Mission

To represent faculty concerns and interests to the adminstration and institutional agencies, to participate in our institutional governance, and advocate for faculty rights and well being.

Functions

The functions of the Faculty Senate shall be to consider policies affecting the academic activities of the university, faculty, welfare, administration, scholarship, awarding of degrees and such other matters as may maintain and promote the best interests of the university. The Faculty Senate shall recommend to the Vice President for Academic Affairs the establishment of new policies or changes to existing policies and report its actions to the academic faculty.

Activities

Current major activities:  Development and Consideration of a Multi-Track Faculty System Plan. For other activities, please see faculty senate minutes.

Officers

The officers of the Faculty Senate shall consist of a president, a president-elect and a secretary elected by the Faculty Senate from among its members. The election of officers shall be as provided for in the bylaws.

Committees

The standing committees of the Faculty Senate shall be:

Executive Committee

Welfare Committee

Scholarship Committee

Faculty Excellence Committee

Academic Policies Committee

Administrative Policies Committee

Technology Resources and Infrastructure Committee

Special committees of the Faculty Senate may be appointed by the Executive Committee. The composition of the standing and special committees and the duties of the former shall be as provided for in the bylaws.

Meetings

The Faculty Senate shall hold one regular meeting each month during the months of September through April at such times as specified in the bylaws.

Special meetings of the Faculty Senate may be called by the presiding officer at any time, including May, June, July and August, provided a majority of the members of the executive committee or their replacements, deem it necessary.

Except for meetings of the executive committee, all meetings of the Faculty Senate shall be open to any member of the faculty. Such visitors may be invited by a member of the executive committee to participate in particular discussions.

Any member of the faculty may present any problem or suggestion to the Faculty Senate for its consideration, provided the member notifies the senate president at least one week before the meeting at which he/she would like to appear.

The Faculty Senate may go into executive session by approval of the members present.