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Senate Positions

Below you will find a listing of the positions, their descriptions, and the duration of the term for that position.

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Executive Board Positions

President (2 years)

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Student Senate, preside at Student Senate and Executive Board meetings, be responsible for the prompt and orderly execution of all Senate resolutions, represent the Student Senate at official functions, serve as the official Student Senate spokesperson to the administration and college community, serve on the following committees: Board of Trustees, Long range Financial Planning, and President Inauguration, prepare the agenda for Student Senate meetings, call all Student Senate meetings including the Executive Board and Special Meetings, appoint an Election Committee in consultation with the Executive Board with the Vice President as Chairperson, designate another Senator to preside over the Election Committee if the Vice-President is a candidate for office, appoint Senators in consultation with the Executive Board, to serve on College Committees and hire and supervise the Student Senate clerk.


Vice-President (2 years)

The Vice President shall preside over the Student Senate and Executive Board meetings in the absence of the President, represent the Student Senate at official functions, as designated by the President, succeed to the office of Student Senate President in the event a vacancy occurs in that office until the next Executive Board election, chair the Election Committee as designated by the President unless a candidate, oversee all Student Senate standing committees.


Communications Officer (1 year)

The Communication Officer shall maintain communication between the Student Senate and the University Community, update the Student Senate website and post other public correspondence as necessary, supervise the publicity of Student Senate activities, document Student Senate activities.


Parliamentarian (1 year)

The Parliamentarian shall assist in the orderly operation of meetings, clarify the Constitution and Bylaws, oversee all Student Senate ad hoc committees, report to the Student Senate concerning ad hoc committees, coordinate training sessions regarding parliamentary procedure, or the Student Senate.


Treasurer (1 year)

The Treasurer shall be the fiscal officer of the Student Senate, draft a budget in consultation with the Executive Board and Student Senate advisor(s), submits the budget for adopted by the Student Senate and to the advisors for approval after adoption, collect and distribute Student Senate funds as authorized by the Senate or Executive Board, keep complete records of all financial transactions, present financial reports to the Student Senate at each meeting, create budget allocation after officer elections, with the advice of the Student Senate advisor(s) for the following year, complete all financial paperwork relating to Student Senate activity.

Committee Chair Positions

Academic Affairs Committee (1 year)

Responsible for taking the leading role in gathering the information and building the relationships necessary to make progress on the academic issues of collective interest to TC students. Such issues include course offerings, colloquiums, advisement, degree requirements, and course evaluations, among others. As such, it is the responsibility of the chair and the committee to explore additional opportunities that contribute to the overall Teachers College community through improving the academic climate of the institution.


Institutional Affairs Committee (1 year)

Designed to address issues concerning the Institution, meaning the internal and external operations of Teachers College. These issues can relate to the building and administrative facilities of the college. Administrative facilities can be defined as the Registrar, Financial Aid, Cafeteria, Library, Residence Halls, and other support functions of the Administration that impact the student experience. Other topics the IA committee may wish to address relate to the safety of the school and its surrounding areas, space for social gatherings, classroom and overall building conditions. As such, it is up to the chair and the committee to find ways to contribute to the overall Teachers College community by improving the operations of the Institution.


Student Life Committee (1 year)

Responsible for taking the leading role in gathering the information and building the relationships necessary to improve Student Life and build community among TC students. As such, the Student Life Committee is responsible for dealing with student life issues of collective student concern, empowering student organizations to create appropriate programming for students, organizing and implementing Senate-sponsored events, and working with the Office of Student Life and other offices as needed.


University Affairs Committee (1 year)

Shall act as the liaison to the University wide community. It is responsible for taking the leading role in representing, gathering and disseminating information, and building relationships necessary to make progress on University-wide student concerns. These concerns may include but are not limited to areas of student-life, academic affairs, and facilities. Where student interests are closely related to the interests of other areas in the Senate, the Committee shall forward or work closely with the appropriate committees. The University Affairs Committees jurisdiction shall be limited to matters of University-wide student concern.

Specialty Senator Positions

University Senator (2 year)

The University Senator shall serve on the University Student Affairs Committee and other University-wide committees as necessary, attend the monthly University Senate Plenary sessions and report to the Student Senate at its bi-monthly meetings.


Community Life Senator (1 year)

The Community Life Senator shall attend to Student Senate business that pertains to quality of life issues in areas of the College such as student services, health services, career services, and enrollment services.


Diversity Senator (1 year)

The Diversity Senator shall serve as a member of the Student Life Committee promote and enhance the mission of the Student Senate to ensure that diversity is embraced and incorporated within its programming and outreach efforts.


Financial Aid Senator (1 year)

The Financial Aid Senator shall serve as a member of the Institutional Affairs Committee attend to Student Senate business as it pertains to student support and advocacy in financial aid matters.


Student Organization Senator (1 year)

The Student Organization Senator shall serve as a member of the Student Life Committee, attend to Student Senate business as it pertains to student organizations serve as liaison between the Student Senate and the Office of Student Activities and Programs regarding student organizations.


Special Projects Senator (1 year)

The Special Projects Senator shall serve as a member of at least one unspecified standing committee, attend to Student Senate business as recommended by the Executive Board.


GoGreen Senator (1 year)

The Go Green Senator shall serve as a member of the college-wide Go Green committee attend to Student Senate business as recommended by the Executive Board.

Senator Positions

Arts and Humanities

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Biobehavioral Sciences

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Counseling and Clinical Psychology

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Curriculum and Teaching

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Education Policy and Social Analysis

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Health and Behavior Studies

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Human Development

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

International & Transcultural Studies

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Math, Science, and Technology

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Leadership and Organization

  • Masters Student Senator (1 year)

  • Doctoral Student Senator (1 year)

Staff

Operations Coordinators (1 year)

The two Operations Coordinators shall organize the logistics of the Student Senate including taking meeting minutes, overseeing Student Senate communications, managing the Senate website and social media, coordinating purchases and assisting the President in all necessary tasks. This position is Work-Study.