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Duties of the Faculty Senate

Exercise of all powers vested in the Faculty Council by the Board of Supervisors of the LSU system

Stewardship over and guidance of the educational functions, programs, and missions of the UniversityThe making of inquiries and the provision of good counsel to the LSU campus administration concerning all aspects of University life, including issues of academic freedom, conditions of work, grievances, evaluations, promotions, tenure, retirement, salaries, benefits, buildings and facilities, equipment, student life and affairs, major administrative and executive appointments including those at the LSU System office, and, inclusively, any matter brought to attention by members of the Faculty Council


Composition of the Faculty Senate

Delegations from colleges or similar units or clusters of units

One Senate seat for every 25 faculty members, the count to be established by annual censusAn Executive Committee composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Former President, and three Members-at-Large, one of which Members-at-large is elected from the “freshman” SenatorsCorresponding, Contributing Faculty Governance Organizations

College Policy Committees

College Senates



The Faculty Senate is assisted in its work by an array of elected and appointed committees. In order to encourage nimbleness, speed, and efficiency, the committee structure has recently been streamlined. Applications and nominations for committee service are managed by the Committee on Committees.


The Chancellor-Senate Forum

A Faculty Senate Invention, A New LSU Tradition

Pictured: LSU Chancellor Michael V. Martin genially fielding a probing question from a concerned faculty member.


Faculty Senate Media Projects and Resources

Direct mailing of white papers to faculty members

Web site: News, documents, archives

Senate video library (currently houses two of four forums and the football ticket raffle; soon to include Senate meetings)

In development: Clickable online guide to the Faculty handbook and the “PS” and “PM” policy statements


Technology, infrastructure, and services:

Restricted night-time parking for faculty members

Tracking systems for the performance of University services Salary data posting Dissertation standard compliance screening timesAcademic resources: The library as well as databasesAdministration and planning: Updating the Graduate School

A governance organization for graduate students

University reorganization

Interdisciplinary and interdepartmental initiatives

Emergency and special situations or opportunities:

Procedures and criteria for financial exigency

Procedures for and criteria for furloughs

Budget challenges

Memorials for deceased faculty members

Commemorations for colleagues or service units

Emergency resolutions of support (to aid the legislative delegation)

Curriculum and pedagogy:

Course-management software and training Academic progress tracking systems Course credits for international study Classroom assignment software and procedures Class time scheduling The dates of holidays Inactive courses “bulletin” accuracy Teacher education program admissions standardsWorkplace: Comprehensive review of benefits package Ad hoc committee on bargaining and representation Presentations from Campus Federal Credit Union Spousal hires and other equity issues Online clickable guide to the Faculty Handbook Sick leave and paid time off recalibration

Recent Faculty Senate Topics and Initiatives:

A Sampler


Championship, Leadership, and Flagship-Quality


The Faculty SenateFootball Ticket RaffleA pilot program undertaken with the assistance of Athletic Director Joe


, to be followed by more and larger opportunities to enjoy LSU sports and other recreational opportunities, all the while increasing the “friendliness factor” in the LSU community.


LSU System President John Lombardi

Naturalist John James Audubon worked midway between LSU (Baton Rouge) and LSU Alexandria

The LSU Faculty Senate and the LSU System

LSU belongs to an eleven-campus system, with which its destiny is more tightly entwined than is commonly recognized. The President of the LSU Faculty Senate also serves as the Chair of the LSU System Council of Faculty Advisers, a System-wide faculty governance body comprised of campus faculty spokespersons who represent the interests of all LSU System faculty on all LSU System campuses and who advise the LSU System President.


Consultation: The Eleven LSU Campuses

The LSU Faculty Senate has drawn widespread acclaim for its outreach to faculty governance bodies at other LSU System institutions. Last year, the LSU Faculty Senate sent delegations to LSU in Alexandria, LSU in Eunice, LSU in Shreveport, and the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport (shown above: LSU Faculty Senate officers with counterparts in Shreveport)


Affiliations and Collaborations

Louisiana is rich in faculty governance associations, many of which look to the state Flagship institution, LSU, for leadership. Associations with which the LSU Faculty Senate cooperates include:

ALFS (The Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates)CLCU (Consortium of Louisiana Colleges and Universities)

AAUP (American Association of University Professors, Baton Rouge Chapter).

Additionally, the LSU Faculty Senate is deeply engaged in the development of “articulation” agreements for the transfer of course credit, including general education credit, between Louisiana institutions.


LSU Faculty Governance: Inspiring an Educated Nation

Faculty governance organizations across America are joining together to enhance and improve stewardship of the world’s intellectual, cultural, and scientific legacies. The LSU Faculty Senate has led the way in the formation of SECAFL (the Southeast Conference Association of Faculty Leaders), a bold cooperative venture supported in part by the Southeastern Conference.

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