The Harris-Stowe State University Faculty Senate and University Assembly are part of the shared governance environment at Harris-Stowe, and we are pleased to announce that the recently elected faculty senate in the spring of 2012 is prepared to move forward on governance matters, as set forth herein. HSSU’s nine senators represent each academic unit/department and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to meet the challenges ahead. With state budgetary constraints and administrative “downstream” and “upstream” pressures mounting, the HSSU faculty senate has a lot of work to do in the upcoming academic year. However, the senate is prepared to move forward and work within our shared governance environment and make progress toward milestones for the betterment of faculty, professional staff and students. Indeed, under my presidency, we will work hard to bring joint and collective effort to the shared governance decision-making process with the governing board, President Walker and administration.
This website is a testament to the work of the senate, and I hope that the site’s features and links provide full transparency regarding our agenda, meetings, resolutions, and involvement with Missouri’s shared governance system, such as the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates and member universities. Further, we are in the process of ramping up the faculty senate’s fall and spring agenda. Under our Six Key Initiatives and Milestones, I have set forth a course of action for the senate to increase faculty governance presence at Harris-Stowe through the passage and adoption of a set of revised bylaws and constitution to be presented to our governing board in November, through increased faculty involvement in academic and curricular decisions, by collecting governance data through a faculty survey to be given later this year, and through a careful examination of our standing committee system. We plan to accomplish these initiatives and milestones through methodical, inclusive and deliberate due diligence and by sounding the collective experience and expertise of our faculty, professional staff and students.
I have briefly mentioned some of the key initiatives and activities envisioned for the next 12 months, and I encourage you to check this site often as we will provide updated messages, documents and links in an ongoing effort to provide both internal and external stakeholders with information about our senate activities and progress.
Thank you again for visiting the HSSU faculty senate website and do not hesitate to contact me or any of the senators with questions, ideas and suggestions. We are here to help move the needle on supporting and advancing our institution’s mission by complementing the shared governance environment in the best interests of everyone.
Dr. Johndavid Kerr
Faculty Senate President