The Augusta University Faculty Senate (AUFS) is an essential component of University shared governance. It is composed of an Executive Committee, Standing Committees, and Senators who represent the colleges and schools of Augusta University. 



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Access the central repository for university-level policies and procedures.


Set of rules and guidelines of the Faculty Senate; Bylaws are reviewed every three years and are voted upon by the AUFS.

Statutes of Augusta University

The Statutes define the organizational structure of the university and its governance bodies.

Robert's Rules of Order

Parliamentary procedure of the AUFS.

Meeting Minutes

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Executive Committee

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Alicia Elam

  • Vice Chair
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Jennifer Davis

  • Secretary
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Chevonnia Jones

  • Parliamentarian
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Dr. Brooks Keel

  • Ex-Officio Executive Chair
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Dr. Neil MacKinnon

  • Ex-Officio
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Dr. Karen Head

  • Ex-Officio
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Dr. Zach Kelehear

  • Ex-Officio

The Executive Committee is charged with facilitating communications between faculty and the administration of the University and to assist in aligning AUFS activities to ensure the optimal support for faculty and the operations of the University.

The Executive Committee will set the dates and the agenda for Faculty Senate meetings and Assembly meetings.

The Executive Committee may propose new committees to serve the purposes of the Faculty Senate as part of shared governance. These committees must be approved by the Senate. The Executive Committee may also form ad hoc committees as needed to support the activities of the Senate, which do not require Senate approval. Other committees and work groups will be reviewed and incorporated in the AU system of shared governance as deemed appropriate.


Meeting Schedule 2023-2024

August 28

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

September 26

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

October 23

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

November 13

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

December 4

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

January 29

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

February 26

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

March 25

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

April 29

  • MS Teams

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Standing Committees

For additional information about a particular committee, or to find out about joining, contact the Committee Chair.


Elected representatives of colleges who communicate and vote on their faculty’s behalf


Is "in part dictated by NCAA requirements. The committee is responsible for oversight of and development of policy recommendations on academic matters involving intercollegiate athletics."

Budget Advisory & University Resources

Cooperates with administration on all matters related to university resources

Council of Chairs

Responsible for appointing the members to any AUFS Operating Committees or other AU Committees. Upon request, the AUFS COC will appoint or confirm faculty members to represent the AU faculty in other AU matters, for example, serving on a task force.

Curriculum & Academic Policies

Oversees the evolution of the curriculum, ensuring it is academically sound and meets University goals and the educational needs of our students

Faculty Development

Recommends, approves, and monitors university-wide policies and activities related to faculty development resources and management, including mentoring in the areas of teaching, research, scholarship, publication, creative activity, and service

Faculty Rights & Responsibilities

Collaborates with the administration to work toward best practices in terms of faculty benefits, retirement and workload

Governance & Communication

Assists all college governance structures and coordinates the university elections. It is tasked with facilitating communication between faculty and the administration


Assists with faculty member requests to resolve a complaint through mediation

IT Resource

Cooperates with administration on all matters directly related to University information technology

Promotion & Tenure

Reviews all applicant files for either or both promotion and/or tenure for consistency with the university guidelines and the applicant’s college guidelines

Student Affairs

Works with the administration to support all AU initiatives concerning students

What is New

Policies Passed at August’s AUFS Meeting

On Monday, August 28, 2023, the Faculty Senate passed the following policies: Outside Activities and Off-Campus Duty Policy Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy Employment of Relatives (Nepotism) Auditing Classes Policy Each policy is now at the policy’s owner for review of AUFS’ recommendations. If recommendations are accepted, policies will proceed to the Policy Advisory Group (PAG).

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New Appointments Elected at August’s AUFS Meeting

On Monday, August 28, 2023, the Faculty Senate elected the following positions: Chair of AUFS: Dr. Tiana Curry-McCoy (2023-2026) Faculty Advocate: Dr. Rebecca Harper (2023-2025) Faculty Representatives to AURI Board of Directors (2023-2026): Dr. Andrew Balas and Dr. Lori Bolgla

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Dr. Tiana Curry-McCoy elected Chair of AUFS

  On Monday, August 28, 2023, Dr. Tiana Curry-McCoy was elected as Faculty Senate Chair effective immediately. Dr. Curry-McCoy has much experience in shared governance, most recently serving as Chair of the AUFS Faculty Development Committee and previously chairing the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee, Dr. Curry-McCoy is an associate professor in the College of […]

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