Senate Job Description

Senate Job Descriptions
These are suggested duties for elected members of the University Senate. There are no rules in the bylaws that define your job, but these recommendations may help make your term productive and gratifying. Your suggestions for improvement are welcome at senate@osu.edu.

Senator:
1. Start or obtain an email list of all the senators and alternates from your constituency, college or interest area. Use this list to discuss Senate issues.
2. Obtain an e-list of all faculty members that were eligible to vote for you and use this to discuss Senate issues. Discuss communication strategies with other Senators with the same constituents.
3. Attend and vote at both Senate meetings and Faculty Council meetings at 3:30pm Thursdays. Notify any alternate senator when your absence is predicted.
4. Notify Tim Gerber or Hannah Torma of recurrent meeting conflicts.
5. Volunteer for Senate committee service.
6. Accurately represent the interests of the faculty who were eligible to vote for you.

Alternate Senator:
7. Start or obtain an email list of all the senators and alternates from your constituency, college or interest area. Use this list to discuss Senate issues.
8. Mark your calendar for both Senate meetings and Faculty Council meetings at 3:30pm Thursdays. Attend these meetings as a guest, and when needed, attend as a voting alternate when a senator from your constituency is absent.
9. When a regular member is unable to attend senate, the secretary (Tim Gerber) is notified in advance with the name of the alternate. The alternate has the same role and privilege as the person replaced (see rule 3335-5-40 ).
10. Volunteer for Senate committee service as time and interest allows.
11. Accurately represent the interests of the faculty who were eligible to vote for you.

Senate Committee Chair:

12. Communicate, organize and meet regularly with all members of your committee.
13. Mark your calendar for Senate, Faculty Cabinet, and Faculty Council meetings. Attend these meetings to represent your committee view and role.
14. Notify Tim Gerber of any recurrent absences or issues with committee members.
15. Meet with the Senate Steering Committee at least once during the year.
16. Prepare a written report to the Senate and optionally verbal as determined by Steering.
17. Accurately represent the consensus of your committee.
18. Review with your members the faculty rules that define your committee.
19. Suggest highly qualified potential committee members ahead of deadline each Spring semester.

All of the Above. Common responsibilities for all of us:
20. Act as the ambassador of the faculty to both public and internal audiences.
21. Attend the Board of Trustees meetings as a guest.
22. Respect confidentiality when entrusted with such information.
23. Advance opinions in a convincing non-confrontational manner, respecting academic freedom.
24. Advocate the best interest of the faculty and of the university.