Faculty Senate - FAQ

  • The Senate's business is focused on a broad spectrum of policy issues, including academic personnel policies; instruction and curriculum policy; research policy; and student affairs policies. In addition, the Senate serves as a forum for communication and dialogue between the faculty and the University administration.

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  • The Faculty Senate typically meets from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month during Fall and Spring semesters. Senate meetings for academic year 2017-18 will be held in the Old Main Silver and Sage Room.

    Exceptions for 2017-2018: the first meeting of the Fall semester will be August 28, 2017 and there will be no September meeting; the March meeting will be March 12, 2018 because of Spring Break. 

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  • Yes. Senate meetings are open to the public, and there is space for visitors. When the Senate votes on honorary degrees, it meets in Executive Session, and visitors will be asked to leave. Such votes are held at the end of meetings, and usually occur only once or twice a year. Changes in meeting dates or locations occur occasionally, and are announced in advance. Call the Faculty Center (621-1342) to confirm the date, time, and location of the next Senate meeting.

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  • Yes. Once the minutes of a given meeting have been approved at the next meeting, they are posted on the Web. See http://arizona.openrepository.com/arizona/handle/10150/107812 for minutes of past Senate meetings.

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  • Yes. A few minutes in the middle of each month's meeting are reserved for brief comments from guests. There is time for a maximum of four such speakers per meeting, and guests must limit their comments to two minutes each. If you'd like to speak to the Senate in one of these open sessions, contact the Faculty Center (621-1342).

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  • Elections are held every spring. The call for candidates goes out in January, along with instructions on how to place your name on the ballot, should you wish to run for the Senate. Twenty-eight Senate seats are set aside for specific colleges, with the number for each college proportionate to the number of faculty in the college. Faculty outside colleges are represented by one or two "non-college" senators depending on apportionment. There are also 20 at-large Senate seats, elected from across campus. Additionally, there are eleven ex officio members of the Senate, one Appointed Professionals Advisory Council and and seven student members (from both ASUA and GPSC). The composition of this year's Senate can be found at http://facultygovernance.arizona.edu/faculty-senate

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