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A few words about the Academic Senate of FAMU.

Luckily, each and every university faculty has its academic senate. It is a review body, first and foremost. It oversees the school’s top officials. It has many options for influencing the school’s operation in a good way – in addition to being able to propose various changes, it also reviews and approves the most important steps taken by the leaders, comments on them, and/or points out if the steps taken by this “government” are incorrect. I use the word “government” intentionally, because if you liken the structure of power at the faculty to that of a country, the Rector is like the president, the Dean is like the prime minister, the entire Dean’s office is like the government and the Senate is like the parliament. So, this “parliament” can influence many things in a good way if it is structured well. In addition, this “parliament” directly elects the prime minister (Dean), which is an advantage. The Dean answers to the Senate. Five teachers and four students sit on the FAMU Senate. They are all elected directly by the entire academic community, i.e., by all academic workers and all students. What follows from this is a simple truth: it is good to vote in both national and Faculty elections.

The thing is, if something annoys you about the state, you can influence it through your representatives in the national parliament/senate. The advantage of the Faculty Senate is that there are much fewer people in the entire school than there are in the country. We know each other better and we share both professional and personal issues. This can make matters simpler and faster as opposed to a state. An academic senate with a good structure will fend for the needs of both students and teachers – and often against the school’s leaders, though it is preferable for it to cooperate with them. This way, it has a say in determining the Faculty’s direction (and so have its voters). Every member of the academic community may approach the senators with a suggestion to discuss. The senators are their representatives. In turn, the senators answer to their voters. And, obviously, each and every member of the academic community (except those who are in the “government”) may run as a senatorial candidate, and thus gain an opportunity to have a say in essential steps that the entire Faculty will take.

Petr Marek, Chair of the Academic Senate of FAMU

Teacher´s Chamber:

Mgr. David Jařab, Department of Directing, e-mail: david.jarab2@gmail.com
elected in position till 16. 3. 2024

Mgr. Petr Kubica, Department of Documentary Film, e-mail: petr.kubica@famu.cz
elected in position till 27. 3. 2022*

Mgr. Petr Marek (Chairman of the Senate), Department of Directing, e-mail: muzikant.krlek@post.cz
elected in position till 27. 3. 2022*

MgA. Karla Stojáková, Department of Production, e-mail: karla.stojakova@famu.cz
co-opted from 16 February 2021, mandate until 27 March 2022*

Mgr. Michal Šimůnek, Ph.D., Department of Photography, e-mail: michal.simunek@famu.cz
elected in position till 16. 3. 2024*

Student´s Chamber:

Helena Fikerová (Vice-chairman of the Senate), Department of Cinematography, e-mail: fikero01@st.amu.cz 
elected in position till 16. 3. 2024*

Mgr. Martin Kohout, Theory of Film and Multimedia, e-mail: kohoxmartin@seznam.cz
elected in position till 27. 3. 2022*

Ondřej Lukeš, Department of Production, e-mail: lukes02@st.amu.cz
elected in position till 16. 3. 2024*

Martin Polák, Department of Sound, e-mail: polak06@st.amu.cz 
elected in position till 16. 3. 2024*


*) informative date derived – since the beginnings of the Academic Senate – from the date when the member elected in the AS election process accepts his/her three-year appointment. In other words, this is a date exactly three years from the first Senate session following the relevant by-election. The date is used to determine the latest possible date for the next by-election for the Academic Senate.