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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Faculty Senate
Title:Faculty Senate records
Date:1940-2004 (bulk 1961-1997)
Reference Code:A35
Location Code:29/2, 33/4, 35/2-3
Extent: 20.85 cubic ft. (35 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The bulk of the collection spans 1960-1996 and documents the operations of the Northeastern University Faculty Senate and its committees. The collection includes agendas, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, membership lists, reports, and resolutions. Of particular interest are the meeting minutes of the Senate and the Agenda Committee, which trace the changing nature and focus of the Senate.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University's Faculty Senate was formed in 1961 by President Asa S. Knowles as an advisory and review body that would involve the faculty in administering the university. The Faculty Senate originally consisted of 24 faculty members representing the academic colleges, the provost, and seven members of the administrative faculty appointed by the president. The provost serves as chair. The Faculty Senate initially included three standing committees: Agenda, Academic and Research Policy, and Faculty Policy. The current standing committees are: Academic Policy, Admissions Policy, Agenda, Faculty Development, and Financial Affairs. The Senate Agenda Committee serves as an executive council, and its chair is Vice-Chairman of the Senate. In its early years, the Faculty Senate focused on determining its own structure and reviewing tenure, sabbaticals, and faculty benefits. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, it played a role in mediating conflicts on campus between students and the administration. By the mid-1970s, its focus had returned to faculty working conditions. In the early 1990s, it concentrated its efforts on strategic planning for Northeastern University.
Language and Scripts:The collection is in English.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: 1. Administration; 2. Committees; and 3. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Barkley, David W.
  • Bernstein, Samuel J.
  • Cord, Robert L.
  • Daynard, Richard A.
  • Ellis, Charles H., Jr.
  • Faissler, William L.
  • Finkenaur, Robert G.
  • Fullington, Norbert L.
  • Gilmore, Maurice E.
  • Glod, Carol A.
  • Grabel, Arvin
  • Greenberg, Suzanne B.
  • Herman, Sidney
  • Klein, Robert D.
  • Kruger, Louis J.
  • Lee, Frank F.
  • Lowndes, Robert P.
  • Mark, Melvin
  • Marple, Wesley W., Jr.
  • McKinnon, Sharon M.
  • Meier, Joseph
  • Morrison, Steve
  • Nichols, Irene
  • Peterfreund, Stuart S.
  • Pitkin, Donald
  • Robinson, Holbrook C.
  • Rochefort, Spencer
  • Troupe, Ralph A.
  • Wellbank, Joseph H.
  • Wilfong, Gregg

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Faculty Senate.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) -- Faculty.

  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel files (grievances in box 16) are closed for 75 years.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Alison Brown, September 1999; updated by Dominique Medal, September 2009 and October 2012; updated by Abigail Cramer, June 2012 and November 2012.