University of Michigan Faculty Senate members will be able to help shape the university’s plans for the fall semester through a new online survey.


The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs is running the survey from June 25 through July 2. Faculty will have a chance to weigh in on various topics, from online instruction to their own comfort level with teaching on campus amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A link to the survey has been sent to Faculty Senate members and may also be requested through the Faculty Senate Office.

SACUA Chair Colleen Conway said the results will be shared with university administrators ahead of a July 8 Faculty Senate virtual town hall featuring President Mark Schlissel and Interim Provost Susan Collins.

“The message that we really want to get across to faculty is that this information should help administration to make decisions about fall planning that have yet to be made. … Please fill out the survey so that your voice is heard,” Conway said.

During the town hall, Schlissel and Collins will talk about plans for the fall semester and take questions. Then, participants will break into small groups for additional discussion.

The town hall will run from 3-4:30 p.m. July 8 on the video conferencing platform Zoom. The Faculty Senate Office will send an email invitation to Faculty Senate members by July 3, with a link to the town hall meeting.

The Faculty Senate consists of all professorial faculty, librarians, full-time research faculty, executive officers and deans. SACUA is the nine-member executive arm of the university’s central faculty governance system, which includes the Senate Assembly and the Faculty Senate.