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Faculty Senate - Chair Files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UR064D

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of files maintained by the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate Barbara Floyd, during her term of service from 2007 to 2008 and as a senator until 2011, with some documents dating just prior. The files include meeting minutes, agendas, budget and finance documents, constitution and by-laws revisions, correspondence, notes, and policy documents. The activities of multiple committees and task forces are also documented. It is important to note that the bulk of the records were created just after the 2006 merger of the University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio and the Faculty Senate was in a transitional process of merging the Senates from both campuses. Thus, the Constitution and By-laws underwent extensive revisions, notes and discussion of which appear in the collection.

For a more detailed listing of the contents of this collection, please refer to the box and folder List.


  • Majority of material found within 2001 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials may be accessed by request at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Materials do not circulate

Conditions Governing Use

In most cases, the Canaday Center does not own the copyright and literary rights to items in its collections; it is the responsibility of the researcher to adhere to U.S. Copyright and Fair Use laws, including seeking permission from the copyright holder and payment of any royalty fees, in the reproduction and use of archival materials. Providing copies or scans does not constitute a license to publish or reproduce images in print or electronic form.

Biographical / Historical

The Faculty Council of the University of Toledo was formed on January 5, 1959. It originally consisted of about 110 to 120 members, but it was ultimately decided that the Senate would have approximately 75 members. Membership included the president of the University, the Dean of Academic Administration, the deans of baccalaureate degree granting colleges, the Director of Graduate Study, the University Librarian, director of non-baccalaureate degree instructional units, all professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and the staff of non-baccalaureate degree instructional units. The officers of the Council included the President of the University as chairman, a vice-chairman, who was elected by the Council for a one-year term, a secretary elected by Council members for a one-year term, and the secretary of the President who served as clerk of the Council. The remaining members were elected by the faculties of their colleges according to the size of the college. The Council would meet monthly in order to consider University faculty business and serve as the legislative arm of the faculty that would pertain to academic matters already provided for the in the By-Laws of the Board Directors. Faculty Council would also take the recommendations to the President regarding administrative matters of concern to the faculty. All members of the Faculty Council would have equal voting privileges.

In a matter of years since the development of the Faculty Council, the need for a Faculty Senate emerged, for reasons outlined below by faculty at the time:

1. [Faculty Council had] Too much power. 2. Too many problems were channeled through the Council, and 3. The Council was too large to be efficient and too small to be representative.

The Faculty Senate was created in January 1966 to address these reasons and future issues, and to serve as the voice of the faculty. The creation of the Senate resulted in the development of committees to address problems of concern to the whole University. Problems were referred to the Senate and assigned to the appropriate committee. The committees were encouraged to arrive at conclusions quickly and efficiently.

Today the Faculty Senate has a total of 64 sitting members, including 13 senators in the College of Arts and Letters, four senators in the College of Business and Innovation, six senators in the College of Health and Human Services, one in Jessup Scott Honors College, three senators Judith Herb College of Education, two in the College of Law, 14 in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, three in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and two senators from University Libraries. There continues to be multiple committees, and each committee focuses on different parts of the university, such as Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, Core Curriculum, Elections, and Constitution and Rules. The constitution of the Senate was changed and approved in May 2007 after the merger of the Faculty Senates on Main Campus and Health Science Campus. The Board of Trustees approved it on December 8, 2015.


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Accession Number is UR 17/09

Faculty Senate - Chair Files, 2001-2012
Sarah "Nicky" Rhymes
January 8, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections Repository

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