2023 -2024 Faculty Senate Executive Election
The Faculty Senate of Washington State University is seeking nominations for the position of Chair-Elect. The Faculty Senate represents all campuses to the WSU administration and eligible faculty (see reference 1, Eligibility for Nomination) are encouraged to run. Election Nomination Form here.
|Election Timetable & Procedural Steps||Timeline Identified||2023 Dates|
|Dates and procedures announced; nomination forms open||First Faculty Senate meeting||January 19|
|Formal nominations due to Executive Secretary 1,2||5 PM Tuesday before third meeting||February 14|
|Candidates announced||Third meeting||February 16|
|Ballots sent to senators||Friday after third meeting||February 19|
|Ballots due||5 PM Tuesday before fifth meeting||March 21|
|Ballots read and counted by Executive Secretary and ASWSU President||Wednesday before fifth meeting||March 22|
|Chair-elect or need for second round 3 announced||Fifth meeting||March 23|
|2nd round ballots distributed||Friday after fifth meeting||March 24|
|2nd round ballots due||5 PM Tuesday before sixth meeting||April 4|
|2nd round ballots read and counted by Executive Secretary and ASWSU President||Wednesday before sixth meeting||April 5|
|Chair-elect announced||Sixth meeting||April 6|
Duties and responsibilities of the Senate Executive Committee
The Executive Committee requires both independent and shared responsibility for specific projects.
A summary of the current duties of the senate executive committee roles are identified below.
The Provost provides financial support to help offset the workload of faculty senate leadership. At this time, the Chair-Elect, Chair, and Executive Secretary receive support in the form of buy-outs and other compensation that is negotiated with the faculty member’s chair or director and dean. The following link details those funding mechanisms.
Candidate responses and links to CVs will be posted on this site before candidates are formally announced on February 16, 2023.
From Article III, Section 2 of the Faculty Senate Constitution:
The chair-elect of the Faculty Senate shall be elected by the membership* of the Faculty Senate from among those individuals who are currently a senator, parliamentarian, or a faculty member (as defined by “Appointment Status” in Article II, Section 5) of any Faculty Senate sponsored committee or have served in one of these positions within the previous four years. The chair-elect shall assume the duties of the chair in the absence of the chair.
The Executive Secretary shall be a member of the faculty eligible for election to the Senate, and shall be selected by the Senate for a three-year term and shall be eligible for re-election. If the person chosen is an elected member of the Senate, the seat thereby becomes vacant and shall be filled as specified in Article II, Section 7.C.
*i.e., both continuing senators and those whose terms are expiring are eligible to vote in this election
Chair-Elect Nominees (self-nomination is permitted) are requested to prepare a statement outlining their background and goals for their term as an officer of the Faculty Senate. This statement and a copy of their CV will be posted to the Faculty Senate website; submitting them constitutes formal acceptance of the nomination. These documents are to be submitted by the time formal nominations are due (5 PM on Tuesday before the third Faculty Senate meeting in spring semester).
The italicized entries in the table occur if a second round is needed, i.e., if no candidate has a majority of the votes cast in the first round or if fewer than 40% of senators vote. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the first round move on to the second round of voting.
From Article III, Section 4 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws:
All elections of officers shall take place by a majority of those present and voting. If no candidate secures a majority, a run-off election shall be conducted between the two candidates with the highest number of votes.