A quality education and a rewarding life-experience for all of our students are fundamental objectives to which the entire campus community of the University of South Carolina Upstate dedicates itself. Faculty Governance serves as a voice for the faculty in the decision-making processes that promote the achievement of these goals. Along with students, staff, and administrative leadership, faculty contribute to the ongoing success of our institution.
As directed by the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees, Faculty Governance reports directly to the Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate. Through its elected officers, Faculty Senate representatives chosen by the departmental units, as well as the collective voice expressed at general faculty meetings, Faculty Governance executes a crucial function in fulfilling the academic mission of the University, partnering with Academic Affairs and administrative leaders in the day-to-day operation of the institution. Additionally, utilizing the lines of communication provided by this system of shared governance, faculty assume advisory roles at all levels of institutional leadership, including the Chancellor’s Cabinet.
The standing committees that report to the Faculty Senate are essential mechanisms by which faculty address various issues that arise concerning the well-being of all of our stakeholders. In particular, Faculty Governance advocates for the means necessary to support the faculty in their pedagogical and scholarship endeavors.
For more information on Faculty Governance, please refer to the details found in the Faculty Manual or contact any of the faculty officers.