Apply to Senate


  • Applications Open - January 2022
  • Application Deadline - March 1, 2022, 4:30PM
  • Shortlisting - March 2022 - Please note only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.
  • Telephone Interviews - March 28-31, 2022
  • Election of Senators - Spring Senate Plenary - May 5 & 6, 2022
  • Notification of Elected Senators - mid May to early June 2022
  • Senator Term Begins - July 1, 2022

Current U of A Senators

Applications are now CLOSED.  

We will be opening applications for the next cycle in January 2023 and the deadline is March 1 each year.  Applications are accepted through Google forms.  For reference, the required 2022 materials are listed below:

  • Personal information (name, address, etc.) 
  • Long response questions
  • Maximum 2 page resume (PDF or Word file)
  • 3 references (AT LEAST ONE of your references must be able to speak to your VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE and/or COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT)

Thank you to all those who apply, only applicants shortlisted for a telephone interview will be contacted.  

Please note, the Senate Nominating and Review Committee will only consider information requested in the application form. Additional information submitted will not be circulated to the Committee.

Prospective Senate Members

Applications for public members to Senate are open from early January to March 1 each year. Senate includes 30 elected members who serve a three-year term that may be renewed once. Each year we seek to fill a portion of Senate's membership with new elected members. For 2022, we will be looking to fill a small number Senate positions.

Publicly Elected Senators are elected by their peers, selected by their constituencies or appointed by the Minister of Advanced Education. Senators serve in a variety of volunteer roles throughout their terms.

The University of Alberta Senate is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive membership. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the Senate to apply.

Applying to be a Publicly Elected University of Alberta Senator

More information about the role of a Senator can be found in our Membership Information as well as our Attributes of a Senator. More information on the work of Senate can be found here.

Senate includes 30 publicly-elected members who serve a three-year term that may be renewed once. Each year we seek to fill a portion of Senate's membership with new elected members. Elected Senators typically volunteer 50-100 hours per year as a part of their role.

For more information on applying to Senate, or Senate in general, please contact Amissa Jablonski or Tyrel Brochu.

Applications from current University of Alberta faculty or staff who are eligible to sit on Senate through legislated representation will not normally be considered for publicly elected positions on Senate.

Applications from former University of Alberta faculty and staff wishing to serve as publicly elected Senator will be treated on the same basis as other applicants. A minimum of two full years prior to the application deadline (March 1) must be observed prior to applications being accepted from former faculty and staff.

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Office of the Chancellor & Senate
322 Arts & Convocation Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB     T6G 2E6

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