I am pleased to welcome you to the website for University of Detroit Mercy Shared Governance. Shared governance is just that, shared rights and responsibilities among administrators, faculty, staff, and where appropriate, students and alumni. The spirit of shared governance at Detroit Mercy is a dynamic faculty-administrator-staff partnership that promotes collaboration, shared decision-making and accountability. The governance structure provides an opportunity for the ongoing assessment and improvement in many aspects of the university and an expanded communication avenue to enhance the academic and administrative functions of the university.
All university constituencies share in the university mission as a Catholic urban university sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. Central to this common mission is quality teaching and learning supported by an efficient and effective administrative structure. Shared governance provides opportunities to identify and bring to life new interrelationships that strengthen the common mission. As such, it is the expertise across the spectrum of administrators, faculty, and staff and each one’s commitment to being involved, giving of his/her time and energy that makes shared governance successful.
Take a few moments to learn about the shared governance structures of the Corktown, McNichols, and Riverfront campuses, committee and team memberships, annual charges to each entity, approved proposals, and much more information. Of particular note is the Shared Governance Task Force which has oversight responsibility and final authority that monitors shared governance activities.
Professor Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Shared governance relies on the energy and expertise of a wide range of stakeholders—faculty, administration, staff, and the Board of Trustees. This website is a repository of information related to shared governance at University of Detroit Mercy, including the McNichols campus, School of Law, and School of Dentistry.
The McNichols Faculty Assembly is the representative body of the McNichols faculty in shared governance. Faculty carry the primary responsibility for curriculum, teaching, research, faculty status, and other aspects of the educational process. The MFA and its Committees develop policies and procedures that support our academic mission; evaluate academic standards; guide the process of program review; review new programs, minors, and certificates; and advocate for innovative faculty ideas. Recognizing that shared governance can only be successful when pursued in partnership and collaboration, we also work to promote cooperation and transparent communication between shared governance stakeholders.
Please visit this site regularly to keep updated on the activities of the McNichols Faculty Assembly and MFA Committees as well as University Teams, the Shared Governance Task Force, and the other shared governance bodies that serve University of Detroit Mercy.
Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D.
President, McNichols Faculty Assembly
Broadly speaking, shared governance is a system whereby those who have a stake in decisions, have a voice in the decision making processes. The underlying premise is that staff, faculty, administrators and the Board of Trustees, while having different institutional roles, perspectives and levels of authority, have a shared interest in the quality of education and the welfare of the institution. Collaboration, communication and cooperation are key components to the success fo any shared governance endeavor.
While shared governance may look different at different institutions, this LibGuide provides a working overview of shared governance at the University of Detroit Mercy.