About the Senate

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate 2019/20 (meeting dates listed below)

Executive Council:
Chair: John Geanakoplos, James Tobin Professor of Economics and Director Hellenic Studies, Yale University; External Professor Santa Fe Institute
Deputy Chair and Secretary: Jennifer Klein, Department of History
Members of the Executive Committee:
Jill Campbell, English Department
Emily Erikson, Sociology Department
Sandro Gomez, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Shiri Goren, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Modern Hebrew Program at Yale
Valerie Horsley, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

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.

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


Meeting dates for 2019/20:

Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Rm. B1, 28 Hillhouse Avenue (FASS mtg. October 24th)

Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Rm. B-1, 28 Hillhouse Avenue (may be rescheduled) (FASS mtg. November 21st)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Rm. B1, 28 Hillhouse Avenue (FASS mtg. December 10th)

Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Rm. B1, 28 Hillhouse Avenue (FASS mtg. January 16th)

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Rm. B-1, 28 Hillhouse Avenue (FASS mtg. February 20th)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1-3 PM - Luce Hall Rm. 302, 34 Hillhouse Avenue (FASS meeting March 26)

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM, VIA ZOOM

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, VIA ZOOM