Message from the Moderator
It is my joy to serve as Faculty Senate moderator for the 2016-18 term, to which Azusa Pacific University faculty colleagues elected me in 2015. This is my 25th year at APU, and I am excited to work on behalf of my colleagues, affirming the university’s mission as disciples and scholars who are difference makers for God’s Kingdom in this world. I truly believe God called me to serve in this way at this time.
As moderator, I oversee faculty governance, which is a privilege faculty have in shared governance at APU. The Faculty Senate is the overarching governance body through which academic activities are processed, and it serves as an integral part of the institution’s educational framework. As part of the Senate’s mission, this academic body oversees all faculty councils and their respective committees that review, approve, and monitor curriculum, as well as other relevant faculty matters such as faculty research and scholarship, grievance procedures, and workload and compensation. In addition, Faculty Senate represents the entire faculty to the Board of Trustees, administration, staff, students, and the general APU community.
The Faculty Senate is composed of more than 30 senators, chosen by their respective faculty units, which are the schools and colleges and the library department. Each senator is committed to representing and informing faculty throughout APU on issues that pertain to matters addressed within faculty governance and the community at large. I encourage you to get to know your Senate representatives and to communicate your thoughts and concerns to them so that you can be an active part of the difference being made at APU through shared governance.
Faculty Senate meetings are held twice each month, and while the senators are voting members, 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.” 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. If you have concerns that you would like me to address and/or pray over, please contact me.