How to Get Involved with University Senate
University Senate invites all members of the University community to contribute to and participate in shared governance at Loyola University Chicago. There are a number of ways to get involved with University Senate:
Raise an Item for the Senate Agenda
- The agenda of each University Senate meeting is set by the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee.
- Any member of the University community may propose a topic or issue for discussion.
- Please forward suggestions for agenda items to the University Senate Secretary Ashley Howdeshell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the University Senate Chair Susan Uprichard (email@example.com), ideally two weeks before the scheduled Senate meeting (though later submissions for timely matters will also be considered).
Attend a University Senate Meeting
- All University Senate meetings are open to the entire University community (faculty, students, and staff).
- As time permits, the Chair will allow a public comment period on each University Senate agenda item.
Contact your Senate Representative(s)
- Senators are charged both with general stewardship of the University, and with representing the interests of the respective constituencies that elected them.
- Please feel free to reach out to your Senators with questions and concerns.
Run for Senator (or at least VOTE!)
- Elections for the office of University Senator are held during each spring semester.
- A call for nominations (including self-nominations) will go out near the beginning of the semester, to be returned no later than mid-February.
- Ballots (used as needed) go out the first week of March.
- Senators-elect attend and begin their term during the April meeting.
- Officers for the next year are also elected during this meeting.