Faculty Senate

Free Speech and Open Forum

Free Speech

Free Speech, initiated in response to the results of the 1996 Faculty Survey, is held during all Faculty Senate meetings. Meetings are open and all faculty are invited to participate in this agenda item. See our meeting schedule for date and location. Note that views presented during the “Free Speech” period are not necessarily those of the Clemson University Faculty Senate.

Free Speech Guidelines

“Free Speech” Presentations

Open Forum

Open Forum provides a venue for any faculty member to exercise freedom of speech in an effort to uplift and improve Clemson University. All University faculty are invited to submit essays to be considered for Open Forum. Open Forum submissions are reviewed by the Open Forum editors. Open Forum editors are elected annually by the Faculty Senate. Although all essays have been reviewed by the editors of the Faculty Senate Open Forum, the published essays do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or the Clemson University Faculty Senate.

Open Forum guidelines.

Open Forum Essays


Mary Beth Kurz
Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering
Clemson University Faculty Senate President, 2016-2017
Faculty Senate's ad hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion"

Todd May – January 2016
Dept. Philosophy and Religion
The Administration of Vulnerability


Brian A. Powell, Scott Brame, Michael Carbajales-Dale, Cindy Lee, Stephen M. Moysey, Lindsay Shuller-Nickles
Department of Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Discussion of the pending split of the College of Engineering & Science

Jeremy King – July 2015
Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Sustainable Leadership, Historical Remembrance, and Transforming Community: Renaming Tillman Hall as a Substantive Element of 2020Forward

Jeremy King – July 2015
Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

Past Presidents of Faculty Senate – July 2015
We Have the Appetite to Rename Tillman Hall. Do You?

Leidy Klotz – February 2015
Professor of Civil Engineering
Please call it Old Main


English Department – December 2014
Faculty Assessment

James McCubbin – March 2014
Professor of Psychology
Threats to Academic Freedom in South Carolina


Andrew S. Mount – October 2013
Research Associate Professor
CU at the Crossroads: Recommendation on Presidential Leadership for Clemson University

Bryan E. Denham – October 2013
Campbell Professor of Sports Communications
CU by the Numbers

Fran McGuire – October 2013
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus
The Problem with Imposed Governance at Clemson

Sydney A. Cross – April 2013
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Georges Fadel
ExxonMobile Employees Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering


Bryan E. Denham - September 2012
Communication Studies
On University Rankings

George Chumanov - April 2012
Professor of Chemistry

Todd May - April 2012
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Jeff Love
Department of Languages
Top Ten Clemson University Administrative Self-Deceptions

Sydney A.Cross - March 2012
Alumni Distinguished Professor