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The 2009-10 Academic Senate Executive Committee, from left, Jonathan S. Taylor, Diana W. Guerin, Stephen Stambough, Shari G. McMahan, A. Scott Hewitt, Nancy Fitch, John (Jack) Bedell, Reyes Fidalgo and Amir Dabirian. Photo by Kelly Lacefield

Reelected to Serve

Scott Hewitt Returns to Lead Academic Senate

May 26, 2009

A. Scott Hewitt, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will return to chair Cal State Fullerton’s Academic Senate for a second term. Hewitt was reelected to the one-year term during the organization's Thursday, May 21 meeting.

The Fullerton resident previously served as vice chair of the faculty advisory body and has led the senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainability and Sustainability Task Force, as well as the University Sustainability Initiative Study Group.

An Academic Senate member for eight years, Hewitt has been a member-at-large on the group’s Executive Committee and active on various other senate committees.

“I am honored to lead the Academic Senate for a second year,” said Hewitt about his reelection. “The first year is really a learning year. With some 37,000 students and 5,000 employees, Cal State Fullerton is a very complex organization. The quantity and quality of the activities on our campus is truly amazing.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the campus community to make Cal State Fullerton the best possible university.”

In addition to his service on the Academic Senate, Hewitt has served as vice chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and on several department committees.

In the arena of scholarship, he has been a reviewer of grants and publications for several major organizations, including the National Science Foundation and American Chemical Society. Hewitt has had 17 articles published and is responsible for bringing in more than $700,000 in grants to the university. Hewitt joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty in 1991 and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Joining Hewitt on the Academic Senate Executive Committee for 2009-10 are:

  • Vice Chair — Fullerton resident John (Jack) Bedell, professor of sociology and chair of the Anthropology
  • Department Secretary — Fullerton resident Shari G. McMahan, chair and professor of health science
  • Treasurer — Orange resident Amir Dabirian, vice president for information technology/chief information technology officer

Members-at-large are:

  • Nancy Fitch of Brea, professor of history
  • Stephen Stambough of Yorba Linda, associate professor of political science
  • Jonathan S. Taylor of Fullerton, associate professor of geography

Serving on the statewide Academic Senate are:

  • Barry A. Pasternack of Santa Ana, chair and professor of information systems and decision sciences
  • Diana W. Guerin of Fullerton, professor of child and adolescent studies
  • Reyes Fidalgo of Fullerton, associate professor of modern languages and literatures
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