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The UTK Faculty Senate represents the faculty in the shared governance of the university.

Senators are elected from the various academic units; 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.

May 2, 2018, Letter of Termination of Chancellor Appointment to Beverly Davenport from President Joe DiPietro

Messages from the Faculty Senate President

December 16, 2017: Statement about messages on “The Rock.” (click here)

November 20, 2017: Thanksgiving statement about Chancellor’s decision not to outsource facility services (click here)

September 14, 2017: Guest column in the Knoxville News Sentinel: “A Lesson in Presenting Controversial Art, Monuments.” (click here)

June 22, 2017: Address to the Board of Trustees Meeting against outsourcing (click here).

June 9, 2017: Guest column in the Knoxville News Sentinel on June 9th in support of Chancellor Davenport’s decision to hire a Director for the UT Pride Center (click here).


Minutes from 2016-2017 meetings are posted under archives or by clicking here.

2017-2018 Faculty Senate and Executive Council Meeting Dates

2017-2018 Senate Meetings

2017-2018 Senate Executive Council Meetings

2017 Faculty Senate Retreat

The Annual Faculty Senate Retreat for the 2017-2018 academic year will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room 413ABC, UT Conference Center Building, 600 Henley Street. The retreat agenda can be found here.


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