Advise and Consent

Standing governance bodies at Emory

Advise and Consent:
Taking faculty governance seriously

"Part of what makes universities special is the idea that decisions are made collectively by a group of scholars. It's an important goal that needs to be sustained."
Robert Schapiro, Associate Professor of Law

"I think there are limits to faculty governance; it stops short of management."
Micheal Giles, Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science

Citizenship or Sandbox Politics?
Two models of faculty governance

Fostering Frank and Healthy Communication
The Past and Future of the University Senate
William T. Branch Jr., Carter Smith Sr. Professor of Medicine and President, University Senate

Crossing the Great Divide
Enhancing faculty-trustee communication
Karen Stolley, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

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University Senate: Comprises roughly eighty elected and ex officio representatives from faculty, staff, and students, plus the president, provost, and executive and other vice presidents. Subject to the powers of the president and the Board of Trustees, the senate considers and makes recommendations on matters of general university interest, as distinguished from those affecting a single school.

Faculty Council: Includes the elected faculty members of the University Senate, as well as eight additional presidentially appointed faculty members. The president of the University Senate is a member, ex officio, of the Faculty Council and serves as its chairman. The provost also sits ex officio. The Faculty Council considers and makes recommendations to the president on the academic affairs of the university, as distinguished from
those affecting a single school.

Presidential Advisory Committee: Comprises twelve faculty-elected members: one each from business, law, nursing, public health, theology, and Oxford; three from Emory College; and three from the medical school, at least one of whom is a basic scientist who also has an appointment in the graduate school. All are at least full professors. Reviews all tenure files across the university and advises the president and the provost on them. Also acts as an advisory body to the president on matters the president raises with them.

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