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The University Faculty

Office of the Dean

Post Doc Representation


Dear Post-Doctoral Researcher:

We are writing to see if you are content with the representation that you have under the campus governance structure. There  are four parts to this structure:

University Faculty Senate

The 1650  tenured and tenure track faculty. The University Faculty Senate meets once a month.

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

The 5600 PhD students and the 2500 Professional Degree students.  The GPSA meets every other Monday.

The Student Assembly (SA)

The 15000 undergraduates. The SA meets every Thursday.

The Employee Assembly (EA)

Everyone else  including 6800 nonacademic staff, 1020 academic professionals (350 Instructional Staff,  the 330 Research Staff, the 120 Librarians and Archivists, and the 240 Extension Staff),  and 550 Post Docs. The EA meets every other Tuesday.


Although post-docs theoretically have a voice through the EA, that body is overwhelmingly made up of nonacademic staff. It may make more sense for post docs to be able to express themselves through the GPSA or  the Faculty Senate.

One idea might be to allocate a certain number of “post doc seats” in the GPSA (0r Senate).  The post doc reps would vote but a separate tally would be maintained and reported. Such an arrangement may or may not require a formal “exit” from the EA. That is something to discuss.

Maybe you have other ideas. Or maybe you think things are fine as is. Regardless, please share you insights below. Posted comments are anonymous unless you identify yourself in the comment itself.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Charlie Van Loan (Dean of Faculty)
Chris Schaffer (Associate Dean of Faculty)



Last Updated: December 4, 2017 at 11:43 am