Central Faculty Governance provides the University of Michigan a body for shared governance. Through its branches, it represents university faculty and provides a collective voice concerning educational policies and other matters of University-wide concern.

Faculty participation in governance promotes and encourages diversity of ideas, a sense of shared responsibility, collaboration, collegiality, and institutional excellence. The faculty of the University of Michigan is encouraged to use these principles as a basis for participation in governance at all levels and in all units.

The University of Michigan’s Central Faculty Governance is comprised of:


The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) is the executive arm of the Central Faculty Governance and coordinates and implements the actions of the University Senate and the Senate Assembly. View more information

Senate Assembly

The University of Michigan Senate Assembly consists of 74 elected faculty members from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses, each serving a three-year term to represent the interests and concerns of faculty throughout the University of Michigan system. View more information

Faculty Senate

Membership of the Faculty Senate consists of all members of the professorial staff, the executive officers of the university, the dean of each school or college and others designated by the Board of Regents from time to time. View more information