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Faculty Council

From Darren Ruddell, assistant professor (teaching) of spatial sciences, director of undergraduate studies for the Spatial Sciences Institute and president of the USC Dornsife Faculty Council for 2015-16:

Welcome to the USC Dornsife Faculty Council (DFC) website. The Council is the only elected body that represents the interests of the whole of the USC Dornsife faculty. Full-time USC Dornsife faculty members, including tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty, elect us to 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 bring forward to the USC Dornsife deans problems and concerns identified by members of our faculty. We work with the deans in addressing these issues, both as a deliberative body of the whole and through our Council caucuses (Faculty Affairs and Mentoring, Non Tenure Track Affairs, Curricular Planning and Research).   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.

Getting Involved

The Faculty Council meets the first Wednesday of each month from 3-5 p.m. in 321 Ray Irani Hall, and all meetings are open to any faculty member to attend. This year we are particularly interested in including other faculty who are not representatives on the DFC caucuses.  Please contact for more information on how you can get involved.

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, or by emailing