The Faculty Senate is the elected and representative body of the faculty. It considers, makes recommendations, and passes resolutions concerning matters of general university interest, including:
- Educational and research endeavors
- Hiring policy
- Tenure and promotion system
- Campus life
The Faculty Senate was formed out of the General Faculty Committee, established in 1959. It dissolved in January 2011 when the Northwestern faculty adopted a shared governance structure consisting of an Assembly and a Senate.
A more detailed description of the Faculty Senate, its role in shared governance, a guide to being a senator, and more can be found in the documents below:
- Faculty Senate description
- Guide to Being a Senator
- Schematic on shared governance
- Robert's Rules simplified
For full guidelines, review the Faculty Senate Bylaws.