The Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a representative body that is responsible for faculty participation in University planning and governance. As a point of history, the Faculty Senate was first proposed in 1955 by an ad hoc committee appointed by President Jean Paul Mather. It was studied through 1956 and finally met for the first time in the spring of 1957. Before the Faculty Senate, there was a committee on educational policy that served a similar role. You can learn more about the Faculty Senate here.

Senate Statement on Entry Restrictions

News and Updates from the Secretary of the Senate

Comments on Proposed Revision to General Education Diversity Requirement

University of Massachusetts Amherst Policies and Procedures

We are in the process of transitioning into a new website. If you experience any problems with the site or have difficulty finding anything, please contact Anne Benz ( in the Faculty Senate Office for assistance.

2016-2017 Faculty Senate Meetings
The Faculty Senate will meet on the following dates during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Agendas, minutes, and discussed documents are available by clicking the meeting links. All Faculty Senate meetings are held in Herter Hall, Room 227 and start at 3:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2016
September 8
October 6
November 10
December 15

Spring 2017
January 26
February 16
March 9
April 6
April 27