Last Chance to Nominate for Staff Senate & Standing Committees

Tomorrow is the deadline to nominate yourself or a colleague to serve a two-year term on the Staff Senate or serve a three-year term as a staff representative on one of five university standing committees. This is a great opportunity to collaborate and build connections with colleagues in other areas of Pacific and also engage in larger decisions within the university. 

There are nine Staff Senate positions serving a two-year term starting this July and five staff positions on university standing committees for a three-year term starting this fall. If you have additional questions after reading the information below, please reach out to Executive Assistant to the Provost Maegan Jossy. 


Staff Senate Seeking Nine New Senators
The Staff Senate is now accepting nominations for nine positions for the 2024-26 term. 

The 17 Staff Senators discuss topics that directly affect the staff community and student experience while also organizing professional development opportunities, social events, and communications to fellow Boxers. The monthly time commitment is 3-4 hours. Staff Senate meetings are held monthly, on the third Wednesday, from 3-5 pm. Staff are eligible to serve if they are not considered faculty or administration, are benefit-eligible (.5 FTE and up), and they have been employed at Pacific for at least one year. Learn more about Staff Senate at

Nominate a colleague or yourself via this Google form by Friday, March 15. Candidates for Staff Senate will be elected by staff members in April.  


Staff Positions Available on University Standing Committees
Any non-faculty employee is eligible to be nominated for the staff representative position on these five committees for a three-year term starting this fall:

  • University Finance Committee reviews and discusses the university’s financial operations to help facilitate communication within the university community as it pertains to employee benefits, the budget, and financial aid. Last year, the committee explored the budgeting model that Pacific uses and enrollment initiatives (both current and planned). Staff members have valuable insights and contributions that are sought out.
  • University Honors and Awards Committee is responsible for recommending individuals for honorary awards to the president. If you would like to get involved in the annual recognition of employees consider serving on this committee. This position must be benefits-eligible and have been employed for a minimum of three years at Pacific.
  • University Technology Committee recently worked with UIS to review security policy updates, provide feedback on data storage and username changes, and collect information and resources on generative AI use across the colleges. If you would like to learn more about technology initiatives and the interworkings of the university, consider serving on this committee. 
  • Health & Safety Advisory Committee works to review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding safety and emergency planning activities on our campuses. 
  • Cultural Collections Committee stewards the university's cultural resources, advocates and promotes the university's collections, and encourages and supports the integration of cultural resources into the educational activities of the university. This position is designated to staff working on the Eugene, Hillsboro, or Woodburn campuses.

The time commitment varies by committee but is generally 2-3 hours per month. Committees generally meet monthly from September to May. Consider nominating yourself or a colleague. Email to make a nomination by Friday, March 15. Nominees for standing committees will be selected by the Staff Senate.

Monday, March 11, 2024