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Faculty Senate

Welcome to East Carolina University!

I am very pleased to welcome you to the faculty of East Carolina! As Chair of the Faculty, I am always available to you to help you with any questions you might have as you enter a new phase of your academic career.

The Faculty Senate of East Carolina University is the shared governance body that represents the interests of the entire faculty in matters ranging from curriculum to academic freedom and tenure. We will be celebrating our fiftieth year of working with the administration to build this great university this year. Keep an eye out for the announcements of events that will be occurring throughout the year and please join us in celebrating our history of shared governance.

We are comprised of members elected by the general faculty and senior administrators who serve as ex-officio members. The functions, duties, and privileges of the general faculty and the Faculty Senate are stipulated in the ECU "Faculty Constitution," which is contained in the Faculty Manual, and exercised under the authority of the University Chancellor. The Faculty Senate, faculty officers, and the various standing Faculty Senate committees (academic, appellate, and administrative) are the primary elements of the essential joint effort of the faculty and administration in the shared governance of East Carolina University. The Chancellor and the Chair of the Faculty facilitate communication that enables continuing and effective faculty participation in all aspects of the University community.

Perhaps the best way to become familiar with the Faculty Senate is by visiting our website at On the website, you will find documents and materials -about all activities relating to the Faculty Senate (including university calendars; unit codes of operation; the ECU Faculty Manual; and standing academic, administrative, and appellate committee structures). I encourage you to visit us online and have a look. I look forward to meeting you at New Faculty Orientation. Please feel free to stop by the Faculty Senate office, located at 140 Rawl Annex (across from the Wright Place and the bookstore) anytime you have a question or concern that needs to be addressed.

Congratulations on your new faculty position at East Carolina University!

Andrew T. Morehead, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair of the Faculty
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences