Shared Governance Committee releases draft report; feedback invited

View of Kirkland Hall and the Vanderbilt campus in Spring.
(Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt)

The Shared Governance Committee has released a draft report of its work and invites feedback from all faculty. As previously announced, the committee, in partnership with the Faculty Senate, has scheduled two town hall meetings to present a brief overview of its recommendations and receive feedback.

Consistent with the “discussion stage” recommendation in the report, the committee and senate encourage participants to read the draft report in advance of the town halls and to come prepared to offer feedback that the committee and senate can work to incorporate into the final version of the report. The town hall meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations:

Thursday, March 22, 3:30–5 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema

Tuesday, March 27, noon–1:25 p.m.
Light Hall, Room 214

If you are unable to attend a town hall meeting—or in addition to attending—you can provide anonymous feedback on the draft report here. For questions or for more information, please contact

The Shared Governance Project, launched by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in November 2016, was designed to deepen faculty engagement in university decision-making and initiatives. The Shared Governance Committee was appointed by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente. The committee includes faculty nominated by their deans from Vanderbilt’s 10 colleges and schools, including representatives from both the basic science and clinical departments in the School of Medicine.

“We launched this project to look at our current faculty governance practices and processes and to think about ways we can enhance them and potentially develop new ways to engage faculty voices in university initiatives,” Wente said. “Our ultimate goal is to ensure that our initiatives and priorities continue to be shaped by faculty input and expertise to further strengthen our One Vanderbilt approach to teaching, research and service.”