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Faculty Senate

I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Faculty Senate of Tennessee Technological University.

II. Purpose

The Faculty Senate shall serve as a representative voice of the teaching and research faculty of Tennessee Technological University. It shall provide a forum for the free discussion of any issue of interest or of concern to members of the faculty; it shall convey the results of such discussions to the administrative officers of the university and, when appropriate, request that the President of the University convey the results of such discussions to the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents. It shall also serve to convey information to the faculty. In fulfilling these purposes, the Senate shall serve in an advisory capacity--expressing the interests and the concerns of the teaching and research faculty.

III. Composition

The Senate shall consist of the elected faculty representatives on the University Assembly, each of whom shall be elected by secret ballot. Representatives on the University Assembly shall be full members of the Senate with one vote each.

IV. Officers

A. The Senate shall elect from among its members a president, who will serve for a term of one year.

B. The Senate shall elect a secretary to keep such records of the Senate as shall be found desirable and who shall serve for a term of one year.

C. The senate shall select a faculty member to a two-year term on the Faculty Subcouncil of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

D. The president, the secretary, and the representative to the Faculty Subcouncil shall take office on July 1 of the year in which they are elected.

V. Meetings

The Senate shall meet once each month during the regular academic year. Meetings shall be open to all interested parties and all members of the faculty are encouraged to participate, but only members of the Senate shall have a vote.

No quorum shall be necessary for discussions or hearings on matters of interest to the faculty; however, should the Senate wish to adopt a resolution purporting to represent the views of the general faculty, a favorable vote of a majority of the total membership of the Senate shall be required.

The members of the Senate shall also meet monthly during the regular academic year with the President of the University and such other individuals as may be invited by him, to convey to him the sentiments of the faculty and to receive from him information of concern to the faculty. At these meetings, no quorum shall be required and no vote shall be taken.

At the last Faculty Senate business meeting of the spring semester or after the General Faculty meetings in the spring at which a part of the Faculty Senate membership is elected, the president shall call a meeting of the Senate before the completion of the academic year for the sole purpose of electing officers for the next academic year. At this meeting a quorum shall be required to transact business.

The president of the Senate may call such additional meetings of the Senate as may from time to time be appropriate.

VI. Other Functions of the Senate

A. The Senate shall have the authority to nominate to the President of the University, in accordance with the appropriate committee procedures, faculty representatives to all standing university committees other than the curriculum committee and those committees whereon faculty representatives are elected by the faculty.

B. The Senate shall select two of its members to participate in long-range planning and budget processes. These representatives shall be effectively involved in the long- range planning and annual budget processes. These representatives shall preside over hearings held by the Senate in order to obtain faculty participation in the long-range planning and budget processes. These representatives shall serve for a two-year term..

C. The Senate shall have the authority to nominate to the President of the University one or more of its members to serve on standing committees of the Tennessee Board of Regents. The Senate shall elect a faculty member to a two-year term on the Faculty Subcouncil of the Tennessee Board of Regents.

D. Committees of the Senate and representatives of the faculty may be appointed by the president of the Senate as needed. The president, the secretary, and the representative to the Faculty Subcouncil shall take office on July 1 of the year in which they are elected.

E. The Senate shall have as a standing committee a Faculty Affairs Committee. This committee shall function as a faculty grievance committee, as provided in the procedures of the Faculty Affairs Committee.

VII. Rules of Order

The rules continued in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall apply to all meetings, except where such rules are inconsistent with this document.

VIII. Amendments

This document may be amended at any regular meeting of the Senate by a two-thirds vote of the total membership, provided that the proposed amendment has been previously submitted in writing to each member. Amendments to this document are subject to final approval by the University Assembly.

  • [Approved by the University Assembly Spring, 1982]
  • [Amended by the University Assembly Fall, 1991]
  • [Amended by the University Assembly Spring, 1994]
  • [Amended by the University Assembly April 16, 2008]