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The Faculty Senate is a volunteer organization made up of faculty leaders who advocate for the faculty. Members are elected by tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty members in their caucuses.

In these times, shared governance and academic freedom are more important than ever for all faculty members, tenure-track and non-tenure track. If you are not already a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) consider joining and selecting our local chapter at UTK. The United Campus Workers (UCW) focuses on the rights and best interests of all campus workers and has a robust local chapter.

We work as a body and through committees to develop and recommend policies regarding the educational objectives of the campus.

We consider, advise, and recommend policies and procedures in other matters which concern the general welfare of the faculty:

  • criteria for faculty appointment, dismissal, promotions, tenure, and retirement;
  • criteria for the selection of the chief academic officer and other campus administrative officers;
  • priorities for the University budget;
  • priorities for the University development plan;
  • changes in physical facilities.

We also consider, advise, and recommend on proposed policies regarding student life, rights, and responsibilities.

The Faculty Senate President serves on the University Faculty Council, who attend Board of Trustees meetings and advise the system president.  The Senate is also represented in the Tennessee University Faculty Senates (TUFS), a statewide body representing faculty across the state.