General Welfare Committee/Senate Information

The Faculty Senate is a democratically elected legislative body. Among its powers are adoption of changes in the Faculty Manual and other legislation, approval of new programs, centers and institutes, and new degrees, majors, minors, certificates, and tracks. It conducts periodic evaluations of chairs, deans and the Provost. It monitors academic life, and either legislates on or makes recommendations concerning the wellbeing of the faculty and the continued improvement of the University. Its committees and hearing panels consider such vital matters as denial of tenure; termination for cause; allegations of unprofessional conduct; and disputes concerning rank, salary and conditions of employment.

The Senate’s prestigious awards recognize outstanding achievements by members of the University in scholarship, service and teaching.

The work of the Senate is carried out by its officers, the Committee on General Welfare (GWC), a network of standing and ad hoc committees, and plenary sessions of the elected Senators. The Senate maintains close contact with the President, the Provost, other University officers, and the Board of Trustees and
its Committees.

The Faculty Senate is your instrument, along with the School Councils, for participation in our collegial governance. Senate meetings are open to all faculty members and agendas are available on our website. The Senate can best serve all affected communities if it reflects the voices, the interests and the participation of the faculty. We urge you to join our efforts and become involved in the activities of the Senate.