– What we do –


Support scholarship and academic activities through the Faculty Development Fund and Academic Initiatives Fund

Curriculum Review

Facilitate review of programs and required courses through the Institute Curriculum Committee


Host a community comment website for discussion of draft policies and other documents

Faculty Handbook

Maintain academic policies and procedures through the Faculty Handbook

Faculty Awards

Coordinate nominations and recommend faculty for the annual Distinguished Teacher Award and Research Recognition Award


Nominate faculty and chairs for Board positions and Institute committees

Follow @prattsenate on Twitter

Report says admissions policies that hurt minority applicants are widespread https://bit.ly/3gAmXqT

Distinguished Teacher 2021-22 Prof. Heather Horton reflects on the historical significance of earning a degree in the pandemic at the #PrattGrad21 online commencement ceremony @PrattInstitute @hadpratt https://player.vimeo.com/video/554278014?autoplay=1#t=13m30s

Colleges consider how to incorporate new CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals into their planning https://bit.ly/3fwERdt

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About the Senate

The Academic Senate is a shared governance body representing faculty, chairs, and teaching staff at Pratt Institute. The Senate advises the Board of Trustees and administration, and its main responsibilities include academic policy review, curriculum review, funding opportunities, and nominations and elections for various positions, including nominating Pratt’s annual Distinguished Teacher and Research Recognition Award.

The Senate meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters to hear reports, vote on actions, and hold elections for open positions (see minutes). The Senate also convenes a Plenary meeting with the Institute President and Provost once each semester. Members of the Pratt community are welcome to attend Senate meetings.