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The Faculty Senate (AUFS) is an essential component of University shared governance. It is composed of Senators elected by each college, who represent the faculty of their college. Senators keep in touch with their constituent faculty so they can truly represent them at Senate meetings and keep them informed.

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Faculty Senate

Jennifer Davis


1439 Laney Walker Blvd. AB2003
Augusta, GA 30912



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Have a Comment or Concern?

Use this form to submit comments, concerns, and questions to the Executive Committee.

Faculty Awards

University Policy Library

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 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

Access minutes from AUFS meetings.

Executive Committee

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Alicia Elam

  • Vice Chair
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Jennifer Davis

  • Secretary
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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. Zach Kelehear

  • Ex-Officio

The Executive Committee is empowered to act upon all matters except legislation in the name of the Faculty Senate and Assembly when, in its judgment, those bodies cannot readily be convened and when extraordinary events require extreme haste.

All such actions will be reported to the faculty immediately via electronic means, and in person to the Senate and the Assembly at the next possible meeting of each.

The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past Chair will consult and work together as a team to complete business and make decisions collaboratively.

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.

The Executive Committee will serve as a review body for faculty concerns related to the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.


Meeting Schedule 2022-2023

August 22

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

September 19

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

October 17

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

November 14

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

December 12

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

January 23

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

February 13

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

March 13

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

April 17

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

May 8

MS Teams

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Standing Committees

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


Directs the work of the University Faculty Senate, including setting the agenda for Senate and Assembly meetings


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

Committee on Committees

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

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Augusta University leaders meet to workshop current and future programs

More than 40 leaders from across Augusta University met for a collaborative workshop to review the university’s program portfolio.

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Meet the new leadership of Augusta University’s Faculty Senate

This year also marks a transition year for the Senate as it implements its new bylaws.

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Augusta University Policy Library update includes new, user-friendly website

“A comprehensive and ongoing policy process is a critical component of creating and supporting a culture of ethics and integrity, which reflects our mission and values,” said Chris Melcher, vice president and general counsel for Augusta University.

Additional Faculty News