Faculty Senator Election Process Published March 27, 2023 1.7. Faculty Senate. 1.7.1. AU uses the Faculty Senate as an integral part of shared governance of the University. The Senate advises AU/CC and other senior leaders on matters of faculty concern. Faculty members chosen to serve on the Faculty Senate provide a highly valued service to the institution. 1.7.2. The Eaker Center Faculty elect three Senators annually to represent the Eaker Center as members of the AU Faculty Senate. At least one Senator will be from a distance learning (DL) program. The election process involves the following: • March/April – Eaker CC or Dean announces the election process. • Late April – Interested faculty submit their petition or nomination to run to the Dean and CC along with bio to run for Senator representing DL faculty (or the Senators representing the other faculty). • May – Candidates are announced at the Eaker staff meeting and via an Eaker-wide email with an accompanying bio for each candidate. • June – Respective candidates make themselves available at a scheduled “Eaker Town Hall” (in-person or virtual) to be introduced and answer questions by Eaker faculty. The event is hosted by the Dean or designated representative. • July – In early July, the Dean, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, or designated representative, conducts the election via Qualtrics as an online survey/voting tool. Faculty are given two weeks to cast their vote(s). Results are announced in late July. • August – The outgoing Senators conduct an onboarding process and handover of responsibilities to the incoming Senators. • September – The newly elected Senators begin their term on September 1. 1.7.3. Participation in the Faculty Senate is voluntary and does not constitute an administrative duty, nor do participants receive additional compensation. 1.7.4. All Eaker Center full-time military and civilian faculty members assigned to educational programs are eligible to become Senators. 1.7.5. Faculty members who are current administrative/staff who are in non-teaching roles and/or supervisory positions are not eligible. 1.7.6. The term of membership is one year. Terms begin on 1 September and end 31 August of the following year. Members may be elected to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. At least one year must elapse after the third term before a member may be elected to serve again. 1.7.7. In the event of a Senator departing from a faculty position or from the Eaker Center prior to the end of the term, the Commander has the authority to appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of that term.