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                                   CHARTER
                        DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
                           UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

                       Approved: January, 1994; Amended October, 2002

                                          PREAMBLE

The faculty of the Department of Behavior Analysis of the University of North Texas,
considering their department to be a community of scholars devoted to teaching, research, and
community service, affirm their commitment to the education of their students, to the science and
practice of behavior analysis, to the School of Community Service and the University of North
Texas. The department’s committees receive their authority from, and are responsible to, this
community of scholars. Members of the faculty recognize in addition their responsibility to the
University Administration and Board of Regents.

                     ARTICLE I. ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS

SECTION 1. Department Faculty and Voting Eligibility.

All full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty of the Department of Behavior Analysis
automatically have voting privileges. By majority vote (more than 50%), such privileges may be
extended to recognized behavior analysts who serve as part-time or full-time faculty in
temporary positions, on modified service, emeriti of UNT or other universities, visiting
professors, etc. In the absence of such extension, all persons holding full- or part-time faculty
positions, teaching or research, visiting faculty, lecturers, modified service, and adjunct faculty
shall enjoy all privileges of membership except the right to vote.

SECTION 2. Department Agents.

       Department affairs shall be conducted by the following agents of the Department:

       1. Department Chair
       2. The Committee of the Whole
       3. Any ad hoc committees

SECTION 3. Meetings.

Meetings of the faculty shall be held in accordance with the needs of the faculty to conduct its
business, ordinarily no more often than once a month. Regular faculty meetings ordinarily will
be scheduled on Friday afternoons, when no faculty is scheduled to teach and only on those
Fridays when no official university business requires a faculty member to be absent from the
department. Meetings may be scheduled at other days and times with the consent of the faculty.

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Any faculty member may request an ad hoc faculty meeting and shall take responsibility for
ascertaining the availability of the faculty to meet. No ad hoc faculty meeting may be held when
a voting member of the faculty CANNOT attend due to previously scheduled official university
business or absence due to serious personal or family illness, unless that faculty member agrees
to the meeting being held in his/her absence. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting
members of the Department.

SECTION 4. Records and Minutes.

Convener of faculty meetings (usually the Chair) shall ask either the department Administrative
Assistant or a member of the faculty to serve as recorder. Minutes shall be kept for all faculty
meetings and shall be a matter of department record. Copies of these minutes shall be distributed
to all members of the department in a timely fashion, and a permanent archive of them
maintained in the departmental files.

                    ARTICLE II. DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 1. Department Chair.

The chair is the chief executive officer of the department. The authority of the chair shall be
exercised in the spirit of democratic governance reflected in the University of North Texas
Faculty Handbook. Subject to University policy and to Department policy as determined by the
faculty, the chair is responsible for administrative, educational, personnel, and student affairs of
the department. The chair maintains budgetary responsibility for general department funds.
Faculty with grants, contracts, and distant learning courses/programs have budgetary
responsibility for programs operating under those programs. The chair shall also serve as chair
of the Committee of the Whole unless and until a faculty member requests an election. Upon
such a request, the faculty shall elect the Chair of the Committee of the Whole by majority vote
of the faculty.

SECTION 2. Committee of the Whole.

So long as the Behavior Analysis faculty is composed of no more than 6 voting members, all
voting faculty members shall be members of the Committee of the Whole. That committee shall
subsume all functions that shall be carried out by designated committees if the faculty were
composed of more than 6 voting members. The Committee of the Whole shall consider matters
of curriculum, student admissions, new faculty appointments, library holdings, student
evaluations, program accreditation, and space. Various members of the Committee may have
primary responsibility for one or more of these areas by consent of a majority (more than ½) of
the faculty. The chair shall be authorized to make temporary appointments, on an ad hoc basis,
subject to agreement of a majority of the Committee of the Whole.



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SECTION 3. Department Information.
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The chair and each person responsible for some area of business of the Committee of the Whole
shall be responsible for conveying information pertaining to their area of responsibility to the
faculty.

                          ARTICLE III. PERSONNEL AFFAIRS

SECTION 1. Departmental Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC)

In accordance with the School of Community Service Charter, the Department of Behavior
Analysis will have a Personnel Affairs Committee. The Department of Behavior Analysis
Personnel Affairs Committee is composed of all voting members of the department faculty. The
PAC is responsible for annual merit reviews of the teaching, research and service record of all
faculty. The PAC evaluates the faculty in accordance with department, school, and university
goals and policies.

SECTION 2. Departmental Promotion and Tenure (P&T) Committee

At any time there are 3 or more tenured faculty members on the Behavior Analysis faculty, the
tenured faculty constitute the Departmental P&T Committee. This committee is responsible for
annual evaluation of non-tenured, tenure-track faculty and recommending re-appointment or
termination. This committee is also responsible for reviewing the record of individuals seeking
promotion and/or tenure and recommending (or not) such promotion and/or tenure.

           ARTICLE IV. AMENDMENT OF THE CHARTER AND BY-LAWS

SECTION 1. Charter Amendments.

Any member of the Department may initiate a charter amendment by distributing copies of the
proposed amendment by email or at any regular faculty meeting. All such proposals shall be
clearly identified as proposed charter amendments. If distributed by email, members may vote
for the proposed changes by email or request a faculty meeting to discuss proposed changes. The
amendment may be ratified by a simple majority vote of the faculty (voting by email and/or in
person at the faculty meeting). However, if at least 1/3 of the faculty request a meeting to
discuss proposed amendments, final votes may be cast only at said meeting (for those present) or
after said meeting (for those not attending and who vote by email).




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SECTION 2. Charter Review.

The Department shall formally review the Charter for possible amendment every 5 years. At any
other time the Department Chair may appoint an ad hoc Charter and By-Law Review Committee
to make a report to the faculty before the expiration of the academic year in which it was
appointed.

      ARTICLE V. CHARTER IMPLEMENTATION AND RELATED MATTERS

SECTION 1. Ratification.

This Charter shall be considered in effect as soon as two readings, at least one week apart have
been conducted, a ratification election has been held, and a majority vote for the Charter has
been obtained. This Charter shall be considered to have superseded all previous Department
practices temporarily in place until a Charter could be drafted and ratified.

SECTION 2. Distribution.

Each member of the Department shall be given a member of this Charter, as well as copies of
amended charters (with amendments in their proper place rather than serially at the end). In
addition, copies of the first and amended Charters shall be provided to the Dean of the School of
Community Service and to the Office of the Faculty Senate.




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                                CHARTER AND BYLAWS

                      DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

                            UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

                                        PREAMBLE

The faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences is a community of scholars
dedicated to teaching and research in life and environmental sciences. In order to
define the individual and collective roles of the faculty in the operation and
administration of the department, and in order to promote a spirit of friendship,
professionalism, scholarship and participation in departmental governance, we, the
faculty, hereby adopt this Charter. All internal matters over which authority is not
specifically addressed in this document falls under the purview of the faculty and its
committees. At the same time, the dual role played by the Chair, as agent of both the
departmental faculty and the university administration and the attendant fact that he/she
possesses certain externally granted prerogatives is understood.

        ARTICLE I -- GENERAL PROVISIONS AND FACULTY ORGANIZATION

A. Authority
   1. The Department of Biological Sciences is a Teaching and Research unit within
       the Division of Science and Technology of the College of Arts and Sciences.

   2.   The administration of the department and the authority to establish policy reside
        within both its faculty and the department Chair.

   3.   Nothing in this Charter is intended to be in conflict with the Faculty Handbook or
        with written university policies in general and if such conflict exists, the Faculty
        Handbook or other university document will prevail in every case.

   4.   An interim Chair, appointed by the Dean in consultation with the department
        faculty, will assume the same authority and prerogatives as the Chair he or she
        replaces.

B. Faculty Membership

   1.   The regular voting faculty will consist of all full-time faculty of the Department of
        Biological Sciences of the University of North Texas who hold academic
        appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences as the major academic
        affiliation, except that Personnel Affairs and Promotion and Tenure Committee
        Memberships may be voted on by tenured and tenure track faculty only.




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   2.   Associated faculty, including adjunct professors, visiting professors, faculty from
        other academic units at the University of North Texas or the University of North
        Texas Health Sciences Center at Fort Worth, faculty from other academic
        institutions who hold joint appointments in the Department of Biological
        Sciences, staff scientists, research scientists, scientists in residence and others,
        are, in essence, temporary faculty or guests of the department and as such their
        major contribution is in the academic area and not in the area of departmental
        organization and governance. In the normal operation of the department these
        valued colleagues may be appointed or terminated by the Chair according to the
        academic needs of the department albeit with the counsel and advice of the
        Executive Committee of the department. On the other hand, such associated
        faculty whose salaries are paid from research grants or contracts or who are
        working in the laboratory of any member of the faculty and whose salary is paid
        by any funds other than department funds will be the entire responsibility of the
        faculty member(s) with whom they are associated. However, interaction
        between these associated faculty members and other areas of the Department
        of Biological Sciences must be approved and supervised by the Chair.

C. Organization of the Department.

   1.   The Department of Biological Sciences is divided into four divisions: Molecular
        Biology and Biochemistry; Microbiology; Neurobiology and Physiology; and
        Environmental Science. The faculty members associated with these diverse
        disciplines enjoy a certain autonomy which permits each division to maximize its
        talents and resources for the benefit of the department and the university.

   2.   The affairs of the department will be administered by the Chair, with the counsel
        and advice of the Executive Committee and other committees.

   3.   The Chair will be assisted in his/her work by division Directors elected by the
        faculty from each of the divisions of the department.

   4.   Each division will participate in the administration of the department through the
        Executive Committee, Personnel Affairs Committee, Promotion & Tenure
        Committee, Undergraduate Studies Committee, Graduate Studies Committee,
        the Physical Plant Committee and in the office of the department Chair.

   5.   Also, ad hoc committees may be established by the Chair, the division Directors
        or by the faculty as needed for special functions and projects.

D. Faculty Meetings

   1.   The following rules and procedures apply to all faculty meetings unless
        exceptions are specified in other sections of this Charter.

   2.   Open Meetings

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     All faculty Meetings will be open meetings according to the laws of the State of
     Texas which are pertinent to this provision.

3.   Schedule of Meetings

     Regular meetings of the entire faculty will be called by the Chair at least once
     each semester. A general faculty meeting will be held sometime during the first
     four weeks of each long semester. Other faculty meetings may be called by the
     Chair at any time. Faculty meetings may also be called by petition of one-third
     of the voting faculty.

4.   Time and Place

     The Chair will set the time and place for all meetings of the faculty. Other than
     for emergency meetings, a one week notice will be given prior to the meeting.
     No meetings will be scheduled during pre-finals week, final examination periods
     or when the university is in recess. The division Directors will set the time and
     place for all division meetings with three days notice being given prior to these
     meetings. Divisional meetings may also be called by one voting member of a
     division.

5.   Agenda

     a. For normal faculty meetings, an agenda specifying the business to be
        transacted and the order of appearance will accompany the announcement
        of all faculty meetings. The meeting announcement and agenda must be
        distributed to the entire faculty of the department at least one week prior to
        the meeting. Agenda for emergency meetings will be made available in as
        timely a manner as feasible.

     b. Subsequently, items of agenda may be amended, deleted or others added:

        (1 ) By the Chair for all department meetings:
        (2) By the division Directors for all division meetings:
        (3) Upon petition by one-third of the voting faculty.

        Such proposed agenda changes will be transmitted by the Chair or division
        Director to the faculty at least 24 hours prior to the time of the meeting.

     c. Petitions for faculty meetings will consist of a clear description of the purpose
        of the meeting and this constitutes the agenda for the meeting.

     d. Non-agenda items may be introduced under New Business and voted upon
        by motion to consider or to table. The motion to consider must be supported
        by affirmative vote of a simple majority of the voting faculty. Items which are
        tabled will become the first item on the agenda of the next meeting of the
        faculty.
6.   Presiding Officer
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     All departmental faculty meetings will be presided over by the Chair of the
     department or by any faculty member designated by the Chair. Division
     meetings will be presided over by the division Director or someone designated
     by the Director.

7.   Rules of Order

     All faculty meetings will be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order,
     latest revision, except for any deviations stipulated in this Charter.

8.   Floor Motions

     The presiding officer of the faculty meeting will accept from the floor motions
     relevant to progress or closure on any agenda item. A motion must be
     seconded by another member of the voting faculty. A seconded motion will be
     voted on by the voting faculty present by a show of hands or by secret ballot,
     depending on the preference of the majority of the voting faculty present.

9.   Parliamentarian

     The Election Judge will serve as parliamentarian at all departmental meetings.
     In his absence, a voting faculty member may be appointed by the Chair to serve
     as parliamentarian and Election Judge.

10. Voting by Proxy

     Voting by proxy will not be permitted at any faculty meeting. Written absentee
     voting is possible.

11. Quorum and Majority

     A quorum will consist of two-thirds of the voting faculty. If a meeting cannot be
     held for lack of a quorum, it may be called for the same time on the next working
     day, but the agenda may not be changed. If a quorum is not obtained after
     three attempts, the third meeting may proceed with any number of the voting
     faculty constituting the quorum for this special occasion. In all cases not
     otherwise specified in this Charter, a simple majority of those voting will carry
     the motion.




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   12. Minutes

       a. The record of business transacted at all faculty meetings will be kept in the
          form of minutes, which will include the names of all faculty present and also
          absent. The presiding officer will see that minutes of all faculty meetings are
          kept, distributed to the entire faculty within one week, and filed in the
          departmental archives. These functions may be delegated to an appointed
          secretary.
       b. Deliberations over personnel matters will not be described in the minutes,
          although the outcome of such discussions will be included.

   13. Other Business

       Matters which do not affect the fundamental operation of the department may be
       communicated by written notices, memos, or letters and voted on by mail ballot.
       In such balloting, a simple majority will carry the issue.

   14. Adjournment and Recess

       The Chair will entertain no motion to adjourn a faculty meeting until the agenda
       has been completed or if a call for quorum count fails. If a quorum call fails
       before the agenda has been completed, the Chair will recess the meeting.
       When it is anticipated that two sessions of a recessed meeting would be
       separated by as many as seven calendar days, interim minutes covering the first
       session will be distributed at least one working day prior to the second session.
       If the quorum is not maintained during the third session and if part of the agenda
       has not yet been acted upon, then the quorum will consist of any number of
       voting faculty present during the third and subsequent sessions. In no instance
       and for no reason will the agenda of the first meeting be altered during this
       entire process.


                        ARTICLE II -- ELECTIONS AND VOTING

A. Qualifications for Voting

   All faculty members who are in residence in the department, including those
   receiving fractional salaries from grants and/or contracts, with full-time appointments
   in the Department of Biological Sciences including those whose academic
   appointment is in the department but who may be working in Administrative offices
   are eligible to vote and constitute the voting faculty of the Department of Biological
   Sciences. Faculty on modified service are not eligible to vote. Associated faculty
   and full-time tenure track faculty on formal leave (e.g. Faculty Development Leave)
   away from the department or campus, salaried by UNT or not, will not have voting
   privileges.


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B. Selection of Home Division

   Each faculty member must declare a home division in which his/her membership will
   be tallied in terms of the Executive Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee,
   and the Personnel Affairs Committee, or other committees which have prescribed
   representation from each division. Faculty members can switch freely from one
   home division to another, once each year; in March.

C. Election of Departmental Committees.

   1.   Elections will be held during the month of April for positions on the Executive
        Committee and positions on the standing committees. Newly elected members
        will begin their terms at the start of the next Fall Semester.

   2.   At the direction of the Chair, the Election Judge will hold special elections,
        normally by mail ballot, to fill vacancies which may arise in the interim between
        elections.

   D. Election Judge

        During the month of March of even-numbered years, the Chair will appoint a
        tenured faculty member to be the departmental Election Judge. He/She will
        serve as the Parliamentarian during all department faculty meetings and will
        also be responsible for directing all departmental level voting of whatever form
        and for whatever purpose. It is the duty of the Election Judge to consult with the
        Chair and division Directors during the month of March to determine what
        positions on standing committees are open for election of new members. These
        elections will be held during the month of April. Division Directors may request
        elections to fill vacancies in unexpired terms as needed.

        1. Tenure

           The term of the Election Judge will be two years with succession permitted.

        2. Duties and Responsibilities

           a.   At all faculty meetings held primarily for the purpose of an election, the
                Election Judge will conduct nominating and voting ballots by means of
                written, secret ballots or by any other means acceptable to a simple
                majority of the voting faculty. The Election Judge will appoint two faculty
                members or one faculty member and one staff member to assist in the
                counting of the ballots and will announce the results to the assembled
                faculty or by memo within 12 hours of the balloting deadline.




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           b.    The Election Judge will initiate mail balloting at the request of the Chair
                 by circulating nomination ballots or final ballots to the voting faculty.
                 Nominees may remove their names without prejudice by communicating
                 their desire to the Election Judge. It is the Election Judge's responsibility
                 to see that only the names of eligible members appear on the ballots.
           c. The Election Judge will enforce all requisite quorums and majorities
                 specified in this Charter.
           d. The Election Judge will publish a list of all eligible voters 72 hours before
                 any election and will resolve all questions regarding voting eligibility of
                 any faculty member.
           e. The Election Judge will inform the faculty at least 24 hours in advance of
                 the date, time, and place for the counting of ballots so that members
                 may arrange to observe the proceedings; under no circumstance may
                 ballots be counted in secret or at unannounced locations.
           f. The Election Judge will inform the faculty of the numerical results of mail
              balloting and will certify the results to the department Chair within 12 hours
              after the votes have been tallied.
           g. If a requisite majority is not achieved, the Election Judge will schedule
                 and effect a second election. For elections involving approval of a
                 motion (Yes/No), the ballot must not be changed during this procedure.
                 If the requisite majority of the voting faculty is not in accord on the
                 second ballot, the motion will stand defeated. For elections involving
                 candidates for committee membership, a run-off election will be held.
                 The number of run-off candidates will be a maximum of twice the
                 number of available positions. Run-off elections will be continued until
                 all positions are filled.
           h. Procedures for divisional voting will be determined by the majority of
                 voting divisional faculty members.

                ARTICLE III -- PRINCIPAL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS

A. The Chair

   1.   Role and Responsibilities of the Chair

        a. As chief executive officer, the Chair is responsible for the general well-being
           of the department and for implementing directives and policies of the
           university administration, at the same time, in his/her role as advocate, will
           represent the faculty, its interests, its needs and accomplishments to the
           university community and to the administration. The goals and the character
           of the department will be the Chair's paramount concern and responsibility.
           The Chair may delegate this responsibility in specific instances to individuals
           or committees as he/she deems necessary.




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     b. Thus, the Chair is responsible for developing and implementing all
        administrative, research, educational and personnel policies. He/She will
        manage, allocate, distribute and assume all responsibility for department
        funds per authority and decree of university administrators. The evolution of
        policy and decision-making processes will be shared with the Executive
        Committee and other faculty committees and in many instances with the
        voting faculty.
     c. When forwarding to the Deans or other administrative officials or to
        committees outside of the department, recommendations, decisions or
        interpretations at variance with the majority of a standing committee, the
        Chair will report the substance of the conflict to the Dean, or other
        administrative official, and the appropriate standing committee, and submit,
        along with his report, the final report of such faculty committee.
     d. The Chair may be aided in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of his
        office by the division Directors.
     e. The department Chair will also serve as Chair of the Executive Committee
        and will be an ex officio member of all the other department committees.
     f. The Chair will assign annual merit salary increments to the department
        faculty according to guidelines of the university administration. In the
        process, he/she will weigh carefully the peer evaluations and will counsel
        with the Personnel Affairs Committees as necessary. Each faculty member
        must receive a copy of his/her rating prior to its being forwarded to the
        Dean's Office. Materials will be hand delivered to the faculty member by the
        Administrative Services Officer. As soon as the Dean of the College of Arts
        and Sciences has approved the department's pay increments, the Chair will
        inform each faculty member of his/her salary.
     g. The Chair will create ad hoc committees as needed to serve in capacities not
        defined in this Charter and appoint faculty members to specific duties such
        as safety officer, seminar chair, library representatives, etc.
     h. All committee assignments, both standing and ad hoc, will be published by
        the Chair within 5 working days of the election or appointment.

2.   Selection and Appointment of the Chair

     a. The Chair of the department will be appointed by the Dean of the College of
        Arts and Sciences, subject to endorsement by the Vice President for
        Academic Affairs and the President of the university with final authorization
        of the Board of Regents from nominees selected by an elected faculty
        Search Committee whose membership shall have at least one member from
        each division and confirmed by vote of the department faculty.
     b. A 2/3's vote by the voting faculty is necessary to secure an interim Chair.
        Candidates will be solicited from the faculty by the Executive Committee and
        nominees determined by the voting faculty. The name of the nominee or
        nominees will be transmitted to the Dean of the college.



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   3.   Termination of the Chair

        It is recognized that the Dean of the college may terminate the appointment of
        the department Chair following whatever type of review or investigation he/she
        deems appropriate, including periodic administrative review of the department.
        The faculty, of its own volition by vote of a simple majority of the voting faculty,
        may review the Chair during the month of April of any year by any method
        chosen by vote of the voting faculty and convey the results of this review (vote
        of confidence) to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

   4.   Renewal of Term of Appointment of the Chair

        a. During a Chair's terminal year of a first multiple-year appointment, it is
           expected that the Dean will inform the Chair and the faculty of the
           department of Biological Sciences whether he/she wishes to appoint the
           Chair to another term.
        b. During the terminal year of the last term appointment of the Chair, with the
           Dean's permission, a Chair Search Committee will be elected from the voting
           faculty, including at least one member from each division, and charged with
           finding suitable candidates for presentation to the Dean.
        c. If the Chair will be absent for relatively short periods and must assign an
           Acting Chair, the decision must be made with the approval of the Executive
           Committee.

B. VICE CHAIR

   At the discretion of the chair, he/she may appoint a full time, tenured, faculty
   member of the department to serve as Vice Chair. The chair will nominate the
   faculty member whose appointment must be ratified by a majority vote of the
   Executive Committee. The appointment shall be for one academic year, renewable
   at the beginning of each academic year. The Vice Chair shall serve as an ex officio
   member of the Executive Committee and all other departmental committees as
   deemed necessary by the Chair. The Vice Chair is eligible for election to serve as a
   voting member of all committees except the Executive, Personnel Affairs, and
   Promotion and Tenure Committees. The Vice Chair shall serve as Acting Chair in
   the absence of the Chair and will convene the Personnel and Promotion Committees
   in October of each academic year. Additional duties of the Vice Chair will be
   determined by the Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee.
   (Amendment to Charter, October 1997)

C Division Directors

   Division Directors will be elected by the majority of the voting faculty in the division,
   in April of even numbered years, and may succeed themselves.



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D. Administrative Services Officer

   1.   The Administrative Services Officer will assist the Chair in all routine
        administrative matters, e.g., preparation of budgets, class schedules, classroom
        assignments, annual inventory, management and planning, surveillance of the
        physical plant, overseeing the needs of the supporting staff, student registration,
        managing department vehicles, etc. Further details are specified in the official
        job description of this position.

        The Administrative Services Officer may serve as an ex officio, nonvoting
        member of certain standing and ad hoc committees on invitation by such
        committees. He/She may be called upon also to serve as a consultant to any
        department committee.

                         ARTICLE IV -- STANDING COMMITTEES

A. The Executive Committee

   1.   Composition and Selection

        The Executive Committee will be composed of five members, one member from
        each division plus the Chair of the department. Each divisional representative
        member will be elected from the voting faculty of each division.

   2.   Term of Office

        Faculty members elected to the Executive Committee will serve for a period of
        one year and may succeed themselves.

   3.   Organization and Procedures

        a. The Chair of the department will serve as the Chair of the Executive
           Committee and he/she will be a voting member.
        b. The Executive Committee Chair will designate one of the division Directors
           to serve in his/her place during absence from committee meetings.
        c. The Chair will assume the responsibility for keeping minutes of each meeting
           and will distribute them within 7 working days to the entire faculty and
           preserve them in the departmental archives. Deliberations over personnel
           matters will not be described in the minutes, although the outcome of such
           discussions will be included.
        d. A quorum will consist of a simple majority of the committee members when
           three of the four divisions are represented.
        e. In all cases in which a majority of the Executive Committee disagrees with
           the Chair on a recommendation to administrative officers or bodies outside
           the department, the substance of such differences will be noted when the
           recommendations are forwarded.

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        f. The Executive Committee will establish its own modus operandi, except as
           specifically prescribed in this Charter.


   4.   Meetings

        a. The Executive Committee Chair will schedule three regular Executive
           Committee meetings at approximately monthly intervals as required during
           each semester. Additional Executive Committee meetings may be
           scheduled upon written petition, signed by at least two Executive Committee
           members, specifying the business to be considered.
        b. Meetings of the Executive Committee, except for those dealing with
           confidential personnel matters, will be open to all departmental faculty
           members.
        c. The agenda for regular meetings of the Executive Committee will be
           announced to the entire faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting
           date.

   5.   Responsibilities

        a. The Executive Committee will advise the Chair in the formulation of
           departmental policy.
        b. The Executive Committee will consider all recommendations on policy,
           procedures, and curriculum from departmental committees and items not
           specifically rejected by vote of the Executive Committee will become official
           departmental policy as indicated by the committee action.
        c. The Executive Committee will serve as a committee on committees for all
           standing and ad hoc committees of the department.
        d. The Executive Committee will implement recommendations from Grievance
           Hearing Boards.

B. Personnel Affairs Committee

   The Department shall have a Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC) that does the
   annual evaluation and a committee drawn from the PAC that considers matters of
   Promotion and Tenure (P&T)

   1.   Composition and Selection

a.      The PAC is composed of tenured Associate Professors and Professors. Each
division shall elect PAC members, with the number of members determined by the ratio
of 1 PAC member to 4 voting faculty. Thus, there shall be 1 PAC member for a division
with 3-6 faculty, 2 PAC members for a division with 7-10 faculty, and 3 PAC members
for a division with 11-14 faculty. Each division will elect one Professor and a second
representative or more if the Division's size mandates additional representation.
Temporary, visiting, adjunct, and modified

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     service faculty are excluded. There shall be two at-large members drawn from a
        tenured rank of the Department.
     b. The PAC shall elect it own Chair each year. The Chair may serve consecutive
        terms.
     c. The term of office will be three years for all members. The committee will elect a
        chair each year from among its members. The chair may be re-elected.
     d. All members of the Personnel Affairs Committee may succeed themselves.

2.   Responsibilities

     a. The principal function of the PAC is to conduct the annual peer evaluation of the
        faculty.
     b. The Committee must convene according to the university calendar.
     c. It is the responsibility of the Chair of the PAC to see that the work of the committee
        is conducted in accordance with the university's Faculty Handbook.
     d. It is the responsibility of the Chair to notify members of the Committee of the
        meeting dates and to keep accurate records of the Committee's activities.
     e. The outcome of the review process conducted by the PACs provides part of the
        criteria employed by the departmental Chair for recommending to the Dean the
        annual salary increment of each faculty member. The Committee, if asked, may
        advise the Chair on salary assignments.
     f. It is the responsibility of each faculty member to provide all essential annual
        documents to the PAC. The professional accomplishments of each faculty member
        to be judged by the PAC ordinarily will include (1) the annual Faculty Update, (2)
        student evaluations of teaching, (3) reprints of publications, (4) copies of research
        grant applications, whether successful or not, (5) documentation of unusual or
        extraordinary accomplishments or awards, and (6) anything else that the faculty
        members may wish to present to the Committee. Failure to provide the essential
        annual documents will result in a "no rating", in which case there will be no
        consideration for merit salary increase.
     g. The final rating will be a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, with 1 being the highest evaluation and
        indicating overall professional merit of the highest order.
     h. Written criteria to be used by the PAC shall be established by an ad hoc committee
        in consultation with the department Chair and with approval by two thirds of the
        voting faculty. These written criteria can be brought up for review by petition of one
        fourth of the voting faculty.
     i. Annual evaluation by the PAC shall be based on the preceding three calendar
        years wherever possible. If portions of the preceding three years were spent as a
        faculty member at another university, the corresponding records may be submitted
        by that faculty member for consideration.
     j. The written criteria to be utilized by the PAC for peer evaluations will be established
        for a period of three years for each member of the faculty in consultation and
        agreement with the department Chair. This agreement will be based on the
        contract which weights research, teaching, and service. All such criteria will be
        conveyed to each faculty member at the same time that the university's annual
        Faculty Update forms are distributed.




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       k. Members of the PAC will not review himself or herself or their spouse, nor
          participate in any discussion directly or indirectly involving himself or herself or their
          spouse.
       l. The work of the Committee will be conducted in confidence.
       m. The final tabulation and written comments of Committee members will be sent to
          the department Chair only.
       n. During the first year of service, newly hired faculty should normally receive a salary
          adjustment equal to that of a faculty member rated as average in the department.
          In its criteria for evaluating faculty, the department shall provide procedures and
          criteria for evaluating newly hired faculty members after the first year of service.
       o. Each faculty member will be notified by the Chair of the department in writing of
          his/her rating. The PAC and Chair will provide the faculty member with copies of all
          pertinent information. This may include a brief statement explaining the rationale
          for the assigned rating and the department Chair is strongly encouraged to present
          further comments in individual counsel with each faculty member.
       p. The final tabulations and written comments, will be placed in the faculty member's
          file and will be available to no one except the individual according to the laws of the
          State of Texas which pertain to such records.
       q. If the faculty member wishes to appeal his/her rating, he/she must notify the
          Division Committee within two working days of being notified of the ranking and the
          committee will be compelled to hear his/her appeal within five working days. The
          decision of the Committee will be given to the faculty member and will also
          accompany the Committee's recommendations when this is handed over to the
          Chair and subsequently by the Chair to the Dean.

C. Promotion and Tenure Committees

  Since promotion to Professor may be voted on only by those who have themselves
  attained that rank, there must be a provision for two kinds of Promotion and Tenure (P&T)
  committees.

  1.   Composition and Selection of Committees

       There will be two types of committees formed: one to evaluate faculty being
       considered for promotion to Associate Professor and/or Tenure (Committee A), and a
       second committee to evaluate faculty being considered for promotion to Full Professor
       (Committee B).

       a. Committee A

          i.   Committee A will evaluate probationary faculty for renewal each year of their
               probationary period and consider candidates for tenure and/or promotion at
               lower ranks. The committee will be made up of four tenured members, one
               from each division, the member to be designated by each division from its
               representatives on the PAC. For mid-term evaluation of probationary faculty
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              drawn from the division in which the probationary faculty member and/or a
              candidate for promotion and tenure has voting residency. (Amendment to
              Charter, October 1997). In years when there are two or more divisions
              presenting candidates, the committee will have an additional member from
              each presenting division. No division may have more than two representatives
              on the P&T. Any presenting division which does not have two tenured
              members on the PAC must elect another representative from its members to
              serve in this position. If a division has only one tenured member, it may elect
              one from another division.

     b. Committee B

          i. Committee B shall consist of four professors drawn one from each division on the
             PAC and one more professor drawn from the division in which the candidate for
             professor has voting residency. In years when there are two or more divisions
             presenting candidates, the committee will have an additional member from each
             presenting division. No division may have more than two representatives on the
             P&T. Any presenting division which does not have two professors on the PAC
             must elect a professor from its members to serve in this position. If a division has
             only one professor, it may elect one from another division.

              Any candidates may select an advocate from among the members of the P&T
              committee before which their candidacy will appear. An advocate should
              become thoroughly familiar with the dossier of the candidate and will function
              to present the candidate's credentials in the best light possible. The advocate
              will also function as an intermediary between the committee and the candidate
              and assure that all pertinent information is made available to the committee for
              its deliberations. This should include seeking additional information or
              clarification from the candidate or other sources as the committee's
              deliberations proceed.

     c.   Members of Committee A and Committee B will select their own Chair.
     d.   The term of office will be three years.
     e.   All members may succeed themselves.
     f.   Committee B will have no responsibilities in the years when there are no faculty
          members being considered for promotion to Professor.

2.   Responsibilities

     a. Committees A and B will judge the merits of the candidates for recommendation for
        promotion to the next higher rank and/or for the award of tenure.
     b. The Chair of the department will forward to Committees A and B the names of
        those colleagues to be considered for tenure or for promotion. Other faculty
        members whose names are not submitted by the Chair but who have reason to feel
        they are eligible for consideration, may place their own names and credentials
        before the appropriate Committee (A or B). Candidates must be made known to
        the appropriate committee according to the university calendar.




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c. It is the responsibility of the Chair of Committee A or B to see that the work of the
   committee is conducted in accordance with the university's Faculty Handbook, and
   the Arts and Sciences Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion.
d. Committees A and B will convene according to the university calendar.
e. Members of Committees A and B will not review him- or herself or their spouse, nor
   participate in any discussion directly or indirectly involving him or herself or their
   spouse.
f. The candidates' professional accomplishments to be weighed by Committee A or
   B. whether for promotion or tenure, or both, are essentially those considered by the
   Personnel Affairs Committee for salary adjudication. As per the Faculty Handbook:
   Where external letters of reference are used for promotion to associate professor, a
   minimum of three (3) external letters of reference are required; and for promotion to
   professor, five (5) external letters of reference are required. The Committee may
   avail itself of any other information, data, evidence, recommendations, etc. it deems
   pertinent and will not be limited or inhibited in its search for documentary criteria for
   its consideration so long as the individual's constitutional privilege to personal
   privacy is in no way breached nor even threatened.
9. Committee A and B members will conduct an objective, collegial, and honest
   evaluation of the candidates' qualifications in accordance with the College of Arts
   and Sciences policy. All the details must be revealed to the candidates at the time
   supporting documentation is requested of them.
h. Committee A and B's calendar will provide for personal refutation, appeal, or
   argumentation by the candidate during the Committee's deliberative phase and well
   before its final recommendation to the department Chair takes final form. In order
   to accomplish this, the Committee will interview the candidate at the end of its
   search phase and inform the candidate of its findings and of its probable final,
   written recommendation. The candidate will be given 48 hours after being informed
   for response if this is requested. If not, the Committee will be free to compose its
   report. If an appeal is made, this must be indicated on the final report together with
   the results of the appeal.
i. An affirmative vote of three of the five voting members of the appropriate
   Committee will be required in order to recommend promotion or tenure to the
   department Chair.
j. If there is a lack of consensus, each member of Committee A or B will state, in
   writing, the reason(s) for his/her vote and these statements will be included in the
   final recommendation written by the department Chair to the Dean.
k. It is the responsibility of the department Chair to inform each candidate of the
   outcome of Committee A or B's evaluation in time for the candidate to seek
   redress, if desired. This appeal will be addressed to the appropriate Committee.
   The faculty member must give notice of appeal within two working days and appeal
   within three working days of his/her learning of the Committee's decision. The
   nature of this appeal will be to bring additional information to the Committee, to
   reinterpret information in a better form than that used by the Committee, to
   reinterpret criteria the Committee may have misinterpreted, and/or to attempt to
   convince the Committee that it should change its decision. When this process is
   over, if the candidate's appeal is rejected, he/she may carry the appeal to the
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          department Chair. The Executive Committee will provide the appropriate
          Committee with its final recommendation to be attached to the Committee's report.
          This, together with the candidate's appeal(s), a record of the appeal hearing if such
          were held, the Executive Committee action, and the Chair's recommendation will
          become part of the department's recommendation to the Dean.
     l.   It will be the yearly responsibility of Committee A to review the progress of tenure-
          track appointees and to inform them of the criteria to be employed in reviewing and
          assessing their progress toward tenure. There must be two written statements, one
          signed by the Chair of Committee A, and one signed by the Chair of the
          Department, representing Committee consensus and the Chair's opinion of the
          progress of the tenure-track faculty member. Each statement must contain the
          phrase “satisfactory progress” or the phrase “unsatisfactory progress" in a larger
          statement designed to inform the faculty member of his/her exact position in his/her
          quest for tenure. The Committee's record of these actions must be transmitted to
          the Chair of the department and must also become a permanent document in the
          candidate's departmental personal record. Both statements must be included in
          the evaluation package that is forwarded to the College of Arts and Sciences'
          Promotion and Tenure Committee. Committee A will maintain a record of their
          yearly counseling of all tenure-track faculty. The yearly evaluations inform the
          candidate of those qualities which will make him/her eligible for tenure; they do not
          imply that tenure will be granted if these qualities are enjoyed by the candidate.

D. The Undergraduate Studies Committee

     1. Composition and Selection

          a.   The Undergraduate Studies Committee will be composed of a variable number
               of faculty members, including all undergraduate advisors appointed by the
               department Chair and four to be elected, one from each division.
          b.   The Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee will be appointed by the
               department Chair immediately before April elections. All members of the
               Undergraduate Studies Committee, including its Chair may serve consecutive
               terms of office.
          c.   The term of office will be three years.
          d.   The Administrative Services Officer may serve as a nonvoting ex officio
               member of the Committee.
          e.   The Undergraduate Secretary may serve as secretary of the Committee and
               will maintain a record of all the meetings, deliberations, actions, and
               recommendations of the Committee. These records will be preserved as part
               of the departmental archives.



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        a. The Undergraduate Studies Committee and will (1) develop all degree plans for
           undergraduate majors in the department of Biological Sciences; (2) represent the
           department at meetings of the college Curriculum Committee, University
           Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Senate when proposed changes in the
           undergraduate curriculum of the department of Biological Sciences are considered;
           and (3) advise the Chair of the department and the division Directors on
           undergraduate student affairs.
        b. The Undergraduate Studies Committee will be responsible for recommendations to
           the faculty, the divisions, and the Chair of the department relating to (1) general
           requirements for the bachelor's degrees in the divisions and the department of
           Biological Sciences; (2) development and revision of the undergraduate curriculum
           in the department of Biological Sciences; and (3) selection of recipients of the
           undergraduate scholarship and academic honors administered by the department
           and nominations for academic honors.
        c. In addition, the Undergraduate Studies Committees will: (1) develop and
           implement a recruiting program for undergraduate majors; (2) be responsible for
           advising all undergraduate majors in the department, as well as undergraduates
           with other majors seeking information and/or advice regarding education in the
           biological sciences; (3) monitor staffing requirements of the undergraduate
           program; (4) maintain academic records of all undergraduate majors; (5) develop,
           revise and administer the form used for student evaluation of teaching; (6) with the
           assistance of the Undergraduate Secretary, aid undergraduate majors in the
           registration process; (7) conduct summer group meetings of entering freshman and
           transfer students as directed by the university administration; and (8) review
           periodically and propose to the Executive Committee revisions in the department's
           section of the General University Bulletin.

E. The Graduate Studies Committee

   1.   Composition and Selection

        a. The Graduate Studies Committees will be composed of a variable number of
           faculty members, including all graduate advisors and four to be elected, one from
           each division.
        b. The Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee will be appointed by the department
           Chair immediately before April elections and will be the department's Graduate
           Coordinator. All members of the Graduate Studies Committee including its Chair
           may serve consecutive terms of office.
        c. The term of office will be three years.
        d. The Administrative Services Officer and graduate secretaries may serve as a
           nonvoting ex officio members of the Committee.
        e. The Graduate Secretaries may serve as secretaries of the Committee and will
           maintain a record of all the meetings, deliberations, actions, and recommendations
           of the Committee. These records will be preserved as part of the departmental
           archives.




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   2.   Responsibilities

        a. The Graduate Coordinator will manage all functions of Graduate Studies
           Committee and will: (1) maintain contact with the Dean of the Graduate School
           concerning official requirements for graduate degrees and other graduate affairs;
           (2) counsel uncommitted graduate students needing help in the selection of, and
           registration in, graduate or undergraduate courses; (3) interact with the
           Administrative Assistant in graduate registration, the assignment of teaching
           assistants and the scheduling of graduate courses in the department; (4) represent
           the department at meetings of the Graduate Council when proposed changes in the
           graduate curriculum are considered; and (5) generally advise the division Directors
           and the Chair of the department on graduate student affairs.
        b. The Graduate Studies Committees will be responsible for recommendations to the
           faculty relating to: (1 ) general requirements for graduate degrees; (2) development
           and revision of the graduate curriculum; (3) development and revision of any
           special graduate programs; (4) development and revision of criteria for admission
           into graduate study; (5) the formulation of policy regarding stipends for graduate
           research and teaching assistants; and (6) the selection of graduate teaching
           assistants and of recipients of awards and academic honors.
        c. In addition, the Graduate Studies Committees will (1) develop and implement a
           graduate student recruitment program, (2) advise the division Director and the
           department Chair on the acceptance of applicants for admission into graduate
           study; (3) maintain, through the help of the Graduate Secretary, up-to-date records
           of all graduate students in the department; (4) review periodically students'
           progress, and provide appropriate recommendations when necessary to faculty
           advisors; (5) develop and implement an orientation program for new graduate
           students; (6) advise the division Directors and the Chair of the department on the
           appointment of Ph.D. graduate committees; (7) monitor staffing requirements for
           graduate programs; (8) revise, when necessary, the statement of graduate policy
           after seeking advice from the division faculty; (9) review periodically and propose to
           the Executive Committee revisions in the department's section of the Bulletin of the
           Graduate School.

F. The Physical Plant Committee

   1.   Composition and Selection

        a. The Physical Plant Committee will be composed of five members, one to be elected
           from each division and the fifth, the Chair, to be appointed by the department Chair
           immediately before April elections.
        b. The term of office will be three years.
        c. The Administrative Services Officer may serve as a nonvoting ex officio member of
           the Committee.

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        a. The Physical Plant Committee will be advisory to the division Directors and to the
           department Chair and will participate in all space problems with division committees
           when called upon.
        b. The assignment and utilization of all physical facilities under the jurisdiction of the
           department of Biological Sciences will be the responsibility of this Committee. The
           Committee, through the efforts of the Administrative Assistant, will see that
           accurate, up-to-date records of all departmental properties, monies, buildings,
           articles, etc. are kept and made available to department officers, committees, and
           faculty. The Committee will endeavor to adjudicate all disputes over the
           assignment of space but the department Chair will be the final arbitrator on these
           questions.
        c. The Committee will be responsible for maintaining the animal quarters and must
           provide all necessary care and caution in the use of research animals guaranteeing
           that all rules and regulations, State and Federal, are diligently adhered to. The
           Committee may appoint an ad hoc animal care committee if this is deemed
           necessary.


                         ARTICLE V. -- AD HOC COMMITTEES

A. Purpose and Function

   Ad hoc committees may be constituted to deal with matters outside the scope of the
   Executive Committee or of standing division committees, or to focus on matters which
   neither the regular committees nor the Chair of the department have time to probe in depth
   or manage adequately. They will be appointed by the Chair of the department, the
   Executive Committee or the division Directors and, as a consequence, are responsible to
   these authorities.

B. Membership
   1. Any member of the faculty, selected students, and staff personnel may be appointed to
      ad hoc committees. Members of ad hoc committees may be drawn from the
      department, solely from one of the divisions, or from any combination of divisions.
      Each division may have at least one representative if so desired.
   2. All ad hoc committees will be temporary and all terminate and are disbanded on
      August 31 of each year.

   3.   The department's Administrative Services Officer may serve as an ex officio nonvoting
        member of ad hoc committees.

   4.   Appropriate faculty or staff from other academic departments or from administrative
        units may also serve on ad hoc committees as needed.

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     1.   Each ad hoc committee will establish its methods and rules of operation in order to
          carry out the responsibility put on it by the originating authority.

     2.   All ad hoc committees will keep the originating authority informed and advised of their
          work, deliberations, and progress by periodic reports.

     3.   The creation of an ad hoc committee will be announced promptly by memo to the
          entire faculty of the department by the originating authority.

     4.   Those ad hoc committees in existence at the start of the academic year will be noted in
          tabulations distributed to the faculty at the regular Fall Meeting.


                           ARTICLE VI. -- SEARCH COMMITTEES

A. Search Committees

     1.   Responsibility

          a. The sole role of Search Committees is to seek out and to select the best qualified
             person(s) for presentation to the Chair and to the Dean for the filling department
             vacancies.
          b. All Search Committees will make certain that faculty opinion and advice are fully
             expressed during the screening and interviewing process of all search procedures.
          c. All search committees will operate within the broadest interpretation of Affirmative
             Action policies.

B. Membership on Faculty and Chair Search Committees

     1.   Search Committees formed to hire new faculty will consist of six tenured or tenure
          track voting faculty members, with three members elected from the division seeking
          the new faculty member, and one member elected by each of the other divisions (the
          crossover members). The members of the Search Committee for new faculty will elect
          their own Chair from among their membership, and the committee will function by
          procedures determined internally.

2.        When a vacancy in the Chair of the department occurs, or is anticipated, and the Dean
     of the college has authorized a new permanent department Chair, a Search Committee will
     be elected. The Chair Search Committee will consist of 5 members, one elected from each
     division, and one elected from the department faculty at large under the auspices of the
     Election Judge. The members of the Search Committee for the Chair will elect their own
     Chair from their membership, and the committee will function by procedures determined
     internally.

     3.   It is recognized that the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences may wish to add or
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        selection or that he/she may wish to appoint all the members from whatever
        department(s) he/she wishes. It is expected that the Dean will communicate his/her
        intent to the convened faculty at a specially called meeting.

C. Procedures

   1.   The Committee Chair and the plan of operation will be established at the first meeting
        of the committee.

   2.   The quorum for all committee meetings will be four of the committee members, and all
        matters will be decided by affirmative vote of four members. The Chair may solicit mail
        ballots from the committee members in voting on candidates.

   3.   The final candidate or candidates will be presented to the entire faculty for its
        consideration and to the voting faculty for its vote. Balloting may be by mail ballot or
        secret ballot if during a faculty meeting and will be transmitted to the Dean. A 2/3
        majority will be required for recommendations to the Dean of candidates for faculty
        positions and for the position of Chair.

   4.   When Step 3. above is accomplished to the satisfaction of the Dean and the Executive
        Committee of the Department and when the candidate has accepted our offer, the
        Search Committee will be dissolved and terminated.


          ARTICLE VII. -- INHERENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF
                               FACULTY MEMBERS

A. Prerogatives of Faculty Members

   1.   All faculty members will have unlimited access to their personal records and to all
        those official documents containing information or judgments related to their
        professional lives and careers.

   2.   All faculty members will have the right to be informed of the final results of all official
        evaluations of professional performance and to be counseled by members of
        committees or officers charged with such evaluations, or, if preferred, by the Chair of
        the department.

   3.   All faculty members will have the right to be informed of any complaint of their
        professional conduct conveyed to the division Director, the Chair of the department or
        to any officer or committee Chairperson of the department. No complaint will be
        recorded in the personnel file unless it has been submitted in writing to the Chair of the
        department and until the faculty member in question has had an opportunity to confront
        the complainant in the presence of the Chair and also to submit a written response to
        the complaint. The complaint and response must be bound as a single document and
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   4.   All faculty members will have the right to be evaluated fairly and objectively according
        to the mandates and procedures of the Faculty Handbook of the university and also
        the provisions of this Charter. The guarantees of the Faculty Handbook and this
        Charter must be considered the minimal level of fair play and decency and must be
        included in a broader statement and guarantee of fairness, decency, and compassion
        in treating all faculty personnel problems.

   5.   All faculty members will have the right to seek redress over all official judgments
        concerning their professional activities through established avenues of hearings and
        grievance procedures as detailed in this Charter and as provided by the college and
        the university and to do so free of the fear of reprisal and revenge.

   6.   All faculty will have the right to decline or to resign from an elected or appointed
        position within the administrative or committee structure of the department and to do
        so without prejudice.

   7.   Personal matters irrelevant to the professional activities of faculty will not be included
        in official recommendations and judgments made by any faculty committee or by the
        Chair of the department.

   8.   Within the physical and fiscal limitations of the department, faculty members will be
        provided with a reasonable office while laboratory space and secretarial help will be
        apportioned as required.

B. Responsibilities of Faculty

   1.   All faculty must maintain a comprehensive program of professional activity.

   2.   All faculty must perform all classroom activities competently, responsibly, and in a
        professional manner.

   3. All faculty must diligently and in good form discharge all assigned responsibilities
      assumed as officers or as members of departmental or divisional committees.

   4. All faculty must make every effort to adhere to all the rules, regulations, and tenets
      of the university, college, and department so far as personal mores and ideals
      permit. In no manner will a faculty member be expected to accept or adhere to
      tenets, ideas, or notions that he/she disproves of or holds to be in error or which
      he/she regards as personally repugnant.


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  This provision relates to the recall of a colleague from a position on an elected or
  appointed committee within the department. For ad hoc committees and elsewhere
  when applicable, the authority to appoint is also the authority to remove.

A. Grounds for Removal

  The only grounds for removal of a member from a committee is malfeasance or
  nonfeasance of office. Albeit, there must be ample, maximal opportunity for the
  expression of opposing, controversial, and personal opinions and to do so without fear
  of reprisal. All attempts to remove a faculty member from any position must make
  ample provisions for defense, appeal, and, when possible, for resignation. In every
  case, resignation is "without prejudices.

B. Procedure

  1. A simple majority of the division or department faculty or a majority of the voting
     members of the relevant committee may petition the Executive Committee for the
     removal of a colleague from an elected or appointed position. If the Removal
     Action is successful, he/she will be replaced, at least temporarily, by a tenured
     faculty member appointed by the Chair of the department.

  2. From the particulars written in a faculty petition, specific articles of suspension will
     be detailed by the body bringing the Removal Action. All Removal Actions will be
     conducted by the Executive Committee.

  3. If the articles of suspension are approved by affirmative vote of a majority of the
     Executive Committee, the litigant will be suspended, relinquishing all
     responsibilities and prerogatives of the office, unless the action is appealed
     successfully.

  4. If the person suspended has not filed a notice of appeal within five working days
     after receiving notice of suspension, the suspension will become final and the office
     will be vacated. In the case of elected committees and when more than one half of
     the term remains, the Executive Committee will notify the Election Judge to conduct
     a mail ballot in order to elect a replacement member to fill the vacancy.

C. Appeal

  Within five working days after receiving notice of suspension, the faculty member may
  file an appeal in the form of a letter written to the Chair or to the Executive Committee,
  outlining the particulars and including the names of two colleagues on the faculty to
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                    ARTICLE IX. -- GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

   Any member of the faculty who feels aggrieved over any issue and who has exhausted
   the appeal procedure provided in this Charter has the right to be heard by a Grievance
   Board. If the faculty member has good reason to believe that a given action was not in
   accord with either university regulations or this Charter, he/she may appeal that
   decision or action to a Grievance Board. Appellants may also proceed directly, if they
   wish, to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and/or to the University Tenure
   Committee or the University Review Committee.

A. Initiation of the Appeal or Grievance

   A notice of appeal or a notice of grievance will consist of a statement, written to the
   Chair or to the Executive Committee, detailing the particulars for appeal and giving a
   concise statement of the resolution or relief sought.

   1. Upon receipt of the notice of appeal, the Executive Committee or the Chair of the
      department, will convene a Grievance Board as described below.

   2. Within five working days after receiving the appeal from the faculty member, the
      Board will meet to consider the bill of particulars.

   3. After the Board has studied the bill of particulars, and has counseled as it sees fit
      with the appellant or the pertinent officer or committee, it will request a response
      from the pertinent committee or, departmental officer, giving a limit of five working
      days.

   4. Within five working days of receiving the written response to the bill of particulars,
      the Board will counsel with the appellant to ascertain whether the appellant is
      satisfied with the response. If the appellant chooses to withdraw the appeal, the
      matter will be dismissed without prejudice to either side. If, however, the appellant
      remains dissatisfied, the Board will initiate formal hearings.

B. Establishment of a Grievance Board
   In response to the filing of a faculty grievance, a division or a department ad hoc
   Grievance Board will be formed as follows according to the wishes of the faculty
   member in consultation with the division Director or the department Chair. Two faculty
   members will be selected by the appellant, two by the Executive Committee (by
   majority vote) and one by unanimous agreement among the four already selected. The
   latter will serve as Chair of the Board. All tenured faculty, including the Chair and the
   division Directors, may serve on a Grievance Board.

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1. Guidelines for Conduct of Hearing
   a. At any point during a formal hearing, the appellant may withdraw without
      prejudice and the Board will dismiss the case, destroying all pertinent records in
      the process. By this action, the Board will also be dismissed.
   b. After formal proceedings are initiated, the Chair of the Board will keep the Chair
      of the department informed of all significant developments. If the decision or
      action being appealed concerns a recommendation that must be, or has been,
      forwarded to a higher level of administration, the Chair of the department will
      notify the appropriate administrator(s) of the hearing being held.
   c. The Board will conduct the hearing in strict confidence. An advocate or
      representative will be allowed the appellant and witnesses, in any number, will
      be permitted. The Board Chair must exercise maximal care to protect the rights
      and sensibilities of all parties involved during all deliberations.
   d. The Board will have full access to pertinent records of the department or of the
      officer or the committee in question unless such access is in violation of this
      Charter.
   e. The Board will make full use of written statements in assembling the evidence.
      Either party may submit questions to each other through the Board Chair. Also,
      the Board may submit questions to either party. All questions will be answered
      in detail and forwarded to the Board Chair within three working days after their
      receipt.
   f. The Chair will appoint a member of the Board as secretary who will keep
      minutes of the proceedings. In addition, if one or both litigants demand, the
      hearings may be recorded on tape.
   g. During the hearing; (1 ) the Board will make every effort to see that the hearing
      adheres closely to the facts; (2) only members of the Board may ask questions
      of the litigants; (3) both interested parties will be present; (4) neither party will
      make statements in the absence of the other, and; (5) each will have the right to
      rebut the other.

2. Final Decision

    In its final deliberation, only the members of the Board will be present. The minutes
    of the decisive meeting will contain only a statement of the decision and supporting
    particulars agreed upon by a majority of the committee.
    a. The Board can find for the appellant on the basis of denial of due process as
        provided by this Charter or by the Faculty Handbook; (2) incompetence on the
        part of the departmental committees to understand and fairly assess appellant's
        arguments, positions, ideas, notions, qualifications, etc.; (3) malfeasance on the
        part of the committee or any member of the committee; and (4) any other
        perceivable deviation from honest, well intended interpretation of departmental
        and university guarantees of fair and equitable treatment. The decision will
        specify the nature and extent to which departmental or university provisions
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       b. The Board can find against the appellant on any ground it can justify.
       c. The statement of final decision will be signed by at least three members of the
          Board. Dissenting opinions, in writing, will be an integral part of the statement.

   3. Final Resolution

       a. The decision in the form of a final report of the Grievance Board will be
          forwarded promptly to the Executive Committee and the Chair of the
          department. If the decision is in favor of the appellant, the Executive Committee
          will overrule the decision made by the pertinent division or department officer or
          committee, and reinstatement or other remediation will be taken by the
          department Chair. If the appellant is not favored, the other, original decision will
          stand and the litigant will be so notified.
       b. Also, the Board may specify partial or compromisatory measures in order to
          effect settlement but only when these are mutually acceptable and both parties
          to the litigation agree that such a resolution is completely satisfactory and the
          settlement regarded as mutually equitable.
       c. It is recognized that the appellant has the right to appeal to higher,
          extradepartmental, authority in every instance.

                          ARTICLE X. -- PROFESSOR EMERITUS

Recommendations for the designation of retired faculty members as professors emeriti
must be initiated in the department by the voting faculty of the department. Only faculty
members who gave distinguished service during their career, including a minimum of 10
years service at the University of North Texas, in the three areas by which all faculty are
judged, i.e., teaching, research, and service will be eligible for such nomination. A
candidate's name may be put up by a nomination and a second of the voting faculty and
official nomination achieved by two-thirds majority vote of the departmental faculty.


                      ARTICLE XI. -- ADOPTION OF CHARTER

Adoption of this Charter will require an affirmative vote of a two-thirds of the voting faculty.
When approved, its implementation will take effect immediately and will be binding in every
respect on all members of the faculty of the department of Biological Sciences.


                           ARTICLE XII. -- AMENDMENTS

This Charter may be amended by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting faculty. The
Executive Committee will be responsible for initiating the amendment process and for drafting
proposed changes. These may take place any time during the fall and spring semesters
during the period beginning on the first day of classes and ending on the last day of prefinals




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week. All amendments must be incorporated into the corpus of this Charter and also listed in
their entirety, chronologically, immediately below as part of Article XII.

Amendments (Amendments are incorporated into appropriate text above and are
listed below in chronological order)

   Amendment to Article IIIB creating the position of Vice Chair, resulting in reassigning
   current Articles IIIB and IIIC to IIIC and IIID, respectively.

       IIIB. VICE CHAIR

       At the discretion of the chair, he/she may appoint a full time, tenured, faculty member
       of the department to serve as Vice Chair. The chair will nominate the faculty member
       whose appointment must be ratified by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.
       The appointment shall be for one academic year, renewable at the beginning of each
       academic year. The Vice Chair shall serve as an ex officio member of the Executive
       Committee and all other departmental committees as deemed necessary by the Chair.
       The Vice Chair is eligible for election to serve as a voting member of all committees
       except the Executive, Personnel Affairs, and Promotion and Tenure Committees. The
       Vice Chair shall serve as Acting Chair in the absence of the Chair and will convene the
       Personnel and Promotion Committees in October of each academic year. Additional
       duties of the Vice Chair will be determined by the Chair, in consultation with the
       Executive Committee.

   Amendment to clarify Article IVC 1ai to require additional members from presenting
   divisions to be chosen for mid-term evaluations, as well as, for promotion and tenure
   deliberations.

       Original Charter read “Committee A will consider candidates for tenure and/or
       promotion at lower ranks and will be made up of four tenured members, one from each
       division, the member to be designated by each division from its representatives on the
       PAC and one more tenured member drawn from the division in which the candidate
       has voting residency.” Amended with “Committee A will evaluate probationary faculty
       for renewal each year of their probationary period and consider candidates for tenure
       and/or promotion at lower ranks. The committee will be made up of four tenured
       members, one from each division, the member to be designated by each division from
       its representatives on the PAC. For mid-term evaluation of probationary faculty and for
       promotion and tenure considerations, one more tenured member will be drawn from
       the division in which the probationary faculty member and/or a candidate for promotion
       and tenure has voting residency.”

   Amendment to ARTICLE VI – Search Committees to clarify the formation and operation
   of search Committees.

                    ARTICLE VI. -- SEARCH COMMITTEES
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         1. Responsibility

            a.   The sole role of Search Committees is to seek out and to select the best
                 qualified person(s) for presentation to the Chair and to the Dean for the filling
                 department vacancies.
            b.   All Search Committees will make certain that faculty opinion and advice are
                 fully expressed during the screening and interviewing process of all search
                 procedures.
            c.   All search committees will operate within the broadest interpretation of
                 Affirmative Action policies.

     B. Membership on Faculty and Chair Search Committees

         1. Search Committees formed to hire new faculty will consist of six tenured or tenure
            track voting faculty members, with three members elected from the division seeking
            the new faculty member, and one member elected by each of the other divisions
            (the crossover members). The members of the Search Committee for new faculty
            will elect their own Chair from among their membership, and the committee will
            function by procedures determined internally.

2.           When a vacancy in the Chair of the department occurs, or is anticipated, and the
     Dean of the college has authorized a new permanent department Chair, a Search
     Committee will be elected. The Chair Search Committee will consist of 5 members, one
     elected from each division, and one elected from the department faculty at large under the
     auspices of the Election Judge. The members of the Search Committee for the Chair will
     elect their own Chair from their membership, and the committee will function by procedures
     determined internally.

         3. It is recognized that the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences may wish to add
            or replace one or more members of any search committee with others of his/her
            own selection or that he/she may wish to appoint all the members from whatever
            department(s) he/she wishes. It is expected that the Dean will communicate
            his/her intent to the convened faculty at a specially called meeting.

     C. Procedures

         1. The Committee Chair and the plan of operation will be established at the first
            meeting of the committee.

         2. The quorum for all committee meetings will be four of the committee members and
            all matters will be decided by affirmative vote of four members. The Chair may
            solicit mail ballots from the committee members in voting on candidates.

         3. The final candidate or candidates will be presented to the entire faculty for its
            consideration and to the voting faculty for its vote. Balloting may be by mail ballot




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           or secret ballot if during a faculty meeting and will be transmitted to the Dean. A
           2/3 majority will be required for recommendations to the Dean of candidates for
           faculty positions and for the position of Chair.

       4. When Step 3. above is accomplished to the satisfaction of the Dean and the
          Executive Committee of the Department and when the candidate has accepted our
          offer, the Search Committee will be dissolved and terminated.

   Amendment to ARTICLE XII – Amendments changing the time from amending the
   Charter from a single period in October of each academic year to any time during the
   long semesters of the academic year.

This Charter may be amended by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting faculty. The
Executive Committee will be responsible for initiating the amendment process and for drafting
proposed changes. These may take place any time during the fall and spring semesters
during the period beginning on the first day of classes and ending on the last day of prefinals
week. All amendments must be incorporated into the corpus of this Charter and also listed in
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                                             Bylaws                  Amended December 1, 1997
                                     Department of Chemistry

                                              I. General
A. Intent and Limitations

      I.     As a matter of philosophy these By-Laws are not intended to be all inclusive or all
             exclusive except for the specific provisions contained herein.

      2.     Provisions of these By-Laws shall be consistent with the University regulations.

      3. All responsibilities not specifically delegated by these By-Laws reside with. the voting
         faculty of the department .

B. Membership

      1.     The voting faculty of the Department shall consist of persons holding the rank of
             Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Regents Professor, or Distinguished
             Research Professor with full time appointments in the Department of Chemistry. The
             voting faculty may designate any other individual as a member of the voting faculty by a
             three-fourths vote.

      2.     Associated faculty, non voting members with the authority to chair master's or doctoral
             advisory committees, may be added or removed by a majority vote of the voting faculty
             of the Department. , The renewable term of such associated faculty shall not exceed three
             years. .

      3.     Faculty requirements, and recommendations for appointment of new faculty as Assistant
             Professor, Associate Professor or Professor shall be determined at a departmental faculty
             meeting and shall require a majority vote of the voting faculty.

C. Meetings and Voting

      1.     The Chemistry Department shall hold meetings when called by the departmental
             Chairman but at least once in each long semester. A faculty meeting shall be called
             whenever requested by 1/4 of the voting faculty.

      2.     A quorum shall consist of 2/3 of the voting faculty. In all cases in which a decision is to
             be made, a simple majority of those voting shall be required except in specific cases
             described in these By- Laws.

      3.     Proxies may not be applied to any vote. A written absentee ballot on a motion shall be
             permitted provided that the motion has been discussed at a prior departmental meeting,
             the minutes of that meeting containing the specific wording of the motion have been
             distributed, and the motion has not been amended after the execution of the absentee
             ballot.




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       4.     Voting by the Department or by any of its committees may be held by mail ballot
              provided that the proposal has been discussed at a prior meeting of the department or
              committee, and the minutes of that meeting have been distributed.

       5.     The faculty shall elect a secretary at the fIrst meeting of the academic year. The secretary
              shall be responsible for recording of minutes of all departmental faculty meetings,
              circulating copies to members of the department, and maintaining a permanent record of
              the minutes in the departmental office.

                                          ll. Administration

A. Elected Officers

       The elected officers of the Chemistry Department shall be the members of the Personnel Affairs
       Committee PAC) which shall serve as the Executive Committee of the department.

B. The Department Chairman

       1.     The Chairman shall serve as the executive officer of the Department.

       2.     The Chairman shall be responsible for the formulation and coordination of activities and
              goals of the Department.

       4.     The Chairman shall call departmental faculty meetings as required and shall provide the
              faculty with an agenda for the meeting at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

       5.     The Chairman may assign responsibilities not specifically delegated in these By-Laws,
              and may appoint ad-hoc committees to deal with specific matters as is required.

       6.     The Chairman may delegate any of the duties assigned to the Chairman to the extent that
              University Policy permits.

C. Standing Committees

       The standing committees of the Chemistry department shall consist of the Personnel Affairs
       Committee (PAC), the Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC), the Undergraduate Affairs
       Committee (UAC), the Promotion Committee, and the Tenure Committee.

D. The Faculty

       1.     Any change in the graduate or undergraduate curriculum, or degree requirements of the
              Department must be approved by the voting faculty.

       2.     Only members of the faculty or associated faculty of the Department of Chemistry may
              direct research within the Department.




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       3.      A recommendation for Professor Emeritus status shall require a 2/3 vote of the voting
               faculty. Appropriate office and laboratory space shall be provided to Professors
               Emeritus.

E. Divisions

       The faculty shall form divisions consistent with the research interests and expertise of its
       members.

       1.      A faculty member may participate in the activities of more than one division.

       2.      A division shall be responsible for recommending course offerings, graduate proficiency
               requirements, and doctoral candidacy (6010) requirements in that division's area.

       3.      Subject to the approval of the Chairman, a division may include any qualified individual
               in its activities.

                              Ill. The Personal Affairs Committee (PAC)

A. Membership and Terms of Office

       1.      The PAC shall consist of 4 members of the voting faculty, at least two of whom hold the
               rank of Associate Professor or above, plus the departmental Chairman as an ex-officio
               non-voting member. The Depanmental Chairman shall not serve as an elected member of
               the PAC.

       2.      Elected members of the PAC shall serve 3 year terms unless a shorter term is required to
               maintain rotation. Members shall be elected in a manner to maintain rotation so that at
               least one member is elected at the beginning of each academic year. No one shall be
               eligible to serve more than 5 consecutive years. Should a vacancy occur in the PAC at
               any time, an election shall be called at the earliest reasonable time to fill that vacancy for
               the remainder of the unexpired term.

       3.      A member of the PAC may be removed by a 2/3 vote of the entire voting faculty.

B. Election.

       The election procedure shall be as follows:

       1.      All members of the voting faculty are nominated.

       2.      Election shall require a majority vote of the voting faculty by secret ballot.

       3. If the required majority is not obtained on the first ballot a run-off shall be held between the
          two persons receiving the highest number of votes. 4. Elections may be held by mail ballot.

C. Responsibilities




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       The PAC shall be responsible for an annual peer evaluation of all the faculty members in the
       Department of Chemistry. The PAC shall submit to the departmental Chairman a ranking of all
       the members of the faculty into groups and a narrative statement on each faculty member
       relative to overall performance during the evaluation period.

       I.      The PAC shall elect a chairman from among its elected members at its first meeting of
               each year. It is the responsibility of the chairman of the PAC to see that the committee's
               work is accomplished on time in accordance with University guidelines and to keep
               records of the committee's activities.

       2.      The Peer Evaluation shall be based on the record of the preceding three year period
               where possible.

       3.      Faculty members shall be notified in writing by the departmental Chairman of the
               ranking in which they are included and given a copy of the narrative statement prepared
               about them.

       4.      Faculty members shall have an opportunity to question their ratings before any salary
               recommendations are made by the departmental Chairman..

       5.      The PAC shall be advisory to the Promotion and Tenure Committees.

                                IV. The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC)

A. Membership

       The GAC shall consist of a chairman, and additional members, appointed by the Chairman of the
       Department.
B. Responsibilities
       The GAC shall have general responsibility for the departmental graduate degree programs, and
       their administration. It shall:

       1.      maintain an up-to-date compilation of graduate policies of the Department of Chemistry.

       2.      consider waivers of departmental graduate degree requirements on an individual case
               basis and shall make recommendations to the departmental Chairman.

       3.      select the recipients of graduate fellowships and awards which are administered by the
               department.

       4.      be responsible for the maintenance of complete records for all graduate students in the
               chemistry department.

       5    counsel and monitor the progress of every uncommitted graduate student until such time as
            the student's Graduate Advisory Committee has been established.

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       1.      An advisory committee shall be established for each graduate student as soon as possible
               after the student has selected a major professor.

       2.      The advisory committee shall. in consultation with major professor and the student.
               propose a degree plan for the student. and monitor the student's progress towards the
               degree sought.

                          V. The Undergraduate Affairs Committee (UAC)

A. Membership

       The UAC shall consist of a chairman. and other members, appointed by the Chairman of the
       Department.

B. Responsibilities

       The UAC shall have general responsibility for the departmental undergraduate degree programs
       and their administration. It shall:

       1.      in consultation with the faculty be responsible for coordination, evaluation, and
               development of the undergraduate curriculum.

       2.      advise and counsel all undergraduate Chemistry majors on degree plans. registration and
               the scheduling of course work.

       3.      advise the Chairman in undergraduate registration. making teaching assignments and s
               cheduling of classes.

       4. be responsible for the maintenance of complete records for all undergraduate chemistry
          majors.

       5.   be responsible for the recruitment and retention of undergraduate chemistry majors.

       6. monitor and provide quality control for the learning resources provided by the department
          including certification of tutors.

       7. select the recipients of undergraduate scholarships and awards which are administered by the
          department.


VI. The Tenure Committee

A. Membership
     The tenured voting faculty of the Department shall act as the Tenure Committee for the
     Department under the general rules of the University of North Texas. The Chairman of the
     Department shall not serve as a voting member of the Tenure Committee.

B.     Responsibilities

       The Tenure Committee shall establish policy and procedures for its operations which shall be
       described in an Appendix to these By-Laws.




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VII. The Promotion Committees
A. Membership
      The Promotion Committees shall consist of all voting faculty holding rank higher than
      that held by the individual(s) under consideration for promotion. The Chairman of the
      Department shall not serve as a voting member of a Promotion Committee.

B. Responsibilities

       1. The operation of Promotion Committees shall be consistent with the general rules of
          the University.

       2. An affirmative vote of 2/3 of the membership of a Promotion Committee shall be
          required for recommendation of promotion.

VIII. Amendments
       A 2/3 vote of the entire voting faculty shall be required to amend these By-Laws.




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                                            CHARTER

                                 COLLEGE OF EDUCATION


                                             Preamble

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_

The strength of any university resides in the quality and effectiveness of its faculty in addition to
the efficiency of its organizational structure. It is essential that these strengths be used to their
fullest extent. The College of Education, University of North Texas, affirms that it has a
collective mission to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The College of Education is a community of scholars from which the deans, departmental chairs,
and standing committees receive their authority to act in the name of the College of Education,
and to which they are responsive. In the discharge of their duties and functions, deans,
departmental chairs, and standing committees recognize and affirm their responsibilities to the
faculty, the President of the University and administrative staff of the University, and to the
Board of Regents of the University of North Texas.

This charter is adopted for the governance of the College of Education, University of North
Texas, and the provisions of the charter are to be interpreted in accordance with current
university guidelines.
______________________________________________________________________________


                       ARTICLE I - ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS

Section 1.1 - College Faculty

1.1.1 The College faculty includes all full-time and modified service faculty members with an
      appointment in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. This charter
      extends voting privileges to all members on a regular and continuing appointment except
      those prohibited by other university regulations or restricted by provisions of this charter.

1.1.2    The College is organized into departments. Each department has the right to establish
         its own policies, procedures, standards, and criteria in matters relating to faculty
         selection and evaluation; curriculum development and processing; student admission,
         retention, and exit standards; and departmental administration and budgeting. Policies,
         procedures, standards, and criteria of all organizational units within the College of
         Education must not contravene those established by the College or the University.

1.1.3    The Academy for Research and Professional Development is a unit within the College
         of Education whose mission is to serve the research and professional development
         needs of the Academy members. Members of the Academy include all faculty and

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         professional staff of the COE. Associate members of the Academy include colleagues
         from outside the college. The members of the Academy, working with the leadership
         and elected board, will determine the procedures and standards for the Academy.

Section 1.2 - College Affairs

College affairs shall be conducted by the following:

         A.    The Dean and the Associate/Assistant Deans
         B.    The Executive Committee
         C.    The Faculty Assembly Committee
         D.    The Grievance Committee
         E.    The Undergraduate Affairs Committee
         F.    The Graduate Affairs Committee
         G.    The Information Technology Resources Council
         H.    The Follow-Up and Program Assessment Committee
         I.    The Enrollment Management Committee
         J.    The International Committee
         11.   The Advisory Committee for Research and Professional Development
         L.    Ad Hoc Committees

Section 1.3 - Meetings

A regular meeting of the faculty shall be scheduled at the beginning of the fall and spring
semester. Called meetings of the faculty may be held at the request of the Dean, the Executive
Committee, or on a written petition from twenty percent (20%) of the faculty.

Section 1.3.1 - Notification of Meetings

Notification of faculty meetings shall be given by public memorandum sent to each voting
member of the faculty. Such notification shall be given at least five (5) class days in advance of
the meeting and must include the meeting's agenda.

Section 1.3.2 - Parliamentary Procedures

1.3.2.1 A quorum consisting of fifty percent (50%) plus one of the full-time faculty members
        must be present to conduct official business. In all parliamentary questions, Roberts'
        Rules of Order (most recent edition) shall apply.

1.3.2.2 Votes will be decided based on the majority of those voting with exception of votes
        specifically defined in Article V of this document. That is, abstentions do not count in
        the voting process.

1.3.2.3 Items to be voted on must be placed on the agenda and distributed to faculty according
        to section 1.3.1 above. The agenda should include proposed motions whenever
        possible.


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Section 1.3.3 - Records and Minutes

Minutes shall be kept for all faculty meetings and shall be made a matter of record. Copies shall
be distributed to all full-time members of the faculty, and to the Vice President for Academic
Affairs.

               ARTICLE II - THE COLLEGE DEANS AND ADMINISTRATION

Section 2.1 - The Dean

2.1.1    Duties and Responsibilities

2.1.1.1 The Dean is the chief executive officer of the College of Education. The authority of
        the Dean is exercised with the assistance of the associate/assistant deans, departmental
        chairs, and the faculty. The Dean is responsible for administrative, educational,
        personnel, budgetary, and student affairs of the College subject to University and
        College policy. The Dean shall assume the leadership of developing policies and
        programs that are consistent with the commitment of the faculty as specified in the
        Preamble to this charter.

2.1.1.2 The Dean shall enforce the spirit and provisions of this charter.

2.1.1.3 The Dean's conduct of the office shall be consistent with the spirit and letter of the
        current University of North Texas Faculty Handbook.

2.1.1.4 The Dean shall be authorized to make appointments to the administrative positions
        listed below. The term of each appointment shall be at the option of the Dean and the
        appointee, except for conditions applicable to an Acting Dean. The Dean shall be
        authorized to make ad hoc administrative appointments required by College needs.
        The Dean may appoint individuals to the following staff positions:

         A.    Associate/Assistant Deans
         12.   Other administrative appointments as necessary to conduct the business of the
               college
         13.   In the absence of the Dean, the Dean shall appoint one of the Associate/Assistant
               Deans as the Acting Dean.

2.1.1.5 The Dean shall conduct an annual review with chairs and faculty regarding the affairs
        of each department.

Section 2.2 - Department Chairs

2.2.1    Duties and Responsibilities

2.2.1.1 Chairs of Departmental units shall assist the Dean in the completion of the Dean's tasks
        while representing their faculties in promoting teaching, scholarship, and service.

2.2.2    Selection and Evaluation

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2.2.2.1 A search committee of elected representatives of the faculty members of the department
        shall recommend at least one nominee to the Dean. Each nominee must meet with the
        acceptance of at least half of the department's voting faculty.

2.2.2.2 The Dean shall select a Chair from this list of nominees for an initial term of not more
        than four (4) academic years. This appointment is renewable by the Dean who shall
        take into consideration the recommendation of the voting faculty of the department.

2.2.2.3 The Chair serves at the pleasure of the Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, the
        President, and the Board of Regent. An election to remove a Chair must be held upon
        written petition by at least fifty percent (50%) of the tenured faculty or one-third (1/3)
        of the total voting faculty in the department. A recommendation to remove a Chair
        shall be sent to the Dean upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the departmental faculty
        eligible to vote.

2.3      Program Coordinators

2.3.1    Duties and Responsibilities

2.3.1.1 Program Coordinators serve to assist the chair in the completion of departmental tasks
        related to the program area. Program Coordinators shall represent their faculties in
        promoting curricular, enrollment, advising and related faculty and staff concerns.

2.3.1.2 The Chair in consultation with the Dean will determine the need for Program
        Coordinators on a program-to-program basis.

2.3.2    Selection and Evaluation

2.3.2.1 The Chair will appoint all Program Coordinators in consultation with departmental
        executive committees and/or all faculty eligible to vote.

                         ARTICLE III - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 3.1 - Duties and Responsibilities

3.1.1    The role of the College Executive Committee includes advising the Dean in all matters
         pertaining to faculty participation as set forth in the Guidelines for Faculty
         Participation. In addition, the Executive Committee provides College coordination in
         all matters not otherwise provided by other College committees.

3.1.2    The College Executive Committee has authority to consider the formation, review, and
         revision of any policy that is within the authority of the College of Education unless
         prohibited by University policy and regulations.

3.1.3    The Executive Committee shall perform the following functions:

         Appoint members of committees that are not formed by elections or determined on an

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             ex-officio basis.
         Consult with and make recommendations to the Dean on matters concerning
             administrative action, budget and financial affairs, and educational planning and
             implementation. In addition, the Committee is to examine and act on
             recommendations from standing committees for submission to the Dean for
             further consideration or implementation.
         C. Plan and implement, with the advice and counsel of the faculty, all college
             activities not otherwise provided for in this charter.

Section 3.2 - Membership

3.2.1    The Executive Committee is composed of the Dean, Associate/Assistant Deans, the
         Chair of each academic department in the College and the Director of the Student
         Advising Office.

3.2.2    The Dean serves as the Chair and the Associate Dean for Teacher Education and
         Academic Affairs serves as the Vice Chair. The Vice Chair presides over meetings in
         the absence of the Dean or in the event that the office of the Dean is vacant.

3.2.3    The Chair of the Faculty Assembly Committee (or her/his designee) shall serve as a
         non-voting ex-officio member.

3.2.4    Any member of the faculty and/or appointed administrators may attend the regularly
         scheduled Executive Committee meetings under one of the following conditions:

         A.   By request of the Dean.
         B.   By request of the Committee.
         C.   By request of a faculty member.

Section 3.3 - Actions

3.3.1    Only members of the Executive Committee have voting privileges.

3.3.2    Executive Committee voting shall be conducted by secret ballot if requested by any
         member of the Committee. A majority vote of the Committee is necessary to effect
         official action, and only when there is a quorum. The presence of at least a majority of
         the members of the Executive Committee at a meeting will constitute a quorum.

        ARTICLE IV - COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FACULTY COMMITTEES

All elected committee members serve for three (3) year, staggered terms. Vacancies are filled in
accordance with departmental policy for the duration of the term. All College Committee
membership is limited to tenured or tenure-track faculty unless otherwise specified in this
document or the University Faculty Handbook.

All committees will be apportioned on the following basis:

         A.   Departments with 1-15 voting members shall have one representative.

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         B.   Departments with 16-30 voting members shall have two representatives.
         C.   Departments with 31+ voting members shall have three representatives.

A Chair, Vice Chair, and Recorder shall be elected annually by each committee unless it is
otherwise designated by this Charter.

         The Chair sets the agenda, convenes and presides over the meetings.
         The Vice Chair presides over meetings in the absence of the chair or in the event that
              the office of the Chair is vacant.
         The Recorder is responsible for recording and disseminating proceedings (minutes) of
              all meetings to appropriate bodies.

The presence of at least a majority of the members constitutes a quorum. A majority vote of
members present will be necessary in order to effect official action by the committees. Voting
may be conducted by secret ballot if requested by any member. Any official action taken by the
committees shall be forwarded to appropriate university committees and the office of the Dean.

Section 4.1 - The Faculty Assembly Committee

4.1.1    Duties and Responsibilities

4.1.1.1 The Faculty Assembly Committee is the faculty representative body for seeking and
        articulating faculty input, providing information, advising, and making
        recommendations to the Dean regarding matters of the general operation of the College.

4.1.2    Membership

4.1.2.1 Membership is limited to tenured or tenure-track faculty. Administrative personnel
        including Department Chairs are not eligible for the Committee.

4.1.3    Actions

4.1.3.1 The Faculty Assembly Committee shall represent the College and Department faculty
        in discussions and recommendations by the Dean.




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4.1.3.2 The Chair (or her/his designee) shall serve as a non-voting Ex-Officio member.

Section 4.2 - The Grievance Committee

4.2.1    Duties and Responsibilities

4.2.1.1 The Grievance Committee as a body will conduct reviews and make recommendations
        on faculty member complaints concerning matters other than tenure or academic
        freedom. The Committee shall serve as an investigative and meditative body
        concerning faculty grievances.

4.2.1.2 The Grievance Committee is to perform the following specific functions:

         Investigate, review, and attempt to resolve faculty complaints that are received in
              accordance with University, College of Education, and departmental policies,
              rules, and regulations.

         Advise and counsel with the Dean and/or Department Chairs concerning faculty
              complaints that have been brought to the attention of the Committee.

4.2.2    Membership

4.2.2.1 The Grievance Committee shall consist of full-time, tenured faculty members elected
        from each department. Administrative personnel, including Department Chairs, are not
        eligible for election to the Committee.

4.2.2.2 If a member of the Grievance Committee is involved as a complainant or as a person or
        member of a body against whom a complaint is directed, the Committee shall request
        the Faculty Assembly Committee to select a substitute member to serve for the duration
        of that particular case. The substitute member shall come from the same Department as
        the Committee member not eligible to serve.

4.2.3    Actions

4.2.3.1 The following procedures for registering, investigating, and resolving grievances shall
        be followed:

         The complainant shall present his/her complaint in writing to the Chair or a member.
               The complainant shall include evidence that the complaint has not been resolved
               at the departmental level.
         The complainant is responsible for developing supporting evidence concerning the
               grievance. The Committee and the complainant shall have access to relevant
               documents and other evidence.
         If resolution or mediation attempts are unsuccessful, the Grievance Committee shall
               develop and present in writing to the complainant, and the Department Chair, a
               formal recommendation.
         Either party may appeal to appropriate university officials or committees.
         The Chair of the Committee shall be responsible for conveying formal

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              recommendations to appropriate persons involved in the proceedings.

Section 4.3 - The Undergraduate Affairs Committee

4.3.1    Duties and Responsibilities

4.3.1.1 The Committees will evaluate and make recommendations regarding proposed course
        and program changes and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean in all areas of
        Undergraduate curriculum and affairs.

4.3.2    Membership

4.3.2.1 The Dean shall appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison
        to the Committee. Administrative personnel including Department Chairs are not
        eligible for election to the Committee.

4.3.3    Actions

4.3.3.1 The Committee shall act on behalf of the college faculty on matters related to
        undergraduate programs, courses, curricula, and student affairs and appeals.

Section 4.4 - The Graduate Affairs Committee

4.4.1    Duties and Responsibilities

   4.4.1.1    The Committees will evaluate and make recommendations regarding proposed
   course and program changes and serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean in all areas of
   Graduate curriculum and affairs.

4.4.2    Membership

4.4.2.1 The Dean shall appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison
        to the Committee. Committee members must be eligible to direct Masters’ theses or
        doctoral dissertations. Administrative personnel, including Department Chairs, are not
        eligible for election to the Committee.

4.4.3    Actions

4.4.3.1 The Committee shall act on behalf of the College faculty on matters related to graduate
        programs, courses, and curricula. In addition to Graduate curricular affairs issues, the
        Committee shall act on issues related to Graduate faculty status, criteria, and graduate
        student appeals.

Section 4.5 - The Information Technology Resources Committee

4.5.1    Duties and Responsibilities



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4.5.1.1 The Committee shall advise the Dean and the Executive Committee regarding
        instructional technology systems including computing services, general access
        laboratories, computing infrastructure, educational technology systems, equipment
        needs, and design of instructional space for the delivery of courses in the College.

4.5.2      Membership

4.5.2.1 The Dean shall appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison
        to the Committee and an Information Technology Specialist to be a member of the
        Technology Resource Committee.

4.5.3      Actions

      4.5.3.1    All official actions of the Committee will be forwarded to the Dean for
      consideration.

Section 4.6 - The Follow-up and Program Assessment Committee

4.6.1      Duties and Responsibilities

4.6.1.1 This Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean and is responsible for
        systematically evaluating all college programs; assessing student and program needs;
        analyzing findings; disseminating reports and assisting in internal and external program
        evaluation activities; with specific attention to improving and refining programs. The
        Committee collaborates with the Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum and Affairs
        Committees and the Enrollment Management Committee to enhance student
        enrollment, retention, and graduation.

4.6.2      Membership

4.6.2.1 The Dean will appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison to
        the Committee.

4.6.3      Actions

4.6.3.1 All official actions of the Committee will be forwarded to the Dean for consideration.

4.7        Enrollment Management Committee

4.7.1      Duties and Responsibilities

4.7.1.1 This Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean. It is responsible for
        analyzing enrollment trends, reviewing enrollment targets, and identifying and
        evaluating student recruitment, retention and diversity strategies. The Committee is
        also responsible for seeking and promoting opportunities for recognition of student
        achievement in scholarship, service professional development, and individual
        performance.

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4.7.2    Membership

4.7.2.1 The Dean shall appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison
        to the Committee. The Director of the Student Advising Office shall serve as an ex
        officio voting member. In addition to faculty membership, the Committee will consist
        of student members. An undergraduate student representative and a graduate
        representative will be nominated from each College Department.

4.7.3    Actions

4.7.3.1 All official actions of the Committee will be forwarded to the Dean for consideration

Section 4.8 - The International Committee

4.8.1    Duties and Responsibilities

4.8.1.1 The Committee shall act on issues related to international students and programs.

4.8.2    Membership

4.8.2.1 The Dean shall appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison
        to the Committee.

4.8.3    Actions

4.8.3.1 All official actions of the Committee will be forwarded to the Dean for consideration.

Section 4.9 - The Advisory Committee for Research and Professional Development

4.9.1    Duties and Responsibilities

4.9.1.1 This Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Associate/Assistant Dean
        responsible for research and professional development activities. The Committee shall
        act on issues related to the development of guidelines for college funding of faculty
        research activities such as travel, local conferences, and research. The Committee shall
        review proposals for small internal research projects.

4.9.1.2 This Committee plans and implements activities for faculty professional development.
        The goals of this Committee are to provide faculty input into identification of faculty
        needs; to assist faculty in acquiring skills necessary for continued intellectual and
        career growth; and to provide faculty with opportunities to learn and use innovations in
        education.

4.9.2    Membership

4.9.2.1 The Dean shall appoint an Associate/Assistant Dean to serve as the non-voting liaison
        to the Committee.

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4.9.3    Actions

4.9.3.1 All official actions of the Committee will be forwarded to the Dean for consideration.

Section 4.10 - Ad Hoc Committees

Other committees shall be appointed by the Dean as needs arise.

                    ARTICLE V - AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER

5.1      Amendments to this Charter can be made under the following procedures:




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5.1.1    This charter may be amended upon presentation of petition containing the signature of
         at least twenty-five percent (25%) of College of Education faculty members to the
         Faculty Assembly Committee. The suggested amendment(s) will be studied by the
         Faculty Assembly Committee and subsequently presented with its recommendations to
         the Dean, within twenty (20) academic calendar days, for presentation to the faculty.

5.1.2    The Faculty Assembly Committee may suggest an amendment to the charter by means
         of a two-thirds (2/3) vote by the Faculty Assembly Committee.

5.1.3    Any proposed amendment(s) to the charter must be presented in writing to the faculty
         of the College of Education at least thirty (30) academic calendar days before balloting
         on said amendment(s).

5.1.4    Amendments to this charter require ratification by two-thirds (2/3) of the College of
         Education faculty who vote.

                       ARTICLE VI - ADOPTION OF THE CHARTER

6.1      The proposed Charter and ballot shall be distributed to all College of Education faculty.
         Ballots are due ten (10) working days from the date of distribution of the Charter and
         ballot.

6.2      The Faculty Assembly Committee will tabulate ballots.

6.3     This Charter is adopted when it is approved by a majority of the facul




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                   CHARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES

                                        UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS


                                                     PREAMBLE

         The faculty of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas recognizes and
adopts the philosophy that the department is an academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences and is a
community of scholars with various research and teaching interests. The faculty recognizes and adopts the
following focus statement for the department:

                  Communication Studies, as a discipline, examines the role of communication in
                  human affairs and the symbolic processes through which individuals interact
                  with one another, their groups, and their culture. Thus, the study of
                  communication focuses upon message-generating, processing, and receiving
                  behavior. The discipline has developed a set of traditional subject areas such as
                  classical and contemporary rhetoric, public oratory, argumentation, the rhetoric
                  of social movements, the performance of literature, persuasion and social
                  influence, organizational, and intercultural communication.

The faculty recognizes and supports the Faculty Handbook as the principal document specifying policies and
procedures for the university. Nothing in this charter shall be construed as curtailing or eliminating the rights of
faculty members enumerated or implied by the Faculty Handbook.



                                      ARTICLE I: DEPARTMENT FACULTY

Section 1.        Composition
         The faculty of the department shall consist of all full-time members of the faculty of the University of
         North Texas, as defined by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who hold appointments
         in the Department of Communication Studies.

Section 2.        Meetings
         A.       Meetings of the department faculty may be called by the Chair or by petition to the Chair of at
                  least one-fourth of the members of the faculty.
         B.       When possible, the agenda for a meeting of the department faculty shall be announced in advance
                  of the meeting.
         C.       The Chair of the department or his/her designee shall preside at all meetings of the department
                  faculty.
         D.       A quorum for meetings of the department faculty shall consist of a least two-thirds of the
                  department faculty who are on contract during that term or semester. Notice of decision-making
                  meetings must be provided to all faculty at the earliest possible date.
         E.       Department meetings shall function by simple majority vote of those present and voting, except as
                  otherwise specified in this charter.
         F.       Faculty members may vote by proxy or by absentee ballot, if necessary.
         G.       Minutes shall be kept and distributed for all meetings of the department faculty.




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                           ARTICLE II: THE CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT

Section 1.    Appointment and Removal
         A.   The Chair of the department shall be appointed by the Board of Regents upon recommendation by
              the President of the University from recommendations made by the Vice President for Academic
              Affairs and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The faculty of the division shall
              participate in the appointment process as specified by the Dean of the College of Arts and
              Sciences.

        B.    Removal of the Chair of the department may be initiated from within the department and
              accomplished by (1) resignation, (2) the Personnel Affairs Committee, working with the approval
              and consultation of the Dean. One-half of the full-time faculty members may, by petition to the
              chair of the Personnel Affairs Committee, initiate removal action against the Chair of the
              department. After a vote of at least two-thirds of the full-time faculty members in favor of
              removal action, the chair of the Personnel Affairs committee shall approach the Dean with the
              request that the Chair of the department be removed. The removal vote shall be taken only after a
              concentrated effort has been made to remedy the difficulty by means of consultation between the
              Personnel Affairs Committee and the Chair of the department. It is understood that the Dean of
              the College of Arts and Sciences has final authority to remove or retain the Chair of the
              department.

Section 2.    Term of Office
         A.   The Chair of the department shall hold office without tenure in that office and without fixed term,
              except as specified by the Dean of the College.

        B.    The Chair of the department shall be evaluated periodically by the department faculty in
              consultation with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Section 3.    Responsibilities
         A.   The Chair of the department has a responsibility, both to the university administration and to the
              department faculty, for the health, well-being, progress, and efficient administration of the
              department.

        B.    The Chair of the department shall act for the department in all matters requiring formal transaction
              of official departmental business with the university administration unless the Chair otherwise
              delegates that responsibility in specific instances.

        C.    The Chair of the department shall be responsible for all professional and non-professional staff. In
              terms of faculty hiring: (1) The Chair of the Division must secure the advice and counsel of the
              departmental faculty for all adjunct and visiting appointments; and (2) A search committee will be
              responsible for evaluating the applications for tenure-track faculty appointments and will present
              its recommendations to the entire department faculty. The department faculty will, by simple
              majority vote, make the department's recommendation to the Dean of the College of Arts &
              Sciences (See Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2).

        D.    The Chair, while sharing routine administration with assistants and with committees, shall be
              responsible for all administrative matters within the department.

        E.    The Chair of the department shall ensure that all departmental records pertaining to a faculty
              member shall be open to that faculty member.


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                                          ARTICLE III: COMMITTEES

Section 1.       Types
         There shall be three types of committees. Charter committees are those named in this charter. Standing
         committees are those created by the department faculty to deal with long term or recurring matters. Ad hoc
         committees are those created by the Chair of the department to deal with one specific matter. Every
         member of the permanent, full-time faculty should expect to serve annually on at least one committee.

Section 2.       Membership
         A.      The Chair of the department shall, at the first organizational meeting of the faculty at the
                 beginning of each academic year, present the faculty members recommended to serve on each
                 charter and standing committee for that academic year. The Chair may announce the creation of
                 an ad hoc committee, and the faculty members recommended to serve on that ad hoc committee, at
                 any time. The recommendation of a faculty member by the Chair to serve on a charter or standing
                 committee must be approved by a majority vote of the department faculty.

        B.       Insofar as possible, the Chair of the department, in recommending faculty members to serve on
                 charter and standing committees, should seek input from faculty members regarding committee
                 assignments and shall seek to balance the membership of the committee among the various
                 research and teaching interests in the department.



                           ARTICLE IV: THE PERSONNEL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Section 1.       Membership
         A.      The Personal Affairs Committee (PAC) shall consist of three tenured, full-time faculty members
                 in the department.

        B.       PAC members shall serve three-year terms. Each year, the person who has completed the third
                 year of service will rotate off the PAC and a new person will be elected to begin serving a three-
                 year term. During a person’s third year on the PAC, he/she will serve as PAC chair.

Section 2.       Organization and Procedures
         A.      At the first departmental faculty meeting in the fall semester, the department chair will distribute,
                 to all full-time faculty members, a ballot containing the names of all faculty eligible for election to
                 the PAC—assuming there are more than three faculty members eligible to serve on the PAC. The
                 person receiving the most votes will begin serving a three-year term.

        B.       The Chair of the department shall furnish the chair of the PAC with a calendar specifying the dates
                 on which information from the PAC is due in the Dean’s office and when such information will be
                 due in the department Chair’s office. The Chair of the department will provide this information as
                 soon as it is received from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

        C.       Decisions of the PAC requiring a vote shall be by simple majority vote.




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        D.    The PAC shall complete its collection and review of tenure, promotion, and merit evaluation
              materials and shall make its recommendations to the Chair of the department in accordance with
              the dates on the calendar provided by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

        E.    All recommendations of the PAC shall be transmitted to the department Chair, who also may
              make a separate recommendation. If the department Chair and the PAC do not agree on the
              recommendation, the department Chair and the PAC shall discuss the differences and shall attempt
              to resolve the differences. If the differences cannot be resolved, the department Chair may make a
              separate recommendation. Recommendations of the PAC affecting an individual faculty member
              shall be transmitted promptly to that individual and to the department Chair to be placed in that
              individual’s official file.

Section 3.    Responsibilities
         A.   The PAC shall be responsible for collecting data necessary to the evaluation of individual faculty
              members, including (1) data from student evaluations and (2) records of the faculty members'
              professional activities and service during the preceding evaluation period.

        B.    The PAC shall develop criteria and procedures for evaluating tenure, promotion, and merit. These
              criteria and procedures, as well as any subsequent changes, shall be submitted to the department
              faculty for approval.

        C.    The PAC shall evaluate each faculty member annually on the basis of performance during the
              preceding evaluation period, using criteria adopted according to Article IV, Section 3-B of this
              charter.

        D.    The PAC shall hold material relating to individual faculty members in strictest confidence.

        E.    The PAC shall include provisions for appeal of its recommendations in its procedures established
              in accordance with Article IV, Section 3-B of this charter and in accordance with the Faculty
              Handbook.




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                                 ARTICLE V: CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

Section 1.        Membership
         The curriculum Committee shall consist of faculty members recommended by the department Chair and
         approved by the department faculty.

Section 2.      Organization and Procedures
         A.     The chair of the Curriculum Committee shall be recommended by the Chair of the department at
                the first organizational meeting of the faculty at the beginning of each academic year. The chair of
                the Curriculum Committee shall have full voting privileges.

        B.      The Chair of the department shall furnish the chair of the Curriculum Committee with a calendar
                specifying the dates on which information from the Curriculum Committee is due in the Dean's
                office and when such information will be due in the department Chair's office.

        C.      Decisions of the Curriculum Committee requiring a vote shall be by simple majority vote.

        D.      Meetings of the Curriculum Committee shall be called by its chair or by the Chair of the
                department.

Section 3.      Responsibilities
         A.     The Curriculum Committee shall take action concerning rules, policies, and procedures for
                curriculum and academic affairs of both undergraduate and graduate programs in the department
                including but not limited to: requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees; development
                and revision of undergraduate and graduate curricula; review and revision of materials for
                divisional sections of the General Catalog and the Graduate Catalog; review of criteria for the
                admission of students into the undergraduate and graduate programs in the department; and
                establishment of procedures for student grievances. When considering recommendations related
                to graduate studies, the Curriculum Committee shall seek input from the Graduate Standards
                Committee of the department.

        B.      Decisions of the Curriculum Committee shall be presented to the faculty of the department at a
                faculty meeting. The faculty of the department shall then vote on whether to approve decisions of
                the Curriculum Committee. A simple majority vote required for approval.




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                                     ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1.         Membership
         The Executive Committee (ExComm) shall consist of the department Chair plus three additional full-time
         faculty members who are elected by the full-time faculty members in the department. At least one of the
         three elected members must be a tenured faculty member. The election of members to serve on the
         ExComm shall take place during the month of April for service the following academic year week prior to
         the start of the fall semester. The department Chair shall serve, ex officio, as the chair of the ExComm.

Section 2.        Duties
         The purpose of the ExComm is to advise the department Chair and the faculty on matters related to policies
         and procedures relevant to the department. Meetings of the ExComm may be called by the department
         Chair or by the faculty of the department.


                                           ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS

Amendments to this Charter shall be by a vote of at least two-thirds of the eligible faculty, as defined by Article I.


                              ARTICLE VIII: ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION

Adoption of this Charter shall require a two-thirds vote of the eligible faculty, as defined in Article I. This Charter
shall become effective immediately upon approval by the faculty.



Adopted unanimously, October 5, 1987
Revised, August 30, 1989
Revised, September 25, 1996
Revised, April 16, 1997




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            Department of Computer Sciences Charter
                            February 16, 1996

I. General Procedures

A. The Department of Computer Sciences will hold general meetings of all
faculty at least twice each semester according to a schedule announced by the
Chair at the beginning of the academic year. In addition, special meetings
may be called by the Department Chair or at the request of one-fourth of the
Computer Sciences faculty.

B. The voting members of the department consist of all full-time professors,
associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, except faculty on
leave or modified service, visiting faculty and those faculty who are working
toward a degree in the department.

C. All departmental meetings and meetings of standing committees, except
Personnel Affairs Committee meetings dealing with peer evaluations, shall be
announced to all faculty at least one week in advance and shall have an
agenda provided at least two working days in advance. All meetings, except
those meetings of the Personnel Affairs Committee regarding peer evaluations,
may be attended by all voting members of the department.

D. The departmental secretary, or an appointed secretary if required, will
record the minutes of all departmental meetings, circulate copies to the
faculty
members of the department within one week, and maintain a permanent record of
these copies in the departmental office.

E. Unless specified otherwise in the departmental charter, whenever a vote
is taken on a subject, a simple majority will pass. For the purposes of
voting in department and committee meetings, a quorum shall consist of three-
fourths of the eligible voters.

F. The faculty will elect an elections judge from its members to conduct
elections and tally results of elections during the full academic year. Each
committee position is filled from the list of eligible faculty members by
secret ballot.

G.   Robert's Rules of Order shall be followed at all formal meetings.


H. This charter may be amended at any faculty meeting by the vote of a two-
thirds majority provided that the proposed amendment has been circulated to
the full voting faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting at which
it is voted on.

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I. The departmental bylaws may be amended at any faculty meeting by the vote
of a simple majority provided that the proposed amendment has been circulated
to the full voting faculty at least two working days in advance of the
meeting at which it is voted on.

J. The standing committees of the department are the Personnel Affairs
Committee, Executive Committee, Graduate Committee, and Undergraduate
Committee. Elections to these committees will be made in the order in which
they are listed in this paragraph.

K. Every member of the departmental standing committees must be a voting
member
of the departmental faculty. No faculty member may serve as a voting member
of more than two departmental standing committees at any one time.

L. Decisions made by committees other than the Personnel Affairs Committee
shall be made known to the faculty at large of the department. Decisions may
be appealed directly to the committee chair by a faculty member for possible
reconsideration. If a solution satisfactory to both the committee and the
appealing faculty member is not reached within 10 working days, then the
faculty member may appeal to the Executive Committee. Decisions of the
Executive Committee may be appealed to the full faculty. Appeals of the
Personnel Affairs Committee shall follow the guidelines of the objective
review procedure outlined in this charter and the Faculty Handbook.

M. Elections to the standing committees will be held at the first meeting of
the full faculty in the fall semester, with newly elected members taking
office
immediately. No elected member of any committee will serve more than two
consecutive terms on that committee. Should a vacancy occur in any committee
at any time, a special departmental election will be held at the earliest
reasonable time to choose a replacement to serve the remainder of the
unexpired term.

N. At the first regular committee elections after this charter goes into
effect, all places on all standing committees will be filled by election.
After the election two members of each committee will be chosen by lot to
serve initial one year terms. The other members elected will serve initial
two year terms.

O. One faculty search committee will be elected by the faculty at the first
meeting of the full faculty after a faculty search is authorized. The
committee will serve until all positions are filled or the academic year
ends, whichever comes first.

P. The Executive Committee will appoint all ad hoc committees, except where
otherwise provided in this charter.


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The Chair is the chief executive officer of the department. The authority
of the Chair shall be exercised in the spirit of democratic governance
reflected in the Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2. The Chair is assisted in
performing these duties by the Coordinators of Graduate and Undergraduate
Studies.

A.   Duties of the Chair

      1.        Works with the Executive Committee in determining long-range
                budgetary needs and in formulating workable budgets for each
                program.

      2.        Manages the day-to-day affairs of the department.

      3.        Works with the Executive Committee in determining the teaching
                load and the teaching assignments of the faculty.

      4.        Works with the Graduate and Undergraduate Coordinators in
                coordinating course offerings, coordinating the core programs,
                and assigning duties to the Teaching Fellows and Teaching
                Assistants of the department.

      5.        Appoints the Coordinators of Graduate and Undergraduate
                Studies, Library Representative and Colloquium Coordinator.

      6.        Appoints an Acting Chair as necessary.

      7.        Works with the Faculty Search Committee and faculty in
                searching for and selecting new faculty and works with the
                Executive Committee in searching for and selecting new staff.

      8.        Works with the Personnel Affairs Committee to evaluate the
                performance of each faculty member each year and provides
                counseling if needed.

      9.        Works with the Personnel Affairs Committee to make
                recommendations for promotion and tenure.

      10.       Evaluates the performance of the staff each year. As a part of
                this process, the Chair will survey faculty regarding staff
                performance.

B.   Duties of the Coordinator of Graduate Studies

      1.        Assists the Department Chair on matters related to the
                graduate programs in Computer Sciences.

      2.        Handles correspondence regarding the graduate programs for
                future students and general public relations.

      3.        Acts as Chair of the Graduate Committee and makes
                recommendations to the faculty concerning procedures for
                graduate student admissions and examinations.


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      4.        Supervises graduate advising and the maintenance of graduate
                student records.

      5.        Coordinates with the Graduate Committee the
                applications/awards for assistantships and fellowships.

      6.        Serves as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

      7.        Orients and coordinates graduate core program and course
                offerings, and works with the Chair and the Undergraduate
                Coordinator in assigning duties to Teaching Fellows and
                Teaching Assistants.

      8.        Notifies the Graduate Committee members of the meeting times
                and   keeps records of the committee's decisions.

C.   Duties of the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

      1.        Assists the Department Chair on matters related to the
                undergraduate programs in Computer Sciences.

      2.        Handles correspondence regarding the graduate programs for
                future students and general public relations.

      3.        Acts as Chair of the Undergraduate Committee and establishes
                procedures for undergraduate advising, advanced placement, and
                transfer admissions and reviews.

      4.        Handles information regarding fellowships and scholarships,
                and administrative duties related to same.

      5.        Advises the faculty regarding student organizations and
                activities.

      6.        Serves as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

      7.        Orients and coordinates undergraduate core program and course
                offerings, and works with the Chair and the Graduate
                Coordinator in assigning duties to Teaching Fellows and
                Assistants.

      8.        Notifies the Undergraduate Committee of the meeting times and
                keeps records of the committee's decisions.


III. Procedures for Selecting and Removing the Department Chair

A. Selecting a Chair

      1.        The Chair of the Department will be appointed by the Dean of
                the College of Arts and Sciences, subject to the endorsement
                of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President


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                  of the University, with the final authorization of the Board
                  of Regents, from nominees selected by the following procedure.

           a.   A search committee consisting of four tenured faculty will be
                elected by a vote of the voting faculty. Once the search
                committee has been elected, the chair of the committee will be
                elected by a vote of the voting faculty from all members of the
                department. As soon as possible after the committee has been
                formed, it will meet to develop the procedures for conducting
                the search.

           b.   After completing the search, the nominees will be confirmed and
                then ranked by vote of the voting faculty of the department.
                The results of the vote will be forwarded to the Dean of the
                College.

      2.          Names of candidates for Interim Chair will be solicited from
                  the faculty and nominees determined by a vote of the voting
                  faculty of the Department. The name(s) of the nominee(s) will
                  be forwarded to the Dean of the College, who would make a
                  final decision.

B. Removing a Chair

The faculty of the Department may review the Chair any time during his or her
term according to the following procedure:

      1.          At least 20% of the voting faculty of the Department may
                  notify the Chair in writing that they are calling for a vote
                  of confidence. The written notification will contain the
                  particulars for calling for a vote of confidence.

      2.          The Chair may respond to the bill of particulars in a manner
                  of his or her choosing within 30 days.

      3.          The voting faculty will conduct the vote of confidence by
                  secret ballot within 10 working days of the Chair's response
                  in the case that there is a response, or within five working
                  days after the 30 day response period has elapsed if there is
                  no response.

      4.          The results of the vote of confidence will be forwarded to the
                  Dean of the College, who may decide to terminate the
                  appointment of the Chair.


IV. Executive Committee

The Department of Computer Sciences will have an Executive Committee to deal
generally with departmental policy, subject to the approval and/or censure of
the majority of the voting faculty. The Executive Committee will consist of
five elected members from the voting faculty plus the Department Chair, who
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will serve as ex officio nonvoting members unless they have been duly
elected to the committee.

A. There will be one committee member elected by majority vote of the entire
voting faculty from each of the following groups: the tenured full
professors, the tenured associate professors, and the other fulltime members
of the department. The remaining two members of the committee will be elected
at-large in a separate ballot following the election of the other three
elected members.

B. The Executive Committee will hold regularly scheduled meetings as
required with the date and time specified by the committee. Additional
meetings may be called by the Department Chair or by agreement of a quorum of
its members. At the first Executive Committee meeting, a committee secretary
shall be chosen from the five elected members who will inform faculty, by the
circulation of minutes, of actions and decisions of the committee within one
week after each meeting and will make these minutes available for record in
the department office.

C. In addition to dealing generally with departmental policy and
implementation of bylaws, the Executive Committee will:

     1.        Act as the finance committee of the department to determine
               long range budgetary needs.

     2.        Assist the Department Chair in the administration of
               departmental computing facilities, allocation of resources,
               and planning for future computing and other resource needs.

     3.        Appoint ad hoc faculty and student appeal committees and other
               ad hoc committees as needed, unless otherwise provided in this
               document.

     4.        Assist the Department Chair in matters regarding departmental
               scheduling of courses, determining teaching loads and teaching
               assignments for the faculty.


V. Personnel Affairs Committee

The Department of Computer Sciences will have a Personnel Affairs Committee
to deal generally with peer review for purposes of recommending promotion,
tenure, and salary increments for the faculty. The Personnel Affairs
Committee shall consist of five members elected from tenured associate and
full professors in the department, not including the department chair.

A. After the committee has been elected, a Chair for the committee will be
elected from the committee members by a vote of the departmental faculty. No
one will serve as Chair of the Personnel Affairs Committee for more than two
consecutive academic years. It is the responsibility of the Chair of the
Personnel Affairs Committee to see that the committee's work is accomplished
in accordance with the University's guidelines for promotion, tenure, and
salary recommendations.


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B. The Personnel Affairs Committee will convene initially in September of
each year to establish a calendar that is consistent with the University
calendar for recommendations for promotion, tenure, and salary increments.

C. The Personnel Affairs Committee has the responsibility to interpret the
University guidelines for making recommendations for promotion, tenure, and
salary increments, and to outline a consistent and appropriate plan of action
for the Department of Computer Sciences.

D. The Personnel Affairs Committee shall make provisions within its plan of
action for feedback to each faculty member of the committee's actions and for
an appropriate and objective review procedure in the case that a faculty
member wishes to challenge the committee's decision concerning promotion,
tenure, or salary recommendations.

E. The Personnel Affairs Committee will give to the Departmental Chair each
year an evaluation of the Chair's performance. As part of the evaluation
process, the committee will survey the faculty about the Chair's performance.


VI. Graduate Committee

The Graduate Committee will consist of four elected members from the fulltime
graduate faculty, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, and one non-voting
graduate student elected by the graduate students for a one-year term.

The functions of the Graduate Committee will include:

A. Evaluation of applicants for graduate study and recommendation of
financial support to the Department Chair.

B. Determination of graduate study entrance requirements and coordination
with the standards of the University Graduate School.

C. Recommendation of course offerings to the Executive Committee and general
coordination of the graduate curriculum.

D. Review and evaluation of the performance of currently supported graduate
students and recommendation to the Department Chair about the renewal of
appointments.


VII. Undergraduate Committee

The Undergraduate Committee will consist of four elected members, the
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, and a non-voting Teaching Fellow
elected by the Teaching Fellows for a one-year term.

The functions of the Undergraduate Committee will include:

A. Recommendation of course offerings to the Executive Committee and general
coordination of the undergraduate curriculum.


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B. Advising procedures for the undergraduate majors and review and
evaluation of undergraduate progress with consideration of such matters as
advanced placement.

C.   Administration of undergraduate fellowships, scholarships, and awards.

D. Coordination of student organizations and activities involving
undergraduate
majors.


VIII. Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty Members

A.   Prerogatives of Faculty Members:

      1.        A faculty member has the right to be informed in writing of
                all official evaluations of professional performance. The
                faculty member has the right to be counseled by the committees
                or officers charged with such evaluation.

      2.        A faculty member has the right to be informed in writing of
                all professional complaints filed against him or her. No
                complaint will be considered by the Department or recorded in
                his or her personnel file unless it has been submitted to the
                Chair of the Department in writing and the faculty member has
                had the chance to respond in writing. Faculty members must
                respond in writing to student, faculty or administrative
                complaints. Written complaints that have been found to be
                groundless by the Chair of the Department or by an appropriate
                appeals committee may not be recorded the faculty member's
                personnel file and must be discarded.

      3.        A faculty member enjoys all privileges stipulated by the
                Faculty Handbook and Policy Manual.

B. A faculty member must meet all stipulated policies and standards of
performance and professorial responsibilities detailed in the Faculty
Handbook and Policy Manual.

C.   Principles for Peer Evaluation:

      1.        The Personnel Affairs Committee is responsible for peer
                evaluations. Along with each faculty member's departmental
                file, these evaluations will be used at arriving at decisions
                regarding appointments, tenure, promotion, salaries and course
                staffing.

      2.        Each area of a faculty member's performance shall be evaluated
                and recorded by the committee, which then certifies
                evaluations by signing them. Signed dissenting opinions are
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      3.        The final evaluation of each faculty member shall be placed
                on file with the Chair of the Department only. The records on
                file may be used by subsequent Personnel Affairs Committees.

      4.        Members of the Personnel Affairs Committee will keep the work
                of the committee in strict confidence. Except in the event of
                an appeal, members of the committee will refer all faculty
                inquiries to the Chair of the Committee only.

      5.        Any faculty member who requests an explanation of his or her
                ranking or evaluation will be able to learn the reasons for
                that ranking. The explanation must be submitted in writing and
                signed by all members of the Personnel Affairs Committee.

D.   Procedures for Salary Recommendations:

Based on the Personnel Affairs Committee's evaluations, the Department Chair
initiates a proposed schedule of salaries and forwards the recommendation to
the Dean with copies to the Personnel Affairs Committee. The evaluations of
the Personnel Affairs Committee are forwarded to the Dean along with the
Chair's recommendation.


IX. The Appeals Process:

A faculty member may appeal any number of decisions by a committee or
administrator of the department. Such an appeal may be the first step in a
grievance procedure that ultimately goes to the University Review Committee,
University Tenure Committee or other body within the University.

A. Procedures for appeals of merit evaluations, salary recommendations and
denial of tenure or promotion to the Personnel Affairs Committee, and for
appeals of dismissal of tenured or non-tenured faculty to the Executive
Committee:

      1.        After having obtained written notification from the
                appropriate committee, a faculty member may initiate an appeal
                of a decision by informing the Chair of the committee and the
                Chair of the Department in writing within 10 working days.
                This memo must outline the reasons for the appeal and the
                remedy desired. Within 10 working days the appropriate
                committee will reconsider its evaluation and inform the
                faculty member and the Department Chair in writing of the
                outcome of its deliberation.

      2.        Should the outcome of this deliberation be negative, the
                faculty member may then begin a grievance process by informing
                the Chair of the Committee and the Chair of the Department in
                writing within 10 working days of his or her intent. The
                Executive Committee will name one member of the committee and
                inform the faculty member of that name. The faculty member
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              committee members will then choose a third person to serve
              as Chair of the ad hoc grievance committee.

     3.       The ad hoc committee will determine its own process and
              procedures but (a) must allow presentation of both sides of
              the issue by the parties and (b) must submit a written report
              of its findings and recommendations to the faculty member, the
              chair of the relevant committee and the Chair of the
              Department. The Chair of the Department will immediately
              enforce the decision of the ad hoc committee or explain in
              writing within five working days why he or she is not
              enforcing decision.

     4.       If the faculty member remains dissatisfied with the outcome,
              he or she may continue the process by requesting a grievance
              committee at the college level in accord with the college
              constitution.

     5.       In accord with the Faculty Handbook, the faculty member may
              take the grievance to the appropriate university committee if
              resolution is not reached within the College.

B. Procedures for resolution of disputes between faculty members or between
a faculty member and a departmental administrator.

     1.       The faculty member filing the grievance must first notify the
              Department Chair in writing of the content of the dispute. If
              the Chair cannot resolve the dispute, an ad hoc grievance
              committee will be formed. Each party will select one member
              of the committee. In the case that one of the parties is a
              departmental committee, then the Executive Committee will name
              one member of the committee and the aggrieved faculty member
              will name the other. These two committee members will then
              choose a third person to serve as Chair of the ad hoc
              grievance committee.

     2.       The ad hoc committee will determine its own process and
              procedures but (a) must allow presentation of both sides of
              the issue by the parties and (b) must submit a written report
              of its findings and recommendations to the faculty members
              involved in the dispute and the Chair of the Department. The
              Chair of the Department will immediately enforce the decision
              of the ad hoc committee or explain in writing within five
              working days why he or she is not enforcing decision.

     3.       If an individual party remains dissatisfied with the outcome,
              he or she may continue the process by requesting a grievance
              committee at the college level in accord with the college
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                         DANCE AND THEATRE ARTS CHARTER
                               Ratified Revision: 01/08/01



Preamble
Subject to the policies of the University of North Texas and to the Constitution of the College of
Arts and Sciences, the faculty of the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts herein operates
under the principles by which the department was organized. The faculty considers their
department a community of artists / scholars devoted to teaching, research and creative activities,
and service. This charter affirms the faculty’s commitment to the education of their students, to
the academic and professional disciplines of dance and theatre arts, and to the university.

Article I. Department Organization
Section A. Faculty
The department faculty shall be defined as those persons who are employed full-time by the
University of North Texas and whose duties include teaching, research and creative activities,
administration, or the performance of professional services. Voting privileges are extended to all
faculty members who hold a tenured or a probationary appointment in the Department of Dance
and Theatre Arts at the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or lecturer.
The primary governing and policy-making unit of the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts
shall be the voting members of the department faculty. The faculty shall convene at regularly-
scheduled meetings during each long semester. Minutes shall be recorded and distributed for
each faculty meeting. The policies governing department meetings shall follow the guidelines of
the Constitution for the College of Arts and Sciences, Article III.B.2.

Section B. Agents
Department affairs will be conducted by the following agents of the department:
1.     DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
       The chairperson shall be appointed by the Board of Regents upon the recommendation by
       the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs,
       and the Chancellor of the University. The recommendation forwarded by the Dean shall
       be based on nominees submitted by the faculty of the department. The chairperson shall
       be responsible for advancing the mission of the department in concert with the
       department faculty and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. With the
       acquiescence of the dean, the chairperson ordinarily shall serve a term of four years. This
       term shall be subject to review by the dean, the department faculty, and the chairperson,
       with reappointment to a second four-year term possible upon their mutual agreement.
       The chairperson’s performance will be evaluated annually as required by university and
       college policies. The chairperson shall hold the following qualifications:

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a.   Full-time faculty position in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
b.   Tenured.
c.   Terminal degree in dance or theatre arts, or the equivalent professional or
     academic experience.
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     e. Distinguished record of teaching, academic research, publication, or creative activities.

2.      DEPARTMENT COMMITTEES
        a.   Standing Committees
             There shall be eight standing committees. Each committee shall be elected by the
             voting faculty according to the requirements for membership on that committee.
             Except for the Personnel Affairs and the Promotion and Tenure Committees as
             delineated below, the standing committees shall report to the faculty. The
             Personnel Affairs and the Promotion and Tenure Committees shall report to the
             chairperson.
             (1)     The standing committees shall be:
                     (a)    Executive Committee.
                     (b)    Personnel Affairs/Promotion and Tenure Committee.
                     (c)    Academic Affairs Committee.
                     (d)    Library Committee.
                     (e)    Production Committee.
                     (f)    Scholarship Committee.
                     (g)    Grievance Committee.
                     (h)    Elections Committee.
             (2)     Ad hoc committees may be formed by any agent of the department and
                     must be governed by the provisions of this charter.
             (3)     Membership
                     (a)    Except as provided by the dean of the College of Arts and
                            Sciences, the College Constitution, The University Handbook, or
                            this charter, the standing committees shall have equal
                            representation from the areas of dance and theatre arts.
                     (b)    The members of the standing committee shall be elected from the
                            full-time faculty.
                     (c)    Terms of Membership
                            (i)     The regular terms of membership shall be three years on a
                                    staggered rotation.
                            (ii)    The terms, unless otherwise stated, shall begin on the last
                                    meeting of an academic year and end on the day prior to the
                                    last meeting.
             (4)     Meetings
                     (a)    A quorum shall be sixty percent of the membership of the
                            committee.
                     (b)    After debate and discussion, all issues shall be decided by a simple
                            majority of all members present and voting.
                     (c)    Minutes of each meeting shall be recorded.
             (5)     Officers
                     (a)    Officers of each committee shall be elected according to the
                            guidelines of that committee.

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            (b)     Each committee shall choose a Recording Secretary from its
                    elected membership. The secretary’s duties shall be:
                    (i)      Record minutes of all regularly scheduled and called
                             meetings.
                    (ii)     Distribute corrected and approved minutes to department
                             faculty members. A complete set of minutes shall be filed
                             in the department office. Minutes that deal with personnel
                             matters shall not be published by will be kept in the office
                             of the chairperson of the Department of Dance and Theatre
                             Arts.
     (6)    Duties and Functions
            (a)     The duties of each committee shall be those delineated in this
                    charter.
            (b)     Any actions by standing committees may be appealed to the
                    committee chairperson. The appeal shall be written. The appeals
                    period for any action shall be ten working days following the
                    distribution date of the minutes in which approval of the action
                    was recorded. If the distribution date falls within ten days before
                    the last class day of a long semester, the appeals period shall be ten
                    days following the date of distribution of the minutes. Otherwise,
                    the appeals period shall terminate on the tenth class day of the
                    succeeding long semester.
            (c)     Any action by a standing committee that has not been disputed
                    shall be deemed to be the intent of the faculty and considered to be
                    the policy of the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
b.   Standing Committees
     (1)    Executive Committee
            The Executive Committee shall advise the chairperson on all matters
            related to the administrative and academic policies and activities of the
            Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
            (a)     Membership
                    (i)      The Executive Committee shall include:
                             A.      Department chairperson, serving as chairperson of
                                     the committee.
                             B.      Four elected full-time faculty members in addition
                                     to the department chairperson.
                    (ii)     At least one half of the Executive Committee membership,
                             except for the department chairperson, shall come from the
                             ranks of professor and associate professor. Each rank
                             below associate professor shall have at least one
                             representative on the committee, and there must be at least
                             one representative from dance, from general theatre arts,
                             and from technical design.


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             (iii)    In the event the above policies cannot be followed, the
                      dean of the College of Arts and Sciences shall be consulted
                      about a variance from stated policy.
      (b)     Terms of Office
              Terms of committee members shall be in accordance with
              paragraph 2a (3) of this charter.
      (c)     Meetings
              (i)     The Executive Committee will meet at least once each
                      month during the two long semesters and during the
                      summer session as appropriate. Called meetings may be
                      held as needed.
              (ii)    Each regular meeting shall be announced to the department
                      faculty prior to its being held, and an agenda shall
                      accompany the announcement. Items may be placed on the
                      agenda by any faculty member or major in the Department
                      of Dance and Theatre Arts.
              (iii) The committee shall operate in open sessions.
(2)   Personnel Affairs Committee
      The Personnel Affairs Committee, through its elected membership, shall
      represent the faculty of the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts to the
      department chairperson and to the dean of the College of Arts and
      Sciences in all matters concerning employment status at the University,
      and shall participate in the selection and appointment of new faculty and
      staff. The PAC shall, in whole or in part, determine criteria and
      procedures for the evaluation of faculty performance, and shall advise and
      make recommendations to the department chairperson and to the Dean of
      the College of Arts and Sciences. In matters regarding employment,
      retention, release, promotion, tenure, and salary and merit raised, the
      Personnel Affairs Committee shall insure that uniform and equitable
      appeals procedures are available to all faculty at the appropriate levels for
      personnel decisions.
      (a)     Membership
              (i)     All members shall hold full-time tenured voting faculty
                      appointments in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts
                      at the University of North Texas.
              (ii)    At least one-half of the member’s hall hold the ranks of
                      professor or associate professor.
              (iii) Equal representation shall be made from both degree
                      program areas in the Department of Dance and Theatre
                      Arts.
              (iv)    The terms of membership shall be in accordance with
                      paragraph 2a(3) of this charter.



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`   (b)   Meetings
          (i)    Meetings shall be held in coordination with the department
                 calendar and established so as to meet all CAS and UNT
                 Promotion and Tenure deadlines.
          (ii)   Meetings shall follow the procedure outlined in paragraph
                 2a(4) of this charter.
    (c)   Officers and Committees
          (i)    Officers
                 A.     The chairperson of the Department of Dance and
                        Theatre Arts shall not serve as a member but as the
                        ex officio chairperson of the Personnel Affairs
                        Committee for its organization and policy-making
                        meetings, and shall not participate in the
                        deliberation of faculty evaluations.
                 B.     The committee shall elect from its membership a
                        chairperson pro tem to preside at meetings in the
                        absence of the department chairperson.
                 C.     Duties shall be in accordance with paragraph 2a(6)
                        of this charter.
          (ii)   Committees
                 A.     Promotion and Tenure Committee
                        1.       Five members shall be elected from the
                                 membership of the Personnel Affairs
                                 Committee, excluding the department
                                 chairperson.
                        2.       If five members of the Personnel Affairs
                                 Committee are not available, tenured
                                 members of other departments at the rank of
                                 professor or associate may be appointed
                                 with the approval of the Department
                                 Chairperson and the College of Arts and
                                 Sciences.
                 B.     Search Committee
                        1.       Membership
                                 a.       A minimum of one member
                                          appointed from the Personnel Affairs
                                          Committee shall serve on each
                                          Search Committee.
                                 b. Four additional members shall be
                                      appointed by the Personnel Affairs
                                      Committee in such a way that
                                      representation shall be provided from the
                                      appropriate program areas, plus one staff

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                                                                           member from the appropriate area and
                                                                           one student. The student member will
                                                                           be a non-voting member.
                                                                        c.     The Search Committee shall elect its
                                                                        own chairperson.
                                                             2.         Duties
a.   Identify the job description and the duties of the available line based upon needs determined by the department chairperson in
consultation with the faculty.

                                                                        b.          Implement the search and screening
                                                                                    procedures.
                                                                        c.          Make recommendations to the
                                                                                    Personnel Affairs Committee in the
                                                                                    form of a prioritized list of suitable
                                                                                    candidates.
                                                                        d.          Conduct and participate in the
                                                                                    interview process.
                                                                        e.          Submit a final prioritized list to the
                                                                                    Personnel Affairs Committee.
                                                                        f.          The committee shall counsel with the
                                                                                    department chairperson and
                                                                                    reconcile any differences which may
                                                                                    exist between recommendations of
                                                                                    the chairperson and those of the
                                                                                    committee.
                (3)         Academic Affairs Committee
                            The Academic Affairs Committee shall serve as an advisory group
                            concerned with all matters related to the academic activities of the
                            Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
                            (a)    Membership
                                   (i)     The committee shall consist of six elected members, with
                                           equal representation from dance, general theatre arts, and
                                           technical design. Each member shall be a full-time
                                           member of the faculty of the Department of Dance and
                                           Theatre Arts and a member of the graduate or the associate
                                           graduate faculty of the university.
                            (b)    Terms of Office
                                   Terms of office shall be in accordance with paragraph 2a(3) of this
                                   charter.
                            (c)    Meetings
                                   (i)     Meetings will be held at least twice each long semester.
                                   (ii)    The chairperson o the committee may call additional
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                                (d)    Officers
                                       The chairperson of the Academic Affairs Committee and other
                                       such officers as the committee may deem necessary shall be
                                       elected from the membership of the committee.
                                (e)    Duties and Functions
                                       (i)     Establish procedures by which changes in the curriculum of
                                               the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts may be
                                               processed in an orderly and expeditious manner.
                                       (ii)    Review, initiate, or recommend changes in degree
                                               programs and academic standards of the Department of
                                               Dance and Theatre Arts.
                                       (iii) Receive and act on all proposals for curricular changes in
                                               the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
                                       (iv)    Receive and review proposals for the development of
                                               course syllabi.
                                       (v)     Review curricular proposals from other departments,
                                               divisions, schools, and colleges of the university that might
                                               affect existing programs in the Department of Dance and
                                               Theatre Arts.
                                       (vi)    Establish, update, and maintain academic standards,
                                               admission requirements, and proficiency examinations for
                                               the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
                     (4)        Library Committee
                                The Library Committee shall monitor and advise the department and the
                                UNT Library System with regard to holdings and acquisitions in the fields
                                of dance and drama.
                                (a)    Membership
                                       The membership of the Library Committee shall consist of two
                                       full-time faculty members elected from the faculty at large.(1)
                                (b)    Terms of Office
                                       The terms of office shall be in accordance with paragraph 2a(5) of
                                       this charter.
                                (c)    Meetings
                                       The committee shall meet at least twice during each long semester.
                                (d)    Officers
                                       The committee chairperson and other such officers as the
                                       committee may deem necessary shall be elected from the
                                       committee membership.
                                (e)    Duties and Functions
                                       (i)     Receive and act upon recommendations and needs of
                                               individual faculty members.

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                                            (iii)   Provide through the
                     committee chair a liaison with the UNT Library System.
(5)   Production Committee
      The Production Committee shall plan, recommend and publish the public
      productions of the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts. The
      Production Committee shall accept proposals for individually directed
      productions and theatre seasons. With the advice and consent of the
      department chair, the committee shall develop an appropriate season of
      productions and present the recommendations to the faculty for approval.
      (a)    Membership
             (i)     The Production Committee will be made up of:
                     A.      Three full-time faculty members, with one faculty
                             member each from dance, general theatre arts, and
                             technical design.
                     B.      The Box Office/Promotion Manager
                     C.      Three student representatives, with one student each
                             from dance, general theatre arts, and technical
                             design.
             (ii)    Student members
                     A.      Students serving on the Production Committee shall
                             be members ex officio.
                     B.      Student members of the Production Committee shall
                             be majors in the Department of Dance and Theatre
                             Arts.
      (b)    Terms of Office
             (i)     Faculty terms of office shall be in accordance with
                     paragraph 2a(5) of this charter.
             (ii)    Student representatives shall serve a term of one year,
                     beginning after the last meeting of the spring semester and
                     concluding at the last meeting of the subsequent spring
                     semester.
      (c)    Meetings
             (i)     The Production Committee shall meet at least three times
                     during each long semester.
             (ii)    The chairperson of the Production Committee may call
                     additional meetings.
             (iii) The Production Committee shall operate in open sessions
                     and allow full faculty participation.
      (d)    Officers
             The Production Committee shall elect a chairperson from among
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(6)   Scholarship Committee
      The Scholarship Committee consists of two committees, one for dance and
      one for theatre. Each committee will participate as a whole, in the
      scholarship audition and selection process for each discipline. Each
      committee shall elect a chairperson from among its faculty members. The
      chair shall collect all recommendations of the committee and present the
      recommendations to the Department chair for dissemination of scholarship
      funds.
(7)   Grievance Committee
      Ad hoc Grievance Committees shall be appointed to oversee and advise
      the department in matters related to faculty grievances, and to supervise all
      student grievance activities in the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts.
      (a)     Membership
              (i)     All full-time faculty members except the chairperson shall
                      be eligible for appointment to an ad hoc Grievance
                      Committee.
              (ii)    Members shall be selected in accordance with the UNT
                      Faculty Handbook.
      (b)     Procedures for Faculty Grievance
              (i)     Grievance Initiation




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Whenever a faculty grievance arises, the aggrieved party will seek to resolve the matter by
discussion with the appropriate departmental agent. Ordinarily this agent would be the
department chairperson in matters of salary and department administration. In matters
related to promotion, tenure, and peer evaluation, the agent usually would be the Executive
Committee, sitting without the department chairperson. In the event the grievance is not
satisfied by discussion, the complainant may initiate action by a formal letter of complaint to
the department chairperson, setting out the nature of the grievance , the steps taken to settle it
by discussion, and the desired remedy.
                           (ii)  Grievance Procedures
                                 The grievance procedures shall be those described in the
                                 UNT Faculty Handbook.
                   (c)     Grade Appeals and Student Grievances
                           (i)   Student grade appeals shall be handled in accordance with
                                 the UNT Faculty Handbook, with the added provision that
                                 requests for the inclusion of witnesses in the process must
                                 be approved by the Grievance Committee prior to the
                                 hearing. The committee must notify the opposing party of
                                 any such request.




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                               (ii)    Upon petition by any student, ad hoc committees may be
                                       formed by the Executive Committee to monitor and provide
                                       an avenue for student feelings and responses. Such ad hoc
                                       committees shall report to the Executive Committee.
               (8)     Elections Committee
                       The Elections Committee shall conduct regular faculty and student
                       elections to the offices delineated in this charter. In addition, the Elections
                       Committee shall conduct special elections requested by the faculty or the
                       chairperson of the department.
                       (a) Membership shall consist of three members with equal representation
                           from Dance, General Theatre and Design/Technical.
                       (b) Elections shall be conducted and finalized no later than the last week
                           of March
                       (c) Elections shall be conducted in accordance with the Faculty
                           Handbook.

Article II. Ratification and Amendments
Section A. Ratification
1.     This charter shall be considered ratified when:
       a.      A final draft has been prepared and circulated to the voting faculty.
       b.      The charter has been read at two faculty meetings and approved at a third faculty
               meeting.
       c.      The charter has been approved by a three-fourths majority of the voting faculty
               members present at the third charter meeting or excused by paragraph d, below.
       d.      A voting faculty member who is required to be absent from the third charter
               meeting may register his or her vote with the department chairperson.
       e.      The charter has been approved in writing by the Dean of the College of Arts and
               Sciences.
Section B. Amendments
1.     Procedure
       Any member or agency of the department may initiate a charter amendment by
       distributing copies of the proposal at any regular meeting of the voting faculty. Such
       distribution shall constitute a first of three required readings of the amendment. All such
       proposals shall be clearly labeled at the top of each page, “Proposed Charter
       Amendment.” The amendment shall be ratified according to Article II.A. of the
       department charter. Readings must be at least one week apart and during the regular
       academic year.
2.     Review
       The department shall formally consider the question of charter review at intervals not
       greater than five years after the date of ratification. At any time during such intervals, the
       chairperson may appoint an ad hoc charter review committee, which shall make a report
       on the question to the voting faculty before the end of the academic year in which the
       committee was appointed.
Section C. Distribution
       Each member of the full-time faculty shall be given a copy of the charter upon his or her
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       first appointment. It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to
       distribute the charter and any of its revisions as necessary.
Section D. Updating
       Amendments to the charter shall be included at their proper place rather than added
       serially at the end. All wording that has been removed from the charter by amendment
       shall be deleted from the updated copies. All wording added by amendment shall be
       identified by being underlined, and the date of the amendment shall be indicated in
       parentheses that follow the underlined portions.

Article III. Manual of Policies and Procedures
All matters of policy and procedure for the Department of Dance and Theatre Arts not provided
for in the UNT Policy Manual, the UNT Faculty Handbook, the constitution of the College of
Arts and Sciences, and this charter shall be determined by the appropriate actions determined by
full faculty vote of the department, by appropriate decision from the department chair or
approved policies governing productions in the DTA Production Guidelines.




                                 Approved September 4, 2002
                         (Supercedes version from November 11, 2000)

                                 DEPARTMENT CHARTER
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                              DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
                              UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

                                           PREAMBLE

   Subject to the authorities which govern the College of Arts and Sciences and the University
   of North Texas, the faculty of the Department of Economics does hereby specify the
   organization of the Department and the principles and procedures under which the business
   of the Department will be conducted. Because the strength of any university resides in the
   quality of its faculty, it is imperative that its strength be utilized to its fullest capacity. To
   achieve this aim, each faculty member must be able to express himself in an atmosphere that
   is receptive to individual opinion and that encourages the free exchange of views. Only in
   such an atmosphere can a university flourish and develop its potential. The existence of a
   democratic atmosphere, however, is possible only when each faculty member feels that
   he/she is a participant in the activities of his department, as well as that of the university as a
   whole, and is interested in his contribution to university and departmental governance. To
   this end, the implementation of faculty participation in this department is a necessary step in
   the evolution of a university. It is understood that participation also involves the assumption
   of individual and collective responsibilities for the orderly administration of the university at
   all levels.

                     ARTICLE I. ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS

Section 1.     Department Faculty and Voting Eligibility

       All and only tenure track faculty members on continuous appointments will be eligible to
vote on all matters brought to a full departmental vote.

Section 2.     Department Agents

       Department affairs shall be conducted by the following agents.

       1.      The Chair
       2.      The Executive Committee
       3.      The Personnel Affairs Committee
       4.      The Promotion and Tenure Committee
       5.      Curriculum Committee
       6.      Ad Hoc Committees


Section 3.     Meetings

        Regular meetings of the entire departmental faculty must be held at least once each
semester. Meetings also may be called by the Chair or upon the request of one-third, but in no
cases less than two members, of the departmental faculty. Notification of all regular faculty

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meetings shall be made by memorandum posted on the Department mail boxes or in the mail
box of each voting faculty member, or by electronically mailing each voting faculty member.
Such notification shall be given at least one week in advance of the meeting, and shall include
the agenda at least one day before the meeting. In addition the departmental faculty members
may bring any issue affecting the unit to a vote by petition of one-third, but in no cases less than
two members, of the departmental faculty. Any vote shall be by secret ballot if requested by at
least one faculty member. Corrected minutes, including minority reports and exceptions, shall be
distributed to all members of the Department and made available to the appropriate Dean, to the
Vice President of Academic Affairs, and to the President of the University.

Section 4.     Parliamentary Procedures

       A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Department. In all
parliamentary questions not provided for herein, Robert's Rules of Order shall apply.


             ARTICLE II. DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND ADMINISTRATION

        The Chair is the chief executive officer of the Department. The Chair, with the advice
and council of departmental faculty, shall carry out the administrative and educational policies of
the Department and university. Duties of the Chair include such responsibilities as presenting
budgets, appointments, promotions, severances, courses, and schedules for approval by the
administration. The Chair's authority is exercised with the assistance of departmental committees
established according to the regulations stipulated subsequently in these guidelines. In making
recommendations to the administration, the Chair, if requested by the faculty members involved,
shall report the final numerical results of departmental or relevant committee voting on contested
issues. Members eligible to vote on a matter at hand may request to see the Chair's
recommendations. Dissenting opinions shall be filed at the request of the dissenting faculty
member or members.


                                ARTICLE III. COMMITTEES

         The following standing committees shall exist in the department: The Executive
Committee, the Personnel Affairs Committee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the
Curriculum Committee. The membership and term of office for each committee shall be as
indicated in this charter. The Chair of the Department shall serve ex officio on all committees
except ad hoc Grievance Committees and the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Where the term
of office is more than one year, those elected to the first committee shall draw for staggered
terms. Departmental tenure track faculty on continuous appointments are the only faculty eligible
to vote.


Section 1. Executive Committee


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   The Executive Committee shall be comprised of all voting members of the Department
   faculty. Duties and responsibilities of the Executive Committee shall include council and
   assistance to the Department Chair regarding budget recommendations and general
   departmental administration.

Section 2. Personnel Affairs Committee

        The Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC) shall be comprised of five members elected
from the eligible voting faculty. At least half its members must be tenured. Members will serve
three-year renewable terms. The chair of the PAC will be elected from its membership and will
serve a one-year renewable term. In addition to its regular members, the Department Chair will
serve as ex officio member without participating in the peer evaluation process.

   The PAC is to counsel and advise the Department Chair on salary matters and on personnel
   matters including non-tenure track appointments and terminations. The PAC will not advise
   on appointment/termination, promotion, or tenure matters regarding tenured or tenure-track
   faculty.

        The PAC shall direct the annual peer evaluation process. To this end, the PAC shall
define the merit criteria and procedures for collecting and evaluating information pursuant to
those criteria. The PAC shall, following those guidelines, make recommendations to the
Department Chair concerning the relative share of the departmental allocations for merit raises to
be granted to each of the faculty. The Chair is not bound by such recommendations, but is
responsible to make explanations to the PAC for any deviation from its recommendation. The
PAC shall keep records and original information concerning peer evaluation.

        The PAC shall conduct an annual evaluation of the Department Chair consistent with
university policies and procedures for evaluation of administrators. The results of this evaluation
shall be forwarded to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.


Section 3.     Promotion and Tenure Committee

        The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be comprised of all of the tenured members
of the Economics Department (the Department Chair is not eligible), each of whom must be on
continuous tenured faculty appointment, whenever the Department has nine or fewer members at
the rank of tenured associate or tenured full professor. The Promotion and Tenure committee will
annually elect its chair from its membership.

        Its duties and responsibilities shall include the development of departmental guidelines
that shall define the merit criteria to be used in evaluating the faculty for promotion and tenure. It
will also, following these guidelines, make recommendations to the Department Chair on
promotion and tenure. The Department Chair will forward such recommendations with her/his
endorsement, either positive or negative, to the appropriate administrative official. Appeals of

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the Promotion and Tenure Committee’s recommendations shall be made in accordance with
section B-2.4.B.7 of the Faculty Handbook.

Section 4.     Curriculum Committees

        The eligible voting faculty will operate as a committee of the whole with regards to
curriculum matters.

Section 5.     Other Committees

        The Department shall also have ad-hoc committees as deemed necessary and two entities
can establish these committees: The Department Chair and the Promotion and Tenure
Committee

       a)      The Department Chair shall appoint such individual faculty members and
               committees ad hoc as are needed to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the
               Chair so long as they do not duplicate the functions of duly constituted
               committees.

       b)      The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall appoint such individual faculty
               members and committees ad hoc as are needed to support the Committee's
               responsibilities so long as they pertain to the functions of the Committee. The
               individual faculty members and committees ad hoc shall not be granted a voting
               status within the Promotion and Tenure Committee.


       ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS

Section 1.     Election to Departmental Positions

        All elections to departmental positions shall be conducted by the Election Judge, who
shall be elected at the first Department meeting in the fall semester each year. The term of office
is one academic year. The Election Judge shall be eligible for re-election to successive one year
terms.

        Elections to any committee shall take place as soon as possible after the commencement
of classes each Fall semester, with the exception that special elections to fill vacancies may be
held at any time. All elections for Department positions shall be conducted by secret ballot,
following the procedures used in University-wide elections. Such elections shall require a
majority of the votes cast to elect, with a run-off election between the top two candidates if no
majority is secured on a first ballot. In case of a two-way tie in any vote, one of the two
candidates shall be selected by lot.

     The election rules for the Promotion and Tenure Committee are subject to the
membership criteria outlined in Article III Section 3.

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Section 2.     Removal from Office

        Any elected member of any departmental position can be removed from office if two
thirds of the voting faculty vote for the removal.


       ARTICLE V. GRIEVANCE

       Whenever a faculty grievance arises, an ad hoc committee will be formed to handle the
grievance. The ad hoc grievance committee’s scope shall be to oversee all complaints including
those pertaining to promotion and tenure decisions. The ad hoc grievance committee will be
comprised of three members of the College of Arts and Sciences and may include members of
the Department of Economics. Each member must be on continuous tenured appointment. The
Chair of the Department shall nominate one member, the faculty complainant shall nominate one
member and these two shall nominate a third who will serve as a chair of the ad hoc grievance
committee.

        The committee shall develop its own rules of procedure appropriate to the individual
case; these shall include written statements setting forth the charges and a written reply to these
charges.

        Every attempt will be made to resolve the problem by this committee. If this cannot be
done, then the committee will make a final recommendation to the Chair of the Economics
Department. The final decision rests with the Chair of the Economics Department. In the event
the decision is unsatisfactory to the complainant, the decision may be appealed to the Chair to
the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.



       ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENT OF THE CHARTER

       This charter will take effect upon the approval of a two-thirds majority vote of the
department. In addition, it may be amended by two-thirds majority vote. Such amendments must
be presented in writing to the Department at least seven days before a vote is taken.



CHARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
                       University of North Texas


                                             Preamble



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To provide for and insure individual participation in departmental affairs, the engineering
technology faculty adopts this charter for the governance of the department. The capacity of each
faculty member to make a unique contribution to the collective efforts of the department is
hereby acknowledged and affirmed. To facilitate the realization of those efforts, the affairs of the
department shall be conducted through the various agents of the department herein described.


ARTICLE I                DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS


   Section 1.            The departmental faculty shall include all full-time temporary, tenure-
                         track and tenured members who hold academic appointment of
                         instructor or above in the Department of Engineering Technology.
                         Voting privileges shall be extended to all members unless otherwise
                         prohibited by university regulations.

   Section 2.            Departmental affairs shall be conducted by the following agents of the
                         department:
                         a.   Chairperson
                         b.   Executive Committee
                         c.   Curriculum Committee
                         d.   Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC)
                         e.   Promotion and Tenure Committee (P&T)
                         f.   Assessment Committee

   Section 3. Regular meetings of the departmental faculty shall be called by the Chairperson at
   least once each semester. An agenda of major items shall be provided with notification of
   faculty meetings. Additional meetings may be called by the Chairperson or upon request of at
   least one-third of the departmental faculty.




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   Section 4.   Any issue affecting the department, excluding matters of tenure,
                promotion, and salary, may be brought to a vote by petition of at least
                one- third of the faculty. Such matters referred to the faculty by petition
                shall be announced in writing to all voting members at least one week in
                advance of a called meeting. A quorum for meetings called to vote on
                petitioned issues shall be three-fourths of the departmental faculty.


ARTICLE II      THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON


   Section 1.   The Department Chairperson is the chief executive officer. As such, this
                individual is responsible for specific duties assigned by the University
                Administration.

   Section 2.   The Department Chairperson shall act for the department in all matters
                requiring official communication with the University Administration.

   Section 3.   The Department Chairperson shall serve as Chairperson of the Executive
                Committee.

   Section 4.   The Chairperson shall consult with the faculty and/or the Executive
                Committee when establishing and implementing administrative or
                educational policies.


ARTICLE III     THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


   Section 1.   The Executive Committee shall consist of the Department Chairperson
                and the Division Directors. All meetings shall be conducted in an open
                format thus permitting any interested faculty the opportunity to attend.

   Section 2.   The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to advise and assist the
                Chairperson in conducting the educational and administrative affairs of
                the department. This committee shall also serve as the long range
                planning committee of the department and shall coordinate the efforts of
                other committees of the department.
   Section 3.   Specific responsibilities of the Executive Committee shall be to:
                a.    implement departmental administrative policy,
                b.    assist the Chairperson in the formulation of the departmental
                      budget,
                c.    approve recommendations for curriculum changes,
                d.    assist the Chairperson with the schedule of classes,


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               e.   assist the Chairperson in the appointment of committees or
                    individual staff members to assignments not elected by the faculty,
                    and
               f.   approve utilization of the engineering technology physical facility

  Section 4.   It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to plan and
               carry out, with the assistance of the faculty, all departmental activities
               and services not otherwise provided for in the departmental charter.

  Section 5.   The Executive Committee shall receive, evaluate, and make disposition
               of written suggestions made by individual faculty members concerning
               departmental activities not otherwise provided for in the departmental
               charter.


ARTICLE IV     CURRICULUM COMMITTEE


  Section 1.   The Curriculum Committee shall be composed of all tenured and tenure-
               track faculty members.

  Section 2.   The Chair of the Curriculum Committee shall be a member of the
               Executive Committee appointed by the Department Chair.

  Section 3.   The Curriculum Committee is responsible for the addition, expansion,
               deletion, or revision of departmental courses and shall submit
               appropriate items to the Executive Committee for approval prior to
               submission to CAS Curriculum Committee.




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ARTICLE V            PERSONNEL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE


  Section 1.         The Personnel Affairs Committee shall be established in accordance
                     with the provisions of the Faculty Handbook.

  Section 2.         The Personnel Affairs Committee shall consist of four elected members
                     of the tenured or tenure track faculty. Tenure track faculty must have
                     completed at least one year in the department. A minimum of two
                     members must be tenured faculty.

  Section 3.         The Personnel Affairs Committee shall assist the Department
                     Chairperson in the annual faculty merit evaluation, faculty continuing
                     appointments, and faculty terminations in accordance with the Faculty
                     Handbook. The Chairperson will make the initial evaluations and the
                     PAC will serve in an advisory review capacity in accordance with the
                     Department Merit Review Procedure.

  Section 4.         The Personnel Affairs Committee shall be responsible for evaluating the
                     material prepared by the faculty for promotion and tenure decisions to
                     ascertain that the material is in appropriate format for consideration by
                     the tenured faculty.

ARTICLE VI           PROMOTION AND TENURE COMMITTEE

  Section 1.         The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall consist of all tenured
                     faculty members of the upper two ranks in accordance with the
                     guidelines and recommendations set forth in the current Faculty
                     Handbook.


                      ARTICLE VII ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE


  Section 1. The Assessment Committee shall be composed of all Program Coordinators.


  Section 2.         The Chair of the Assessment Committee shall be elected by the
                     Committee.




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  Section 3.   The Assessment Committee shall prepare, review and update an
               outcomes-based, continuous improvement plan for the Department.

  Section 4.   The Assessment Committee shall prepare, review and update
               departmental mission, goals, and objectives.

  Section 5.   The Assessment Committee shall determine the procedures for
               collection and utilization of data appropriate for implementation of the
               Departmental Continuous Improvement Plan.


ARTICLE VIII   RECRUITING AND RETENTION COMMITTEE


  SECTION 1.   The Recruiting and Retention Committee shall be composed of a faculty
               representative from each program. They will be appointed by the
               respective program coordinators.

  SECTION 2.   The Recruiting and Retention Committee shall develop, implement, and
               coordinate departmental and program activities focused on the
               recruitment and retention of students with the approval of the Executive
               Committee.


ARTICLE VIX    TERM OF COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP


  Section 1.   Elected committee members shall serve for a term of two years and shall
               be elected by October 1 each year.

  Section 2.   Elected committee members shall be restricted to no more than two
               successive terms of two years each. When the number of qualified
               faculty is not large enough to provide for sufficient committee members
               as delineated in this charter; it shall be the policy of the department to
               permit more than two successive terms.




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   Section 3.   In the event a vacancy occurs on a committee, a member of the
                department shall be elected to serve the balance of the vacated term and
                shall be eligible for only one additional two year term.


ARTICLE X       MINUTES OF MEETINGS


   Section 1.   Minutes of the meetings of all departmental agents and other
                committees, excluding confidential personnel matters, shall be made a
                matter of department record and available to members of the faculty.


ARTICLE XI      RECALL


Section 1.      Recall of any elected representative of the department may be
                accomplished by a vote of two- thirds of the faculty.


ARTICLE XII     GRIEVANCE


   Section 1.   Faculty shall have access to grievance and appeal procedures as
                provided by the current Faculty Handbook.


ARTICLE XIII    IMPLEMENTATION


   Section 1.   This charter shall become effective when presented to the departmental
                faculty by the Chairperson and accepted by two-thirds of the voting
                faculty.

   Section 2.   The initial terms of elected committee members shall be staggered. All
                terms shall be decided by lot. In the case of committees with an odd
                number of members, the minimum number which will constitute a
                majority shall serve two years. One-half of the members of even
                numbered committees shall serve two years. The remaining members
                shall serve one year, and this one year term shall constitute a full term of
                membership.
ARTICLE XIV     REVISING THE CHARTER




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Section 1.   Amendments to this charter shall be by vote of two-thirds of the
             department faculty taken by signed ballots and counted by the Executive
             Committee.

Section 2.   Proposed amendments to the charter shall be presented in writing to the
             Department Chairperson and shall contain the signatures of at least
             twenty-five percent of the regular faculty members. Within one week of
             the date of
             such a proposal, it shall be presented to the faculty in writing and
             discussed at a regular or called faculty meeting. Balloting on the
             proposed amendment shall be held within seven days after presentation.




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                                   BYLAWS
                    DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY


MERIT REVIEW PROCEDURES

The annual merit review of each engineering technology faculty member is, in reality, an on-
going effort based on the Individual Faculty Development Plan (IFDP) and incorporates the
Annual Faculty Update Report (AFUR). The IFDP includes the means by which each faculty
member addresses the strategic goals and objectives of the program and department through
involvement in instructional activities; scholarly, creative and professional activities; and
administration and service. The AFUR is a summation by each faculty member regarding the
extent of IFDP accomplishments. The following delineates the timing and process of the merit
review procedures.

SECTION 1. The IFDP will be prepared by the faculty member in anticipation of activities to
           occur in the coming academic year (June 1 - May 31). The plan will cover the
           three categories recognized by the University: 1) Teaching/Instructional
           Activities, 2) Scholarly, Creative and Professional Activities, and 3) Service and
           Administration.

SECTION 2. Faculty, in preparing the IFDP, will remain cognizant of the strategic goals and
           objectives of the program, department, college and university in that priority. The
           plan will describe how the proposed activities support these goals and objectives
           and how the activities will be accomplished during the coming year. The IFDP
           will list, if appropriate, any resources (i.e. time, finances, manpower, and
           equipment) required.

SECTION 3. The faculty member, on or before March 15, will submit a proposed IFDP to the
           Department Chairperson with a copy to the Departmental Personnel Affairs
           Committee (PAC) Chairperson. The Department Chairperson will review the plan
           and schedule a meeting on or before April 1 with each faculty member to discuss
           the plan and to make any suggested changes. The Department Chairperson and
           the faculty member will both sign the agreed upon document, each retaining a
           copy for use in evaluation. A copy of the final IFDP for each faculty member will
           be submitted by the Department Chairperson to the PAC prior to April 15.

SECTION 4. The Department Chairperson and each faculty member will review, before
           September 30, the progress towards goals as outlined in the IFDP. Necessary
           adjustments will be made. A summary of these adjustments will be provided to
           the PAC.

SECTION 5. Each faculty member will submit to the Department Chairperson, on or before
           September 30, an AFUR covering the past academic year's activities; copy to the
           PAC. This report will address the extent to which the activities proposed in the

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              FDP were achieved. The Department Chairperson will utilize the AFUR and the
              IFDP in evaluating the merit performance of the faculty member. Significant
              discrepancies between the goals outlined in an IFDP and those goals actually
              attained and reported in the respective AFUR may indicate an unsatisfactory merit
              review. The tenure track faculty should fully document the reasons why goals are
              not met or are partially fulfilled so that the Chair may determine whether an
              unsatisfactory evaluation is warranted.

SECTION 6. The Department Chairperson will schedule a meeting with each faculty member
           to discuss the merit rating for the previous academic year. These meetings are to
           be concluded on or before February 15. A copy of the merit evaluation will be
           provided by the Department Chairperson to the PAC.

SECTION 7. A faculty member or the Department Chairperson may request a meeting of the
           Departmental PAC at any time during this procedure but no later than February if
           an impasse, question, or disagreement occurs. The PAC will review the situation
           and make a recommendation to the Department Chairperson concerning
           resolution of same.

SECTION 8. Faculty members will maintain, annually, course materials files which are in
           compliance with the TAC of ABET requirements for course materials with
           reference to on-site visits. Qualitative evaluation of courses requires that a
           comprehensive compilation of instructional materials be assembled and
           maintained. These include but are not limited to syllabi; course outlines; sufficient
           examples of graded student work; examinations; documentation of written and
           oral reports; and, representative course handouts. Examples of graded student
           work will display a range of grades, ie., highest, middle, and lowest.

SECTION 9. The reality of technological innovation places undeniable emphasis on the
           responsibility of faculty to maintain course currency. Maintenance of
           technological currency, essential to engineering technology, is a continual process
           integral with professional development. It inspires state-of-the-art instruction,
           promotes continuity across a technical discipline, guarantees rigor, and defines the
           legitimacy of the curriculum. Indicators of technological currency include
           acquisition of new and/or evolving instructionally related competencies and
           upgrading skills and knowledge with reference to new hardware, software and
           equipment. Attendance at software, process and equipment seminars is an
           additional indicator. Measurable indicators of technological currency tend to
           focus on faculty achievement; however, such achievement must be reflected in the
           instructional materials, i.e., they must be functionally student-oriented. They
           include: student assignments requiring appropriate computer applications, lecture
           notes referencing new developments in the field, examinations and other forms of
           student evaluation that clearly demonstrate incorporation of innovation.

SECTION 10. Significant discrepancies between the goals outlined in an IFDP
            and those goals actually attained and reported in the respective
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AFUR may indicate an unsatisfactory merit review for tenure
faculty. Such faculty should fully document the reasons why goals
are not met or are partially fulfilled so that the Chair may
determine whether an unsatisfactory evaluation is warranted. Such
review is initially made by the department chairperson and may be
reviewed by the department PAC to corroborate the review after
the initial analysis by the department chairperson.

Merit review is based on activities in the three categories, which
contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the program,
department, college and university. Such goals and objectives are
dynamic in nature; this characteristic is particularly pronounced at
the program and department levels due to the influence of
innovation in engineering technology. Faculty are therefore
advised to compile IFDPs after consulting the current strategic
goals and objectives as well as the list of indicators appended to
the Bylaws of the Department of Engineering Technology. An
unsatisfactory evaluation for a tenured faculty member is
addressed in the UNT Faculty Handbook.

The AFUR is used in all annual ETEC faculty merit review. It is an
integral component in the determination of a faculty member's
progress toward tenure as well as an annual measure of a tenured
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                             Department of Engineering Technology
                                 College of Arts and Sciences
                                GENERAL GUIDELINES
                       FOR FACULTY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

                                        INTRODUCTION

The University, College and Department, in mission statements and objectives, have specified
goals of academic excellence, advancement of knowledge, and service to various constituencies,
all of which contribute to local, state, regional, national and international prominence.
Attainment of these goals includes the recruitment and development of a faculty capable of
contributing to academic excellence, research, and service. Faculty evaluation guidelines and
reward structures supportive of goals are essential. The purpose of this document is to delineate
general guidelines applicable to faculty promotion, tenure and merit evaluation.

The goals and objectives of the University, College, Departments, and individual faculty
members are not static. Thus, it is neither desirable nor feasible to specify a universally
applicable set of detailed or temporally unbounded evaluation criteria. It is, however, both
desirable and feasible to establish a general set of evaluation guidelines and criteria based on
departmental strategic goals and objectives.

The professorial role has three major dimensions: 1) instructional activities; 2) scholarly, creative
and professional activities; and 3) administration and service. Each of these three dimensions is
important to the attainment of Engineering Technology Departmental goals.

Employment credentials of the engineering technology faculty and purposes of the engineering
technology program are substantially different from those of traditional arts and science
curricula. Thus, criteria for faculty performance and expectation must account for major
differences in the definition of excellence in performance dimensions. While the three major
performance dimensions of instruction; scholarly, creative and professional activities; and
administration and service are applicable to engineering technology, the definition of evaluation
criteria in scholarly, creative and professional activities must emphasize the close association of
the faculty and curricula with industry, recognizing professional practices, such as consulting and
applied research, as essential parts of faculty professional activity.

Evaluation of individuals whose primary responsibility is in the engineering technology area
reflects the special nature of such programs. The Technology Accreditation Commission of the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET) indicates that faculty
competence must be judged by such factors as the extent to which the faculty further their
education in relevant areas, non-academic engineering and engineering technology experience,
technical currency as evidenced by direct involvement with industry, development of more
effective teaching methods, level of scholarship, and the degree of participation in professional,
technical, and scientific societies.
Given individual and program differences, faculty members reflect combinations of
contributions to the three major dimensions of performance: instructional activities; scholarly,
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creative and professional activities; and administration and service. Therefore, this document
conveys examples of excellence and effectiveness to serve as benchmarks for individual
planning, goal setting and performance evaluation. Individual faculty members and the
department chair will establish how individual goals can best be integrated with Departmental
goals of excellence.


                              DIMENSIONS OF PERFORMANCE

The three major dimensions of performance are, 1) instructional activities; 2) scholarly, creative
and professional activities; and 3) administration and service to the institution, the profession,
and external constituencies. Each of these dimensions are discussed and example evaluation
criteria identified. However, accumulation of activities alone does not constitute the basis for
favorable evaluation; quality is crucial to promotion, tenure and merit decisions. A list of
indicators is included as an attachment to this document.

Instructional Activities

The mission statements of the University, College and Department explicitly recognize the
importance of quality instruction and student development. This dimension is fundamental to the
professorial role.

Growing undergraduate enrollments, the continuous development of course material, and efforts
to strengthen the graduate program require that faculty be active in development of quality
instruction methods and curricula. All faculty members are expected to contribute in the area of
instruction and student development, to be effective in the classroom, to continuously strive to
improve their teaching effectiveness, and to contribute to the development of instructional
programs across the breadth of the curriculum. Effectiveness in instruction is an important
component in merit compensation decisions and a necessary but not sufficient component in
promotion and tenure decisions.

Scholarly, Creative and Professional Activities

Significant importance is attached to professional organizations which deal with issues and
policies addressing engineering technology. The previously cited mission statements for the
University, College and Department identify research and publication relative to the application
of knowledge as fundamental to attaining the goals of academic excellence and advancement of
knowledge. Faculty contributions to the body of knowledge relative to applications of
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In July, 1994 the Engineering Technology Council, a national organization consisting of
engineering technology deans and department heads, defined engineering technology as the
profession in which a knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by higher
education, experience, and practice is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of
existing technology for the benefit of humanity. Engineering technology education was defined
as an academic field where educational experiences focus primarily on the applied aspects of
science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the
technological spectrum closest to product improvement, manufacturing, construction, and
engineering operational functions [Minutes. (1992, June). American Society of Engineering
Education Business Meeting. Toledo, Ohio].

Both quality and quantity of research activities and publications are clearly important
performance expectation elements for the engineering technology faculty. However, the
definitions of research and publication are modified to accommodate distinctly different program
objectives and faculty experience. Basic as well as applied research projects which directly
support the needs of industry and society are appropriate and the product could be quality final
reports of findings and recommendations. Engineering technology faculty must remain in contact
with the industrial and professional community and maintain a high level competency in current
practices of engineering. Engineering technology is an applications-oriented discipline and, as
such, has a unique opportunity to assist industry in the application of contemporary technology.
External support of appropriate applied research projects is an indicator of excellence.
Collaboration in applied research and publication is desirable; individuals are encouraged to
develop a balanced record which includes individual contributions. Effectiveness in research and
publication is an important component in merit compensation decisions and a necessary but not
sufficient component in promotion and tenure decisions.

Administration and Service

A variety of service roles address the university's legitimate function as a service provider and
may also contribute to attainment of academic excellence and advancement of knowledge. No
attempt is made here to prescribe what specific service roles individual faculty members should
play. However, all faculty members are expected to contribute in the service area. The amount
and nature of the service contribution is a function of individual skills, interests, and stage of
career development. Routine department, college and university committee membership is
expected as a part of good university citizenship and the lack of active participation in such
activities is less than acceptable. Service is an important component in merit compensation
decisions and a necessary, but not sufficient, component in promotion and tenure decisions.




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                            PROMOTION, TENURE, AND MERIT

Faculty are normally appointed as an assistant professor on tenure track. The nature of faculty
contributions is expected to vary as a function of skills, interests, and stage of career
development. However, maintaining currency in a broad technical discipline is a career
requirement of engineering technology faculty.

This document does not seek to specify a single stereotype of faculty contribution. However, it is
intended to describe patterns of emphases most likely to lead to desired career development and
to positive promotion, tenure and merit evaluations.

Time Perspective

Critical junctures in the promotion and tenure process are indicated in the Dean's "Calendar for
the College of Arts and Sciences," available from the department chair. Promotion and tenure
evaluations are based on cumulative contributions and expected continued contributions. An
annual review of performance to assess progress toward tenure and/or promotion and to establish
goals and objectives for future periods is conducted by the Department Chair with each full-time
faculty member. The departmental Personnel Affairs Committee will assist the chair in the
annual review in compliance with the Faculty Handbook.

Assistant Professors

Emphasis is placed on establishing a productive pattern of effective teaching, scholarly and
creative activities and commitment to administration and service. Service contributions are
typically focused on Departmental and College academic affairs. Promotion to Associate
Professor is based on assessment of all three dimensions as judged by academic and practicing
professional peers and external scholars.

Associate Professors

Continued emphasis is placed on competence in teaching across the program area. Scholarly,
creative and professional activities must demonstrate expanding national involvement with
technical and professional organizations, professional practice, publications and presentations.
Associate Professors are expected to exhibit increased contribution in two or more areas of
service. Continued development and contribution to the field will be judged by peers and
external scholars.

Full Professors

Full Professors are expected to provide leadership in the pursuit of excellence and national
prominence. Leadership can be manifested as contributions to the development of faculty and
students. Leadership also can be manifested as continued major contributions to the body of
knowledge, leadership in professional and technical association activities, and expanded direct
involvement with industry through professional practice. Finally, leadership can be manifested

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through excellence in a variety of department, college, university and community service
activities. While there is likely to be great heterogeneity in the nature of contributions
of Full Professors, excellence in two or more areas is expected. Merit compensation is the
primary means of recognizing such excellence.

Documentation

The procedures and processes for documentation for annual evaluation of the individual faculty
member's performance for promotion, tenure and merit is delineated in the Department of
Engineering Technology Charter and Bylaws. Such procedures and processes are consistent with
the College of Arts and Sciences "Guidelines for Documentation of Promotion and/or Tenure
Cases" and the Faculty Handbook.

Merit Evaluation

Merit evaluation represents an opportunity to recognize progress toward promotion and tenure,
and contributions of tenured professors. Merit, like promotion, is based on efforts that contribute
to realization of departmental strategic goals and objectives. Individual faculty members, in
consultation with the Department Chair, identify specific contributions which best integrate the
individual's skills, interests, and professional goals with the Departmental strategic goals and
objectives.


                                           SUMMARY

This document provides general guidelines for faculty evaluation which, by the nature of
scholarly enterprise, requires both flexibility and freedom. Thus, a "point system" of evaluation
and a single stereotype of effective performance have been rejected. Instead, a general set of
guidelines with patterns of emphasis and example indicators of excellence and effectiveness is
provided. Within this general set of guidelines, a variety of contributions to goals of excellence
and national prominence are possible. Indeed, such heterogeneity of contributions is itself a
component of our pursuit of excellence.




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                                       Attachment
                                    List of Indicators

CATEGORY I: INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES

A.   INSTRUCTION
     1. Instructional Assignments
     2. Overload Courses (Based on Work-Load Document)
     3. Multi-Section Courses
     4. Conception, Creation and Maintenance of Instructional Laboratories
     5. Participation in Distance Learning
     6. Additional Teaching Responsibilities
     7. International/National Teaching Assignments

B.   SELF DEVELOPMENT/IMPROVEMENT
     1. Pursuing Additional Degrees
     2. Participation in Workshops, Seminars, Short Courses or Other Activities to Keep
        Current and/or Improve Teaching Effectiveness
     3. Videotaping of Teaching Performance
     4. Evidence of Courses Taught at a Rigorous and Challenging Level

C.   EVALUATION
     1. Courses taught
        a. Student Evaluations
        b. Peer Evaluations
        c. Chair Evaluations
     2. Recommendations/Letters of Support
        a. Students/Former Students
        b. Colleagues
        c. Supervisors
        d. Employers of Graduates

D.   NEW PREPARATIONS AND REVISIONS
     1. Development of New Programs
     2. Courses Taught for the First Time
     3. Course Revisions
        a. Major
        b. Minor
     4. Developed Syllabi
     5. Preparation of New Instructional Aids
        a. Audio-Visual
        b. Software
        c. Student Manuals


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        d. Projects
        e. Other

E.   STUDENT ADVISING RELATED TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESS
     1. Sponsorship of Pre-Professional/Professional Organization
     2. Sponsor of Students into Professional Organizations
     3. Departmental Designated Student Advisor
     4. General Advising Activities

F.   STUDENT RESEARCH
     1. Chair/Member of Dissertation Committees
     2. Chair/Member of Thesis Committees
     3. Advisor for Senior Projects and/or Other Student Research Activities

G.   HONORS AND AWARDS
     1. Nomination for Teaching Awards and/or Honors
     2. Selection for Teaching Awards and/or Honors

H.   GRANTS, CONTRACT, PROJECTS
     1. Teaching Grants Received
     2. Teaching Grants Applied for and not Received
     3. Gifts and/or Donations Secured

I.   OTHER
     1. Any instructional activities appropriate for consideration in the merit/promotion process which
        may not be included in the pervious categories.


CATEGORY II: SCHOLARLY, CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

A.   PUBLICATIONS (Include full bibliographic citation)
      1. Refereed Publication in Leading Discipline Journal
      2. Refereed Proceeding
      3. Technical Report or Monograph for Research Sponsor
      4. Non-Refereed Publication
      5. Textbook
      6. Chapter in a Textbook
      7. Laboratory Manual for Commercial Distribution
      8. Trade/House Publication
      9. Review of Textbook
     10. Other Published Scholarly Work




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B.   PRESENTATIONS
     1. Papers Read
        a. International
        b. National
        c. Regional/Local
     2. Panel Chair/Member
        a. International
        b. National
        c. Regional/Local
     3. Miscellaneous Presentations

C.   PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION/SOCIETY ACTIVITIES
     1. Officer
     2. Committees
        a. Chair
        b. Member
     3. Publication-Related
        a. Editor
        b. Editorial Board
        c. Reviewer
     4. Consultant
        a. Governmental Agency
        b. Company/Corporation
        c. Expert Testimony
     5. Accreditation Team
        a. Leader
        b. Member
     6. Grant Reviewer
     7. Conferences
        a. Conference Chair
        b. Conference Committee
        c. Technical Program Chair
        d. Division/Area Chair
        e. Session Chair
        f. Paper Reviewer
     8. Workshop/Inservice Training Involvement

D.   SCHOLARLY/CREATIVE AND RESEARCH ACTIVITY NOT RESULTING IN
     PUBLICATION OR PUBLIC PRESENTATION
     1. Completion, in Whole or in Part, of Professional License or Certification
     2. Appropriate Employment
     3. Copyrights or Patents



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     4. Contributions to:
        a. Research of Others
        b. External Development Efforts
     5. Development of Innovative Teaching Aids or Techniques not Germane to Particular Courses
        Being Taught

E.   HONORS AND AWARDS
     1. Professional Organization/Society Award
     2. Research Award
     3. Publication Award

F.   RESEARCH GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
     1. External Support Received
     2. External Support Applied for and not Received
     3. Sponsored and Funded by UNT
     4. Scholarships, gifts and Donations to the Department, College or University

G.   OTHER
     1. Any scholarly, creative and professional activities appropriate for consideration in the
        merit/promotion process which may not be included in the previous categories.


CATEGORY III: ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICE

A.   UNIVERSITY INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
     1. Committees
        a. Chair
        b. Member
     2. Faculty Senate
     3. Special Assignments
     4. Participation in Activities Contributing to the International Dimensions of the University

B.   COLLEGE INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
     1. Committees
        a. Chair
        b. Member
     2. Administrative Tasks
     3. Special Assignments

C.   DEPARTMENT INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
     1. Coordinating a Major Curriculum or Program
     2. Committees
        a. Chair
        b. Member
     3. Supervision of TA's and TF's
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     4. Administrative Assignments
     5. Special Projects and Activities
        a. Open House
        b. Student Recruitment and Retention
        c. Development of Co-op and Permanent Placement Positions
        d. Alumni Activities

D.   COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP (International, National, Local)
     1. Speaking Engagements
     2. Involvement in Continuing Education
     3. Other Activities

E.   STUDENT ADVISING NOT RELATED TO INSTRUCTION
     1. Sororities/Fraternities
     2. Social Organizations/Clubs

F.   UNCOMPENSATED, PROFESSIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE
     1. Consultant
     2. Workshop/Seminar Leader
     3. Advisor
     4. Board of Directors
     5. Colleagues
     6. Self-Development Activities Leading to Enhanced Service Effectiveness
     7. Competition Judge

G.   HONORS AND AWARDS FOR SERVICE

H.   OTHER
     1. Any administration and service activities appropriate for consideration in the merit/promotion
        process which may not be included in the previous categories.




                                  University of North Texas
                                   DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

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                                                         CHARTER
                                                     Revised Spring 2001

                                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS


I.     GENERAL PROVISIONS ..............................................................................................................1
            A.   Authority ..................................................................................................................1
            B.   Definitions................................................................................................................1
            C.   Implementation .......................................................................................................1
II.    STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT .......................................................................................2
            A.   Divisions ..................................................................................................................2
            B.   Administrative Officers ...........................................................................................2
                 1.      Chair.............................................................................................................2
                 2.      Assistant Chair .............................................................................................3
                 3.      Division Chairs ............................................................................................3
                         a.        Chair of Literature........................................................................ .. 4
                         b.        Chair of Linguistics..........................................................................4
                         c.        Chair of Writing ...............................................................................4
                 4.      Chair of Graduate Studies ...........................................................................4
                 5.      Chair of Undergraduate Studies ...................................................................4
                 6.      Chair of Freshman and Sophomore English ................................................5
                 7.      Directors of Programs in the Writing Division ............................................5
            C.   Removal of Administrative Officers ........................................................................5
            D.   The Committee System ............................................................................................6
                 1.      Standing Committees ...................................................................................6
                 2.      Search Committees ......................................................................................6
                 3.      Appointment to Ad Hoc Committees ..........................................................6
                 4.      Ex-Officio Members ....................................................................................6
                 5.      Constituent Faculties ....................................................................................6
                 6.      Limitations on Committee Service ..............................................................6
                 7.      Vacancies ............................................................................................ . . . . 6
            E.   Standing Committees ...............................................................................................7
                 1.      Executive Committee ...................................................................................7
                 2.      Personnel Affairs Committee .................................................................... . 8
                 3.      Promotion and Tenure Committee ...............................................................9
                 4.      Graduate Committee ....................................................................................9
                 5.      Undergraduate Committee .........................................................................10
                 6.      Scholarship Committee ..............................................................................10
                 7.      Teaching Fellow Selection Committee ......................................................11
            F.   Search Committees ................................................................................................11
III.   INSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM........................................................................................12
            A.   Authority and Control ............................................................................................12
            B.   Approval of Curricular Decisions ..........................................................................13
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              C.     Administration of Curriculum................................................................................13
IV.      PERSONNEL ................................................................................................................................14
              A.     Prerogatives of Faculty Members ..........................................................................14
              B.     Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty Members ..................................................15
              C.     Principles for Peer Evaluation .............................................................................. 15
              D.     Procedure for Salary Recommendations ................................................................15
V.       MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES ...............................................................................................16
              A.     Calling Meetings ....................................................................................................16
              B.     Quorums .................................................................................................................16
              C.     Minutes ..................................................................................................................17
              D.     Conduct of Faculty Meetings .................................................................................17
VI.      ELECTIONS ..................................................................................................................................19
              A.     General Principles ..................................................................................................19
              B.     Election Judge ........................................................................................................19
              C.     Qualification for Voting .........................................................................................20
              D.     Order of Elections ..................................................................................................20
              E.     Disputed Elections .................................................................................................21
VII.     STANDING PROCEDURES ........................................................................................................21
              A.     Criteria ...................................................................................................................21
              B.     Preparation and Approval ......................................................................................21
              C.     Certification ...........................................................................................................22
VIII.    GRIEVANCE AND APPEALS PROCESSES .............................................................................22
              A.     Statement of Principles ..........................................................................................22
              B.     Appeals and Grievances .........................................................................................22
              C.     Resolution of Other Disputes .................................................................................23
IX.      RATIFICATION AND AMENDMENTS .....................................................................................24

APPENDIX: Sample Hiring Ballot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25




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I.    GENERAL PROVISIONS

      A.   Authority

           The policy-making powers vested in the Department of English by the State and the
           University arise from the faculty through procedures defined within this charter and are
           administered through its Executive Committee and the Chair of the Department, its chief
           executive officer (Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2, 4). All policies are subject to the
           approval of the Board of Regents and its agents, and nothing in this charter is intended to
           conflict with University policies or rules or the Faculty Handbook. When changes in
           University policies require changes in the charter, the University rules shall take
           precedence until the charter can be revised.


      B.   Definitions

           1.     The regular voting faculty is defined as all full-time members of the Department
                  who hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or
                  lecturer, with the exception of visiting appointees.

           2.     Teaching Fellows are defined as graduate students who teach one or more classes
                  while pursuing an advanced degree. Teaching Assistants are graduate students
                  who assist faculty members with teaching, grading, scholarly duties, or
                  administrative duties.

           3.     The Graduate Faculty is defined as faculty members who have been so designated
                  by the Graduate Council (Faculty Handbook, "Graduate Faculty").

      C.   Implementation

           This revised Charter will take effect officially upon the date of final ratification by the
           faculty of the Department of English. Required elections will be held as soon as is
           practical.




II.   STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT
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       A.     Divisions

              The Department of English has three divisions: Linguistics, Literature, and Writing. Each
              faculty member must declare a home division. Each division will elect its Division Chair
              and its prescribed representatives to departmental committees. Faculty members may
              petition the Executive Committee to switch from one home division to another once each
              year in September.

              Faculty may teach or pursue scholarly activities in divisions other than their home
              divisions.

       B.     Administrative Officers

              1.     Chair: The Chair of the Department is the chief executive officer. The Chair
                     presides over meetings of the English faculty and the Executive Committee and is
                     responsible to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and to the English
                     Faculty for carrying out academic, budgetary, and personnel policies in the
                     Department of English. The selection process and term of office for the Chair
                     shall be negotiated between the English Faculty and the Dean of Arts & Sciences,
                     but in any case shall follow the requirements set out in the Faculty Handbook
                     (Appendix A-2, 5) and this charter (II.D.) The term of office shall not exceed
                     four years, with self-succession permitted.

                     a.      The Chair will be appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and
                             Sciences, subject to endorsement by the Vice President for Academic
                             Affairs and the President of the University, with the final authorization of
                             the Board of Regents, from nominees selected by an elected Search
                             Committee. (See II.F.1-3). The nominee or nominees shall also first be
                             confirmed and then ranked by the voting faculty of the department.

                     b.      A majority of the voting faculty of the department is necessary to secure
                             nominate an interim Chair. Candidates will be solicited from the faculty
                             by the Executive Committee and nominees determined by the voting
                             faculty of the department. The name of the nominee or nominees will be
                             forwarded to the Dean of the College.

                     c.      The Dean of the College may terminate the appointment of the Chair
                             following whatever type of review or investigation he/she deems
                             appropriate, including periodic administrative review of the department.
                             The Dean should neither retain a chair found wanting by faculty standards
                             nor arbitrarily dismiss a chair who meets the accountability standards of
                             the academic community. The faculty of the department, of its own

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                            volition, may review the Chair any time during his or her term according
                            to the following procedure:

                            1.      At least 20% of the voting faculty may notify the Chair and Dean
                                    in writing that they are calling for a vote of confidence. The
                                    written notification will contain the particulars for calling for a
                                    vote of confidence.

                            2.      The Chair may respond to the bill of particulars in a manner of his
                                    or her choosing within 30 days.

                            3.      The voting faculty will conduct the vote of confidence by secret
                                    ballot within 10 days of the response or on day 31 after the written
                                    notification of particulars.

                            4.      The results of the vote of confidence will be forwarded to the Dean
                                    of the College.

                     d.     During the last year of a Chair's term, the Chair will be reviewed by the
                            full Personnel Affairs Committee, using for at least part of the evidence
                            annual departmental evaluations of the Chair.

                     e.     In the event the Chair is not to be reappointed, a Search Committee will be
                            elected as outlined in II.F.1-3.

                     f.     If the Chair will be absent for relatively short periods of time, the Chair
                            Pro-Tem will conduct appropriate meetings and will act as Chair. The
                            Chair Pro-Tem is the senior member of the Executive Committee.


              2.     Assistant Chair: The Assistant Chair is appointed annually by the Chair with the
                     advice and consent of the Executive Committee and confirmed by the voting
                     faculty. The Assistant Chair may not make policy decisions relating to budgetary
                     and personnel matters. The Assistant Chair is an ex-officio, non-voting member
                     of the Executive Committee and serves as its secretary. The Assistant Chair also
                     serves as Chair of the Scholarship Committee and schedules the course offerings
                     approved by the Graduate and Undergraduate Committees.

              3.     Division Chairs: The Chairs of the Literature, Linguistics, and Writing Divisions
                     are elected by the voting faculty in their respective divisions to three-year terms
                     and are eligible for re-election. Each of these Chairs is responsible for
                     recommending the scheduling and staffing of appropriate courses and for carrying
                     out the policies of his or her constituent faculty.

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                     a.     Chair of Literature: The Chair of Literature is responsible for
                            coordinating the Literature faculty and forwarding their recommendations
                            for course offerings and staffing to the Graduate and Undergraduate
                            Committees.

                     b.     Chair of Linguistics: The Chair of Linguistics is responsible for
                            coordinating the Linguistics faculty and for forwarding their
                            recommendations for course offerings and staffing to the Graduate and
                            Undergraduate Committees. The Chair of Linguistics is also responsible
                            for advising graduate ESL and linguistics majors on degree requirements.

                     c.     Chair of Writing: The Chair of Writing is responsible for coordinating
                            the three faculties of Rhetoric, Technical Writing, and Creative Writing
                            and forwarding their recommendations for course offerings and staffing to
                            the Graduate and Undergraduate Committees.


              4.     Chair of Graduate Studies: The Chair of Graduate Studies is appointed to a term
                     of three years by the Chair with the advice and consent of the Executive
                     Committee and confirmed by the voting faculty. Reappointment is permissible.
                     The Chair of Graduate Studies is responsible for maintaining the effectiveness
                     and integrity of the graduate English program and for advising graduate majors on
                     degree requirements and other academic matters pertinent to their programs, for
                     keeping records on graduate majors, for evaluating the academic progress of the
                     teaching fellows and for chairing the Graduate Committee, for participating in the
                     preparation of the schedule for graduate English classes, and for supervising
                     registration in graduate English classes. The Chair of Graduate Studies prepares
                     the course offerings and staffing for graduate English classes in consultation with
                     the Division Chairs; the course offerings are subject to the confirmation of the
                     Graduate Committee.


              5.     Chair of Undergraduate Studies: The Chair of Undergraduate Studies is
                     appointed to a term of three years by the Chair with the advice and consent of the
                     Executive Committee and confirmed by the voting faculty. Reappointment is
                     permissible. The Chair of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for maintaining
                     the effectiveness and integrity of the undergraduate English program and for
                     advising or supervising the advising of undergraduate majors on degree
                     requirements and other academic matters pertinent to their programs, for keeping
                     records on undergraduate majors, for chairing the Undergraduate Committee, for
                     participating in the preparation of the schedule for undergraduate English classes,
                     and for supervising registration in undergraduate English classes. The Chair of
                     Undergraduate Studies prepares the course offerings and staffing for
                     undergraduate English classes in consultation with the Division Chairs and the
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                     Chair of Freshman and Sophomore English; the course offerings are subject to the
                     confirmation of the Undergraduate Committee.


              6.     Chair of Freshman and Sophomore English: The Chair of Freshman and
                     Sophomore English is appointed to a term of three years by the Chair with the
                     advice and consent of the Executive Committee and confirmed by the voting
                     faculty. Reappointment is permissible. The Chair of Freshman and Sophomore
                     English is responsible for maintaining the effectiveness and integrity of the
                     freshman and sophomore English programs, for participating in the preparation of
                     the schedule for freshman and sophomore courses as a member of the
                     Undergraduate Committee, for supervising registration in freshman and
                     sophomore English classes, for evaluating the teaching progress of the teaching
                     fellows, and for supervising and training teaching fellows, except for the training
                     of teaching fellows delegated to other programs (i.e., TASP, Technical Writing).


              7.     Directors of Programs in the Writing Division: Directors of the Creative
                     Writing, the Technical Writing, and the TASP Programs are appointed by Chair
                     of the Department with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.


       C.     Removal of Administrative Officers:

              1.     The voting faculty of the department or the appropriate division, of its own
                     volition, may review any administrative officer defined in II. B. 2-7 during his or
                     her term according to the following procedure:

                            a.      Twenty percent of the constituent voting faculty in the department
                                    or the appropriate division or no fewer than two faculty members
                                    may call in writing for a vote of confidence. The written
                                    notification will contain the particulars for calling for a vote of
                                    confidence.

                            b.      The administrative officer may respond to the bill of particulars in
                                    a manner of his or her choosing within 30 days.

                            c.      The voting faculty of the department or the appropriate division
                                    will conduct the vote of confidence by secret ballot within 10 days
                                    of the response or on day 31 after the written notification of
                                    particulars. If the majority votes no confidence, then the
                                    administrative officer in question must tender his or her resignation
                                    within 30 days.

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       D.     The Committee System:

              1.     Standing Committees: Standing Committees are the Executive Committee,
                     Graduate Committee, Undergraduate Committee, Teaching Fellow Selection
                     Committee, Personnel Affairs Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and
                     Scholarship Committee.

              2.     Search Committees: Search Committees are formed for selecting a Chair and
                     hiring new faculty members.

              3.     Appointment to Ad Hoc Committees: The Chair of the Department may appoint
                     Ad Hoc Committees from the appropriate constituent faculty, except in those
                     cases when a committee is likely to exist for longer than one full semester, in
                     which case such committees shall be approved by the Executive Committee.

              4.     Ex-Officio Members: Ex-officio members of committees serve with full voting
                     rights, except as may be noted elsewhere in this charter. Their terms of office are
                     coterminous with their terms in the enabling office.

              5.     Constituent Faculties: A constituent faculty consists of those faculty members
                     who comprise one of the divisions (Literature, Linguistics, Writing). The English
                     Faculty and the Graduate Faculty are also constituent faculties.

              6.     Limitations on Committee Service:

                     a.     The Chair of the Department may not be a member of the Personnel
                            Affairs Committee or the Promotion and Tenure Committee.

                     b.     Members of all Standing Committees ordinarily serve for three years (but
                            beginning in the spring of 1995, one third of the members will be elected
                            for one year, one third of the members for two years, and one third of the
                            members for three years). Members may succeed themselves.

                            c.      No member of the Executive Committee who is also a member of
                            the Personnel Affairs Committee may vote on any item that has been
                            presented to the Executive Committee by the Personnel Affairs
                            Committee.

              7.     Vacancies: The Executive Committee is responsible for declaring positions
                     vacant and for instituting steps to fill such vacancies.



       E.     Standing Committees
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              1.     Executive Committee
                     a.    Composition: The Executive Committee consists of eleven members: the
                           Chair of the Department as a voting ex-officio member and as Chair of the
                           Executive Committee; the Assistant Chair as a non-voting ex-officio
                           member and secretary of the Executive Committee; the Chairs of Graduate
                           Studies, Undergraduate Studies, and Freshman and Sophomore English as
                           non-voting ex-officio members; as voting members: the Chairs of the
                           Linguistics, Writing, and Literature Divisions; and three members elected
                           at large. At least 50% of the voting members of the Committee must be
                           from the upper two ranks (Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2.7). If this
                           percentage is not met before the election of the three at-large members,
                           then one or more of these members must be elected from the upper two
                           ranks.

                     b.     Responsibilities:

                            1.     establishing departmental policy, within University guidelines and
                                   subject to the approval of the English Faculty

                            2.     dealing with all matters concerning the Department except those
                                   specifically delegated to other committees

                                          3.      reviewing and making recommendations concerning
                                   the annual departmental operating budget for recommendation to
                                   the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

                            4.     confirming the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee

                            5.     approving expenditures in excess of the dollar amount determined
                                   by the Executive Committee for any item of capital outlay, for
                                   maintenance and operation, or for faculty requests for single books
                                   or sets

                            6.     allocating all professional travel funds

                            7.     allocating all funds for student labor

                            8.     making recommendations concerning the need for, the placement
                                   of, and the salaries of full-time staff

                            9.     establishing and publishing criteria, where appropriate, for office
                                   assignments, library faculty studies, special facilities such as those

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                                   for media materials, and graduate carrels; and assigning such space
                                   equitably to individual members of the department

                            10.    establishing policies and procedures for department-sponsored
                                   and/or funded journals, including:

                                   a.      appointing editors and determining length and terms of
                                           appointment

                                   b.      establishing, in consultation with each editor, Standing
                                           Procedures for review of each journal=s operation and
                                           support

                                   c.      requiring an annual report from each journal which details
                                           budget, circulation, editorial practices and procedures, and
                                           other relevant information

                                   11.     approving ad hoc committees likely to exist for longer than
                                   one full semester.




              2.     Personnel Affairs Committee

                     a.     Composition: The Personnel Affairs Committee consists of two members
                            elected at large from any of the upper three ranks and the five members of
                            the Promotion and Tenure Committee. The Committee shall elect a Chair
                            from its membership.

                     b.     Responsibilities:

                            1.     conducting annual peer evaluation of all faculty (including
                                   continuing lecturers) for purposes of merit ranking

                            2.     counseling and advising the Chair of the Department concerning
                                   salaries

                            3.     on the request of the Executive Committee, counseling and
                                   advising this Committee on terminations and other matters
                                   concerning personnel.



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              3.     Promotion and Tenure Committee

                     a.     Composition: The Promotion and Tenure Committee consists of five
                            members: one member from the Linguistics Division elected by that
                            division; one member from the Writing Division elected by that division;
                            one member from the Literature Division elected by that division; and two
                            members elected at large from the rank of full professor. All members
                            must be tenured associate or full professors. The Committee shall elect a
                            Chair from its membership.

                     b.     Responsibilities:

                            1.     establishing standing procedures for promotion and tenure and
                                   making recommendations concerning promotion and tenure to the
                                   Departmental Chair and other appropriate administrators

                            2.     conducting annual and midterm peer evaluation of probationary
                                   faculty. The faculty member may select an advocate to be present
                                   at his or her promotion-and-tenure deliberations. This advocate
                                   may or may not be a member of the committee.

                            3.     conducting advisory inquiries concerning possible dismissal of
                                   faculty according to Appendix B.1.3.20000 of the Faculty
                                   Handbook.


              4.     Graduate Committee

                     a.     Composition: The Graduate Committee consists of five members: the
                            Chair of Graduate Studies who will serve as Chair of the Committee; one
                            member from the Linguistics Division elected by that division; one
                            member from the Writing Division elected by that division; one member
                            from the Literature Division elected by that division; and one member
                            elected at large.

                     b.     Responsibilities:

                            1.     formulating and administering policy relating to graduate-level
                                   programs in English, subject to the approval of the Graduate
                                   Faculty

                            2.     exercising internal editorial responsibility for wording of all
                                   English Department material that appears in the Graduate Catalog

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                            3.      carrying out any other functions or duties relevant to the graduate
                                    program which may be assigned to it by the Executive Committee
                                    or by the Graduate Faculty

   4. approving the graduate course offerings developed by the Chair of

       Graduate Studies and the Division Chairs.




              5.     Undergraduate Committee

                     a.     Composition: The Undergraduate Committee consists of six members:
                            the Chair of Undergraduate Studies who will serve as Chair of the
                            Committee; one member from the Linguistics Division elected by that
                            division; one member from the Writing Division elected by that division;
                            one member from the Literature Division elected by that division; the
                            Assistant Chair of the Department; and the Chair of Freshman and
                            Sophomore English.

                     b.     Responsibilities:

                            1.      formulating and administering policy relating to undergraduate-
                                    level programs in English, subject to the approval of the Faculty

                            2.      exercising internal editorial responsibility for wording of all
                                    English Department material that appears in the Undergraduate
                                    Catalog

                            3.      carrying out any other functions or duties relevant to the
                                    undergraduate program which may be assigned to it by the
                                    Executive Committee or by the Faculty

                            4.      approving the undergraduate course offerings developed by the
                                    Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the Division Chairs.



              6.     Scholarship Committee

                     a.     Composition: The Scholarship Committee consists of three members: the
                            Assistant Chair of the Department, who will serve as Chair of the
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                            Committee; the Chair of Graduate Studies, and the Chair of
                            Undergraduate Studies.

                     b.     Responsibilities: recommending the allocation of scholarship funds,
                            subject to the confirmation of the Executive Committee.

              7.     Teaching Fellow Selection Committee

                     a.     Composition: The Teaching Fellow Selection Committee consists of five
                            members: the Chair of Freshman and Sophomore English, who will serve
                            as Chair of the Committee; the Chair of Graduate Studies; the Chairs of
                            Writing and Literature; and the Director of Technical Writing.

                     b.     Responsibilities: selecting teaching fellows and teaching assistants and
                            counseling and advising the Chair of the Department concerning possible
                            dismissal of teaching fellows and teaching assistants.


       F.     Search Committees

                     1.      Composition: Search Committees formed to select a new department
                     chair will consist of five elected voting faculty members with at least one member
                     from each of the three divisions. Search Committees formed to hire new faculty
                     will consist of four voting faculty members appointed by the Executive
                     Committee, including at least one member from outside the division(s) seeking
                     the new faculty member. The Executive Committee will also appoint one non-
                     voting graduate student to serve on each search committee. The Executive
                     Committee may or may not charge a single search committee to search for more
                     than one appointment from a single division. The committee will serve until the
                     appointment is filled.

              2.     Responsibilities:

                     a.     The role of Search Committees is to seek out and select the best qualified
                            person(s) for presentation to the Faculty, the Chair, and the Dean for the
                            filling of department vacancies

                     b.     All Search Committees will make certain that faculty opinion and advice
                            are fully weighed during the screening and interviewing process

                     c.     All Search Committees will operate within the broadest interpretation of
                            Affirmative Action and EEOC policies.


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          3.     Procedures:

                 a.     The Committee Chair and the plan of operation will be established at the
                        first meeting of the committee.


                                b.     The quorum for all committee meetings will be three voting
                        members, and all matters will be decided by majority vote of the voting
                        members. The Chair may solicit mail ballots from the committee members
                        in voting on candidates.

                 c.     The voting faculty shall confirm and rank the finalists who visit the
                        campus. The results will be forwarded to the Chair. The Chair will
                        forward the voting faculty's recommendation along with his or her
                        recommendation to the Dean.

                 d.     All tenure-track faculty members will be hired by the Dean of the College
                        of Arts and Sciences, subject to endorsement by the Vice President for
                        Academic Affairs and the President of the University with final
                        authorization of the Board of Regents, from candidates selected by the
                        Search Committee.




III. INSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM

   A.     Authority and Control

          1.     Instruction: The Chair of the Department is the supervisor of all instruction in
                 the Department. Certain supervisory powers may be delegated, upon approval by
                 the Executive Committee, to members of other committees within the
                 Department. The Chair, however, retains overall responsibility for such delegated
                 supervision.

          2.     Curriculum: The curriculum of the Department, which includes degree
                 programs, courses of study, and courses, is the vested responsibility of the faculty
                 of the Department. Curricular policy shall be formulated by the appropriate
                 committees, subject to the approval of the pertinent faculty.



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   B.     Approval of Curricular Decisions

          Faculty curricular decisions are those which affect the substance, scope, and quality of
          the curriculum of the Department. Specifically included in this category are changes in
          degree programs, courses of study, and individual courses. Any curricular decision which
          falls within this category takes effect only after it has been approved by the pertinent
          faculty of the Department as stipulated below:


          1.     Undergraduate programs: departmental faculty

          2.     Graduate programs: graduate faculty.



   C.     Administration of Curriculum

          Responsibility for administering curriculum within the Department is vested in each
          division faculty (see II.A.), in the Undergraduate and Graduate Committees, and in the
          Executive Committee.

          1.     Coordination and Planning

                 a.     The Undergraduate and Graduate Committees periodically review
                        departmental curriculum, making recommendations for needed changes to
                        the pertinent division faculty.

                 b.     The Undergraduate and Graduate Committees provide technical assistance
                        to departmental representatives on curriculum committees at college and
                        university levels in securing approval of department- sponsored curricular
                        changes.

                 c.     Both the Undergraduate and Graduate Committees and each Division
                        Chair shall keep abreast of trends in enrollment and curriculum in English
                        and other subjects, both at the University and at other institutions, which
                        might affect departmental curriculum.




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              2.     Scheduling and Staffing Courses

                     a.     Division Schedule

                            With the advice and consent of the constituent faculty and the Chairs of
                            Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, each Division Chair prepares a list a
                            course offerings in that division and suggests staff to teach the courses.
                            Each Division Chair is responsible for keeping records of frequency of
                            offerings, number of sections, and course staff, the latter not being
                            restricted to faculty within the division.

                     b.     Departmental Schedule

                            Once the division course offerings have been drafted, the Division Chair
                            forwards them to the Chairs of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. The
                            Chairs of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies take the course offerings to
                            the Undergraduate and Graduate Committees, respectively, for approval
                            with necessary adjustments and inclusions to the course offerings. The
                            Chair of Freshman and Sophomore English is responsible for
                            recommending teaching assignments and duties for Teaching Fellows and
                            Teaching Assistants. The Undergraduate and Graduate Committees give
                            priority in course staffing in descending order from 6000 to 1000 level
                            courses. The Assistant Chair has the duty of scheduling the course
                            offerings and meeting University deadlines.




IV.    PERSONNEL

       A.     Prerogatives of Faculty Members: A faculty member has the right to be informed in
              writing of the following:

              1.     all official evaluations of professional performance. The faculty member has the
                     right to be counseled by the committees or officers charged with such evaluation.

              2.     professional complaints filed against him or her. No complaint will be considered
                     by the Department or recorded in his or her departmental personnel file unless it
                     has been submitted to the Chair of the Department in writing and the faculty
                     member has had the chance to respond in writing. Faculty members must respond
                     in writing to student, faculty, or administrative complaints.


       B.     Rights and Responsibilities of Faculty Members:
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              1.     A faculty member must meet all stipulated policies and standards of performance
                     and professorial responsibilities as detailed in the Faculty Handbook and Policy
                     Manual.

              2.     A faculty member enjoys all privileges stipulated by the Faculty Handbook and
              Policy Manual.

       C.     Principles for Peer Evaluation:

              1.     The Personnel Affairs Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee are
                     responsible for peer evaluations. In addition to each faculty member's
                     departmental file, the evaluations prepared by these committees shall be used by
                     the Departmental Chair and the advisory committees in arriving at decisions
                     regarding appointments, tenure, promotion, salaries, and course staffing.

              2.     No procedure shall be adopted which prohibits open discussion and comparison
                     of relevant evidence by committee members responsible for evaluations. Each
                     area of a faculty member's performance shall be evaluated and recorded by the
                     appropriate committee which then certifies evaluations by signing them. Signed
                     dissenting opinions are permissible.

              3.     The final evaluation of each faculty member shall be placed on file with the Chair
                     of the Department only. The records on file may be used by subsequent Personnel
                     Affairs or Promotion and Tenure Committees.

              4.     Members of either the Personnel Affairs Committee or the Promotion and Tenure
                     Committee shall keep the work of the committee in strict confidence. Except in
                     the event of an appeal, members of these committees direct all faculty inquiries to
                     the Chair or Vice Chair of the appropriate committee.

              5.     Any faculty member who requests an explanation of his or her ranking or
                     evaluation shall be able to learn the reasons for the appropriate committee's
                     ranking. Each committee member's explanation is submitted in writing and
                     signed.

       D.     Procedure for Salary Recommendations:

                             In consultation with the Executive Committee and using the evaluations of
                     the Personnel Affairs Committee, the Department Chair initiates a proposed
                     schedule of salaries and forwards the recommendation to the Dean with copies to
                     the Personnel Affairs Committee. The evaluations of the Personnel Affairs
                     Committee are forwarded to the Dean along with the Chair's recommendation.

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V.     MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES

       A.     Calling Meetings

              1.     Scheduling
                     The Chair of the Department fixes the time and place for and distributes the
                     announcement of all meetings of the Department.

              2.     Regular Meetings
                     The schedule of regular meetings of faculties is minimal. Regular meetings shall
                     not be scheduled during the week before examinations, during examination week,
                     or on holidays. The faculty of the Department meets at least once each semester
                     of the long session, and committees meet as often as necessary to conduct
                     business.
                     At least one meeting each academic year shall include discussion of hiring needs.


              3.     Special Meetings

                     a.     The Executive Committee must call a faculty meeting upon receipt of a
                            petition from 20% of the voting members of the faculty.

                     b.     When meetings are called in response to a petition, the petition shall
                            contain a specific description of the purpose of the meeting, and this
                            statement shall comprise the agenda for the meeting.

       B.     Quorums

              No faculty or committee of the Department shall transact official business except when a
              quorum of its members is present.

              1.     Faculty Meetings
                     The quorum for a faculty meeting consists of a majority of the voting membership
                     of that faculty.

              2.     Committee Meetings
                     The quorum for a meeting of any committee in the Department consists of a
                     majority of its voting members.




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       C.     Minutes

              A record of business transacted at meetings of all faculties and committees of the
              Department is kept in the form of minutes, which will also list the names of members
              absent.

              1.     Responsibility
                     The presiding officer of each meeting is responsible for the keeping and posting
                     or distributing of minutes, although these functions may be delegated to some
                     other person.

              2.     Posting or Distribution

                     a.     Minutes shall be prominently posted or distributed as soon as possible
                            after adjournment.

                     b.     Minutes of meetings of all faculties and committees shall be distributed to
                            all members of the particular unit holding the meeting and to the
                            departmental office.

                     c.     Minutes of meetings of the Executive Committee shall be distributed to all
                            members of the faculty of the department.

                     d.     Minutes of meetings of all Standing Committees shall be prominently
                            posted.

                     e.     The above distributions are minimal. The Executive Committee may order
                            wider distribution of minutes.

                     f.     The discussion of personnel matters shall not be included in the minutes of
                            a meeting at which such discussion takes place.

       D.     Conduct of Faculty Meetings

              1.     Presiding Officer
                     The Departmental Chair or the Chair Pro-Tem presides over all faculty meetings.

              2.     Agenda

                     a.     An agenda setting forth the specific business to be transacted and the order
                            of transaction shall be distributed to all members of a faculty at least
                            twenty-four hours prior to any faculty meeting. Agendas for faculty
                            meetings must be distributed two full working days in advance of the
                            meeting.
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                     b.     The agenda is prepared by the person(s) upon whose initiative the meeting
                            has been called.

                     c.     Items may be added to the agenda of a called faculty meeting by the
                            process of petition described in V.A.3.a.

              3.     Voting by Proxy

                     Voting by proxy is not permitted at any faculty meeting; however, absentee
                     voting may be permitted by a majority vote of the faculty.

              4.     Rules of Order

                     Faculty meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the latest edition of
                     Robert's Rules of Order Revised (1989) except for deviations stipulated in this
                     charter.

              5.     Adjournment and Recess

                     a.     The Chair shall entertain no motions to adjourn until the agenda for the
                            meeting has been completed.

                     b.     If a quorum call fails before the agenda has been completed, the Chair
                            shall recess the meeting.

                     c.     When two sessions of a recessed meeting are separated by as much as four
                            working days, interim minutes covering the earlier session shall be
                            distributed.

              6.     Parliamentarian

                     The Chair of the Department appoints one person to serve as Departmental
                     Parliamentarian.




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VI.    ELECTIONS

       A.     General Principles

              1.     Elections by written ballot are held annually in each Spring semester for terms of
                     office to begin in the following Fall semester.

              2.     In all elections, a simple majority of votes cast is required for election. In case of
                     a tie, the election is determined by lot under the supervision of the Election Judge.

              3.     At the direction of the Executive Committee, the Election Judge shall hold special
                     elections to fill vacancies, confirm nominations, and conduct mail ballots.

              4.     If the Election Judge posts a request for nominations for candidates in an election
                     (see VI.B.3.b. below) and no eligible candidates are nominated, then the
                     Executive Committee shall appoint a candidate, and an election shall be held in
                     which the voting faculty either confirm or do not confirm that candidate. If the
                     faculty do not confirm the first candidate appointed by the Executive Committee,
                     then the Executive Committee shall appoint additional candidates until one is
                     confirmed by the voting faculty.

              5.     In all elections, at least two votes are required for nomination. If the Election
                     Judge posts a request for nominations for candidates in any election (see VI.B.3.b.
                     below) and only one eligible candidate is nominated, then the Election Judge shall
                     issue ballots asking the voting faculty either to confirm or not to confirm that
                     nominee. No elections shall be decided with the nominating ballots alone. If the
                     faculty do not confirm the nominee, then the Executive Committee shall appoint
                     additional candidates until one is confirmed by the voting faculty.

              6.     The Election Judge will allow at least 2 working days between distributing and
                     counting the ballots in all departmental elections.


       B.     Election Judge

              The Election Judge is responsible to the Executive Committee and to the faculty for
              holding all chartered elections.

              1.     Qualifications: any full-time, tenured member of the faculty.

              2.     Term of Office: appointed by the Executive Committee for a term of one year
                     with self-succession permitted.

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              3.     Responsibilities: The Election Judge shall

                     a.      appoint two faculty or clerical-staff members to assist in the counting of
                             ballots; all three shall certify the accuracy of the tally and adherence to
                             policy

                     b.      initiate elections by posting a request for nominations. All faculty
                             members may make such nominations. Nominees may remove their names
                             from consideration without prejudice

                     c.      see that the names of only eligible persons appear on the ballots

                     d.      ensure that the integrity of the secret ballot is maintained

                     e.      inform all faculty members at least twenty-four hours in advance of the
                             date, time, and place for the counting of ballots so that any faculty
                             member who so desires may be present as an observer

                     f.      inform all faculty of the results by numerical vote in all elections, and
                             shall certify these results to the Executive Committee within twenty-four
                             hours.



       C.     Qualification for Voting

              All full-time faculty with the rank of lecturer or above are eligible to vote in any election
              in which they are members of the constituency participating. The following departmental
              personnel are not eligible to vote: faculty members who are on modified service, adjunct
              professors, visiting appointees, and graduate students of the University of North Texas
              (Faculty Handbook).


       D.     Order of Elections

              1.     Elections shall proceed as follows: (a) for positions on the Promotion and Tenure
                     Committee, (b) for positions on the Personnel Affairs Committee, and (c) for
                     positions on the Executive Committee.

              2.     In those elections where more than one constituency is participating, the order of
                     voting shall be as follows: (a) for representatives of a constituency elected by
                     members of that constituency only; (b) for representatives of a constituency or
                     combination of constituencies elected by more than one constituency, but not by
                     all constituencies; (c) for representatives elected at large.
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       E.     Disputed Elections

              Any faculty member may question the conduct of any election. Following consultation
              with the Election Judge, the faculty member may appeal the election in accordance with
              the provisions of Section VIII of this charter. If the ad hoc committee declares an election
              invalid, the Executive Committee shall direct the Election Judge to hold a new election.



VII.   STANDING PROCEDURES

       A set of standing procedures is a statement of the rules and methods employed by an elected or
       appointed committee in carrying out the responsibilities and functions assigned to it by this
       Charter. The Assistant Chair of the Department maintains a complete file of current standing
       procedures and any faculty member shall have access to them. Standing procedures become a
       part of departmental policy and are binding on the committee that formulated them.

       A.     Criteria: Standing procedures shall

              1.     conform with departmental policy as set forth in University regulations and in this
                     charter.

              2.     specify in detail the methods used in reaching decisions.

              3.     ensure the keeping of all records that are required by departmental policy.

              4.     ensure the equitable treatment of similar cases.

              5.     establish definitions and specify weights, percentages, or any other devices used
                     to quantify value judgments.

       B.     Preparation and Approval

              The Personnel Affairs Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Graduate
              Committee, and Undergraduate Committee are responsible for the preparation of standing
              procedures.

              1.     The Personnel Affairs Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee shall
                     submit their proposed standing procedures to the Executive Committee for
                     certification no later than October 15 in any year. Once certified, these procedures
                     cannot be changed during that academic year except after certification by the
                     Executive Committee and by approval of the faculty.

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              2.     Standing procedures of committees continue in force unless they are amended.

        C.    Certification

              The Executive Committee examines all proposed standing procedures to ensure that they
              accord with departmental policy.

              1.     No standing procedures may be applied until they have been certified.

              2.     In certification, the Executive Committee confines its attention to whether the
                     proposed procedures accord with departmental policy. It shall not judge their
                     substance.



VIII.   GRIEVANCE AND APPEALS PROCESSES

        A.    Statement of Principles

                              1.     A faculty member must be informed by the Chair of the
                     Department in a timely manner of anything that may adversely affect his or her
                     ability to continue to act as a responsible member of the English Department
                     Faculty.

              2.     A faculty member may appeal any decision by a committee or administrator of
                     the Department. To correspond to procedures in the Faculty Handbook and
                     College Charter, some types of appeals must be handled differently than others.
                     Additionally, appeals may be the first step in a grievance procedure which
                     ultimately would go to the University Review Committee (issues of fairness),
                     University Tenure Committee (issues of academic freedom), or other body (e.g.,
                     Scholarly Misconduct Committee).

              3.     Where unspecified below, time limits imposed by the College, University, or
                     university committee will apply.

        B.    Appeals and grievances of merit evaluations and salary to the Personnel Affairs
              Committee; for denial of promotion or tenure to the Promotion and Tenure
              Committee; and dismissal of tenured or non-tenured faculty to the Executive
              Committee. Grievance committees shall consist of five members selected according
              to the following procedure.

              1.     Within ten calendar days after having received written notification from the
                     appropriate committee, a faculty member may request a reconsideration by
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           informing the Chair of the committee and Chair of the Department in writing.
           This memorandum must outline the reasons for the reconsideration and the
           remedy desired. Within ten days after having received a request for a
           reconsideration, the appropriate committee will reconsider its evaluation and
           inform the faculty member and the Department Chair of the outcome of its
           deliberation.

                                  2.      Should the outcome of this deliberation be negative,
                          the faculty may then begin a grievance procedure by informing in
                          writing the Committee Chair and Department Chair of his or her
                          intent, within three working days of being informed of the
                          outcome.

           The committee will name two members of the English faculty, neither of whom is
           a member of the committee, to a special grievance committee and inform the
           appellant of the names. No member of any committee involved in the dispute may
           be named to the grievance committee. The appellant will then name two members
           of the English faculty to the grievance committee. All members of a Promotion
           and Tenure Grievance Committee must be of a rank at or above that to which the
           faculty member aspires. One member of the appropriate committee will call a
           meeting of the ad hoc grievance committee to name a fifth person to serve as
           Chair.

     3.    This ad hoc departmental grievance committee will determine its own process and
           procedures but (a) must allow presentation of both sides of the issue(s) by the
           parties and (b) must submit a written report of its findings and recommendations
           to the faculty member, the appropriate Committee Chair, and Department Chair.

     4.    If the faculty member remains dissatisfied with the outcome, he or she may
           continue the process by requesting a grievance committee at the college level in
           accord with the college constitution.

     5.    According to the Faculty Handbook, the faculty member may take the issue(s) to
           the appropriate university committee if resolution is not reached within the
           College.

C.   Resolution of other disputes between faculty members or between a faculty member
     and a departmental administrator or involving a teaching fellow. Such committees
     shall consist of five members selected according to the following procedure.




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                 1.     The faculty member filing the grievance must first notify the Department Chair in
                        writing of the content of the dispute. The Department Chair must convene a
                        meeting of the Executive Committee to name two members of the English faculty
                        to hear the appeal. No member of any committee involved in the dispute may be
                        named to the grievance committee. In the case of a grievance against an
                        individual, the appellee will be informed by the Chair (or the Executive
                        Committee in case of a grievance against the Chair) and allowed to select two
                        members of the English faculty to the grievance committee. Within one week of
                        the notification of a grievance, the Department Chair will inform the person filing
                        the grievance of the individuals chosen.

                 2.     The person filing the grievance will choose two department members to hear the
                        case on the ad hoc departmental grievance committee and inform the Chair of the
                        Department. The Chair (or Chair Pro-Tem) will ask one of the named members to
                        convene the ad hoc committee, at which time the four members will choose a fifth
                        member to serve as chair.

                 3.     This ad hoc departmental grievance committee will determine its own process and
                        procedures but (a) must allow oral and written presentation of both sides of the
                        issue(s) by the parties and (b) must submit a written report of its findings and
                        recommendations to the parties involved in the dispute and the Department Chair
                        who will inform the Executive Committee.

                 4.     A grievance committee may decide a remedy is needed. If the administrator or
                        administrative committee refuses to provide the remedy, the Executive Committee
                        may decide to overturn that decision and provide the remedy as determined by the
                        grievance committee.

      5. If the person bringing the grievance remains dissatisfied with the outcome, he or she may
      continue the process by requesting a grievance committee at the college level in accord with the
      college constitution.

IX.      RATIFICATION AND AMENDMENTS

         This charter must be ratified and may be amended or suspended only by a two-thirds vote of the
         voting faculty. The amendment process may be initiated by any member of the voting faculty
         who follows the procedures for calling a special meeting of the faculty described in V.A.3 of this
         charter. The Executive Committee also may initiate the amendment process.




                                                CHARTER

               DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND LAW
                                 (Revised March 6, 1990)
                         (Amended and Approved, December 3, 1992)
                       (Amended and Approved, Spring Semester, 1998)
                           (Amended and Approved, February 2001)
(Amended and Approved, January 23, 2002)
TABLE OF CONTENTS


PREAMBLE       1

ARTICLE 1. ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS                             1
     Section 1.1 Departmental Faculty (1)
     Section 1.2. Departmental Affairs (1)
     Section 1.3. Meetings (1)

ARTICLE 2. THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN AND ADMINISTRATION            2
     Section 2.1. The Chairman (2)
     Section 2.2. Standing Departmental Committees (3)
     Section 2.4. Policy (3)
     Section 2.5. Elections (3)

ARTICLE 3. COMMITTEES                                            3
     Section 3.1. General Provisions (3)
     Section 3.2. Standing Committee Tasks and Composition (4)
     Section 3.3. Other Committees (5)
     Section 3.4. Committee Meetings (5)

ARTICLE 4. GRIEVANCE                                             6
     Section 4.1. Grievance Initiation (6)
     Section 4.2. Grievance Procedures (6)
     Section 4.3. Disposition of Grievances (6)

ARTICLE 5. AMENDMENT OF THE CHARTER                              7
     Section 5.1. Procedure (7)
     Section 5.2. Review (7)

ARTICLE 6. CHARTER IMPLEMENTATION AND RELATED MATTERS            7
     Section 6.1. Ratification (7)
     Section 6.2. Distribution (7)
     Section 6.3. Updating (8)
     Section 6.4. Transition Provisions (8)
PREAMBLE


The members of the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law (henceforth Department)
consider their Department to be a community of scholars devoted to teaching, research, and community
service. The members affirm their commitment to the education of their students, to each of their
disciplines, and to the University. Departmental officers and committees, who act in the name of the
Department, receive their authority from and are responsible to the University Administration and the
Board of Regents.


ARTICLE 1. ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS

Section 1.1 Departmental Faculty

1.1.1. The Departmental Faculty includes all full-time faculty members of the University of North
Texas in the Department. Voting privileges are extended to all tenured or tenure track members, unless
prohibited by other University regulations.

1.1.2. The academic units in the Department consist of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, and Business
Law.


Section 1.2. Departmental Affairs

Departmental affairs shall be conducted by the following representatives of the Department:
a.    Chairman
b.    Election Judge
c.    Executive Committee
d.    Personnel Affairs Committee [PAC]
e.    Promotion and Tenure Committee [PATC]


Section 1.3. Meetings

1.3.1. Regular meetings of the Departmental Faculty shall be held in the months of September,
November, and March and at least once during the long Summer Session. Special meetings of the
Faculty must be held at the call of the Chairman, the Executive Committee, or on petition from any five
members of the Department.

1.3.2. Notification of all meetings of the Departmental Faculty shall be given by memorandum posted
on the mail boxes or inserted in the mail box of each voting member of the Faculty. Such notification
shall be given at least one week in advance of the meeting, and shall include the agenda of the meeting.
Any change in Departmental policy not previously listed on such agenda shall not be brought to a vote
until the next meeting of the Faculty. The Department Faculty may by a two-thirds vote of those present
and voting waive any limitations imposed by this Section in order to consider a particular item of
business.
1.3.3. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Departmental Faculty. In all
parliamentary questions not otherwise provided for, the most recent edition of Roberts' Rules of Order
shall apply.

1.3.4. Minutes shall be kept for all meetings of the Departmental Faculty by a departmental secretary
and shall me made a matter of Departmental record. Copies shall be distributed to all full-time members
of the Departmental Faculty and to University Administrators requesting them. Minutes of a meeting
should be distributed within five (5) working days of the meeting.


ARTICLE 2. THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN AND ADMINISTRATION

Section 2.1. The Chairman

2.1.1. The Chairman is the chief executive office of the department. The authority of the Chairman is
exercised with the assistance of Departmental committees. Subject to University Policy and to
Department policy as determined by the Faculty, the Chairman is responsible for administrative,
educational, personnel, budgetary and student affairs of the Department. The Chairman shall chair the
Executive Committee. The Chairman's conduct of the office shall be consistent with the spirit and letter
of the University of North Texas Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2, "Guidelines for Faculty
Participation in Instructional Units and Policy Statement on Departmental Personnel Administration."

2.1.2. The Faculty of the Department shall be actively involved in the selection, review, and evaluation
of the Chairman according to the specific guidelines and procedures established by the University and
those adopted by the Faculty.

2.1.3. Original selection of the Chairman must meet with Departmental Faculty approval by at least a
majority of Faculty eligible to vote. The faculty recommendation shall be sent to the Dean for final
selection.

2.1.4. The Chairman is appointed by the Dean for a term not to exceed four calendar years. On the
approval of at least a majority of the departmental Faculty voting by secret ballot, the Chairman may be
reappointed for one additional four-year term. A person becomes eligible for a new appointment after
the passage of four years.

2.1.5. An election to remove the Chairman must be held upon written petition to the election judge by at
least one-third of the Faculty members eligible to vote. A recommendation to remove the Chair is
forwarded to the Dean upon at least a two-thirds vote of the Departmental Faculty eligible to vote in
such an election.

2.1.6. The Chairman shall be assisted in carrying out administrative tasks by an Area Coordinator from
each academic area in the Department and by advisors for Masters and Doctoral students. Area
coordinators and advisors are appointed by the Chairman for one-year terms and may be reappointed at
the pleasure of the Chairman.



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Section 2.2. Standing Departmental Committees

The following standing committees will be formed according to the provisions of this Charter:
Executive




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Personnel Affairs Committee [PAC]
Promotion and Tenure Committee [PATC]


Section 2.4. Policy

The Chairman shall be responsible for keeping a current compilation of the Department's
policies. These shall consist of all continuing Department policy decisions which do not amend
the Charter, and which are deemed by the Faculty not to constitute an addition to the Charter.


Section 2.5. Elections

2.5.1. All elections to Departmental elected positions shall be conducted by the Election Judge
elected at the first Departmental meeting in the fall semester each year and shall be eligible for
re-election to successive one-year terms. The election of the Election Judge shall be conducted
by the Department Chairman.

2.5.2. All elections for Departmental positions shall be by secret ballot. Such elections shall
require a majority of those in attendance to elect, with a run-off election between the top two
candidates in case there is no majority on the first ballot. In case of a tie vote in a run-off
election, the position shall be filled by lot, between the two run-off candidates.


ARTICLE 3. COMMITTEES

Section 3.1. General Provisions
3.1.1. The committees listed in Article 2, Section 2, constitute the standing committees of the
Department. The Chairman shall publish a complete list of each committee's membership in the
Departmental Bulletin prior to the second scheduled meeting of the Faculty each year.

3.1.2. Faculty members with more than one-half duties in College or University administration
shall not serve as regular committee members except as noted in this Charter. Such Faculty may
serve as ex officio committee members.


Section 3.2. Standing Committee Tasks and Composition

3.2.1. The Executive Committee advises the Chairman in non-academic administrative matters
of the Department. The intent of this Charter is that the Faculty make policy for the Department,
and the Executive Committee's functions shall be construed accordingly. The Executive
Committee shall consist of the Chairman (serving as the chairman of the committee) and a
representative elected by each area in the Department.


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3.2.2. The Executive Committee also advises the Faculty on curricula and programs in the
bachelors, masters, and doctoral areas.

3.2.3. The Personnel Affairs Committee [PAC] shall consist of seven (7) Faculty members
serving for two years each. At least five (5) of the members must be tenured. Membership shall
alternate so that at least three new members are elected each year. Finance shall have at least
three members, Business Law shall have at least one member, Real Estate or Insurance shall
have at least one member, and the final two members shall be ad hoc from any of the four areas.
The initial election to this Committee shall be carried out in such a way that three members shall
be elected for two years and three members shall be elected for one year. Elections thereafter
shall be for a two-year term. Preference in nominations for election should be given to faculty
who have not served for at least the past two years.
3.2.3.1. The Personnel Affairs Committee [PAC] shall review annually the performance of each
Faculty member, including the Chairman, and report its findings to the Chairman. Each faculty
member will receive a written evaluation from the Committee and from the Chairman. Written
evaluations will be forwarded to the Dean. The Personnel Affairs Committee shall assist in
faculty recruitment by reviewing potential faculty members and make recommendation on
employment to the Chairman.

3.2.3.2. Tenured members of the Personnel Affairs Committee shall serve on the Department's
Promotion and Tenure Committee whose function it is to advise the Chairman in defining
guidelines for promotion and tenure of members of the Department to the Chairman. The
Promotion and Tenure Committee shall review annually the performance of each Faculty
member who is not both tenured and at the rank of full professor. Each faculty member will
receive a written evaluation from the Promotion and Tenure Committee and from the Chairman,
copies of which shall be kept in the permanent personnel files of the Department. Written
evaluations which recommend promotion and/or tenure will be forwarded to the Dean. Written
evaluations which do not recommend promotion and/or tenure will be forwarded when a faculty
member requests it or is in the final year of the probationary period.

3.2.3.3. At no time shall the Promotion and Tenure Committee consist of fewer than five
members.


Section 3.3. Other Committees

Additional committees may be established as necessary by the Chairman or elected by the
faculty to carry out the activities of the Department.


Section 3.4. Committee Meetings

3.4.1. Each standing committee normally shall meet at least once during the two long terms, and
at other times on call by the committee Chairman, or any two members of the committee.

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3.4.2. Meetings may be dispensed with during short months and during the summer session at
the committee Chairman's option, but the Chairman must notify committee members by
memorandum of the decision to cancel a meeting, or not to call a meeting, in any month. A
quorum of at least one half of the members shall be required for official committee acts.

3.4.3. All committee meetings shall be open to any member of the Department Faculty, with the
exception of meetings of the Department's Personnel Committee and the Promotion and Tenure
Committee. (See Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2.)

3.4.4. All committee meetings shall be conducted in a democratic manner, consistent with the
spirit of the Faculty Handbook, Appendix A-2.

3.4.5. The chairman of each committee shall be responsible for publicizing upcoming meetings
at least one week in advance. The committee chairman shall also be responsible for other
proposals to be brought to the Faculty by the committee at the next Faculty meeting.


ARTICLE 4. GRIEVANCE

Section 4.1. Grievance Initiation

Whenever a faculty grievance arises, the aggrieved party shall seek to resolve the matter by
discussion with the appropriate Departmental representative. Normally this would mean the
Department Chairman in matters of salary and of Departmental administration within the
Chairman's purview. On other matters it would mean the Promotion and Tenure Committee or
the Personnel Committee in cases involving promotion, tenure, and peer evaluation disputes. In
the event that the grievance is not satisfied by discussion, the complainant shall initiate action by
a formal letter of complaint to the departmental Chairman, setting out the nature of the
grievance, the steps taken to settle it by discussion, and the desired remedy.


Section 4.2. Grievance Procedures

4.2.1. Upon receiving a complaint letter, the Chairman shall see that a Departmental ad hoc
committee is created to handle the matter. This committee shall include one person who shall be
named by the complainant in the letter of complaint, a second selected by the Departmental
representative with whom the dispute has arisen, and one agreed upon by the first two -- the
latter shall be chairman of the ad hoc committee. The Chairman of the Department shall be
ineligible to serve on such committee.

4.2.2. It is the responsibility of the Departmental Chairman to notify promptly the Personnel
Committee that a formal grievance has been filed.


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4.2.3. If the Departmental representative fails to appoint its committee member within ten
working days of the date of the letter of complaint, it forfeits the case at the Department level;
notice of such failure shall be a part of the record of the case.

4.2.4. If the ad hoc committee has not completed action on the grievance within twenty working
days from the date of the letter of complaint, the complainant will have the right to withdraw the
case from the ad hoc committee and appeal it to the appropriate University body.

4.2.5. In its consideration of the matter, the ad hoc committee shall be guided by the principle of
due process, including timely notification to the parties, hearings with all parties having the right
to be present, and full availability of documentation and communication to all concerned parties.

Section 4.3. Disposition of Grievances

4.3.1. If the ad hoc committee decides against the complainant, the latter has the right to appeal
to the appropriate University body.

4.3.2. If the ad hoc committee decides in favor of the complainant, it shall specify the remedy it
believes is justified. If the Department Chairman or Personnel Action Subcommittee declines to
accept the ad hoc committee's finding, appeal by the complainant to the appropriate University
body shall be in order.

4.3.3. In all cases the Chairman of the ad hoc committee shall be responsible for the
preservation of a complete record of the case. A copy of this record shall be placed in the
permanent files of the Department.



ARTICLE 5. AMENDMENT OF THE CHARTER

Section 5.1. Procedure

5.1.1. Any member of the Department may initiate a Charter amendment or policy change by
distribution of copies of the proposal at any regular or special meeting of the Faculty. All such
proposals shall be clearly labeled at the top of the first page, "Proposed Charter Amendment" or
"Proposed Policy Change" as appropriate.

5.1.2. Elections to ratify or modify the charter and policies shall be by secret ballot. Ratification
or modification requires a two-thirds majority of the Faculty eligible to vote in such an election.
The election judge shall accept written ballots for five (5) working days after the distribution of
the minutes of the meeting calling for such an election.




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Section 5.2. Review

The Department shall formally consider the question of Charter review at intervals no greater
than five years. At any time within such intervals the Chairman of the Department may appoint
an ad hoc charter review committee, which shall make a report on the question to the Faculty
before the expiration of the academic year in which it was appointed.



ARTICLE 6. CHARTER IMPLEMENTATION AND RELATED MATTERS

Section 6.1. Ratification

This Charter shall be considered ratified when accepted by a vote of the majority of the Faculty
at a regular faculty meeting. The Charter becomes effective upon ratification.


Section 6.2. Distribution

Each member of the Faculty shall be given a copy of this Charter. It shall be the responsibility of
the Chairman of the Department to keep the Charter updated. Charter amendments shall be
publicized in the Departmental Bulletin when ratified, but updated copies of the Charter with all
amendments included shall be made available to all members of the Faculty at the regular
September meeting of the Faculty in the academic years following those in which amendments
have been added.


Section 6.3. Updating

Amendments to the Charter shall be included at their proper place in the Charter, rather than
added serially at the end. All wording which has been removed from the Charter by amendment
shall be deleted from the updated copies of the Charter mentioned in Section 2 above. All
wording added by amendment shall be so identified in updated copies of the Charter by being
underlined, and the date of the amendment shall be indicated in parentheses following such
underlined provisions.


Section 6.4. Transition Provisions

6.4.1. Charter provisions regarding Committee composition shall be observed no later than
September 1, 1984.

6.4.2. Charter provisions with respect to the present Chairman shall be effective January 1,
1984.

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                                          CHARTER

            DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

                                     ADOPTED Fall, 1980
                                    (revised April 15, 1999)

                                         PREAMBLE

The purpose of the Charter of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is to furnish
guidelines for the governance of the Department. Its provisions are to be interpreted in
accordance with administrative guidelines found in the Faculty Handbook.



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                           ARTICLE I: Organization and Procedures


A. Voting:

       Section 1: Voting privileges are extended to all full-time members of the departmental
                  Faculty (Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant-Full Professor), unless otherwise
                  stipulated in this charter. A member may cast a vote for another colleague
                  with proper documentation. Faculty on leave have the option of voting.

       Section 2: All departmental voting will be by secret ballot with the exception of voting
                  on undebated motions made at departmental faculty meetings or committee
                  meetings.

       Section 3: No department-wide voting, with the exception of emergency special
                  elections, will occur during summer sessions.

       Section 4: In all departmental elections, runoffs will be held until one candidate receives
                  the highest number of the votes cast.


B. Committees:

       Section 1: Members of the following committees are elected at the end of the spring
                  semester to assume office in the fall:
                  a. Executive Committee
                  b. Personnel Affairs Committee

       Section 2: When a faculty member representing a certain rank on a departmental
                  committee is promoted, this colleague will continue to serve on that
                  committee until the term of office expires.
       Section 3: Should a vacancy occur on an elected committee, a special election will be
                  held within two weeks (excluding holiday recesses) to select a replacement.

       Section 4: Unless otherwise stipulated in this Charter, each committee will select its own
                  Chair and Secretary. This will be the first order of business each fall.

       Section 5: Any faculty member serving in an elected capacity is eligible for re-election.

       Section 6: In case of a tie, the Chair of the Committee will cast the deciding vote.

       Section 7: A copy of all committee minutes will be submitted to the Chair of the
                  Department and made available to full-time Faculty upon request.


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C. General Faculty Meetings:


       Section 1: Agenda for general faculty meetings will normally be submitted to the Faculty
                  at least one week prior to a meeting.

       Section 2: Decisions made at departmental meetings will be by simple majority vote of
                  those present and voting, except in the case of amendments to this Charter
(see
                  Article V) and any policy previously passed by the Executive Committee (see
                  Article III C, Section 5).

       Section 3: Corrected minutes of departmental meetings will be distributed in a timely
                  fashion to all full-time Faculty.


                           ARTICLE II: The Chair of the Department

Section 1: The Chair is the chief executive officer of the Department. The Chair carries out,
           with the advice and counsel of the departmental Faculty, the administrative and
           educational policies of the Department, the College, and the University.

Section 2: The Chair communicates officially with the Central Administration on behalf of the
           Department.

Section 3: In making recommendations to the Administration, the Chair shall report the final
           numerical results of departmental or relevant committee voting on the issues.
           Members eligible to vote on the matter at hand may request to see the Chair s
           recommendations. Minority reports shall be forwarded to the Administration at the
           request of dissenting faculty member(s).
Section 4: The Chair s authority is exercised with the assistance of departmental committees
           established according to regulations stipulated in university guidelines and in this
           Charter. The Chair may delegate this authority and responsibility to individuals or
           committees within the Department, including the possibility of appointing an
           Assistant or Associate Chair with the advice and consent of the Executive
           Committee.

Section 5: The Chair serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.

Section 6: The Chair shall preside at departmental faculty meetings.



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                            ARTICLE III: Departmental Committees


A. The Curriculum Committee

      Section 1: The Curriculum Committee is composed of four members with French,
                 German, and Spanish each represented. The four members are appointed by
                 the Executive Committee for two-year terms. Membership is restricted to full-
                 time Faculty members who have at least one year of service in the
                 Department.

      Section 2: The Curriculum Committee will hold hearings, gather information, and make
                 recommendations to the full-time Faculty of the Department on matters
                 relating to addition of new courses, catalog definitions, changes in existing
                 curriculum and requirements for majors and minors.

      Section 3: The Curriculum Committee will formulate a schedule of classes each
                 semester. To do so, it will consider the needs of the Department, the fields of
                 specialization of individual faculty members and their experience and
                 qualifications with regard to a particular course. If a language is not
                 represented on the Committee, the Committee must meet with the senior
                 professor of that language to decide on course offerings and teaching
                 assignments. The committee will meet with all Faculty before finalizing
                 course assignments.

B. The Election Committee

      Section 1: The Election Committee consists of two members, representing two different
                 language areas, who are appointed for a two-year term by the Executive
                 Committee. They shall decide between themselves who is to be Chair of the
                 Committee and, thus, Election Judge.
      Section 2: The Election Committee announces and administers departmental elections,
                 acting in accordance with directions issued by the Executive Committee and
                 the University Administration. It also distributes and counts ballots when
                 agenda items are voted upon at meetings of the departmental Faculty.

      Section 3: Ballots cast in departmental elections must be placed in a ballot box. The
                 ballots are not to be disturbed until the official time for counting of the ballots
                 by the Election Committee.

      Section 4: The Election Committee will keep records of all elections it conducts.



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C. The Executive Committee

      Section 1: The Executive Committee is composed of two members from the ranks of
                 Associate and Full Professors and two members from the ranks of
                 Lecturer/Instructor/Assistant Professor, and the Chair of the Department
                 serving as an ex-officio member and also as Chair of the committee. The three
                 major language areas are to be represented. The four members are elected by a
                 majority vote of the departmental Faculty. All full-time Faculty who have
                 completed at least three years in the Department are eligible to serve on this
                 Committee. Members are elected for a two year term, the terms being
                 staggered so that those of two members expire at the beginning of each fall
                 semester.

      Section 2: The duties of the Secretary include the recording of minutes of all Executive
                 Committee meetings and the distribution of those minutes to the full-time
                 Faculty members of the Department.

      Section 3: It is the duty of the Executive Committee to advise and assist the Chair of the
                 Department in fulfilling the administrative responsibilities of the office with
                 the exception of those matters which lie within the jurisdiction of the
                 Personnel Affairs Committee.

      Section 4: Policies proposed for adoption by other committees or individuals should be
                 channeled through the Executive Committee.

      Section 5: Any decision made by the Executive Committee is subject to nullification by
                 two-thirds vote of the full-time Faculty.



      Section 6: If the Chair of the Department and the majority of the Executive Committee
                 reach an impasse, a departmental faculty meeting may be called by either
                 party
                 for a discussion of the issue involved and a secret ballot to determine the
                 wishes of the Faculty.

D. The Foreign Language Learning Center Committee

      Section 1: The Foreign Language Learning Center Committee is composed of four
                 members with French, German, and Spanish each represented in addition to
                 the Foreign Language Learning Center Supervisor. The three faculty members
                 are appointed by the Executive Committee for two-year terms. Membership is
                 restricted to full-time Faculty members who have at least one year of service
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                 in the Department. The Foreign Language Learning Center Supervisor reports
                 to the Chair of the Department.

      Section 2: The members of the Foreign Language Learning Center Committee will work
                 together to insure that the materials and technology of the Learning Center are
                 applicable to language acquisition and the student needs of the various
                 language areas.

      Section 3: The Foreign Language Learning Center Committee will solicit faculty
                 requests for hardware, software and multimedia items that are needed for
                 classroom and laboratory use.

      Section 4: The Foreign Language Learning Center Committee will act as a steering
                 committee to assess the current and future needs of the Learning Center. The
                 Foreign Language Learning Center Supervisor will keep the committee
                 informed of the budgets, inventory, and projected needs of the Learning
                 Center.

E. The Graduate Affairs Committee

      Section 1: The Graduate Affairs Committee is composed of those full-time Faculty who
                 teach principally in the fields in which the Department offers a graduate
                 degree.

      Section 2: The Graduate Affairs Committee will advise and assist the Chair of the
                 Department in all matters related to instruction at the graduate level.

      Section 3: The Graduate Affairs Committee will consider graduate theses proposals.
      Section 4: The Graduate Affairs Committee will initiate recommendations to the
                 Graduate Council concerning appointments at Category 1, 2, or 3 of the
                 graduate Faculty.

      Section 5: In order to conduct business, at least three-fourths of the committee must be
                 present.


F. The Library Committee


      Section 1: The Library Committee is composed of four members with French, German,
                 and Spanish each represented. The four members are appointed by the
                 Executive Committee for two-year terms. Membership is restricted to full-
                 time Faculty members who have at least one year of service in the
                 Department.
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      Section 2: The Library Committee will solicit requests for books and periodicals from
                 full-time Faculty in their language areas. Each faculty member who makes
                 requests is responsible for completing the library request form and providing
                 all necessary documentation.

      Section 3: The Library Committee will keep the Faculty informed of budgetary
                 considerations and deadlines.


G: The Personnel Affairs Committee


      Section 1: The Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC) is responsible for annual peer
                 evaluations/salary matters and for advising and counseling the Chair of the
                 Department regarding matters of promotion, tenure, and terminations.

      Section 2: The Personnel Affairs Committee will consist of five tenured members
                 (Associate and/or Full Professors), with at least French, German and Spanish
                 each represented, elected by the full-time Faculty. The term of office will be
                 staggered, two-year terms. The Chair of the Department is Chair, ex-officio,of
                 the Personnel Affairs Committee but will not participate in the deliberations
                 of the committee.

      Section 3: It is understood that the Personnel Affairs Committee will consider, for peer
                 evaluation/salary matters, a faculty member s record over a three-year period
                 in determining rankings. For probationary Faculty, reviews and
                 recommendations regarding reappointment will be made on an annual basis.




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Section 4: The Personnel Affairs Committee is to have access to records, forms,
correspondence, or reports that are germane to its responsibilities and are also a matter of
departmental record or business, provided they are within the legal limits of the law. The
committee members are expected, where possible, tokeep all its deliberations in strict
confidence.

Section 5: Upon completion of its annual duties, the Personnel Affairs Committee Chair
shall hand over to the Department Chair the files used in that year’s deliberations.

Section 6: The Personnel Affairs Committee will inform each Faculty member as to his/her
own merit group in the peer evaluation/salary matters, together with the number of groups used
and the number of faculty members in each group.Probationary Faculty will receive copies of
their annual evaluations/recommendations; copies will also be placed in their personnel files.

Section 7: The Personnel Affairs Committee will give the Chair of the Department a
copy of his/her annual evaluation that is to be forwarded to the Dean.

Section 8: Nothing in Article III G shall be construed in such a way as to prevent the
Chair of the Department from fulfilling obligations to the administrative and grievance
authorities of the College and University. When the Chair submits personnel recommendations
which are not in accord with those of the Committee, such recommendations must be clearly
conveyed to the Committee.

Section 9: Appeal Procedures are specified in the College Constitution.


                            Article IV: Adoption and Implementation


  Adoption of this Charter will require a two-thirds vote of the departmental full-time Faculty
   present on campus during a long-term semester. Upon adoption, this Charter will become
effective immediately, and any policy contrary to the provisions of this Charter is null and void.


                                     Article V: Amendments


 This Charter may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the departmental full-time Faculty on
                           campus during a long-term semester.




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                CHARTER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM


Preamble

       Subject to the authorities, which govern The University of North Texas, the faculty of the
       Journalism Department does hereby specify the principles and procedures under which
       the business of the Department will be conducted.

Article I. The Faculty

       A.      Membership of the Faculty

               Every person holding a tenured or probationary appointment in the Journalism
               Department at the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or
               instructor shall be a voting member of the faculty. All other persons holding
               faculty appointments in the Journalism Department, full time or part time,
               teaching and research, such as temporary or visiting faculty, adjunct faculty and
               lecturers, shall enjoy all privileges of membership except the right to vote.

       B.      Committees

               There shall be standing committees of the faculty that shall have primary
               responsibilities for representing the faculty in the conduct of the affairs of the
               department. Each committee shall consist of members elected by the faculty of
               the department. Terms of service are at the discretion of the chairman.

               Standing committees shall include those specified below:

               The Committee of the Whole

               This committee shall comprise all voting members of the faculty. This committee
               shall serve as the executive committee of the department. The duties of the
               committee shall be to advise and assist the chairman in conducting all educational
               and administrative affairs of the department. It shall coordinate the work of other
               committees in the department. Responsibilities of the committee of the whole
               shall be:

               a.        Implement departmental administrative policy
               b.        Assist the chairman in forming the departmental budget request.
               c.        Aid the chairman with the schedule of classes.
               d.        Serve as the search committee to fill faculty vacancies.

               The committee of the Whole shall receive, evaluate, and make disposition of
               written suggestions from individual faculty members and faculty committees
               concerning departmental activities not otherwise provided for in the department
               charter.

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       The Personnel Affairs Committee

       The function of the Personnel Affairs Committee shall be:
       a.     To formulate policy regarding the appointment, promotion, tenure, and
              termination of faculty.
       b.     To determine criteria and procedures for evaluation on faculty
              performance.
       c.     To ensure uniform and equitable procedures in assessing faculty merit and
              salary recommendations.
       d.     To ensure that adequate appeals are available to all faculty regarding
              decisions related to tenure, promotion, salary and dismissal, and
       e.     To advise the department chairman on personnel decisions of a specific
              nature.

The membership of the committee shall consist of at least one tenured representative
from each of the faculty ranks represented in the in the department above instructor. The
committee shall meet at least once each semester from September through April.

       Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

       The function of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee shall be:
       a.     To receive and act on all proposals for undergraduate curricular changes.
       b.     To review and initiate changes in undergraduate degree programs and in
              academic standards.
       c.     To establish procedures by which changes in the undergraduate
              curriculum may be processed in orderly and expeditious way.
       d.     To ensure the integrity of the degree programs by periodically conducting
              a review and evaluation, in depth, of the core requirements in the degree
              programs of the department. Such core curriculum reviews shall be
              initiated in years that are multiples of five, and
       e.     To review curricular proposals from other schools and colleges of the
              university that might affect existing programs in the department.

The membership of the committee shall consist of four faculty members. The committee
should meet at least once each semester September through April.

       The Graduate Curriculum Committee

       The function of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee shall be:
       a.     to receive and act on all proposals for graduate curricular changes;
       b.     to review and initiate changes in the graduate degree programs and in
              academic standards and;
       c.     to review curricular proposals from other schools and colleges of the
              university that might affect existing graduate program in the department.

The membership of the committee shall consist of all members of the graduate and
associate graduate faculty. The committee shall meet at least once each semester from
September through April.

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C.   General Responsibilities and Rights of the Faculty

     The faculty shall be entitled to full freedom in research and in the publications of
     the results, subject to the adequate performance of other academic duties.

     The faculty shall be entitled to full freedom in the classroom to represent and
     discuss academic subjects, but should take care not to introduce controversial
     matters irrelevant to the subjects. Further, individual faculty members shall
     present the subject matter of assigned courses as announced to students and as
     approved by the faculty in their collective responsibility for the curriculum.

     The faculty shall be entitled to full freedom as citizens: When they speak or
     write, the faculty shall be free from institutional censorship, but the faculty's
     special position in the larger community carries special obligations. The faculty
     should, in all public utterances, be accurate, exercise the appropriate restraint
     imposed by reason, show appropriate respect for the opinions of others, and make
     every effort to indicate that they do not speak for the institution. Faculty
     members shall not suffer discrimination in faculty status or in pay because of their
     political, social, or religious activities, except insofar as those activities conflict
     directly with stated obligations to students, colleagues, or the institution.

D.   Appointment, Promotion, Tenure, and Salary

     1.     Faculty Authority

            Faculty Status and related matters are primarily a faculty responsibility.
            This includes appointments, reappointment, promotions, the granting of
            tenure,               dismissal,               and                salary.


     2.     Procedures

            The procedures of the Journalism Department shall in no way conflict
            with or supercede the procedures of the College of Arts and Sciences and
            the university, as published in the Faculty Handbook.

            a.      Determinations in the matters of faculty status shall originate in the
                    department personnel affairs committees (PAC). The primary
                    responsibility of the faculty for such matters is based upon the fact
                    that its judgment is central to general educational policy.
                    Furthermore, scholars in a particular field or activity have the chief
                    competence for judging the work of the colleagues.
            b.      The department chair shall transmit the PAC recommendations,
                    along with his/her recommendations, to the College of Arts and
                    Sciences Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC). The individuals
                    concerned shall be informed of the recommendations.
            c.      The faculty shall be judged for matters of salary, tenure,
                    promotion, and retention only upon teaching performance,
                    scholarly activities, professional creative activity, and service to
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                              their disciplines, the institution, and the public (See Appendix A,
                              Criteria for Creative Activity).

              3.     Primacy of Merit

                     The Journalism Department shall continually seek excellence in teaching,
                     scholarly activities and services, and shall reward faculty members on the
                     basis of merit. The definition of excellence and an understanding of merit
                     must arise primarily from the faculty n continual discussion with the dean
                     of the College of Arts and Sciences and scholars of acknowledged
                     competence outside the university.

              4.     Grievance Procedure

                     In the event that a faculty member or department chair disputes the actions
                     or decisions of any committee, the following procedures shall apply.
                     a.      The aggrieved party shall exhaust all departmental divisional
                             grievance procedures available.
                     b.      The aggrieved party shall then appeal in writing to the Faculty
                             Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.

       E.     Department Chairman

              The department faculty shall recommend a candidate for department chairman to
              the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President for Academic
              Affairs, the President, and the Board of Regents.

              The chairman shall be responsible for advancing the teaching, research, and
              service mission of the department in concert with the dean of the College of Arts
              and Sciences

Article II: The Department:

       A.     Faculty Meetings

              1.     The Journalism Department shall meet in regular faculty meeting at least
                     once per long semester, and may meet more often.
              2.     All adoptions of policy, or changes of policy, must be accomplished in a
                     formal meeting of the faculty. At such meetings faculty are entitled to:
                     a.     adequate notice of the meeting and its agenda,
                     b.     opportunity to place items on the agenda, and
                     c.     Protection from decisions on questions not on the announced
                            agenda unless this right is waived by a procedure specified in the
                            unit charter.
              3.     The authority of the Journalism Faculty shall extend to any matter of
                     concern to the department.

       B.     Students

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     1.     The Journalism Department should, when appropriate, encourage the
            establishment of undergraduate and graduate honor societies appropriate
            to the discipline. Faculty support should include assisting in establishing
            such societies, willingness to sponsor chapters, and advising students as to
            the proper administration and functioning of such organizations.
     2.     Graduate students should be made to feel a part of the community of
            scholars in the Journalism Department.
     3.     With regard to graduate students who hold appointments as Teaching
            Fellows or Teaching Assistants, the Department of Journalism accepts as
            its responsibility the orientation of the students to their teaching role, and
            the unit should provide not only supervision but also counsel and support,
            through special seminars for such students.
     4.     Teaching fellows and assistants should be provided with clear job
            descriptions, and departments and faculty should require duties beyond the
            limits of such job descriptions
     5.     The Journalism Department provides for student membership on
            committees, when appropriate.
     6.     The Journalism Department's system of student advising is designed to
            give students maximum assistance in planning their overall degree plan
            and their schedule for each semester. (Appendix B)

C.   Collegiality and Scholarship

     1.     The Journalism Department encourages and promotes the free exchange of
            knowledge among the unit faculty, and with colleagues throughout the
            university and beyond.
     2.     The Journalism Department actively participates in and seeks out new
            opportunities for interdisciplinary activities within the university
            community that promote the exchange and acquisition of knowledge for
            faculty and students alike.




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Approved by the entire faculty on 1997/08/20
MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT

 0. The origin of the Department

      The Department was created in the Fall of 1995. The Higher Education Coordinating
Board of the State of Texas acted on the positive recommendations of two consecutive
independent panels consisting of materials scientists and engineers selected nationwide on the
basis of their reputations. Both panels noted the originality of our program and the fact that in
the United States as a whole there is no university or
college with a Materials program comparable to ours in its focus. Our first distinguishing focus
has been Materials Characterization. While this focus continues to grow, 1996-1997 additions
to our faculty have created new focal points, including but not limited to Mechanical Properties,
Rheology, Synthesis and Processing.

     The evaluations by the national panels behoove the Department, its faculty and students, to
maintain and reinforce the originality and quality of our work. No one else in the country can
provide a substitution for what we are trying to achieve in the Department of Materials Science
(DMS) at the University of North Texas (UNT).

 1. Definition

      The mission of the Department of Materials Science is to educate undergraduate and
graduate students and to pursue research at the forefront of knowledge, providing opportunities
for students to participate in world-class level scientific inquiry. Both education and research
programs should include all possible approaches, such as
experimentation, theory, computer modeling and simulations, as well as combinations of these
approaches.

 2. Relationship between teaching and research

     The educational mission of the DMS is naturally and inevitably connected to research.
There is no separation among faculty into teachers only or researchers only. According to our
departmental vision, all faculty members are simultaneously teachers and scholars. All tenure-
track faculty are required to establish independent and/or
collaborative adequately funded programs that engage students in research before tenure is
granted. The junior faculty are mentored by the Chair and by tenured faculty - who themselves
direct established research programs. The research results must be periodically presented at
scientific meetings and published in recognized refereed journals.

 3. Range of operation

     The range includes the Department, the University, and other institutions: academic,
industrial, governmental, or international. Given the interdisciplinary nature of Materials
Science, collaborations of all kinds are strongly encouraged. There is no limitation on the range
of collaborative work. With the world becoming a global village

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(Marshall McLuhan) international cooperations will help maintain the global competitiveness of
US industry.

      The expansion of current collaborations with Texas industrial companies is particularly
encouraged. Given the unique capabilities of our Department, we can help Texas companies to
solve problems which they cannot solve themselves, and which academic researchers outside of
UNT cannot solve either. Joint work with industry provides DMS students with involvement in
real life problems, and thus prepares them better for "life after school" (Jennifer Sees, a Texas
Instruments employee, DMS
adjunct faculty member, and a PhD from UNT in materials science before the official creation
of DMS).

 4. Graduate Materials Science Program Goals

      The Graduate Materials Science Program is the centerpiece of the mission of DMS.

    DMS offers MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science. The Graduate Materials Program is
based on the following core courses, mandatory for all:

     PhD students:

*   Fundamental Concepts of Materials Science and Enginering
*   Advanced Concepts of Metallurgical Science
*   Science and Technology of Modern Ceramics
*   Polymer Science and Engineering
*   Electronic and Optical Materials
*   Materials Characterization

    Information available from the International Council on Materials Education (ICME)
indicates that study programs in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Materials Science
and Engineering, and related programs, have been defined by historic circumstances specific to
the development of a given institution. By contrast, the UNT set of core courses listed above
has been defined on the basis of two nation-wide
surveys (the first published by R.F. Pinizzotto and J.M. Marshall, J. Mater. Ed. 1990, 12, 109).
Such a well-founded basis for a Materials Program is unique on the national scale.

    Each graduate student in DMS must attend the Seminar in Materials Science and Engineering
for at least two semesters. The seminars provide the participants with overviews of areas outside
of their own research. Speakers come from industry, government and academia. Thus, DMS
graduates start their life after school with an accurate and up-to-date image of the world outside
of the academia.

    Preparation for functioning ouside of the academia is further reinforced by industrial trip
plants, organized by Teaching Assistants under instructions of faculty members. Plant trip
reports can be counted as a part of the course credit. Students are generally appreciative of this
approach, often used in combination with laboratory and processing
demonstrations, hands-on experience, and with the use of computer programs. The nature of
several topics in Materials Science is such that classroom lectures alone are not sufficient. This
fact is well taken care of in the various kinds of instruction provided in DMS.
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      Beyond the wide-range core courses, Seminars, plant trips and other instructional
activities, the students are expected to engage vigorously in research. MS degrees based on
coursework only without research are allowed for reasons of flexibility but are not encouraged.
A PhD degree will not be awarded without a minimum of one publication
accepted or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

     Given its unique profile and a wide array of industries in the Dallas - Fort Worth - Denton
Metroplex area, the Graduate Materials Science Program makes a special effort to be available
also to people already employed by industry. Towards this end, all core courses are taught
starting at 6:00 PM. The weekly Seminar in Materials Science and
Engineering starts at 3:30 PM. All part-time students are happy with this arrangement - but its
existence should be made known to more potential students. Given the young age of DMS, the
opportunities in education and research that the Department provides are not yet known widely
enough, and efforts will be continued to disseminate the pertinent information.

 5. Undergraduate education

      The (number of undergraduate students) per senior personnel (faculty + adjunct faculty +
visiting faculty + visiting scholars + postdoctoral fellows + graduate students) ratio in DMS is
unusually low, reflecting a national phenomenon. Thus, an undergraduate student finds more
guidance and advice in DMS than anywhere else. We have particular achievements in working
with the students of the Texas Academy of
Mathematics and Science (TAMS). This includes National Intel Science Talent Search
semifinalists or finalists and several Goldwater scholarship winners.

    Given the unusual potential for individual growth of undergraduate students that DMS
provides, Departmental activities in the undergraduate instruction area shall be expanded after
creating a strong research base.

6. Personnel

    Because of its small faculty, DMS relies heavily on adjunct professors, associate faculty,
visiting professors, visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows. While created by necessity, this
provides additional opportunities for the students - as already noted in the preceding Section.
The adjunct and visiting faculty brings in their industrial experience and/or experience from
other academic institutions.
The approach of involving not only regular tenure-track and tenured faculty but all personnel in
research and student instruction is a worthwhile distinguishing feature of DMS which shall be
continued.

7. Service

     Members of DMS provide also service to the University, to the citizens of Texas and of the
United States, and to the world-wide community of scholars. This includes all activities
incidental to but necessary for teaching and research: textbook writing; software development;
evaluations of manuscripts and dissertations; participation
in thesis committees; participation in juries, panels, councils and committees on the local, state,
national and international levels; organization of meetings and conferences; service in scientific
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and technical societies, including advising student organizations. Activities of all types
promoting organization and coordination of research and
instruction between different units of UNT and between different institutions are significant
components of service as well.




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Posted October 22, 1999




           CHARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
                   MATHEMATICS
             UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
                          (as revised in Spring 1999)




                                 PREAMBLE

In order to assure that each faculty member can participate in the
administration of the affairs of the department and in order to assure an
atmosphere that is receptive to individual opinion and that encourages
the free exchange of views, the members of the Faculty of the
Department of Mathematics adopt this charter for the operation of the
department. The members of this Faculty consider themselves a
community of scholars from which the departmental officers and
committees receive authority to act in the name of the department and
to which departmental officers and committees are responsible. Both
the Department and the Chair recognize their responsibility and
relationship to the Administration and the Board of Regents of the
University of North Texas.

              ARTICLE I - ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS

Section 1: The Departmental Faculty - The Departmental Faculty shall
consist of all full-time members of the faculty of the University of North
Texas who hold academic appointments in the Department of
Mathematics. Voting privileges on Departmental matters are extended
to all members of the Departmental Faculty who are tenured or are in
tenure-track.

Section 2: Meetings - Regular meetings of the Departmental Faculty
shall be called by the Chair once each semester. Additional meetings
may be called by the Chair, by the Executive Committee, or on the
request of at least one-third of the Departmental Faculty. Meetings of
the Departmental Faculty will be announced to all voting members of the
Departmental Faculty at least one week in advance. Departmental
meetings will function by simple majority vote of those present and
voting except in case of amendments to this Charter (see Article VI).
Any issue affecting the Department, excluding matters of tenure,
promotion, and salary of individual faculty members, may be brought
before the Departmental Faculty. Minutes of all meetings of the
Departmental Faculty will be kept and will be made available to all
members of the Department and to the appropriate administrative
officials.

                             ARTICLE II - CHAIR

The Chair of the Department shall be appointed by the Board of
Regents upon recommendation by the President of the University from
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recommendations made by the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and
the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from nominee(s)
submitted by the Departmental Faculty (see Article III, Section 4). The
Chair is the chief executive officer of the department. In this
administrative capacity, it is the chair's task to carry out, with the advice
and counsel of the Departmental faculty, the administrative and
educational policies of the department and the university. The chair's
duties include such responsibilities as presenting budgets,
appointments, promotions, severances, courses, and schedules for
approval to the administration. The chair's authority is exercised with
the assistance of departmental committees established according to this
Charter. In making recommendations to the administration, the Chair, if
requested by the faculty members involved, shall report the final
numerical results of departmental or relevant committee voting on
contested issues. Members eligible to vote on the matter at hand may
request to see the Chair's recommendations. Dissenting opinions shall
be filed at the request of the dissenting faculty member(s).

                ARTICLE III - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1: Structure - The Executive Committee (EC) will consist of the
Chair of the Department and six elected members to be chosen as
follows: Category A: two from among the tenured faculty at the rank of
professor. Category B: four from among the tenured faculty at the rank
of either associate professor or professor.

The Chair of the Department will be the Chair of the Executive
Committee.

Section 2: Term of Office - The term of office on the EC will be two
years, with the exception that the members elected in category B the
first year will draw lots, one for a one-year term, and the other two for a
two-year term. Committee members will assume office immediately
upon election. No faculty member can be elected to serve more than
two consecutive years on the EC after Fall 1999.

Section 3: Election - Election of the EC will be held in the fall semester
of each year at a meeting of the Departmental Faculty scheduled by the
Chair of the Department. After the first election, only one member in
category A and two members in Category B will be elected each year,
except in the case of a vacancy. Vacancies on the EC will be filled by
special election. Election will be accomplished by a procedure
acceptable to a majority of the Departmental Faculty.

Section 4: Duties of the Executive Committee - The EC will be
responsible for formulating the academic and administrative policies of
the Department; for Departmental decisions concerning all personnel
matters including faculty appointments, terminations, tenure and
promotion decisions; academic programs; budgets; long-range planning;
and for appointing standing and special committees as it deems
necessary. It is the responsibility of the professors on the EC to make
decisions on promotion to professor. Whenever a vacancy in the chair
of the Department occurs or is anticipated, the EC will act as a
combination search and nominating committee for a new chair. The
nominee(s) will be submitted to the Dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs (see Article II). In
cases when the chair is nominated from within the Department, the

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acceptability (as opposed to preference) of the nominee or nominees to
the members of the Department shall be determined by secret and
confidential balloting of the Department, the sealed ballots to be mailed
to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

              ARTICLE IV - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

The EC will provide for prompt and fair hearing of grievances.

          ARTICLE V - ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION

Adoption of this Charter shall require two-thirds vote of the Departmental
Faculty. This Charter shall become effective at the beginning of the
1999 Fall semester.

                     ARTICLE VI - AMENDMENTS

This Charter may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the
Departmental Faculty.




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                             DEPARTMENTAL CHARTER

                   Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
                             University of North Texas
                              Adopted March 8, 1978
                       with Revision Through April 18, 1995

I. General: The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies Charter is
complementary to the procedures set forth in "Guidelines for Faculty Participation"
(Appendix E of the Faculty Handbook) from which authority for this charter is derived.


In accordance with decisions of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1969,
1985, and 1992, the purpose of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies is to
provide for students pursuing (1) the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, (2) the
Interdisciplinary Minor in Religion Studies, and (3) the Master of Arts in Philosophy with
a Concentration in Environmental Ethics. This mission emphasizes scholarly publication
and public service to the state, nation, and international community primarily in support
of the undergraduate program in religion studies and the graduate program in
environmental ethics. In addition, the department is committed to supporting the service
needs of other departments and interdisciplinary programs both at the undergraduate and
graduate levels throughout the University to the degree that resources permit.

       The Faculty Handbook generally sets forth the organization, policies, procedures
and traditions of the University of North Texas. Each member of the Department of
Philosophy and Religion Studies is expected to have a working knowledge of that
document. The Departmental Charter is not intended to amend, contradict, or supersede
the general spirit and intent of Faculty Handbook policies and guidelines, but to interpret
and to supplement those policies and guidelines as appropriate for the unique needs and
circumstances of the Department.

II. The Chair: It is the task of the chair to fulfill the chief executive officer's role as
delineated in the Faculty Handbook. In his administrative capacity it is his task, with the
advice and counsel of the Department or appropriate committees, to carry out the
administrative and educational policies of the Department and the University.

      In transmitting his recommendations to the dean, the chair shall inform the dean if
a majority of the voting members of the faculty are of a contrary opinion.

      The chair will provide for the faculty members an annual review and evaluation of
Departmental performance, goals, policies, programs, etc., in the light of changing
circumstances and conditions affecting the University and Department.

      The chair shall function as graduate advisor.

      The chair shall function as an ex officio member of all committees except the
Grievance                                                               Committee.
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III.   Departmental Committees

A.     The Executive Committee: The Executive Committee shall consist of three elected
members and the chair. All full-time tenured members of the Department are eligible for
membership. Nominations are to be made at the final faculty meeting of the year; each
faculty member shall have three votes (no more than one vote can be given per nominee);
those nominees receiving the three highest vote totals will be elected, provided that they
have achieved at least a simple majority, in the case of ties or pluralities, run-off elections
shall be immediately held. Term of office will be for one year.

The Executive Committee provides advice and counsel to the chair on matters of
Departmental policy and administration. In addition, the Executive Committee shall as
necessary fulfill the duties pursuant to recruitment and selection of either full- or
part-time faculty members. Guided by the short and long run goals of the Department,
this Committee should carefully prepare a job description for a prospective faculty
member. In recruiting full-time (assistant through full professor) members, prospective
members shall be ranked by all Departmental faculty in order of preference.

B.    Personnel Affairs Committee: The full-time (assistant through full professor)
Departmental faculty shall function as a committee of the whole for the purposes of
annual faculty evaluation. (See IV, E for the annual faculty evaluation policy and
procedures.)

       For purposes of promotion and tenure recommendation, a Personnel Affairs
Committee shall be elected, consisting of three tenured members. Election shall follow
the procedure and policy set forth in III, A above; this Committee will have a one-year
term of office. This Committee will also submit to the chair an annual evaluation of the
progress toward tenure being made by any probationary faculty member.

C.     Curriculum Committee: The Curriculum Committee shall consist of two elected
members and the chair. Election shall follow the procedure and policy set forth in III, A
above. This Committee will initiate and supervise Departmental initiatives, which affect
the Departmental program of study and courses of study (both undergraduate and
graduate.) This committee will have a one-year term of office.

D.     Grievance Committee: This will be an ad hoc committee consisting of three
members. The chair shall nominate one member, the faculty member presenting the
grievance shall nominate one member, and these two shall nominate a third member to
serve as chair of the Committee. The members of this Committee need not be from the
Philosophy faculty. Majority approval by the faculty is necessary to seat the nominees.
The Committee shall attempt to ameliorate or otherwise resolve the grievance.


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E.     Graduate Committee: The Graduate Committee shall consist of two elected
members and the chair. Election shall follow the procedure and policy set forth in III, A
above. This committee will serve as the admissions committee for incoming graduate
students, award teaching assistantships and fellowships, award any special scholarships
and fellowships that may be available, and handle all matters related to the graduate
program that may arise other than curriculum and policy matters requiring the attention
of the department serving as a committee of the whole.

IV.    Departmental Policy

A.     Faculty Meetings: Regular faculty meetings of the faculty must be held at least
once per semester (exclusive of the two summer semesters.) A meeting may be called by
the chair, or upon request of one-third (not less than two) of the full-time (lecturer
through full professor) members of the Department. Minutes of the meeting shall be
kept; corrected minutes, including minority reports and exceptions, shall be distributed to
all members of the Department, and forwarded to the dean, and the academic
vice-president.

       All full-time (lecturer through full professor) members shall be eligible to vote
with the following exception: those members who are on temporary or terminal contracts
can vote on structural matters (e.g., charter, promotion, and tenure, etc.) only by the
approval of two-thirds of the faculty. Any vote may be by secret ballot at the request of a
faculty member. All Committee elections will be by secret ballot. The Departmental
Charter may be amended by majority vote.

B.     Summer School Assignments: All full-time (assistant through full professor)
faculty members will be eligible for summer teaching. However, summer teaching
assignments are a reward for meritorious contribution to the Department goals, not a
privilege or right. Thus, the annual faculty evaluation shall be carefully considered in
making summer teaching assignments.

C.     Travel Funds: All full-time (assistant through full professor) faculty members will
be eligible for a pro-rata share of travel funds. Travel funds shall be allocated on the
following priority basis:

       1.     Paper presentations before professional groups. This is the highest priority,
              and it is desirable that all funds be allocated to this category. No funds shall
              be allocated to any other category during the first semester. At the
              beginning of the second semester, Departmental members with further
              claim to funds under this category (i.e., beyond their pro-rata share) can
              make application for same to the chair.

       2.     Panel membership at professional meetings, respondent to a paper, travel
              to fulfill duties as an officer in a professional society, or travel to attend

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             seminars, etc. (On an ad hoc basis, funds may be available from the Dean
             of Arts and Sciences for cases of exceptional merit.)

D.     Policy on Special Problems (PHIL 490-91): PHIL 490-91, Special Problems, will
be offered only under two circumstances:

      1.     In order to accommodate legitimate scheduling difficulties which would
             otherwise preclude a student from graduation. Majors who have not
             consulted with the Department chair, Undergraduate, or Graduate Advisor
             on at least a yearly basis will not be granted an exception to the regular
             degree requirements.

      2.     In order to accommodate advanced students (at least senior level standing)
             with legitimate needs for independent study. The minimal requirement for
             a Special Problems course include:
             a. Submission of a reading list and plan of study prior to registration.
             b. Submissions of a provisional draft of the term paper at least five weeks
                prior to the conclusion of the semester (failure to comply with this
                requirement will result in an automatic “Incomplete”.)
             c. Submission of a corrected and/or revised draft of a term paper by the
                conclusion of the semester.
             d. Bi-weekly consultation with your instructor (at least seven meetings
                during the semester.)

        E.    Faculty Evaluation Policy: Each faculty member will be evaluated annually
on their work since the last evaluation using a three-year period and a calendar year from
January 1 to December 31. Each faculty member shall prepare a Uniform Vita and
Biographical Data Sheet (see attached.) This information, along with the Faculty
Evaluation Form (see attached) shall be circulated among all full-time (assistant through
full professor) members of the Department. Prior to the annual evaluation, faculty
members may elect to invite colleagues into their classroom. Such visitations are solely
for the purpose of assisting faculty members in evaluating teaching and classroom
performance of their colleagues. Faculty should honor the request or colleagues to visit
their classroom.

       Faculty members will rate every other faculty member, and turn in their ratings to
the Department chair. Such ratings will be kept confidential by the chair. However, the
chair will prepare a Departmental profile on each faculty member, plus an overall
Departmental ranking (e.g., first, third, fifth.) Faculty members will be entitled to see
their own profile and know their own ranking within the Department.

        Departmental members may argue their case at a faculty meeting if they feel that
the ratings do not accurately reflect the quality of their work. Thus, the full-time
(assistant through full professor) faculty of the Department function as a committee of

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the whole on matters of faculty evaluation (in lieu of an elected personnel affairs
committee.)

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

       The faculty member should demonstrate proficiency primarily in research and
teaching and to a lesser degree service. He or she should also demonstrate the
commitment to participate with others in the department and the university as a member
of the university's community of scholars.

       The statistical teaching performance of the faculty member should be average to
above average for the department. There should also be favorable written student
evaluations. Both kinds of evaluation will be viewed within the context of the grading of
the students to insure that high ratings are not influenced by grade inflation. In the event
that the faculty member receives low marks as a teacher in terms of student evaluations,
the faculty member may request that other faculty visit their classes as an additional
means of determining the quality of the faculty member's teaching.

       As a minimum, the faculty member should average one refereed paper or chapter
in a book per year or its equivalent. The publication of a single-authored book, which
may be based on the faculty member's dissertation, shall be deemed adequate evidence of
research for promotion to associate professor and for tenure. Without the publication of a
book of significant quality, promotion and tenure shall depend upon the department's
appraisal of the quality and quantity of articles published and of other scholarly or
professional activities that may be specifically related to the faculty member's research
interests. Participation in refereed conferences and as an invited speaker shall also be
considered favorably.

        During the probationary period, departmental and university service shall be kept
to a minimum to permit the faculty member adequate time to develop research and
teaching skills. Because the department's graduate program is focused on applied
philosophy, which may involve the faculty member in significant service activities, such
activity may when deemed appropriate by the chair and the PAC count as the equivalent
of part or, in very rare cases, all of the research requirements for tenure and promotion to
associate professor. Examples are significant involvement in journal editing and large
interdisciplinary projects aimed at applying philosophy in the context of other scholarly,
scientific, and professional disciplines.

Promotion to Professor

      In addition to meeting the requirements for associate professor, the faculty
member must demonstrate proficiency in research, teaching, and service and also
demonstrate commitment to the university's community of scholars. Achievement in all
areas must be balanced with greater emphasis on research and teaching. In no cases

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shall excellence in research be construed as a substitute for the demonstration of adequate
teaching performance.

       The faculty member is expected to have continued to meet or exceed the standards
required for tenure and promotion to associate professor.

        The faculty member is expected to have averaged one or more refereed papers or
chapters in books per year or its equivalent. Substitutes may include edited books, significant
activity in journal editing, interdisciplinary applied philosophy projects, and works of fiction
with significant philosophical content. Regular participation in conferences, workshops, and
other scholarly meetings as well as invited lectures to other colleges and universities is
expected as indications of the faculty member's regional and national reputation and his or her
contribution to philosophical research.

       The faculty member should have participated effectively in departmental and university
service, including, for example, departmental and university committees and terms as
undergraduate or graduate advisor and supervisor of teaching assistants and teaching fellows
or other comparable activities as may from time to time be required by the department or
university. Significant participation in regional, national, and international organizations
related to the faculty member's specialty shall also be favorably considered.

F.      Missed Classes: Faculty members should attempt to secure a teaching replacement, or
otherwise arrange for an organized class, for any section they will be unable to meet due to
travel, illness, etc. In no case except emergency or sudden illness should the students be given
a "walk."

G.     University Courses: Such courses can be taught only with the approval of the chair and
the Executive Committee; a detailed proposal should be submitted to the chair; if approved,
then further action can be taken by the faculty member to instate the course.

        All such courses will be taught by members of the Department on an "approval basis"
(i.e., approval will be granted semester by semester). Approval will be granted subject to
availability of funds for replacement sections and other Departmental needs.

The Department will retain control over the title of the course and its content.

IV.    Department Policy

H.      Evaluation of Instructional Effectiveness: Assessment of the undergraduate program
shall include student participation in a capstone seminar, exit interviews by the undergraduate
advisor, and periodic surveys of former graduates. Assessment of the graduate program shall
include oral examinations and/or thesis defense, exit interviews by the graduate advisor, and
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periodic surveys of former graduates. The undergraduate and graduate advisors shall refer
results to the appropriate committees, normally the executive committee, curriculum
committee, or the graduate committee, for deliberation and recommendations to the
department, serving as a committee of the whole, for policy changes.




               CHARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS
                    UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
                       (As Amended April 3, 1997)

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                                              Preamble


         In order to assure a maximum participation of individual members of the Faculty in departmental
affairs, to define how internal policy is to be formulated and implemented, and to provide for an equitable
distribution of the administrative workload in the Department, the members of the Faculty of the
Department of Physics adopt this Charter for the operation of the Department. Efficiency demands that
the Faculty delegate day-to-day operation of the Department, but all powers not specifically so delegated
herein are reserved to the Faculty itself. In this regard the unique dual role played by the Chairman as
agent of both the departmental faculty and the university administration is understood, and the consequent
fact that he possesses certain prerogatives which are granted externally is acknowledged.


                         Article I - Organization and Meetings


Section 1: The Departmental Faculty

        1.1    The Departmental Faculty shall consist of all persons with a full-time tenured or tenured-
track appointment in the Department of Physics. Voting privileges on departmental matters are extended
to all members of the Department Faculty, except where specifically excluded by this charter or separate
University regulations.

       1.2     Faculty members on official leave of absence from the Department cannot vote.


Section 2: Organization of the Department

       2.1     The general conduct of departmental affairs shall be through the office of the Chairperson,
with particular items of concern being carried out by the appropriate standing committees: Executive
Committee (EC), Personnel Committee (PC), Undergraduate Committee (UC), Graduate Committee
(GC), Departmental Examination Committee (DEC) and Physical Facilities Committee (PFC).

Section 3: Department Meetings

        Regular meetings of the Departmental Faculty shall be called by the Chairperson once each
semester. Additional meetings may be called by the Chairperson, by the Executive Committee, or on
request of at least one-fourth of the voting Departmental Faculty.

      3.2     A quorum for meetings of the Departmental Faculty shall consist of 2/3 of the
Departmental Faculty.

        3.3     Departmental meetings shall function by simple majority vote of the quorum except as
specified differently below. [See 1.4]
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        3.4   Any issue affecting the Department, excluding matters of tenure, promotion, and salary,
may be brought before the Departmental Faculty for a vote by a petition signed by at least one-fourth of
the members of the Departmental Faculty, but in such instances decision shall be by simple majority of the
total Departmental Faculty.

       3.5     Agendas for all called meetings of the Departmental Faculty shall be announced to all
voting members at least one week in advance whenever possible. Items not on the agenda may be
included on the agenda only by consent of 2/3 of those present and voting.

      3.6     Minutes of all Departmental Faculty meetings shall be kept and distributed to all members
and made a matter of permanent departmental record.


                      Article II - The Department Chairperson


Section I: Appointment

       1.1      The Chairperson of the Department shall be appointed by the Board of Regents upon
recommendation by the President of the University from recommendations made by the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from nominee(s) submitted by the
Faculty of the Department of Physics.

       1.2   Whenever a vacancy in the Chairpersonship of the Department occurs, the members of the
Executive Committee shall serve as a nominating committee for an acting Chairperson.



        1.3    Recommendation(s) for an acting Chairperson shall be brought before the Faculty of the
Department for approval in secret balloting. A majority of the Departmental Faculty votes are necessary
before transmittal of approval to the Dean of the College.

        1.4   Whenever a vacancy in the Chairpersonship of the Department occurs, or is anticipated,
the members of the Executive Committee shall serve as a search committee for a new Chairperson. This
search committee shall determine its own organization and rules for procedure.

        1.5    Recommendation(s) for a new Chairperson shall be brought before the Faculty of the
Department for approval in secret balloting. A majority of the Departmental Faculty votes are necessary
before transmittal of approval to the Dean of the College.


Section 2: Term of Office



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       2.1      The Chairperson of the Department shall hold office in terms of four years, consistent with
the Constitution of the College of Arts and Sciences.

        2.2     The Chairperson of the Department may, with due notice, resign his administrative
position at any time without prejudice to his position as a member of the Faculty of the Department.

       2.3     The position of Department Chairperson shall be included within the scope of the regular
quadrennial departmental review conducted for the Dean of the College.


Section 3: Responsibilities

        3.1     The Chairperson shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Department. As such he/she
shall be responsible for the general well being of the Department and for those specific duties assigned by
the university administration.

        3.2     The Chairperson shall act for the Department in all matters requiring formal transaction of
official departmental business with the university administration unless he/she otherwise delegates this
responsibility in specific instances.

       3.3     The Chairperson shall be responsible for all personnel matters, and for all administrative,
educational, and budgetary policies.



       3.4    The Chairperson shall, when forwarding to administrative officers or bodies outside the
Department recommendations which differ from those of a majority of the appropriate Committees or of
the Departmental Faculty as a whole, report the substance of the conflicting recommendations.

     3.5       The Chairperson of the Department shall serve as Chairperson of the Executive
Committee.


                           Article III - The Vice-Chairperson


Section 1: Appointment

         1.1    The Chairperson may appoint a Vice-Chairperson, selected from the voting faculty, to
assist in administrative duties.

     1.2       The Vice-Chairperson shall not serve concurrently as a member of the Executive
Committee.

       1.3     The Vice-Chairperson shall not serve concurrently on more than two standing committees.
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Section 2: Term of Office

       2.1     The Vice-Chairperson shall serve at the pleasure of the Chairperson.


Section 3: Responsibilities

       3.1      The Vice-Chairperson shall work closely with the Chairperson and have whatever
responsibility the Chairperson so delegates, within the constraints imposed by this Charter. The Vice-
Chairperson only has authority when acting in the direct instruction of the Chairperson.




                        Article IV - The Executive Committee


Section 1: Membership

       1.1     The Executive Committee (EC) shall consist of five members, one of whom shall be the
Chairperson of the Department and four of whom shall be elected from among the Departmental Faculty.
Here the eligible tenure-track faculty shall be those that have been in the Department for at least two
years. The Chairperson shall vote only to break ties.

       1.2    The term of office for elected members of the EC shall be two years. No member shall
serve two consecutive terms; a minimum of one year is required between terms. A member elected to
serve out the balance of the term of a vacant membership shall be eligible if his/her time in that
membership has not exceeded one year.

       1.3     In the first year of implementation of this new Charter two of the members elected to the
EC will serve for a single year, after which time the provision IV 1.2 is put into effect.

        1.4     Elections for places on the EC shall be conducted during the spring semester each year at a
time to be prescribed by the EC. Election shall be by secret ballot in conformity with the general Election
Code of the University. Each member elected to the EC must be elected by a majority of the
Departmental Faculty. Those elected shall assume office on July 1 following the election.

       1.5     The EC shall declare a vacancy in its membership whenever
               (a)   a member of the EC resigns from the committee, or

               (b)     a member of the EC is absent from the campus on leave-of-absence, or

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               (c)     a member of the EC leaves the employ of the University, or

               (d)     the re-call of an elected member of the EC is petitioned by at least two-thirds of the
                       Departmental Faculty.

       1.6   Declared vacancies on the EC shall be filled immediately by special election called by the
Chairperson.

        1.7    The term of office for members elected to fill declared vacancies shall be the balance of
the terms vacated.

Section 2: Organization and Procedures

       2.1     The Chairperson of the Department shall serve as Chairperson of the EC.

       2.2     The Chairperson of the EC shall designate one of the elected members as Vice-
Chairperson of the committee to preside in the absence of the Chairperson.

       2.3      The EC shall keep minutes of all its meetings, and shall (excluding confidential personnel
matters) distribute them to all members of the Faculty of the Department, and file them as a matter of
permanent record in the departmental office.

       2.4     Three members of the EC including the Chairperson shall constitute a quorum.

       2.5     Decisions of the EC shall be by simple majority vote of the total membership of the EC.

        2.6     The EC shall determine its own organization and procedures except as specifically
prescribed in this charter.


Section 3: Meetings

        3.1     The EC shall hold regularly scheduled meetings once a month at a date and time to be
specified by the committee.

        3.2     Called meetings of the EC may be ordered by the Chairperson on his/her own initiative or
by petition by at least two members of the committee.

       3.3     Meetings of the EC, except for those dealing with confidential personnel matters, shall be
open to all members of the Faculty of the Department.

       3.4      Tentative agendas for open meetings of the EC shall be distributed to all members of the
Faculty of the Department prior to such meetings.


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Section 4: Responsibilities

      4.1     The EC shall advise the Chairperson on the formulation of administrative policy for the
Department, and on appointments to departmental administrative positions.


      4.2      The EC shall coordinate the activities of the standing operating committees of the
Department.

      4.3      The EC shall serve as the nominating committee for the membership of all standing
committees of the Department.

       4.4    The EC shall advise the Chairperson on the appointment of ad hoc committees as required,
and on the selection of department members to serve on external university committees when such
appointments are made at the department level.

       4.5      The EC shall assist the Chairperson in the preparation of salary recommendations for all
administrative, technical, and secretarial employees of the Department.

       4.6     The EC shall serve as the long-range planning committee for the Department.

      4.7    The EC shall constitute the departmental search and nominating committee to make
recommendations to the Faculty whenever a vacancy in the Chairmanship of the Department exists.



                        Article V - The Standing Committees

Section 1: Membership

        1.1   Each Standing Committee shall consist of four members of the full-time Faculty of the
Department, one of whom shall be appointed by the EC from among the elected members of the EC, and
three of whom shall be elected by the Faculty of the Department.

        1.2    Members of the Standing Committees shall serve two-year terms staggered so that half the
elected membership of each committee is chosen each year. In order to implement this provision, two of
the four chosen in the first election shall serve only one-year terms, the determination to be made among
the four in a manner to be prescribed by them. There shall be no limitation on re-election or re-
appointment to a Standing Committee except to the PC.

         1.3     Elected members on each Standing Committee shall be elected from a slate of nominees
prepared by the EC and supplemented by nominees received from the Faculty of the Department annually
at the regular fall meeting of the Department.


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       1.4    No member of the Faculty shall be permitted to serve simultaneous on more than two
Standing Committees, nor on more than one Standing Committee plus the EC. Every member of the
Departmental Faculty should expect to serve annually on at least one committee.

       1.5   No more than one member of the EC may hold membership simultaneously on any one
Standing Committee.

        1.6    Vacancies on any Standing Committee shall be filled immediately by special appointment
by the EC until such time as an election is feasible.


Section 2: Organizations and Procedures

       2.1     Each standing committee shall determine its own organizational structure and develop its
own internal procedures.

       2.2    Recommendations from standing committees on policy matters, departmental procedures
and curriculum shall be transmitted in writing to the Chairperson of the EC for consideration.

        2.3     Each standing committee shall develop and implement procedures for involving students
in appropriate activities of the Committees.

       2.4     The quorum for a standing committee consists of a majority of its members.


Section 3: General Responsibilities of the Personnel Committee (PC)

        3.1    The Personnel Committee (PC) shall consist of five members, four of whom shall be
elected from the tenured Departmental Faculty, and one of whom shall be a tenured scientist from outside
the department. The outside member of the PC shall be chosen by the Dean and approved by the
Chairperson.

       3.2    The PC shall formulate recommendations on all matters pertaining to tenure, promotion,
and severance of all faculty members. These recommendations shall be given to the Departmental
Chairperson, who shall distribute a summary report to the departmental faculty when appropriate.

        3.3     The PC shall evaluate all the departmental faculty on a yearly basis regarding their
teaching, research and service. These evaluations shall be delivered to the Chairperson in a timely
fashion, who shall distribute individual evaluations to faculty members.
        3.4     The EC shall maintain an up-to-date record of all professional activities of each member of
the Faculty of the Department.

        3.5    The PC's evaluation of the faculty, and their evaluation of the Chair as a faculty member
with teaching, research and service duties, should be mutually exclusive events. The Chair's evaluation
should be forwarded to the Dean before the process of evaluating the faculty begins.
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       3.6     All PC deliberations must be kept strictly confidential.


Section 4: General Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Committee (UC)

        4.1      The Undergraduate Committee (UC) shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC
relating to the general requirements for the bachelor's degree in Physics.

        4.2     The UC shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC for the development and/or
revision of the undergraduate major curricula in Physics.

        4.3    The UC shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC relating to the undergraduate
service courses offered in the Department.

        4.4    The UC shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC relating to the undergraduate
service courses offered in the Department.

       4.5    The UC shall be responsible for the development and implementation of a counseling
program for undergraduate majors in Physics.

       4.6    The UC shall be responsible for the development and implementation of undergraduate
honors and awards programs in the Department.

      4.7    The UC shall be responsible for the development and implementation of programs for
improvement of teaching.

       4.8    The UC shall be responsible for advising the EC of the special staffing requirements of the
undergraduate programs in Physics.

       4.9    The UC shall be responsible for advising the EC on annual budgetary requirements on the
undergraduate programs in Physics.


        4.10 The UC shall be responsible, in consultation with the EC, for preparation and submission
of external grant requests for assistance for the undergraduate programs in Physics.

      4.11 The UC shall be responsible for periodic review and revision of the materials for the
Department of Physics section of the General University Bulletin.


Section 5: General Responsibilities of the Graduate Committee (GC)

       5.1    The Graduate Committee (GC) shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC for the
development and/or revision of the graduate curricula in the Department.

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       5.2     The GC shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC relating to the general
requirements for advanced degrees in physics.

        5.3     The GC shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC relating to all special graduate
programs in the Department, --e.g., evening school, co-op programs, graduate teacher training,
interdisciplinary programs, etc.

        5.4     The GC shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the graduate
student recruitment program.

        5.5     The GC shall be responsible for recommendations to the EC for criteria for the admission
of students into the graduate programs in the Department.

       5.6   The GC shall be responsible for evaluating all applications for admission to the graduate
programs in Physics, and for transmitting through the Department Chairperson to the Dean of the
Graduate School such recommendations as may be required by the University.

        5.7     The GC shall be responsible for formulating general policy recommendations to the EC
relating to student financial awards.

        5.8     The GC shall, within the limits of available funds determined in consultation with the EC,
be responsible for the awarding of such graduate teaching assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships as
may be at the disposal of the Department, and for correlating these awards with other student stipends
which may be available through competition, or from personally-secured funds available through
individual faculty members.

       5.9    The GC shall be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date record of all phases of the
program of each graduate student on a semester-by-semester basis.

        5.10 The GC shall be responsible for reviewing annually the progress of each graduate student
in physics and formulating appropriate recommendations to the EC.

       5.12 The GC shall advise the Chairperson on the appointment of the graduate committees for
each graduate student.

       5.13 The GC shall be responsible for advising the EC of the special staffing requirements of the
graduate program in physics.

        5.14 The GC shall be responsible for advising the EC on the annual budgetary requirements of
the graduate program in Physics.

       5.15 The GC shall be responsible, in consultation with the EC, for the preparation and
submission of the department-wide grant requests to external agencies for assistance for the graduate
program in Physics.


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      5.16 The Chairperson of the GC shall be responsible for assisting the Chairperson of the
Department in making the part-time teaching assignments each semester.

      5.17 The GC shall be responsible each year for the preparation of the materials for the
Department of Physics section of the Bulletin of the Graduate School.


Section 6: The Departmental Examination Committee (DEC)

       6.1     The Departmental Examination Committee (DEC) shall be responsible for making up,
administering and grading the written part of the Ph.D. qualifying examination.

       6.2     The DEC shall be responsible for giving the oral part of the Ph.D. qualifying examination.

      6.3     In closed meeting with DEC shall determine if a candidate passes or fails the qualifying
examinations and give its determination to the GC.

       6.4     The DEC shall be responsible for the formulation and administration of all graduate
departmental examinations.




Section 7: General Responsibilities of the Physical Facilities Committee (PFC)

       7.1      The Physical Facilities Committee (PFC) shall be responsible for recommendations to the
EC relating to the allocation of building space and facilities.

        7.2   The PFC shall be responsible for the recommendations to the EC relating to the
establishment and allocation of non-instructional computers and other research resources within the
department and for external communication links.

       7.3    The PFC shall serve as the long range building facilities and space planning committee for
the Department.

        7.4     The PFC shall annually elect one of its members to be Library Representative for the
Department, and will be responsible for recommendations to the EC concerning acquisitions of materials
for the Science and Media Libraries.

        7.5    The PFC shall be responsible for the development and supervision of all storage facilities
of the department.

       7.6     The PFC shall be responsible for the general supervision of the annual departmental
inventory.

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Article VI - Grievance Procedures


Section 1:      Whenever a member of the Department disputes the actions of a departmental committee
or the chair, or feels that he/she has been aggrieved by a member or members of the Department and
attempts at remedy in consultation with the Chairperson fail, the grieving member may appeal to this
grievance procedure. An ad hoc committee called the Departmental Grievance Committee shall be
created to handle it. Such a committee will include two selected by the complainant, two selected by the
EC, and one agreed to by the first four; this last member will be the Committee Chairperson. The
Chairperson of the Department will be ineligible to serve on such committees.

Section 2: Initiation of the case shall be by written statement of charges to the Chairperson of the EC.
This statement shall include the name of the department members chosen for committee membership by
the complainant.


Section 3:      If the EC fails to appoint its representatives within two weeks of initiation of complaint,
they forfeit the case at the Departmental level; notice of such failure will be a part of the record of the
case.

Section 4:     At the Departmental level the complainant shall show sufficient cause to the Departmental
Grievance Committee for review of his or her case, and the Departmental Grievance Committee and the
complainant shall have access to all documents relevant to its investigation. If the case is decided at the
departmental level, either party may appeal the decision to the Dean of the college, consistent with the
procedures of the college. If the Departmental Grievance Committee decides in favor of the complainant
the decision will be referred to the EC. If the situation remains unresolved to the satisfaction of the
complainant, he/she may appeal to the Dean of the College for redress. In all cases the Chairman of the
ad hoc committee shall be responsible for the conveyance of records, a copy of which shall be placed in
the permanent personnel file of the Department and another given to the complainant.



                            Article VII - Election Procedures


       1.1     An Assistant Election Judge shall be elected at the first fall Departmental Faculty meeting
each year.

       1.2     The incumbent Assistant Election Judge becomes Election Judge at that time.

       1.3     No person shall serve as Election Judge and Assistant Election Judge concurrently.


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       1.4     In the event that an Election Judge cannot fulfill his/her duties (due to sickness or official
leave-of-absence), the Assistant Election Judge shall assume full responsibility and shall select a
temporary assistant from the voting members of the departmental faculty. If the Assistant Election Judge
cannot serve, for the same reason, the Election Judge shall select a temporary assistant from the voting
members of the departmental faculty.


Section 2: Departmental Elections

        2.1     All departmental elections shall be conducted by the Election Judge and the Assistant
Election Judge.

       2.2     Faculty Senate procedures shall be used for all such elections.

       2.3     Complete results of all elections shall be distributed to each voting member of the
departmental faculty.

      2.4     A ballot conducted by mail shall be held open for at least three, but not more than five full
working days.

       2.5    When a ballot is conducted by mail, absentee votes may be cast by phone through the
departmental Administrative Assistant.

         2.6    Neither the Election Judge nor the Assistant Election Judge shall be responsible for
soliciting absentee votes.



                     Article VII - Adoption and Implementation
        Adoption of this Charter shall require a two-thirds vote of the Departmental Faculty. This charter
shall become effective at the beginning of the Fall Semester, 1991.



                                 Article IX - Amendments
       Amendments to this Charter shall be by a vote of two-thirds of the Departmental Faculty.




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                   CHARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

                                  University of North Texas

                                           Preamble

        The members of the Psychology Department of the University of North Texas,
considering their department as a community of scholars devoted to the teaching, research,
and practice of psychology, affirm their commitment to the education of the University's
students, to the discipline of Psychology, and to the University as a whole. The departmental
officers and committees receive their authority to act in the name of the Department from and
are responsible to this community of scholars. The Department and the Chair recognize their
responsibility to the University President and the Board of Regents. The Psychology Faculty
and the Chair of Psychology are to follow the charter. The viability of any chair who refuses to
follow the charter will be immediately questioned by the faculty.


                             Article I. Organization and Meetings

       Section 1. The Department faculty includes all tenured and tenure track faculty
teaching in the Department, lecturers who are full-time in the Psychology Department, and
promotion track faculty who are full time employees of the University who currently hold
regular faculty line appointments in the Psychology Department that are at the rank of at least
Assistant Professor of Psychology. Those members with duties in University Administration
shall not serve on departmental committees.

      Section 2. Departmental affairs shall be conducted by the following agents of the
Department.

      a.     The Chair
      b.     The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor
      c.     The Departmental Executive Committee
      d.     The Undergraduate Committee
      e.     The Graduate Committee
      f.     The Personnel Affairs Committee
      g.     The Promotion and Tenure Committee
      h.     The Applied Training Unit
      i.     The Graduate Awards Board
      j.     The Departmental Faculty acting as a committee of the whole
      k.     Program Committees

       Section 3. Regular meetings of the Departmental Faculty shall be called by the Chair
at least once each semester. Additional meetings may be called by the Chair, the
Departmental Executive Committee, or on request of five members of the Departmental
Faculty.
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        Section 4. Agents of the Department may refer any matter to the Departmental
Faculty for its consideration. Any issue affecting the Department, excluding matters of
tenure, promotion, and salary, may be brought before the Departmental Faculty for a vote by
a petition signed by one-third of the members of the Departmental Faculty. When such
matters are referred to the Departmental Faculty for a vote either by agent or by petition, the
matter should be clearly presented in the agenda and the agenda shall be announced to all
members of the Departmental Faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting. A
quorum (50% + 1) of all voting members of the Departmental Faculty must be present for
action to be taken. Recall of any elected representative of the Department may be
accomplished under the petition provision of this section.

       Section 5. Minutes shall be kept for all meetings of the Departmental Faculty and
Departmental committees, including program committees and other ad hoc committees.
These minutes shall be distributed to all Departmental Faculty and made a matter of
Departmental Record. A copy of these minutes shall be readily available to the Departmental
Faculty in the Departmental Office for five years.

        Section 6. All Departmental Elections shall be by secret ballot. The ballot shall list the
eligible candidates. Elections shall be decided by majority vote of the eligible voters. Issues
before the Departmental Faculty of a controversial nature shall be decided by secret ballot
with a majority of those voting deciding the issue. In September of each year the faculty will
elect an election judge who will with the chair count all votes when a secret
ballot is taken or when departmental committees are elected. The election
judge will serve from January 1 to December 31. Results will be presented to faculty in
writing.

Section 7. Any vote on any issue before the Departmental Faculty can be made a secret
ballot by the request of one faculty member.


                               Article II. The Departmental Chair

      Section 1. The Chair is the chief executive officer of the Department responsible for
the general well-being of the Department and for specific duties assigned by the University
Administration.

      Section 2. Except in the case of the PAC or P & T Committees' actions and reports,
the Chair is responsible for the Department's formal communications with the University
Administration.

       Section 3. The Chair with the advice of the Personnel Affairs Committee is responsible
for personnel matters. The Chair with the advice of the Promotion and Tenure Committee is
responsible for tenure and promotion recommendations. The Chair with the advice of the
Departmental Executive Committee is responsible for the administrative, educational, and
budgeting policies and matters.
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      Section 4. The Chair is responsible for the day to day administration of policy within
the department.

      Section 5. The Chair serves as Chair of the Departmental Executive Committee.

      Section 6. The Chair is responsible for student affairs and teaching assignments with
the advice of the Graduate and Undergraduate Committees.

      Section 7. The Chair with the advice of the Executive Committee and appropriate
Program Committee is responsible for appointing and removing directors of programs.

     Section 8. The Chair with the advice of the Graduate Committee, Executive
Committee, and the respective program committee is responsible for the appointment and
removal of individuals from a program committee.

      Section 9. In cases of substantial disagreements on matters of importance between
the Chair and the Departmental Faculty or other Agents of the Department, the matter shall
be presented to the Dean by both parties to the dispute for resolution. Minutes concerning
these meetings with the Dean on disputed matters shall be kept and distributed to the
Department Faculty, except for personnel matters. On matters concerning personnel,
minutes will not be distributed to the Departmental Faculty.


                      Article III. The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor

      Section 1. The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor will be appointed by the Department
Chair with the advice of the Executive Committee.

      Section 2. The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor is responsible for maintaining the
general well-being of the Department when requested to take on such duties by the Chair
owing to the Chair's anticipated absence. These duties are limited to the maintenance of the
normal day-to-day operations of the Department.

      Section 3. The Department Chair may share with or delegate to the Associate
Chair/Graduate Advisor responsibility to sign as the department authority for the following
documents: graduate degree plans, change of degree plans, graduate requests for time
extensions, textbook orders for nonassigned classes, and other documents which the
Department Chair delegates.

      Section 4. The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor will maintain applications from
prospective teaching adjunct professors.

      Section 5. The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor represents the department to the
University Graduate Council upon the advice of the Chair and disseminates policies or
information from the Council to the departmental faculty.

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       Section 6. The Associate Chair/Graduate Advisor oversees the following departmental
functions: 1) Dispensing information regarding general requirements for graduate admission
the department, 2) Production of course schedules for submission to the Registrar, 3)
Updating of the department and course descriptions for the UNT Graduate Catalog, 4)
Updating of the Graduate Student Manual, 5) Responding to external agency's requests for
course equivalency reviews, 6) Responding to Graduate School requests, and 7) Other
functions as the Chair delegates.


                    Article IV. The Departmental Executive Committee

        Section 1. The Departmental Executive Committee is the executive committee of the
Department. It is composed of the Chair, two professors, one associate professor, and one
assistant professor. All members must be Departmental Faculty members as defined in
Article I. The members of the Departmental Executive Committee shall be elected during the
Fall semester in September. Members other than the Chair shall be elected for two year
terms by a majority vote of the Departmental Faculty. Terms of the Professors shall be
staggered so that one will be elected each year. The Departmental Executive Committee
shares with the Chair in decisions concerning administration, educational, and budgetary
policy.

      Section 2. Specifically, the Departmental Executive Committee:

             a.    provides for membership on standing committees where they are not
                   elected or determined on an ex-officio basis.
             b.    creates new committees unless the Departmental Faculty in a meeting
                   requests the Chair to expedite matters by appointing an ad hoc
                   committee.
             c.    assists the Chair in the formulation of budgeting recommendations.
             d.    approves recommendations from the Graduate and Undergraduate
                   Committees for curriculum changes or additions.
             e.    advises the Chair on administrative policy, and on appointments to and
                   removal from departmental administrative positions.

      Section 3. If the Chair and the Departmental Executive Committee differ on
recommendations to the Dean, such differences will be noted when the recommendations are
forwarded to the Dean.

        Section 4. Minutes of the Departmental Executive Committee meetings shall be
distributed to all members of the Departmental Faculty.




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                            Article V. Undergraduate Committee

       Section 1. The overall function of the Committee is to strive continuously to improve
the quality of undergraduate training in the department within the confines of the areas
described in Section 6.

      Section 2. Undergraduate program improvement suggestions may come from
students or faculty.

      Section 3.       a.   The Committee shall be composed of the Director of the
                            Undergraduate Program, the Undergraduate Advisor, two other
                            psychology faculty members, and two non-voting undergraduate
                            psychology major representatives.

                       b.   All elected committee members shall serve terms of one year
                            each.

                       c.   The Undergraduate Advisor shall be chosen by the departmental
                            Chair after consultation with the Executive Committee.

                       d.   The Director of the Undergraduate Program shall serve as Chair
                            of the Committee.

                       e.   The two remaining faculty Committee members shall be elected
                            by the psychology faculty by September 30.

                       f.   The two student committee representatives shall be elected by
                            undergraduate psychology majors (as defined by the official list
                            of majors distributed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences office
                            each Fall Semester). The election procedures shall be
                            conducted by the Psi Chi student organization in consultation
                            with the Committee Chair. The Committee Chair shall notify the
                            President of Psi Chi and its faculty sponsors of the election task
                            during the first week of classes each Fall semester.

       Section 4. Meetings of the Committee shall be called by its Chair at least once each
long semester.

      Section 5. The Committee will elect a secretary from among its membership. The
secretary will take minutes of each meeting. Minutes will be distributed to all members of the
Departmental Faculty and student representatives.




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      Section 6.       a.    The Undergraduate Committee shall serve as a recommending
                             agency to the Departmental Executive Committee concerning
                             the matters listed below.

                             1.     Undergraduate psychology curricula including items such
                                    as: the addition, deletion and modification of specific
                                    undergraduate courses; the undergraduate course
                                    requirements; course sequencing; frequency of individual
                                    course offerings; and the addition, deletion, and
                                    modification of psychology programs.

                             2.     Undergraduate psychology major and minor academic
                                    advisement policies and procedures.

                             3.     Undergraduate psychology student organizations.

                       b.    The Committee shall have the responsibility of maintaining the
                             undergraduate majors' academic and advisement record files.

                       c.    The Committee shall conduct an annual departmental
                             undergraduate enrollment trend survey.

                       d.    The Committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting
                             follow-up surveys of graduates of the undergraduate program.

                       e.    The Committee shall supervise the procedures for an annual
                             selection of students to receive departmental honors.


                                  Article VI. Graduate Committee

        Section 1. The overall function of the Committee is to strive continuously to improve
the quality of graduate training in the department within the confines of the areas described in
the following sections.

      Section 2.       a.    The Graduate Committee shall be composed of the following
                             persons: the departmental Chair, the Graduate Advisor, the
                             graduate program directors, and two non-voting graduate
                             student representatives. The Departmental Chair shall serve as
                             chair of the Graduate Committee.

                       b.    The Graduate Advisor shall be chosen by the departmental Chair
                             after consultation with the Executive Committee.



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                       c.   The student representatives shall be elected each year by
                            September 30 for one-year terms by the Graduate Student
                            Organization. The graduate student representatives shall serve
                            as observers and provide graduate student input to the
                            committee.

       Section 3. The Graduate Committee shall make recommendations to the
Departmental Executive Committee concerning all graduate program matters. Examples of
the areas in which recommendations shall be made are the following:
              1.       the formulation of requirements for election to the graduate faculty.
              2.       provisions for the evaluation of the credentials of individuals
                       nominated as members of the graduate faculty.
              3.       the addition of new graduate courses.
              4.       the deletion of graduate courses.
              5.       changes in degree program requirements.
              6.       changes in graduate admission requirements.
              7.       decisions regarding course offerings and course scheduling.
              8.       the preparation of brochures concerning graduate offerings and the
                       University Graduate Catalog entries.
              9.       the establishment of policies for graduate student awards (e.g., TA
                       and TF appointments, scholarships, honor awards, etc.).
              10.      Number of graduate students admitted to programs.

      Section 4. The policies concerning graduate student awards shall be administered by
a Graduate Awards Board whose membership shall consist of the Chair, the Graduate
Advisor, and the TA-TF supervisor who shall be selected by the Chair after consultation with
the Graduate Committee and the Executive Committee.

      Section 5. The Graduate Committee shall develop policies for determining graduate
program committee membership.

      Section 6. The Committee will elect a secretary from among its membership. The
secretary will take minutes of each meeting. Minutes will be distributed to all members of the
Departmental Faculty.


                        Article VII. The Personnel Affairs Committee

      Section 1. The Personnel Affairs Committee will be composed as follows. The
Committee will have nine members elected from the tenured faculty by vote of the
Departmental Faculty. Members shall be elected for one year terms. The election shall
occur during the Fall semester in September. If there are nine or fewer tenured faculty
members, all tenured faculty members will serve on the Personnel Affairs Committee.



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      Section 2. The Personnel Affairs Committee will advise the Chair concerning:
            a. merit matters
            b. appointment and severance of faculty members
            c. personnel matters

       Section 3. The Personnel Affairs Committee will elect one of its members to serve as
chair. The department chair will not be present during committee meetings regarding merit
evaluations and will not meet with the committee to discuss merit until after recommendations
for merit have been submitted to the chair.

     Section 4. Departmental members will be informed of merit and other
recommendations of the Personnel Affairs Committee by the Departmental Chair.

      Section 5. If the Departmental Chair and the Personnel Affairs Committee differ on
recommendations and cannot resolve these differences, such differences shall be noted
when the recommendations are forwarded to the Dean.


                     Article VIII. The Promotion and Tenure Committee

       Section 1. The Promotion and Tenure Committee will be composed as follows. The
membership of this committee shall be elected from the ranks of tenured Professors and
Associate Professors. The members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be
elected during the Fall semester in September. Members shall be elected for one year terms.

      Section 2. It will be the duty of the Promotion and Tenure Committee to consult with
and recommend to the Chair on matters concerning tenure and promotion.

     Section 3. If the Chair and the Promotion and Tenure Committee differ on
recommendations to the Dean of Arts and Sciences, such differences will be noted when the
recommendations are forwarded to the Dean.

     Section 4. Departmental members who are affected by decisions and
recommendations of the Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be notified by the
Committee Chair as to these decisions and recommendations.

      Section 5. The Promotion and Tenure Committee will elect its own chair.


           Article IX. The Applied Training Unit of the Psychology Department: ATU

      Section 1. Purpose. The Applied Training Unit will oversee all applied services in the
Psychology Department Clinic.



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Section 2. Organization and Meetings
               a.    ATU activity shall be overseen by the following agents:
                     1.   The Director of the Applied Training Unit Services;
                     2.   The Applied Training Unit Committee;
                     3.   Other committees as may be developed to meet new or
                          emerging training needs and services.

                b.   Regular meetings of the ATU Committee or other ATU
                     sponsored committees shall be called by the Director at least
                     once each semester. Additional meetings may be called by the
                     Director or by a simple majority of the ATU Committee (or of
                     future committees of the ATU). A quorum of three-fourths of a
                     ATU Committee (or additional committees as may be formed by
                     the ATU) is required before any vote of the respective
                     committees is taken.

                c.   Voting privileges are extended to all committee members with
                     the exception of the Director or student representatives.

                d.   Minutes shall be kept for all committee meetings, distributed to
                     the Departmental Faculty and made a matter of departmental
                     record.

                e.   Additional committees will be developed as needed, and will be
                     proposed by the Director of the ATU and approved by the
                     Department's Executive Committee.

Section 3. The Director of The Applied Training Unit

                a.   The Director is appointed by the Chair with the advice of the
                     Executive Committee for an undetermined period. The Director
                     may be appointed from the faculty; however, the Executive
                     Committee may not appoint a person to a faculty position since
                     filling faculty positions is the responsibility of the Personnel
                     Affairs Committee. If the Directorship is vacated, an acting
                     Director will immediately be appointed by the Departmental
                     Chair. The Acting Director will serve until a permanent Director
                     is appointed by the Executive Committee.

                b.   The Director is the chief executive officer of the ATU and is
                     responsible for day-to-day administration of the ATU according
                     to the policies of the ATU Committee.

                c.   The Director is responsible for all matters requiring formal
                     communication with the Executive Committee.

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              d.   The Director is responsible for ATU personnel matters (non-
                   faculty) and ATU administrative and educational activities, and
                   budget management. Decisions concerning the above matters
                   are shared with the ATU Committee and the Executive
                   Committee.

              e.   The Director is responsible for administrative matters within the
                   ATU which include matters such as assignment of space for
                   faculty offices and practicum students; assignment of clinic
                   space for research; secretarial procurement and supervision;
                   maintenance of clinic records.

              f.   The Director is responsible for student activity within the ATU.

              g.   The Director is directly responsible to the Executive Committee.

              h.   The Director cannot be a member of the Executive Committee or
                   be a program director.

Section 4. The ATU Committee

              a.   The ATU Committee is the executive committee of the ATU. It is
                   composed of the Director of ATU as Chair and program directors
                   or their designates from the psychology programs which are
                   assigning graduate students to the ATU for training.

              b.   The ATU Committee determines policy for ATU personnel
                   matters, educational activities, budgetary affairs and
                   administrative procedures.

              c.   Specifically, the ATU Committee

                   1.   Creates new committees if necessary from its membership
                        to conduct business unless the ATU Committee in a
                        meeting requests the Director to expedite matters by
                        appointing an ad hoc committee.

                   2.   Assists the Director in the formulation of all budget
                        recommendations and financial matters pertaining to the
                        maintenance and operation of the ATU. The Director is
                        responsible for accounting to the ATU Committee for all
                        budgetary expenditures.




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                        d.    If the Director and the ATU Committee differ significantly with
                              respect to major issues such as administrative policies or
                              budgetary matters, such differences will be noted and
                              transmitted to the Executive Committee for resolution.

       Section 5.       Fees. All fees generated through The Applied Training Unit activity
                        shall be under the direct supervision of the Executive Committee.


                                Article X. Grievance Procedures

       Section 1. Whenever a faculty grievance arises a departmental ad hoc committee will
be created. This committee will include one person selected by the complainant, a second
selected by the Departmental Executive Committee, and one agreed to by the first two; this
last member will be chair. The Department's Chair will be ineligible to serve on such
committees.

       Section 2. Initiation of the case shall be by written statement of charges to the Chair
or the Departmental Executive Committee. This statement shall include the name of the
department member chosen for committee membership by the complainant.

       Section 3. At the Departmental level the complainant shall show sufficient cause to
the Departmental Grievances Committee for review of the case, and the Departmental
Grievance Committee and the Complainant shall have access to all documents relevant to its
investigation. If the case is decided at the departmental level, either party may appeal to the
University Agency entrusted with such matters. If the Departmental Grievance Committee
decides for redress, in all cases the chair of the ad hoc committee shall be responsible for the
conveyance of records, a copy of which shall be placed in the permanent file of the
Department and another given to the complainant.


      Section 4. If the Departmental Executive Committee fails to appoint their
representative within a week of the initiation of a complaint they forfeit the case at the
Departmental level; notice of such failure will be a part of the record of the case.


                                    Article XI. Amendments

Amendments to this Charter shall be by a vote of 2/3 of the faculty, as defined in Article I.
This charter shall be formally considered for possible amendment at the first faculty meeting
in the fall of even number years.




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                                     Article XII. By-Laws

By-laws may be adopted or amended by a majority vote of the voting faculty, as defined
in Article I.


                                  Article XIII. Implementation

This charter shall become effective when presented to the Departmental Faculty by the
Chair and accepted by a vote of 2/3 of the voting faculty, as defined in Article I.


                           Article XIV. Interpretation of the Charter

The interpretation of the charter is the responsibility of the Executive Committee.




Adopted: February 1, 1993
Revised: March 7, 2002




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                               CHARTER
        DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION, SOCIAL WORK, & ADDICTIONS
                      UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
                           Approved __________


PREAMBLE

The faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions, University of
North Texas, considering their department to be a community of scholars devoted to teaching,
research and community service, affirm their commitment to the education of their students, to
the science and practice of the disciplines of rehabilitation, social work and addiction studies, to
the School of Community Service, and to the University of North Texas. The department’s
committees receive their authority from, and are responsible to, this community of scholars.
Finally, members of the faculty recognize their responsibility to the University Administration
and Board of Regents.

                      ARTICLE I. ORGANIZATION AND MEETINGS

SECTION 1. Department Faculty and Voting Eligibility.

Voting privileges belong to all full-time, tenured and tenured track members of the UNT
Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions. All other persons holding full or
part-time faculty positions, teaching or research, visiting faculty, lecturers, modified service, and
adjunct faculty shall enjoy all privileges of membership except right to vote.

SECTION 2. Department Agents.

Departmental affairs shall be conducted by the following agents of the Department:

   1.   The Department Chair
   2.   The Faculty Committee
   3.   The Personnel Committee
   4.   The Rehabilitation Counseling Coordinator, The Director of Social Work
   5.   The Rehabilitation Services Coordinator
   6.   Departmental Committees

SECTION 3. Meetings.



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Regular meetings of the Department faculty shall be held in the months of September, October,
November, February, March and April, and at least once during the summer. Additional
meetings may be called by the Chair or on petition from any three members of the Committee of
the Whole.




SECTION 4. Parliamentary Procedures.

A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Department. In all
parliamentary questions not provided for herein, Robert’s Rules of Order (newly revised) shall
apply.

SECTION 5. Records and Minutes.

An agenda will be set prior to the meeting with faculty members having the opportunity for input
to the agenda. Minutes will be kept be the departmental administrative assistant and maintained
as a matter of the Department record upon approval by the faculty. Copies of these minutes will
be maintained with the departmental records.

                  ARTICLE II. DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION

SECTION 1. Departmental Chair.

The Departmental Chair is the chief executive officer of the department. The authority of the
Chair shall be exercised in the spirit of the democratic governance reflected in the University of
North Texas Faculty Handbook. Subject to policies of the University of North Texas, the School
of Community Service and the Department, the Chair is responsible for administrative,
educational, personnel, budgetary and student affairs of the Department. The Chair shall also
serve as chair of the Faculty Committee unless and until a faculty member requests an election.
Upon such request, the faculty shall elect the Chair of the Faculty Committee by majority vote of
the faculty.

SECTION 2. Associate Chair.

The Associate Chair will assist the Chair in carrying out the above-described duties, as requested
by the Chair, and will serve as Acting Chair in the Chair’s absence.

SECTION 3. Coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling.

The Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling program shall be appointed by the Chair in
accordance with standards and requirements prescribed by the Council on Rehabilitation

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Education. The Coordinator is directly responsible for the quality of the graduate program in
rehabilitation counseling and maintaining accreditation of that program. The Coordinator will
chair the rehabilitation counseling committee.

SECTION 4. Director of Social Work.

The Director of Social Work shall be appointed by the Chair in accordance with the standards
and requirements prescribed by the Council on Social Work Education. The Director is directly
responsible for the quality of the social work program and maintaining accreditation of that
program. The Director will chair the Social Work committee.



                               ARTICLE III. COMMITTEES

SECTION 1. Faculty Committee.

So long as the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions faculty is composed
off no more than ten voting members, all voting faculty members shall be members of the
Faculty Committee. The Faculty Committee shall consider departmental planning, policy and
procedures relative to general administrative, academic and faculty issues. The Committee will
also deliberate and decide on recommendations brought before it by departmental academic
committees. The Faculty Committee will be comprised of all faculty and instructors who teach
classes in the Graduate and Undergraduate programs. The Director of the Department of
Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions will serve as chairperson.

SECTION 2. Academic Committees.

Separate committees will be appointed to address curriculum, accreditation, student issues,
admissions and all program-specific matters relative to the respective academic programs.
Committees will include: Rehabilitation Counseling Committee, Social Work Committee, and
the Rehabilitation Services Committee. Members of each committee will be appointed annually
by the Department Chair.

SECTION 3. Promotion and Tenure Committee.

For consideration for promotion and tenure and related issues, all tenured members of the
Department faculty, with the exception of the Department Chair, shall constitute the Committee
on the Promotion and Tenure. The P&T Committee shall elect its own Chair on an annual basis.
The P&T Committee shall conduct those personnel activities that relate directly to promotion
and tenure, including annual-and mid-term status reviews and recommendations on standards for
promotion and tenure in keeping with School of Community Service and University of North
Texas policy and procedures.

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SECTION 4. Personnel Affairs Committee.

All voting members of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions shall serve
on the departmental Personnel Affairs Committee. The PAC shall elect its own Chair on an
annual basis. The Personnel Affairs Committee shall conduct those personnel activities
associated to annual faculty reviews that are not directly related to the recommendations for
promotion and tenure.

SECTION 5. Other Committees.

The Department Chair shall be authorized to make temporary committee appointments, on an ad
hoc basis, of various committee members to address specific matters in any areas deemed
necessary by the chair. Each ad hoc committee shall dissolve after the completion of its assigned
task, or at the end of the academic year in which it was created unless its continuance is
determined and agreed upon by the Faculty Committee.


                    ARTICLE IV. AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER

SECTION 1. Charter Amendments.

Any voting member of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Wok and Addictions may
initiate a charter amendment by distributing copies of the proposed amendment at a meet of the
Faculty Committee. Such distribution shall constitute a first reading of the amendment. All such
proposals shall be clearly identified as proposed charter amendments. The amendment may be
ratified by a simple majority vote of the faculty, provided that at least one week shall have lapsed
between the first reading and ratification.

SECTION 2. Regular Charter Review.

The Department shall formally review the Charter for possible amendment at intervals of no
more than five years. At any other time, the Department Chair may appoint an ad hoc Charter
Review Committee to make a report to the faculty before the expiration of the academic year in
which it was appointed.


      ARTICLE V. CHARTER IMPLEMENTATION AND RELATED MATTERS

SECTION 1. Ratification.




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This Charter shall be considered in effect as soon as majority vote for the Charter has been
obtained. This Charter shall be considered to have superceded all previous Department practices
temporarily in place until a Charter could be drafted and ratified.

SECTION 2. Distribution.

Each member of the Department shall be given a copy of this Charter as well as copies of
amended charters. It shall be the responsibility of the Chair to update the Charter whenever it is
amended. The Chair is also responsible for ensuring that all new faculty and staff are provided
with a copy of the Charter. In addition, copies of the initial Charter as well as any amended
Charter thereafter shall be provided to the Dean of the School of Community Service and to the
Office of the Faculty Senate.

                             The University of North Texas
                        Department of Radio, Television and Film



                                   Department Charter
                                  Revision of January, 2000

                          Preamble
                           Article I:       Organization
                          Article II:       The Chairperson of the Department
                          Article III:      Department Faculty
                         Article IV:        Committees
                          Article V:        The Executive Committee
                         Article VI:        Personnel Affairs Committee
                         Article VII:       Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
                        Article VIII:       Graduate Committee
                         Article IX:        Amendments
                          Article X:        Adoption and Implementation
              Standing Committees:          Production Committee




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                                       Preamble


        This Charter proclaims that the Department of Radio, Television and Film at the
University of North Texas is an academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences
comprised of a community of scholars devoted to teaching, research and creative
activities, and service to the university, discipline, and community. The department
committees receive their authority from and are responsible to the department. The
faculty recognizes and supports the Faculty Handbook as the principal document
specifying university policies and procedures. The Department Faculty and the
Chairperson recognize their responsibility to the Administration and Board of Regents of
the University of North Texas.


                                Article I: Organization

Section 1: Organization of the Department

1.1 Department affairs shall be conducted by the Department Faculty, the Chairperson,
    the Executive Committee, the Personnel Affairs Committee, the Undergraduate
    Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Committee, and such additional committees as
    the Chairperson appoints with the advice of the Executive Committee.

                    Article II: The Chairperson of the Department

Section 1: Appointment and Removal

1.1 The Chairperson of the Department shall be appointed by the Board of Regents upon
    recommendation by the President of the University from recommendations made by the
    Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
    The Faculty of the Department of Radio, Television and Film shall participate in the
    appointment process as specified by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

1.2 Whenever a vacancy in the Chair of the Department occurs, the Executive Committee
    shall recommend to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences one of its members as
    Acting Chairperson until the Chair can be filled.

1.3 Removal of the Chairperson of the Department may be initiated from within the
    department and accomplished by (1) resignation, (2) the Personnel Affairs Committee,
    working with the approval and consultation of the Dean of the College of Arts and
    Sciences. One-third of the full-time faculty members may, by petition, initiate removal

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    action against the Chairperson of the Department. After at least a two-thirds majority
    vote in favor of removal action, the Personnel Affairs Committee Chairperson shall
    approach the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences with the request that the
    Chairperson of the Department be removed. The removal vote shall be taken only after a
    concentrated effort has been made to remedy the difficulty by means of consultation
    between the Chairperson of the Department and the Committee. It is understood that the
    Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has final authority to remove or retain the
    Chairperson of the Department.

Section 2: Term of Office

2.1 The Chairperson of the Department shall hold office without tenure in that Office and
    without fixed terms, except as specified by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

2.2 The Chairperson of the Department may, with due notice, resign the chair at any time
    without prejudice to membership in the Faculty of the Department.

2.3 The Chairperson of the Department shall be evaluated periodically by the Department
    Faculty in reviews of the Department operation conducted by the Dean of the College of
    Arts and Sciences.

Section 3: Responsibilities

3.1 The Chairperson of the Department has a dual responsibility, both to the university
    administration and to the Department Faculty, for the health, well being, and progress of
    the Department.

3.2 The Chairperson of the Department shall act for the Department in all matters requiring
    formal transaction of official department business with the university administration
    unless the Chairperson delegates this responsibility in specific instances.

3.3 The Chairperson of the Department shall be responsible for all personnel matters.
    However, the Chairperson of the Department must secure the advice and counsel (and, if
    possible, concurrence) of the Department Faculty through the appropriate Department
    committees.

3.4 The Chairperson of the Department, while sharing routine administration with assistants
    and with committees, shall be responsible for all administrative matters within the
    Department.

3.5 The Chairperson of the Department shall, when forwarding to administrative officers or
    bodies outside the Department recommendations that differ from those of a majority of
    either a committee or of the Department Faculty as a whole, report the substance of the

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    conflicting recommendations. The Chairperson shall report the final numerical results of
    the department or relevant committee voting on contested issues. Members eligible to
    vote on the matter at hand may request to see the Chairperson's recommendations.

3.6 The Chairperson of the Department shall serve as chairperson of the Executive
    Committee.

3.7 The Chairperson of the Department shall ensure that all departmental records pertaining
    to a faculty member are open to that member.

                            Article III: Department Faculty

Section 1: Composition

1.1 The Department Faculty shall consist of all full-time members of the faculty of The
    University of North Texas (UNT) who hold appointments in the Department of Radio,
    Television and Film. Full-time faculty include individuals with research, special, and/or
    teaching assignments, including continuing lecturers not on tenure track. Full-time visiting
    faculty members constitute a special class and are discussed below. Questions
    concerning status shall be decided by the Executive Committee.

1.2 Visiting faculty are full time faculty members who are not on tenure track and for whom
    there is no expectation of appointment past the current year. Visiting faculty members
    may be appointed or elected to serve on all department committees except the PAC and
    P&T except that they may not vote on questions involving the hiring of new faculty
    members. This means that visiting faculty members may be appointed or elected to
    serve without a vote on faculty search committees.

Section 2: Meetings

2.1 Meetings of the Department Faculty with a fixed agenda may be called by the
    Chairperson, by the Executive Committee, or by petition to the Chairperson of at least
    one-fourth of the members of the faculty.

2.2 Any issue may be brought before the Department Faculty by the Chairperson or the
    Executive Committee for a vote, excluding appointment, tenure, severance, disciplinary
    action, promotion, and salary of an individual.

2.3 Agendas for all meetings of the Department Faculty shall be announced prior to the
    meetings. Items not on the agenda may be considered during the meeting by consent of
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2.4 The Department Chairperson or the Chairperson's designee shall preside at all meetings
    of the Department Faculty.

2.5 A quorum for meetings of the Department Faculty shall consist of three-fourths of the
    total Department Faculty. Written proxy statements, prepared in writing and submitted to
    the Chairperson or presiding officer of the meeting before the meeting begins are
    acceptable unless they exceed one-third of the total membership of the Department
    Faculty.

2.6 Department meetings shall function by simple majority vote of those present and voting,
    except as otherwise specified in this charter.

2.7 Minutes (corrected, including minority reports and exceptions) shall be kept for all
    meetings of the Department Faculty and made a matter of department record.

                                   Article IV: Committees

Section 1: Types

1.1 There shall be three types of committees. Charter Committees are those named in this
    Charter. Standing Committees are those named by the Executive Committee to deal with
    long term or recurring matters. Ad hoc Committees are those named by the Executive
    Committee or the Chairperson of the Department to deal with one specific matter. Every
    member of the permanent, full-time faculty should expect to serve annually on at least
    one committee.

Section 2: Membership, Terms, and Elections

2.1 Each Charter Committee shall be composed of a designated number of full-time faculty
    representatives. Except for members appointed as specifically described elsewhere in
    this Charter, Charter committee members are to be elected by the Department Faculty in
    a secret ballot, in keeping with the University’s "Guidelines for Faculty Participation" (FH
    Section IV). Early in the fall term of each year, the Chair of the Department shall present
    a slate of nominees for each Charter committee to the Department Faculty. Additional
    nominations shall be called for in a Department Faculty meeting. All candidates for
    Charter committee membership must meet the criteria for membership on the committee
    for which they are nominated. After nominations are closed, a secret vote shall be taken
    in which each faculty member may vote for or against each nominee. Except as
    specified in University Policy or elsewhere in this Charter, those nominees receiving the
    largest number of votes shall serve on the committee up to the size of the committee
    specified in this charter. In those cases where no size is specified for a committee, the
    number of nominees submitted on the chair’s original slate shall be taken as the size of
    the committee.

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2.2 Except as specified otherwise herein, new members of all Charter Committees shall
    serve terms that begin immediately upon election. Terms shall expire on the date of the
    next annual department election for committee membership or upon resignation or other
    departure from the department.

2.3 A faculty member must serve if elected to a Charter Committee unless that faculty
    member already holds membership on numerous Charter Committees as determined by
    the Chairperson of the Department.

2.4 Vacancies of elected positions on any Charter Committee shall be filled immediately by a
    special election. Persons elected to fill such vacancies shall serve only the unexpired
    portion of the term, but upon expiration of that term may be re-elected for a full term.
2.5 Members of Standing Committees are elected by the Executive Committee.

2.6 Ad hoc Committees may be required by the Executive Committee or the Chairperson to
    submit interim reports, but shall in all cases submit a written final report to the Executive
    Committee. Upon submission of its final report, an ad hoc committee shall be considered
    dissolved and shall conduct no more business.

Section 3: Organization and Procedures

3.1 Except as specified otherwise herein, each Charter Committee shall develop its own
    internal procedures.

3.2 Except as specified otherwise herein or in University Policy, each Charter Committee
    shall hold open meetings; elect its own chairperson; announce time, place, and tentative
    agenda; keep minutes; distribute minutes (excluding personnel matters dealing with
    individual faculty members) to the departmental faculty; and file minutes as a matter of
    permanent record in the Department Office.

3.3 Should matters arise which present a conflict of interest for a committee member, he or
    she will be excused from deliberations and voting on that matter.

                          Article V: The Executive Committee

Section 1: Membership and Election

1.1 In accordance with Faculty Handbook, Section IV F(1), the Executive Committee (EC)
    shall consist of the Department Chair and elected members of the Department Faculty.
    At least half of the membership of the Executive Committee must come from the upper
    two ranks. Whenever possible, the EC should be composed of an equal number of
    members from the upper and lower ranks.

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1.2 Elected members of EC shall serve one-year terms and may be re-elected.

1.3 Faculty members nominated for election to the Executive Committee may withdraw their
    names before the election . Elected members must serve.

1.4 A vacancy on the committee resulting from resignation or departure from the University
    of North Texas, illness, or other compelling reason(s) shall be filled through a special
    election, with the new member to serve out the remainder of the term.

Section 2: Organization and Procedures

2.1 The Chair of the Department shall serve as chairperson of the EC.

2.2 A simple majority of the EC shall constitute a quorum (i.e., one more than half the
    number of members).

2.3 Decisions of the EC shall be by simple majority vote of those present and voting.

Section 3: Meetings

3.1 The EC shall hold regularly scheduled meetings, usually but not necessarily, once a
    month at a date and time to be specified by the Chair.

3.2 Called meetings of the EC may be ordered on the initiative of the Chair or on petition by
    at least thirty percent of the members of the committee.

3.3 Meetings of the EC, except for those dealing with individual personnel matters, shall be
    open to all members of the Faculty of the Department.

3.4 Written minutes of a meeting of the EC shall be the official record of that meeting and
    copies will be distributed to all full-time Department Faculty. The Chairperson will
    designate the author of EC minutes.

Section 4: Responsibilities

4.1 The Executive Committee shall advise the Chair on the formulation of administrative
    policy for the Department and on appointments to departmental administrative positions.

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4.3 The EC shall be advised of appointments to ad hoc committees and selection of
    department members to serve on external university committees when such
    appointments are made at the department level.

4.4 The EC shall serve as the long-range planning committee for the Department.

4.5 The EC shall appoint members of a Search Committee when needed to search out and
    nominate candidates to fill vacancies which arise in the Department. Depending on the
    vacancy, Department Staff members may serve on the Search Committee. Faculty and
    Staff members nominated for appointment to the Search Committee may withdraw their
    names before the appointment. Appointed members must serve.

4.6 The EC shall conduct periodic reviews of this Charter and coordinate with all other
    committees and entities within the Department to draft changes as required. All Charter
    changes are subject to approval by faculty vote as outlined in Article IX.

                        Article VI: The Personnel Committees

Section 1: Introduction

1.1 Due to the fact that the Department of Radio Television and Film has a significant
    number of non-tenure track faculty who must be evaluated by their peers, the structure of
    committees involved in personnel matters varies somewhat from that recommended in
    the Faculty Handbook, Section IV. This variance is intended to retain the spirit of the
    Handbook Guidelines while ensuring that non-tenure track faculty also have a voice in
    personnel matters. The Department of Radio, Television and Film, therefore, will have
    two Charter Committees to deal with personnel matters as outlined below.

Section 2: The Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC)

2.1 The Personnel Affairs Committee (PAC) will be responsible for conducting the annual
    peer evaluation and for counseling and advising the chair concerning faculty
    appointments (and terminations) and salary matters.

2.2 The PAC will consist of a representative peer group elected by the faculty as outlined in
    Article IV above.

2.3 The Chairperson of the Department shall serve as chair, ex officio, of the PAC without,
    however, participating in the peer evaluative process.

2.4 The PAC will conduct annual evaluations of each lecturer and visiting, tenure-track, and
    tenured faculty member in accordance with the document "Periodic Review of RTVF


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    Faculty: Procedures and Guidelines" and current college and university policy. The
    results of these evaluations will be presented to the Chair.

2.5 The PAC will also conduct an annual reappointment review of each lecturer in
    accordance with the document "Periodic Review of RTVF Faculty: Procedures and
    Guidelines" and current college and university policy. The results of these evaluations will
    be presented to the Chair.



2.6 The Chair and the PAC will discuss any differences between the committee's evaluations
    and those of the Chair.

Section 3: The Promotion and Tenure Committee

3.1 The Promotion and Tenure Committee (P&T Committee) will be responsible for
    conducting necessary reviews for the purpose of advising the chair on recommendations
    regarding tenured and tenure track faculty reappointment, promotion, and tenure
    following the procedures outlined in the document "Periodic Review of RTVF Faculty:
    Procedures and Guidelines."

3.2 The membership of the Promotion and Tenure Committee will be determined as provided
    for in the Faculty Handbook, Section IV, except that in no case shall a faculty member
    deliberate on a matter in which he or she has a conflict of interest.

3.3 The P&T Committee shall elect a chair from its membership at its first meeting of the
    year.

3.4 The P&T Committee will work with the Department Chair in counseling tenure-track
    faculty members on schedules and preparation of materials for the 3rd year (or mid-term)
    review and the Tenure/Promotion review.

3.5 Each year, at a time well in advance of the College deadline, the Chair will announce
    department deadlines for the submission of materials for those applying for
    reappointment, promotion and tenure. The committee members will examine the material
    from each faculty member. The materials will be discussed at a Promotion & Tenure
    meeting, and the committee chair will draft a report to the Department Chair. The report
    should include the recommendation of the committee plus a record of the vote taken. In
    the case of a non-unanimous vote, members of the minority may submit a separate
    report and recommendation to the Department Chair.

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4.1 Ad hoc search committees shall be appointed by the EC and shall consist of a
    representative cross-section of the faculty with the addition of other outside members as
    required by College or University policy. Visiting Faculty may be appointed to serve on
    search committees, but without a vote. In no case shall a faculty member serve on a
    search committee if that service would involve a conflict of interest. This committee will
    draft the position description in consultation with the faculty and the Chair and advertise
    the position, following university guidelines. The committee will do the initial screening of
    applications and assemble a list of acceptable candidates for the Chair and the faculty,
    along with their recommendations.

                  Article VII. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Section 1: Membership and Appointments

1.1 The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) shall consist of at least four members
    of the Department Faculty.

1.2 Members of the UCC shall serve one-year terms and may be re-elected.

Section 2: Organization and Procedures

2.1 The Chairperson of the UCC shall be elected from the UCC membership at the first
    meeting of the year.

2.2 A simple majority of the UCC shall constitute a quorum (i.e., one more than half the
    number of members).

2.3 Decisions of the UCC shall be by simple majority vote of those present and voting.

Section 3: Meetings

3.1 The UCC shall meet at least once each long semester, at a date and time to be specified
    by the UCC Chairperson.

3.2 Called meetings of the UCC may be ordered on the initiative of the Chair of the
    Department, UCC Chairperson, or on petition by any member of the committee.

3.3 Meetings of the UCC shall be open to all members of the Faculty of the Department.

Section 4: Responsibilities

4.1 The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee shall advise the Faculty of the Department on
    recommendations regarding curriculum issues.

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4.2 All issues regarding undergraduate curriculum shall be presented to the UCC prior to
    discussion with the Faculty of the Department.

4.3 The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee chair shall represent the department at
    College and University undergraduate curriculum meetings, report on status of
    department requests forwarded, and review catalog copy annually.

                        Article VIII: The Graduate Committee

Section 1: Membership and Appointments

1.1 The Graduate Committee (GC) shall consist of the Graduate Coordinator and at least
    three other members of the Department Graduate Faculty, who shall be elected as
    provided in Article IV above.

Section 2: Organization and Procedures

2.1 The Graduate Coordinator shall serve as the Chairperson of the GC.

2.2 A simple majority of the GC shall constitute a quorum (i.e., one more than half the
    number of members).

2.3 Decisions of the GC shall be by simple majority vote of those present and voting.

Section 3: Meetings

3.1 The GC normally shall meet at least once each long semester, at a date and time to be
    specified by the Graduate Coordinator.

3.2 Called meetings of the GC may be ordered on the initiative of the Chair of the
    Department, the Graduate Coordinator, or on petition by any member of the committee.

3.3 Meetings of the GC shall be open to all members of the Faculty of the Department.

Section 4: Responsibilities

4.1 The Graduate Committee shall advise and assist the Chair, Graduate Coordinator, and
    Department Faculty in developing and implementing policies and procedures in the
    following areas: approval of candidates for graduate admission, the awarding of
    graduate teaching assistantships and other competitive support for graduate students,
    graduate curriculum and course development, comprehensive testing, thesis and project-


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    in-lieu-of thesis evaluation and approval, and any other matters regarding the graduate
    program.

4.2 All issues regarding the graduate program shall be presented to the GC prior to
    discussion with the Faculty of the Department.

4.3 The Graduate Coordinator shall represent the department at College and University
    graduate curriculum meetings, report on status of department requests forwarded, and
    review catalog copy annually.

                                 Article IX: Amendments

Amendments to this Charter shall be by a vote of two-thirds of the eligible Faculty, as
defined in Article III.

                        Article X: Adoption and Implementation

Adoption of this Charter shall require a two-thirds vote of the eligible Faculty, as defined in
Article III. This Charter shall become effective upon approval by the Faculty.




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                                Production Committee

Section 1: Membership and Appointments

1.1 The Production Committee (PC) shall consist of permanent members and members
    appointed by the EC at the start of each academic year. Appointed members shall serve
    a one year term, but are eligible for re-appointment.

1.2 Five persons shall serve as permanent voting members of the committee by virtue of
    their positions: the video engineer, audio engineer, RTVF Media Services Specialist,
    KNTU Manager, and NTTV Manager. Any of these five persons may be designated by
    the EC as PC Chair.

1.3 The appointed members of the committee will include one voting faculty member from
    each of the three major production areas within the department: radio (audio), television
    (video), and film. Any member of these three areas may be designated by the EC as PC
    Chair, or a fourth additional voting faculty member may be so designated.

1.4 Also, area coordinators may be assigned to the PC named by the Dept. Chair or EC and
    may be designated as either voting or non-voting members.

1.5 Others, who are expected to provide input concerning production budgeting and
    resource allocation matters, may be designated by the EC to serve on the committee
    and may be designated by the EC as either voting or non-voting members.

1.6 Any committee member may serve as a production area representative (see 1.3) as so
    designated by the Dept. Chair or EC.


Section 2: Organization and Procedures

2.1 The committee shall recommend the equipment to be allotted to each production course,
    staffing of the equipment room and editing facilities, and recommend action on reports of
    student abuse of equipment, check-out procedures and/or the equipment itself.




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Section 3: Responsibilities

3.1 The PC shall make recommendations to the Chair of the Department relating to
    equipment purchases and other facility needs, requests for use of production equipment
    or facilities by students who wish to enroll for credit under "special problems" or "problem
    in lieu of thesis", requests for production facility keys for use by faculty or students, and
    other special requests related to use of facilities and equipment.

3.2 The PC shall also make recommendations to the Chair regarding proposals for new
    courses or program elements that require the use of production equipment or facilities.




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                                  University of North Texas
                       School of Library and Information Sciences

                                          CHARTER


                                           Preamble

The School of Library and Information Sciences is a separate academic and professional
school within the University of North Texas. This Charter establishes the structure and
governance of the School as an academic and administrative unit of the University; defines
the roles and responsibilities of the School's officers, faculty, and students; assures the full
participation of members of the faculty in School affairs; specifies the way in which its
policies are formulated; and implements provisions concerning the organization and
functions of academic units as set forth in the University's Faculty Handbook and related
documents.


                                Article I. General Organization

The School of Library and Information Sciences is composed of a Dean, an Associate Dean,
faculty members of the School (as defined in Article IV.), and the students of the School.
The affairs of the School are conducted by the Dean, the Associate Dean, the Faculty,
standing committees, ad hoc committees, and the student body. The standing committees
(as defined in Article VI.) include the Committee on Committees, Executive Committee,
Personal Affairs Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Comprehensive
Examination Committee, Curriculum Committee, External Affairs Committee, Resources
and Facilities Committee, and Student Affairs Committee.


                                      Article II. The Dean

   Section 1: The Dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences directs the operation
   and administration of the School and serves as its liaison to the University’s administration.
   The Dean is a voting ex officio member of the Council of Deans, the University Graduate
   Council, and the University Curriculum Committee. The Dean administers through an
   organizational structure consisting of an Associate Dean, the Faculty, Executive Committee,
   other School committees, the student body, and the office staff.




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Section 2: The Dean coordinates and implements all aspects of the various functions of the
       School, including faculty and staff appointments; appraisal of faculty for promotion,
       tenure, and salary increases; promulgation of educational policies, curriculum
       development, and review; supervision of recruitment, admission, orientation,
       placement, scholarship awards, and other student activities; promotion of teaching
       effectiveness, research, and scholarly pursuits; formulation and management of the
       budget; physical facilities management; and participation in various activities such
       as public, alumni, and media relations.

Section 3: Within the School, the Dean administers academic programs, subject to the
       policies and procedures of the University Curriculum Committee, the Graduate
       Council, the Graduate Dean, and/or other appropriate bodies of the University
       faculty or administration.


                                Article III. The Associate Dean

Section 1: The Associate Dean shall assist the Dean in the promotion of the mission, goals,
       and objectives of the School and in matters deemed appropriate by the Dean.

Section 2: The Associate Dean shall also assist the Dean in matters including but not
       limited to: academic programs, admissions, financial aid, scheduling, academic
       support services, computing support services, laboratories, and facilities.

Section 3: The Associate Dean shall be evaluated annually by the Dean with appropriate
       written faculty input that preserves individual anonymity.


                      Article IV. The Faculty and Faculty-Student Council

Section 1 (The Faculty): The Faculty of the School of Library and Information Sciences
       includes the following members: all full-time faculty at the University who hold a
       regular and continuing appointment in library and information sciences; faculty who
       also hold an administrative appointment; all retired faculty teaching part-time in the
       School; full-time temporary or visiting faculty, those holding courtesy appointments,
       and adjunct faculty in the School.
Section 2 (Faculty-Student Council): The Faculty-Student Council, chaired by the Dean, is
       the deliberative and policy-making body of the School. The membership of the
       Faculty-Student Council includes the faculty as defined in Section 1 (those holding
       courtesy appointments and adjunct faculty excluded) and elected student
       representatives from the degree programs offered by the School.               Student
       representatives shall not be present when the Council meets in Executive Session.



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Section 3 (Voting): Although others (as defined in Section 6) may attend meetings of the
       Faculty-Student Council, only the individuals designated in Section 2 hold voting
       privileges.

       A quorum of the School's Faculty-Student Council shall consist of two-thirds of the
       total number of those eligible to vote at meetings of the Council. A quorum shall be
       required to convene and to take formal action.

Section 4 (Elections): Elections to fill elective positions shall be conducted by secret ballot
       at regularly announced meetings of the Faculty-Student Council. Recall of any
       elected representative may be accomplished by a petition signed by two-thirds of the
       members of the Faculty, those holding courtesy appointments and adjunct faculty
       excepted. Elections for positions opened by a recall shall be held within three weeks
       after submission of a petition.

Section 5 (Meetings): Regular meetings of the School's Faculty-Student Council shall be
       held at least once each semester. Additional meetings may be scheduled or called by
       the Dean, by the Executive Committee, or upon the request of three members of the
       Faculty.

   Notification of all meetings shall be given to all Faculty-Student Council members at least

   one week in advance, and the general order of business to be considered shall be stated in the

   notification. Any issue raised at a meeting that has not been listed previously in a

   notification shall not be brought to a vote until the next meeting of the Faculty. With consent

   of all members present at a Council meeting, the one-week notification requirement for

   voting may be waived.


Section 6 (Attendance by Others): Meetings of the Faculty-Student Council, with the
       exception of Executive Sessions of the Council, are open to all adjunct faculty
       teaching courses in the School in that semester or term, to members of the University
       Libraries staff who work directly with the School, members of the School's student
       body, and others from the University and professional communities.

Section 7 (Minutes): Minutes shall be kept for all meetings of the Faculty-Student Council,
       whether in Executive Session or not, and be distributed to all members of the
       Council (as defined in Section 2). These minutes, after approval at the regular
       Faculty-Student Council meeting, shall be made a part of the School's permanent

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       records. Approved minutes, which contain additions or revisions, will be re-
       distributed to all members of the Faculty-Student Council.

Section 8 (Responsibilities): In general, any issue affecting the School excluding matters of
       tenure, promotion, and salary, may be brought before a meeting of the Faculty-
       Student Council. The Faculty of the School is responsible for the establishment of
       educational policy, including standards for admission to the various degree
       programs and content of the curriculum. All of the School's policies must be
       consistent with the rules and regulations of the University.


                                 Article V. The Student Body

Section 1 (Student Body): The student body of the School of Library and Information
       Sciences includes all students enrolled full-time or part-time for coursework in the
       degree and certificate programs offered by the School, as well as non-degree students
       and those taking electives with the School.

Section 2 (Participation in Governance): Student representatives elected from the School's
       student body are voting members of the Faculty-Student Council. Student members,
       elected from the student body, are members of all of the School's standing
       committees except where prohibited by the rules and regulations of the University.


                                   Article VI. Committees

Section 1 (General): The overall responsibilities of the School's committees are to:
       (a) make recommendations related to academic matters to the Faculty, and
       (b) make recommendations related to administrative matters to the Dean.

       Unless otherwise specified in the Charter, each committee elects its own chair.
       Chairs of committees are to be reported to the Faculty-Student Council no later than
       its second meeting during the academic year. A faculty member shall not serve as
       the chair of any committee for more than three years in succession. In the event that
       the chair of a committee is incapacitated and cannot serve, the most senior member
       of the committee hall succeeds to the chair ad interim.

       Each committee shall develop a basic calendar and meet at least once a semester
       during the academic year. Each committee shall submit an annual report to the
       faculty at the end of each academic year.

       Committee appointments are for a year, beginning at the start of the fall semester
       and ending with the close of the second summer term. Subcommittee membership


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       is not limited to the membership of the standing committee within which the
       subcommittee is placed.

       Student committee members are to be appointed to standing committees as
       indicated in the membership statement for each committee. Students to be
       appointed are elected from the student body by the student body. Student members
       share equal responsibility with faculty members for attending meetings of the
       committee and for undertaking the work of the committee.

       The Committee on Committees shall monitor committee membership and make
       either adjustments or recommendations for adjustments due to illnesses, leaves,
       summer absences, etc.

       Members who are absent from two consecutive committee meetings without good
       cause shall be considered to have resigned from the committee. In such instances,
       the chair of the committee shall report the resignation to the Committee on
       Committees, which shall recommend the appointment of a new committee member
       for the duration of the term.

       Members of the School's committees shall not participate in the work of the
       committee when a conflict of interest exists. Such instances shall be determined by
       each committee on a case-by-case basis.

       Minutes shall be kept for each committee meeting with a copy placed on file in the
       office of the Dean. All minutes shall include an identification of committee members
       in attendance or absent from the meeting. Copies of minutes also may be made
       available to the faculty as a whole, at the discretion of the individual committee.

Section 2 (Committee-of-the-whole): The Faculty may function as a committee-of-the-
       whole, if it wishes, on any matter of faculty concern. Pending lack of other options
       due to staffing patterns, functions of individual committees will be performed by the
       regular faculty on payroll acting as a committee-of-the-whole.

Section 3 (Committee on Committees): The Faculty shall elect a Committee on committees
       consisting of four members, three of whom shall be distributed through the
       academic ranks, and one of whom shall be a student elected from the student body.
       Before the beginning of the fall semester, the Committee, in consultation with the
       Dean, shall present to the Faculty nominations for the membership of all other
       standing committees. In the event that a member resigns from a committee, the
       Committee on Committees shall recommend the appointment of a new member for
       the duration of the term. The Committee on Committees shall insure that each
       committee is actively functioning according to the criteria established by this Charter
       and shall recommend to the Faculty any additional committees and/or the
       dissolution of committees.

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Section 4 (Executive Committee): The School shall have an elected Executive Committee
       of no fewer than four members, one of whom shall be the Dean of the School, and at
       least half of whom shall come from the ranks of professor and associate professor.
       The Dean of the School shall serve as chair. An alternate chair will be elected to
       serve in the Dean's absence.

       The Committee shall advise the Dean regarding budgetary recommendations,
       administrative policy, and other matters, as well as functions as the long-range
       planning committee for the School. The Committee also acts as liaison between the
       faculty and the Dean.

Section 5 (Personnel Affairs): Membership shall consist of five to nine tenured faculty with
       at least one-half from the ranks of professor and associate professor. Neither the
       Dean nor the Associate Dean shall serve on or be evaluated by the Committee. If the
       total number of tenured faculty in the School is more than nine, the members of the
       Committee will be elected by the Faculty. If the total number of tenured faculty is
       fewer than five, the composition shall be determined in consultation with the
       Provost.

       The Committee conducts an annual peer evaluation for purpose of continuing
       appointments, terminations, salary recommendations, promotions, and tenure; and
       publishes a document which acquaints all faculty members with current guidelines,
       regulations, procedures, dates, and other matters related to faculty affairs.

Section 6 (Promotion and Tenure): Membership shall be drawn from the tenured
       professors and associate professors on the Personnel Affairs Committee. Neither the
       Dean nor the Associate Dean shall serve on the Committee. If the total membership
       in the ranks of professor and associate professor is seven or fewer, all tenured
       professors and associate professors shall serve on the Committee; if the total is eight
       or larger, the Committee shall consist of five elected members drawn from these two
       ranks. If there are fewer than five tenured professors and associate professors, the
       Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University shall work with the
       School in establishing this Committee.

       The members of the Committee shall prepare for the Dean a recommendation
       concerning each non-tenured faculty member who is completing a probationary
       period. They shall also review the file for each faculty member and nominate
       individuals for consideration for promotion, study all nominations, and certify to the
       Dean those who are unequivocally qualified for promotion.

Section 7 (Comprehensive Examination): Membership shall consist of four members, of
       whom three shall be from the Faculty and one shall be a student. The Committee
       shall be responsible for establishing and amending guidelines for administering the

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       comprehensive examination for the master's degree; and for compiling questions,
       editing and administering the examination, and for overseeing the timely evaluation
       of each examination.

Section 8 (Curriculum): Membership shall consist of four members, of whom three shall be
       from the Faculty and one shall be a student from the master's program. The
       Committee shall study and make recommendations to the Faculty on requests for the
       addition, deletion, or modification of courses or programs; study and make
       recommendations to the Faculty concerning changes in the curriculum; and
       periodically review the general content of the School's courses in order to assure that
       program objectives are being met.

Section 9 (External Affairs): Membership shall consist of six members, of whom three shall
       be from the Faculty, one shall be a student, and two shall be from outside the School,
       one an alumnus of the School and one a member of the practicing profession. The
       Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity for the external affairs of the School
       including public relations, alumni affairs, advancement, and continuing education.

Section 10 (Resources and Facilities Committee): Membership shall consist of four
       members, of whom three shall be from the Faculty and one shall be a student. The
       Committee makes recommendations regarding space needs and priorities for the
       acquisition of equipment; recommends policies related to equipment distribution
       and use; and serves as an advisory committee for the laboratories of the School. The
       Committee shall also serve as a liaison with the University Libraries and encourage
       faculty involvement in collection development.

Section 11 (Student Affairs Committee): Membership shall consist of five members, of
       whom four shall be from the Faculty, one of whom shall be the coordinator of
       professional field work experience, and one shall be a student. The Committee shall
       formulate policies for approval of the Faculty in the areas of admission, financial
       assistance, student honors and awards, and academic progress; serve as a review
       committee for admission of applicants to the master's and the CAS programs; and
       serve as a forum for the discussion of student welfare, attitudes, and concerns and
       formulate policies that will meet the needs of the students as evidenced by the
       concerns and opinions expressed in these discussions.

Section 11a (Computer Competency Subcommittee): Membership shall consist of four
       members, of whom three shall be from the Faculty and one shall be a student. The
       Committee is responsible for developing criteria and procedures for insuring that
       students meet professional needs for being computer literate. The Committee will
       also establish and oversee criteria and procedures for meeting the computer literacy
       requirement through other means.



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Section 11b (Professional Field Work Experience Subcommittee): Membership shall consist
       of four members, of whom three shall be from the Faculty and one shall be a student.
       The Committee identifies the conditions under which students may satisfy the
       fieldwork experience requirement. The Committee works with the field experience
       coordinator to develop and to apply procedures for insuring that students obtain a
       quality educational experience in their fieldwork site.

Section 12 (Ad Hoc Committees): Ad Hoc committees may be authorized for specified
       periods of time by vote of the Faculty or by direction of the Dean.

                                 Article VII. Faculty Grievances

Section 1: Whenever a faculty grievance arises, a School ad hoc grievance committee shall
       be created to handle it. Such a committee shall include one faculty member selected
       by the complainant, one selected by the Executive Committee, and one agreed to by
       the first two; this last member shall also serve as chair. The Dean, Associate Dean,
       and members of the Executive Committee shall be ineligible to serve on such
       committees.

Section 2: Initiation of the case shall be by written statement of charges to the chair of the
       Executive Committee. This statement shall include the name of the School member
       chosen for committee membership by the complainant.

Section 3: If the Executive Committee fails to appoint its representative within ten days of
       initiation of the complaint, it forfeits the case at the School level. Notice of such
       failure will be a part of the record of the case, and the complainant may appeal to the
       appropriate University agency.

Section 4: At the School level, the complainant shall show sufficient cause to the School
       grievance committee for review of the case. The School grievance committee and
       the complainant shall have access to all documents relevant to the investigation. If
       the School grievance committee decides in favor of the complainant, the decision
       will be referred to the Executive Committee. If the situation remains unresolved to
       the satisfaction of the complainant, the faculty member may appeal to the
       appropriate University agency for redress. In all cases, the chair of the ad hoc
       committee shall be responsible for the conveyance of records, a copy of which shall
       be placed in the permanent personnel file of the School and another given to the
       complainant.

                                  Article VIII. Implementation

   Adoption of this Charter shall require a two-thirds vote at a regular meeting of the Faculty-
   Student Council (as defined in Article IV.) and become effective immediately.


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                                    Article IX. Amendments

   Amendments to this Charter may be adopted by a two-thirds vote at a regular meeting of the
   Faculty-Student Council (as defined in Article IV.).

Charter first ratified by the Faculty of the School of Library and Information Sciences, North
Texas State University, at the duly called faculty meeting on November 20, 1985. Revised
Charter ratified by the Faculty-Student Council of the School of Library and Information
Sciences, University of North Texas, at the duly called meeting of the Council on October 2,
1992.


                                                                            Ratified 01/24/2001

       CHARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES
                   OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS



                                            Preamble

       The faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences has accepted the
following charter for the administrative operation of the department. This charter reflects the
philosophy that the department is a community of scholars from which department officers and
committees receive their authority to act in the name of the department. The department
recognizes that the Faculty, Department Chair, and Department Committees are responsible to
the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
President, and ultimately, to the Chancellor and the Board of Regents.


                                    Article I: Organization


Section 1: Organization of the Department

       1.1 Department affairs shall be conducted by the Department Faculty, by the
Department Chair, by the Executive Committee (EC), by the Personnel Affairs Committee
(PAC), and by such additional committees or persons as the Department Chair, the Executive, or
Personnel Affairs Committee may appoint.




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                                Article II: Department Faculty

Section 1: Composition

        1.1 The Department Faculty shall consist of all members of the Department of Speech
and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Texas who teach within the department full
time, or show partial permanent appointment within the department as well as administrative
duties elsewhere in the university, or are on leaves of absence. Faculty on full leaves of absence
may not serve on the Executive and Personnel Affairs Committees.

   1.2 Voting privileges on department matters are extended to all continuing members of the

   Department Faculty who are 50% FTE or more, and to all full-time professional clinical staff,

   except where specifically excluded by this Charter or by separate University regulations.

   Members unable to be present during the voting process may vote by written proxy on each

   issue of discussion.

       1.3 Staff and students may serve on any ad-hoc committee at the discretion of, and may
be given committee voting rights by, the agent creating that committee.

                                   Section 2: Meetings

        2.1 Fixed agenda meetings of the Department Faculty may be called by the Department
Chair, by the EC, the PAC, or by petition to the Department Chair of at least one-third of the
members of the faculty.

        2.2 Any issue may be brought before the Department Faculty by the Department Chair
or the EC/PAC for a vote, excluding appointment, tenure, severance, promotion, and salary of an
individual.

       2.3 Agenda for all meetings of the Department Faculty shall be announced prior to the
meetings. Items not on the agenda may be considered during the meeting.

      2.4 The Department Chair or his/her designee shall preside at all meetings of the
Department Faculty.

        2.5 A quorum for meetings of the Department Faculty shall consist of three-fourths of
the total Department Faculty.



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         2.6 Department meetings shall transact business by a simple majority vote of those
present and voting, except as otherwise specified in this Charter. A written proxy delivered prior
to or at the time of the meeting may be accepted as an official vote.

       2.7 Minutes (corrected, including minority reports and exceptions) shall be kept for all
meetings of the Department Faculty and made a matter of department record.


Section 3: Responsibilities

       3.1 The Department Faculty shall approve the criteria (Article VI, Section 3, Paragraph
3.2) and procedures (Article VI, Section 3, Paragraph 3.3) used in personnel evaluation for merit
increases.

       3.2 The Department Faculty shall participate with the Department Chair and the EC in
the formulation of an agenda of annual program objectives and priorities.

        3.3 The Department Faculty shall participate in academic matters relating to a)
development and revision of undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the department, b)
department requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees, and c) admission requirements
into the graduate program.




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       3.4 The Department Faculty shall elect faculty to the charter committees of the
department once yearly. Each committee chair shall be voted for by the appropriate faculty.

       3.5 The Department Faculty shall be advised of all pending major budget expenditures.

       3.6 The Department Faculty shall vote upon all issues referred to it by the Department
Chair and the EC or PAC, or placed upon the agenda by the faculty. Unless otherwise specified,
a simple majority of those voting will be necessary for an issue to be passed.


                              Article III: The Chair of the Department


Section 1: Appointment and Removal

       1.1 The Department Chair is appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
with the faculty of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences participating in the
appointment process as specified by the Dean.

        1.2 Removal of the Department Chair may be initiated from within the Department and
accomplished by (1) resignation, or (2) the PAC working at the specific behest of and
consultation with the Dean. One-half of the faculty members may, by petition, initiate removal
action against the Chair. After multiple, documented attempts have been made to mediate the
dispute with the chair, a two-thirds majority vote in favor of removal action by the faculty will be
relayed to the Dean by the PAC Chair. It is understood that the Dean of the College has final
authority to remove or retain the Department Chair.


Section 2: Term of Office

        2.1 The Department Chair shall hold office without tenure in that office and without
fixed term, except as specified by the Dean of the College.

       2.2 The Department Chair may, with due notice, resign the chair at any time without
prejudice to membership in the Faculty of the Department.

       2.3 The Department Chair shall be evaluated periodically by the Department Faculty in
reviews conducted by the Dean.


Section 3: Responsibilities
      3.1 The Chair has a dual responsibility, both to the University administration and to the
Department Faculty, for the health, welfare, growth, and development of the department.

        3.2 The Department Chair shall act for the department in all matters requiring formal
transaction of official departmental business with the university administration unless the Chair
otherwise delegates responsibility in specific instances.

   3.3 The Department Chair shall be responsible for all personnel matters. However, the

   Chair must secure the advice and counsel (and, when possible, concurrence) of the

   Department Faculty through the appropriate elected committees.


        3.4 The Department Chair, while sharing routine administration with assistants and with
committees, shall be responsible for all administrative matters within the department. She/he has
the primary responsibility for the effective and efficient management of department activities.

       3.5 The Chair shall, when forwarding to administrative officers or bodies outside the
department recommendations that differ from those of a majority of either a committee or of the
Department faculty as a whole, report the substance of the conflicting recommendations. The
Chair shall report the final numerical results of the department or relevant committee voting on
contested issues. Members eligible to vote on the matter at hand may request to see the
Chairperson's recommendations.

       3.6 The Department Chair shall serve as chair of the Executive Committee.

       3.7 The Chair shall ensure that all department records pertaining to a faculty member
are maintained in an orderly and secure fashion and are open to that member.


                                    Article IV: Committees



Section 1: Types

     1.1 There shall be two types of committees: Charter Committees and Ad-hoc
   Committees. Charter Committees are those named in this Charter that are set in place in the

   beginning of each academic year, consisting of elected members of the department as per
   CAS and department guidelines, to deal with general matters pertaining to the department.

   Ad-hoc Committees are those named by the Department Chair to deal with one specific

   matter. Every member of the permanent, 50% FTE or more faculty, as well as full-time

   professional clinical staff will be expected to serve annually on more than one committee in

   the department.




Section 2: Membership, Terms, and Elections

       2.1 Except as specified otherwise herein, persons elected to Charter Committees shall
serve one-year terms that begin immediately upon election.

     2.2 A faculty member must serve, if elected to a Charter Committee, unless that faculty
member already holds membership on one such committee.

       2.3 The faculty shall select its elected representatives on all Charter Committees by
majority vote of those balloting at the beginning of each academic year. The chair of each
standing committee shall be elected by title, "chair," in department voting.

   2.4 Vacancies of elected positions on any Charter Committee shall be filled immediately by

   special election. Persons elected to fill such vacancies shall serve only the unexpired portion

   of the term, but upon expiration of that term may be re-elected for a full term.


   2.5 Ad-hoc Committees may be required by the Chair to submit interim reports. Upon

   submission of its final report, an Ad-hoc Committee shall be considered dissolved and shall

   conduct no more business.




Section 3: Organization and Procedures
       3.1 Except as specified otherwise herein, each Charter Committee shall follow the
procedures laid down by the majority vote of the faculty as a whole.

       3.2 Except as specified otherwise herein, each Charter Committee shall hold open
meetings; announce time, place, and tentative agenda; keep minutes; distribute minutes
(excluding personnel matters dealing with individual faculty members) to the Department
Faculty; and file minutes as a matter of permanent record in the department office.


                              Article V: The Executive Committee


Section 1: Membership

   1.1 The Executive Committee (EC) shall consist of the Chair, Director of the Speech
   and Hearing Center, a tenured faculty member, and an additional voting member of
   the department. At least one member shall represent the Audiology Division and one,
   the Speech-Language Pathology Division. In the event a member of the EC is unable to
   attend a meeting, that member may designate a substitute.

   1.2 Elected members of the EC shall serve one-year terms and may be re-elected. They

   shall be voted for by all faculty.


Section 2: Organization and Procedures

       2.1 The Chair or designee shall serve as chair of the EC.

       2.2 Three of the four members of the EC shall constitute a quorum.

       2.3 Decisions of the EC shall be by simple majority vote of those present and voting.

       2.4 Decisions of the EC shall be referred to the Department Faculty.


Section 3 : Meetings

       3.1 The EC shall hold regularly scheduled meetings at a date and time to be specified by
the Chair.
        3.2 Called meetings of the EC may be ordered by initiative of the Chair or by the
petition of at least two members of the department.

       3.3 Meetings of the EC, except for those dealing with individual personnel matters, shall
be open to the department.

        3.4 Minutes (corrected, included minority reports and exceptions) shall be kept of all
meetings of the Executive Committee and shall be distributed and made a matter of department
record.

       3.5 A summary of all recommendations made by the committee shall be distributed to the
Faculty, whenever possible within a working day time frame which shall allow the faculty to
provide input before any recommendation is put into effect. If immediate action is necessary and
the executive committee is not available, the Department Chair shall be responsible for
immediate action and shall then notify the Faculty in writing.


Section 4: Responsibilities

        4.1 The EC shall advise the department on matters of department operation not
specifically delegated to the faculty as a whole and on appointments to department
administrative positions.

       4.2 The EC shall advise the Chair in the allocation of discretionary funds to meet
program objectives.


   4.3 The EC shall have the primary responsibility to advise the faculty in the setting of long-

   term goals.


       4.4 The EC shall provide advice to the Chair regarding travel reimbursement from
department funds.

        4.5 The EC shall appoint an Ad-hoc Committee to perform annual reviews of the non-
tenure-track faculty and professional staff. At least 50%, but not more than 75%, of the Ad-hoc
Committee shall consist of members from the non-tenure-track pool. All recommendations of
the Ad-hoc Committee that affect individual non-tenure-track members shall be transmitted to
the Department Chair who will place them in the non-tenure-track members’ personnel files.
                        Article VI: The Personnel Affairs Committee


Section 1: Membership



          1.1 The PAC shall consist of five tenured or tenure-track faculty members. At
                         least two members must hold tenure.


       1.2 The PAC shall consist of at least two representatives from the
           Audiology Division

and two representatives from the Speech-Language Pathology Division.

       1.3 At least one-half of the membership must come from the ranks of
           professor and

associate professor.

       1.4 Elected members of the PAC shall serve one-year terms.

       1.5 Only tenure-track faculty shall vote for PAC members.



Section 2: Organization and Procedures

        2.1 Each year the tenured faculty as a whole shall select one of the PAC member to
serve as chair of the PAC. The chair of the PAC shall have full voting privileges.

       2.2 Four of five members of the PAC shall constitute the quorum for all meetings.

       2.3 Decisions of the PAC shall be by simple majority vote.

        2.4 PAC meetings shall be called by its chair or by petition of any two regular members.
The initial PAC meeting for each academic year shall be called by the Department Chair.

        2.5 All recommendations of the PAC committee that affect individual faculty members
shall be transmitted promptly and in accordance with the relevant sections of the Faculty
Handbook by the PAC chair to the Department Chair who will place them in faculty members'
personnel files.
       2.6 Minutes (corrected, including minority reports and exceptions) shall be kept of all
meetings of the PAC and shall be made part of the department record.


   2.7 All activities of the PAC shall be conducted in a timely fashion consistent with the

   University Calendar.


       2.8 No regular PAC member shall participate in his or her own evaluation.

Section 3: Responsibilities

   3.1 The PAC shall be responsible for collecting data necessary for the evaluation of

   individual tenure-track faculty members, including (a) peer evaluations of colleagues within

   the department faculty, (b) summaries of student evaluations, and (c) statements by the

   faculty member describing professional activities and service during the preceding evaluation

   period.


        3.2 The PAC shall develop criteria for peer review for the purpose of recommending
merit. These criteria shall be submitted to the Department Faculty for their approval by majority
vote annually, prior to the commencement of reviews in the fall semester. Any change in criteria
will require Department Faculty approval.

       3.3 The PAC shall maintain and revise procedures for evaluation of job performance
and procedures for considering merit and salary. Any change in procedures will require
department tenure-track faculty approval.

        3.4 The PAC shall evaluate each tenure-track faculty member annually on the basis of
performance during the preceding evaluation period, using criteria adopted according to Article
II, Section 3, Paragraph 3.1.

        3.5 The PAC shall rank order tenured and tenure-track faculty members for merit, using
the evaluation criteria called for in Article II, Section 3, Paragraph 3.1, and using procedures
adopted according to Article VI, Section 3, Paragraph 3.3 of the faculty handbook.
       3.6 The PAC shall hold material relating to individual faculty members in strictest
confidence.

       3.7 The PAC shall include provisions for appeal of its recommendations in its
procedures established in accordance with Article VI, Section 3, Paragraph 3.2., and the UNT
Faculty Handbook.
                      Article VII: The Promotion and Tenure Committee


Section 1: Membership

      1.1 The P&T shall consist of five full-time tenured department faculty members. The
committee will be augmented by all other tenured faculty in the department when the committee
considers the awarding of tenure. Any exception to this policy must have the consent of the
Dean.

        1.2 If the department does not have a sufficient number of tenured faculty members to
constitute a committee, then the faculty shall nominate for each vacant position at least three
people outside the department who are tenured. The nominated names will be presented to the
Dean for selection.

       1.3 At least one-half of the committee must come form the ranks of professor and
associate professor.

       1.4 Elected members of the P&T shall serve one-year terms.



Section 2: Organization and Procedure

        2.1    Each year the members of the P&T shall select one of their number to serve as
chair of the P&T. The chair of the P&T shall have full voting privileges.

        2.2     Four members of the P&T shall constitute the quorum for all meetings. Decisions
involving tenure require all of the eligible voting members to be present unless they are on
official leave.

       2.3     Decisions of the P&T shall be by simple majority vote.

       2.4  P&T meetings shall be called by its chair or by petition of any two regular
members. The initial P&T meeting for each academic year shall be called by the Department
Chair.

       2.5     All recommendations of the P&T shall be transmitted promptly in writing to that
individual and to the Department Chair. The Chair shall place all written communication from
the committee in that individual’s department personnel file.

       2.6     Minutes (corrected, including minority reports and exceptions) shall be kept of all
meetings of the P&T and shall be made part of the department record.
       2.7     All activities of the P&T shall be conducted in a timely fashion consistent with
the University Calendar.
      2.8    No regular P&T member shall participate in his or her own evaluation for
promotion. An alternate member (selected with the advice of the Dean) shall become a voting
P&T member upon that occasion.


Section 3: Responsibilities

        3.1    The P&T shall be responsible for collecting data necessary to the evaluation of
individual faculty members, including (a) PAC deliberations (b) peer evaluations by colleagues
within and outside the department, (c) summaries of student evaluations and teaching
performance, and (d) statements by the faculty member describing professional activities and
service during the preceding evaluation period.

         3.2     The P&T shall develop and publish criteria for promotion and tenure. These
criteria shall be made available to the Department Faculty for their review. Any changes in
criteria shall require Department Faculty approval.

        3.3    The P&T shall develop procedures for considering nominations for tenure,
promotion, and salary. These procedures shall be made available to the Department Faculty for
their review. Any change in procedure shall require Department Faculty approval by majority
vote.

        3.4     The P&T shall consider all nominations for tenure and promotion using the
evaluation criteria and procedure adopted according to Appendices A-2, B-1, B-2, and B-3 of the
faculty handbook.

       3.5    The P&T shall hold material relating to individual faculty members in strictest
confidence.

            The P&T shall include provisions for appeal of its recommendations in its
procedures established in accordance with Article VII, Section 3, Paragraph 3.2


                          Article VIII: The Curriculum Committee


Section 1: Membership
   1.1    The Curriculum Committee (CC) shall consist of five faculty members elected by the

   departmental faculty. At least two members must be tenured faculty members of the

   department. At least two committee members shall be from the faculty in Audiology and two

   from the faculty in Speech-Language Pathology. At least one committee member should be

   a primary advisor of undergraduate students in the department.


         1.2   Elected members of the CC shall serve one-year terms and may be reelected.

Section 2: Organization and Procedures

         2.1   The chair of the CC shall be elected by a majority of the curriculum committee.

         2.2   Four of the five members of the CC shall constitute a quorum.

         2.3   Decisions of the CC shall be by simple majority vote of those present and voting.

      2.4 All approved proposals for curriculum changes, along with appropriate forms and
documentation, will be submitted to the Department Faculty for approval.

Section 3: Meetings

       3.1 Meetings of the CC may be ordered by initiative of the chair or by petition of a
voting member of the department.

         3.2   Meetings of the CC shall be open to the Department Faculty

      3.3 The committee shall publish minutes of committee actions and distribute to the
Department Faculty.

Section 4: Responsibilities

        4.1 The CC shall take action concerning rules, policies and procedures for curriculum
of both graduate and undergraduate programs in the department.

         4.2   The CC shall most often address itself to actions relating to the following:

                (A) General requirements for graduate and undergraduate degrees,
   (B) Development and revision of graduate and undergraduate curricula and courses,



                   (C) Development and revision of service courses for the department.

      4.3 The CC shall be responsible for the preparation of university forms and
documentation required by various university committees for curriculum changes.
                       Article IX: The Graduate Admissions Committee


Section 1: Membership

         1.1   The Graduate Admissions Committee (GAC) shall consist of two subcommittees:
Audiology admissions committee and Speech-Language Pathology admissions committee, with
at least two members in each of the subcommittees from their respective fields. At least one
member from each of the two subcommittees must be a tenured faculty member.

          1.2   Elected members of the GAC shall serve one-year terms and may be reelected.



Section 2: Organization and Procedures

          2.1   The Chair of the GAC shall be elected by a majority vote of the faculty.

          2.2   Three of the four members of the GAC shall constitute a quorum.

          2.3   Decisions of the GAC shall be by simple majority vote of those present and
voting.

       2.4     Decisions of the GAC resulting in a tie vote shall be referred to the Department
Faculty for a vote.

Section 3: Meetings

        3.1    The GAC shall hold regularly scheduled meetings at a date and time to be
specified by the Chair.

         3.2    Called meetings of the GAC shall be ordered by initiative of the chair or petition
of at least two of the members of the department.

          3.3   Meetings of the GAC shall be open to the Department Faculty.

Section 4: Responsibilities

      4.1    The GAC shall be responsible for ensuring that a file is prepared on all
complete/incomplete admission requests received from the graduate school.
       4.2    The GAC, with the advice and consent of the Department Chair and Director of
the Speech and Hearing Center shall set numerical quotas for entry for each semester(s) or
session(s).

       4.3      The GAC shall, in orderly and timely fashion, individually rank all admission
requests based upon formal GRE/GPA criteria as well as other data provided in the graduate
application forms. The ranked applicants shall be selected for admission and the alternates will
be wait listed.

       4.4 The GAC shall present its recommendations for admissions to the Department
Faculty for final approval prior to offering admission to the applicants.

       4.5 The GAC shall ensure that all admittees will be promptly contacted to determine if
they will actually enter the program.

        4.6 The GAC shall provide a list of individuals receiving assistantships and
traineeships to the chair.

       4.7    The GAC shall inform Graduate Advisers of special conditions attached to the
admission of any particular admittee.

   4.8 The GAC shall hear appeals directed to it by the Chair or the EC with regard to

   individual "worthy" applicants who have been or are likely to be rejected but present

   compelling, mitigating reasons for acceptance.


        4.9   The GAC shall track GRE, GPA, NTE scores for all admittees, present its data to
faculty, recommend change in GAC policy, and prepare the data for departmental evaluation.


                               Article X: Grievance Procedure


Section 1: Whenever a faculty grievance arises, a Department Ad-hoc Committee shall be
created to handle it. Such a committee shall include one member selected by the complainant,
one selected by the Executive Committee, and one agreed to by the first two; this last member
shall chair the committee. The Chair of the Department shall be ineligible to serve on such a
committee.
Section 2: Initiation of the case shall be by written statement of charges to the Chair of the
Department. This statement shall include the name of the member chosen for committee
membership by the complainant.

Section 3: If the Executive Committee fails to appoint its representatives within two weeks of
initiation of complaint, it forfeits the case at the department level. Notice of such failure shall be
a part of the record of the case.

Section 4: At the department level the complainant shall show sufficient cause to the ad-hoc
grievance committee for review of the case, and the ad-hoc grievance committee and the
complainant shall have access to all documents relevant to its investigation. The ad-hoc
grievance committee shall conduct hearings and shall make a recommendation concerning
disposal of the grievance to the Department Chair, who shall then accept or reject the
recommendation. If the grievance involves the Chair, the recommendation of the committee
shall be conveyed to the Dean. If the situation is resolved at the department level in a manner
unsatisfactory to any party involved, appeal may be made to the proper University agency for
redress. In all cases the chairperson of the Ad-hoc grievance committee shall be responsible for
the conveyance of records, a copy of which shall be placed in the permanent personnel file of the
department and another given to the complainant.



Article XI: Adoption and Implementation


Adoption of this Charter shall require three-fourths vote of the eligible faculty, as defined in
Article II. This Charter shall become effective upon approval by the faculty.


                                    Article XII: Amendments


Amendments to this Charter shall be by a vote of three-fourths of the eligible voting members of
the department, as defined by Article II.
                                       (Approved 4/26/02)

                               DEPARTMENT CHARTER

     KINESIOLOGY, HEALTH PROMOTION, AND RECREATION

                                   MISSION STATEMENT

        The mission of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation shall be
to support and encourage an in-depth understanding of the nature and functioning of human
beings in their physical, health, and leisure behaviors and the programs which facilitate the
enhanced quality of life. The Department intends to accomplish this mission through the
academic preparation of professionals, contributions to the professional body of knowledge, and
provision of service to the university and community-at-large. Attainment of the goals associated
with this mission includes the provision of the highest quality of teaching and research in graduate
and undergraduate kinesiology, health promotion, and recreation curricula. The academic Units
represent a broad range of study such as: school and community health, driver traffic and safety,
kinesiology pedagogy, kinesiology/sport administration, biomechanics, physiology of exercise,
health/fitness management, history and philosophy of kinesiology, psychosocial aspects of sport,
teacher behavior, leisure services management, social-psychological dimensions of leisure
behavior, and therapeutic recreation.

        The Department provides services to the University through the delivery of courses
meeting the University=s core curriculum requirements and through the curricula and degrees
offered by the three programs. It serves the community-at-large through the provision of
consultation in various areas of expertise and the dissemination of basic and applied research
findings. The collective mission of the Department is to excel in teaching, scholarship, and service.

                                           PREAMBLE

       The Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation faculty adopts this charter for the
governance of the Department to provide for and insure individual participation in the
Department's affairs. The purpose of this charter is to provide for and insure the opportunity for
each faculty member to make his/her own unique contribution to the collective efforts of the
Department. To promote the realization of those efforts, the Department's affairs shall be
conducted through various agents of the Department herein described.
                       ARTICLE I--DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION

                              Section 1. Department Academic Units

      The Department consists of the three academic Units of Kinesiology, Health Promotion,
      and Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Section 2. Administrative Positions

       The Department administration shall be conducted through the following positions:

       a. Chairperson
       b. Assistant Chairperson
       c. Coordinator for Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology
       d. Coordinator for Graduate Program in Kinesiology
       e. Coordinator for Health Promotion Program
       f. Coordinator for Recreation and Leisure Studies Program
       g. Coordinator for the Physical Activity Program
       h. Coordinator for Facilities and Equipment

       2.1 Chairperson

               2.1.1   The Department Chairperson is the chief executive officer of the
                       Department and, as such, is responsible for specific duties assigned by the
                       University Administration.

               2.1.2   The Dean shall select a Chairperson for an initial term of not more than
                       four (4) academic years. This appointment is renewable by the Dean who
                       shall take into consideration the recommendation of the voting faculty of
                       the Department.

               2.1.3   The Department Chairperson shall act for the Department in all matters
                       requiring official communication with the University Administration.

               2.1.4   The Chairperson shall consult with the faculty and/or the Executive
                       Committee when establishing administrative or educational policy.

               2.1.5   The Department Chairperson shall appoint a Departmental Assistant
                       Chairperson and Departmental Coordinators annually. The Chairperson
                       shall annually evaluate the individuals appointed to administrative positions
                       based on performance of their assigned duties. A recommendation to
               remove a Coordinator shall be sent to the Chair upon a two-thirds (2/3)
               vote of the Program area faculty eligible to vote.


       2.1.6   The Chairperson serves at the pleasure of the Dean, Vice President for
               Academic Affairs, the President, and the Board of Regents. An election to
               remove a Chair must be held upon written petition by at least fifty percent
               (50%) of the tenured faculty or one-third (1/3) of the total voting faculty in
               the Department. A recommendation to remove a Chair shall be sent to the
               Dean upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Departmental faculty eligible to
               vote.

2.2 Assistant Chairperson

       2.2.1   The Assistant Chairperson shall be appointed by the Department
               Chairperson. The primary responsibility of the Assistant Chairperson shall
               be to assist the Department Chairperson in coordinating and supervising the
               instructional, research, and service functions of the Department as they
               relate to fiscal and administrative matters. Duties of the Assistant
               Chairperson shall be to: coordinate class scheduling, assist the chair in
               evaluating personnel and determining workloads, assist in the selection of
               graduate Teaching Fellows, chair the Department Undergraduate
               Curriculum Committee, and perform other duties as assigned.

2.3    Academic Coordinators

       2.3.1   Faculty members shall be appointed by the Department Chairperson as
               coordinators of the Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology, the Graduate
               Program in Kinesiology, the Health Promotion Program, the Recreation
               and Leisure Studies Program, and the Physical Activity Program. They shall
               serve annual appointments with the opportunity for reappointment to their
               positions at the discretion of the Department Chairperson.

       2.3.2   The Coordinator for the Undergraduate Program in Kinesiology shall be
               responsible for the undergraduate program. The Coordinator shall provide
               leadership in directing the undergraduate, professional and curriculum
               affairs of the Unit including annual review; initiating undergraduate
               curriculum and course additions, deletions, and revisions; providing initial
               advisement of undergraduate students entering the program; assigning of
               undergraduate students for advisement to other faculty; and scheduling of
               classes. The Coordinator shall chair the Undergraduate Curriculum
               Committee in Kinesiology and shall serve on the Department
               Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
2.3.3   The Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Kinesiology shall coordinate
        the graduate program by providing leadership in directing the professional
        and graduate curriculum affairs of the program including annual
        programmatic review; initiating curriculum and course additions, deletions,
        and revisions; assisting in the selection of graduate Teaching Fellows;
        providing initial advisement of graduate students entering programs;
        assigning graduate students for advisement to other faculty; and scheduling
        classes. The Coordinator shall serve on the Department Graduate
        Curriculum Committee.

2.3.4   The Coordinator for the Health Promotion Program shall be responsible
        for both graduate and undergraduate programs. The Coordinator shall
        provide leadership in directing the professional and curriculum affairs of the
        Unit including annual review; initiating of curriculum and course additions,
        deletions, and revisions; providing initial advisement of students entering
        programs; assigning of students for advisement to other faculty; and
        scheduling of classes. The Coordinator shall chair the Undergraduate
        Curriculum and Graduate Curriculum Committees in Health Promotion
        and shall serve on the Department Graduate and Department
        Undergraduate Curriculum Committees.

2.3.5   The Coordinator for the Recreation and Leisure Studies Program shall be
        responsible for both graduate and undergraduate programs. The
        Coordinator shall provide leadership in directing the professional and
        curriculum affairs of the Unit including annual review; initiating of
        curriculum and course additions, deletions, and revisions; providing initial
        advisement of students entering programs; assigning of students for
        advisement to other faculty; and scheduling of classes. The Coordinator
        shall chair the Undergraduate Curriculum and Graduate Curriculum
        Committees in Recreation and Leisure Studies and shall serve on the
        Department Graduate and Department Undergraduate Curriculum
        Committees.

2.3.6   The Coordinator for the Physical Activity Program shall provide leadership
        in directing the curriculum affairs of the Physical Activity Program including
        annual programmatic review; initiating of undergraduate curriculum and
        course additions, deletions, and revisions; scheduling of classes; and
        selecting and supervising of Teaching Fellows, Teaching Assistants, and
        Adjuncts who teach in the Physical Activity Program. The Coordinator of
        the Physical Activity Program shall serve on the Department Undergraduate
        Curriculum Committee.
              2.3.7   The Coordinator for Facilities and Equipment shall be appointed by the
                      Department Chairperson to oversee the planning, scheduling, managing,
                      and upkeep of facilities, to coordinate Departmental use of other facilities,
                      and to oversee the ordering, upkeep, management, and inventory of all
                      equipment in the Department.


Section 3. Department Faculty

       3.1    A Department faculty member shall be defined as an individual who has a tenured
              position in the Department or an individual who has probationary status in a tenure
              track position, a faculty member who has elected modified service, or an individual
              who has a faculty rank in the Department. A faculty member defined by these
              criteria shall have voting privileges.

              Adjunct instructors, graduate Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants, and
              research/grant personnel who do not have a faculty rank, are not considered faculty
              members with voting privileges.

Section 4. Committee Organization

       4.1    Department affairs shall be conducted by the following standing committees:

              a. Executive Committee
              b. Personnel Affairs Committee
              c. Promotion and Tenure Committee
              d. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
              e. Graduate Curriculum Committee
              f. Physical Activity Program Committee
              g. Grievance Committee
              h. Scholarship Committee

Section 5. Meetings and Procedures

       5.1    Unless otherwise specified, all meetings shall be conducted by the procedures
              outlined in Robert's Rules of Order.

       5.2    Regular meetings of the Department faculty shall be called by the Chairperson at
              least once a semester. Print or electronic notification of such meetings along with
              an agenda with input from the faculty shall be provided three (3) days prior to each
              meeting. Additional meetings may be called by the Chairperson or upon written
              request of at least twenty (20) percent of the Department Faculty.
5.3   Department committees shall meet at least once each semester and give notification
      to the appropriate faculty of their meetings. With the exception of the Personnel
      Affairs Committee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Grievance
      Committee, minutes of all standing committees must be filed in the Department
      Office.

5.4   Issues affecting the Department, excluding matters of tenure, promotion, and
      salary, may be brought to a vote by petition of at least twenty (20) percent of the
      faculty. Such matters referred to the faculty by petition shall be announced in
      writing to all voting members at least one week in advance of a called meeting. A
      quorum for meetings called to vote on petitioned issues shall be a majority of the
      Department faculty.

5.5   To successfully pass a motion of the whole Department requires a majority of all
      faculty voting.

5.6   Election of Standing Committees

      5.6.1   Elections of standing committees shall be conducted during a fall semester
              faculty meeting, with terms of membership beginning in the fall. All
              elections of standing committees shall be by secret ballot. Vacant positions
              shall be identified by the Department Chair and Election Official. To be
              eligible for election an individual must be nominated by at least two faculty
              members.

      5.6.2   The term of all elected standing committee positions shall be for a three-
              year period, except when a committee is initially constituted. At that time,
              lots shall be assigned at random to insure staggered terms.

      5.6.3   Elections shall be conducted by an Election Official appointed by the
              Department Chairperson.

      5.6.4   To successfully elect a member of the standing committees requires a
              majority vote of all faculty voting. Absentee ballots must be submitted to
              the Election Official prior to the election meeting.

      5.6.5   Committee members unable to complete their terms shall be replaced by
              the designated procedure for their office.


                        ARTICLE II COMMITTEES
Section 1. The Executive Committee

       1.1    The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson of the Department,
              Assistant Chairperson, and five elected faculty, at least three of whom must be from
              the Associate Professor rank or above. There shall be one member from each of
              the three Units in the Department and two members elected at large from the
              entire faculty. Each Unit shall first elect its representative to the Executive
              Committee and then the at-large members shall be elected by a vote of the entire
              faculty. The Department Chairperson shall chair the Executive Committee.

       1.2    The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to advise and assist the Department
              Chairperson in determining policies of the Department. This committee shall also
              serve as the long range planning committee of the Department and shall coordinate
              the efforts of other committees of the Department.

       1.3    Specific responsibilities of the Executive Committee shall be to make
              recommendations to the Chairperson concerning policies and procedures, but not
              limited to the following:

              a. Administrative and educational practices
              b. Facility and equipment utilization
              c. Ad Hoc committee appointments
              d. The evaluation of appointed administrative positions
              e. Search committees

       1.4    It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to plan and carry out, with
              the assistance of the faculty, all Department activities and services not otherwise
              provided for in the Department charter.

       1.5    The Executive Committee shall receive, evaluate, and make disposition of written
              suggestions made by individual faculty members concerning the Department
              charter.

Section 2. Personnel Affairs Committee

       2.1    The Personnel Affairs Committee shall be composed of seven tenured faculty
              members elected by the faculty. At least four of these members shall be elected
              from the rank of Associate Professor or above. There must be at least one faculty
              member from each Unit in the Department. A committee chair from the upper
              ranks (Associate Professor or above) shall be elected by the Committee.
              Committee members shall be elected by a vote of the Department faculty.
      2.2    The Personnel Affairs Committee shall be responsible for annual peer evaluation
             and for counseling and advising the Department Chairperson concerning faculty
             appointments in accordance with the Faculty Handbook.

Section 3. Promotion and Tenure Committee

      3.1    The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be composed of five faculty all of
             whom must be tenured and from the rank of Associate Professor and above. There
             must be at least one faculty member from each Unit in the Department.
             Committee members shall be elected by a vote of the Department faculty.


      3.2    The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be responsible for reviewing
             promotion and tenure documents for the Department and making
             recommendations to the Department Chairperson regarding reappointment,
             promotion, and tenure decisions.


Section 4. Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

      4.1    Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

             4.1.1   The Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee shall be
                     composed of the Coordinators for the Undergraduate Program in
                     Kinesiology, the Health Promotion Program, the Recreation and Leisure
                     Studies Program, and the Physical Activity Program, and two faculty elected
                     at-large from the Department. The committee shall be chaired by the
                     Department Assistant Chairperson. Proposals coming to the committee
                     from Unit Undergraduate Committees shall be reviewed and first sent to
                     the Department Chairperson and then to the College Undergraduate
                     Curriculum Committee.

             4.1.2   Each Unit shall have an undergraduate curriculum committee to be chaired
                     by the Unit Coordinator, or in the case of Kinesiology, the Coordinator for
                     the Undergraduate Program. Unit undergraduate committees may have up
                     to five members appointed by the Unit Coordinator. The exact number
                     and composition of each Unit's committee shall be determined by the Unit.
                     All undergraduate course proposals and program changes from each Unit
                     shall first be considered by the Unit's undergraduate committee and
                     program faculty prior to being considered by the Department
                     Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
              4.1.3   Each Unit undergraduate curriculum committee shall review each its
                      programs annually. In consultation with the Department Chairperson and
                      members of the faculty, each committee shall make appropriate
                      recommendations to the Department Undergraduate Curriculum
                      Committee regarding the addition, expansion, deletion, or revision of Unit
                      programs and courses.

Section 5. Graduate Curriculum Committee

       5.1    Department Graduate Curriculum Committee

              5.1.1   The Department Graduate Curriculum Committee shall be composed of
                      the Coordinators for the Graduate Program in Kinesiology, the Health
                      Promotion Program, and the Recreation and Leisure Studies Program, and
                      two faculty, elected from and by the Department's Graduate Faculty. The
                      Committee shall elect its own chair. Proposals coming to the Committee
                      from the Unit graduate committees shall be reviewed and sent first to the
                      Department Chairperson and then to the College Graduate Curriculum
                      Committee.
              5.1.2   Each Unit shall have a Graduate Committee which is composed of all of the
                      graduate faculty in the program. Each committee shall be chaired by the
                      Unit Coordinator, or in the case of Kinesiology, the Coordinator for the
                      Graduate Program in Kinesiology.

              5.1.3   The Unit graduate curriculum committee shall review its graduate program
                      annually. In consultation with the Department Chairperson and members
                      of the graduate faculty, the Committee shall make appropriate
                      recommendations to the Department Graduate Curriculum Committee
                      regarding the addition, expansion, deletion, or revision of Unit programs
                      and courses.

Section 6. Physical Activity Program Committee

       6.1    The Physical Activity Program Committee shall be composed of five faculty elected
              from the Department at large with at least three committee members being elected
              from the Kinesiology faculty. The Committee shall be chaired by the Coordinator
              for the Physical Activity Program.

       6.2    The Physical Activity Program Committee shall annually review offerings in the
              Physical Activity Program inventory. The Committee shall recommend addition,
              expansion, deletion, or revision of course offerings to the Department
              Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
       6.3    The Physical Activity Program Committee shall evaluate the facility, instructional
              equipment needs, and course fees of the activity program and make
              recommendations to the Department Chairperson.

Section 7. Grievance Committee

       7.1    The Grievance Committee shall be composed of five tenured members of the
              Department faculty, elected by a vote of the Department faculty. At least three of
              the committee members shall be elected from the rank of Associate Professor or
              above. There shall be at least one committee member from each Unit in the
              Department. A committee chair from the upper ranks (Associate Professor or
              above) shall be elected by the Committee. The Grievance Committee shall conduct
              reviews of, and make recommendations to the Department Chairperson
              concerning faculty member complaints relating to salary and other matters (except
              tenure decisions and academic freedom issues) that a faculty member or group of
              faculty may submit to the Committee for consideration. The Grievance Committee
              shall also conduct reviews of and make recommendations to the Department
              Chairperson concerning student grievances (except grade appeals).

       7.2    The Grievance Committee shall operate with the same procedures as specified for
              the College of Education Grievance Committee and the Student Handbook.

Section 8. Scholarship and Awards Committee

       8.1    The Scholarship and Awards Committee shall be composed of three members,
              elected by a vote of the Department faculty, with one member from each program
              Unit. The Committee shall elect its own chair.

       8.2    The Scholarship and Awards Committee shall establish award criteria (as needed),
              administer the selection process, and designate award winners for all Departmental
              awards and scholarships and report to the Department Chairperson.

Section 9. Student Representation on Committees

       9.1.   Student representatives shall be appointed to Unit or Department standing
              Committees, with the exception of the Department Personnel Affairs Committee,
              the Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Department
              Grievance Committee. The means by which students are selected and their roles
              on the committees shall be at the discretion of the committees.
Modified March 4, 1999


Section 10. Departmental Representatives on College of Education Committees

         10.1      The Department shall elect its representatives to the College of Education Standing
                   Committees at the first faculty meeting after notification of the need to elect
                   someone is received. Election to College of Education standing committees is for a
                   3-year term. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor and nominees elected by
                   a secret ballot.

         10.2      The Chairperson is authorized to appoint Departmental representatives to other
                   College of Education committees when requested to do so.


                              ARTICLE III REVISING THE CHARTER


  To successfully revise this charter requires: 1) an affirmative vote of two-thirds of all faculty
 voting and 2) an affirmative vote of a majority of the faculty voting in at least two Units of the
   Department. Voting on revisions to the charter shall be by secret ballot and color-coded for
academic units. Faculty shall have at least one week to review proposed revisions prior to voting.

                                      ARTICLE IV ADOPTION

This charter was adopted by a vote of the faculty on September 2, 1988.

Revised 2/10/89 --- Revised 4/19/91--- Revised 12/2/96 –- Revised 4/26/02




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                                         CHARTER


                            TECHNOLOGY AND COGNITION


                                         Preamble


The Department of Technology and Cognition, a unit within the College of Education at
the University of North Texas, affirms its commitment to excellence in teaching,
scholarship, research, service, and faculty participation in governance. In order to
facilitate the work of its faculty and to provide for and ensure individual participation in
the affairs of the Department, the faculty of the Department of Technology and
Cognition adopts this charter for the governance of the Department. Each faculty
member’s capacity to make unique contributions to the collective efforts of the
Department, College of Education, and the University if herby acknowledged and
affirmed. To facilitate the realization of those efforts, the arrears of the Department shall
be conducted through the various agents of the Department herein described.


Further, it is recognized that the Department of Technology and Cognition is a
community of scholars from which the departmental officers and standing committees
receive authority to act in the name of the Department, and to whom elected
departmental officers and standing committees are responsible. In the discharge of
their duties and functions, elected departmental officers and standing committees
recognize and affirm their governance responsibilities to the faculty, to the Dean of the
College and his/her administrative staff, to the President of the University and his/her
administrative staff, and to the Board of Regents of the University of North Texas.




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                     ARTICLE I: The Departmental Organization and Meetings

Section 1:         The Department of Technology and Cognition includes all full-time
                   members of the faculty who have appointments the Department and
                   includes those faculty members who are fully or partially released from
                   teaching duties and those on temporary leave of absence. All persons
                   who are members of the Department are accorded all privileges and
                   immunities granted to faculty members by virtue of this Charter or by the
                   college and/or University policies and regulations.


Section 2:         The Department of Technology and Cognition has the following program
                   areas: (a) Applied Technology, Training, and Development, (b) Computer
                   Education and Cognitive Systems, (c) Educational Research, and (d)
                   Special Education. Through each program is an integral part of the
                   Department, the integrity and visibility of each program area is protected,
                   ensuring that each fulfills its mission to the College of Education,
                   University, and the larger community.
                   2.1    The program area faculty are those members of the Department
                          primarily assigned to teach courses and/or directing theses and
                          dissertations in that area.
                   2.2    The faculty of the program areas assist, advise, and work with the
                          Department Chair and other faculty in accordance with the policies
                          and regulations of the College and University. Further, it is the
                          responsibility of each program area faculty to review all aspects of
                          its programs, and to make recommendations to the Department
                          Chair and other faculty regarding revisions.
                   2.3    Each program shall establish a curriculum committee.
                          2.3.1 Responsibilities of the Curriculum Committee. The Program
                                 Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for developing,


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                                evaluating, and revising the course and degree programs
                                offerings of the program area.
                         2.3.2 Structure of the Curriculum Committee. The committee shall
                                be comprised of full-time faculty selected through
                                procedures established by each program area. The
                                Program Coordinator of each program shall report the
                                membership and term of each committee member to the
                                Department Chair at the start of each fall semester.
                         2.3.3 Relation of the Program Curriculum Committee to the
                                Department Executive Committee. Recommendations for
                                additions, changes, or deletions of academic programs or
                                courses shall be forwarded by the Chair of the Program
                                Curriculum Committee to the Department Chair. The
                                Department Chair will categorize these changes as
                                “substantive” or “non-substantive.” The Department Chair
                                will refer substantive changes to the Department Executive
                                Committee for approval prior to forwarding the changes to
                                the appropriate College curriculum committee. The
                                Department Chair may refer non-substantive changes
                                directly to the appropriate College of Education committee
                                for further action.


Section 3:         Departmental affairs and functions shall be conducted by the following
                   agents of the Department
                   3.1   Department Chair
                   3.1   Executive Committee
                   3.2   Personal Affairs Committee
                   3.3   Election Judge



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Section 4:         The Chair will call regular meetings of the departmental faculty at least
                   once a semester during the academic year and once during the summer
                   sessions. The Chair shall establish a tentative, year-long schedule of
                   faculty meetings, including dates and times, at the beginning of each
                   academic year. Additional meetings may be called by the Chair or
                   requested by petition of at least one-third of the departmental faculty. In
                   the case of any specially called meeting by the Chair, written notification
                   shall be given to all departmental faculty at least five working days in
                   advance of the meeting. In the case of a special meeting by faculty
                   petition, the meeting shall be held within five working days of the
                   submission of the petition to the Department Chair.
                   Faculty members petitioning for a special meeting must submit their
                   request in writing to the Chair one working week prior to the requested
                   meeting. The request must state the purpose of the special meeting. The
                   Chair will verify the names on the petition are from at least one-third of the
                   full-time departmental faculty in residence. The Chair in collaboration with
                   the petitioners will reserve a room at a reasonable day and time for4
                   faculty participation.


                   An agenda for any regular, special, or requested meeting must be
                   distributed electronically or with hard copies to the faculty at least one
                   working day prior to the meeting; an effort shall be made to include all
                   materials for discussion with the agenda. The Chair prepares agendas
                   and supporting materials for regular or special meetings called by the
                   Chair. The petitioners prepare agendas and supporting materials for
                   special meeting called by faculty.


                   A quorum for departmental meetings requires two-thirds of the full-time
                   faculty in residence.

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Section 5:         Any issue affecting the Department (unless prohibited by University
                   regulations) may be placed on the agenda by a faculty member.


Section 6:         Minutes of all regular and specially called departmental faculty meetings
                   shall be recorded and distributed to all faculty members in the
                   Department. The Department Chair will be responsible for appointing a
                   faculty or staff member to serve as a recorder of the minutes in
                   accordance with this section. The recorder is responsible for recording,
                   preparing, editing, and forwarding the minutes to the faculty.



             Article II: Responsibilities of the Departmental Agents

Section 1:         The Department Chair
                   1.1    The Chair is the department’s chief executive officer. As such, he
                          or she is responsible for specific duties assigned by the College of
                          Education and/or the University Administration.
                   1.2    The Department Chair acts on behalf of the Department in all
                          matters requiring communication with the College of Education
                          and/or the University Administration.
                   1.3    The Department Chair consults with the faculty and/or the
                          Executive Committee when recommending the establishment,
                          change, and/or implementation of administrative or educational
                          policies.
                   1.4    It is the responsibility of the Department Chair, in consultation with
                          the faculty, to develop the schedule of classes.
                   1.5    It is the responsibility of the Department Chair to maintain and
                          secure all official documents pertaining to the Department,
                          including faculty personnel records.

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Section 2:         The Executive Committee
                   2.1   The Executive Committee consists of four full-time faculty
                         members, the Program Coordinators, and the Department Chair.
                         The faculty representatives are elected by their program area
                         faculty. The Program Coordinators are appointed by the
                         Department Chair.
                   2.2   The Department Chair serves as the chair of the Executive
                         Committee.
                   2.3   The duties of the Executive Committee include the following:
                         2.3.1 Advise and assist the Department Chair in conducting the
                               educational and administrative affairs of the Department.
                         2.3.2 Request, review, and approve resource requests and use of
                               financial resources for maintenance and repair of
                               departmental equipment.
                         2.3.3 Establish policies and procedure for the distribution of
                               resources within the Department.
                         2.3.4 Act as the departmental curriculum committee when
                               department action is needed.
                   2.4   The Executive Committee is empowered to act on urgent matters
                         between meetings of the faculty.


Section 3:         Personnel Affairs Committee
                   3.1   The Personnel Affairs Committee is comprised of seven full-time
                         faculty members. One member is elected by each of the four
                         program areas. Three members are elected at-large by the full-
                         time departmental faculty, but no more than on at-large member will
                         be elected from any one program area.



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                   3.2   One of the Committee members will be elected by the Committee,
                         at the beginning of each academic year, to serve as chair of the
                         Committee.
                   3.3   The duties of the Personnel Affairs Committee are to review and
                         evaluate, on an annual basis, the contributions of each full-time
                         faculty member in the areas of teaching, research, and service.
                         The Personnel Affairs Committee may also be called on to advise
                         the Departmental Chair with respect to personnel matters.
                         3.3.1 The Tenure and Promotion sub-committee is comprised of
                               all full-time, tenured faculty members on the Personnel
                               Affairs Committee who are from the associate and/pr
                               professor ranks. The sub-committee must have at least
                               three members. In the event that less than three members
                               of the Personnel Affairs Committee meet the guidelines for
                               serving on the Tenure and Promotion sub-committee, the
                               full-time departmental faculty shall elect temporary sub-
                               committee members from the departmental associate and/or
                               professor ranks.
                         3.3.2 The chair of the Tenure and Promotion sub-committee is the
                               chair of the Personnel Affairs Committee unless that person
                               is not eligible to serve on the cub-committee, then the chair
                               is elected by the cub-committee.
                         3.3.3 The Tenure and Promotion sub-committee is responsible for
                               considering all tenure and promotion cases within the
                               Department in compliance with the University guidelines.
                         3.3.4 All assistant professors in the second year of their
                               appointment of time accruing toward tenure will sit as ad-
                               hoc, but non-voting, members of the Personnel Affairs
                               Committee and of the Tenure and Promotion sub-committee.

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                                After the one year as an ad-hoc member, these assistant
                                professors are eligible for election to the Personnel Affairs
                                Committee, but are not eligible to serve on the Tenure and
                                Promotion subcommittee until they are tenured.


Section 4:         Election Judge
                   4.1   An election judge will be appointed by the Department Chair to
                         conduct all elections for at-large departmental committee members,
                         College of Education Committee members, and charter
                         amendments.
                   4.2   Elections will be conducted during the academic year preceding the
                         term of office for elected members and will be completed by May 1
                         of that academic year.
                   4.3   The election judge will receive the results of program area elections
                         for membership on the departmental Executive Committee and the
                         Personnel Affairs Committee by May 1 of the academic year.
                   4.4   The election judge will report the results of all elections to the
                         Department Chair and all full-time faculty members prior to the end
                         of each academic year.


                   ARTICLE III:     Term of Department Committee Membership

Section1:          Elected members of departmental committees serve for a term of three
                   years (September to August) and are elected by May 1 for the following
                   year. An exception occurs when committees are initially formulated. In
                   this case, the initial committee members draw lots for one, two, or three
                   year terms. The initial election to newly formed committees may occur at
                   any time.




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Section 2:         When a vacancy occurs on a committee by resignation or for any other
                   reason, a regular full-time faculty member will be elected by the faculty to
                   complete the term of appointment on the committee.



                                    ARTICLE IV: Grievance

Section 1:         Faculty have access to grievance and appeal procedures as provided by
                   the Faculty Handbook.




                                       ARTICLE V: Recall

Section 1:         Recall of any elected representative of the Department is accomplished by
                   an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting, full-time faculty.



                           ARTICLE VI: Adoption of the Charter

Section 1:         The adoption of the departmental Charter requires that it be distributed to
                   the departmental faculty by the Department Chair for study and
                   deliberation for a period of at least thirty calendar days. Following the
                   review period, a departmental election will be conducted for the purpose of
                   adopting the charter. Adoption of the charter requires an affirmative vote
                   of two-thirds of the voting, full-time faculty.


Section 2:         The charter becomes effective immediately upon its adoption and
                   supersedes any earlier departmental charter(s) or policies.


Section 3 : Proposed amendments to this charter must be presented in a written
                   petition signed by at least three full-time, tenure-track faculty members.

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                   Within five working days of receiving any such petition, the Department
                   Chair shall present the proposed amendments in written form to the
                   faculty. The faculty shall have thirty calendar days to review the proposed
                   amendments. Following the review period, a departmental election will be
                   conducted for the purpose of amending the charter. Amendments to the
                   charter require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting, full-time
                   faculty.




Adopted            December 7, 1997
Amended            October 3, 1996
Amended            November 10, 1997
Proposed Revisions January 24, 2001
Submitted by TAC Charter Revision Committee: L. Fred Thomas, Chair, Mike Sayler,
                   Paul Schlieve, Michelle Walker
Approved           May 4, 2001




                                             CHARTER

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           DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION
                          COLLEGE OF EDUCATION


                                               Preamble

    The strength of any university resides in the quality and effectiveness of its faculty in

    addition to the efficiency of its organizational structure. It is essential that these strengths be

    used to their fullest extent. The Department of Teacher Education and Administration,

    College of Education, University of North Texas, therefore affirms that it has a collective

    mission to pursue excellence in teaching, scholarship, and faculty participation in

    departmental affairs.


    The Department of Teacher Education and Administration is a community of scholars from
whom the Departmental Officers and Standing Committees receive their authority to act in the
name of the Department and to which its officers and standing committees are responsive. In the
discharge of their duties and functions, departmental officers and standing committees also
recognize and affirm their responsibilities to the College of Education, the total university
faculty, the Chancellor of the University and his administrative staff, and to the Board of Regents
of the University of North Texas.

    This Charter is adopted for the governance of the Department of Teacher Education and
Administration; and, the provisions of this Charter are to be interpreted in accordance with the
University of North Texas Guidelines for Faculty Participation in Instructional Units and Policy
Statement on Departmental Personnel Administration (Appendix A-2, Revised August 1988) and
the College of Education Charter (adopted February 1995).


                                       Article I
                              DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION


Section 1. Membership in the Department


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    All full-time faculty members in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration,

    except those who are working toward a degree at UNT, are considered members and will be

    eligible to vote on all matters brought to a full department vote. (See UNT Faculty

    Handbook, Appendix A-2.3.) The Department's membership also includes those

    departmental faculty who are fully or partly released from teaching duties and those who are

    on temporary leaves of absence. Persons who hold membership in the Department of

    Teacher Education and Administration are accorded all privileges and immunities granted to

    University faculty members by virtue of this Charter unless expressly prohibited to faculty

    members by Articles of this Charter, the College of Education Charter, or by University of

    North Texas policies and regulations.


Section 2. Departmental Organization

    A. Departmental affairs will be conducted under the auspices of the following offices and

         standing committees:

         1. Department Chair
         2. Assistant Department Chair
         3. Program Coordinators:
                a. Reading Education
                b. Elementary Education
                c. Secondary Education
                d. Curriculum and Instruction (Interdisciplinary graduate program that is shared
                   between Elementary and Secondary Education programs)
                e. Educational Administration
         4. Recording Secretary
         5. Parliamentarian
         6. Standing Committees:
                a. Personnel Affairs
                b. Promotion and Tenure
                c. Undergraduate Programs
                d. Graduate Programs

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                   e. Executive
                   f. Faculty Grievance
                   g. Student Affairs
                   h. Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Secondary and All-Level
                      Certification
                   i. Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Elementary Certification

         Also, the Department Chair may appoint any special committees or ad hoc committees

         necessary to assist in investigations, studies, deliberations, and considerations of interest

         to departmental faculty members.


         B.     Committee Membership

         Committees shall be constituted so that each program area has proportional
         representation on the Executive Committee and Personnel Affairs Committee, and
         representation on other committees. The Promotion and Tenure committee will consist
         of four members, one elected from each of the following program areas: Educational
         Administration, Elementary Education, Reading Education, and Secondary Education.
         1. The following formula will be used to determine program area representation on the
             Executive Committee and Personnel Affairs Committee.

                         Unit size                 Number of Representatives

                         3-6                                    1
                         7 - 11                                 2
                         12 or more                             3

         2. In other committees where it is important to have a voice, but not necessarily
            proportional representation, each program area will have one member as follows:

              a. The Undergraduate Program Committee shall consist of three representatives, one
                 each from each unit with an undergraduate program (Reading Education,
                 Elementary Education, and Secondary Education).

              b. The Graduate Program Committee shall consist of five representatives, one each
                 from each unit with a graduate program (Educational Administration, Elementary
                 Education, Reading Education, Secondary Education, and Curriculum and
                 Instruction).



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               c. The Faculty Grievance Committee shall consist of four representatives, one each
                  from Educational Administration, Elementary Education, Reading Education, and
                  Secondary Education.

               d. The Student Affairs Committee shall consist of three representatives, one from the
                  combined areas of Reading, and Elementary Education and one each from
                  Secondary Education and Educational Administration. Reading and Elementary
                  program areas will alternate representation on the committee with Reading
                  serving on even numbered years and Elementary serving on odd numbered years.

         3. Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Secondary and All-Level Certification

               The Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Secondary and All-Level Certification
               committee shall consist of three members from the secondary education program.

         4. Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Elementary Certification

               The Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Elementary Certification committee
               shall consist of two members from Elementary Education, and one from Reading
               Education.

    C. Committee Elections

    1. Program area representatives to the Executive Committee, Personnel Affairs Committee, and Promotion and Tenure Committee will
    be nominated by faculty in the program area faculty. The program area nominees will be listed on a ballot by program area. This ballot will
    be submitted to the membership of the department for a vote on each program area representative.



        2. Program area representatives to other committees listed in Article 1. Sec. 2. will be
           elected by program area faculty.

    D. Term of Office.

         1. All terms will be for three years. In the first year, members will draw to select initial
            terms of one, two, or three years.

                                          Article II
                         ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 1. The Department Chair

        The Department Chair is the chief administrative officer of the department. It, therefore,
is his or her task to carry out, with the advice and counsel of the departmental faculty, the



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administrative and educational policies of the Department of Teacher Education and
Administration, College of Education, and the University. More specifically:

    A. The Department Chair shall become familiar with, and responsible for, implementing the
       policies and procedures in the College of Education and the University as specified in the
       University of North Texas Faculty Handbook. In this regard, the Department Chair's
       specific duties include such responsibilities as providing educational, faculty and
       administrative leadership; and, the presenting of recommendations for budgets,
       appointments, promotions, [severances] termination of employment, courses, and
       schedules for approval by the administration. This authority is to be exercised with the
       advice and counsel of the department faculty [ that is] functioning either as a Committee-
       of-the-Whole and/or through the Executive Committee or other various standing
       committees. Their specified and designated function and responsibilities have been
       established by this Charter in accordance with the regulations stipulated in the University
       Faculty Handbook.

    B. The Department Chair shall act for the Department in matters requiring official
       communication with the Dean of the College of Education and the University of North
       Texas Administration.

    C. The Department Chair, in carrying out personnel administration responsibilities, must
       secure the advice and counsel (and hopefully, though not necessarily) the concurrence of
       the departmental faculty through an elected committee(s) or through the Committee-of-
       the-Whole.

    D. The Department Chair is expected to include, with his or her recommendations to the
       Dean, all relevant written recommendations received from standing committees including
       any relevant documentation.

    E. The Department Chair serves as the presiding officer at department (Committee-of-the-
       Whole) faculty meetings.


Section 2. The Assistant Department Chair

         The Department Chair shall appoint the Assistant Department Chair to assist in conduct
of departmental administration. The Assistant Department Chair serves in this position at the
discretion of the Department Chair. The Assistant Department Chair shall serve in an advisory
role to the Department Chair and perform any duties and functions delegated to him or her by the
Department Chair.


Section 5. The Program Area Coordinators

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    A. Program Area Coordinators shall be appointed by the Department Chair with the advice
       of the Program Area faculty to assist in departmental administration and shall serve in
       this position at the discretion of the Department Chair.
    B. Program Coordinators shall, at the discretion of the Department Chair, be responsible for:
       1. Scheduling classes and teaching assignments;
       2. Recommending to the Department Chair the selection, assignment, and evaluation of
           adjuncts and teaching fellows in the program area;
       3. Serving as the first level of contact for student complaints regarding any instructor in
           the program area;
       4. Assigning faculty for advising, service as major professor, and other special
           responsibilities such as attendance at commencement;
       5. Preparing or providing information for official reports, such as those requested from
           the Texas Education Agency and the Coordinating Board, or those required for
           accreditation purposes such as SASC and NCATE;
       6. Providing leadership for program development to maintain degree and certification
           programs that are current and relevant;
       7. Monitoring to assure that all teaching personnel meet classes regularly as prescribed
           by University regulations;
       8. Overseeing any special budgets maintained by the program area such as accounts
           funded by conferences or donations;
       9. Preparing rationales for changes in faculty and staff;
       10. Developing a plan for requesting equipment and supplies through appropriate budget
           procedures;
       11. Scheduling and conducting monthly program area meetings; and, keeping and
           distributing minutes of all program meetings.

Section 6. Recording Secretary .

A. The Department Chair will appoint a Recording Secretary. The Recording Secretary will be
responsible for maintaining the official record of all Department meetings. Duties include
providing minutes of each meeting, distributing the minutes to the membership of the
Department and the Chair, and making any revisions to the minutes as required. (This is also
included in Article III, A. This just makes Sec. A formal office.)

Section 7. Parliamentarian

A. The Department Chair will appoint a Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian will be
responsible for assuring that department meetings follow Robert=s Rules of Order.

Section 6. Committees



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       A. The faculty members of the Department shall elect all Standing Committees in
accordance with University policies.
       B. All Standing Committees shall carry out the duties and functions of committees as
adopted by the faculty and University Faculty Handbook.
       C. All Committees shall make and distribute written reports (minutes) of their activities
and meetings to the departmental faculty and the Department Chair.
       D. Ad Hoc Committees shall carry out the assignments given to them by the Department
Chair and/or Standing Committee and report directly to the person or committee that appointed
them.

                                     Article III
                         COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND FUNCTIONS

A. Department Meetings

        The Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration shall call and
preside at meetings of the department faculty with a fixed agenda at the beginning of the Fall and
Spring semesters of each academic year. Also, the Department Chair may call and schedule any
special meeting of the departmental faculty he or she deems necessary. In addition, special
fixed-agenda meetings of the departmental faculty may be called by the Department Chair upon
request of at least one-third of the department faculty.
        Matters brought before the faculty for consideration will be resolved by a majority vote
when at least two-thirds of the faculty are present. Department meetings will be conducted
according to Robert's Rules of Order. The Department Chair will assign someone to be
responsible for taking and distributing the minutes of departmental meetings to all departmental
faculty members and any other offices as required by University policy and regulations.

B. Program Area Meetings.

         Program Coordinators for each discipline in the Department of Teacher Education and
Administration shall call a program area meeting at least once each month if needed during each
regular (long) semester and at least once if needed during the summer session. Agendas for each
meeting shall be developed and distributed with input from program area faculty members, the
Program Area Coordinator, and the Department Chair. Additional Meetings with a fixed agenda
may be called by the Program Area Coordinator or upon request of at least one-third of the
Program Area faculty. Minutes of each program area meeting are to be recorded and distributed
to the appropriate faculty and offices.


C. Standing Committee Meetings.

        The Chair of each Standing Committee shall call a meeting of his or her committee at
least once each regular (long) semester. An agenda shall be developed and distributed for each

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meeting with input for the committee members and the Department Chair. Additional meetings
with a fixed agenda may be called by the Committee Chair, Department Chair, or upon request
by at least three (3) other members of the committee. Minutes of each committee meeting are to
be recorded and distributed to the appropriate faculty and offices. A brief description of the
composition, functions and duties of each Standing Committee follows:

        1. Personnel Affairs Committee. The major functions of this committee are to evaluate
Department faculty each year for merit purposes and to submit recommendations to the
Department Chair concerning faculty peer evaluations and ratings according to University
policies and regulations. Only tenured faculty are eligible to serve on this committee. The
Department Chair will serve as an ex officio member of this committee and will not have
any voting privileges.

        2. Promotion and Tenure Committee. The Committee shall elect a chair from its
membership. (See Faculty Handbook A.2.3). The major functions of this committee are to
evaluate department faculty members who seek tenure or promotion in rank and to submit
recommendations to the Department Chair concerning such matters according to University
policies and regulations. The Department Chair will serve as an ex-officio member of this
committee and will not have any voting privileges.

       3. Undergraduate Programs Committee. The major functions of this committee are to
respond to new technology, state certification requirements or changes, curricular improvements,
proposed degree program additions or deletions, pedagogical emphases, and developments in the
undergraduate programs provided by the department.

        4. Graduate Programs Committee. This committee shall be composed of one
representative from each program that offers a graduate degree. The major functions of this
committee are to respond to new technology, state certification requirements or changes,
curricular improvements, proposed degree program additions or deletions, pedagogical
emphases, and developments in the graduate programs provided by the department.

        5. Executive Committee. This committee shall be composed of proportional
representation from each program area as determined by Article I, Section 2, B.1. In accordance
with University policy (See Appendix A-2, item 7 of Faculty Handbook), at least half this
committee must come from the upper professorial ranks (professors or associate professors).
The major functions of this committee are to meet with, advise, and counsel the Department
Chair concerning overall departmental policies, goals and objectives, personnel and student
needs, and equipment and supply needs. The Department Chair shall serve as the chairperson of
the Executive Committee.

        6. Faculty Grievance Committee. The major functions of this committee are to
investigate and hear faculty complaints about matters of concern to them, and to submit the
results of their findings and recommendations to the Department Chair.

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       7. Student Affairs Committee. The major functions of this committee are to investigate
and hear student complaints about matters of concern to them other than the following: grade
appeals, which fall under the UNT Faculty Handbook; admission to teacher education programs,
which fall under the Admission, Review and Retention committees; and admission to graduate
programs, which are governed by the program areas. The results of the Committee's findings and
recommendations are to be submitted to the Department Chair.


8. Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Secondary and All-Level Certification
Committee. The Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Secondary and All-Level
Certification committee shall consist of three members elected by the secondary education
faculty from the program=s full-time, tenure track faculty. Terms will be staggered so that only
one new member is elected annually. When the first committee is elected, the members will
draw lots to determine whether their term will be one, two or three years. Thereafter, the terms
shall be for three years. The Committee will elect a chair from its membership.




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The Committee rules on both student appeals and faculty referrals on issues related to
student admission and retention. Students may appeal a decision or request an exception
to program policy related to admission or retention in the Secondary and All-Level
certification programs. Faculty may refer students to this committee when they have
concerns about the admission or retention of individual students. Any appeal or referral
is first submitted to the Assistant Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and
Administration for assignment to the appropriate Admission, Review and Retention
Committee. The Committee submits a written report with supporting documentation of
all decisions to the Assistant Chair. The Assistant Chair notifies students of decisions
and maintains the Admission, Review and Retention files.

9. Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Elementary Certification Committee. The
Admission, Review and Retention (ARR): Elementary Certification committee shall
consist of two members from Elementary Education and one from Reading Education.
Any full time, tenure-track faculty member is eligible to serve. Terms will be staggered
so that only one new member is elected annually. When the first committee is elected,
the members will draw lots to determine whether their term will be one, two or three
years. Thereafter, the terms shall be for three years. The Committee will elect a chair
from its membership.


   The Committee rules on both student appeals and faculty referrals on issues related to
 student admission and retention. Students may appeal a decision or request an exception
     to program policy related to admission or retention in the Elementary Certification
  program. Faculty may refer students to this committee when they have concerns about
the admission or retention of individual students. Any appeal or referral is first submitted
   to the Assistant Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration for
     assignment to the appropriate Admission, Review and Retention Committee. The
Committee submits a written report with supporting documentation of all decisions to the
    Assistant Chair. The Assistant Chair notifies students of decisions and maintains the
                           Admission, Review and Retention files.

                                    Article IV
                            REVISIONS OF THE CHARTER

Section 1. Presentation of Amendments to the Charter

        Any proposed amendments to this Charter shall be presented in writing to the
Department Chair and shall contain the signatures of at least twenty-five (25%) percent
of the voting faculty in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. The
proposed amendment shall be presented to the faculty in writing at least seven (7)
working days before a regular or called faculty meeting is held. Discussion and balloting
on the proposed amendment to this Charter shall take place within thirty (30) working
days of the presentation of the amendment. The results of the balloting shall be presented
at a subsequent regular faculty meeting or a faculty meeting called for this specific
purpose.



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Section 2. Ratification of Amendments to the Charter

         Amendments to this Charter shall be ratified by a two-thirds approval vote of the
total eligible departmental faculty.

                                    Article V
                         IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CHARTER

This Charter shall become effective when it has been presented to and discussed by the
faculty of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration and approved by a
two-thirds majority vote of the total department faculty eligible to vote.


Send comments or questions to Sue Young, syoung@unt.edu, at the Faculty Senate
Office, Telephone (940) 565-2053.




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