Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the functions of the  Faculty Senate Office will be performed remotely. If you need immediate assistance please email faculty-senate@wmich.edu or leave a message at 269-387-3312. 

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.


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The next Faculty Senate meeting will be May 13 at 5 p.m. on Webex Events at: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed5657132f0e90727d01905...

NOTICE OF A REGULAR WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE MEETING TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY. To all faculty, staff, and students of Western Michigan University, and any other interested parties. Please take notice that the regular meeting of the WMU Faculty Senate will be held on May 13, 2021 at 5 p.m. by electronic virtual access. Electronic virtual access, in accordance with the Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-75, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and Michigan Governor’s Executive Order 2020-110. The public may participate in the meeting through Webex Event access by computer and smart phone using the following link: https://wmich.webex.com/wmich/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed5657132f0e90727d01905.... The public may also participate by calling into the following toll-free number: +1-415-655-0001 (access code: 120 205 6294). A copy of the meeting materials may be found on the Faculty Senate website at: https://wmich.edu/facultysenate/senate/senatescedule2020-21

Senate Snapshot

Issue 1 - Open Educational Resources
Issue 2 - Faculty Retirement Incentive
Issue 3 - Prior Learning Assessment
Issue 4 - WMU Student Support
Issue 5 - Conversation on Civility and Collegiality
Issue 6 - WMU Essential Studies Launch (fall 2020)
Issue 7 - COVID-19 Syllabus Statement
Issue 8 - Classroom and Syllabus Guidelines for Instructors Related to COVID-19
Issue 9 - Faculty Senate Sep. 17, 2020 Virtual Meeting
Issue 10 - WMU Essential Studies–Course Instructors Assessment Update
Issue 11 - WMU Essential Studies-Assessment Workshop
Issue 12 - Faculty Senate Oct. 1 2020 Virtual Meeting
Issue 13 - Reminder of WMU Essential Studies-Assessment Workshop
Issue 14 - Faculty Senate Nov. 5 2020 Virtual Meeting
Issue 15 - Faculty Senate Dec. 3 2020 Virtual Meeting
Issue 16 - Faculty Senate Feb. 4 2021 Virtual Meeting
Issue 17 - Support Hilltop Review Submissions
Issue 18 - Faculty Senate March 4 2021 Virtual Meeting
Issue 19 - WMU Essential Studies Assessment Days
Issue 20 - Faculty Senate April 8 2021 Virtual Meeting
Issue 21 - Faculty Senate May 13 2021 Virtual Meeting

Faculty Senate COVID-19 Pandemic Responses

Questions and Answers
Bylaws Amendment-1
Bylaws Amendment-2
Definitions of Virtual Meetings and Remote Participation
REVISED-Senator and Attendee Virtual Meeting Expectations