Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate, Council, and Congress

The UM-Dearborn faculty governance structure was established by The University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus By-laws in 1993 (revised 2020) and operates under The Bylaws of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, Section V.5.01-5.04. The governance structure consists of three bodies:

The Faculty Senate is composed of 19 elected faculty representatives with three-year terms, plus ten ex officio members, including the chancellor, the provost, the Student Government president, one emeritus-at-large faculty member, two lecturer-at-large representatives, and the campus's representatives to the university-wide Senate Assembly. The Faculty Senate serves as the legislative arm of the Faculty Congress, and it is thereby authorized to make recommendations to the provost, chancellor, and Board of Regents. Actions of the Faculty Senate have the effect of an action of the Faculty Congress unless they are revoked by Faculty Congress. The Faculty Senate normally meets once a month from September through May.

The Faculty Senate Council is composed of the chair and vice chair of the Faculty Senate, four elected Faculty Senate members, and the chancellor and provost. The Council membership must include at least one Faculty Senate member from each College. The Council sets the tentative agenda for Faculty Senate and Faculty Congress meetings, acts as an agent of the Faculty Senate, and advises the provost and chancellor on an interim basis until matters requiring Faculty Senate action can be placed before the Faculty Senate or Faculty Congress. The Council also serves as a liaison between the Faculty Senate and the provost and chancellor. The Council normally meets once a month from September through May.

The Faculty Congress is composed of the governing faculty and deans of the colleges, the senior officers of the campus, and the professional librarians and curators. It is authorized to consider any subject pertaining to the interests of the campus and to make recommendations to the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The Faculty Congress normally meets once a year, usually in March. 

Some confusion arises from the different uses of the terms "Senate" and "Senate Assembly" for UM-Dearborn and for the University of Michigan as a whole.  By Regents' Bylaws, Chapter IV, the entire governing faculty of the University as a whole (all three campuses) is described as the "University Senate" and the representative body for the University as a whole (all three campuses) is called the "Senate Assembly." The current Dearborn faculty representatives for Senate Assembly are:

  • Hani Bawardi  (term expires 04/30/2022) 
  • Francine Dolins (term expires 04/30/2023)
  • Marouane Kessentini (term expires 04/30/2021)
  • Bruce Maxim (term expires 04/30/2023)
  • J. Caitlin Finlayson is serving as a member of SACUA: Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (term expires 04/30/2023)

On the Dearborn campus, the governing faculty comprisethe "Faculty Congress," and their representative body is called the "Faculty Senate." The UM-Dearborn Faculty Senate and Faculty Congress are not prescribed by the Regents' Bylaws but were formed in agreement with the senior officers of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Flint campus has a separate faculty governance structure.

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