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Faculty Council

From Mark Schroeder, Professor of Philosophy and President of the USC Dornsife Faculty Council for 2013-2014:

Welcome to the USC Dornsife Faculty Council Web site. The Council is the only elected body that represents the interests of the whole of the USC Dornsife faculty. We are elected by full-time USC Dornsife faculty members, including tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track faculty, and we represent the USC Dornsife faculty on matters of general associated concern. We play an advisory role to the administration within USC Dornsife, and also an important role in representing USC Dornsife to the University as a whole.

We regularly communicate with the Dean of USC Dornsife and with members of her or his senior administration, and we have had significant influence on the development of policies and initiatives by senior administration, a recent notable example being the development of policy regarding non-tenure-track faculty. We regularly bring forward to the USC Dornsife deans problems and concerns identified by members of our faculty, and we work with the deans in addressing these issues, both as a deliberative body of the whole and through our Council caucuses (Curricular Affairs, Research and Faculty Advancement, Diversity/NTT Affairs and Constitutional/Strategic). At the level of university-wide faculty governance, we represent the faculty of USC Dornsife in the Academic Senate, and bring USC Dornsife perspectives to the deliberations of that body, as well as directly to the Provost’s office and other university administrators.

In 2013-2014, the Faculty Council has adopted the theme "Making the Most of our Faculty," to remind us of the many ways in which faculty represent both USC Dornsife's greatest investment, and also our greatest resource.  We expect to have an ongoing conversation all year about ways in which we can better take advantage of this resource and continue to improve in support for faculty in their ongoing career development.

Getting Involved

The Faculty Council meets the first Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm in 321 Ray Irani Hall, and all meetings are open to any faculty to attend. In addition, each September the Faculty Council hosts a general meeting of the USC Dornsife Faculty to help to set the agenda for the year. In 2013 the meeting will be held in SGM 123 from 3:30-5:30pm on either Friday September 20, or Monday September 23rd (TBD). Occasionally the Faculty Council may include faculty who are not representatives on ad hoc committees on issues of current importance, and that can be another opportunity to serve.

Finally, elections are held each spring for a two-year term on the Council, and we are always looking for strong and active contributing members with good ideas about how to strengthen faculty governance within USC Dornsife and work constructively with the college administration to further faculty interests, advance USC Dornsife within the university and improve USC Dornsife for everyone.

Contacting Us

If you are a USC Dornsife faculty member with an issue of concern that you would like to bring to the attention of the Faculty Council, you may do so by contacting any representative (listed on this website), or by emailing