The Faculty Senate is the primary organ through which faculty members participate in governance of the Madrid Campus as a whole. Senators are elected by their academic units, according to a system of proportional representation. The Senate’s role is to foster dialogue among the Faculty, ensure shared governance in the institution’s decision-making processes, and support transparency in academic affairs. In these ways, the Madrid Faculty Senate contributes to the ongoing improvement of SLU Madrid and supports the University’s Jesuit Mission, dedicated to leadership in the continuing quest for the discovery, dissemination, and integration of the values, knowledge, and skills required to transform society.

The Constitution of the Faculty Senate was written by the Faculty Academic Council and passed by a referendum. Minutes of Faculty Academic Council meetings (2012-2014) can be found here

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Closed Senate Activities 2017-18

i. Academic Affairs Committee 

In 2017 the Academic Affairs Committee conducted a survey of the annual performance review process. In January 2018 the Senate submitted the survey and its recommendations to the Associate Dean Laura Tedesco. Having completed this review the committee was terminated. 

  ii.Faculty Development Committee 

This committee was formed to find ways to implement faculty career development policies through various initiatives. In 2017 a Faculty Development Survey was conducted among faculty. In the 2018 spring semester the summarized results of this survey were sent to the faculty. Those related to the annual performance review were incorporated in the Senate’s recommendations to the Associate Dean Laura Tedesco regarding this process.
Having completed this work the committee was terminated.

Senate Activities 2018-2019

i. Academic Ranks

The Ranks document went through further revision during the 2017-2018 academic year which included an alternative ranks system for faculty without terminal degrees. In October 2018 faculty voted on this document with 45 in favor, 7 against and two abstentions. The vote did meet the quorum of two-thirds. The senate is now considering another vote (electronically) on a document that will this time will take into consideration the ANECA process.

ii. Professional Relations Committee (PRC)

The Professional Relations Committee provides a peer review for individual faculty grievances. Most U.S. campuses have such committees, and peer-review is a fundamental tenet of shared government. The Dean has now agreed to the implementation of a PRC on campus. The Senate is working on the structure of this committee and expects this to be operational by Fall 2019.

iii. Creating a Faculty Manual 

Since the Senate was established in 2014, its members have been working towards the creation of a faculty manual. Like the Saint Louis MO faculty manual, the Madrid manual will outline faculty/administration responsibilities and rights. It will help assure shared governance and transparency, and is thus essential for maintaining a healthy (democratic and fair) academic environment.

The Senate will work on creating a draft manual during the 2018-2019 academic year in which the ranks and PRC documents will be incorporated.


iv. Committee to Examine Part-Time Issues

The Senate has created a sub-committee devoted to the concerns of the fijos discontinuos. This is a joint undertaking with the Comité de Empresa.