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 is the president. The chief executive officer of the University of Massachusetts at Boston is the Chancellor. The chief executive officer of the Faculty is the Provost. The chief executive officer of Graduate Studies is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The chief executive officer of the Graduate College of Education is the Dean. The chief executive officer of the Department of Leadership in Education is the Chairperson. The Department of Leadership in Education of the Graduate College of Education consists of three program areas: the EdD program in Higher Education Administration, the EdD program in Leadership in Urban Schools, and the M.Ed./CAGS program in Educational Leadership. The Chairperson of the Department is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and administering all University, College, and Department policies, rules and regulations, pertaining to all graduate studies offered within the Department. Each area of concentration has a Coordinator responsible for the overall administration of that area. One coordinator may be appointed as Associate Chair by the Chairperson after consultation with the Dean and program coordinators.
1.2 It is the role and responsibility of tenured faculty, faculty who are in tenure-earning tracks, and full time instructors in non-tenure tracks to determine the educational policy of the Department, to regulate admissions of students, recommend awarding of degrees and certificates to graduates of the programs, evaluate peers, and formulate recommendations concerning matters of faculty hiring and recommendations for merits, promotion and tenure. In addition, it is the role and responsibility of all faculty--tenured, those in tenure-earning tracks, adjunct, and part-time bargaining unit faculty-- to participate in the development of specific courses of study within the Department, as well as to advise matriculated students.
1.3 The right of members of the Department to participate in decisions affecting their responsibilities and careers is a basic right and gives substantial authority to members of the Department's Personnel Committee, the College's Faculty Senate, and the University Faculty Senate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Subject to the authority of the Dean of the College, the Provost, the Chancellor and the President, and to the final authority of the Board of Trustees, the Faculty governance bodies are the primary instruments through which this right is exercised on matters of Departmental governance.
1.4 Department membership consists of its faculty, students, and members of the professional staff. Unless otherwise designated, this shall mean full-time, tenured faculty and those who are in tenure-earning tracks, jointly-appointed, adjunct, and part-time faculty; full-time and part-time professional staff; and full-time and part-time matriculated students in the Department. Department of Leadership in Education Constitution Fall 2005 3
1.5 Full-time faculty will each have one vote in Department decisions. Part-time faculty bargaining unit members will be permitted to elect one voting member from their ranks in May of each year. Part-time faculty, faculty who are full-time and in non-tenure earning tracks, and students will not have a vote in personnel matters.
1.6 All persons who are members of the Department are considered to have the right to attend Department meetings. Departmental meetings will be held at least three (3) times each semester. Additional meetings may be called by the Department Chairperson or by one-half of the voting members of the Department. Notification of Department meetings must be made at least five (5) working days prior to the meeting.
1.7 No official business shall be conducted unless a quorum is present. A quorum is defined as the majority of Departmental voting members.
1.8 The Department shall determine by majority vote representatives to the college bodies (e.g. College Senate) to which the Department is required to send a representative.
1.9 Full time tenure-track faculty are selected by appointed search committees, endorsed by the department chair person, nominated for appointment by the Dean, and approved by the Provost. Part-time, adjunct, and non-tenure line full time instructors are appointed to the department by the chairperson in consultation with program coordinators.
2. Officers/Members of the Department
2.1 The chief administrative officer of the Department is the Chairperson. In addition, there shall be a Coordinator for each of the areas of concentration within the Department. Roles and responsibilities of faculty and students are defined.
A. The Chairperson
Roles and Responsibilities of the Department Chairperson:
The chief administrative officer of the Department is the Chairperson. The Chairperson must be a full-time tenured faculty member of the Department. The Chairperson shall be elected by all qualified voting members of the Department. Election shall be by secret ballot and only faculty willing to accept the Chair position if nominated shall be eligible for election. The Chairperson shall be elected by a majority of those voting. In the event of a tie there shall be continual votes taken until one candidate receives a majority vote. The election of the Chairperson shall be conducted in April of an academic year with the term to begin June I of that academic year. The term of the Chairperson is for three (3) years and is only renewable in unusual circumstances. The Chair’s appointment is to be subject to the approval of the Dean of the College. In the event of a vacancy in the Chair's position, the Department shall hold a special election to select a replacement to complete the remainder of the three-year term. This elected Chairperson will be eligible for a subsequent 3-year term.
Responsibilities of the Chairperson:
I. Preside over Department meetings. Department of Leadership in Education Constitution Fall 2005 4
2. Represent the Department at appropriate College and University meetings and disseminate derived information to faculty.
3. Call and schedule Department meetings and prepare an agenda
4. Consult with the coordinators of the different areas of concentration to facilitate integration of the areas of concentration.
5. Make recommendations to the Dean regarding actions taken by the Tenure and Promotion Committees and the Personnel Committee. These recommendations must be made known to the committees concerned.
6. The Chairperson shall consult with each Coordinator for the hiring of part-time faculty for each respective area of concentration.
7. Coordinate program admissions to ensure they are in concert with University graduate admissions standards and regulations.
8. Approve all changes of grades.
9. Gather departmental data for professional organizations.
B. The Coordinators
Responsibilities of the Coordinators:
I. Work in collaboration and liaison with the Chairperson in the general administration of his/her area of concentration.
2. Function as a representative of the area of concentration to professional organizations, students, Department, College and the general public.
3. Make recommendations to the Chairperson for part-time faculty hirings. Department of Leadership in Education Constitution Fall 2005 5
4. Submit to the Chairperson recommendations for proposed course offerings for each academic year and summer sessions.
5. Interview, screen and recommend candidates for admission to the area of concentration.
6. Respond to concentration inquiries and advise prospective students.
7. Function as a representative of the area of concentration, representing the concentration at University open houses and graduate student orientation sessions.
8. Facilitate certification and licensing procedures.
9. Coordinate and approve transfer of credits for matriculated students in the area of concentration.
10. Gather data for professional organizations specific to the area of concentration.
11. Review and approve student applications for graduation.
12. Participate in registration and preregistration.
C . The Faculty
Responsibilities of Faculty Members:
I. Serve as a Faculty Advisor to designated matriculated students enrolled within the Department and maintain a continual and ongoing Advisor and mentor relationship with each advisee.
2. Meet with advisees to develop a general plan of study.
3. Provide general advisement to other matriculated and non-degree students.
4. Participate in registration and preregistration of students matriculated, full-time and part-time students.
5. Attend and participate in Commencement and Convocation exercises.
6. Serve on appointed or elected Departmental, College, and University committees.
7. Engage in and comply with all contractual and professional activities and responsibilities.
8. Adhere to professional, legal and ethical guidelines and standards. Department of Leadership in Education Constitution Fall 2005 6
D. The Students
Responsibilities of students:
1. Adhere to and comply with all Department, College, and University rules and regulations.
2. Participate in Departmental, College, University and state and national professional activities.
3. Adhere to professional, legal and ethical guidelines. Students are particularly responsible for making themselves familiar with and adhering to the policies on academic dishonesty reflected in the Code of Student Conduct/ Trustee Document T94-059.
4. Read and follow policies set forth in the student handbook for the program in which they are enrolled.
3.1 The standing committees of the Department shall consist of the following: Personnel.
1. The Personnel Committee shall consist of all full-time faculty members with tenure.
B. Ad Hoc Committees
1. Ad Hoc Committees will be established as deemed necessary by representatives of the Department at Department faculty meetings. Committees for tenure and promotion will be ad hoc committees.In unusual cases, the Chairperson of the Department will convene a meeting of faculty members so that they can establish an Ad Hoc Committee, elect its chair, and address a particular issue of concern. Department of Leadership in Education Constitution Fall 2005 7
4. Bylaws and Procedures
1. The department may adopt bylaws and procedural rules governing the operation of its committees by a simple majority vote.
2. Once adopted, procedural rules and bylaws shall be amended by simple majority vote.
5. Ratification and Amendment
1. The procedures for ratifying the Department Constitution shall be as follows:
a. The Constitution shall be considered ratified by the Department if the simple majority of voting members approve it.
b. Once ratified by the Department the Constitution will be submitted to the appropriate governing bodies, of the College for review and approval.
2. The Constitution of the Department once ratified, shall be amended if a simple majority of voting members of the Department approve a motion to amend it.
amended Fall 2005