Welcome to East Carolina University!
As Chair of the Faculty, I am available to answer any questions that might arise as you progress through this new phase of your academic career. As a first-year faculty member, it is essential to be able to navigate the myriad of policies, procedures, and deadlines, to understand the ECU Faculty Manual, and to be aware of the actions of the Faculty Senate.
East Carolina University maintains a strong, long-standing, shared governance structure. The Faculty Senate is in its 47th year as the legislative, advisory, and primary faculty governance body of East Carolina University. The Faculty Senate provides the means by which faculty are able to fulfill their responsibilities with respect to academic and educational policies and other affairs of the university.
The Faculty Senate represents the general faculty of East Carolina University. It is 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.
The ECU Faculty Manual is the product of many years of faculty participation in shared governance at East Carolina University. This document contains faculty-related policies including policies on academics, instruction, curriculum, research, appointment, reappointment, evaluation, tenure, and faculty governance. During the last three years we have reviewed the entire manual and rewritten many of our policies. The final reorganization of the manual contents will be completed by commencement this August.
Perhaps the best way to become familiar with the Faculty Senate is by visiting our website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline. 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!
Mark W. Sprague, Ph.D.
Chair of the Faculty
Department of Physics
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences