Welcome to the home page of James Madison University's Faculty Senate. The function of the Faculty Senate is to represent the faculty in the consideration of all policies that affect the academic climate and direction of the institution. The Faculty Senate seeks to create, maintain and protect a university environment conductive to the growth of scholarship, learning, teaching, research, service, and respect for human dignity and rights. Among other things the responsibilities of the Faculty Senate include:
Offering suggestions to the vice presidents for academic affairs and for administration and finance on matters of of university organization, budget recommendations and revisions, facilities, planning, and mission at the university level;
Consulting with appropriate resource persons concerning academic policy;
Offering recommendations about admissions policies and enrollment management;
Participating in university-wide curricular oversight through its representatives on the Committee on Academic Programs (CAP); and
Working with the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs to maintain policies and procedures by which the faculty will be involved in the evaluation of academic administrators at the university level.
The exam schedule for spring semester 2014 has been revised to address concerns expressed by various campus groups. As a result of recommendations made by the Faculty Senate, the Office of the Provost will collaborate with the senate’s Academic Policies committee to examine the academic calendar and the exam schedule. They will consider making recommendations to Senior Leadership Team for change to future academic calendars, including the possibility of establishing reading days to support students in preparing for exams.
The spring 2014 exam schedule can be found at: Spring 2014 Exam Schedule
During fall, the Faculty Senate meets the first Thursday of each month. During spring, meetings are held the last Thursday of the month. Meetings are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Taylor 306 (Refreshments at 3:15).
The first meeting of the 2013-14 academic year will be Thursday, September 5, 2013.
Each academic unit is represented by a voting faculty member. Meetings are also open to all JMU faculty.
Flower Request Form (Word) Updated 5/16/13
Flower Request Form (PDF) Updated 5/16/13
Lottery Winners (by name) Updated 5/16/13
Lottery Winners (by year) Updated 5/16/13
The Faculty Senate, in collaboration with the Division of Academic Affairs, held an information session on the university's budget process. A summary of the presentation is available here: Budget Presentation November 2012. To view a video of the meeting, click here:Faculty Senate Effectiveness article from Inside Higher Ed