Academic Senate

The Academic Senate is the representative body of the entire faculty at USC,  consisting primarily of representatives elected by Faculty Councils at the various schools.  RTPC, tenure-track and tenured faculty, full-time and part-time, are all eligible to serve.  For further information on faculty governance, faculty committees, and faculty resources visit the Academic Senate web site.icon-facultygovernance

RTPC faculty have been elected to every office in the Academic Senate, including President of the Faculty, Academic Vice President, Administrative Vice President, and Secretary General.  Yaniv Bar-Cohen, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, is Academic Vice President of the Senate and will be President of the Faculty during 2018-19. Ginger Clark, Professor of Clinical Education, was President of the Faculty in 2015-16.

The Senate and its committees  address a wide range of academic issues and faculty concerns, including advancing faculty rights and interests, and seeking to enrich USC as a thriving academic institution.  Part-time and well as full-time faculty are welcome to serve on every committee.  For examples  of the wide range of RTPC leadership visit RTPC and Faculty Governance.

Whenever a faculty member believes there has been unfairness,  he or she can ask the Senate’s Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee (co-chaired by RTPC and tenured faculty), the Academic Senate President, or another Senate Executive Board member, to intercede or advise.  If a faculty member believes the rules have not been followed, he or she can bring a grievance through the Academic Senate (see Faculty Handbook, chapter 7.)

Suggestions to change policies or practices can be made through the Senate  RTPC Faculty Affairs Committee or Part-time Faculty Affairs Committee.

The Senate Committee on Faculty Environment and Employment is charged with making recommendations to the Senate on steps for improvement in such areas as faculty compensation, faculty contracts, the basic terms of faculty employment, and fringe benefits.

The Committee on Finances and Enrollment helps shape the central policies of the university about university-level finances and university-level enrollment management.

(The charges to Senate committees are posted on the Senate web site.)

RTPC faculty have been represented in faculty governance since the founding of the Senate, and their role was further extended in a 2012 amendment to the Senate Constitution.