The Academic Senate is involved in overseeing and staffing four basic types of committees. First, there are a number of standing Senate committees. The standing committees focus on areas of continuing concern, including but not limited to, faculty rights and affairs, campus climate, and sustainability. Second, the Senate coordinates with the Provost’s office overseeing and staffing a number of joint Provost/Senate Committees. Third, the Senate makes recommendations to the Provost regarding who should serve on various University committees. Finally, most years, the Senate also sponsors one or more task forces, which are set up to address unusual or urgent issues. The committees are listed in more detail on the Senate’s website.
All of the Senate Committees are given a charge. Each committee’s charge defines its general role and duties. The charges may be modified certain years to address specific short-term issues. The charges are listed on each committee’s website.
For more information on self-nominations, roles and responsibilities, please read the Academic Senate Committee Guidelines.
Ready to serve? Complete the Committee Self Nomination Form to start the process.
Faculty Affairs Committees
- Part-Time Faculty Affairs
- Research, Teaching, Practitioner, & Clinical Faculty Affairs
- Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Affairs
Other Faculty-Focused Committees
- Senate Compensation & Benefits Committee
- Faculty Committee on Equity and Inclusion
- Faculty Environment and Employment
- Faculty Handbook
- Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
- Task Force on Faculty Councils
Joint Provost/Academic Senate Committees
The Joint Committees report to both the Senate and Senate Executive Board and another university administrative unit, such as Information Services, Libraries, Research or the Provost’s Office.
- Teaching and Learning (CTAL)
- Deadlines and Leaves
- Finances and Enrollment
- Information Services
- University Libraries
- Task Force on Annual/Merit Review
Information on University Committees can be found at https://faculty.usc.edu/leadership/service/.