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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

Open Faculty Conversations

Thursday, February 22, 4 - 5 pm in Killian 102

Planning Team Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 2 pm, via Zoom

January 17, February 7, March 13, and April 10

Regular Business Meetings (and Overflow Meetings): Wednesdays, 3 - 5 pm

January 24 (31), UC Multipurpose Room

February 14 (21), UC Illusions Room 309

March 20 (April 3), UC Multipurpose Room

April 17 (24), UC Multipurpose Room

General Faculty Meeting:

Wednesday, August 14, 10:30-11:30 am - Bardo

Open Faculty Conversations: Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

September 10, 2024 - Killian 102

February 11, 2025 - Killian 102

Planning Team Meetings: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 2 pm, via Zoom

Fall 2024: August 21, September 18, October 9, November 13

Spring 2025: January 22, February 19, March 19, April 9

Regular Business Meetings (and Overflow Meetings): Wednesdays, 3 - 5 pm

All meetings take place in UC Multipurpose Room 232, unless otherwise noted. Locations are currently tentative.

Fall 2024: August 28 (Sep 4); September 25 (Oct 2); October 23 (30) - Killian 102; November 20 (Dec 4)

Spring 2025: January 29 (Feb 5); February 26 (Mar 5); March 26 (Apr 2); April 23 (30)

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

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.

FACULTY HANDBOOK 2023-24

 

Our Academic Procedures and Regulations (APR) are available via SharePoint, and can be accessed using your WCU network credentials.

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