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 smilar role. You can learn more about the Faculty Senate here.

News and Updates from the Secretary of the Senate

Additional Comments on Proposed Course Enrollment Guidelines

University of Massachusetts Amherst Policies and Procedures

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2015-2016 Faculty Senate Meetings
The Faculty Senate met on the following dates during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Agendas, minutes, and discussed documents are available by clicking the following meeting links.

Fall 2015
Thursday, September 10
Thursday, October 8
Thursday, November 12
Thursday, December 10

Spring 2016
Thursday, January 28
Thursday, February 18
Thursday, March 10
Thursday, April 7
Thursday, April 28
Thursday, May 5