On March 7 join the Faculty Senate, Professional Staff Sentate,
students, administration, and alumni for the Second Annual Shared
Governance Day at UB.
The Second Annual Shared Governance Day will be celebrated by
the UB Office of University Shared Governance: Faculty and
Professional Staff Senates, in conjunction with students,
administration, and alumni. In the spirit of positioning UB as a
leader in the SUNY system of shared governance, the UB Faculty
Senate and Professional Staff Senate have declared that the first
Tuesday of March be known as “Shared Governance Day”
and that it be observed together by the five pillars of shared
governance, including faculty, staff, students, administration and
councils, as well as our alumni associations, through a series of
informative, collegial, and celebratory events.
The featured event of the day will take place at 3:00pm in the
Center for Tomorrow: the second historic joint session of the UB Faculty Senate and
the UB Professional Staff
Senate. Fredonia President Dr. Virgina "Ginny"
Horvath, University Senate Parliamentarian Sharon
Cramer , University Faculty Senate President Peter
Knuepfer , UB Undergraduate Student Association President Matt
Rivera, UB Council Student Representative James
Corra, UB Graduate Student Association (GSA) President Tanja
Aho, UB JSMBS UB
Arquette, Provost Charles "Chip"
Zukoski and others will address attendees and along with
Faculty Senate Chair Philip
Glick and Professional Staff Senate Chair Domenic
J. Licata will participate in a panel discussion and audience
Q&A on shared governance. Following the joint session, Campus
Dining and Shops will provide specially prepared selections from @UBBigBlue and @UBLittleBlue.
Shared Governance Day was started in 2016. In the fall of 2015,
a resolution to change the name of the Faculty Senate and
Professional Staff Senate office name to The Office of University
Shared Governance was approved by both senates and promulgated by
President Satish Tripathi. The change signifies that in regards to
each other and with the other members of UB shared governance, the
senates will inculcate of the values of trust, collegiality,
dialogue, sharing perspectives, listening, shared sense of purpose,
recognizing differences while remaining open to finding common
ground and transparency of information.
Governance in the SUNY system has been enthusiastically
supported by Chancellor
Nancy Zimpher and the SUNY
Voices Initiative. Shared Governance is a collaboration between
faculty, staff, students, administration and governing boards in
carrying out the paradigm of shared governance. This collaboration
includes but is not limited to: trust, collegiality, dialogue,
mutual respect, sharing perspectives, listening, a shared sense of
purpose, and shared accountability; always being mindful of
diversity and inclusion; always remembering some of us have certain
privileges and experiences of life that others have not; remaining
humble, recognizing differences while remaining open to finding
common ground and transparency of information. In essence it boils
down to “effective and constructive” engagement by the
administration and trustees with the faculty, staff and students.
Not just effective and constructive engagement, but also timely
engagement. We need to be proactive, not reactive on important
issues. As most importantly, we all need to be at the table, with a
voice and a vote.
At 2:00pm in 531 Capen there will be a special meeting of the UB
Campus Governance Leaders group with Ginny Horvath. The CGL was
convened by previous Chairs Ezra Zubrow (Faculty Senate) and Ann
Marie Landell (Professional Staff Senate) and includes leadership
from constituent groups across the UB community, including the UUP,
CSEA, PEF, PBA, RF, GSA and SA. The CGL meets regularly to discuss
governance issues and shared concerns.
The Faculty Senate and the Professional Staff Senate are making
significant efforts towards meaningful representation of their
constituents and their roles in shared governance. The SUNY
Governance Handbook defines shared governance as the
“structures and processes through which faculty, professional
staff, administration, governing boards and students participate in
the development of policies and in decision making that affect the
institution.” Policy is not something that “just
happens,” but rather should involve those with specific areas
of experience and expertise who are directly impacted.
For more information, contact the UB Office of University Shared
543 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260, 716-645-2003.
Philip Glick, Chair of the Faculty Senate, email@example.com
Domenic J. Licata, Chair of the Professional Staff Senate, firstname.lastname@example.org