Faculty Senate | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Faculty Senate

The AUIS Faculty Senate provides a forum for debate, so that the faculty has a voice in the administration of the academic side of the university and can advise the university administration about policies that affect them. Every full time faculty member at AUIS is eligible to join the Faculty Senate. After the first year of service, faculty members are eligible to take on an executive role and serve as either the President, Treasurer, or Secretary. The head of the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) and the Dean of Academic Affairs are invited to join Senate meetings as ex-officio members.

For more details about how the Senate functions, please consult the Senate's constitution


Tobin Hartnell, President

Tobin is an archaeologist with two decades of experience working in Australia and the Middle East. His research interests include the political economy of ancient Mesopotamian and Persian Empires. He is also the founding director of the AUIS Center of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE). He currently serves as the President of the Faculty Senate and a member of the Strategic Planning Board. Learn more about Tobin's work heretobin.hartnell [at] auis.edu.krd ">


Ramalingam Periasamy, Treasurer

Periasamy is an experimental laser Physicist with more than 20 years experience teaching undergraduate courses in physics and geology. His current research interests include building of high power lasers and laser electro-optics and electronics, the evaluation of pedagogy of teaching methods in Physics, developing Java applets for effective use in classroom teaching, mathematical modeling and the detection of counterfeit antimalarial drugs using laser Raman spectroscopy. He currently serves as Treasurer to the Faculty Senate. Learn more about Rama's work hereramalingam.periasamy [at] auis.edu.krd ">