Dr. Chapman Greer is a senior instructor of management in the Culverhouse College of Business. She currently serves as president of the Faculty Senate but has more than eight years of service as a senator and as vice president. Dr. Greer joined Culverhouse in 2009.
What were some of the highlights from the senate last year?
We have been working for eight years on paid parental leave for faculty and staff and, with the help of Executive Vice President and Provost James Dalton, and Vice President for Finance and Operations Matt Fajack, we achieved that starting in January 2022.
What are some of the senate’s goals and major projects for the 2022-2023 year?
Our number one priority is universal childcare. (The Judy Bonner Child Development Center has a 500-child waitlist.) Each of our subcommittees also has at least one major objective on which it’s working as well, including General Education reform; Faculty Handbook review; student mental health initiatives; REACH program support; legislative receptions; Brewer Porch support; funded research review; F/S Constitution and By-Laws review; Faculty Emergency Fund Development; communicating OIT and strategic communications initiatives; networking departmental and college DEI initiatives, etc.
How can fellow faculty members get involved or stay informed about the Faculty Senate?
Faculty can attend Senate meetings, which are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month. They can also review our website, which also has our meeting calendar.
What was the biggest lesson the Senate learned from the past year that will continue to make an impact on the body and how it conducts business?
We learned that when we work collaboratively across disciplines and organizations, we have greater success in meeting our goals.
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