Meetings of the faculty will be described as the faculty assembly as stated in the Faculty Bylaws-Article II. The faculty assembly is held to promote collegiality, exchange of information, and promotion of discussion.  The faculty assembly is typically held three times per year. A reminder announcement will be sent to the faculty before each assembly.  All faculty are encouraged to attend if possible.


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Previous Assemblies

“Celebrating You!” — Wednesday, May 1, 2023, at 12 PM

Faculty, School, and Senate accomplishments were highlighted and celebrated while Faculty enjoyed a delicious lunch served by Priceless Caterings. Deans introduced the Faculty Achievement Award finalists from their respective schools, and Provost Taylor presented the Faculty Achievement Award to Dr. Nicole Phillips. Donations were accepted to benefit Hope Farm, and our faculty members went above and beyond filling the donation box with items ranging from computer accessories to gift cards. It was a record turnout, with 95 in-person participants and 31 joining virtually.

“Season of Sharing” — Friday, December 8, 2023, at 12 PM

Faculty were asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a child, ages 0-13. More than one hundred toys were donated to One Safe Place. Lunch was catered by Priceless Caterings and served to in-person attendees starting at 11:30 a.m. in the MET109/111. The Assembly began at 12:00 p.m. Each table was given a bag full of gingerbread house supplies. They had 25 minutes to complete the “build” and were judged by Chef Duane and Shristy Bashyal, based on working together according to HSC Values.

Pictures of the assembly: 1, 2, 3, 4

“Remembering Your Why” — Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 12 PM

Faculty were asked to reflect on why they chose their medical, research, or academic career. Lunch was served to in-person attendees starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Atrium. The Assembly began at 12:00 p.m. in EAD108, Luibel Hall.

“Lift Every Voice” — Friday, April 28, 2023, at 12 PM

Lunch was served to in-person attendees in the Atrium starting at 11:30 a.m. The Assembly began at 12:00 p.m. in EAD108/Luibel Hall. Colleagues were celebrated as Faculty Achievement Awards were announced, and faculty received a legislative update and an update on faculty concerns.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 12 PM

Refreshments and mingling in the Atrium started at 11:30 a.m. The Assembly was held in EAD 108 Luibel Hall and was also available via Zoom, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Donations were accepted for the student food pantry.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 5 PM

October 4, 2022

We would like to thank everyone for attending the Fall 2022 Faculty Assembly on September 22 at 5 p.m. in MET 109/111. We hope that you enjoyed the time connecting with your colleagues, welcoming new Faculty, and congratulating those who received promotion and/or tenure.

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“Communication: Key to Successful Engagement” — April 27, 2022 at 12 PM

April 29, 2022

We would like to thank everyone for attending the Spring 2022 Faculty Assembly on April 27, 2022, at 12 p.m. via Zoom. We hope that you enjoyed the time connecting and the useful information provided.

“Celebration: Looking Back to 2021” — December 9, 2021 at 12 PM

January 4, 2022

We would like to thank everyone for attending the Winter 2021 Faculty Assembly on December 9, 2021, at 12 p.m. in MET 125. We hope that you enjoyed the time and the fun activities we had together during our first in-person Assembly.


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Thank you so much for your continuing support.

Motivation: A Window into Peak Performance” — September 14, 2021 at 5 PM

September 20, 2021

We would like to thank everyone for attending the Fall 2021 Faculty Assembly on September 14, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Though we couldn’t get together in person, the virtual Assembly brought together more than 100 of our colleagues from across the HSC to hear from Provost Taylor.  The Assembly was led by the Senate President, Dr. Melissa Lewis, who welcomed attendees, introduced new faculty and faculty who had recently received promotions and tenures, and spoke briefly about her vision and goals for the Faculty Senate in the upcoming year. Dr. Lewis also introduced the speakers, Drs. Susan Franks and April Wiechmann, who presented, “Motivation: A Window into Peak Performance”.

Below are the presentations covered during the Assembly in various sections.

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For the recorded presentation, please click here.


Thank you so much for your continuing support.

Voices of ExperienceApril 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM

April 28, 2021

Although we still couldn’t be together in person, we were delighted that over 100 of our fellow faculty were able to take time from your busy days to join our virtual Faculty Assembly. Through our “Voices of Experience” event at this assembly, we were able to connect and share some amazingly insightful discussions on engagement with our esteemed colleagues. We pulled together the best advice from each of those intimate discussions, which you can find here. A special thank you also goes out to our Faculty Senate members moderating and collecting those pearls of engagement wisdom!

Voices of Experience Facilitators
Eric Cheng Veda Womack
Tom Cunningham Dana Litt
Lauren Dobbs Damon Schranz
Glenn Forister Caroline Rickards
Susan Franks Jin Liu
Janice Knebl Derek Schreihofer
Tina Machu Scott Walters
Robert Mallet Jennifer Fix
Michael Smith Melissa Lewis
Monte Troutman Rafia Rasu


2021 Faculty Achievement Award Winners —

Congratulations to our 2021 Faculty Achievement Award winners announced at this event by our very own President, Dr. Michael Williams! Also we would like to thank the Deans for their wonderful acknowledgment as to why these faulty are so deserving.

Overall Winner
Melissa Lewis Dr. Melissa Lewis, School of Public Health
Stella Profile Pic Circle Howard Riyaz Basha, Phd
Dr. Styliani (Stella) Goulopoulou Dr. Howe Liu Dr. Meredith Howard Dr. Riyaz Basha

Please continue to stay strong and stay healthy, and soon we all will be together again.

Thank you so much for your continuing support.

“Celebrating Together” 

December 15, 2020

We would like to thank everyone for joining the Faculty Assembly on December 15, 2020, and celebrating the holidays together!

To see how much fun we had together, click on the picture below for the presentation.


Thank you so much for your continuing support.

“Together Toward Tomorrow”

 September 8, 2020

We would like to thank everyone for attending the Faculty Assembly on September 8, 2020, at 12 p.m.

Our 2nd virtual Assembly brought together more than 150 of our colleagues from across the HSC to hear from President Williams, Provost Taylor, and VP for Governmental Affairs Danny Jensen. The event was led by incoming Senate President Dr. April Wiechmann, who welcomed attendees, introduced speakers, and spoke briefly about her vision for a collaborative, active, and vibrant Faculty Senate. Click here for more details on what happened at the Assembly.

Thank you so much for your continuing support.

“Alone Together”

May 5, 2020

We would like to thank you for attending our first Virtual Faculty Assembly on May 5, 2020.

Although we couldn’t be together physically, I am so delighted that so many of you have come and joined our virtual Assembly. We had a great opportunity to connect with everyone and share photos and videos to highlight you, your families, and your adventures through this amazing time. Click here for the “Alone Together” presentation.

We also had a great opportunity to recognize the 2020 Faculty Achievement Award finalists, along with the reveal of the overall winners. Everyone had a chance to personally congratulate the awardees. Click here for the Award presentation.

With over 145 participants, we’ve seen the commitment and overwhelming support from everyone. Please continue to stay strong and stay healthy, so we all will be ready to come and be together again.

Thank you so much for your continuing support.

“Closing the Loop”

December 10, 2019

1)  The focus of today’s faculty assembly was communication—among faculty, between faculty and our Senate representatives, and with campus leadership. In keeping with this theme, all faculty are encouraged to visit the Senate webpage to get to know their Senate and its initiatives.  All are also encouraged to take advantage of the electronic High-5 system to recognize their colleagues for their outstanding contributions or unsung virtues. The High-5 system can be accessed here: .

2)  The value of strong and supportive relationships in our work rose to the top among the hundreds of comments gathered during the September faculty assembly. These sentiments make clear that our work depends as much on the support of others as anything we bring as individuals, so thanks to each of you who take the time to mentor, develop, and contribute to the success of those around you.

3)  President Williams shared highlights from ongoing and coming strategic initiatives.  These include the development of “micro-credentialing” programs and the positioning of UNTHSC to train future healthcare professionals for a new healthcare landscape that may exist as often in virtual settings as physical.  Williams also introduced a coming initiative to shore up the personal well-being of the HSC community by enhancing critical skills in personal financial management.  We applaud these and other efforts that not only build toward an increasingly strong and impactful HSC mission but also recognize and contribute to the wellness of the students, staff, faculty, and others who make up the HSC community.

4)  Finally, we are glad to be able to honor outstanding faculty colleagues through the coming 2020 Faculty Achievement Awards.

Nominations are now being accepted, and all are encouraged to recognize those who go above and beyond for our students, our disciplines, our communities, and our campus.  More information on the nomination process and guidelines can be found at

UNTHSC as a “Best Place for All”

September 10, 2019

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September’s Faculty Assembly provided a unique opportunity to understand how our talented faculty come to and remain at UNTHSC.  The Faculty Senate facilitated ‘table topic’ discussions focused on identifying how our campus contributes to a rewarding work-life and career longevity for our faculty.   Common themes from the discussion included the supportive, collegial atmosphere for researchers and teaching faculty alike, as well as the HSC’s very strong focus on providing an excellent, student-focused education.  Comments came from faculty with experience ranging from 2 weeks to 44 years on campus, but all had personal and often poignant stories of how their professional journey has led them to UNTHSC.

Your Senate’s communications committee expects to have a summary of the evening’s discussion available to share with campus leadership, and all faculty, soon.  Thanks to all of those who attended and participated in the assembly, and made it a success!

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