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Get To Know Us: The ISU Chapter Executive Committee

The ISU Chapter Executive Committee seeks to provide an open forum for all issues affecting their employment as ISU Faculty members, while pursuing the goals set forth by the national organization of the American Association of University Professors.

drmackshelleyPresident: Dr. Mack Shelley

Bio: Dr. Shelley has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1979. He is a University Professor of Statistics, as well as Political Science. His B.A. was received from American University in Economics and International Studies (1972), his Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Economics, and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.

Description of Duties: The duties of the president shall include carrying out the policies of the chapter, appointing all committees of the chapter, exercising general supervision over the activities of the chapter, and presiding at meeting of the chapter and executive committee. The president shall be a member ex officio of all committees.

Areas of Special Interest in AAUP: Academic freedom, tenure, faculty rights, and shared governance

drheimirgeirssonVice President: Dr. Heimir Geirsson

Bio: Dr. Geirsson has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1994, and has been a member of the AAUP since 1992. He is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and received his Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.


  • Chair, Iowa Conference Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 2004- present
  • Member, Iowa Conference Committee A, 1993- Present
  • ISU Committee A, Chair 2010- present

Areas of Special Interest in AAUP: Academic freedom, due process, and shared governance

mrpadgettwalshSecretary: Dr. Cullen Padgett Walsh

Bio: Dr. Padgett-Walsh has been a lecturer at ISU for 3 years. He is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and received his MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. He was President of the Graduate Employee Organization, the union representing teaching and graduate assistants at UIC from 2006-2008.

As Secretary of the Iowa State University Chapter of the AAUP, Mr. Padgett-Walsh is working to grow the membership of the organization and help protect the rights and freedoms of faculty at Iowa State.

drravenscroftTreasurer: Dr. Susan Ravenscroft

Bio: Dr. Ravenscroft has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1998. She is a professor of Accounting in the Iowa State University College of Business. Her B.A. was earned at Wayne State University, in 1972; her MBA at the University of Detroit in 1976, and her Ph.D from Michigan State University in 1989.

drjohnpleasantsAt-Large: Dr. John Pleasants

Bio: Dr. Pleasants has been a professor at Iowa State University since 1979. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology(EEOB). He earned his B.S. in Biology in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1977.

Areas of Special Interest in AAUP: Non- tenure- eligible faculty and shared governance.

drgirtonAt-Large: Dr. Jack Girton

Bio: Dr. Girton is a University Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB). He earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1973, this Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Alberta in 1979, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California- Irvine from 1979-1980. His research interests focus on the analysis of the structure and function of the key molecules in the regulation of cell function and developmental processes in Drosophila melanogaster.


At-Large: Dr. Terry Besser

Dr. Besser is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. Professor Besser's research efforts have been directed toward studying organizations, work, and the relationship between businesses and communities. Most recently she completed a book on corporate social responsibility. She is currently working on a national study of businesses and communities and another study about economic shocks and communities. Besser teaches introduction to sociology, graduate and undergraduate research methods classes and courses related to the sociology of organizations and the economy.