Appendix A | Salem Campus Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Appendix A

CONSTITUTION OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL OF THE SALEM CAMPUS OF KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be the Faculty Council of the Salem Campus of Kent State University (hereinafter called the Faculty Council).

Article II: Purposes

The purposes of the Faculty Council shall be

To implement the provision of the Collective Bargaining Agreements.

To provide a means for the faculty to meet for discussions of such aspects of campus and university life as may concern them.

To provide a means of communication between the faculty and the non-teaching personnel (administration and staff).

To advise and make recommendations to the Dean of the Salem Campus.

Article III: Membership

Section 1:         Membership on the Faculty Council shall consist of all tenured and tenure track Faculty, and all full-time non-tenure track faculty until such time as the non-tenure track faculty outnumber the tenure track faculty.  When non-tenure track faculty outnumber the tenure track faculty, non-tenure track faculty will elect one voting member for every two tenure track faculty members.

Section 2:         When necessary to elect voting members from the non-tenure track faculty the representatives shall be elected by the 14th week of the Spring term, and shall serve from the end of the contract year through the end of the following Spring semester. The voting procedure shall be as follows:

The currently serving NTT members of Faculty Council will compile a list of candidates selected from all full-time non-tenure track faculty. In creating this list of

candidates an attempt shall be made to assure that all program areas are represented. All full- time non-tenure track faculty shall then elect the appropriate number of representatives from the list of candidates presented on the ballot.

Section 3:         All members of the FC shall have full voting privileges in all matters unless restricted by other guidelines or provisions.

Section 4:         All those who teach credit courses and meet the full requirements of the Faculty Council, as set forth in Sections 1 and 2 above, are eligible to participate in Faculty meetings.

Section 5:         The Dean of the Salem Campus shall be an ex-officio Non-voting member of the Faculty Council.

Article IV: Officers

Section 1:         The officers of the Faculty Council shall be a chair, vice-chair, and secretary. The chair and the vice-chair shall be elected from the tenured Faculty.  The secretary may be elected from the tenured, tenure track and non-tenure track Faculty.

Section 2:         The officers shall be elected by the 15th week of the Spring Term and shall serve through the 15th week of the following Spring Term.

Section 3:         The officers shall be elected by a plurality of the full voting members of the     Faculty Council by a secret ballot.

Section 4:         The voting procedure shall be as follows:

All full voting members of the Faculty Council shall elect the officers from the list of candidates presented on the ballot.

The ballots will be placed in a blind envelope. The blind envelope will be placed inside a second envelope. The second envelope will be signed by the voting member.

The ballots will be submitted to the Dean’s Administrative Assistant who will place them in the Campus safe.

The Faculty Council will be informed of the date and time when the ballots will be tallied.

The votes will be tallied by the Dean’s Administrative Assistant and the Secretary of the Faculty Council. All full voting members of the Faculty

Council who wish to be present when the votes are tallied may do so.

The results of the election shall be announced no later than Thursday of the 15th week of the Spring Term.

Section 5:         No officer shall serve more than three consecutive terms.

Article V: Duties of the Officers

Section 1:         The duties of the chair shall be:

To preside at all meetings of the Faculty Council.

To appoint, with the advice and consent of the Faculty Council, all standing and ad hoc committees and their chairs.

To provide for the representation of the Faculty of the Salem Campus of Kent State University on any official body or at any official function, including but not limited to Commencement Exercises.

To prepare and circulate the agenda for meetings after consultation with the Dean of the Salem Campus.

To perform and fulfill all duties pertaining to personnel review of all tenured, tenure track and non-tenure track Faculty as specified in Section IV of the Handbook.

To represent the Salem Faculty on the RCFAC.

Section 2:         The duties of the vice-chairperson shall be:

To assume the duties of the chair should the chair be unable to fulfill the duties of the chair. To assist the chair to perform such duties as the chair may request.

To act as treasurer for all funds deemed necessary by the chair or Faculty Council.

Section 3:         The duties of the secretary shall be

To keep a record of the attendance and proceedings at all meetings, and to circulate this record to all members.

To archive the records.

To circulate any other material or information of interest to other members as may be required.

To implement the procedure for the election of the Faculty Council officers (Article VI, Section VI).

Article VI: Meetings

Section 1:         The chair of the Faculty Council shall, after consultation with the Salem Campus Dean, call, chair, and set agendas for meetings of the Faculty Council.

Section 2:         Special meetings of the Faculty Council shall be called by the chair at the written request of three members.

Section 3:       A quorum shall be defined as one third of the eligible FC voting members.

Section 4:         During the Summer months (defined here as that period beginning the Monday after Spring final exams and ending the week before the first day of Fall classes) in the absence of a quorum of the Faculty Council, the business of the Faculty Council may be conducted by a committee consisting of its three current officers, the three immediate past officers, and all full-time faculty members based at Kent/Salem that are members of the Faculty Senate.

Article VII: Amendments

Section 1:         This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the tenured and tenure track members of the Faculty Council.

Section 2:         All proposed amendments must be distributed in writing to the members two (2) weeks before voting is to take place.

Article VIII: Adoption

Section 1:         This constitution shall be considered in force upon the two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of all tenured and tenure track members of Faculty Council.

Section 2:         It shall supersede all previous constitutions of the Faculty Council of the Salem Campus of Kent State University.

Article IX: Precedence of Collective Bargaining Agreements

If any provision of this constitution violates the Collective Bargaining Agreements, the Collective Bargaining Agreements shall take precedence.

Amended October 15, 2007

Amended September 14, 2010

Amended October 11, 2016