Faculty Senate Minutes, 1969-2007 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
James Madison University Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
Collection No.:
UA 0001
1 box, 1.0 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
The Faculty Senate Minutes, 1969-2007, are comprised of minutes of the James Madison University Faculty Senate meetings.

Preferred Citation

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

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Administrative History

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.

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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.

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

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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).

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to Special Collections in 1993 by the sitting Faculty Senate secretary.

Other Formats Available

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.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

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.

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Rosters
  • Constitutions


  • Madison College -- History
  • Madison College -- Faculty
  • James Madison University -- History
  • James Madison University -- Faculty

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

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Minutes, 1969-1972 box 1 folder 1
Minutes, 1972-1974 box 1 folder 2
Minutes, 1974-1977 box 1 folder 3
Minutes, 1978-1980 box 1 folder 4
Minutes, 1980-1982 box 1 folder 5
Minutes, 1982-1983 box 1 folder 6
Minutes, 1984 box 1 folder 7
Minutes, 1985 box 1 folder 8
Minutes, 1986-1987 box 1 folder 9
Minutes, 1987-1988 box 1 folder 10
Minutes, 1989-1990 box 1 folder 11
Minutes, 1991-1992 box 1 folder 12
Minutes, 1993-1994 box 1 folder 13
Minutes, 1995 box 1 folder 14
Minutes, 1996 box 1 folder 15
Minutes, 1997 box 1 folder 16
Minutes, 1998 box 1 folder 17
Minutes, 1999 box 1 folder 18
Minutes, 2000 box 1 folder 19
Minutes, 2001 box 1 folder 20
Minutes, 2002 box 1 folder 21
Minutes, 2003 box 1 folder 22
Minutes, 2004 box 1 folder 23
Minutes, 2005 box 1 folder 24
Minutes, 2006 box 1 folder 25
Minutes, 2007 box 1 folder 26
Faculty Senate Indices to Minutes, 1972-1978, 1989-1991 box 1 folder 27
Faculty Senate Rosters, 1988-1995 box 1 folder 28
Faculty Committees, 1971-1979 box 1 folder 29
Faculty Senate Constitution, 1995 box 1 folder 30
Faculty Council, 1968-1972 box 1 folder 31