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 September 2016
The University Convocation was held on August 22nd in Weill Hall. We had record attendance this year! The speeches were very inspiring! We wish more of you had stayed around. 

The Excellence in Teaching Awards were announced by Interim Provost Echeverria. They are Lauren Morimoto of Kinesiology and Lena McQuade of Women's and Gender Studies. Watch for a reception in their honor this year.

L to R - Ben Ford, Interim Provost Echeverria, Lauren Morimoto, Lena McQuade, President Sakaki

Chair Ford's Convocation speech can be read here.

Academic Freedom
Academic freedom is the unrestricted search for knowledge and truth and its free exposition in the scholarly community. Faculty and students must be able, under the principles of academic freedom, to seek knowledge and truth and to express and defend their viewpoints in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  The Academic Freedom Subcommittee is charged with raising awareness and providing education so that the SSU learning community understands their rights regard academic freedom.  If you have any questions about academic freedom or if you feel like your rights regarding academic freedom have been violated please contact the AFS chair, Ajay Gehlawat, at
Further read about academic freedom at SSU:
What's Happened in Faculty Governance
After a two-year consultation and deliberation process, a major revision to the Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion policy was approved by the Senate and the President in the Spring.

The Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC) began work on a faculty office hours policy. The Senate had a first look and referred it back to committee. Ask your School Reps to FSAC for updates. 

The Senate heard excellent reports about the STARS program, Hispanic Serving Institution Status for SSU and the last Senate Budget Subcommittee report. SBS work is now part of APARC

Results of Spring 2016 Election 
  • Chair of the Faculty - Ben Ford
  • Vice Chair of the Faculty - Carmen Works
  • Secretary of the Senate - Tom Targett
  • Statewide Senator - Jeffery Reeder
  • At-Large to APARC - new standing committee - Mark Perri
  • Two positions on URTP - Kim Hester Williams and Armand Gilinsky
We still need a nomination for Lecturer Senator! 
We need an nomination for an at-large position on the Senate Diversity Subcommittee.

You may self nominate. Send your nominations to and by September 16th.

This is YOUR faculty governance. Participate, rather than spectate.

Don't know our acronyms? Go here
Resolutions Approved Spring 2016


Curricular Items approved in Spring


Revision to Political Science Major

Revision to Art concentration - Photography

Discontinuance of Kinesiology Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education concentrations

Revision to Engineering Science program


We need a LECTURER SENATOR and AN AT-LARGE MEMBER TO SDS. See above and check your email. 

We need faculty to serve on many search committees this year. Check your email for the announcement.

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