Message from the President of the Faculty Senate

The University of Texas at Tyler

Dear Colleagues,

I am honored to serve as your Faculty Senate President this year. Faculty Senate is an important way for all faculty across our two campuses to participate in shared governance. We have representatives from each of our campuses on Senate as well as representation in all of the major university academic committees and in the President’s cabinet. In addition, we are connected with larger faculty senate bodies including UT System Faculty Advisory Council and the Texas Council of Faculty Senates.

We are fortunate that our newly-merged Senate and administration currently enjoy a highly collegial working relationship, with administration meaningfully including faculty from the earliest stages of decision-making processes. Shared governance on our campus is not simply a buzzword. Recent examples of Senate working collaboratively with administration has resulted in flexible format course delivery options and tenure clock extension options during Covid, and faculty raises at a time when the budgets were bleak and there had been no raises. We expect that this year will be no exception in working together collaboratively.

This year two of Senate’s main goals are, first, to facilitate communication broadly, specifically around strengthening processes of communication across our two campuses, strengthening timely communication in general, and timely communication around COVID as we start the Fall with high rates. Second, we strongly support diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses. There has been some progress on this front that Senate has been a part of and there is much to accomplish. These efforts will include partnering with President Calhoun’s new DEI Advisory committee, and collaborating with two new diversity positions on campus housed within Human Resources and Student Success, helping to promote a campus climate DEI survey this Fall, and updating our Senate resolutions and goals around DEI this year. 

We as a Senate are committed to shared governance and being an advocate for all faculty, including tenure and non-tenure track, clinical and academic, and across both of our campuses at an exciting time in our university’s development. Please plan to be involved and join us every third Thursday of the month from 12:30-1:50p. Our first meeting is September 16 on zoom. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally, ssass@uttyler.edu or to one of your college or campus representatives directly with any questions, issues, concerns, or even things that are going well. Our information can be found  https://www.uttyler.edu/faculty-senate/senators/

 

Sincerely,

Sarah Sass

President, Faculty Senate

(903) 566-7239

ssass@uttyler.edu