Established in 2019 at the direction of Chancellor Steven R. Angle, the Commission on the Status of Women is part of a strategic focus on increased diversity, inclusion and engagement in all facets of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
In addition to increased diversity in student recruitment and graduation, the University is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and leadership team. A Planning Committee for the Commission was established to assess the need for and advocate for policies that create a campus climate promoting full and equal opportunity for women and to develop bylaws for the Commission.
Details on the Nomination and Election Process
A call for nominations including self-nominations will be distributed through various means to members of our UTC community. Nominations will be submitted via the nomination link. Members of the nominating committee will then sort nominations into the required faculty, staff, and student groups. If we receive more nominations then positions those individuals whose nominations have been received will be asked to provide a statement of interest in serving on the commission. Those statements will be sent to the respective governing organizations that will actually elect the members. Seven tenure/tenure-track, three non-tenure track, and one adjunct faculty member will be elected by the members of the Faculty Senate. Seven exempt staff will be elected by the members of the Exempt Staff Council and three non-exempt staff will be elected by the Employee Relations Committee. One graduate student will be elected by the Graduate Student Council and two undergraduate students will be elected by the Student Government Association.
Tenure/tenure track and non-tenure track faculty members will serve 1-3 year terms, adjunct faculty a one year term, Exempt and Non-exempt staff will serve 1-3 year terms, and students will serve 1 year terms.