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Upcoming Senate Meetings

Student Senate - May 4, 2017 - 11:30 am-1:30 pm - Coffman Theater - Agenda - April 6 Minutes

University Senate and Faculty Senate - May 4, 2017 - 2:30-5:00 pm - Coffman Theater - Agenda - March 2 Minutes


P&A Senate - May 5, 2017 - 9:30-11:30 am - 5-125 Moos Tower - Agenda

Civil Service Senate - May 11, 2017 - 10:00 am-12:00 pm - 3-100 Mayo Auditorium - Agenda

Gold Carrot Dividers

In March 2017, the Faculty Consultative Committee approved a statement Reaffirming our Values.

Gold Carrot Dividers


Mr. Frank Douma and Professor Kathleen Krichbaum
The Outstanding Service to University Senate Governance recognition was created in spring 2014 to recognize faculty, P&A and civil service employees, who have made a significant impact on University Senate governance, have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to University Senate governance, and have served as an inspiration to others.

The 2017 recipients are Frank Douma (left), director of the State and Local Policy Program and coordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, as well as a Research Scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies, and Kathleen Krichbaum (right), a professor in the School of Nursing and the current chair of the Academic Health Center Faculty Consultative Committee (AHC FCC). Gold Carrot Dividers


Professor Bill Beeman
“Did you know that only certain birds sing?” asks Professor William Beeman, long-time participant in University Senate governance, breaking into a grin that belies his delight at the idea. Professor Beeman is not an ornithologist; his interest in birdsong is just one example of the varied facets of his career in linguistic anthropology. He gives off a similar sense of wonder about other aspects of his work: having had the pleasure of taking one of Professor Beeman’s courses, Biology, Evolution, and Cultural Development of Language, in grad school, I remember this infectious sense of delight as one of the reasons I found his course so engaging.

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Past Spotlights

Patricia Jones Whyte
Perry Leo
Peh Ng

Gold Carrot Dividers

Weekly Update of Senate committee minutes

University Senate Semester Updates

University Senator Orientation

This link provides a collection of brief online modules that introduce University senators to the governance process.

Senate Organizational Chart (PDF)

Senate Overview (PDF)