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UMass Dartmouth Faculty Senate records

Identifier: URC-025

Scope and Contents

collection consists of minutes of meetings and committees, arranged chronologically, as well as subject files from the late 1980s through 1990s, arranged alphabetically. The first constitution is with 1965 minutes. Current minutes and the current constitution are available on the Faculty Senate web site at The collection is an open series (additions to be made annually). Reports of individual Faculty Senate committees are included with the general faculty senate minutes. Minutes and attachments generated by individual committees, as kept by members and donated to the archives, will be filed in Box 22 and above, alphabetical by committee.


  • 1965-2013


Conditions Governing Access

No known restrictions

Biographical / Historical

The Faculty Senate is an organization made up of members of the faculty, concerned with academic matters and matters relating to the intellectual life of the university, including policies on admission, grading and academic regulations, granting of awards, student activities and cultural affairs, and policies governing University Research, the library, and computer usage. The Senate consists of 51 voting members, 3 from each of the academic councils (CVPA, Business and Industry, Engineering, Humanities, Nursing and Social Sciences), one professional librarian and 29 members at large; each elected to 3 year terms. The existence of the Faculty Senate is mandated by the Faculty Federation Agreement with the Board of Trustees (the contract). The SMTI Faculty Senate was organized in November of 1965, with Professor Anthony J. John as its first elected Vice-Chairman and Dr. Joseph Driscoll, SMTI president, as ex-officio Chairman. Early meetings were held at Dartmouth High School for lack of a location on campus. The original purpose, as stated in its first constitution, was to represent the faculty in “the determination of educational and research policies” and to make recommendations on such matters as “subject matter and methods of instruction, requirements for admission for academic performance” and, through recommendations, to “maintain and develop public relations.” Primarily, the Senate was organized to serve as a recommendatory body to serve “not only the needs of the faculty but, also, to be of aid to the administration and governing board in matters relating to the faculty.”


9.2 Linear Feet (22 manuscript boxes)

7.62 Megabytes (90 files in 4 folders)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Faculty Senate file cabinet by Ron DiPippo, and from the files of the secretary, Paige Gibbs, in 1997, accession # 98-2 and 98-3. Earlier records were retrospective, transferred from F13 & F14 of the old system of cataloguing. 1965 records donated by the Faculty Federation Office in 2002. Admission Committee records from Les Cory, accession # 03-12.

UMass Dartmouth Faculty Senate records
Kyle Carey
May 2001
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Third edition

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA