The Augusta University Faculty Senate (AUFS) is an essential component of University shared governance. It is composed of an Executive Committee, Standing Committees, and Senators who represent the colleges and schools of Augusta University. 

 

Resources

Have a Comment or Concern?

Use this form to submit comments, concerns, and questions to the Executive Committee.

Faculty Advocate

Ombudsperson

University Policy Library

Access the central repository for university-level policies and procedures.

Bylaws

Set of rules and guidelines of the Faculty Senate; Bylaws are reviewed every three years and are voted upon by the AUFS.

Statutes of Augusta University

The Statutes define the organizational structure of the university and its governance bodies.

Robert's Rules of Order

Parliamentary procedure of the AUFS.

Meeting Minutes

Find My College Assembly Chair

Faculty Resources

List of Faculty Resources provided by the Office of Faculty Affairs

Executive Committee

photo of Alicia Elam

Alicia Elam

  • Vice Chair
photo of Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

  • Secretary
photo of Chevonnia Jones

Chevonnia Jones

  • Parliamentarian
photo of Dr. Brooks Keel

Dr. Brooks Keel

  • Ex-Officio Executive Chair
photo of Dr. Neil MacKinnon

Dr. Neil MacKinnon

  • Ex-Officio
photo of Dr. Karen Head

Dr. Karen Head

  • Ex-Officio
photo of Dr. Zach Kelehear

Dr. Zach Kelehear

  • Ex-Officio

The Executive Committee is charged with facilitating communications between faculty and the administration of the University and to assist in aligning AUFS activities to ensure the optimal support for faculty and the operations of the University.

The Executive Committee will set the dates and the agenda for Faculty Senate meetings and Assembly meetings.

The Executive Committee may propose new committees to serve the purposes of the Faculty Senate as part of shared governance. These committees must be approved by the Senate. The Executive Committee may also form ad hoc committees as needed to support the activities of the Senate, which do not require Senate approval. Other committees and work groups will be reviewed and incorporated in the AU system of shared governance as deemed appropriate.

 

Standing Committees

For additional information about a particular committee, or to find out about joining, contact the Committee Chair.

Senators

Elected representatives of colleges who communicate and vote on their faculty’s behalf

Athletics

Is "in part dictated by NCAA requirements. The committee is responsible for oversight of and development of policy recommendations on academic matters involving intercollegiate athletics."

Budget Advisory & University Resources

Cooperates with administration on all matters related to university resources

Council of Chairs

Responsible for appointing the members to any AUFS Operating Committees or other AU Committees. Upon request, the AUFS COC will appoint or confirm faculty members to represent the AU faculty in other AU matters, for example, serving on a task force.

Curriculum & Academic Policies

Oversees the evolution of the curriculum, ensuring it is academically sound and meets University goals and the educational needs of our students

Faculty Development

Recommends, approves, and monitors university-wide policies and activities related to faculty development resources and management, including mentoring in the areas of teaching, research, scholarship, publication, creative activity, and service

Faculty Rights & Responsibilities

Collaborates with the administration to work toward best practices in terms of faculty benefits, retirement and workload

Governance & Communication

Assists all college governance structures and coordinates the university elections. It is tasked with facilitating communication between faculty and the administration

Grievance

Assists with faculty member requests to resolve a complaint through mediation

IT Resource

Cooperates with administration on all matters directly related to University information technology

Promotion & Tenure

Reviews all applicant files for either or both promotion and/or tenure for consistency with the university guidelines and the applicant’s college guidelines

Student Affairs

Works with the administration to support all AU initiatives concerning students