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East Tennessee State University

Faculty Senate

Agents of Change

The recent events at the national level involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, as well as the campus incidents involving scare tactics and defacing of property cannot be ignored.  The Exective officers of the ETSU Student Government Association sent a "Statement regarding the murder of George Floyd and the repetitive nature of racial brutality in the United States" to all ETSU students and the staff of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) sent a message to over 400 users of the CTE that included resources for faculty for use in their courses.  Both of those documents are linked here with their approval and with the endorsement of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate (SGA Letter | CTE Letter).

We cannot ignore what is happening around us, what is happening to our colleagues, our students, and others throughout our various communities.  We need to listen.  We need to be agents of change - for the good of all of us.


2020-2021 Faculty Senate Meeting

Full Senate meetings are 2:45-4:30pm. Faculty Senate Executive Committee meets 2:45-4:30pm on the Mondays in which the Full Senate does not meet.

If you wish to place an item on the agenda for a meeting of the full Senate, please present it to a member of the Executive Committee. In its next meeting the EC will consider the item for a future agenda. If you have a motion, please complete the Motion Submission form.

Officers for the 2020-2021 year

President:Stephen Hendrix
VP:Ginni Blackhart
Secretary: Ashley Sergiadis
Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer:Patrick Brown
Past President:Susan Epps

Mission of the Faculty Senate 

1.1 To fulfill its mission effectively, the University needs a mechanism for meaningful and continuing cooperation between the faculty and administrative officers of the institution in shared governance. In order to foster mutual trust and respect and to produce cooperative efforts that enhance the stature of the university and its programs, formal and systematic lines of communication are needed to ensure full discussion of important matters and adequate reaction from one constituency to another.

1.2. Final authority for implementing the policies of the institution resides with the University president. It is a basic premise of this document that the faculty has the right and obligation to participate fully and actively in the determination of those policies that pertain to academic matters and faculty welfare. The Faculty Senate herein constituted provides, therefore, for meaningful and formal participation by the faculty in matters of University governance that are related to its right and proper concerns.

~from the Preamble to the Constitution of the Faculty Senate


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