Message from the Moderator

I am happy to serve as Faculty Senate moderator, the position to which Azusa Pacific University colleagues elected me for the 2014–16 academic years. I’ve taught at APU since 1988, and I want to work as an advocate on behalf of my colleagues, affirming the university’s mission as disciples and scholars.

As moderator, I oversee faculty governance, which is a privilege faculty have in shared governance at Azusa Pacific. The Faculty Senate is the overarching governance body through which academic activities are processed, and serves as an integral part of the institution’s education framework. As part of the senate’s mission, this academic body oversees all faculty councils and their respective committees that review, monitor, and approve curriculum, as well as other relevant faculty matters such as workload and compensation, and grievance procedures. In addition, the senate represents the faculty to the Board of Trustees, the administration, students, and the general university community.

The senate is composed of more than 30 senators, chosen by their respective faculty units. Each senator is committed to representing and informing faculty throughout APU on issues that pertain to matters addressed within governance and the community at large. I encourage you to get to know your representatives and communicate your thoughts and concerns to them so you can become a part of the fingerprint being made at the university.

Senate meetings are held twice each month, and all faculty members are welcome to attend as our guests. Schedules, agendas, and minutes of the senate and full faculty meetings are posted in Community Folders under “Faculty Senate” for your information. Full faculty meetings are held regularly in the fall and spring semesters with the intent of informing faculty on relevant internal and external university matters. These large meetings are a great opportunity for our extended faculty groups to connect with and encourage each other.

Don Thorsen
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 5650
dthorsen@apu.edu