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Faculty Governance

The UW system of shared governance makes it a responsibility of faculty to share with the administration the day-to-day governance of the University. There are four institutions of faculty governance with different sets of responsibilities. The links above and below lead to more information about each including membership, minutes and reports.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is the legislative arm of the faculty. It consists of 122 elected Senators and is guided by the Faculty Senate Chair and the Senate Executive Committee (SEC). The Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting (SCPB) and the Faculty Legislative Representative answer to the Senate.

Secretary of the Faculty

The Secretary of the Faculty oversees the Faculty Code, supports Faculty Councils, and manages the Office of University Committees.

University Committees (Faculty Councils)

The University Committees, eleven in number, serve as deliberative and advisory bodies for all matters of university policy, and are primary forums for faculty-administrative interaction in determing that policy.

Elected Councils for Schools, Colleges and Campuses

Elected Faculty Councils bear the responsibility for advising their respective chancellors or deans on academic policy, including priorities, resource and salary allocation, and budgets. They also advice on promotion and tenure.