Faculty Senate

Deadline for Nominations

The deadline for nominations for the faculty member of the TSU Board of Trustees is Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Please have nominations sent to the Faculty Senate by that time to Bkilbourne@tnstate.edu.

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. The Senate also issues reports to the President of the University, and, through him or her, to the Board of Trustees.

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


The next special meeting will be held on:

April 11, 2019

at 2:30 PM




Greetings from the Chair of Faculty Senate

Dr. Geoffrey S. Burks

On behalf of the Faculty Senate of the Tennessee State University, I welcome you.

The Faculty Senate exists to offer an important forum that assembles the collective voice of the faculty. That voice is a critical component in an environment of shared governance.

It is the goal of the Faculty Senate to bring a thoughtful and collectively rich faculty driven perspective to the overall decision making process in the university.

Faculty Senate stands firm on its commitment to protect academic freedom, provide the best curricular experience to our students, and advance faculty welfare.

Through its various standing committees, the Faculty Senate seeks to ensure prudent fiscal practices, implement steps to meet various compliance mandates, champion faculty work life balance, create an environment of academic excellence, protect academic integrity, and foster transparent dialogues that affect the name and sustainability of the institution.  

Feel free to reach out to the Faculty Senators. We are eager to listen, willing to help, ready to serve, and we stand firm in our collective commitment to be the champions of faculty causes.

With Warm Regards,

Dr. Geoffrey S. Burks.
Associate Professor
Chair of the Faculty Senate
Tennessee State University