New Senators

Congratulations on being elected to represent your college or constituent group. 

Please explore this website and frequently asked questions below and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

The successful running of Faculty Senate provides an effective voice for faculty on academic matters.

This is the document that establishes the faculty's voice in academic governance.  

The following are guiding principles upon which the Academic Charter is based (Charter, Article I):

A. Essential to the atmosphere of a University is academic freedom, the full freedom of speech, freedom to teach, to learn, and to conduct inquiry in a spirit of openness necessary to the acceptance of criticism, the expression of differing opinions, and the pursuit of truth. The exercise of academic freedom by faculty and students carries with it responsibilities for the good of the academic community and society.

B. Tenure of faculty is an indispensable condition for fulfilling the obligation of the University to maintain an atmosphere of academic freedom. Specifically, tenure is a means toward academic freedom in teaching, research, dissemination of information, and extramural activities. Tenure provides a sense of vocational security that helps attract to the University persons of competence in the advancement of knowledge.

C. Government in the University as in a state or a nation is best based upon principles rather than upon people.

D. The primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of the University's academic programs belongs to the faculty.

E. There must be faculty participation within the academic governance structure of the University, and student participation when deemed appropriate, for discussion of academic problems and policies at all levels within the University.

F. Faculty and student participation is fundamental to good faculty-student-administrator relations in a mature university.

G. It is recognized that all members of the University Community and the Trustees have legitimate concerns about all aspects of the University. It also is recognized that the primary concern of students is with learning and pursuing their courses of study; the primary concern of members of the faculty is with effective teaching and scholarly research or creative work; and the primary concern of administrators is to provide service and support to the students and the faculty, to protect the legal interests of the University, and to assure the implementation of the policies and procedures prescribed by the governing councils and agencies of the University.

H. This Academic Charter will apply to all Colleges within the University and shall pre-empt any other charter documents to the extent that they are inconsistent with the provisions herein.

I. To the extent that the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University and the BGSU Faculty Association contains provisions in conflict with the Academic Charter, provisions of the Bargaining Agreement will prevail with respect to the parties to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement.)

J. All academic Workload Policies shall be subject to review, modification and/or approval at the discretion of the Board of Trustees or its delegates.

Your responsibility is to be aware of university-wide academic issues and represent the views of the faculty in your college.  The best way to do this is to read the materials, do a little homework, and seek input from the members of the college you represent.  Check with your Dean to find out the best way to get feedback - he or she may allow you to poll the faculty via a college email list or invite you to attend college council meetings.

There are currently approximately 62 senators that represent our full-time faculty.  There are also senators that represent the university libraries, adjunct faculty, and retirees. Ex officio members include: the University President, Provost/SVP, VP Academic Affairs, VP Student Affairs and members from Graduate Student Senate and Undergraduate Student Government.

  • Senate Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary to the Faculty Senate
  • Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
    • Chairs of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees:
    • Committee on Academic Affairs (CAA)
    • Committee on Professional Affairs (CPA)
    • Adjunct Faculty Committee (AFC)
    • Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (FAAC)
    • Committee on Committees (Com/Com)
    • Committee on Amendments and Bylaws (A&B)

We typically meet once a month in the Gallery on the second floor of McFall Center. The schedule is posted here.

We follow Robert’s Rule of Order.  Understanding the rules of order will help you participate in debate on motions brought before the assembly.  Some helpful information can be found here.

Parliamentary Procedures 

Slaughter Parliamentary Chart

We typically send the agenda and supporting documents via email the Friday before the Senate meeting.

If you have to miss a senate meeting, please contact the Senate Secretary.  According to the Charter (Article IV.E): a Senator may accumulate no more than two unexcused absences in one academic year for regularly scheduled meetings or two unexcused absences in one academic year for on-call or specially called meetings of the Senate.  

An excused absence for a Senator will be granted in these cases:

1. A designation of an alternate representative to attend the particular meeting.

        a)  Alternates may be designated for up to two meetings per academic year.

        b)  Faculty eligible to serve as an alternate shall have the same qualifications as faculty eligible to run for a Senate seat (Charter, Article IV.A) and in addition shall be from the same college as the Senator requesting a replacement.

        c)  Alternates shall have the full rights of discussion and voting.

        d)  If a designated alternate does not attend the meeting, the Senator’s absence is unexcused. 

2. Personal or family emergency accepted by SEC

        a)  In cases of personal or family emergencies that prevent a Senator from attending a meeting, the Senator must inform SEC of her/his justification within 30 calendar days of the missed Senate meeting.

        b)  Emergencies include but are not limited to personal illness, family emergencies, and inclement weather.

3. In cases of long-term absences such as FIL, long-term illness. Or class conflict, a Senator shall make arrangements with SEC to confirm alternate representation.

The Senate Standing committees (SEC, CAA, CPA, AFC, FAAC, Com/Com, A&B) support the operations of Faculty Senate.  The University Committees are advisory to the various governing bodies of the university.

 

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