The FSU Faculty Community


What do faculty do when they are not teaching or researching? They interact with one another and broaden their academic interests! This semester is full of opportunities for faculty to meet, exchange ideas, and work together. Check out the events below and make sure to add at least one or two to your calendar!

Faculty Senate Update

The fall was a busy time for the Faculty Senate. In December, President Thrasher gave his annual State of the University address before the start of the December Senate meeting.  He highlighted many of the great things going on at our university.  The text of the speech is available at  Much of the work of the Senate is carried out by its standing and ad-hoc committees.  Each year Senate committees review policies and programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including liberal studies and honors.  They also approve new courses and degrees.  This year, a couple of issues that are being addressed are the continued use of paper teaching evaluations and changes to the final exam policy.  There is also an ad-hoc committee considering changes to the FSU Constitution.  Changes to the Constitution that pass the Senate will be voted on by the general faculty.  Senate committees are successful due to the hard work of faculty from around the university.  Descriptions of standing committees and lists of membership are available on the Faculty Senate webpages:  If you have an issue that you would like considered, please contact a member of the appropriate committee.

–  Todd Adams, Faculty Senate President


Faculty Community Events

FSU Faculty Luncheon Series at UKIRK

FSU Faculty Luncheon Series at UKirk Continues.

Tuesday, February 13

Beyond the Gulag: Creativity and Psychological Care in Siberian Russia

Barbara Parker-Bell – Associate Professor of Art Education and Director of Art Therapy


Tuesday, March 20

Teaching Randomness as a Computational Tool in an Ever-Changing and Chaotic Istanbul

Giray Ökten – Professor of Mathematics


Tuesday, April 17

Local Organizations Responding to Rapid Population Aging in Kerala, India

Rebecca Miles – Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

The series is open to the public, and takes place at UKirk Tallahassee, formerly the Presbyterian University Center or Westminster House, located at 548 W. Park Ave. Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the building.

Luncheons begin at 12:15, and the programs follow at 12:45, concluding at 1:30. Lunches are $10 per session, and reservations are required.

All reservations must be made by noon of the Thursday before each luncheon. Please mail reservation requests to UKirk Tallahassee, 548 W. Park Ave., Tallahassee, FL 32301, with a check made payable to UKirk Tallahassee and clearly marked “Faculty Luncheon Series.”

In order to pay at the door, please call 850.222.6320 for a reservation, or send an email to

The Faculty Luncheon Series is co-sponsored by UKirk Tallahassee, the FSU Faculty and Friends Club, and the Alpha of Florida Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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FSU Road Scholar Lecture Series

Friday, February 16  

“JFK’s Dante”

by Prof. Deborah Parker

Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

University of Virginia

1:30 p.m. in Strozier Library’s Robert Bradley Reading Room

followed by a reception at 2:30

— FSU’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is hosting Dr. Parker’s visit


Friday, March 2

“No Permission Required: Black Women Playwrights Beyond the Great White Way”

by Prof. Kathy A. Perkins

Department of Dramatic Art

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

3:00 p.m. in the Augusta Conradi Theatre, 123 WMS

followed by a reception in the Williams Courtyard

— FSU’s School of Theatre is hosting Dr. Perkins’ visit


Friday, April 20    

“The Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy”

by Prof. Nancy MacLean

William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy

Department of History, Duke University

1:30 p.m. in Strozier Library’s Robert Bradley Reading Room

followed by a reception at 2:30

— FSU’s Program in Women’s Studies is hosting Dr. MacLean’s visit


FSU Authors Day

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Save the Date! This year’s FSU Authors Day will be held on February 22, 2018. Click here for more information!

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