Faculty Senate

Faculty Governance has a rich history bringing together faculty, administration, and students working together toward the mission of the University.

In the fall of 1841, the University of Michigan had nineteen Regents, two on-campus faculty, seven students and a librarian. In the fall of 1990, when the 150th class enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus, the University had eight Regents, over 3000 faculty, 16,000 staff, and 36,000 students. Throughout the 1840s faculty taught classes and handled most student issues. The Regents managed the financial and organizational aspects of the University. The minutes from the Senate meetings from the nineteenth century clearly indicate that faculty was intimately involved in the daily governance of the University.

Faculty Governance today provides University faculty with a combined voice to help with the challenges that impact faculty and help find solutions to those challenges. While each school and college has their own governance structures, Central Faculty Governance allows faculty to leverage a combined voice of over 4,000 from all three campuses.

All tenured and tenure track professorial staff, Research personnel who hold primary research rank and have a full-time appointment as a regular staff member, Librarians of any rank who have full-time appointments as regular staff members shall be designated as members of the Faculty Senate. Here is a more complete list of eligible Faculty Senate members.


University Faculty Senate Rules 1997 (Updated 2011)