62nd Faculty Senate, 2020 - 2021
Elections for the 63rd Faculty Senate (2021-2022) have been completed, and faculty have been elected to senate seats in the following colleges:
College of Applied Arts: Michael Supancic, Criminal Justice and Criminology
College of Fine Arts and Communication: Lynn Ledbetter, Music
College of Liberal Arts: Peter Dedek, History and Jennifer Jensen, Geography
College of Science and Engineering: Rachel Davenport, Biology
We would like to thank Vince Luizzi, who has completed his term of service for the College of Liberal Arts. He has served in this seat since May 2016. We also appreciate all candidates who agreed to appear on the ballot for their willingness to serve.
2020 - 2021 Goal/Theme: Advocating for Justice and Transformation
The Senate will prioritize and actively seek efforts to advocate for justice and transformation on our campus, with an emphasis on the following initiatives.
- Empower faculty to effectively manage challenges that arise in the classroom.
- Support, highlight, and advocate for faculty research that addresses issues of justice and transformation in the community.
- Explore and promote discussion of the intersection between diversity/inclusion and representative democracy.
- Advocate for the adoption of a formal, robust, and progressive career path for nontenure line faculty.
For information regarding campus closures, see the University's COVID-19 Resources page.
The Faculty Senate has adopted a Resolution in Support of Division of Information Technology, Office of Distance Learning, and Faculty Development to commend staff for their timely preparation and extraordinary response in abruptly shifting all classes to remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Faculty Senate recognizes, thanks, and appreciates the dedication, professionalism, and patience bestowed upon faculty and students during this emergent situation.
During the week of July 13 - 20, 2020, Faculty Senate surveyed faculty regarding your perceptions and concerns related to the University’s Roadmap to Return.
Here are the final results. While specific comments have not been included for reasons of confidentiality, comments were coded into general categories, which are included in this report.
The Faculty Senate has adopted a Resolution in Support of Affordable Learning Materials that reaffirms the academic freedom of faculty to choose appropriate instructional materials for their students; and supports and encourages Texas State faculty to consider using high quality, low cost or no cost, accessible instructional material alternatives including open educational resources.
The April Bulletin includes the following topics:
- Spring 2021 Faculty Senate Survey Results
- Faculty Senate Elections
- Academic Freedom Corner
- Faculty Senate Fellow
- Vaccination Events
- University Lecturers Series
- Green Cat Challenge Award
- Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives Presents
- TRIO McNair Program