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Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is a deliberative and legislative body empowered by the Board of Trustees to perform certain functions in the educational life of Linfield University per Article XI of the Linfield University Bylaws.

The Senate reviews and makes recommendations to the Deans, Provost, and President regarding issues of Curriculum, Faculty, and Student Policies. 

With respect to Curriculum, the Faculty Senate is responsible for:

  • changes to the general education requirements of the University.
  • curricular changes by one school or college that impact a department or academic program in one of the other schools or college.
  • the adoption of or changes to University-wide educational programs.

With respect to Faculty, the Faculty Senate is responsible for:

  • matters affecting faculty working conditions.
  • facilitating population of University-wide committees.
  • fairness of the promotion and tenure recommendations of the schools and colleges with their respective promotion and tenure policies.
  • the nomination or renewal of the Faculty-Nominated Trustee to the Board of Trustees.

Finally, with respect to Student Policies, the Faculty Senate is responsible for:

  • establishing academic student policies that pertain to academic progress toward degree completion, evaluation and grading of academic work, academic probation and suspension.
  • policies pertaining to student academic misconduct and collaborate with appropriate University administrators responsible for University sanctioning of academic misconduct cases.
  • policies related to academic freedom and freedom of speech for students within the classroom and any related learning environment.
  • academic grievance policies that provide due process for students and shall advise and be responsible for the functioning of student programs that directly relate to an academic major.

2021-22 Meeting dates

The Faculty Senate meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Agendas, minutes, and archives can be found on SharePoint.

Monday, May 9
4:00-6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Pre-register here

To fulfill the requirements of Article IV of their recently approved Bylaws, the Faculty Senate invites all faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, and the University Library, to the first meeting of the Linfield University Faculty Collegium.
While there is no scheduled official business in the way of votes, there is a full agenda planned, and all faculty are encouraged to attend and participate.  Each unit will report on its activities, achievements, and awards.  In addition, there will be a discussion of the process moving forward for the GERC proposal and an update on the Strategic Plan.  As the option to leave a comment or question is provided through the registration process, there may be additional agenda items garnered from the received responses.


2021-22 Faculty Senate members

College of Arts & Sciences
Chuck Dunn, Chair (NSM, 6/30/24)
Tonda Liggett (SBS, 6/30/23)
Kay Livesay  (At-Large, 6/30/23)
Janet Gupton (AH, 6/30/22)

School of Business
Virlena Crosley  (6/30/23)
Chris Dahlvig  (6/30/24)
Denise Farag, Co-Vice Chair  (6/30/24)
Rainer Seitz  (6/30/23)

School of Nursing
Henny Breen  (6/30/22)
Kim Kintz  (6/30/23)
Ingrid Flanders, Co-Vice Chair  (6/30/23)
Gary Laustsen  (6/30/22)

Ex Officio (non-voting)
Patrice O'Donovan, Library

Faculty Senate Secretary/Archivist
Andrew Baggett  (6/30/22)