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The Faculty Senate is the representative body of the Faculty Assembly designed primarily to express the views of the teaching and research members of the faculty. It is one branch of the “shared governance” of Texas Christian University.

Views may be expressed upon any matter affecting the university, including educational policies, degree requirements, curricula, questions of academic freedom, student–faculty relations, faculty–administration relations, and practices of the University. Resolutions and recommendations voted by the Faculty Senate are passed on to the Provost and Chancellor and, when appropriate, the Board of Trustees.

Normally, the Faculty Senate meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month during the academic year, except January.

Senators are elected by and represent the faculty of their individual Colleges within the University. Each senator is also assigned to one of the Senate Standing Committees. These committees examine particular aspects of the academic affairs and mission themes of the university and normally meet at 3:30 p.m. on the Thursday following the Faculty Senate meeting.

The Faculty Senate is also responsible for overseeing the Heritage, Mission, Vision, and Values (HMVV) portion of the University Core Curriculum and soliciting, vetting, and recommending candidates for Honorary Degrees. For more information, please visit the TCU Faculty Senate Handbook.

The Beto Cruz Award Nomination

In Honor of José Alberto Cruz

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 1, 2024.

The Beto Cruz Award was created to honor the memory of Beto Cruz, a facilities employee and TCU community member who died on January 28, 2021, from Covid complications, and to allow the TCU faculty, through the Faculty Senate, the opportunity to recognize—and to express gratitude for—facilities employees, whose tireless dedication supports our campus.

Beto Cruz

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