Appendix C


(Shaded areas in [square brackets] reflect revisions made during the Senate meeting. )


Revision to Standing Rules, Article III – Other Functions of the Senate, Section 11


Implementation: Upon Approval by the Senate

Rationale: The past chairs of the University Faculty Senate represent an unused asset to the Senate and the University.  Together they represent a vast pool of history of the Senate and its relations with other important stakeholders of the University. Most importantly, as former officers, they represented all of the faculty, and not just their unit constituents, former Senate chairs contribute a broad and long term vision of the Senate that would enrich the engagement of the Senate with its partners in university Governance.  Currently the University Faculty Senate Standing Rules provide for a Council of Past Senate Chairs with a very modest role.  The purpose of this revision is to enhance the role of the Council of Past Chairs to ensure that this resource is fully and effectively utilized in Senate and shared governance.


That Article III, Section 11 of the Senate Standing Rules be and is hereby amended as follows:

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

Council of Past Senate Chairs:

(a) Membership: The Council shall consist of the Past Chairs of the Senate. [Delete] other than the Immediate Past Chair. [End Delete] It shall have no legislative authority and shall serve only as an advisory and consultative body to the Chair of the Senate. [Add] [(Delete) Members of the Council shall be currently employed by the University.(End Delete)] Those who are not already elected to the Senate by their units shall serve as non-voting members of the University Faculty Senate. [End Add] 

(b) Duties: [Add] The Council shall meet annually on the Monday prior to the first Senate meeting of the academic year. Thereafter, [End Add]  [Delete] The [End Delete] [Add] the [End Add] Council shall convene [Add]  only [End Add] at the call of the Senate Chair [Add]  or at the request of at least three members of the Council [End Add] to provide consultation and advice. [Add] The Immediate Past Chair of the Senate shall serve as chair of the Council. [End Add] 

[Add] (c) Except by special request of the Committee on Committees and Rules in consultation with the Senate Chair, non-voting members will not be assigned to a Senate standing committee. [End Add] 


  • Jonathan Abel
  • Mohamad Ansari
  • Dawn Blasko, Chair
  • Mark Casteel
  • Pamela Hufnagel
  • William Kelly, Vice Chair
  • Beth King
  • Richard Robinett
  • Keith Shapiro
  • James Strauss
  • Jane Sutton
  • Ann Taylor
  • Kent Vrana
  • Matthew Woessner