The Faculty Assembly (FA) is the official voice of the CU 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/appointed 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 CU Denver Faculty Assembly 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.
The Faculty Assembly has 8 standing committees that tackle a range of issues that are essential to the continued growth of the institution and to the quality of the faculty experience on this campus.
2021 - 2022
2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020
2018 - 2019
On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, FA provided formal support via letter to the Chancellor, endorsing Staff Council’s recent efforts to raise awareness on how the University’s budget realignment is impacting staff on campus. Faculty have similar concerns about the impact these budget cuts are having on Student Services Offices and are requesting that the administration provide meaningful data to FA and Staff Council which will help shared governance understand the staffing gaps and issues on campus.
On November 8, 2023, Faculty Assembly transmitted via email this communication to the CU Denver faculty providing more information and explanation about recent censure proceedings against the Provost.
On October 31, Faculty Assembly voted to table the original motion for censure against Provost Nakuma until our regular meeting scheduled on February 6, 2024, at which time we will reconvene to review progress on the matters identified in the draft resolution and vote on the censure motion. The vote to table the motion to censure was carried 26-1.
On Tuesday October 17, FA initiated censure proceedings against Provost Constancio Nakuma. The document linked below includes FA’s letter to the Provost, a draft resolution for censure stating FA’s grave concerns for the welfare of the university, students, and faculty, and several evidentiary documents including a recent report on the state of student mental health and mental health services at CU Denver prepared by third-party firm Keeling & Associates, a disputed “culture report” from the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), and several public emails from the Provost regarding the dismissal of the CAP Dean.
FA passed a resolution on faculty course questionnaires (FCQs) in May 2023, calling attention to the FCQ Office’s practice of data mining student comments on FCQs and reporting possible equity violations to the CU Denver Office of Equity. The resolution shares FA’s concerns about the lack of transparency around this practice, lack of faculty consultation on this matter as required by Article 5 of the Regent’s Laws, and the use of a “highly biased tool for a purpose for which it is not designed”, one which “places faculty in jeopardy”.
In this October 5, 2022 letter to Provost Constancio Nakuma, FA questioned the sudden appearance of evaluation items regarding DEI activities on Faculty Activity Reports (FAR). As the letter notes, “not only were faculty denied principal responsibility for evaluation, we were excluded from the decision altogether and evaluated using criteria we did not even know existed”, in violation of faculty rights provided by Article 5 of the Regent’s Laws.