Faculty Senate Minutes, 1969-2007 *JMU Records*

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Faculty Senate Minutes, 1969-2007

Collection No.: UA 0001
Creator: James Madison University Faculty Senate

Extent: 1 box; 1.0 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Faculty Senate Minutes, 1969-2007, are comprised of minutes of the James Madison University Faculty Senate meetings.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Faculty Senate Meetings, 1969-2007, UA 0001, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: This collection was transferred to Special Collections in 1993 by the sitting Faculty Senate secretary.
Alternate Formats: Related audiocassette recordings of Faculty Senate meetings, 1979-1997, are not formally part of this collection and are catalogued as LD3141 .M56592 F34. These require reformatting prior to use.
Processing Information: This collection, formerly catalogued as FA 93-0305, was minimally reprocessed in 2018. General faculty meeting minutes that were interfiled with the Faculty Senate Minutes were removed and integrated into the Office of the President: Faculty Minutes, UA 0011.

Bio/Historical Note:

The James Madison University Faculty Senate Committee completed a preliminary draft of a Faculty Senate Constitution in February 1972. The constitution with proposed suggestions were approved at the April 11, 1972 general faculty meeting. The Madison College Faculty Senate held its organization meeting in Blackwell Auditorium on May 23, 1972. The Faculty Senate held its inaugural meeting on September 9, 1972 in Harrison Hall.

As of 2018, the membership is comprised of one representative from each academic unit and one student representative. The JMU Faculty Senate's mission statement is as follows:

"The function of the Faculty Senate is to represent the faculty in the consideration of all policies that affect the academic climate and direction of the institution. The Faculty Senate seeks to create, maintain and protect a university environment conductive to the growth of scholarship, learning, teaching, research, service, and respect for human dignity and rights."

The Senate's responsibilities include:

Offering suggestions to the vice presidents for academic affairs and for administration and finance on matters of university organization, budget recommendations and revisions, facilities, planning, and mission at the university level;

Consulting with appropriate resource persons concerning academic policy;

Offering recommendations about admissions policies and enrollment management;

Participating in university-wide curricular oversight through its representatives on the Committee on Academic Programs (CAP); and

Working with the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs to maintain policies and procedures by which the faculty will be involved in the evaluation of academic administrators at the university level.

Scope and Content:

The Faculty Senate Minutes, 1969-2007, are comprised chiefly of meeting minutes and memoranda produced by the JMU Faculty Senate.

The minutes begin with the first meeting of the Faculty Senate on September 9, 1972 and continue through 2007. Earlier materials related to the organization of the Senate include draft constitutions.

The subject matter of the minutes reflect and document the happenings in the Faculty Senate meetings. Topics include general announcements, enrollment numbers, salaries, reorganization and administrative changes, tenure and promotion, faculty handbook revisions, academic restructuring, and Faculty for Responsible Change (FRC). Additional materials include rosters, the Faculty Senate constitution, indices to minutes, and committee reports.


The collection is arranged chronologically with related materials filed after the meeting minutes.


Faculty Senate of JMU. "About Faculty Senate." James Madison University. https://www.jmu.edu/facultysenate/about.shtml (accessed January 11, 2018).

Related Material:

Office of the President: Faculty Minutes, 1909-1998, UA 0011, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

James Madison University Faculty Senate. [Meetings] [Sound recording]. Harrisonburg, VA: James Madison University, 1979-1997.


Folder Title
Box : Folder
Minutes, 1969-1972
Minutes, 1972-1974
Minutes, 1974-1977
Minutes, 1978-1980
Minutes, 1980-1982
Minutes, 1982-1983
Minutes, 1984
Minutes, 1985
Minutes, 1986-1987
Minutes, 1987-1988
Minutes, 1989-1990
Minutes, 1991-1992
Minutes, 1993-1994
Minutes, 1995
Minutes, 1996
Minutes, 1997
Minutes, 1998
Minutes, 1999
Minutes, 2000
Minutes, 2001
Minutes, 2002
Minutes, 2003
Minutes, 2004
Minutes, 2005
Minutes, 2006
Minutes, 2007
Faculty Senate Indices to Minutes, 1972-1978, 1989-1991
Faculty Senate Rosters, 1988-1995
Faculty Committees, 1971-1979
Faculty Senate Constitution, 1995
Faculty Council, 1968-1972

Compiled by: Tiffany Cole, January 2018