Faculty Senate of Virginia

15,000 Members

Dozens of Colleges

A representative voice for more than 15,000 college and university faculty members in the Commonwealth.

Executive Members

Meet the FSVA 2020-21 Members of the Executive Committee


Carmen Rodriguez

President: Virginia Commonwealth University


Leslie Harlacker

Vice President: James Madison University

Rotter, Marcel

Marcel Rotter

Treasurer: University of Mary Washington

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Our Goals

Since 1972, the Faculty Senate of Virginia has been a representative voice for more than 15,000 college and university faculty members in the Commonwealth.  Our purpose is to:

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Exchange of Ideas

Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, encourage and facilitate the enrichment of the academic environment and scholarship, and strengthen education and learning

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Advisory Role In Higher Education

Act in an advisory and resource capacity in matters of higher education.

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Legislative Body

Participate in formulating policies on academic, education, and administrative concerns affecting faculty, and
Develop and implement legislative strategies to inform political decisions affecting faculty well being and higher education.

Carmen Rodriguez

Useful Links

Check out these useful links for FSVA faculty members.

The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as well as Virginia’s 16 public colleges and universities, 23 community colleges and five higher education and research centers. 

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for higher education. SCHEV was established by the Governor and General Assembly in 1956. 

List of all Colleges and Universtities in Virginia.

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education was established in 1998 as a project of the Higher Education Policy Institute to promote public policies that enhance Americans’ opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. 

Fund Higher Ed Now raises essential monies for higher education programs and projects

Virginia21 empowers college students and young Virginians to be engaged citizens and advocates for issues important to them and Virginia’s future. Founded and led by young people, VA21 envisions a well-educated, prosperous, and civically-engaged Virginia. 

The Alliance for Virginia’s Students was created in 2003 to build a statewide, grassroots advocacy network that promotes state policies and financial support that are necessary for excellence in public education from pre-kindergarten through graduate studies.

The AAUP, founded in 1915 by John Dewey and Arthur Lovejoy, is the country’s oldest professional organization for higher education faculty and has a distinguished history of supporting college and university faculty in the areas of academic freedom and governance. 

Official website of Virginia State General Assembly.

Next Event

Attend our next FSVA conference, open to all members. 


Dear Faculty Senate/Council/Assembly representatives and colleagues,


I write to invite you to participate in the Faculty Senate of Virginia Fall meeting on Saturday, October 22, 2022 via Zoom.  

Please go ahead and put the date on your calendars. I will be providing further details (and Zoom link) early next week.

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you in the fall!