Faculty Handbook Revision Committee


Professor Kirsten Thompson (Chair), VP for Policies, Academic Assembly, CAS, 2020-2023
TBA, CSE, 2021-2023 (Elected by AcA)
Dean Sarah Watstein, Library, 2020-2023 (Provost Appointee)
Professor Margit McGuire, COE, 2021-2023 (Elected by AcA)
TBA, 2021-2022 (Provost Appointee)
Associate University Counsel David Lance, (Ex-Officio), Office of University Counsel, No Term (Provost Appointee)
Associate Professor Mo-Kyung Sin, CON, 2020-2023 (Elected by AcA)


Faculty Handbook Revision Committee assists and advises the Faculty and the Provost in maintaining and updating the Faculty Handbook, the principal governing contract at Seattle U. Amendments to the Handbook may be proposed in writing to this committee by any of the following: the President, Provost, any departmental/academic unit by motion passed at a departmental/academic unit meeting, the Academic Assembly, the Council of Deans, any fulltime* faculty member (including professional librarians and administrators holding academic rank) with the written endorsement of 10 additional faculty members; and the Faculty Handbook Revision Committee itself.  Periodically, the Committee may undertake more comprehensive and extensive revisions to the Handbook.

(* NB: language specifying requirements for fulltime status is currently pending with the Provost)

Committee Charter

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Recommendatory to the President, through the Provost, for submission to the Board of Trustees.


As needed, at the discretion of the Chair.


The Faculty Handbook Revision Committee shall be a committee coordinated by the Academic Assembly. The Vice President for Policies of Academic Assembly will chair the committee. Three faculty members who are not members of the Academic Assembly will be appointed to the committee by the Academic Assembly. The Provost shall appoint a Dean and another tenured or tenure-track faculty member to the committee. The Provost will serve on the committee ex officio and be a nonvoting member. The four faculty members other than the Vice President of the Academic Assembly will serve staggered three year terms, and each will represent a different school or college.

Reports to

Provost and Academic Assembly

Minutes Distribution

Committee communicates its recommendations or decisions to the proposal initiator and to other concerned parties.


The Faculty Handbook Revision Committee was formed upon the approval of the Faculty Handbook in 1986. Before the inception of the Faculty Handbook, a Statutes Revision Committee existed to make academic policy changes.