The University of Tennessee System’s University Faculty Council is dedicated to upholding and exercising the principles of academic freedom, shared governance, tenure, and the faculty’s primary responsibility for the university’s curriculum. The Council confers with, advises, and communicates with the President of the University of Tennessee system (and his/her staff, as appropriate) on system-wide matters of interest to the faculties (UTC, UTK, UTHSC, and UTM) and the President. Membership of the Council includes the current Faculty Senate President from each of the of the UT System campuses. Additionally, each campus elects one additional full-time tenured faculty member to a three year term. Also, the two faculty members of the Board of Trustees serve on the Council. Ex Officio members of the Council include the University President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success.
This web site is intended as a resource for members of the Council, UT faculty and administrators, and members of the UT Board of Trustees.
Dear UT Faculty,
Welcome to the University of Tennessee Faculty Council website. This council is the voice of the faculty from the campuses across the State of Tennessee. We will advocate for you on all matters of concern to the System Administration and Board of Trustees.
Since its formation in 2007 this body has been instrumental in pushing for change and leading many critical discussions. Most recently, we have advocated for a review of library access for all campuses, we have participated in the strategic planning task forces, have encouraged greater expedience with Faculty handbook revisions which include access to the Office of General Counsel and have opened lines of communication between campuses.
We believe that faculty need to be involved in shared governance and provided with some protections when acting in this capacity. We have pushed for more transparency across the campuses on budgetary concerns, promotional raises, merit and academic spending.
Please contact me or one of your Council representatives if you have a concern or question regarding our work on behalf of the faculty. Working with the system administration, we hope to advance the mission of higher education in Tennessee.
UPDATED: July19, 2012