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Faculty Senate Fellow

Applications for FY 2021-2022 are due Friday, April 16.

The position of Faculty Senate Fellow offers a professional development opportunity for faculty members by providing shared governance and leadership experience at Texas State. Working on a special project with the Faculty Senate and attending meetings with the President and others, the Faculty Senate Fellow will become familiar with the routine and special concerns of the Senate and gain insight into the shared governance process at Texas State University.

In FY 2021-2022, the Fellow's research project should broadly support the Faculty Senate’s efforts to advocate for justice and transformation. The Senate is interested in ways to promote formal and informal interdepartmental faculty, staff, and student interaction and collaboration (e.g., creating resources related to teaching online/hybrid to engage students and enhance faculty satisfaction and effectiveness, a feasibility study for the creation of a campus wellness center for faculty, staff, and students, etc.).  

Position – One-year term appointment with possible 3 workload credits in a long semester

Eligible Candidates – Full-time faculty with at least three years’ experience at Texas State

Responsibilities – Complete a proposed research project and attend Faculty Senate, University Leadership Assembly and other designated governance meetings

Please send the following documents to by April 16, 2021. The recipient will be notified by April 30. The appointment will begin September 1, 2021 and continue through August 31, 2022.

  • Curriculum vita
  • Statement of interest: 50 to 100 words describing your interest in the position
  • Proposed research project narrative addressing ways to promote sustainable practices and awareness of environmental issues, through policies and curriculum (250 to 500 words). Consultation with a Faculty Senator is recommended.
  • A signed memo from the department chair/school director confirming willingness to assign a replacement instructor for one of your classes (not funded by the department/school) if you are selected as the Faculty Senate Fellow.

Dr. Tina Marie Cade, Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture, is this year's Faculty Senate Fellow.

Tina teaches courses in horticulture and advises graduate students on research projects. Her research interests have focused on people/plant interactions including studies on active interactions of people with plants in community, home or school gardens, as well as passive interactions of people with plants in green spaces outside and inside with interior plants. She is the faculty manager of the award-winning Bobcat Blend composting program. She also manages the on-campus floral shop and floral event sales program, Bobcat Bloom.  

Tina's Fellow project will focus on the creation of an environmental sustainability "road map" including a list of steps the university and its members can take to improve our sustainability.  She also plans to survey faculty to determine their interest in engaging in environmental sustainability efforts. She is going to include ideas that there is interest in pursuing, ideas that are realistic, and ideas that our peer institutions have already implemented or are in the process of implementing. 

Dr. Shannon Duffy, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, was the 2020 - 2021 Faculty Senate Fellow.

As Faculty Senate Fellow for 2020, working on issues related to academic freedom, in addition to attending the Faculty Senate, she worked with both the Nontenure Line Faculty Committee and the Academic Freedom Committee to investigate faculty concerns regarding academic freedom, carrying out a year-long research project into academic freedom incidents nationwide. Read her full report here.