Join a Committee

Volunteer to Join a Senate Committee 

Do you want to be a part of the University's decision-making process? By serving on a Senate committee, you can participate in one of the largest and most influential governing bodies on campus. Committees do the Senate’s heavy lifting. They review existing policies, propose new ones, and craft recommendations that help make the University an even better place to work and learn. Committees give you an excellent opportunity to shape the proposals that will be considered by the full Senate. You can find a brief description of each committee here.

In recent years, committees have made recommendations to the Senate on important issues such as revisions to the Undergraduate Student Grievance Procedure, the creation of an excused absence policy, the sexual misconduct policy and procedures, the non-discrimination policy, the disability and accessibility policy, review of the faculty leave policies, and plus/minus grading. The Senate advises the President on these and other policy issues that directly affect the day-to-day functions of the University. 

All active faculty and staff and all currently enrolled students are eligible to serve on a Senate committee. You do not have to be a Senator to serve on a committee. 

To volunteer to serve on a committee, visit the Senate website in April and complete an online interest form. The volunteer system will ask you to log in using your University Directory ID & Password and will then route you to the form. You'll be able to pick your top three committee choices from the list on the form (if there are no current vacancies for a particular committee, it will not be listed as an option on the form). Volunteer forms and statements will be reviewed by the Senate's Committee on Committees. There are typically around 90 open vacancies on committees that must be filled each year, and all those receiving a committee assignment will be notified over the summer.

Please note that all faculty and staff serve two-year-terms on Senate committees while students serve one-year-terms. Committees usually meet once a month during the academic year for an hour or 90 minutes. Committees are not active during winter or summer breaks.

The next Committee Volunteer Period will run April 2 - April 30, 2018. During that timeframe, you can access the volunteer form on the main page of the Senate website.

A complete list of all Senate committees and additional information about the work of each committee can be found here. For examples of legislation that committees have worked on, click here. Please feel free to contact the Senate Office at senate-admin@umd.edu or 301-405-5805 if you have any questions about the committee preference period. We hope that you will volunteer!