Administrative Issues Journal


This paper reviews the research literature about the structure, roles, and models of faculty senate including roles of faculty senate in academic and non-academic issues, the difference in faculty voice and influence in shared governance, and identified models of faculty senate purpose. The authors of this concept paper propose a three-step strategic process for faculty to analyze the current profile of their respective faculty senates, determine the desired state of their senates, and develop a plan for transition. Larger issues such as what does effectiveness mean are beyond the scope of this paper. This paper focuses on what are the goals of the university and the role of faculty in meeting those goals.