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Message from the Chair

Christopher D. Spilling

The Faculty Senate and University Assembly of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) are designated by the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University to exercise the functions delegated to them by the faculty as a whole. The Faculty Senate meets four times each semester and the University Assembly meets at least twice. The members of both Senate and Assembly consider important issues and make relevant decisions on behalf of the campus community, as well as provide advisory roles for the Chancellor and the University senior administration. The two bodies collectively represent the interests of the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Missouri-St. Louis -- a premier urban research university.

In 2012, the Senate and University Assembly, under the able leadership of Curator’s Professor Michael Murray, underwent a five year review. It was clear from review committee reports that shared governance is taken seriously at UMSL. A number of review committee recommendations have been acted upon and others are under consideration. Particularly useful and informative was an orientation for new members presented by members of the 2011-2012 Steering Committee. The effectiveness of the senate and assembly in shared governance is derived from the work of the 22 committees. However,
it is important that all of the campus community is engaged in and informed about the work of the senate and assembly. This goal can be achieved if the representatives act as conduits for information to and from their various constituencies.

For the last several years it seems like the focus has been on addressing budget cuts, but
I feel that we may finally be turning a corner. I am encouraged by the many positive changes about to take place on campus. This coming year will see the reinstatement of campus research awards, the move of St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU) to the Grand Center will be completed, and we will witness long awaited new construction on campus with the Wellness Center and the Benton-Stadler renovation. Last but not least, UMSL will celebrate its Jubilee -- 50 years of providing the St. Louis region with affordable education and cutting edge research.

I look forward to serving as Chair of the Faculty Senate in 2012-2013 and will work hard to forward the goals of the faculty, staff and students of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and support the University in service to St. Louis and the State of Missouri. If you have questions about the University Assembly or Faculty Senate, please contact us via


Chris Spilling, Professor
Chair, Faculty Senate and University Assembly