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Faculty town hall set for Sept. 12

By IU Bloomington Today

September 05, 2023

The Bloomington Faculty Council will host a town hall for faculty from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 in Whittenberger Auditorium of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Council leaders and standing committee co-chairs will be in attendance to hear about the issues that are top of mind for faculty this year.

The council is formulating its working agenda for the year, and the town hall will ensure that faculty voices are included in the planning process. The event will also connect colleagues who share interests or concerns.

“Sometimes all it takes to get a transformative initiative off the ground are a few colleagues with a common vision for how this place could be improved, in large ways or small,” Bloomington Faculty President Colin R. Johnson said. “Our campus is enormous, and sometimes it is not immediately obvious who those colleagues may be. Among other goals, we hope this format will allow for meaningful connections between potential collaborators to emerge.”

The council used the town hall format last year to provide faculty an opportunity to voice priorities, concerns and aspirations, and council leaders found it helpful in later committee work and discussions.

The Bloomington Faculty Council is a tool for ensuring that IU Bloomington continues to meet its obligations to students, to the broader community and for posterity in a way that remains faithful to the intellectual and social values so many community members hold dear. The council is one of several representative bodies that contribute to the campus’s robust institutional civic life. Other bodies include the IU Student Government, the IU Bloomington Graduate and Professional Student Government, the IU Bloomington Staff Council, and policy committees within schools.

For questions, contact director of faculty council offices Lana Spendl at