64th Faculty Senate, 2022 - 2023
Elections for the 64th Faculty Senate (2022-2023) have been completed, and senators were elected (or re-elected) in the following colleges:
- College of Education: Stacey Bender, Health and Human Performance
- College of Fine Arts and Communication: Adetty Perez de Miles, Art and Design
- College of Health Professions: Farzan Irani, Communication Disorders
College of Liberal Arts: Rebecca Bell-Metereau, English
- College of Science and Engineering: Alex White, Mathematics
The 64th senate convened at 5 pm on May 4, at which time officers were elected:
Chair: Lynn Ledbetter
Vice Chair: Jennifer Jensen
Co-Secretaries: Dale Blasingame and Ben Martin
We would like to thank Danette Myers, who has completed her term of service for the College of Health Professions, and Stan McClellan, who has completed his term of service for the College of Science and Engineering. We also appreciate all candidates who agreed to appear on the ballot for their willingness to serve.
Statement on Academic Freedom
Historically, tenure and academic freedom have gone hand in hand, with tenure being a primary means of insuring academic freedom. Tenure is integral to the purpose of higher education, providing faculty the protection and freedom to engage in research, and teach or speak on matters related to their expertise in order to help advance our knowledge on important matters, regardless of how controversial these matters might be at any given time to people across the political or ideological spectrum. The restriction or weakening of tenure at Texas universities would greatly diminish our ability to recruit and retain faculty.
Upon the recommendation of its Academic Freedom Committee, the Texas State University Faculty Senate opposes, in the strongest terms, any effort to weaken or eliminate the tenure status of faculty. Furthermore, the Faculty Senate rejects any attempts by bodies external to the faculty to restrict or dictate university curriculum on any matter (regardless of tenure status), including matters related to racial and social justice, and will stand firm against encroachment on faculty authority as defined in our Faculty Handbook and university policies.
63rd Faculty Senate Accomplishments 2021 - 2022
- Reviewed and endorsed awards related to the following peer review processes: Research Enhancement Grants, Nontenure Line Faculty Workload Release, University Lecturers Series, Part-Time Faculty Teaching Awards, and the Piper Professor and Everette Swinney Teaching Awards.
- Reviewed and suggested revisions to 127 Academic Affairs and University Policy and Procedure statements
- Served as impartial observers in Chair and Director reviews and chaired committees conducting Academic Dean summative reviews.
- Reviewed and recommended 60 Faculty Development Leave applications.
- Senate Fellow Sarah Angulo’s 2021-2022 project “Building a mentoring program for nontenure line faculty – One department’s journey and where to go from here” included gathering quantitative and qualitative data from surveying all nontenure line faculty about their goals for a mentorship program, and then creating and implementing a collaborative mentorship program for nontenure line faculty in the Psychology Department.
- Sponsored Dr. Sirry Alang, Associate Professor of Sociology and Health, Medicine and Society at Lehigh University, who presented “Who Fixes Broken Systems? Undoing Legacies of Exclusion in Colleges and Universities” on Zoom on February 15, 2022, moderated by Ben Martin, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Attendees were Texas State faculty, staff and students, as well as faculty from TSUS member universities and other Texas universities.
- Sponsored Dr. Alang for a Zoom session with the full senate on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 to discuss strategic opportunities to address equity and inclusion. Institutional Inclusive Excellence staff and Faculty of Color were also in attendance.
- At the recommendation of the Retirement and Benefit Programs Committee, the senate asked that all retirees have full access to Microsoft 365 Desktop A1 license at no cost to them, departments or colleges.
- Recommended more robust information campaign regarding Faculty Ombudsperson.