Role of Senate

The Faculty Senate represents the faculty of Baylor University in a variety of contexts and to a variety of constituents.

To that end, the Faculty Senate:

  • contributes to and promotes an academic environment in a Christian context in which the intellectual, ethical, and professional life of the faculty flourishes.

  • provides a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters affecting Baylor University.

  • discovers the collective judgment of the faculty on matters it deems significant, and, as appropriate, passes resolutions giving the faculty position on issues crucial to faculty, student and university well-being.

  • ensures faculty participation in the formation of University policy, especially as that policy bears on academic governance of the University.

  • establishes standing and ad hoc committees to deal with issues affecting the faculty as needed.

  • appoints faculty members to standing and ad hoc university committees and reviews committee appointments made by the university’s executive leadership. The Committee on Committees works under the Faculty Senate’s aegis.

  • provides faculty expertise to enrich university governance and to communicate issues of faculty concern to the executive officers, including the President and Provost of the University.

  • annually elects new senators that represent all units of the university.