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The Faculty Manual (St. Louis Campus)

The Faculty Manual is a foundational document setting out, in many respects, the role of the faculty in Saint Louis University governance. It also specifies rights, powers, privileges, and responsibilities of faculty.  Insofar as it does so, it is incorporated by reference in all contracts of employment between faculty and the University.  All substantive modifications to University policies and benefits referenced in this Manual may occur only after prior consultation with the Faculty Senate (p.ii).


FINAL PROPOSED TEXT OF THE "DEAN HIRING" AMENDMENT -- Presented to the Faculty Senate on January 17, 2023.  This text to be voted on, along with the other proposed amendments presented to the Senate in Spring 2022.

TEXT OF ALL PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to be voted on at the February 21, 2023 Faculty Senate Meeting

Final Proposed Faculty Manual Amendments (Spring 2022)

Initially Proposed Faculty Manual Amendments (Spring 2022)

The initially proposed amendments were introduced at the February 15, 2022, Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty feedback was solicited widely via open fora and Qualtrics. Edits were made based on this feedback, and the SLU president and provost approved the proposed amendments. The final text of the amendments was presented at the March 22 Faculty Senate meeting, with the intention that the Senate vote to approve the amendments at its April 19 meeting so the Board of Trustees could consider them at its early May meeting.

Objections to proposed Amendment #1, Hiring of Deans with Faculty Appointments, resulted in none of the amendments moving forward.  While the Senate supported the other proposed amendments, the Provost stated that he would only take the amendments to the Board as a group, so no vote was held and further discussion of the contested amendment was postponed until fall.  Over the summer, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee drafted revised text for the contexted amendment in consultation with faculty and the  Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual.  Senate President Tomazic updated the Senate about this development at a special Senate session on August 30, 2022, and subsequently distributed the revised text to senators for discussion.  Further modifications  were proposed at the October 18th and December 13th Senate meetings (see below).  Feedback on the December 13th text may be submitted HERE through 5:00pm January 11, 2023.  The Senate will discuss this amendment at its January 17, 2023, meeting with the intention of voting to approve it at the February 21, 2023 Senate meeting so it and the other amendments initially proposed in Spring 2022 can be considered by the Board later that month.

The Faculty Manual Committee reviewed the latest feedback and made two substantive edits to the text presented at the December Senate meeting (see link above).  This text was presented to the Senate at its January 17, 2023 meeting and will be voted on at the Senate's February 21, 2023 meeting.

Currently Proposed Amendment #1 Text Presented by Provost at December 13, 2022, Faculty Senate Meeting

Provost's Options Summary for Amendment #1 (October 18, 2022)

Proposed revised text of Amendment #1: Hiring of Deans with Faculty Appointments
(August 30, 2022)

Current Faculty Manual (2021)

Effective September 24, 2021

View Final Text of the Proposed Amendments (Spring 2021)
The Board of Trustees adopted these (Spring 2021) amendments on September 24, 2021; except for amendment #6 (which will be implemented in FY23), they became effective that day.  To be clear, amendment #6--the requirement for third-year review of non-tenure track (NTT) faculty--is now applicable to NTT faculty who are new starting July 1, 2022, and later, and current NTT faculty who, as of July 1, 2022, have been employed at SLU for under three years.

Other changes made pursuant to a 2016 amendment (Sec. IV):

The Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual is authorized to make minor changes that do not alter the substance or meaning of the text and that, as appropriate, reflect current usage. Such changes take effect when made and will be followed by timely documentation on the Faculty Manual website.

Previous Editions of The Faculty Manual

Process for Amendment of The Faculty Manual

The Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Committee on The Faculty Manual coordinates the revision process, including the proposal of revisions, of The Faculty Manual. All proposed amendments are reviewed by and voted upon by the Faculty Senate per the terms of The Faculty Manual.

A multi-step process with opportunities for public comment and review by senators and other faculty is used for amendments to The Faculty Manual. In November 2012, the Faculty Manual Revision Task Force outlined the process which has been in effect since that time. 

View the Summary

The Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Committee on The Faculty Manual

2022-2023 Membership

Faculty Senate Leadership

  • Terry Tomazic, Faculty Senate President
  • Christine Rollins, Faculty Senate President Elect1

Faculty Representatives Appointed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee2

  • Julie Birkenmaier, professor, School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice (term ends May 2023)
  • Kristine L'Ecuyer, associate professor, School of Nursing (term ends May 2024)

Standing Members

  • Miriam Joseph, special assistant to the provost [CHAIR]
  • Jane McHowat, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (SOM)
  • Danielle Uy, vice president and general counsel

1 Member will be either the Faculty Senate President-Elect or the currently serving Faculty Senate Past President.
2  Faculty representatives serve two-year staggered terms, renewable once.