Athens Technical College Faculty Council BylawsDownload PDF copy
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Article I Name
Article II Purpose
- acknowledging and incorporating faculty expertise and experience in the decision making process;
- designating council members to have a voice on all college committees that impact student success and instruction;
- facilitating communication between faculty and the administration by creating a forum for the exchange of ideas about faculty interests, issues, and needs;
- considering ways and means of improving academic quality and other aspects of the institution, including proposals dealing with academic policies and programs;
- articulating the faculty position on matters concerning faculty rights and responsibilities; and
- establishing committees, standing and ad hoc, in areas related to the College mission.
Article III Structure
The Council represents all faculty and consists of full-time ATC faculty members whose primary duty is instruction. (Full-time is defined as being employed a minimum of thirty hours per week.)
- Each academic division will be represented by a maximum of seven members and the Council must include a minimum of five faculty who teach the core curriculum.
- The members will either volunteer or be elected by their division colleagues. When necessary, the division dean may appoint a member from the full-time faculty.
- attend meetings
- consult with and represent constituents
- serve on committees as assigned
- elect officers
- maintain professionalism concerning Council affairs
- other duties as assigned
The officers of the Council shall be chair, vice-chair, and secretary.
- Duties of the chair
- preside at all meetings of the full Council
- work with the secretary to create and distribute the agenda
- attend and participate in leadership team meetings
- communicate issues, resolutions, and recommendations to upper administration
- maintain a liaison role between the Council and upper administrative leaders
- serve in an advisory capacity to newly elected Council officers
- Duties of the vice-chair
- preside over meetings of the Council in the absence of the chair
- supervise elections of officers
- assume the duties of the chair in the event of a vacancy in that position
- Duties of the secretary
- issue an agenda to all members prior to meetings
- produce minutes of full Council meetings focused on issues not individuals
- provide information for the Council website
- notify all faculty of scheduled Council meetings no less than one week in advance
- keep a current list of faculty Council members
- reserve an appropriate venue for meetings
- At the first meeting of fall term, the Council will accept nominations and/or volunteers for candidates for each open office.
- All current Council members are eligible for election except if noted elsewhere.
- The Council will elect the officers during the fall meeting.
- All officers shall serve two-year terms. (See exception below under Article VII.) Officers may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
- Elections shall be by a simple majority show of hands.
- Election disputes will be resolved under the direction of the chair.
- All full-time faculty (as defined under Article III, Section 1) are eligible to serve on the Council.
- Each academic division will be responsible for selecting its seven representatives by May 1.
- Candidates may include volunteers or nominees.
- New members will be chosen in the spring semester and commence their terms on September 1.
- The term of service will be two years beginning September 1.
- Members may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
- If a member withdraws or is removed from the Council for any reason, the affected division will fill the position within twenty working days of being notified by the Council.
- The replacement member will serve the balance of the vacated term.
Article IV Committees
Committee members may include volunteers or nominees. New members will be chosen during the first meeting of fall term. Committees shall have no more than nine members, including non-Council members as appropriate.
Committees should meet monthly or as needed
- Section 1: Standing committees
- Executive committee
- Student success and retention committee
- Faculty issues committee
- Facilities committee
- Section 2: Ad hoc committees
- Attendance committee
- Distance learning committee
- Other committees as needed
Article V Meetings
- Section 1: Regular Meetings
- The Council meets twice during the fall semester, twice during the spring semester, and additionally as called.
- Meetings are open to all faculty including full-time faculty and adjuncts. Others may attend upon invitation.
- Routine meetings shall be called by the chair of Council and be announced by the secretary at least two weeks in advance.
- A quorum of a simple majority of the members must be present to hold the meeting.
- Section 2: Agenda
- The chair will notify all faculty of upcoming meetings and will provide a tentative agenda.
- Faculty requesting new items on the agenda must contact the chair no later than seven days prior to the upcoming meeting.
- Meetings will follow the agenda planned by the chair and the secretary.
- Section 3: Voting Rights
- While all faculty are welcome to attend all Council meetings as observers, only Council members have the right to vote.
- For resolutions or recommendations to be forwarded to the administration, a simple majority vote suffices.
- Section 4: Called Meetings
Any Council member may request a called meeting by contacting the chair.
- The chair will consult with the executive committee to determine if a meeting is warranted.
- If a meeting is warranted, the secretary will notify members.
Article VI Amending ByLaws
- Proposals for amendments to the bylaws may originate with individual faculty members or committees.
- Proposed amendments shall be presented in writing to the chair of the Council who will take action at the Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting.
- The Council may approve, reject, or modify the proposal.
- The Council’s action shall be recorded in the minutes and the proposed amendment will be presented for action by the Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
- A proposed amendment shall be effective if ratified by a favorable vote of two-thirds of the Council.
Article VII Special Considerations
- For the academic year 2015–2016, the term of officers shall be two years for the chair and one year for the vice-chair and secretary. Subsequent elections are for two year terms.
- For the academic years 2015–2016 and 2016–2017, former general education Council members will continue to serve out their terms.