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If you have items for the Steering Committee to discuss,
please send them to
Katherine Ott Walter
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Mission Statement

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 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.


Faculty Senate Meetings

 During the fall semester, the Faculty Senate meets on the first Thursday of each month.

During the spring semester, meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month.

For spring 2024, meetings will be held via Zoom from 3:55 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.  

Each academic unit is represented by a voting faculty member. Meetings are also open to all JMU faculty.


Senate Bylaws

Senate Constitution

Faculty Handbook

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