Academics

Governance

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development

I.

INTRODUCTION

1.1

The University of Massachusetts, established by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is governed by the Board of Trustees.  The chief executive officer of the University of Massachusetts System is the President.  The chief executive officer of the University of Massachusetts Boston is the Chancellor.  The chief executive officer of the College of Education and Human Development is the Dean.  The governing body representing the membership of the College of Education and Human Development is the College Senate.

1.2

The right of members of the College of Education and Human Development to participate in decisions affecting their responsibilities and careers is a basic right and gives substantial authority to the Senate.  Subject to the authority of the Dean of the College, the Chancellor and the President, and to the final authority of the Board of Trustees, the Senate is the primary instrument by which this right is exercised on matters of College governance.

1.3

For purposes of representation, the College membership is composed of faculty, staff, and students.  Unless otherwise designated, this shall mean full-time, jointly appointed, adjunct, and part-time faculty; full-time, jointly-appointed, and part-time professional staff in any approved Center, Institute and Office; full-time and part-time classified staff; and full-time and part-time students.

   

II.

JURISDICTION AND POWERS

2.1

By virtue of its nature as the governing body representing the College membership, the Senate shall have jurisdiction over all areas affecting the College of Education and Human Development, as well as groups or individuals within the College.  Such jurisdiction shall be exercised to the extent compatible with the provision of the Constitution of the Faculty Council of the University of Massachusetts Boston.  In case of conflict between provisions of the Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development and the Constitution of the Faculty Council of the University of Massachusetts Boston, or between the Constitution of the Faculty Council and any act of the Senate, the Constitution of the Faculty Council shall take precedence.

2.2

The powers of the Senate shall be subject to the authority of the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, the Chancellor and the President, and to the final authority of the Board of Trustees, and in accordance with the general laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the By-laws of the Board of Trustees and such rules, regulations and resolutions as the Board of Trustees may promulgate.  Without prejudice to the restraints provided for elsewhere in this Constitution, recommendations of the Senate shall be considered to be the official actions of the College of Education and Human Development, unless notification from the Dean that a recommendation requires further study, or is overruled, is received within thirty days.

2.3

Subject to the limitations specified above in paragraph 2.2, among the powers exercised by the Senate on behalf of the membership of the College of Education and Human Development are the following:

 

a.

Curriculum-The Senate shall have the power to recommend instructional programs, new courses, and assessment policy for the College, provided that these are compatible with the instructional goals of the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

 

b.

Admissions-The Senate shall have the power to recommend policies for the admission of students to the College and for the awarding of scholarships and graduate assistantships, provided that these policies are compatible with the goals and policies of the University of Massachusetts Boston on these matters.

 

c.

Administrative Appointments

The Senate shall participate in the selection of the Dean of the College.  In the case of a search for a new Dean of the College, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with advice from the Senate, shall select the search committee, which will then make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

 

d.

Budget and Administrative Operation

The Senate shall have the power to review and make recommendations to the Dean of the College concerning all matters relating to the following:  the College budget, including the use and allocation of College funds; the use of space and buildings; College administrative and service policies and procedures; the planning and development of the College; and the general administrative policy of the College.

 

e.

Planning

The Senate shall participate with the Dean in any activities related to long-range planning of the College.

 

f.

Emergencies

The Dean of the College, the Provost, and the Chancellor shall consult the Senate whenever possible concerning measures to be taken in emergencies to maintain the orderly functioning of the College.

 

g.

Faculty Policies and Procedures

The Senate shall have the power to review Department and College policies and procedures for faculty appointment, promotion, retention, tenure, and grievances, in order to assure that they are in conformity with the general personnel policies and procedures established for the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

 

h.

By-laws

The Senate shall have the power to make any by-laws it deems necessary to facilitate the transaction of its business as long as such by-laws are consistent with the provisions of this Constitution and of the Constitution of the Faculty Council or the Board of Trustees approved policy.  The by-laws may be changed only at a meeting, the announced agenda of which includes the proposed changes, and shall be adopted by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Senate who are present and voting.

2.4

The enumeration of powers in paragraph 2.3 should not be construed to deny or disparage such other powers of the Senate as may be necessary for the carrying out of the Senate's function of making recommendations to the Dean.

2.5

The Senate recognizes the right of the faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Boston to bargain collectively and will work cooperatively with any union in order to serve the best interests of the membership of the College it represents.  Any negotiated policies, powers, and operating principles of College governance that result from collective bargaining and that are ratified in accordance with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall supersede any principles of this Constitution if there is a conflict between them.

     

III.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE SENATE

 

Inasmuch as article 1.2 of the Constitution establishes the right of members of the College of Education and Human Development to "Participate in decisions affecting their responsibilities and careers," it is appropriate that all Departments, Centers, Institutes and Offices that become part of the CEHD are adequately represented.  Consequently, the language of article 3.1, governing the composition of the CEHD Senate is as follows:

3.1

The Senate of the College shall be composed of 19 representatives of the faculty, staff, and students of the College, each having all rights and privileges of membership—including the right to vote and introduce motions, as follows:

 

a.

The Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Counseling and School Psychology, and Leadership in Education will be represented by a total of nine (9) members, three members from each Department, as follows:  one faculty member with a full-time appointment; one faculty member with either a full-time or joint appointment; and one faculty member with a part-time or adjunct appointment; and

 

b.

Centers, Institutes, and Offices officially recognized by the College of Education and Human Development will be represented by a total of six (6) members, an average of one representative from each entity, with three members representing professional staff or faculty with full-time appointments in Centers, Institutes and Offices; and three members representing professional staff or faculty with joint, part-time or adjunct appointments in Centers, Institutes and Offices; and

 

c.

One (1) staff member representing classified staff within the College; and

 

d.

Three (3) students, one representative per Department, whether full-time or part-time, will be voting members of the Senate.

In addition, the Dean of the College and Associate Dean(s) of the College will be non-voting members of the Senate, ex officio, having all rights and privileges except the right to vote and introduce motions.

3.2

Faculty or staff members shall not be eligible to serve on the Senate while on leave of absence or on sabbatical leaves; or while serving in the College or University administration.

3.3

The Senate shall elect its presiding officers from among its elected members.

     

IV.

ELECTIONS

4.1

All regular elections shall take place by the end of April of each academic year. 

4.2

All faculty members and professional staff members with full-time, joint, part-time, and adjunct appointments are eligible to vote for their academic or professional unit representatives.  All full-time and part-time classified staff members are eligible to vote for their representative.  All full-time and part-time students in good academic standing are eligible to vote for student representatives in their respective department.

4.3

Pursuant to Article XI each member of the Senate shall be elected for a term of two years.

4.4

Each year approximately half of the members of the Senate shall complete their terms of office and new members shall be elected.

     

V.

PROCEDURES

5.1

The Senate shall govern itself in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order except as other wise provided in this Constitution or in the Senate By-laws.

5.2

A quorum of the Senate shall be at least 60 percent of the currently seated membership.

5.3

The first meeting of the newly elected Senate shall take place during the last full week of classes in the spring semester.  At this meeting the Senate shall elect from among its membership the following officers:

 

a.

Chair and Vice-Chair

The Chair shall be the presiding officer of the Senate.  In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall be the presiding officer.  In the absence of these officers, they shall jointly designate a member of the Senate to act as interim presiding officer.  The Senate shall determine the qualifications of its officers, whom it shall have the power to elect and recall.

 

b.

Secretary

The duties of the Secretary will be to record the proceedings of the meetings of the Senate and provide the members of this body with the minutes of the meetings.  Copies of the minutes will be provided by the Secretary on request to any member of the University.

 

c.

The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Senate shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Senate.

5.4

Minutes of the Senate meetings shall be made available to the College no later than fourteen days after the Senate has approved them.  The Senate agenda, together with supporting documents, shall be made available to the College at least three days in advance of the meeting dates.

5.5

Any member who has missed three consecutive meetings may be notified of the Senate's intent to replace him/her with another representative from the same constituency.  If the member so notified does not appear at the next meeting, the Senate may replace him/her with another representative elected from the same constituency.

5.6

Meetings of the Senate shall be open.  Speaking privileges may be extended to non-members with approval of the Chair.

5.7

The Senate will meet at least once a month during the school year.  Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Senate Chair or when requested by a simple majority of the Senate members.

     

VI.

COLLEGE COMMITTEES

6.1

There shall be a number of standing committees within the College, each charged with a specific responsibility in a particular area of College or University life.  Unless otherwise specified, the members of these committees shall serve for one year or until they complete pending business, at the discretion of the Senate.

6.2

The Senate shall establish all College committees and their charges by a majority vote of the Senate.  The Senate shall settle conflicts of jurisdiction among committees by simple majority vote.

6.3

Membership for committees shall be recommended annually by the Executive Committee of the Senate to the Senate membership for approval by majority vote.  Chairs of standing committees, if not currently serving in the Senate, will be non-voting members of the Senate, ex officio, having all rights and privileges except the right to vote and introduce motions.

6.4

The ratio of membership of all standing and ad hoc committees shall normally follow the approximate proportion of the Senate constituencies and shall be made with a view to diversifying the composition of the committee with respect to University status (including that of student), sex and race.

6.5

Meetings of all committees shall be open, unless otherwise decided in exceptional cases by a two-thirds vote of the committee.

6.6

The first meeting of a committee shall be convened by a member of the committee designated by the chair of the College Senate.  The committee shall then proceed to nominate and elect its own chairperson.

6.7

Any member who has missed three consecutive meetings may be notified of the committee's intent to replace him/her with another elected representative from the same constituency.  If the member so notified does not appear at the next meeting, the committee may so replace him/her.

6.8

The Senate Chair must enter all reports of Senate committees on the agenda of the first Senate meeting scheduled following receipt of such reports.

6.9

The Senate shall appoint ad hoc committees as the need arises.

6.10

There will be a College Personnel Committee, as required by University Regulations.  Each year, the Senate Executive Committee will recommend faculty with full-time or joint appointments in the College and/or faculty with adjunct appointments in the College, who are full-time, tenured faculty at the University for membership on the College Personnel Committee to the Senate.  The Senate will ratify the nominees by a majority vote annually. 

 

a.

The College Personnel Committee should include faculty representation from all academic units of the College.  Further specifications for the Committee's composition, organization, jurisdiction, and procedures will be written in the bylaws of the College Senate and will be consistent with University academic personnel policy.

 

b.

The meetings of the College Personnel Committee shall be closed.

  • The Senate shall establish an Academic Affairs and Curriculum Committee (AACC) to fulfill the Constitutional responsibilities of Article 2, Section 2.3a.  The AACC should include faculty representation from all academic units of the College.  Further specifications for the Committee’s composition, organization, and procedures will be written in the bylaws of the College Senate

 

  • The Senate charges the AACC with the review and evaluation of proposed academic programs, curricula, and courses.  AACC evaluations shall weigh the comprehensiveness and coherence of a proposed academic program, curriculum, or course.

 

  • The Senate charges the AACC with the recommendation of proposed academic programs, curricula and courses.  AACC recommendations shall consider the extent to which the proposed academic program, curriculum, or course reflects the philosophy, mission, goals and overall conceptual framework of the College of Education and Human Development, as well as the sponsoring department.  AACC recommendations shall consider the extent to which what has been proposed is prepared in a timely fashion; duplicates, overlaps or conflicts with existing programs, curricula, or courses, and requires additional resources.  AACC shall consider the provision of a forum for discussing topics of interest across programs and departments (such as research, sharing resources, reading/writing programs across departments.)

 

  • The Senate charges the AACC with reporting to the College Senate on the status and progress of its activities.  The AACC Chair shall schedule meetings in accordance with established timelines for submission of proposals to the University Graduate Studies Committee.  The AACC Chair or the Chair’s designee shall report on the status and progress of the AACC’s activities at monthly College Senate meetings.

 

  • The Senate shall establish a Budget and Long Range Planning Committee (BLRPC) to fulfill Constitutional responsibilities of Article 2, Section 2.3d.  Further specifications for the Committee’s composition, organization, and procedures will be written in the bylaws of the College Senate

 

  • The Budget and Long Range Planning Committee shall develop and review procedures for appropriate collegiate budget planning and shall make recommendations to the Senate regarding budgetary policy.  The Committee is charged to review the College’s asking budget and shall make specific recommendations to the College of Education and Human Development Dean.  The Committee shall consult with the College administration in the subsequent budget steps, especially when final budgetary allocations are made within the College.

 

  • The Committee shall work with the College of Education and Human Development Dean in formulating and reviewing long-range plans for the College, and shall make appropriate recommendations to the College.
     

VII.

DEPARTMENTS

7.1

Each Department Constitution shall define procedures for the participation of faculty and professional staff with full-time or joint appointments in the selection of Department chairpersons.  Such procedures shall cover vacancy of the chair for any reason.  In accordance with University policy all such procedures shall require:

  • direct participation by the departmental faculty and professional staff in the appointment process through (1) vote, (2) Constitution, and/or (3) concurrence;
  • appointment of the chairperson by the Dean; and
  • concurrence in the appointment by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
 

a.

Should the Department fail to select a chairperson satisfactory to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, the Dean shall request that a new selection process be held.  In the event that the Department cannot reach a decision, or that the second selection also results in a choice unacceptable to the administration, the Dean may, after consultation with the Department, appoint an acting chairperson for a single term of no more than two years.

7.2

Duties and term of office of Department chairs shall be defined in departmental constitutions.

7.3

Department constitutions, and amendments thereto, must be approved by faculty with full-time or joint appointments in each Department, and shall be effective when approved by the Senate and the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development.  The Senate shall be concerned that Department Charters are in accord with established University policy.

 

a.

The constitution shall specify standing committees and procedures for establishing memberships for the committees, including recruitment and search committees.

7.4

Department constitutions shall provide a mechanism guaranteeing student and part-time and adjunct faculty participating in the operation of the Department.

7.5

Persons holding full-time administrative positions shall participate in the affairs and operation of the academic department with which they may be affiliated in a manner and to an extent determined by the department in question, except that, for the duration of their full-time administrative status, they shall not:

 
  • be eligible to hold elective or appointive positions within the department, and
  • be eligible to vote as a faculty member on any action which is subject to approval by higher administrative authorities (i.e., appointment, reappointment, tenure, promotion, compensation, leave, chairperson position, long-range personnel planning document). 
     

VIII.

MEETINGS OF COLLEGE CONSTITUENCIES

8.1

There shall be a regular all-college meeting at the beginning of each semester. Special all-college meetings may be called by the Dean and/or the Senate.  Faculty, professional staff, and classified staff members at such meetings may discuss and make recommendations to the Dean and to the appropriate governance bodies of the College, involving areas considered by the Board of Trustees' Statement on Governance to be under the primary responsibility of the College. Notice of such meetings and the agenda shall be distributed by the College one week in advance of the meeting. 

8.2

Special meetings of the student body of the College of Education and Human Development may be called upon petition signed by three (3) percent of the student body or by the Dean.  Students at such a meeting may discuss and make recommendations to the Dean of the College and to the Senate.  Students will select from among those present at the meeting a temporary chair to preside over the meeting.  The quorum for a student meeting at which such recommendations are made shall be six (6) percent of the whole number of full and part-time students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development.  Notice of such meetings and the agenda shall be advertised from the Dean's Office one week in advance of the meeting. 

8.3

Senate meetings shall be governed in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided in the Constitution or in the By-laws.

     

IX.

AMENDMENTS

9.1

The Senate shall submit an amendment to this Constitution to referendum upon petition signed by 20 percent of faculty with full-time or joint appointments, or 20 percent of the student body, or 20 percent of the full-time members of the professional staff, or 20 percent of the full-time members of the classified staff of the College of Education and Human Development.  The Senate may also, on its own initiative, by two-thirds vote, submit an amendment to referendum.

Amendments shall be considered adopted when approved by:

 
  • a majority of faculty with full-time or joint appointments, or a two-thirds majority of all faculty members voting in the referendum; and
  • a majority of the students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development, or a two-thirds majority of all students voting in the referendum;
  • a majority of the full-time professional staff of the College of Education and Human Development, or a two-thirds majority of all professional staff voting in the referendum; and
  • a majority of the full-time classified staff of the College of Education and Human Development, or a two-thirds majority of all classified staff voting in the referendum.

If a proposed amendment is approved by a simple majority of faculty voting, and by a simple majority of the students voting, and by a simple majority of professional staff voting, and by a simple majority of classified staff voting, it shall be considered adopted if subsequently approved by two-thirds of the Senate.

     

X.

RATIFICATION

10.1

Ratification of the Constitution will require a vote of a majority of faculty, a majority of professional staff, and a majority of classified staff.  Passage will require approval by two-thirds of those voting in each category (i.e., faculty, professional staff, classified staff) and approval of the Dean of the College and the Chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the Board of Trustees.

XI.

TRANSITION

11.1

At the first meeting of the new Senate, the initial term of office of each Senator shall be determined by lot.  As near to half as possible of each group of Senators (faculty representing departments, students, professional staff, and classified staff) shall receive two-year terms; the others, one-year terms.  Thereafter, all Senators shall serve for two-year terms, with staggered times of elections. 

     

 

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Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development was ratified by the College:

5/07/01

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development was approved by CEHD Dean:

11/26/01

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development was approved by Faculty Council:

2/03/02

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development was approved by the Provost:

 

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development was approved by the Chancellor:

 

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development was approved by the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts, Boston:

 
   

Constitution of the College of Education and Human Development, amended

April, 2003