Governance structures vary around campus

During the February meeting, Council chair Erica Brownfield presented an overview of the workings and structures of faculty governance by school across the Emory campus, based on her review of each school’s documentation. Brownfield focused on the relationship between faculty governance in the individual schools and the central structures such as the Faculty Council and University Senate.

Overall, she concluded, Emory faculty play a signficant role in governance throughout the university. The specific roles of these gov- ernance bodies, however, vary widely and are at times unclear—for example, whether the structures are authoritative or advisory, and whether their members are appointed or elected. Brownfield also noted that with the exception of Emory College, which has cross-representation between its governance committee and the Faculty Council, individu- al schools do not have a defined relationship to the university-level governance bodies.


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