The PSU Faculty Senate has legislative authority in all matters dealing with the courses and curricula, subject to review by the president of the University. In accordance with the Board of Regents' policy, upon the authority of the chief executive officer, the Pittsburg State University faculty has the legislative authority and responsibility to adopt policies, regulations, and procedures intended to achieve the educational objectives of the University.
The roles of the PSU Faculty Senate are to:
- provide the faculty an opportunity to express opinions on all matters relating to the educational objectives of the University.
- provide channels for the faculty to formulate and effectuate educational policies.
- disseminate information so that educational policies and practices of schools, departments, and other academic units will be coordinated.
- conduct studies deemed essential to the progress of the institution.
- evaluate academic programs and practices, and to facilitate such improvements as seem warranted.
Who can be a Faculty Senator? In order to be eligible for election to the Senate, a person must be:
- a full-time member of the faculty with rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or instructor, exclusive of departmental chairs and others whose prime responsibility is administration;
- or a person must hold a fractional time appointment of .5 or more with the rank of instructor or higher, providing
- (1) that if initially employed on a .5 or more fractional basis that person has had an appointment for at least three semesters (summers may be included),
- or (2) that if appointment on a .5 or more fractional basis is made at the person's own request that it follow a period of at least one year on a full-time basis.
Who can vote for Faculty Senators?
The electorate for the Faculty Senate are the members of the general faculty. The general faculty include those faculty members eligible for election plus those excluded because of administrative assignments.