Unclassified Professional Senate

Our Mission:
The mission of the Unclassified Professional (UP) Senate is to empower and support unclassified professionals in creating a campus culture that fulfills the vision and mission of the WSU community.  

Purpose:
The purpose of the organization is to foster communication and collegiality among Unclassified Professional personnel of the University, and to

  1. Provide representation for Unclassified Professional personnel and liaison to the University administration and others regarding issues of concern;
  2. Initiate and review policies and procedures relating to Unclassified Professional personnel;
  3. Be a cultural driver for Unclassified Professionals that reflects the values of Wichita State University’s Strategic Plan.

The Senate was formed in the 1992-93 academic year to represent and give Unclassified Professional employees a voice on campus.

Who are Unclassified Professionals?
Strictly defined, they are persons who hold appointments “requiring special technical or administrative skills of a professional nature distinct from teaching/research roles of the faculty or the direct administrative responsibility for faculty supervision.” More generally, they are full-time employees who are not part of the state “classified” system and who (in general) do not hold faculty appointments. However, some Unclassified Professionals are involved in classroom instruction. There are approximately 1,200 Unclassified Professional personnel at Wichita State University.

Examples include Clinical Instructors in Health Professions, Research Associates, Financial Aid Advisors, Chief of Campus Police, Media Resources Specialists, University Computing Systems Analysts, Network Administrators, Director of Housing and Residence Life, etc.

Membership of the Senate:
The Senate consists of seventeen members – seven from the Division of Academic Affairs; one from the Division of Student Affairs; one from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement; one from the President, General Counsel and Strategic Communications Offices; one from the Division of Administration and Finance; and four from the Division of Research and Technology Transfer; four At-Large (appointed by the Senate); and various Ex Officio representatives, including the Immediate Past President. Elections are held each spring for approximately 50% of the Senate positions. Terms are two years, coinciding with the fiscal year boundary.

Activities of the Senate:

  • Sponsors a minimum of two general meetings of all Unclassified Professional personnel (one each in the spring and fall semesters) to report publicly on issues that have come before the senate, share actions they have taken, and solicit feedback on issues of concern to the entire constituency.
  • Oversees activities of a number of committees, including Elections, Service, Communication, and Awards and Recognition.
  • Appoints representatives to various University-level committees; studies issues and makes recommendations to the President and Vice-Presidents; and organizes support for University initiatives.
  • Maintains a Web page at https://www.wichita.edu/upsenate
  • Maintains and distributes information via the Unclassified Professional Listserv (“up-list”) including announcements regarding events, current policies, and issues of concern to Unclassified Professionals at Wichita State University. 

As of July 8, 2019