Richard Evans Named University Faculty Senate President
For release: July 26, 2013
Richard Evans was named University of Memphis Faculty Senate President and Vice Chair
of the Faculty on April 30, 2013. Previously he held the position of President Elect
of the Faculty Senate, serving as the University of Memphis representative to the
Tennessee Board of Regents Faculty Sub-Council. The three year commitment that is
associated with the election ends with a year’s service on the Faculty Senate’s Executive
Committee as Immediate Past President.
According to the Faculty Constitution at the University of Memphis, the Faculty Senate’s
purpose is to serve as the primary vehicle of faculty participation in the establishment
of University policies. The elected representatives of 44 academic units on campus
evaluate and make recommendations on academic matters, criteria for promotion and
tenure, faculty appointment and retention, and a wide variety of academic support
functions, such as the library and information technology. The Constitution of the
Faculty gives the Faculty Senate the right to vote approval of changes in graduation
requirements and the general education curriculum, as well as changes in the Faculty
Handbook. It is charged with the responsibility to maintain academic freedom and responsibility
at the University of Memphis. It is also a forum for the formulation of faculty opinion,
through public speech and surveys of the faculty, including an annual evaluation of
the president, provost and deans.
Richard Evans is Professor of Real Estate and Economics, with recent research interests
in forecasting commercial real estate cycles. Since 1999, he has been supported by
a forecasting grant from the City of Memphis Department of Finance that is centered
in the college’s Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research.