Greetings, and welcome to California State University, Stanislaus! Our campus, like the entire Cal State system, has a strong tradition of active faculty participation in the governance of the university, an ongoing engagement that maintains a strong faculty voice. This participation ensures the primacy of faculty voice in bedrock issues like quality of curriculum, retention and promotion of personnel, and the protection of academic freedom. As well, faculty members collaborate through governance to resolve concerns of the general faculty, draft and review policies affecting faculty and students, and more.
I invite you to review our faculty handbook, which has much useful information about the structures of faculty governance, including the Academic Senate, standing committees of the AS and general faculty, and various policies. It can be found online at: https://www.csustan.edu/faculty-handbook
Also, service in shared governance really is one of the best ways to learn about our institution and the CSU system, to meet and collaborate with your colleagues from across campus, and to make a positive, notable difference in our community. I hope that each of you values our ability to actively participate in governance, and will help to sustain the fundamental, collective contributions of our faculty. Please consider becoming involved in the shared governance of the university. You will find opportunities to participate at the department, college, university, and system levels, in a variety of ways.
Please contact me with any issues that arise, or—especially—to buy a poor Speaker some lunch: email@example.com
Again, welcome to our community, and I look forward to meeting and working with you.
Speaker of the Faculty & Chair, Academic Senate
Professor of Music