Faculty Handbook 2013-2014

I. Faculty Organization and Governance (Faculty Senate)

Organizational Chart
Georgia Southwestern State University Mission Statement 
Diversity Statement 
Faculty and Administration Shared Governance 
Faculty Meetings
Faculty Senate

Organizational Chart

GSW Org Chart 2013

Georgia Southwestern State University Mission Statement

1 Georgia Southwestern State University cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community.  Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs.

1 Approved by GSW faculty 04/30/10 and the Board of Regents 08/11/10

Diversity Statement

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) embraces diversity as an integral part of being a caring community of lifelong learners. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse, accessible, civil and supportive campus. GSW provides an environment and curriculum which affirms pluralism of beliefs and opinions, including diversity of religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, disability, age and socioeconomic class.

The University will implement and adhere to policies and procedures which discourage harassment and other behaviors that infringe upon the freedom and respect that every individual deserves.

Faculty and Administration Shared Governance

Faculty members participate in policy making and policy decision for the University through the shared governance system. The Faculty Committees, as identified in the Statutes, conduct work of the Faculty. The Committees are responsible for study, investigation, and preparation of policy proposals and for forwarding policy recommendations through the Faculty Senate to the Faculty for approval.

Any employee or student may initiate a policy change by submitting a written proposal to the appropriate committee. The chair of each committee can assist an initiator in determining any proposal format required by his or her committee.

For the shared governance system to be effective, each individual faculty member must understand and have an interest in the accomplishments of the University and assume his or her professional responsibility to initiate action, to debate action, and to vote on action. This may be done as a member of a committee, the Senate or the faculty.

Faculty Meetings

The faculty meets at least once each term. Special faculty meetings may be called by the President when deemed necessary. The minutes of the meeting are kept by a faculty secretary appointed by the faculty. A copy of the minutes of each faculty meeting will be supplied to faculty members.

Faculty Senate

The purpose of the Faculty Senate shall be to constitute a body representative of the faculty, to advise the University on matters relative to the life of the University, and to facilitate the work of the faculty.