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The Faculty Senate is the body empowered to act as agent for the University faculty, with delegated power to formulate broad policies in regard to the educational functions of the University. The Senate plays an important role in the governance structure of the University and is committed to shared governance not only as a concept but as a fundamental precept.

The Faculty Senate is charged to initiate, promote, and ensure the enforcement of policies involving academic and intellectual freedom and concerns itself in all matters of faculty status and welfare. The tenure/tenure-track seats are determined by the number of the University's FTE faculty within each voting unit and there are six seats held by non-tenure-track faculty. All Senators serve three year terms. The current Faculty Senate President is Jonathan Bean, History (618.453.4391).