About the Senate

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate 2017

Emily Greenwood, Chair
Douglas Rogers, Deputy Chair and Secretary

Executive Council:
David Bercovici, Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Geology and Geophysics
Emily Greenwood, Chair, Classics and Professor of Classics and of African American Studies
Reina Maruyama, Professor of Physics
William NordhausSterling Professor of Economics and Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies
William Rankin, Assistant Professor of History
Douglas Rogers, Associate Professor of Anthropology

The executive council calls meetings, determines the agenda of the FAS Senate, appoints committees to assist with the FASS’s work, and organizes elections in consultation with the elections and nominations committee. The executive council serves as liaison to the administration, and has the power to act on behalf of the Senate in matters arising between meetings. It also acts as the Senate’s by-laws committee, examining and reviewing Senate rules, procedures, and by-laws at least once per year, and recommending changes to the full Senate. The executive council meets approximately once per month, roughly two weeks in advance of Senate meetings, though may meet more often or at other times as necessary.

The executive council includes seven members of the FASS, six of whom are tenured faculty members (two from each of the three divisions) and one of whom is an untenured or non-ladder faculty member.

The chair of the executive council runs the meetings of the Senate and is an ex officio member of all the Senate’s committees. The secretary/deputy chair prepares minutes of meetings, made available in electronic form for all members of the FAS. If the chair is absent, the secretary/deputy chair assumes the duties of the chair. 

The 22 member elected Senate represents faculty from all ranks and divisions within the Faculty of Arts and Science at Yale. 2015-2016 marked the Senate’s inaugural year as the chief representative and voice for the Yale FAS. While many universities have maintained faculty senates for many decades, the FAS Senate is a new contribution to faculty governance at Yale. The Senate was created in order to provide a more organized voice for the FAS faculty, to highlight and investigate issues of FAS concern, and to foster greater communication between the members of the FAS and the Yale administration.

Sub-committees of the Executive Council:

Institutional Policy Subcommittee

The Institutional Policy Subcommittee of the Executive Council is charged with reviewing the status of faculty rights and responsibilities as shall come to the attention of the Executive Council of the FASS. Relevant issues are ones that generally do not fit the purview of other FASS committees. These would include such questions as university policy on retention of email archives of faculty, revisions and status of the Faculty Handbook, inquiries for information about faculty from law-enforcement authorities, and pension status.

Subcommittee on FAS Governance
This subcommittee is charged to evaluate the recent changes in the governance of the university with particular attention to their impact on the FAS. The subcommittee should explore how arts and sciences are organized and financed at other major research universities in order to inform the Senate about alternative structures and budget processes. The committee should explore how well the changes in recent years are serving the health and excellence of the FAS and recommend changes if any are deemed warranted.

Members: Ian Shapiro (Chair), Bill Nordhaus, Beverly Gage, and Ramamurti Shankar 


The 2013 and 2014 ad hoc committee reports recommending and establishing the FAS Senate are available below.”

FAS Faculty Input Committee

Report of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate Implementation Committee