The Faculty Senate is a representative body of the faculty formed to investigate, discuss, and decide on matters concerning the academic affairs of Rice University. The Faculty Senate considers a wide range of problems and policies, including all proposals for changes in curriculum and degree requirements. It also serves as the primary advising body to the president on matters affecting the faculty.
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.
For undergraduate programs, please see the guidelines documents on the CUC website.
For graduate programs, please see the guidelines documents at this website: Procedures for Creating or Eliminating Graduate Programs.
NOTE: proposals will be posted to the Faculty Senate website and/or wiki site. Please remove any sensitive information, such as salary data, before submitting proposals to the Faculty Senate.
Please contact your senator. Each department has a senator assigned to represent tenured and tenure-track faculty in that department. Non-tenure-track faculty members are represented by senators who serve campus-wide. A list of current senators can be found at this link: Faculty Senators. If you cannot reach your senator, please email the Faculty Senate office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the current list of senators at this link: Faculty Senators.
The Faculty Senate is a representative body of the faculty, consisting of thirty-four members: thirty elected members, two members appointed by the President and approved by the Senate, and the President and the Provost, who are ex officio, non-voting members. Elections for the Senate are held annually in the spring for terms beginning in the following academic year. The Nominations and Elections Committee will send an email to the faculty in the spring semester announcing the election, complete with the required nomination form.
Most non-tenure-track faculty are allowed to serve and to vote, per the Constitution, Section 2, also copied here:
Three members are to be, and elected by, benefits-eligible faculty holding non-tenured, non-tenure track teaching appointments at the ranks of assistant teaching professor, associate teaching professor, teaching professor, instructor, lecturer at any rank, artist-teacher, associate professor, or professor in the practice, excepting adjunct, visiting, and post-doctoral appointees. No more than one representative may come from one school.
One member is to be, and elected by, faculty holding non-tenured and non-tenure track research appointments at the ranks of assistant research professor, associate research professor, and research professor.
Meetings of the Faculty Senate are open to all members of the University community, but they may be closed at the discretion of the Senate.
All meetings are from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on select Wednesdays in the Kyle Morrow Room, located on the third floor of Fondren Library, unless otherwise indicated.
Please see the current Senate meeting schedule HERE.
Brandy McDaniel is the part-time Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Senate. You can email her at email@example.com or call the Senate office at 713-348-5630. The Senate office is located in Fondren 525.