This University of Colorado Faculty Handbook has been prepared for the convenience and information of the faculty members of the University of Colorado four-campus system. This handbook brings together those University laws, policies, procedures and other information items that apply, or might be of interest, to faculty members.
Professional Rights and Duties of Faculty Members and Professional Duties of Department Chairs
The University seeks to provide and sustain an environment conducive to sharing, extending, and critically examining knowledge and values, and to furthering the search for truth as the faculty member sees it. Effective performance of this academic mission requires that University faculty members be free within their respective fields of competence to pursue and teach the truth in accord with applicable standards of scholarly inquiry.
The faculty's privileges and protections, including that of tenure, rest on the mutually supportive relationships between the faculty's special professional competence and its academic freedom, and the academic mission of the University. These relationships are also the source of the professional responsibilities of faculty members.
It is the intent of this professional standards document to protect academic freedom, to help preserve the highest standards of teaching and scholarship, and to advance the mission of the University as an institution of higher learning.
Faculty Council Library
Privilege & Tenure Committee
The P&T Committee, through its panel structure, conducts investigations and mediations of, and hearings on, grievances concerning faculty rights, privileges, and tenure, including reappointments with or without tenure, promotions, post-tenure review and suspensions, that are submitted by members of the Faculty Senate. Learn More
The following books are available for checkout in the Faculty Council Library. If you’d like to borrow any of the books listed here, please come to the Faculty Council office at 1800 Grant, Suite 745.
- 1. Anderson, Martin. Impostors in the Temple. 1992.
- 2. Blackburn, Robert T. and Janet H. Lawrence. Faculty at Work: Motivation, Expectation, Satisfaction. 1995.
- 3. Bousquet, Marc. How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation. 2008.
- 4. Bowen, Howard R. and Jack H. Schuster. American Professors: A National Resource Imperiled. 1985.
- 5. Burgen, Mary. What Ever Happened to the Faculty: Drift and Decision in Higher Education. 2006.
- 6. Clark, William. Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University. 2006.
- 7. Davenport, Noa, Ruth Distler Schwartz and Gail Pursell Elliott. Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. 2005.
- 8. Denhardt, Robert B. In the Shadow of Organization. 1981.
- 9. Dziech, Billy Wright and Linda Weiner. The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus. 2nd ed. 1990.
- 10. Gappa, Judith M., Ann E. Austin and Andrea G. Trice. Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education’s Strategic Imperative. 2007
- 11. Giamatti, A. Bartlett. A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University. 1976.
- 12. Glazer-Raymo, Judith. Unifinished Agendas: New and Continuing Gender Challenges in Higher Education. 2008
- 13. Huber, Richard M. How Professors Play the Cat Guarding the Cream. 1992.
- 14. Kimball, Roger. Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education. 1990.
- 15. Kronman, Anthony T. Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life. 2007.
- 16. Laird, Pamela Walker. Pull: Networking and Success Since Benjamin Franklin. 2006.
- 17. Mason, Henry L. College & University Government: A Handbook of Principle and Practice. 1972.
- 18. Poliakoff, Michael B. “The Challenge of Socrates: New Student Orientation, Bloomsburg University.”
- 19. Poliakoff, Michael B. Combat Sports in the Ancient World: Competition, Violence, and Culture. 1987.
- 20. Rosovsky, Henry. The University: An Owner's Manual. 1990.
- 21. Schuster, Jack H. and Martin J. Finkelstein. The American Faculty: The Re-constructuring of Academic Work and Careers. 2006.
- 22. Simpson, William Brand. Philosophy of a Concerned Academic: Within and Beyond the Ivory Tower. 1995.
- 23. Stiles, Lindley J., EdD. Can Faculty Governance Survive? 2007.
- 24. Sykes, Charles J. Prof Scam: Professors and The Demise of Higher Education. 1998.
University of Colorado Faculty Assemblies
All faculty members are part of the Faculty Assembly. The Faculty Assembly as a whole usually meets 1-2 times per academic year. A representative group known as the Representative Assembly meets monthly during the academic year. The Representative Assembly consists of the elected officers of the Faculty Assembly, elected Faculty Council representatives, elected representatives from each of the colleges and the library, the chairs of all standing committees, and at-large members elected by the Faculty. Learn more
Anschutz Medical Campus Faculty Assembly
The AMC Faculty Assembly consists of elected representatives from each of the campus Schools / Colleges and the Health Science Library, and the Chairs of the faculty governing organizations in each of the schools / colleges. The Officers of the AMC Faculty Assembly are elected from the membership. The Chair is a member of the Chancellor's Executive Committee. The Chair also serves as the primary campus representative to the CU Faculty Council. The Assembly meets monthly and welcomes all UCD Faculty members to attend the meetings. Learn more
Downtown Campus Faculty Assembly
The Faculty Assembly (FA) is the official voice of the University of Colorado Denver Faculty in shared governance on our campus, at our University and at the CU-system level. The Faculty Assembly and its committees are elected by their schools and colleges on campus to represent the interests of the faculty and to work with administration of the campus. Whether you are a member of FA or not, please become familiar with the UCD Faculty Constitution and Bylaws, located under Policies & Governance Documents. They provide guidance for formal faculty governance and norms for academic governance generally. As full participants in critical decisions about change and continuity in the campus's future, faculty have the obligation to be knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities. Learn more
Boulder Faculty Assembly
The Boulder Faculty Assembly is the representative body of the faculty in our shared Boulder Campus governance. The BFA is empowered by the Regents to set academic policy and advise administration on other policy for the University of Colorado at Boulder. Learn More
CU Governance Bodies
Staff Governance Groups:
- University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC)
- System Staff Council (System Administration)
- Boulder Campus Staff Council
- CU Colorado Springs Staff Council
- Colorado Springs Professional Exempt Staff Association
- CU Denver Exempt Professional Assembly
- CU Denver Staff Council
Student Governance Groups
- Intercampus Student Forum (ICSF)
- University of Colorado Student Government (UCSG) - Boulder
- United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) - Boulder
- CU Denver Downtown Campus Student Government Association
- CU Colorado Springs Student Government Association
- Anschutz Medical Campus Student Senate
- CU Retired Faculty Association CURFA
CU Retired Faculty Association
CURFA is an organization of retired faculty members of the four University of Colorado campuses. Learn More
Other Useful CU Websites
Pac-12 Faculty Council Websites
- University of Arizona
- Arizona State
- University of California
- University of Oregon
- Oregon State University
- Stanford University
- University of California, Los Angles (UCLA)
- University of Southern California
- University of Utah
- University of Washington
- Washington State University
- Colorado State University Faculty Council
Association of American Universities (AAU)
The Association of American Universities (AAU) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of U.S. research universities, AAU today focuses on issues that are important to research-intensive universities, such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education.
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
The AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.