About MU's Faculty Council

The MU Faculty Council is the elected representative organization of the MU Faculty to the University Administration and to the public at large. It organizes those efforts of the faculty that transcend department, school and college, and helps to make the faculty more than a collection of units that share a catalog and a local geography. To guard its effectiveness, Council traditionally approaches issues from a campus perspective. University officials regularly consult with Faculty Council or its representatives - The Executive Committee and Council Chair - as an important reflection of faculty thought, and the public press regards the activities and the statements of Faculty Council as reflective of faculty opinion and policy.

How the Council Works

Council members are elected by and from the faculty of MU's fourteen academic divisions. Faculty Council can have no fewer than 25, nor more than 30, members at any time. Each division has at least one representative on the Faculty Council. Those with larger faculty numbers are entitled to one member per 75 regular faculty. Members are elected for three-year terms and are eligible to serve two consecutive terms. Only these members, or an alternate that a member designates for a particular meeting, may vote on any Council action. A representative of the MU Librarians attends Council meetings and has all rights and privileges of a regular Council member but may not vote on any action. Council maintains a list of recognized organizations who may authorize a representative to attend Council sessions and speak on matters before Council but who may not vote. Current recognized organizations include the MU Retirees Association and the Association of Black Faculty and Staff. The participation of Council members or their designated alternate is important to every Council meeting.

Meetings are open to the public. The Council's secretary, Ms. Rebekah Hart, can be reached by e-mail at HartRK@missouri.edu or by phone at (573) 882-7655.

Faculty Council Office Descriptions

Disclaimer: This is just a description. Office duties are not limited to just these noted below, but might include some additional duties as appropriate to the offices.

Office Descriptions:

Chair - The Chair of Faculty Council is the Vice Chairperson of the General Faculty. The Chair presides over meetings of the Council and of its Executive Committee. The Chair, jointly with the Chancellor, presides over General Faculty Meetings. The Chair is a representative to the IFC and usually attends meetings of the Board of Curators. The Chair meets monthly individually with the Chancellor and Provost as well as jointly with the Executive Committee, Chancellor and Provost. The Chair serves as the contact point for the Chancellor and the Provost for some types of informal communications with these two officials. The Chair is often named to serve on various committees by administrators. The Chair guides the objectives for the year and provides input to the agenda considered by Council. The Chair oversees the staff, office and budget of the Council. The role often involves a considerable amount of social activities. The Chair is provided with a forty percent salary release by the Provost's office.

Vice Chair - The Vice Chair of Faculty Council is a member of the Executive Committee and acts as Chair in the Chair's absence. The Vice Chair serves as a representative to the IFC and to the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates and chairs Council for CSCAR meetings.

The Recorder is a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Faculty. The Recorder is responsible for attending the General Faculty meetings and the meetings of the Faculty Council and preparing minutes of the proceedings. Once approved, the minutes are posted to the website and available to all faculty. The Recorder also works with the Editor of the Website to prepare short summaries for publication in Mizzou Info.

IFC Representative - The IFC Representative is a member of the Executive Committee and represents the Council at meetings of the IFC. The IFC Representative reports to the Council on IFC activities and reports to the IFC on campus activities.

Observer to the Board of Curators - The Board Observer is a member of the Executive Committee and represents the Council at meetings of the Board of Curators. The Board Observer reports to the Council on items of interest from meetings of the Board of Curators.

Faculty Handbook and Web Site Editor - The Editor is a member of the Executive Committee and is responsible for recording actions of Council in the Faculty Handbook and on the Faculty Council Web site. The Editor also works with the Recorder to prepare short summaries for publication in Mizzou Info.

Academic Affairs Chair - This person chairs the Academic Affairs Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. The Academic Affairs Committee deals with all matters of interest to faculty relating to the University's curriculum and academic policies. This includes establishing the annual academic calendar and revising campus academic policies and regulations.

Student Affairs Chair - This person chairs the Student Affairs Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. The Student Affairs Committee deals with matters of faculty interest with respect to student life at the University.

Faculty Affairs Chair - This person chairs the Faculty Affairs Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. The Faculty Affairs Committee deals with matters of faculty interest with respect to primarily non-financial aspects of the administration of the University. For example, during the recent past, the Faculty Affairs Committee has been involved in efforts to revise campus grievance procedures, to ameliorate concerns over changes in the UM System's faculty workload policy, and to address issues regarding the status of nontenure-track faculty.

Fiscal Affairs Chair - This person chairs the Fiscal Affairs Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. The Fiscal Affairs Committee deals with matters of faculty interest with respect to primarily financial aspects of the administration of the University. For example, during the past year, the Fiscal Affairs Committee has been involved in efforts to accurately identify whether (and the extent to which) the University's academic budget provides a net subsidy to the operation of the athletic department.

Diversity Enhancement Chair - This person chairs the Diversity Enhancement Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. The Diversity Enhancement Committee deals with matters of equity and discrimination. It has responsibility for enhancing a climate that embraces diversity in the campus community."