Immediately after graduation, she joined Louisianan State University as an extension associate working on the National Formosan Subterranean Education Program and was promoted to assistant specialist half year later. She then accepted a position of assistant professor/extension specialist at AU in 2000, attained tenured associate professor in 2005, and full professor in 2011. Dr. Hu is currently the Principle Investigator for the Household and Structural Entomology Research and Outreach Program. Her research and extension programs have promoted effective and environmentally responsible Integrated Pest Management strategies for arthropod pests affecting homes and residents’ wellbeing, with an interest of global food security and environmental health. She has published more than 76 refereed journal articles, 11 book chapters, 37 proceeding/bulletin articles, and more than 250 extension publications, and received 1 US patent. She is frequently an invited speaker at programs and has authored or co-authored more than 240 presentations at domestic and international and meetings. She has advised 23 graduate students and 12 visiting scholars.  She has served on 4 journal editorial boards and as a subject editor for 1 journal, on numerous professional society and conference committees (state, regional, national and international). She has represented her department in Auburn University Senate for 1 term and her Senate and University committee service includes Administrator Evaluation (3 terms), Academic Standard (1 term), and Competitive Research Grants (1), in addition to several college and department committees. Her international service for Academic Exchange Programs (4) earned her the Award for Achievement in International Agricultural Service.



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