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Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Members

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.

Letter from Chair of the Faculty

Meet your Senators

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

Meeting materials, including agendas, reports, minutes, and archived documents, are accessible from our Faculty Senate SharePoint site. For help, please contact

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.

Find out what actions the Faculty Senate has taken recently by reading our resolutions. For archived actions, please visit the Faculty Senate SharePoint site

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.

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