Section Navigation: Faculty Governance
Article I. Membership and Organization
Section 1. Definition of Faculty and Voting Rights
The Faculty of the College of Science (hereafter referred to as the Faculty) comprises all persons in the College of Science (hereafter referred to as the College) holding a faculty appointment. Subject to the three restrictions enumerated below, the right to vote at the College level shall be held by all members of the faculty who: have a full time tenured, tenure-track, or term faculty appointment in the College; or have a long-term (in excess of 5 years) part-time term appointment in the College; with their voting rights granted by the tenured and tenure-track faculty in their Academic units (departments, schools and independent programs) based on the individual’s involvement with the College and Academic unit, as evidenced by their time spent on campus, the level of their teaching responsibility, and other factors.
- Faculty who hold only a courtesy appointment or external membership on graduate thesis
committees are not eligible to vote.
- Faculty on term appointments are eligible to vote only after one year of service at the
- The right to vote on issues concerning promotion and tenure shall be restricted to tenured
faculty with the appropriate rank.
Section 2. Officers of the Faculty
The Faculty shall elect a Chair of the Faculty, a Chair Pro Tempore, and a Secretary of the Faculty. A Chair may serve no more than three consecutive one-year terms. The previous Chair of the Faculty shall preside over meetings until the new Chair is chosen. The Chair of the Faculty shall appoint a Parliamentarian each year. Nominations for the three elected positions shall be made from the floor. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a run-off election will be held between the top two candidates. Except when a motion to cast a unanimous ballot is passed, voting for officers shall be by secret ballot.
Section 3. Certification of Voting Rights
The Dean of the College, prior to the first meeting of the Faculty of each year, shall certify to the Secretary of the Faculty in a written form the names of all persons holding faculty rank and whether they have voting rights. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Faculty to maintain a current record of faculty with voting rights, and to resolve challenges raised by a voting member regarding the voting eligibility of another person.
Article II. Responsibilities of the Faculty
Faculty will be expected to perform any number of the general duties listed in section 1 and 2 as specified by the nature of their title and appointment in the local academic units or in the college.
Section 1. General Duties
The Faculty are expected to conduct research leading to the advancement of the state of knowledge in their fields and to disseminate the results of their research through scholarly publications, by participation in conferences, and through other means. The Faculty are expected to participate in activities of learned societies and other professional associations within their academic fields. The Faculty are expected to serve their academic units, the College, and the broader University in the development and administration of courses or programs of study, in the governance of academic programs, in the governance of the College and of the University, and in other activities relating to university life. The Faculty are expected to play an important role in the hiring of any new faculty in their academic units, especially for tenure-track and tenured positions.
Article III. Meetings of the Faculty
Section 1. Presiding Officer
Meetings of the Faculty shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order (newly revised) except as the rules and procedures described therein have been or shall be modified by adoption of these or of future Bylaws or the Standing Rules. The presiding officer of all meetings of the Faculty shall be the Chair of the Faculty, or the Chair Pro Tempore. In their absence, an acting chair shall be elected from among the voting members of the Faculty present.
Section 2. Quorum
Meetings shall be open to all members of the Faculty as defined in Article I, Section 1. The quorum for the meetings of the Faculty shall consist of not fewer than 15% of the voting members of the Faculty as defined in Article I, Section 1.
Section 3. Meeting Participants
Any person invited by the Chair of the Faculty may participate in the discussion of any item of business brought forth upon the floor. All members of standing and ad hoc committees may be present at the meeting(s) of the Faculty during consideration of a report from their respective committee(s) and may participate in such consideration. In addition, meetings shall be open to the general public who may attend as observers. Freedom of discussion shall be the rule.
Section 4. Closed Session
The Faculty may go into closed session by majority vote. Only members of the Faculty may be present during a closed session.
Section 5. Agenda for Meetings
The Secretary and Chair of the Faculty shall prepare the agenda and shall distribute it a week prior to the meeting to all members of the Faculty, and the Dean and the Provost. Any member of the Faculty may submit items of business for inclusion on the agenda. All items submitted at least 10 working days prior to the meeting shall be placed on the agenda. Explanatory or background information on all agenda items shall be prepared by the sponsor of the item and shall be attached to the agenda. Agenda items submitted for Faculty action shall be in writing and accompanied by the text of all principal motions to be put on substantive matters and shall be circulated with the agenda.
Section 6. Frequency of Meetings
Meetings of the Faculty will be convened at least once every fall and spring semester. When the agenda of a scheduled meeting is not completed on the scheduled date, the meeting shall be recessed or adjourned and shall be reconvened as agreed upon and the agenda should be completed at the next meeting.
Section 7. Special Meetings
The Faculty Chair shall call a meeting of the Faculty in response to a petition signed by at least 10% of the voting members of the Faculty and should normally call such a meeting within eight working days of receiving the petition. The written call to the meeting shall include a statement of the purpose of the meeting and shall be distributed to all members of the Faculty between five and ten working days before the meeting. Only business stipulated in the call to the meeting may be transacted at a special meeting.
Section 8. Voting Procedures
Voting may be conducted at a meeting of the Faculty or by mail, including electronic mail. In a meeting of the Faculty, upon the affirmative vote of a majority of members present and voting, any matter may be submitted to a vote by mail ballot unless the Standing Rules prohibit it. If a mail ballot is authorized at a meeting of the Faculty, the ballot must be submitted to the Faculty within seven working days of the meeting. Faculty may be notified of the ballot by electronic or campus mail. A ballot at a meeting of the Faculty shall be by voice vote or by standing vote upon a call from the floor for a division, except any voting member upon request may cause a secret ballot to be taken. An absentee vote may be counted only in cases when a motion has been stated prior to the meeting and the motion comes to a vote unchanged. Proxy ballots are not allowed. Except for motions to amend the Bylaws, a motion at a meeting of the Faculty shall be approved upon an affirmative vote of a majority of votes, both by voting members present and voting and absentee votes.
Mail ballots: For a mail ballot, votes may be submitted either by electronic mail, campus mail, or by hand delivery to the Secretary of the Faculty. There shall be a mechanism that allows individuals to vote in secret. A deadline for voting must be imposed, but faculty must be given a period of at least one week to submit their votes. Votes not received by the deadline will be ignored. A motion will be approved by the affirmative vote of the majority of valid ballots received by the deadline. The Chair of the Faculty shall report the results of the balloting within one week of the deadline for voting; this report may be distributed orally at a meeting of the Faculty, or in writing by electronic or campus mail. A mail ballot on a motion may also be initiated outside of a meeting of the Faculty by submitting a petition to the Faculty Chair signed by at least 10% of the voting members of the Faculty. The ballot shall be submitted to the Faculty within seven working days of the petition being submitted, according to the rules and procedures described above.
Section 9. New Business
Items of new business not appearing on the agenda may be introduced from the floor by any member of the Faculty after consideration of all agenda items has been completed.
Article IV. Executive Council
The Executive Council, hereafter referred to as the Council, will consist of members of the Faculty of the College appointed by academic units, with each academic unit having one appointee. In addition, two members shall be elected at large, but no academic unit shall have more than two members on the Council. The Council shall have purview over issues involving the curriculum, long term planning within the College, and other issues which are referred to it by Committees or which it is empowered to consider by the Faculty. It shall elect its own chair. Actions of the Council may be over-ruled by the Faculty. Committee members serve for three years.
Article V. Committees
Section 1. Categories
Standing committees shall be those permanent committees whose Faculty members, except for designated ex-officio members, are elected by the Faculty, or appointed by the Academic units, as specified below. The Dean is an ex-officio member of all standing committees of the College except the Nominations Committee. The term of the memberships on all standing committees is three years and members may succeed themselves, unless otherwise specified. Ad hoc committees shall be those established by the Faculty for consideration of special or transient issues. If no term is specified, the committee is deemed to serve until it issues a final report or until the committee is dissolved in the same manner in which it was appointed. Dean’s Committees shall be those established by the Dean. Their membership may be elected or appointed as stipulated by the Dean.
Section 2. Committee Chairs
Each committee shall elect its chair from among its own membership, except for Dean’s committees, for which the Dean may choose a chair. Each committee shall establish a quorum for its own function. Each committee may determine procedures for maintaining appropriate records of its activities. Committee chairs must report vacancies occurring due to resignations or faculty being on leave to the Secretary and Chair of the Faculty, so that a special election may be held for the unexpired term of the individual member. Committees shall normally serve during the academic year; however, all committees are authorized to function as necessary during the entire calendar year.
Section 3. Student Representation
The Faculty may authorize student representation on any Standing or Ad Hoc committee. The Dean may authorize this in the case of Dean’s committees.
Section 4. Committee Reports
Committees are expected to report at least annually to the Faculty. The report may be distributed in paper form, by electronic mail, or by notifying faculty of an online source for the report. Any Faculty committee may be required by majority vote of the Faculty to report to it at a specified later meeting any matter referred by action of the Faculty to that committee. Upon receipt of its report, the committee may be discharged of further responsibility for the matter by majority vote of the Faculty.
Article VI. Faculty Senate
Section 1. Election of Senators
The Faculty shall elect members to serve on the Faculty Senate. Eligibility of faculty to serve as senators shall be determined by the policies of the Faculty Senate. Election for Senators shall be conducted according to the same eligibility rules as described in Article I, Section 1.
Article VII. Effective Date and Amendment
Section 1. Ratification
These Bylaws shall become effective when approved by a majority of those voting. The vote shall be conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the rules and procedures described in Article III, Section 8 of this document.