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 organizes efforts on behalf of faculty members that transcend department, school and college. Faculty Council traditionally approaches issues from a campus perspective. In this way, it helps make our faculty more than a collection of units that share a catalog and a local geography. Faculty Council develops policies that affect academic life; protects primary, shared and advisory faculty authority; and serves as a reflection of faculty thought. It is the public face of MU faculty members to university officials, stakeholders, and media. Additional information about Faculty Council can be found in Chapter 300.010 in the UM Collected Rules and Regulations.
Faculty Council can be reached by email at FacultyCouncil@missouri.edu or by phone at 573- 882-7655. All members of the MU community are welcome to stop by Council offices on the second floor of historic Conley House.
Faculty Council Procedures
Council members elected by and from the faculty of MU’s fourteen academic colleges/schools. According to MU Faculty Bylaws, Faculty Council can have no fewer than 25 nor no more than 30 members. Each college or school is entitled to representation based on the number of tenure track and tenured faculty members. Regardless of faculty size, every college/school is entitled to at least one representative. Ranked non-tenure track (NTT) faculty members elect four representatives, one each from clinical/professional, extension, research, and teaching categories of NTT faculty.
Council members are elected for three-year terms and are eligible to serve no more than two consecutive terms. Only these members, or an alternate that a member designates for a particular meeting, may vote on Faculty Council actions. NTT representatives have full voting rights. A representative of the MU Librarians attends Faculty Council meetings and has all rights and privileges of a regular Council member, including voting rights. Faculty Council maintains a list of recognized organizations that may authorize a representative to attend Council meetings and speak on matters before Council. Members of recognized organizations may not vote.
Faculty Council meets on Thursdays as scheduled by the Executive Committee, with sessions beginning at 3:30 p.m. and adjourning as close to 5:00 p.m. as is possible. Dates of Council meetings along with agendas are posted on the Faculty Council website. Items discussed by Faculty Council will not be acted on at that meeting, but shall be placed on a subsequent agenda for a vote.
Participation of Faculty Council members or their designated alternate at every Council meeting is important and expected. Meetings are open to the public including media. Guests may speak at Council meetings if recognized by Faculty Council Chair.
Chair: The Chair of Faculty Council is the Vice Chairperson of the General Faculty. The Chair presides over Faculty Council meetings and meetings of its Executive Committee. The Chair, jointly with the Chancellor, presides over General Faculty Meetings. The Chair is one of three MU representatives to Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC). The Chair serves as the contact point for the Chancellor and the Provost. The Chair oversees the staff, office and budget of Faculty Council.
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 one of three MU representatives to IFC and represents MU at the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates.
Intercampus Faculty Cabinet Representative: The IFC Representative is a member of the Executive Committee and represents the MU Faculty Council at meetings of the IFC. The IFC Representative reports to MU Faculty Council on IFC activities and reports to IFC on campus activities.
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 including but not to limited to, the annual academic calendar and revision of campus academic policies and regulations.
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 interests with respect to non-financial aspects of the administration of the University. These include policies that affect faculty life at MU.
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 financial aspects of the administration of the University.
Inclusion, Diversity & Equity 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.
Research, Scholarship and Economic Development Chair: This person chairs the Research, Scholarship, and Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. This committee deals with matters of faculty interest with respect to the research, scholarly, and economic development aspects of the University’s mission as well as advising on and developing policies surrounding these topics. The Chair of this committee may also serve as the Faculty Council representative to the Council of Research Administrators and Center Directors as directed by the Chair of Faculty Council.
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.