Faculty governance is organized through academic departments and program committees, meetings of the Faculty as a whole, faculty and college committees, ad hoc committees and task forces, and faculty representation at meetings of the Board of Trustees.
One of the obligations of membership in the Bowdoin Faculty is active participation in the governance of the College. An outline of faculty governance, including committee charges, can be found in Section VI of the Faculty Handbook. The Committee on Governance and Faculty Affairs (GFA) is charged with responsibility for apportioning the committee work of the College across committees and among individual faculty equitably and efficiently, with the aims of engaging as many faculty as possible in shared governance, of making each faculty member’s committee service clearly meaningful, and of ensuring that over time all faculty can experience a reasonable balance between teaching, scholarship, and service. It is also GFA's task to ensure that conflicts of interest between departmental and College-wide obligations are minimized.