Shared Governance

Policy Committees:
Each College or School on the MU Campus has a Faculty Committee responsible for representing faculty on matters of governance and policymaking.  This body also elects the school’s representatives to the MU Faculty Council on University Policy.

College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Policy Committee
Chair: Vickie Vieira-Potter,

College of Arts & Science
Executive Committee
Chair: Seth Howe,

Trulaske College of Business
Faculty Policy Committee
Chair: Chunyan “Ann” Peng,

College of Education & Human Development
Faculty Advisory Council
Co-Chairs: Sarah Killoren, & Ashlie Lester,

Extension Promotion Advisory Committee
Co-Chairs: Melissa Scheer, & Gene Schmitz,

College of Engineering
Engineering Policy Committee
Chair: Karl D. Hammond,

College of Health Sciences
Policy Committee
Co-Chairs: Ashley Givens, & Rose Kaemmerer,

School of Journalism
Policy Committee
Chair: Mike Jenner,

School of Law
Policy Committee
Chair: Wilson Freyermuth,

School of Medicine
Faculty Affairs Council
Chair: Farhan Siddiq,

MU Libraries
MULAC (MU Libraries Librarians and Archivists Council)
Nomination Chair: Anne Barker,
MULAC Chair: Caryn Scoville,

Sinclair School of Nursing
Policy Committee
Chair: Nancy Birtley,

College of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty Policy Committee
Chair: Lyndon Coghill,

Next Faculty Council Meeting
Thursday, April 25, 2024
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
205 Cornell Hall
Zoom Link

The MU Faculty Council on University Policy is the elected representative organization of the MU faculty. Members represent faculty in every college, division, and school that is led by a dean. It develops policies that affect academic life; protects primary, shared and advisory faculty authority; and serves as a reflection of faculty thought. [more]


Faculty Council ChairPhoto Tom Warhover
Tom Warhover, School of Journalism


Photo Carolyn OrbannFaculty Council Vice-Chair
Carolyn Orbann, College of Health Sciences



For administrative concerns:
Ellen Guthrie
Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator
Phone: 573-882-7655

Shared Governance
The Faculty’s Authority:
Primary and direct:

For students, we make decisions for:

  • academic performance standards,
  • courses and curricula,
  • minimum admission requirements,
  • academic scholarships,
  • and educational support programs.

For faculty, we make decisions for:

  • professional standing criteria (tenure, promotion, etc.),
  • and faculty committee structures.

Shared authority:
We cooperate with others in matters such as:

  • students’ rights and responsibilities,
  • academic calendar,
  • awardees for honorary degrees,
  • and applying criteria affecting professional standing of faculty.

Advisory authority:
We advise administrators on matters such as:

  • budget and resource allocation,
  • planning for capital expenditures and physical facilities,
  • selecting administrators,
  • determining the campus standing committee structure,
  • general business procedures that impact academic excellence,
  • use of facilities,
  • and application of criteria affecting promotion, tenure and termination.

You can see the complete description in the Faculty Bylaws of the University of Missouri-Columbia, 300.010.