The Western Michigan University Faculty Senate is the Board of Trustees authorized seat of shared governance for faculty-involved institutional matters related to the academy. The WMU Faculty Senate is the house of faculty participation in institutional governance, with delegated authorities to bring together interested parties for effective decision-making in order to advance the mission of the University.


Institutional governance engages the structures and processes involved in organizational control, planning and implementation. All legal authority over University operations resides with the WMU Board of Trustees1 by virtue of State Constitution and law. The WMU Board of Trustees specifically delegates to the University President all authorities consistent with the position of chief executive officer1. Additionally, the WMU Board of Trustees reserves final authority to sanction other entities by approving their founding documents1. In recognition of the specialized training, insight and competence of faculty, the Board of Trustees has directly authorized the Faculty Senate to participate in Institutional governance as described in, Article I, Article II and Article III, sections 1 and 2 of the WMU Faculty Senate Constitution2, approved by the Board of Trustees.


The annual Faculty Senate general election process will begin in January and conclude in February 2016. This year the elections include Faculty Senate President and Vice President, Department Faculty Senators, and Representative-at-Large Senators. Click here for a list of persons eligible to be nominated or to sign the President and Vice President petitions.

The next Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Rooms 208-210 of the Bernhard Center.