About the Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate at the University of Nevada, Reno is the principle representing body for faculty. Its membership is composed of representatives for all academic and administrative major units at the university. Senators are elected by faculty in their colleges or units. The 2017-18 Senate is comprised of 31 elected Senators who serve three-year terms, representing all colleges and units of the university. Senate elections are held in the spring each year and all continuing faculty, except administrators, with at least a .50 FTE are eligible to serve on the Senate.

As advocates for faculty welfare, senators help make decisions about campus policies and make recommendations to the President. They are responsible for communicating with their constituents to provide information about the opinions on current issues that might affect not only them, but students and staff as well. Faculty members are encouraged to contact their senator to seek information and to inform them of issues that impact faculty. The Senate usually meets once a month, with the exception of July.

Faculty Senate Services

The Faculty Senate office offers a variety of services to faculty on request. These services include, but are not limited to the following:

Provide Information

The Senate office can assist faculty in obtaining information about the University. Its website includes links to a repository of governing documents, including the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Handbook and the Code, University/ College/Unit/Department Bylaws and the University Administrative Manual.

Reconsideration Requests

Faculty may request reconsideration of administrative decisions with which they disagree, including denial of promotion and/or tenure, notices of non-renewal or layoff, or unfavorable performance evaluation. Although faculty can obtain information and guidance regarding these processes from the Faculty Senate Office, the reconsideration must be filed by the affected faculty member directly through the office of the person who rendered the negative decision.

Grievance Hearings

A grievance is an act or omission to act by the University administration, allegedly resulting in an adverse impact on the employment conditions of a faculty member relating to salary, promotion, appointment with tenure or to other aspects of contractual status, or relating to alleged violations of the Code or institutional bylaws. Through the Faculty Senate office, faculty have an avenue to pursue the opportunity to appeal (grieve) such acts before the University Grievance Committee (UGC).