Faculty Senate
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave.
Stop 8070
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-4956

Faculty Senate


The ISU Faculty Senate is the preeminent representative body of the Faculty at Idaho State University. Serving as the voice of Faculty at ISU, the Faculty Senate shapes policy and procedure concerning the issues of primary and fundamental responsibilities of the Faculty. Working with all constituent groups on campus in the spirit of shared governance, the Faculty Senate and Senate leadership strive to make the university environment conducive to cutting-edge research, innovative creative activities and scholarship, outstanding teaching, and meaningful universtiy and professional service for the Faculty.

Accepted by Faculty Senate: March 3, 2008

Faculty Senate meetings are held on alternate Mondays at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Senate Suite - Room 301 in the Rendezvous Building.

2013-2014 Faculty Senate Meeting Schedule:

FALL 2013 SPRING 2014
August 26, 2013 January 13, 2014
September 9, 2013 January 27, 2014
September 23, 2013 February 10, 2014
October 7, 2013 February 24, 2014
October 21, 2013 March 10, 2014
November 4, 2013 March 17, 2014
November 18, 2013 (canceled) March 31, 2014
December 2, 2013 April 7, 2014 (date changed)
December 16, 2013 (canceled) April 21, 2014 (date changed)

Statement on Faculty Governance

Faculty governance at Idaho State University is one of several integral parts in the shared governance structure. The primary focus of faculty governance is to promote, support, and uphold the academic health and mission of the University.  As such, the Faculty has primary responsibilities in fundamental areas of academic standards and curriculum, academic freedom, academic status and personnel policy, research policy, faculty ethics and commitment, and areas of student affairs related to the educational process. The faculty also provides input regarding joint efforts involving internal operations of the institution, such as budget and physical resources. Regarding areas of primary faculty responsibility, the faculty advocates principles outlined by the Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities (www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/policydocs), jointly formulated by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the American Council of Education (ACE), and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

Decisions and recommendations made by a faculty governance body concerning the Faculty’s responsibilities should be viewed as the product of careful consideration and debate in an open forum.  Coupled with Faculty’s recommendations, feasible and productive solutions should also be offered to ensure joint decision-making and a cooperative partnership between Faculty and any policy-implementing body on campus.  In rare circumstance where the needs of the Administration conflict with Faculty recommendations, clear and open communication will ensure that a reasonable outcome will be achieved.

The Faculty Senate at Idaho State University, as the representative body of the general faculty, acts within the scope of authority established by the University and its Faculty.  The Senate addresses key issues brought forth by Faculty and Administration, promotes discussion of these issues, reflects the opinions and concerns of the Faculty, and offers productive solutions. The goals and responsibilities of faculty governance are achieved through policy recommendations, oversight of and delegation to councils and committees, and communication with faculty and other appropriate constituents. Councils and committees under the Faculty Senate’s purview represent these interests and responsibilities.

Because a primary concern of Faculty relates to the educational needs of the community it serves and the formation and implementation of new knowledge, the Faculty has a leadership role in all decisions and university policies that concern curriculum, academic standards, standards of admissions, cultural affairs, personnel policies involving faculty, tenure and promotion, academic freedom, diversity and scope of research in all academic areas, and the general educational process.  Because the academic mission and policy implementation are responsibilities shared by all constituency groups on campus including Administration, Professional and Classified Staff, Students, as well as Faculty, shared governance requires a joint effort by all constituency groups on campus.  Adequate and open communication, participation, and suggestions for practical solutions are a vital part of a productive shared governance where concerns are voiced and policies are reflective of the general academic health of the institution.  These Governance Principles should be carried to all governance structures within Colleges, Units, and Departments at Idaho State University.

Accepted by Faculty Senate: May 7, 2007

Last modified: 10/11/2012 16:58