Faculty Governance and Advising

The Northwestern University Faculty Senate is the elected and representative body of the faculty. It shall consider, make recommendations, and pass resolutions concerning matters of general university interest, including all educational and research endeavors, hiring policy, the tenure and promotion system, and campus life. The Faculty Senate will strive to protect academic freedom, promote excellence, equity, and diversity within the faculty and student body, and advance the general welfare of the university as a whole.

The Faculty Appeals Guidelines, effective April 1, 2015, govern faculty appeals of a denial of tenure, promotion, or reappointment by a Northwestern University School (Appeal) as set forth in the “Appeal Procedures” section of the Northwestern University Faculty Handbook

  • The University Faculty Reappointment Promotion Tenure Dismissal Appeals Panel (UFRPTDAP) Guidelines, effective 2004 - March 31, 2015, may be viewed HERE.
  • The version of the Faculty Handbook, effective August, 2012 - March 31, 2015, may be viewed HERE.

The Faculty Ombudsman Program, established in 2010, provides a resource for faculty in resolving concerns regarding the work environment that have not been addressed through regular channels. It is in no way meant to replace the existing structures of grievance resolution.

Organization of Women Faculty: An advocacy group and a networking resource for women faculty at Northwestern.

Medical Women Faculty Organization: MWFO identifies, defines and studies issues that are relevant to women faculty within the Feinberg School of Medicine.