The Academic Senate is Pratt’s faculty/administration governance body, which represents faculty, chairs, and staff who teach at the Institute. The Senate acts as an advisory body to the Board of Trustees and the administration, making direct recommendations to the President and Provost without review by any intermediary. The Senate meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters to hear reports, vote on actions, and hold elections for open positions.
Responsibilities of the Senate include, but are not limited to, the following:
- reviewing academic policies and procedures,
- reviewing curricula and academic programs and structures;
- reviewing course additions and changes when those additions and changes impact the requirements of existing or proposed programs;
- providing support and advice for department- and school-level curriculum committees on curriculum development and review;
- reviewing academic services;
- establishing committees on appropriate subjects;
- assisting with the formulation of the structure and procedures of search committees for deans, vice-presidents, the provost, and the president; nominating faculty and chair membership of those committees; and interviewing finalists for those positions;
- nominating, along with other Institute bodies, faculty and chair members of Board non-standing committees;
- nominating, along with other Institute bodies, faculty and chair candidates for faculty trustee positions; and
- electing faculty and chair members of Institute committees.
Every constituent has representation through at least one departmental senator and at least one at-large senator for their constituent group (full-time faculty, part-time faculty, chairs category, or staff who teach). Large departments with more than 60 faculty have one additional senator. In addition to voting senators, there are non-voting members of the Senate selected by the President, Provost’s Council, and student government.
The Senate is led by an Executive Committee of four officers: President, Financial Officer, Information Officer, and Outreach Officer. The Senate President serves as a member of Senior Staff and major Institute Committees (e.g., Strategic Planning Committee) and as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.
The Senate officers, committee chairs, and other delegates elected by the Senate form the Steering Committee, which meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters to plan Senate activities and conduct interim business. A member of the Steering Committee also serves on Provost’s Council.
The Senate has four other standing committees, which include senators and other constituents from across the Institute:
- Academic Policy Committee (APC), which reviews policies procedures and makes recommendations to the Senate
- Institute Curriculum Committee (ICC), which reviews new and revised programs and required courses, makes recommendations to the Provost, and reports them at Senate meetings
- Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) Committee, which reviews nominations for the annual Distinguished Teacher Award and recommends candidates to the Senate
- Faculty Development Fund (FDF) Committee, which reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Provost for Faculty Development Fund awards
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For a list of officers and senators, please see the Current Roster.