A Culture of New Beginnings
The Faculty Senate at Murray State University has launched a culture of new beginnings that sparks a spirit of shared governance to the university’s history. Working closely with several groups – Staff Council, the Student Government Association, the administration and the Board of Regents – the Faculty Senate seeks solutions to issues and challenges facing the university.
Here are two examples for 2016-17:
- Faculty Senate has a voice on the provost search committee, ensuring that the ideal candidate chosen will lead academic affairs to new heights.
- Senators are collaborating with university administrators to establish a budget that will feature salary increases for faculty and staff.
Many other examples exist. Not only is Faculty Senate striving for a new culture of shared governance, it also wants to take into account its past, so that senators can chart new paths for the university for years to come. A historian has been appointed to study how the Faculty Senate resolved matters that still dominate today. Hopefully, lessons will be gleaned from this experience.
These are exciting times at Murray State, and Faculty Senate wants to be a part of it. As evidenced recently by its resolution to participate, the Faculty Senate strategically implements the university’s three-star mission -- hope, achieve, endeavor – as part of its focus to help faculty.
Purpose of the Faculty Senate
The Faculty Senate acts as an effective faculty assembly which can, within the laws
applicable to Murray State University, enter into a partnership for shared responsibility
and cooperative action among the students, faculty, administration, Board of Regents,
and other elements of the university:
To promote the growth and general welfare of the university.
To consider and express faculty judgement and recommendations on university affairs, including personnel, financial and university academic matters, as the Senate deems appropriate and necessary.
To afford avenues and procedures whereby communications within the university may flow freely, fully and systematically, and to accept and share responsibility for growth of scholarship, learning, teaching, research, service, and respect for human dignity and rights.