Run for 2014-2015 Senate-elected Committees and Councils

The Senate Nominations Committee is seeking nominees to run for open positions on Senate-elected committees and councils for the 2014-2015 academic year. Specific information about the process, available positions, and deadlines is listed below. We hope that you might be interested in nominating yourself or someone you know for these important positions. Please send your nominations to the Senate Office via email at by Thursday, February 20th.

General Information:

  • All continuing Senators who will be part of the 2014-2015 Senate are eligible to run for positions on the committees and councils listed below, unless otherwise noted.
  • Campus members who are currently running for the Senate, and are elected to serve on the 2014-2015 Senate, are also eligible to run for the positions outlined below. Please note: the results of the elections for incoming Student, Staff, and Single-member Constituency Senators will be made public following the close of the online elections on Friday, March 7, 2014. All newly-elected Senators may put forward their name for consideration at that time.
  • Nominees will be considered by the Senate Nominations Committee for placement on the slate(s) for election, but are not guaranteed a spot.
  • All candidates will be asked to submit a short candidacy statement via email. Candidacy statements will be due by March 28, 2014.

Available Positions:

Senate Chair-Elect:The Chair-Elect is selected from the elected membership of the Senate. Nominees must be Senators. The term of office is one year, during which time the Chair-Elect retains all the voting privileges of a regular Senator. In the absence of the Senate Chair, the Chair-Elect shall preside over Senate meetings. The Chair-Elect also serves on the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), the University Library Council, the Facilities Council, the Committee on Committees, the Nominations Committee, and the Academic Planning Advisory Committee (APAC). Following the one-year-term of Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect becomes the Chair of the Senate for one year. The 2014-2015 Chair-Elect will be elected by the entire membership of the Senate on May 7, 2014.

Senate Executive Committee (SEC): The SEC supports the work of the Senate, acts on the Senate's behalf when required, and meets monthly to coordinate the Senate's operations. The SEC receives proposals from the campus community and usually charges one of the standing committees to review an issue and offer a solution. The SEC considers committee reports and determines if they are clear and precise enough for Senate consideration. In addition, the SEC meets monthly with the President and Vice Presidents. Seven Faculty Senators (with no more than two from any college), two Staff Senators (one exempt staff and one non-exempt staff member), one Graduate Student Senator, and two Undergraduate Student Senators of the 2014-2015 Senate will be elected to the SEC on May 7, 2014. The term for all SEC members is one year.

Senate Committee on Committees:The Committee on Committees' primary responsibility is to identify individuals for service on Senate standing committees and to recommend committee membership for Senate approval. The Committee on Committee consists of six Faculty Senators (with no more than one from any college), two Staff Senators (one exempt staff and one non-exempt staff member), and two Student Senators (one graduate student and one undergraduate). This year, there are four seats available for faculty members, one seat for a non-exempt staff member, one seat for a graduate student, and one seat for an undergraduate student. Nominees for open positions must be members of the 2014-2015 Senate and will be elected on May 7, 2014. Faculty and staff members serve a two-year-term while students serve a one-year-term on the Committee on Committees.

University Athletic Council: The Athletic Council was established to help the University develop and maintain the best possible intercollegiate athletic program consistent with the academic integrity of the institution and the academic and social development of student athletes. The council is the primary body that advises the President on all matters relating to intercollegiate athletics. There are currently three open positions for tenured/tenure-track faculty members, and one open seat for a staff member. Faculty and staff members serve a three-year-term on the council. Candidates do not need to be Senators. The council meets monthly during the academic year. Members will be elected by the Senate on May 7, 2014.

Campus Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC): The purpose of CTAC is to advise the Vice President for Student Affairs on parking and transportation issues, including topics such as review of fee proposals, policies regarding metered parking, and Shuttle UM routes. CTAC meets twice a semester. There are three open positions: one faculty, one staff, and one undergraduate member. The faculty and staff candidates do not have to be Senators and will serve three-year-terms. The undergraduate member must be a Senator and will serve for one year. Members will be elected by the Senate on May 7, 2014.

Council of University System Faculty (CUSF): CUSF advises the Chancellor and reports regularly to the Board of Regents (BOR). CUSF is responsible for considering and making recommendations on matters of System-wide professional and educational concern to the faculty and matters to which faculty bring special expertise. CUSF meets once a month during the academic year at the various USM campuses. There are currently two openings for full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members and one opening for an alternate faculty member (who will attend meetings when a full-time representative is unavailable). Members serve three-year-terms and do not need to be Senators. Members will be elected by the Senate on May 7, 2014.

Please contact the Senate Office at 301-405-5805 or via email at
with any questions or concerns.