Faculty Senate

Senate Information

The Faculty Senate is comprised of 35 full-time, tenure-track faculty and 10 non-voting, lecturer delegates. These elected representatives are expected to fulfill certain responsibilities and each serves on one of the Senate’s standing committees.

The Senate’s officers - the President, Vice-President/President-Elect, and Secretary, along with lead senators, a second representative from each college, and committee chairs, compose the Executive and Advisory Committees. These committees meet jointly once a month and act as a steering committee for the Senate. 

A significant responsibility of the Faculty Senate is selecting faculty representatives to university committees. Chairs or coordinators of university committees should refer to this chart and contact the Faculty Senate Program Coordinator, Monica Patterson, with any questions.

The actions of the Faculty Senate are governed by three documents:

Meetings of the Faculty Senate are open to all faculty, and minutes are posted approximately one month after each Senate meeting. For next-day summaries of special order presentations and Senate committee reports, visit our blog.

There are several ways to formally communicate with the Senate, and, through the Senate,

Senate terms begin with the April meeting and all membership documents on this page are updated by the May meeting.