Join the Staff Senate

Becoming a Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and to have an impact on your workplace. The Senate provides many opportunities to learn about how the University works and to network with administrators and staff members outside of your unit.

The Staff Senate held a Staff Senate Information Session on Wednesday, June 7 from 12:00 pm-12:30 pm.  You are welcome to stay for the Staff Senate General Meeting  that follows the information session at 12:30.  Find a recording here if you were not able to attend in person.

The Senate accepts nominations each June, and elections are held in July. Terms begin in August and are for two years. 2017 dates are below:

  • Nominations accepted Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 23, 5:00 pm
  • Elections held Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 21, 5:00 pm

A detailed description of the Staff Senate and senator responsibilities can be found in the Constitution and Bylaws.

The Staff Senate nomination form can be found here: Nomination Form 2017 (Word Format). Completed forms are due to the Staff Senate administrative assistant by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 23, 5:00 pm.  All nominations must be submitted electronically to

Senator nominees are encouraged to attend the Staff Appreciation Events on his or her campus.  Election ballots will be available at each event, and nominees will be provided with an button identifying them as a candidate.

2017 Open Seats:
Fairfax: 10 Open Seats
Arlington: 2 Open Seats
Science and Technology: 3 Open Seats
At-Large: 1 Open Seat

If you have any questions about the responsibilities of being a senator, please contact Megan Kirk, Staff Senate chair. For questions about the nomination or election process, please contact Amanda Corrigan, Staff Senate administrative assistant, at or 3.4141.