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Missouri Association of Faculty Senates

What Are the Benefits of Membership?
Membership keeps you and your institution informed concerning governance structures in Associated Senates and allows you to participate in shaping higher education in Missouri.

Your institution will have an active voice in the issues affecting higher education through MAFS.  You will strengthen your own governance organization and provide better leadership training for your members.

What is the Governance Structure?
The Executive Committee of MAFS consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Past President.  Each serves a one-year term but may be re-elected. If the President is re-elected to a subsequent term, the Past-President may continue to serve in that capacity for another term. Officers must be present or past members of a faculty senate.  Charges for the Executive Committee include the following:

  • Establish regular working/consulting executive committees of MAFS members and their administrators.

  • Create a model for better transactions between senate/council executive committees of MAFS members and their administrations.

  • Draft bylaws for the MAFS constitution.

  • Call, create agenda for, and conduct biannual and other meetings of the Association.

  • Establish and prescribe the functions of Standing Committees, appointing members and designating chairs to serve for one year.

An Advisory Council consists of the Past Presidents, excluding the immediate Past President, who serves on the Executive Committee, and one member at large.  The Advisory Council is purely an advisory body.  This Council will meet with the Executive Committee and participate in planning and discussion of all issues involving the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates. The Advisory Council has two charges:

  • Provide perspective.

  • Maintain continuity in the activities of the Association.

In addition to the Executive Committee, MAFS works through four other Standing Committees:

  • Committee on Governance

  • Committee on Faculty Status/Personnel Policies

  • Committee on Academic Programs

  • Committee on External Relations

  • Designated Voters (1) and Alternates (1) for each institution are elected by Faculty Senates/Councils and certified by the Secretary of MAFS to serve one year terms.

Annual Dues
Annual dues for Associated Senates are $50 payable by January 31.  Conference dues will be determined by the Executive Officers of the MAFS.

To e-mail all members, write to: missouri-association-of-faculty-senates@googlegroups.com