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The UTK Faculty Senate represents the faculty in the shared governance of the university.

Senators are elected from the various academic units; we work as a body and through committees to develop and recommend policies regarding the educational objectives of the campus.

We consider, advise, and recommend policies and procedures in other matters which concern the general welfare of the faculty:

  • criteria for faculty appointment, dismissal, promotions, tenure, and retirement;
  • criteria for the selection of the chief academic officer and other campus administrative officers;
  • priorities for the University budget;
  • priorities for the University development plan;
  • changes in physical facilities.

We also consider, advise, and recommend on proposed policies regarding student life, rights, and responsibilities.

The Faculty Senate President serves on the University Faculty Council, who attend Board of Trustees meetings and advise the system president.

2016-2017 Faculty Senate and Executive Council Meeting Dates

2016-2017 Senate Meetings

2016-2017 Senate Executive Council Meetings

2016 Faculty Senate Retreat

The Annual Faculty Senate Retreat for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room 413ABC, UT Conference Center Building, 600 Henley Street. Parking will be validated if you park in the Locust Street Garage. Lunch will be served at noon and will be provided by the UT Culinary Program. Please RSVP to Sharonne Winston ( by Tuesday, August 23. The retreat agenda can be found here.

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