University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Faculty Organizations Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator University of Houston. Faculty Organizations, 1951-2005University of Houston. Faculty AssemblyUniversity of Houston. Faculty AssociationUniversity of Houston. Faculty Senate
Collection Title Faculty Organizations Records
Dates 1951-2005
Identification 1969-063
Physical Description 2.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Faculty Association

The Faculty Association of the University of Houston Constitution and By - Laws, adopted January 20, 1947 outlined the principle purposes as: to foster a bond of fellowship among its members; to promote the progress of the University of Houston; to act as a service organization and open forum, and to direct the operation of the Faculty Club. Membership was limited to full time faculty, including research faculty of the University of Houston whose duties were primarily non-administrative.

On November 19, 1962, a faculty committee concluded that the first three parts of the Faculty Association Constitution were being served by the Faculty Senate, and that the sole purpose of the Faculty Associates seemed to be; "To direct the operation of the Faculty Club." The merger Committee recommended the amalgamation of the two associations and that a committee composed of the Chairman of the two organization plus two members at large be appointed to rewrite the constitution and by laws of the new organization to be named: University of Houston Faculty Club.

Faculty Assembly

The Faculty Assembly consisted of almost 100 representatives from the institutional department and colleges, with the number of representatives varying from four to one, depending upon the student enrollment within the component involved. The Assembly had an elected president and secretary, a 14-person Faculty Council with its own Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and representative to the Executive Council; and an eight-person Steering Committee. Dr. T.C. Sinclair stated that the purpose of the Faculty Assembly would be to create a "real faculty community of scholars" and that the work of the Assembly would be carried on largely by committees.

Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate adopted its formal Constitution in May 1961, with the goal of providing "an instrument for cooperative action in attaining such ends as the member may select." The Faculty Senate reorganized, freely, in 1962 at the beginning of the Hoffman administration and formed several new committees including a Committee on University Committees, Student Life, Educational Policy, and Faculty Affairs. The first official faculty handbook was also completed during this period. The Faculty Senate consists of 52 permanent members elected by the faculty.

Shared governance is now a major goal of the organization and is defined by the Faculty Senate as the "collective commitment of the faculty and administration at the University of Houston to work cooperatively, together with the University Constituencies, to achieve a common vision of excellence for the University.

Scope and Contents

The Faculty Organizations Records primarily consist of organizational minutes, as well as constitutions, bylaws, and reports. Records include those of the Faculty Association (1954-1963), Faculty Assembly 91951-1959), and Faculty Senate (1969-2005).

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection has been divided into three sub-series; Faculty Association, Faculty Assembly, and the Faculty Senate, with the materials placed into chronological order.
The records arrived at the archives in relatively good order, which has been maintained where possible. For preservation and access reasons the collection has been re-boxed and re-foldered. New folder titles conform, as closely as possible, to original folder titles, except when the original was obviously incomplete, incorrect, or confusing. Original folder and item order has been maintained whenever possible. Exceptions were made when folders were obviously misfiled or when no order was apparent.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

The material in this collection is in the public domain. However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston
University of Houston -- Faculty
Genre/Form of Material:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Faculty Organizations Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Detailed List of Contents

Faculty Association Minutes

Scope and Contents
This series consists of 10 folders in chronological order and date from 1954-1963. The 1959 Constitution and By-Laws of the organization is also included with this series.
Box Folder
1 1 1954-1955
2 1955-1956
3 1956-1957
4 1957-1958
5 1958-1959
6 Constitution and By-Laws 1959
7 1959-1960
8 1960-1961
9 1961-1962
10 1962-1963

Faculty Assembly Minutes

Scope and Contents
This series consists of eight folders and date from 1951-1959.
Box Folder
1 11 1951-1953
12 1954-1955
13-14 1955-1956
Box Folder
2 1 1956-1957
2 Report of the Standards Committee of the Faculty Assembly 1957-1958
3 1957-1958
4 1958-1959

Faculty Senate Minutes

Scope and Contents
This series consists of 30 folders and date from 1969-2005.
Box Folder
2 5 1969
6 1970
7 1971
8 1972
Box Folder
3 1 1973
2 1974
3 1975
4-5 1976
6-7 1977
8 1978
9 1979
10 1980
11 1981
12 1982
13 1983
14 1984
15 1985
16 1986
17 1987
18 1988
19 1989
20 1990
21 1991
22 1992
23 1993
24 1994
25 1995
26 1996
Box Folder
4 1 1997
2 1998
3 1999
4 2000
5 2001
6 2002
7 2003
8 2004
9 2005