CUNY University Faculty Senate Office



MARTIN J. BURKE is the Chair of the University Faculty Senate and ex-officio member of the CUNY Board of Trustees.  He was elected by the UFS in 2018 for a two-year term.  He is an Associate Professor of History at Lehman College and serves on the doctoral faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center. After several years as a Senator representing the Graduate Center he was elected member-at-large of the University Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee and served two terms.  He also served as the Chair of the UFS Academic Affairs Committee and participates in the Council of Faculty Governance Leaders (FGLs). Dr. Burke recently also represented the UFS on the CUNY Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Policy, Programs and Research (CAPPR).

Dr. Burke received his A.B. in History from the City College of New York (CUNY) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Tel: 646-664-9031

Executive Director

Matthew J. Cotter

Dr. Matthew J. Cotter

Dr. Cotter received his M.A. in History from Hunter College, CUNY, and Ph.D. in American history from the CUNY Graduate Center. His primary research is in American intellectual history, with an emphasis on the intersection of American Philosophers and higher education in the 20th century. Prior to joining the University Faculty Senate in 2017 he was the Director of the College Now program at Bronx Community College, and has taught history throughout CUNY for 15 years.

Tel: 646-664-9032

Assistant to the Chair

Stasia Pasela

Ms. Stasia Pasela

Stasia’s role is to support and facilitate the deliberations and activities of shared governance. Her experience includes: staffing standing committees, coordinating elections, planning events, and providing resource information. Content management and organization of the new UFS website is her latest project. Having worked with several of the past Chairs, leaders, and Executive Directors, she has honed adept skill in diplomacy, research, and planning. She earned a Master’s of Library Science from Queens College, a B.B.A. from Baruch College, and an A.S. from BMCC. Stasia is available to assist faculty and CUNY colleagues. She can reached by phone (yes, by phone) or email.

Tel: 646-664-9033

Administrative Coordinator

Vernice Blanchard

Ms. Vernice Blanchard

Tel: 646-664-9035