Faculty Senate records
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include meeting minutes, agendas, photographs, memos, reports, and activites files. They range in date from 1937-2004, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Secretaries of the Faculty Senate.
Restrictions on Access
Series 1, 3, and 5 are closed to research for 50 years from date of record creation.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Historical or Biographical Note
The Faculty Senate of The George Washington University was formed in 1961. It evolved out of the faculty ferment of the 1950's coupled with a discontent over lack of faculty participation in University governance. The activities of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter organized by Professor of History Wood Gray, along with concern about the eminent retirement of then President Cloyd Heck Marvin and concern for his replacement, also drove the move to create a body which could have a say in the way the University was run. With the encouragement of Dean of Faculties Oswald S. Colclough, a committee was formed Sept. 17, 1958 to study the problem of University government, although this was not stated in the resolution adopted.
The resolution, drafted by Professor of English Fred Tupper, read “that the University faculty create a Committee to study the policies of the University with the object of recommending to the appropriate University officials procedures best calculated to bring about the advancement of the University's academic programs.” Professor of History Roderic Davison outlined the development of the Faculty Organization Plan which embodied the Faculty Assembly and the Faculty Senate. This plan was passed by the Board of Trustees in 1960 and the first meeting of the Senate took place Jan. 13, 1961. Its greatest task was the revision of the Code of Ordinances for the Faculty.
Over the years, the Faculty Senate has worked for a major medical insurance plan, free tuition for the children of faculty, and improvements to the University Library. In the 1960's GW's Faculty Code and Ordinances served as a national model through the AAUP and by 1970 some 300-400 campuses had adopted similar plans. The various committees of the Senate continue to address concerns such as admissions, appointments, salaries, promotions, budget, libraries, physical facilities, and academic freedom. The Senate is under the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Faculty Senate publishes the Faculty Code.
N.B. This history note was written in 2005
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The Faculty Senate of The George Washington University was formed in 1961. Materials in this collection include meeting minutes, agendas, photographs, memos, reports, and activites files.
Arrangement cannot be determined.
Materials acquired through transfers from Faculty Senate.
- American Association of University Professors
- Employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Foggy Bottom (Washington, D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- George Washington University
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Policies and institutions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Faculty Senate records, 1937-2008
- Partially Processed
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Finding aid written in English