How To Participate in Governance

Get Involved by joining a GFC Committee or an Appeal Body!

Standing Committees of General Faculties Council (GFC), university-level Appeal Bodies, and other university-wide committees have approved Terms of References that include U of A Students and Staff in their committee compositions to ensure a balanced and diverse representation. Annual Student terms run May 1 to April 30 and Staff terms may run up to 3 years, July 1 through June 30. Each Spring, the GFC Nominating Committee (NC) broadcasts campus-wide calls for Student & Staff Applications to fill the anticipated student and staff membership vacancies in the upcoming school year. View the Annual Membership Replenishment Timeline for student/staff application deadlines.


While some GFC Standing Committees seek student and staff members from the "university at large", other standing committee compositions may specify that "GFC membership is needed". In this instance, the student/staff applicant must become a serving member of General Faculties Council (GFC). Both the GFC membership term and GFC Standing Committee term will run concurrently throughout the academic year. A current GFC Membership Listing can be viewed here.

  • Students who are interested in General Faculties Council membership should reach out to their own faculty student associations for more information, or contact the University of Alberta Students' Union/Graduate Students' Association. 
  • Faculty members who are interested in GFC membership positions should contact their Faculty Dean's Office (Faculty Council administrator). 

For Committee Details & Membership Listings Enter the "Member Zone"

The Member Zone is an active Committee environment providing key documents (terms of references, committee mandate, delegation of authority) and operational details (membership listing, meeting times, and meeting materials: agenda, minutes, approved motions.)

View GFC Standing Committees for details about the following GFC committees:

  • GFC Academic Planning Committee (APC) 
  • GFC Committee on the Learning Environment (CLE)
  • GFC Executive Committee (EXEC) 
  • GFC Facilities Development Committee (FDC)
  • GFC Nominating Committee (NC)
  • GFC Programs Committee (PC)
  • GFC Student Conduct Policy Committee (SCPC)
  • Council on Student Affairs (COSA) 

View University-level Appeal Bodies to learn more about Judiciary Positions on the:

  • GFC Academic Appeals Committee (AAC)
  • University Appeal Board (UAB)

View Current Membership Vacancies

View Results of Recent Elections held by GFC

GFC Nominating Committee Contact:

Email Heather Richholt  ( with any questions regarding Membership Replenishment.