There are a number of ongoing issues of interest to the faculty that the Faculty Senate is tracking. This page serves as a hub for pages focusing on these issues.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was defunded last year by legislative mandate, and the UTK Pride Center had a rocky time finding an official home. The Senate created a Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion to focus on the larger goal of diversity at the university and represent the faculty’s interests to the administration.
There is a vigorous discussion happening around the country about the relationship between free speech, safe spaces, political interference with campus, and academic freedom.
The Senate Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion sponsored a Forum on Diversity and Free Speech on October 31.
The University has drafted new Post-Tenure Review policies and the Senate has provided comments and suggestions on this proposal. Although general comments are no longer being solicited, the materials are here for review.
Last year, the legislature legalized campus carry of firearms for faculty and staff. We have information here about the policies and procedures for faculty to notify UTPD about their intent to carry on campus. Additionally, there may be new laws in the next legislative session expanding the right to carry on campus.
Governor Haslam has proposed outsourcing various aspects of campus management and maintenance. This is an issue of concern to the Senate; it is unclear that any financial benefit can be provided without cutting staff salaries, wages, or benefits. There is thus some doubt about the reliability of the reassurances the state and system leadership have issued on this topic.