College Governance

CLAS Assembly Minutes

March 25, 2010

Proposed Amendments to the CLAS Constitution

Constitution Review Committee

March 4, 2010

The Constitution Review Committee recommends the following amendments to the CLAS Constitution to be voted on at the March 25, 2010, CLAS Assembly.

Article II F 1 (e)

Current language: (e) In all elections requiring a mail ballot the Secretary shall be responsible for conducting the balloting and reporting the results to the faculty.

Proposed language: (e) In all elections the Secretary shall direct the balloting.

Rationale: The nominating committee has had difficulty in finding individuals willing to serve in this capacity. The conduct of elections is a job that has many routine parts that would be done more efficiently by a staff member of the Dean's office. It is understood that the spring elections would be scheduled in the fall. That would permit timely determination of voting eligibility and determination of electoral groups for new individuals not in the named units in consultation with the Faculty Council, and the electronic voting system could be primed with the information about those eligible to vote in the different electoral groups well in advance of the election.

Article III A 1

Current language: Special elections shall be held to complete the term of any member who is unable to or fails to serve.

Proposed language: To complete the term of any member who is unable to or fails to serve, an eligible replacement from the same electoral group shall be appointed by the Chair of the College Assembly.

Rationale: The special election provision has proved unworkable. One member resign partway through the spring semester and was not replace for more than a year. Another member resigned (is on leave) this term and has not been replaced nor has a special election been scheduled to fill the position.

Article III C 1

Proposed change: Add the College Faculty Council to the list of committees whose chairs are members of the Assembly Steering Committee.

Rationale: This change was requested by the current Chair of the College Assembly.

Article IV A 2 b

Current language: No department shall have more than one member on any committee.

Proposed language: The Curriculum Committee and the Tenure and Promotion Committee shall have no more than one member from a single department, excluding ex-officio and student members. All other committees shall have no more than two members from a single department, excluding ex-officio and student members.

Rationale: This change reflects current practice, preserves much of the spirit of the original, and makes the nominating committee's job easier.

Article IV C 2: Electoral groups

Current language: The humanities electoral group shall included the budgeted faculties of African and Asian Languages and Literatures, Classics, English, Germanic and Slavic Studies, History, Linguistics Program, Philosophy, Religion, and Romance Languages and Literatures. The natural, physical, and mathematical sciences group shall included the budgeted faculties of Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology. The social and behavioral sciences electoral group shall included the budgeted faculties of Anthropology; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Criminology, Law and Society; Geography; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology.

Proposed language: The humanities electoral group shall include the budgeted faculties of African Studies; Classics; English; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Linguistics; Philosophy; Religion; Spanish and Portuguese Studies; and Women’s Studies. The natural, physical, and mathematical sciences group shall include the budgeted faculties of Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Geological Sciences; Mathematics; Physics; and Statistics. The social and behavioral sciences electoral group shall include the budgeted faculties of Anthropology; Geography; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology and Criminology & Law.

Rationale: The new language reflects the current list of departments in the college. The semi-colons are used as separators since three of the departments have "and" in their names, and one includes commas in its name.

Reports from Committees of the College

There was an open discussion at the end of the meeting. The meeting was closed by John Leavey. Jed Keesling, CLAS Parliamentarian, for Laura Sjoberg, Secretary of CLAS Faculty

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