About the Senate

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate 2020 /21 Executive Council Members

Matthew JacobsonFASS Chair; William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and Professor of African American Studies and of History
Steven WilkinsonFASS Deputy Chair; Nilekani Professor of Political Science, Director of the MacMillan Center, and Professor in the Instituion for Social and Policy Studies

Sybil AlexandrovSenior Lector II, Spanish and Portuguese 
Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French
Valerie Horsley, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Associate Professor of Dermatology
William NordhausSterling Professor of Economics and Professor at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Meg Urry, Isreal Munson Professor of Physics

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.