Influence: Faculty Governance

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Faculty Engagement at Emory

Understanding “shared responsibility”

What is faculty governance? How does it exist at Emory, and is it important? This fall the Faculty Council conducted an online survey to gain insight into perceptions of faculty views of university-wide and school-specific shared faculty governance, as well as potential areas to improve engagement. Story

A Common Meaning of Faculty Governance

Essential in a rapidly changing social and global context

Casually ask faculty members at Emory how they define faculty governance, and two themes emerge. First, most seem to focus on faculty governance at the departmental or the school/college level, in which their appointment is housed. Second, they view faculty governance as a mechanism to oversee the curriculum and guide decisions about the promotion, and if applicable, tenure of a colleague. From our perspective, the need for engaged faculty governance at the university level deserves at least as much consideration, though. Story

Wong illustrationBack to the Future on Faculty Governance

Some random, personal reflections on higher education in the twenty-first century

How and in what way should faculty be stewards of an ethical education? And how and in what way may academic governing structures and practices need to be reconsidered as integral parts of an ethical education in the twenty-first century? Story

Q&A with J. Lynn Zimmerman

Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate and Continuing Education and Professor of Biology

All of the work of the Faculty Advisory Committee on Online Education is being driven and accomplished with faculty input, so by this definition, it is faculty governance in action.  Story

Q&A with Bobby Ahdieh

Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Emory Law School

I think most of us are receptive to being more involved, but I’m not sure our structures of governance are effective in instilling a sense of responsibility for the future of the university.  Story

Governance with Impact

Faculty governance at the Rollins School of Public Health

The faculty governance structures in RSPH reflect our belief that faculty guidance and vision are essential for the continued growth and ascension of the school.  Story

Faculty Governance within Emory College

A senate model can enhance effective faculty participation in institutional leadership

Our faculty governance structure should facilitate our ability to innovate, be creative, collaborate within and across departments and divisions, and build on our many strengths inside and outside of the classroom. Story

Ad-Hoc Committees and Task Forces

Incubators of controversy, innovation, and governance

The “ad hoc committee” and “task force” idioms in higher education translate slower governance processes into accelerated collaborations for change. Story

The Rise of the Alt-Ac

How "alternative academics" are changing the nature of academic work

As colleges and universities have expanded and become more ambitious over the past generation, huge gaps have developed between what institutions want to offer and what traditional faculty and staff can provide. Story

A National Perspective

The faculty continues to fall

Faculty need to learn to convert their anger into institution-building. Story

The Enemy is Partly Us

Faculty governance beyond the right to say "No"

We must participate in reshaping the university to reduce administrative costs where possible, at the same time enhancing support for our teaching and research. Story


Chad Forbes, Christian Larsen, Gregory Walton  Story

Feast of Words

Is your book being published this year? Please let us know so that we can celebrate your accomplishment during the annual Feast of Words celebration of faculty books. Also see lists of previous years' books celebrated. Read More.