– 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 annual awards
Distinguished Teacher Award
Research Recognition Award
Academic Service Award


Nominate faculty and chairs for Board positions and Institute committees

Follow @prattsenate on Twitter

Real wages for full-time faculty members decreased 5% after adjusting for inflation, the largest one-year decrease on record since the AAUP began tracking this measure in 1972.

Congratulations to Shakti Bhagchandani, Adjunct Associate Professor in Film/Video, winner of the 2022-23 @PrattInstitute Distinguished Teacher Award #PrattGrad22 https://prattsenate.org/dta/winners/shakti-bhagchandani

Congratulations to Profs. Scott Ruff and Jeffrey Hogrefe, winners of the @PrattInstitute 2022-23 Research Recognition Award for their publication In Search of African American Space: Redressing Racism https://www.pratt.edu/researchopenhouse/2022/research-recognition-award

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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.