The Faculty Senate is the voice of the NMSU Faculty and plays a critical role in the shared governance of the institution. As established in NMSU Policy, the Faculty Senate has legislative jurisdiction over policies affecting the university’s academic mission. The Faculty Senate has 60 elected senators who represent Faculty from the Colleges on the main campus, the NMSU Library, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Cooperative Extension Service, and College Faculty. Senators are elected for three-year terms and may serve for two consecutive terms. The Senate is led by the Chair and Vice-Chair, who both serve on a variety of University committees and councils, which are also policy making bodies. The Chair and Vice-Chair are advised by the Senate Leadership Committee which is comprised of the senior senators from each electing group. All senators participate in one of four standing committees. These are charged with reviewing, modifying, and recommending legislation for action by the full senate. The senate meets a minimum of once a month to fulfill its obligations in a timely manner.
Stuart Munson-McGee, Faculty Senate Chair
Professor Stuart Munson-McGee joined the Food Science and Technology faculty in the Family and Consumer Science Department at NMSU in 2011. He was a member of the Chemical Engineering faculty at NMSU from January 1991 until taking his current position. Prior to joining NMSU, he held positions as an Assistant Director at the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE and as a research engineer at Owens Corning Fiberglas’s Technical Center in Granville, OH. He holds a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware (1982) and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1978). Since joining NMSU, Dr. Munson-McGee has taught over 25 different classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has supervised several MS and PhD students and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications in materials science, materials processing, food engineering, and the environment. In service to the University, he has been Chair, Vice-chair, and Senator of the Faculty Senate and has served on several university-wide committees including the 2008 NMSU Presidential Search Committee; the NMSU Promotion and Tenure Policy Revision Taskforce; four years on the Graduate Council; Deans Advisory Council; University Budget Committee; Administrative Council; NMSU VP for Finance and Administration Search Committee; Student Memorial Committee; Naming Committee; and Academic Deans Council. In 2004 he was awarded the NMSU Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence.
Gary D. Rayson, Faculty Senate Vice-Chair
Dr. Rayson received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 from Baker University (Kansas) in chemistry and mathematics and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. Following a postdoctoral position at Indiana University, he joined the faculty in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at NMSU in 1986, where he currently holds the rank of Professor. He has authored more than 72 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented more than 112 papers at professional meetings His field of study is the development and application of optical spectrochemical methods of analysis to the investigation of chemically complex systems (e.g., high temperature or biological) and is involved in collaborations with faculty from various colleges throughout the university.
In addition to serving on national professional society committees, has served on an ad hoc committee on intellectual property for the Faculty Senate and on the University Equipment committee. He served two three-year terms on the Senate for the College of Arts and Sciences and was recently elected to an additional three-year term. Within the Senate, he served four years on the Committee on Committees (Senate Leadership Committee) and on three of the four standing committees and was chair of the Long Range Planning committee for two years. He has sponsored or co-sponsored numerous propositions and memorials including the revision of both the faculty grievance and involuntary termination procedure policies which formed the current Faculty Grievance Review Board. He served several years as the Faculty Senate representative on the Student Fee Review Board. He has served on the Faculty Grievance Review Board, the Review Board of Faculty Salary Increase/Performance Evaluation, University Appeals Board. He has also served on several university task forces including equity salary adjustments. Dr. Rayson was also a member of the Graduate Council where he served as it Vice-Chair and then Chair for two years. He serves as a representative of the Faculty Senate on the University Outcomes Assessment Council. He also served on the search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School. At the College level, he serves on the Faculty Affairs Committee.
The Ceremonial Mace
The ceremonial mace, used widely by universities, is a descendant of the royal scepter and the medieval battle mace. The university is incorporated into the design. The ornament atop the mace signifies a blooming cactus flower and the university’s blooming maturity. The smooth, rounded walls of adobe architecture are reflected in the next section, while a disk carries the New Mexico State University logo on one side and a compatible Mimbres pottery design on the other. The many academic disciplines are noted in the bundled rods of the shaft. The meter-long piece is of sterling silver, while the center of the shaft holds a piece of wood from the university’s first building, McFie Hall (Old Main), which burned in 1910. Literal and symbolic information about the academic mace signifies authority, and its use dates from the 14th century. New Mexico State University’s mace is carried at commencement and other formal occasions by the president of the Faculty Senate.