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A&H Bylaws

BYLAWS

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES 

Approved December 2000
 

PREAMBLE
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Buffalo State College established these Bylaws in order to provide for the open discussion and recommendation of policies and procedures of concern to the Faculty and Staff and also to provide for the conduct of business in keeping with the principles of participatory democracy.  Provisions of these Bylaws are applicable when not in conflict with established policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees, the BSC Bylaws, and the Agreement between SUNY and the Bargaining Agent.

MISSION STATEMENT
We are committed to teaching, scholarship, and research that advances creativity and critical thinking among our faculty, students, and staff.  Towards this end, we provide a dynamic, collegial, and collaborative learning environment that inspires us to realize our potential as Artists and Humanists.

Furthermore, in partnership with the neighboring community, we are dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Buffalo and beyond by advancing cultural literacy, liberal education, and access to the Arts and Humanities.

School of Arts and Humanities Values Statement
We, the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Arts and Humanities, are committed to:

  • fearless exploration of ideas
  • innovative expression
  • critical analysis
  • understanding of the human condition and elevation of the human spirit
  • state-of-the-art teaching, learning, and technology
  • engaging research and high-quality scholarship
  • interdisciplinary and collaborative pursuits
  • lives that are both meaningful and professionally productive
  • service in support of our local, regional, national, and international communities

Article I

       MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RIGHTS

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are those individuals whose primary academic appointment is in one of the departments enumerated under Arts and Humanities in the current BSC catalog, except that individuals who have been granted secondary appointments in a department in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities shall also be members of the Faculty as a whole during the effective periods of their secondary appointments.  Voting members are those fulltime members of the Faculty who hold academic rank and term or continuing appointment, as defined by the Policies of the Trustees.  Individuals having secondary appointments and occupying at least .5 of an academic line in Arts and Humanities shall also be voting members.  Professional Staff of the Arts and Humanities shall have voting rights where stipulated in this document.

  
Article II

       ORGANIZATION
 
A. Administrative Units.  The administrative units of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are its departments, centers and programs.
 
B.  Mission.  The faculty of each department, center, and program, through its chairperson or director, shall be responsible to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for the accomplishment of each departmental mission.  Each department, center, and program shall maintain a complete and current set of mission statements; a duplicate set shall be on file in the Dean's office. 

C.  Governance of Departments.  Each department shall develop bylaws which specify the means of faculty participation in decision making in all matters of professional concern.  Department bylaws shall be filed with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
 
D.  Initial Appointment of the Dean and Department Chairpersons.  Initial appointment to the position of Dean or Department Chairperson shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the College Bylaws.
 
E.  Initial Appointment to Professional Staff Positions in the Office of the Dean.  The Dean shall announce any vacancy.  The Dean may consult with a search committee of the Faculty and conduct a search in accordance with college policy.
 
F.  Reappointment of Chairpersons.  Reappointment of chairpersons shall be in accordance with the provisions of the College Bylaws, Article VI (see Article II, paragraph D, of these Bylaws).
 
G.  Performance Review of the Dean.  The Dean shall be evaluated every third year.  An evaluation committee shall be formed before September 30 of the evaluation year.  The committee shall consist of one faculty member selected from each department according to its own bylaws.  The committee shall choose a chair from its own membership.  The Dean shall call the first meeting of the committee before Oct. 31. 

The committee shall develop criteria for evaluating the Dean and will forward those criteria to the Dean for his or her written response.  The committee shall prepare a written evaluation that shall be given to the Dean at least one month prior to a scheduled Arts and Humanities faculty meeting and to the faculty at least two weeks prior to that meeting.  

At the faculty meeting following submission of the report, including any committee minority report(s), the faculty shall discuss and amend the majority report as necessary.  The discussion of the faculty shall be conducted by the chair of the Dean's Review Committee and neither the Dean nor the Associate Dean shall attend.  During the following week, the Bylaws and Elections Committee shall conduct a vote of the faculty to determine support of the committee’s report and minority report(s), if any, severally.  The Committee's report, any minority report(s), and the faculty vote shall  be sent forward to the Dean, Provost, and President.
 
H.  Faculty-wide Elections:  Balloting.  Ballots for faculty-wide elections shall be sent to all eligible voting members, as defined in Article I.  If no candidate receives a majority in the first ballot, the slate will be reduced to the two top votegetting candidates times the number of available seats.  The winner or winners of the second round of balloting will be the candidate or candidates receiving the highest number of votes.  In the event of a tie, a runoff election will be held.
 
I.  Definition of Majority.  In all matters requiring a vote, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, a majority shall be construed as one vote more than half of the votes cast.  A vote of abstention will not be included in the total number of votes cast.
 
Article III
 
       MEETINGS OF THE FACULTY

 
A.  Presiding Officer.  The presiding officer at meetings of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities shall be the Dean.  The Dean shall call regular and special meetings of the faculty.
 
B.  Administrative Assistant.  The Administrative Assistant shall prepare and distribute minutes of each meeting of the faculty and shall perform such other appropriate duties as are designated by the Dean.
 
C.  Parliamentarian.  The Dean shall appoint a parliamentarian to advise the presiding officer concerning the conduct of meetings and whenever parliamentary questions are in dispute, according to Robert's Rules of Order.  The term shall be one academic year.
 
D.  Presiding Officer Pro Tem.  In the absence of the Dean, the Associate Dean is the presiding officer.
 
E.  Meetings.  The Dean shall call meetings of the faculty at least twice during the academic year.  The Dean shall call a meeting at the written request of at least 15 percent of the voting faculty.  Written notice and agenda shall be sent to all members at least a week prior to the meeting.
 
F.  Quorum.  Thirtythree percent of the voting faculty shall constitute a quorum.
 
Article IV

       COMMITTEES
 
 A.  Organization

 
1.  Membership and Term.  The Standing Committees shall consist of one member from each department, unless otherwise stipulated by this document, who shall be elected for a twoyear term effective September 1 and terminating on August 31.  A committee member may not serve more than two consecutive terms on the same committee.  During the first year in which these Bylaws are in effect, one half of the membership of each committee shall serve oneyear terms as determined by lottery conducted by the Bylaws and Elections Committee so that thereafter only one half of the membership of the committee shall be elected each year.
 
2.  Committee Officers.  Each standing committee, except for the Chairs' Committee and  the Dean's Review Committee, shall elect its own chairperson and secretary.  The Associate Dean shall serve as chairperson of the Faculty Welfare Committee.  
 
3.  Substitutes.  A substitute shall be provided by a department if a committee member cannot fulfill his or her duties for an extended period of time.  If a member of the College Senate is unable to fulfill his or her duties, the alternate from the previous election will serve, if no alternate is available, the Dean shall appoint a substitute in consultation with the Bylaws and Elections Committee. 
 
4.  Ad Hoc Committees.  Ad hoc committees may be established by majority vote of the committee members.  The Dean may establish ad hoc committees.
 
5. Subcommittees. Each standing committee may create subcommittees.  Subcommittee recommendations must be referred to the committee as a whole.

B.  Standing Committees
 
      1.  Chairs' Committee
 
a.  Membership.  The Department Chairs, the Dean, the Associate Dean, and anyone invited by the Dean.  The Dean shall serve as chair.
 
b.  Functions and Responsibilities.  The Chairs' Committee shall function in an advisory capacity to the Dean in relevant matters of concern to the Faculty and shall be the liaison for information exchange between the faculty and the dean.
 
  c.  Meetings.  The Chairs' Committee shall meet at least twice per semester with the Dean.
 
      2.   Faculty Welfare Committee 
  
a.  Membership.  One representative from each department and by the Dean’s invitation, a                      professional staff and parttime representative.
 

b.  Functions and Responsibilities.  The Faculty Welfare Committee shall provide a forum for faculty ideas, issues, and concerns, including professional staff and parttime concerns.   
 
c.  Meetings.   The Associate Dean chairs the committee. The committee shall meet with the Dean at least once a semester and without the Dean as it deems necessary.
 
      3.  Bylaws and Elections Committee
 
a.  Membership.  Three representatives from different departments.  The departments shall have  representation on a rotating basis.
 
b.  Functions and Responsibilities.  The Committee shall consider revisions to these bylaws in accordance with procedures in Article V, review written complaints concerning violations of the Bylaws procedures and adjudicate them and conduct elections of Arts and Humanities representatives to the College Senate.
 
  c.  Meetings.  The committee shall meet once per semester, additionally as needed.
 
       4.  Curriculum Committee
 
a.  Membership.  One representative from each department.
 
b.  Functions and Responsibilities.  The committee shall receive and review proposals for new courses, course revisions, academic majors and minors, interdisciplinary programs and graduate programs, suggest refinements in the submissions and forward all recommended proposals to the Dean's office.  The committee shall receive and review proposals for additions to the General Education Curriculum and provide oversight to the arts core and humanities core, suggest refinements in the submissions and forward all recommended proposals to the Dean's office.  The Committee shall facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation and coordination when appropriate, and its members shall advise and assist department members in creating or refining curriculum proposals.
 
c.  Meetings. The committee shall meet as needed.
 
       5.  Student Enrichment and Retention Committee 
 
a.  Membership.  Representatives appointed by the Dean.
 
b. Functions and Responsibilities. The committee will meet to discuss ways to promote student success and involvement. The committee will meet with students periodically to discuss student concerns and will make recommendations to the Dean. The committee will seek to identify and implement strategies for improving the likelihood of success for probationary students. 
 
  c.  Meetings.   The committee shall meet regularly.
   
      6.  Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLTR)
 
a.  Membership.  One representative from each department.
 
b. Functions and Responsibilities. The committee recommends technology priorities for A&H, identifies problems related to technology in the classroom, works with faculty to increase and enhance use of various technologies, and serves as a conduit of information from the faculty to the dean and Technology Council.
 
c.  Meetings.  The committee shall meet regularly.
 

         7.  Directors' Committee
 
           a.  Membership.  Directors of programs and centers reporting to the Dean of Arts and Humanities.
 
b. Functions and Responsibilities. The Directors' Committee shall function in an advisory capacity to the Dean in relevant matters of concern to the centers housed in arts and humanities, and major and minor programs not affiliated with academic departments.  This group shall be the liaison for information exchange between the professional staff and the dean.
 
c.  Meetings. The committee shall meet with the Dean at least once a semester and without the Dean as it deems necessary.
 
Article V

AMENDMENTS
 
 A.  Amendments to these bylaws may originate in any of the following ways:
 
1.  Any member, or group of members, of the voting faculty may propose an amendment to these Bylaws, in writing, to the Bylaws and Elections Committee.  The Committee may then petition the Dean to present the proposed amendment to the Faculty.
 
2.  Any group of at least 15 percent of the voting Faculty may petition the Dean, who will present the amendment to the faculty.
 
3.  Any Department of the Faculty may petition the Dean, who will present the amendment to the Faculty.
 
4.  The Dean may petition the Bylaws and Elections Committee for amendments to be presented to the faculty.
 
B.  Proposed amendments shall be distributed to the members of the Faculty in written form at least 14 calendar days prior to the meeting of the Faculty at which the amendments are to be considered.
 
C.  No more than 60 calendar days, exclusive of official recesses, shall elapse between the time a petition to amend is received (in accordance with section A, above) and the time a meeting of the Faculty is called to consider the petition.
 
D.  Amendment shall become effective if approved by a twothirds majority of the votes cast.  Voting shall be by ballot and shall be conducted by the Bylaws and Elections Committee.  All amendments shall be dated at the time of their adoption and distributed to the members of the Faculty.

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