Bios for Candidates for Chair-Elect:
Bio for Daniel J. Svyantek

Daniel J. Svyantek is a professor of Industrial/ Organizational (I/O) Psychology specializing in organizational systems and organizational change.  He has been a faculty member at since 1987 and a member of the Auburn University faculty since 2003. While at Auburn, he has served in administrative positions as the Director of the I/O Psychology Ph.D. Program (3 terms) and was elected as Chair of the Psychology Department (two terms). He has also served in the University Senate as senator for his department (two terms). He has been a member of the Senate Non-Tenure Track Faculty committee.  He also has served on the University Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (two terms) where he chaired the Compliance Sub-Committee in his first term and the Academic Standards Sub-Committee in his second term. In addition, he has been active in interdisciplinary activities to determine effective policies and processes to improve recruitment and retention of women and minority faculty members in STEM and other disciplines at Auburn University.



Bio for Jared Russell

Dr. Jared A. Russell is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology specializing in physical education teacher education (PETE).  He joined Auburn University’s faculty in 2002. Additionally, he serves as the College of Education’s Director of Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Russell earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Morehouse College (1997) and his graduate degrees from the University of Georgia (M.A. 1999 & Ph.D. 2002) in Physical Education and Sport Studies. His scholarship and outreach activities are focused on diversity in higher education, graduate student socialization, and developing programs that facilitate outreach efforts aimed at improving the overall wellness of traditionally under-served populations. He collaborates extensively with K-20 and local community agencies to promote social justice and equity through outreach and leadership development activities.  Dr. Russell’s scholarly work has been presented at numerous conferences and published in a number of peer-reviewed publications. His scholarly and outreach efforts have been recognized by national professional organizations including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the American Kinesiology Association (AKA), and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). He has served Auburn University on multiple college and university-level committees and working groups including Faculty Senate, AU Curriculum Committee, Auburn Black Caucus, AU Multicultural Center Advisory Board, and the Ad Hoc Minors on Campus committee. Currently, Dr. Russell serves as chair of the Multicultural Diversity Commission, Strategic Priority #2: Faculty Success Implementation Committee (Provost’s Office), and as a member of the Diversity Leadership Committee.


Bios for Candidates for Secretary-Elect:
Bio for Anthony Moss

Anthony Moss is an Associate Professor of Biology. He has been a faculty member since 1992. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University (Marine Program/Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA) and is currently coordinator of the AU Marine Biology Program, centered in the Department of Biological Sciences. He has published ~44 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and is working on several cytoskeleton chapters and manuscripts from the current laboratory population. He has served as outside reviewer for multiple journals and has reviewed grants for the NSF, Sea Grant and the NSF GRSF program, The Eppley Foundation and other private foundations. He has served as reviewer for multiple textbooks and was on the advisory board for McGraw-Hill for five years. He has advised over 50 graduate students on committees or as major professor, and has trained approximately 100 undergraduate students directly in his lab in cellular physiology. In addition he currently directs four graduate students. He currently serves on the Biological Sciences Curriculum Committee, and served on the Howard Hughes Future Life Sciences Scholar Seminar committee. He served in the local chapter of Sigma Xi as treasurer for approximately 5 years and President of the Chapter for five years. He has served on the Academic Honesty Committee for at least three cycles (two-year appointments). With Prof. L. Lamke, he co-founded the Undergraduate Research Forum, predecessor to ‘This is Research’. He has been chair of the COSAM Graduate Travel Committee for approximately 10 years. He has been chair of the CMB–COSAM Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program in since 2001. He served as DBS Senator for 6 years, and has served on Senate Rules Committee. He was on the Faculty Welfare Committee in the late 1990s and served on multiple ad hoc and departmental committees since then. He wishes to return to the Senate out of a personal interest in the workings of the University and also because of a desire to help improve Faculty–Administration communication at all levels.



Bio for Don Mulvaney

Don Mulvaney has been a member of the Auburn University Faculty since the fall of 1983. He holds a B.S. degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Meat Science and Animal Growth Biology from Michigan State University. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty in Agrisciences in the College of Education. In addition to research areas of animal sciences, he has developed over 20 courses at Auburn including animal sciences, leadership and ag communication. He developed and coordinated the minor in leadership studies within the College of Agriculture and revised the Ag Communications curriculum. He served as Coordinator of Leadership and Student Development for the college where he was instrumental in establishing a challenge/ropes course for student leadership development, extracurricular leadership development programs, a faculty-staff leadership development program model and the AU Leadership Minor. He is a former Faculty Fellow Associate Director for the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning where he facilitated New Faculty Scholars, Future Faculty mentoring and other professional faculty development programs along with assessment. He has several years’ experience in shared governance at the university, college, and department levels. He has served as an at-large Senator for three years as a member of the AU Senate Steering Committee and is a current Senator for Animal Sciences. He has served for five and chaired the university Teaching Effectiveness Committee for four years. He has served on several senate and ad hoc committees including recent Program Reviews, Administrator Reviews and Copyright Policy.


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