Election Procedures

Senate terms are for three years. However, it is  understood that a Senator may not be able to serve out their term for various, very legitimate reasons, e.g., a sabbatical leave, a  new  service commitment, etc. Advanced notice should always be given so that the vacancy can be filled in a timely fashion.

Department Senate Seats

  1. Upcoming seat vacancies can be determined from this directory. Elections are typically held in the spring.
  2. The slate can include a member of the RTE* faculty only if the unit has two Senate seats, one of which is currently occupied by a member of the UF* faculty. If a department has two seats both of which need to be filled, then two elections are required. The slate for the first election can only include members of the  UF*. The slate for the second election can include members from either the UF* or the  RTE*.
  3. The electorate must include all TT and RTE* faculty in the unit but can include others by agreement. Senators are not appointed–they are elected.
  4. Elections must be by secret ballot. This is most easily accomplished via email with (for example) the department manager in charge of the tabulation. Elections must be staged even if there is just one candidate.
  5. Department Senators serve for  three years.

College RTE At-Large Seats

  1. Upcoming seat vacancies can be determined from this directory. Elections are typically held in the spring.
  2. Any member of the RTE* Faculty in the college can place their name on the slate. Individuals who are so inclined should contact the office of their college dean.
  3. The electorate must include all TT and RTE* faculty in the college but can include others by agreement.
  4. Elections must be by secret ballot.
  5. College RTE At-Large Senators serve for three years.

University At-Large Seats

  1. Upcoming seat vacancies can be determined from this directory. Elections are typically held in the spring under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of Faculty. Individuals interested in running for a University At-Large seat should contact the DoF office.
  2. The electorate consists of those members of the University and RTE Faculties who have University Voting Rights as listed here.
  3. University At-Large Senators serve for three years.

Designated Seats

  1. At the start of the academic year, Cornell Academics and Professors Emeriti designate a Professor Emeritus/a or Associate Professor Emeritus/a  to serve as its Faculty Senate representative.
  2. At the start of the academic year, Cornell University Libraries designates a member of the RTE* Faculty to serve as its Faculty Senate representative.

Non-Voting Ex Officio Seats

  1. At the start of the academic year, each of the following entities designate a member of their consituency to serve as its liaison to the Faculty Senate: the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Student Assembly,  the Employee Assembly, and the Reserve Officers Training Corp.