The Rice University Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is a representative body of the university faculty formed to investigate, discuss, and decide on matters concerning the academic affairs of the university. It was approved for creation on February 28, 2005. The powers and duties of the Senate, the membership of the Senate, Senate elections, and required plenary faculty meetings are specified in the Constitution of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate, ratified by the university faculty in plenary session, replaces the previous Faculty Council form of governance.

Faculty Wiki Page

The Faculty Senate uses a wiki site to share documents with senators and the faculty at large. Access requires login with a net ID.

If you have trouble accessing the wiki, please contact the Faculty Senate administrative assistant at

2024-2025 Senate Meeting Schedule

All meetings begin at noon and conclude no later than 2:00 p.m.

August 28, 2024
September 25, 2024
October 23, 2024
November 20, 2024
February 5, 2025
March 5, 2025
April 2, 2025
April 30, 2025

Senate Contacts

Black and white photo of April DeConick
April DeConick

Faculty Senate Speaker, 2024-2025

Photo of Matt Brake
Matt Brake

Faculty Senate Deputy Speaker, 2024-2025

Jeff Hartgerink
Jeff Hartgerink

Convenor of Appeals and Grievances

Brandy McDaniel
Brandy McDaniel

Administrative Assistant to the Senate