Academic Senate of the Masaryk University Faculty of Arts

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About the Senate

The Academic Senate of the Masaryk University Faculty of Arts is one of its self-governing academic bodies. Its members are elected for a period of three years by the academic community of the Faculty from among its members. 

The Senate consists of the Academic Staff Chamber (12 members) and the Student Chamber (9 members). Membership in the Senate is honorary, irreplaceable, and incompatible with the office of the Rector, Vice-Rector, Dean, and Vice-Dean. The MU FA AS is headed by a chair elected by the Senate from the Academic Staff Chamber and two vice-chairs, the first of whom is from the students and the second from the academic staff. 

The Senate establishes special Committees for different areas of its work: Legislative, Electoral, Finance, Conciliation, and Arbitration. The MU FA AS is governed by the Higher Education Act (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.), the Statutes of the MU FA, and the internal regulations of the Faculty: the Election Regulations and Rules of Procedure of the MU FA AS.

Powers of the MU FA AS 

The main powers of the MU FA AS include: 

  • approving the internal regulations of the Faculty proposed by the Dean’s proposal (which the Senate then passes on to the Academic Senate of Masaryk University for approval), 
  • approving the allocation of the Faculty’s financial resources and supervising their use, 
  • approving the annual report on the activities and management of the Faculty, 
  • approving the Dean’s proposals for the appointment and dismissal of members of the Faculty’s Scientific Board and the Faculty’s Disciplinary Committee,
  • making decisions on a proposal to appoint the Dean (or proposing his/her removal from office),
  • on the proposal of the Dean, also approving the long-term plan of the Faculty’s educational, scientific, research, development, artistic, or other creative activities drawn up in accordance with the long-term plan of the public higher education institution after discussion in the Faculty’s Scientific Board. 

Meetings of the Academic Senate are open to the public. 

History of MU FA AS chairs

2018–till this time   doc. PhDr. Václav Štěpánek, Ph.D.
2014–2018   doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, Ph.D.
20112014   prof. PhDr. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D.
20082011   doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc.
20022008   Jeffrey A. Vanderziel, B.A.
20012002   doc. PhDr. Michaela Soleiman pour Hashemi, CSc.
19992001   prof. PhDr. Břetislav Horyna, Ph.D.
19961999   PhDr. Thomas Donaldson Sparling, B.A.

Senate Committees

Administrative Committee

  • doc. PhDr. Dagmar Pichová, Ph.D. (chair)
  • Mgr. et Mgr. Tomáš Weissar (vice-chair)
  • prof. PhDr. Mgr. Tomáš Knoz, Ph.D. 
  • doc. Mgr. Aleš Urválek, Ph.D.
  • Bc. Kateřina Holíková
  • Mgr. Roman Novotný 

The Committee is primarily concerned with the bureaucratic burden placed on both academic staff members and students. It collects suggestions from members of the academic community, passes them on to the management of the Faculty, and together with them tries to find ways to reduce bureaucracy and optimize administrative activities. Members of the academic community can communicate their suggestions to any member of the Committee on an ongoing basis. 

Electoral and Mandate Committee 

  • Mgr. Ondřej Varaďa (chair)
  • doc. PhDr. Dagmar Pichová, Ph.D. 
  • doc. PhDr. Václav Štěpánek, Ph.D. 
  • Bc. Kateřina Holíková 
  • Mgr. et Mgr. Stanislav Hasil 

The main activity of the MU FA AS Election and Mandate Committee is the management of elections to both MU FA AS constituencies. The Committee verifies the accuracy of the list of members of the respective constituency and makes it available to the members of the constituency. It publishes the list of candidates and informs voters of the time at which they can vote for candidates. It shall ensure equal opportunities for candidates in electoral campaigns. It shall keep an electoral record of the course and result of the elections, which it shall publish in a manner that allows remote access, and shall also publish the overall results of the elections. 

Finance Committee 

  • doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D. (chair)
  • Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D. 
  • doc. PhDr. Daniel Drápala, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Petr Vurm, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. David Hons
  • Bc. Ondřej Nováček 

The Committee deals with budgeting issues at the MU FA and monitors the principles and development of the Faculty’s funding at the university and national level. It discusses the internal MU FA budget methodology with the MU FA management and the MU FA Dean’s Finance Committee and proposes its adjustments with regard to the prosperity and development of the Faculty and the MU and MU FA Long-term Plan. Each year, it makes recommendations to the Academic Senate of the MU FA on the approval or disapproval of the budget methodology submitted by the Dean, and consequently the MU FA budget. 

Legislative Committee 

  • Jakub Zikmund (chair)
  • Mgr. Stanislav Bárta, Ph.D. 
  • prof. PhDr. Josef Krob, CSc.
  • Bc. Kateřina Holíková
  • Šarlota Sedláčková 

Conciliation Committee 

  • Bc. Ondřej Nováček (chair)
  • doc. PhDr. Daniel Drápala, Ph.D. 
  • prof. PhDr. Josef Krob, CSc. 
  • Mgr. Martin Březina
  • Mgr. Ondřej Varaďa 

The Conciliation Committee decides on disputes: 

  1. among members of the FA academic community 
  2. between a member of the FA academic community and a self-governing academic body of the FA 
  3. between self-governing academic bodies of the FA 

The Committee shall decide in proceedings involving the parties to the dispute. If the parties reach an agreement, the Committee shall issue a conciliation award containing the substance of the agreement. If no agreement is possible, the Committee shall make an arbitral award. The award shall be binding for the parties.

Regulations and legal standards

The proceedings of the MU FA Academic Senate are governed by the following legal norms and regulations (available in Czech only): 

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