Faculty Senate - The University of Tulsa

Faculty Senate

In accordance with the preamble to the Constitution of The Faculty Senate of The University of Tulsa, the Faculty Senate’s role is “…to provide a forum in which the elected representatives of the faculty may, without restraint, freely express their thoughts on issues of specific and general concern to the members of the academic community.”

Membership of the Faculty Senate consists of the faculty senators duly elected by their respective colleges, as well as ex-officio representation by the President of the University, the Provost, and the Deans of the colleges and the Graduate School.

Officers 2021-2022

    • Akhilesh Bajaj, Senate President
    • Ram S. Mohan, Senate Vice President

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Committees

  • Senate Steering Committee

    Standing Charge: The Steering Committee will prepare a program of issues to be considered by the Faculty Senate based on input from faculty members and the individual caucuses. It will recommend appropriate faculty committees to accomplish the related objectives. It will also perform other tasks as provided by these Bylaws or directed by a vote of the Faculty Senate. The Steering Committee shall certify that the elections of Faculty Senators from the individual colleges are held within the rules specified by these Bylaws and otherwise adopted by the Faculty Senate.

  • Academic Affairs Committee

    Senate Standing Committee

    Standing Charge: The Academic Affairs Committee shall consist of six regular faculty members, who shall serve for staggered three-year terms, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The committee shall concern itself with policies and problems related to the academic mission of the University.

  • Academic Computing Committee

    Senate Standing Committee

    Standing Charge: The Academic Computing Committee shall concern itself with all phases of academic computing.

  • Faculty Affairs Committee

    Senate Standing Committee

    Standing Charge: The Faculty Affairs Committee shall concern itself with faculty relations within the University structure and all documents concerned with such issues as academic freedom, responsibility and tenure, institutional policies and procedures, sabbaticals and leaves, and the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws. It shall also recommend to the President of the University the three Faculty members to receive teaching awards at Commencement.

  • Financial Review Committee

    Senate Standing Committee

    Standing Charge: The Financial Review Committee will meet with the administration and the trustees, including the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and the Chair of the Audit Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, to review the financial status of the University. Meeting discussions are to include but not be limited to a confidential discussion of the annual audit and the auditor’s findings regarding the internal control structure of the University, and the budget policies for the coming year approved by the Finance Committee.

  • Library Committee

    Senate Standing Committee

    Standing Charge: Library Committee shall concern itself with all phases of the University Libraries.

  • Student Affairs Committee

    Senate Standing Committee

    Standing Charge: The Student Affairs Committee shall concern itself with all aspects of student life that relate directly to the educational process.

  • Benefits Committee

    University Committee

    Standing Charge: The Benefits Committee is authorized to consider any policy pertaining to faculty benefits, including insurance, retirement plans, tuition waiver, and other personnel matters. It shall have at least one faculty member from each college, appointed to two-year staggered terms.

  • Equal Access and Opportunity Committee

    University Committee

    Standing Charge: The Equal Access and Opportunity Committee is authorized to consider all matters pertaining to affirmative action, equal access and opportunity, and the status of women and minorities. It shall periodically, at least every three years, review the status of equal access and opportunity at the University. It shall have at least one faculty member from each college, appointed to staggered two-year terms.

  • Research Council

    University Committee

    Standing Charge: Research Council shall be a forum for promoting research, examining and discussing research policy, and maximizing the internal and external benefits of research activity. The Council’s standing charge is to examine ways to promote research activity, discuss research policy and administration, and make recommendations to maximize the internal and external benefits of research activity. This charge emphasizes the role of the Council in policy formulation, discussion, and implementation. The Council may be asked by the administration for funding recommendations that the council may refer to subcommittees of the Council and other faculty members.

  • Faculty Appeals Board

    University Committee

    “The University Faculty Appeals Board shall hear: (1) cases involving nonrenewal of term contracts and denial of promotion and tenure …; (2) cases involving dismissal due to financial exigency …; (3) cases involving dismissal because of educational considerations …; and (4) cases involving dismissal due to legally permissible medical reasons … . In addition, the University Faculty Appeals Board may hear appeals of decisions involving dismissal for cause after those cases have been heard by the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities of the faculty member’s college … .” (Blue Book Section VI.A.2.c)

  • Faculty Grievances Committee

    University Committee

    The University Committee on Faculty Grievances has two areas of jurisdiction:

    1. a petition for redress of a grievance by a faculty member alleging professional, personal or administrative misconduct governed by the Statement (see Statement VI.A.3.c); and
    2. a petition by a faculty member who believes that a minor sanction has been incorrectly imposed under Statement VIII.B. (“Minor Sanctions”) by the administrative head or dean who has supervisory responsibility concerning the faculty member (see Statement VIII.B.).
  • Faculty Athletics Board

    University Committee

  • Parking and Traffic Committee

    University Committee