Therese Arado, College of Law professor and deputy director of the Law Library, began her one-year elected term as executive secretary of the University Council and president of the Faculty Senate on Sunday, July 1.
“Having been elected to this position is an honor and humbling,” Arado said, who joined NIU in 2000. “The NIU faculty is full of amazing individuals working to provide an excellent education to the students; I hope to be able to properly represent this group and share with others the stories of the faculty that may not always be heard.”
The University Council has the power to establish NIU’s educational and academic policies and provides input to the president and vice presidents regarding policies that affect the quality of student life on campus.
The Faculty Senate serves as the official voice of the NIU faculty and as the authoritative representative liaison body between the faculty and the University Council, the president of the university, the executive vice president and provost, other vice presidents with respect to their responsibilities affecting the faculty, and the Board of Trustees.
Arado said shared governance is an important part of NIU’s culture. In her new role, she plans to continue to strengthen that by working with various constituencies on campus.
“I look forward to working with the university administration and providing a strong voice on behalf of the faculty,” Arado said. “I want to foster an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable adding their voice to the conversation.”
Arado earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in library science from Dominican University and a Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School. She currently teaches first year and advanced legal research courses and works on day-to-day operations in the College of Law Library as well as provides research guidance to students and faculty.
“NIU has been a wonderful place to spend a significant part of my career,” Arado said. “I appreciate the many opportunities that have presented themselves to me to be involved in the life of the university.”
Arado replaces Linda Saborio, professor of World Languages and Cultures.