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Faculty Senate

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

About the Senate

The Faculty Senate is a representative body that provides the faculty a mechanism to participate in the governance of the university. The senate itself is governed by the Constitution of Faculty Organizations. The senate formulates issues of concern to the faculty and conveys these to the university administration. The senate is advisory to the president of the university and may pass resolutions and recommendations on issues concerning, but not limited to, education, research, and faculty welfare. The senate gathers monthly in a meeting that is open to all faculty, and reports, at least three times each year, to the Faculty Assembly.

The University Faculty Assembly consists of all individuals with current university faculty appointments at the level of Instructor or above in any School or Institute of the University, excluding adjunct appointments. The Faculty Assembly elects the officers and members of the Faculty Senate. A Faculty Assembly meeting is the forum through which information is disseminated and exchanged between the members of the senate and all faculty. It is where university and school policies may be discussed and deliberated and priorities set for senate action.

The Packard Lecture, Education Day, Research Week, and Faculty Orientation are several of the events sponsored by the senate to enrich the climate of scholarship and education at the university. The senate also honors faculty achievements through the Carol Johns, Wu, Leonard, and Innovative Teaching awards.

Dr. Sheila Muldoon receives the 2011 Carol J. Johns Medal from Dr. Gary Wind, Faculty Senate President

Dr. Sheila Muldoon receives the 2011 Carol J. Johns Medal from Dr. Gary Wind, Faculty Senate President

Senators are drawn from basic and clinical departments of the School of Medicine and from the Graduate School of Nursing. Senators may be military or civilian faculty, and faculty not billeted to USU may also serve as senators.

Senators are expected to represent the voice of the faculty. Each senator is designated to represent at least one department at USU, and is responsible for seeking the opinions of those faculty on matters concerning them, as well as communicating information on senate activities.

The senate functions through seven standing committees: Education, Research Policy, Comparability & Faculty Welfare, Constitution & Bylaws, Nomination & Election, Communications, and Faculty Mentoring. The chair of each committee must be a senator, but committee membership is open to all USU faculty, and vigorous faculty participation is key to committee effectiveness. Each senator must serve on at least one senate committee; most serve on two.

Ad hoc committees and specific task forces may be appointed by standing committees, by the senate, or at the request of the administration. Serving in the senate or on any of its committees offers the faculty the opportunity to shape the future of USU.