Faculty Senate Districts, Fall 2013


The PSU Faculty Constitution specifies that, within each senate division, there should be one faculty senate representative for every twenty members of the full faculty. The constitution, however, provides no means for any given faculty member to determine which senator is their representative. Nor is there a means for any given senator to determine which faculty they are expected to represent.

This web page provides materials that have been developed as part of an effort to close these gaps and strengthen the connection between the Senate and the Faculty.

Specifically, the documents on this page provide a list of senate districts, one for each sitting senator, that identifies a specific group of faculty members in that senator's division. This list has been produced by a mechanical process that assigns faculty to districts using a round-robin algorithm to ensure uniform distribution within each division. Although these districts have no official or formal standing, the executive committee hopes that, by publishing this list, we will bring a more personal component to the work of the Senate, allowing individual senators to get a better sense of who they might be representing, and providing a default point of contact with senate for all members of the faculty. (Note, however, that faculty are always welcome to bring issues to the attention of Senate through any sitting senator, regardless of whether that senator is part of their district.)

The district lists shown here were generated from data obtained from the University's central information systems. It is possible that these lists may contain errors---such as including people who are no longer at PSU or not not certified as members of the faculty; inadvertently excluding those who are; or listing incorrect affiliations or division assignments. If you find any such mistakes in these lists, please notify the Secretary to the Faculty so that the details can be passed back and used to correct the records in the University's information systems.

The steering committee intends to monitor, evaluate, and evolve the use of senate districts over a period of several years so as to determine how they can be most useful and effective. We warmly invite any feedback and suggestions that might contribute to this process via the Secretary to the Faculty, or on the web at http://www.pdx.edu/faculty-senate/contact.