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Faculty Senate Organizes AUA General Assembly

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YEREVAN, Armenia On May 26, the American University of Armenia (AUA) held a General Faculty Assembly, initiated and organized by the Faculty Senate (FS), and attended by the AUA President, Provost, and members of the FS and faculty.

In his welcome speech, FS Chair Dr. Rafik Santrosyan highlighted the role of the Senate as the “primary voice of the faculty,” and stressed the importance of its advisory function as a foundation of shared governance and responsibility. He then presented the planned agenda of the FS for the next academic year.

President Dr. Karin Markides addressed the General Assembly expressing gratitude for the work completed by the FS, in her turn highlighting the notion of shared governance. “FS is a unique opportunity for the AUA faculty to create the University culture and build an environment that ensures high quality and reputation.” President Markides also expressed a strong desire to attend FS meetings in the future.

Next at the podium was Provost Dr. Brian Ellison who touched upon some key challenges related to faculty engagement and other topics pertaining to the fundamental principles of FS  elections and representation.  

As discussion continued on enhancing faculty engagement in FS, Dr. Hourig Attarian suggested creating incentives for adjunct faculty members to become more involved in AUA campus life. Other topics of interest were the creation of a safe environment at AUA through training and promoting awareness of ethical issues. Adjunct Lecturer Gregory Chahrozian stressed the importance of effective communication not only among faculty, deans, and management, but also with students and staff, emphasizing that increased dialogue would strengthen collaboration across programs and also augment awareness and broader recognition of faculty members’ professional achievements.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.