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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: MFA Roster

MFA Structure

  • Each college/school/libraries will have at least two representatives. In addition, those units with more than 20 full-time faculty will receive one additional representative for every additional 10 such faculty. (For example, a school with 1-20 full-time faculty has two elected representatives; a school with 21-30 full-time faculty has three elected representatives; a school with 31-46 full-time faculty has four elected representatives, etc.)
  • The size of the MFA will fluctuate with both the increase and decrease in the full-time faculty within the colleges/schools/libraries. By the end of January of each year, the MFA will verify the number of full-time faculty within the colleges/schools/or libraries and adjust the MFA representation as required. MFA representatives are elected by votes of the full-time faculty within their respective school/college/libraries.
  • For these purposes, full-time faculty include faculty on phased retirement that are considered full-time. (Shared Governance Final Modification, p.26)

MFA Executive Committee

The MFA develops its own internal organizational structure, including electing from among its members five officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Communications Officer. The officers function collectively as an Executive Committee and a liaison on behalf of the MFA to the university administration.


Terms expire 2025

President - Jennifer Bowen
Vice President - Nadine Wodwaski
Secretary - Utayba Mohammad
Communications Officer - Thomas Fockler
Parliamentarian - Steven Abell

MFA Representatives to the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee

Terms expire 2025

President - Jennifer Bowen
Vice President - Nadine Wodwaski

MFA Elections Committee

Nadine Wodwaski, Vice President  - Ex Officio



MFA Roster

School of Architecture and Community Development

Kris Nelson (term expires 2026) - Lead Representative *
Joshua Budiongan (term expires 2025)

College of Business Administration

OPEN (term expires 2026)
Mitthu Bhattacharya (term expires 2025) - Lead Representative

College of Engineering and Science

Hiba Assi (Physics) (term expires 2026)
Marwa Abdel Latif (Chemistry & Biochemistry) term expires 2026)
Utayba Mohammad (Electrical Engineering) (term expires 2026)*
Nicole Najor (Biology) (term expires 2025)*
Eva Nyutu (Biology) (term expires 2025) - Lead Representative

College of Health Professions

Renady Hightower (CHP) (term expires 2026)*
Marlene Shaw-Gallagher (PA) (term expires 2026)*
Renee Courtney (MSON) (term expires 2025)* - Lead Representative
Thomas Fockler (Health Service Administration) (term expires 2025)*
Nadine Wodwaski (MSON) (term expires 2025)*

College of Liberal Arts and Education

Emily Dowgwillo (Psychology) (term expires 2026)
Hsiao-Lan Hu (Religious Studies) (term expires 2026)
Mary Elizabeth Valesano (Theater) (term expires 2026)*
Steven Abell (Psychology) (term expires 2025) - Lead Representative
Nick Rombes (English) (term expires 2025)
Aloha VanCamp (Social Work) (term expires 2025)


Jennifer Bowen (term expires 2026)* - Lead Representative
Cindy Gillham (term expires 2025)

*Ineligible to serve an additional term.