The faculty senate is a crucial part of the shared governance structure of higher education in the United States. Through this structure faculty, staff, students, and administrators employ power, expertise, and passion to the functioning and future of the institution. The senate is the chief policy-recommending body of the general faculty providing for faculty participation in the governance and decision-making process of Western Carolina University. The senate shall represent the general faculty as their principal voice to advise the chancellor and provost on the conduct of the university's affairs. The faculty senate shall represent the sense of the general faculty in the long-term development of the university's identity and mission.
It shall serve as a collegial forum for the airing of faculty concerns and suggestions about the quality of academic aspects of the university, including matters of instruction, curriculum, composition of the faculty and student body, research and creative activities, community outreach, university evaluation and planning, and other faculty and student affairs.
All Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public. Please see the full schedule for specific dates, times, and locations. Unless indicated otherwise, meetings are Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. in the University Center's Multipurpose Room. Locations are subject to change.
Open Faculty Conversation: Friday, January 26, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Blue Ridge
Faculty Senate Regular Business Meetings:
Remaining Fall Meetings:
November 15, 2023
Upcoming Spring Meetings:
January 24, 2024
February 14, 2024
March 20, 2024
April 17, 2024
While official meetings from each Faculty Senate meeting will be available after they are approved at the following meeting, a meeting summary is available shortly after each meeting.
They can be found listed here.
The Faculty Handbook provides ready access to information about the operation of the University and answers to the most frequently asked questions about operating procedures and policies.
The handbook may be reviewed and revised at any time to reflect changes in institutional policy, state and federal law or operational procedures.
Our Academic Procedures and Regulations (APR) are available via SharePoint, and can be accessed using your WCU network credentials.