Faculty Senate

Faculty Participation in the Governance and Development of the University

The Tennessee State University Faculty Senate is a representative governing body elected by the Faculty. The Senate enables effective participation of the Faculty in the governance and development of the University, and it serves as a path of communication between the University's various constituencies. The Senate initiates, formulates, discusses and recommends academic and other related policies that affect more than one unit of the University. It also issues reports to the President of the University, and, through him or her, to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The Faculty Senate meets on a monthly basis during the academic year. Senate meetings are held in the Faculty Senate Room located in the Floyd-Payne Campus Center, 302.

         If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Fredrick Douglass

List of 2015-2016 Senate Executive Committee and Standing Committee Chairs and members

The next meeting will be held on:

April 21, 2016

at 2:40 PM

Faculty Senate Room (Room 302)
in the Floyd-Payne Campus Center



Greetings from the Chair of Faculty Senate

Dr. Michael Catanzaro

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The purpose of Faculty Senate is to create an effective faculty organization that can enter into partnership for shared governance and cooperative action between the faculty AND the administration, staff, and students in order to promote the general welfare of the university.

Faculty Senate provides a forum and acts as an advocate for faculty concerns, wherein the senators and other faculty members discuss and debate the issues that arise, with the purpose of recommending to the responsible administrators the faculty's collective view about any issue that involves the welfare of the University in part or as a whole.

As most of you are aware, Faculty Senate was instrumental in revising and updating the university’s Constitution and By-laws that went into effect in May 2014.  This Constitution was created to allow changes that are necessary for it to remain a vital document that guides us in the spirit of shared governance.

The Constitution is available online and can be found on the Faculty Senate web page.

Faculty Senate was instrumental in revising and updating the university’s Faculty Handbook that we expect to be put into effect at the end of the spring 2016 semester.

Faculty Senate has been extremely vocal; and President Glover and her administration have not only indicated their willingness to listen but also have been willing to take action when possible.

Although resolutions do not always occur quickly, Faculty Senate is confident that President Glover and her administration are earnest in their desire to respect the spirit of shared governance and transparency. 

Faculty Senate has been diligent in its efforts to function as a voice of the Faculty, so I encourage you to continue to talk with your Senators to express your thoughts, your ideas, and your concerns. 

If we are willing to engage in constructive exchanges of ideas, we have opportunities to promote constructive changes for the continuous improvement of Tennessee State University.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Faculty Senators, past and present, for their dedication and hard work.


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