East Carolina University
Faculty Officers

(1 year terms)


 Marianna Walker
Chair of the Faculty

College of Allied Health Sciences
3310Y Health Sciences Bldg.
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

 Mark Sprague
Vice Chair of the Faculty

Department of Physics
E310 Howell Science Bldg.
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858

Hunt McKinnon
Secretary of the Faculty

Department of Interior Design
and Merchandising
259A Rivers Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858


Brenda Killingsworth

College of Business
3407 Bate Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858




Faculty Senate office located in 140 Rawl Annex

328-6537 (office) 328-6122 (fax)



Faculty Senate Overview


Faculty Senate Organization (ECU Faculty Manual, Appendix A )



         Faculty Senate has between 52 and 58 elected senators.

         The total number of senators depends on the number of full-time faculty in an electoral unit as reported in December by the Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness to UNC General Administration.

         Full-time faculty members, including fixed term faculty members, in at least their second year of appointment to the electoral unit are eligible to serve in the Faculty Senate.

         Full-time faculty members, including fixed term faculty members, are eligible to vote for the election of Faculty Senators within an electoral unit.

         Full-time, permanently tenured faculty members are eligible to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty.

         Full-time faculty members in at least their second year of appointment are eligible to serve as Secretary of the Faculty.

         Senators and Alternates serve two-year terms; senators may be elected to succeed themselves twice.

         Ex-officio members: Chancellor, Provost/VC Academic Affairs, VC Health Sciences, VC for Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty Assembly delegates, immediate past Chair of the Faculty, and an academic dean elected by the Administrative Council.

         The general faculty are the general electorate and the Faculty Senate is the legislative and advisory body representing the general faculty.

         The Faculty Senate and the various standing Academic Committees on which the faculty serve are the primary media for the essential joint effort of faculty and administration in the government 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.

Faculty Senate Committees


21 Standing Academic Committees

Curriculum and Academic Support

Academic Standards


Continuing and Career Education

Educational Policies and Planning

Faculty Information Technology Review


University Athletics

University Budget

University Curriculum

Faculty Issues

Academic Awards

Faculty Welfare

Research/Creative Activity Grants

Teaching Grants

University Environment

Governance Issues


Committee on Committees

Faculty Governance

Unit Code Screening


Student Issues

Admission and Retention Policies

Student Academic Appellate

Student Scholarships, Fellowships, and Financial Aid


5 Standing Appellate Committees

Due Process

Faculty Grievance

Grievance Board



Key Items Referenced in the ECU Faculty Manual



Personnel Issues

         Part VI: General Personnel Policies, including Frequently Asked Questions about Faculty Personnel Records

         Appendix C: Personnel Policies and Procedures including: selection and appointment of new faculty,

assignment of teaching responsibilities, evaluation of faculty, professional advancement, salary and details relating to the personnel file, which include: one master file, faculty member may examine his/her file, no anonymous source material and faculty members must be made aware of any changes in file

         Appendix D: Tenure and Promotion Policies and Procedures; definition of "voting faculty member" when relating to appointments, reappointments, promotions, and the conferral of permanent tenure


Grievance Procedures

         Appendix D: Non-reappointment or Non-tenure decisions to go before the Hearing Committee

         Appendix J: Sex discrimination and other EEO complaints

         Appendix X: Sexual or racial harassment or discrimination or conflicts of interest

         Appendix Y: Other faculty grievances related to employment status and institutional relationships


Unit Codes

         Appendix L (ECU Code): definition of "voting faculty member" when relating to appointment of administrative officials, making recommendations on unit code content, five-year unit program evaluation, quadrennial unit administrator evaluation and annual evaluation of university administrators

         Unit codes and code unit changes must be approved by Unit Code Screening Committee, the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor.

         Unit codes are available at: http://www.ecu.edu/fsonline/AcademicCommittees/uc/codes/unitcodes.htm


Definition of Voting Faculty Member for Personnel Issues (ECU Faculty Manual, Appendix D)

         Full-time faculty position and greater than one/half time position in the unit

         Regular professorial rank (instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor )

         At least one/half of teaching/research duties normal to the unit (does not apply to unit administrators, librarians, or other university officers who may hold tenured positions in a home unit)

         In at least the twelfth consecutive calendar month of appointment in the unit

         On leave of absence, but in attendance


Definition of Voting Faculty Member for Unit Evaluations (ECU Faculty Manual, Appendix L)

         Full-time faculty position

         Permanently tenured or probationary term

         Employed in faculty position for at least 12 consecutive months

         Regular academic faculty rank

         Carry, at the time of the vote, not less than half the normal teaching/research program as practiced in the unit of appointment (except as noted for faculty on leaves of absence)


Personnel Action Dossier (PAD) (ECU Faculty Manual, Part XII)

used for reappointment, promotion, and permanent tenure contains:

         Written communications with candidate on progress toward tenure

         Complete resume

         External peer reviews

         Teaching, research/creative activity, and service portfolios

         Other material

         Disagreements as to inclusion/removal of documents


Promotion and Tenure Timeline (ECU Faculty Manual, Part XIII)

Revisions to this timeline were approved by the Chancellor in November 2010 and will go into effect in July 2011.

Faculty candidate will be notified in writing within one week at each decision point.