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

Academic Restart Committee

The Academic Restart Committee, or ARC, is assisting faculty with specific issues and concerns and will provide advice and guidance on critical aspects of academic restart in the fall. Please visit their webpage for more information.

2020-2021 Senate Meeting Schedule

All meetings begin at noon and conclude no later than 2:00 p.m. Meeting link will be posted at a later time.

September 2, 2020
September 30, 2020
October 28, 2020
November 18, 2020
January 27, 2021
February 17, 2021
March 24, 2021
April 21, 2021


Plenary meetings to approve degree candidates:
December 7, 2020 3:00 p.m
May 13, 2021 3:00 p.m. (Fondren KMR)

Senate Contacts

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Chris Johns-Krull
Faculty Senate Speaker, 2020-2021
Office Phone: 713-348-4938

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Ed Nikonowicz
Faculty Senate Deputy Speaker, 2020-2021
Office Phone: 713-348-4912

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Lyn Ragsdale
Convener of Appeals and Grievances, 2020-2021
Office Phone: 713-348-4431

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Brandy McDaniel
Administrative Assistant to the Senate
Office Phone: 713-348-5630

If you would like to subscribe to the pres-fac or sen-fac email lists, please contact Brandy McDaniel at