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Semyon Meerkov, professor of electrical
engineering and computer science, served on the Senate Assembly from
September 2003-May 2006 and on SACUA from May 2004-April 2007. During this
time he was active and effective in several areas.
Meerkov was the driving force behind annual faculty evaluations of
administrators. Despite initial opposition, he orchestrated a full senate
meeting with a 100-member quorum, got approval of the creation of the senate
committee and instituted the first evaluations. He was instrumental in the
successful motion to create a committee to set up and run the evaluations,
which now have become almost institutionalized. Last fall they took place
for the fourth time, with more than 1,000 faculty members participating.
Meerkov also was influential in a task force on unit-shared governance.
This effort began when an executive committee conducted an election but the
person receiving the largest number of votes was not selected by the
administration to serve on the committee. The unit-shared governance task
force produced a report that resulted in changes in the College of
Engineering (CoE) rules for election to the executive committee, enhancing
the faculty's role in the selection. He also served on a task force on
Universitywide shared governance that worked with the provost. The task
force's report was recently approved by the Senate Assembly and the
A third contribution was his initiation of a faculty fund for need-based
scholarships. The fund now is in place and Meerkov serves on the fundraising
Meerkov has been a leader within a group of faculty from CoE and LSA that
works to develop the Pre-college Academy. The idea is for faculty members to
teach math and physics courses that will prepare high school students from
low-income families for admission to and success in the best universities in
the country. A pilot program of this initiative has been implemented at
Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.