Faculty Senate Update

Kristi Archuleta, Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership, Adult Education and Safety Sciences

faculty senate update

The UCO Faculty Senate holds meetings the second Thursday of each month, which began Feb. 11, for the spring semester. Guest speakers began with Provost Charlotte Simmons who discussed the process of decision-making for open faculty positions, Academic Affairs and overall UCO budget, shared governance and answered questions in an open question-and-answer session. Samantha Kramer, director of student advocacy, gave a presentation on early academic referrals.

A team of faculty and staff from the Committee on Diversity, led by Dr. Lindsey Churchill, and including Dr.‘s Carrie Bentley, Trevor Cox, David Macey, Alyssa Provencio, and Inclusive Community Advocate, MeShawn Green, presented on diversity, equity and inclusion within the curriculum. Their committee work is focused on making courses that contain substantial aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) elements more visible for students to find and take. It was noted that this work was in response to

student requests that were presented to faculty, staff and student senates previously and will include an application for courses to be included, as well as committee review to be highlighted as DEI courses.

The initial call for Faculty Senators for the election to the 2021-2023 term has been sent to colleges by Faculty Senate Parliamentarian Daisy Folsom and the deadline for nomination is Monday, March 1. The Faculty Senate next meets Thursday, March 11, via MS Teams. To join this meeting please send a link request to Faculty Senate President Jennifer Barger Johnson.  

For detailed information regarding contacting Faculty Senators, meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the UCO Faculty Senate Blog.