College of Business and Behavioral Science

College By-laws

FACULTY BY-LAWS
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

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Article I — Membership
Article II— Faculty Advisory Council and Officers of the Faculty
Article III — Procedures by which the Faculty will Operate
Article IV — Standing Committees and Councils

Preamble

These By-laws shall govern the organization and procedures of the faculty of the College of Business and Behavioral Science, Clemson University.

The role of the faculty in college and university governance shall include: approval of candidates for graduation in the college; consideration of any and all matters affecting its academic and research activities, welfare, and other matters as might pertain to its professional goals and responsibilities; recommendation of all proposals for new or revised academic requirements, courses, curricula, and academic honors within the college; election of representatives to university committees, councils and the Faculty Senate; and otherwise advising the dean of the college and others as appropriate.

Article I

Membership

Membership in the faculty of the College of Business and Behavioral Science shall include all full-time faculty in the college, excluding emeritus faculty but including those on sabbatical leave or leave without pay.

Article II

Faculty Advisory Council and Officers of the Faculty

A. Membership: The Faculty Advisory Council shall consist of one representative elected by the faculty of each of the following: Accountancy; Aerospace Studies; Economics; Finance; Graphic Communications; Legal Studies; Management; Marketing; the MBA Council; Military Science; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Members shall be elected by April 1 of each year, to serve from May 1 of the year elected until April 30 of the following year. In addition, the college's Lead Faculty Senator will be a nonvoting member ex officio.

B. Officers: By April 15 of each year, the members of the incoming Faculty Advisory Council shall elect three of their own members to serve as president, vice president, and secretary of the college faculty. These officers shall serve from May 1 of the year in which they are elected until April 30 of the following year. No officer shall serve in the same capacity for more than three consecutive years. When an office becomes vacant for any reason, the Faculty Advisory Council shall elect a replacement to serve the balance of the unexpired term. An officer may be removed only by a vote of two-thirds of the faculty of the college.

C. Purpose: The Faculty Advisory Council shall advise the dean of the college on a regular basis and shall represent the faculty of the college in any and all matters that might affect or pertain to the faculty's welfare, professional goals, and teaching, research, and service activities; and in any other matters, as it deems appropriate. The Council shall consider any issue brought to its attention by any member of the college faculty, and shall recommend appropriate actions by the dean in response to any issues that the Council believes to warrant a response. In addition, the Faculty Advisory Council shall serve as a strategic planning committee for the college; however, both the dean and the Faculty Advisory Council shall have the right to add additional nonvoting members to the strategic planning committee if they deem it appropriate.

D. Duties of the Officers: The duties of the officers will be as follows:

1. The president shall

a. Call a special meeting of the faculty of the college at least once per semester if such a meeting is deemed advisable, in accordance with Article III, Section B. The president will recognize the dean of the college for any administrative actions, which might need to be resolved.
b. Notify the dean, provost, and faculty of upcoming meetings of the faculty called by the president of the Faculty Advisory Council.
c. Preside over all meetings of the faculty called by her or him in accordance with Article III. The president will recognize the dean of the college for any administrative actions in need of resolution.
d. Call and preside over all meetings of the Faculty Advisory Council.

2. The vice president shall:

a. prepare the agenda for council and faculty meetings called by the president and distribute copies to the faculty at least three business days in advance of the meeting.
b. preside over all meetings of the faculty called by the president in the absence of the president.
c. maintain an updated list of all eligible faculty members.
d. serve as the treasurer, if required.

3. The secretary shall:

a. handle all official correspondence of the council.
b. ensure that all correspondence of the council is safely stored and maintained.
c. ensure that accurate minutes are taken at the meeting of the faculty and the Faculty Advisory Council and distributed to the dean, the provost and each department chair for distribution to the faculty within 10 working days of the date of the meeting.

Article III

Procedures by which the Faculty will Operate

A. Meetings of the College Faculty: Notice of all meetings of the faculty shall be given at least one week in advance of the meeting.

B. Call For Special Meeting: Any member of the faculty may call for a meeting of the faculty as a whole by presenting the president with a written request for such a meeting signed by 10% of all eligible faculty. The request shall include the reason for the meeting. Upon receipt of the request, the president shall schedule the meeting within two weeks; however, if such request is made between May 1 and August 15 or between December 1 and the beginning of classes in January, the president shall schedule the meeting as soon as practicable, but not later than two weeks after the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester immediately following the semester in which the request is made.

C. Amendments To By-Laws: Amendments to the By-Laws require a two-thirds vote of those eligible members present and voting at a meeting called according to the procedures listed in sections A and B of this Article. Notice of proposed amendments must be published and distributed at least one week prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered.

D. Voting and Rules of Order. In all general meetings where a quorum is present, all matters will be resolved by a simple majority vote of those eligible members present and voting. Unless otherwise specified in these By-Laws, Robert's Rules of Order shall prevail.

E. College-Wide Voting Outside of General Meetings: The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) may call for certain issues to be voted on outside of general meetings. When such voting is conducted, the FAC will determine the voting rule to be applied to that election or plebiscite. This determination will be communicated to the faculty when the announcement of the election or plebiscite occurs. When deemed appropriate by the FAC, faculty votes may be submitted via electronic means, including but not limited to e-mail. If a secret ballot is requested, the FAC will employ a method of vote submission that maintains the confidentiality of all votes.

F. Quorum Defined: A quorum shall consist of 25% of all eligible faculty members for a meeting of the general faculty. Quorums for college committee meetings shall consist of a simple majority of each committee's membership.

G. Parliamentarian: The Faculty Advisory Council shall appoint a Parliamentarian. The Parliamentarian shall advise the presiding officer on all disputes regarding rules of governance and conduct of meetings. If the Parliamentarian is a candidate in any election in which a procedural rule arises, the President of the FAC will request assistance from the Parliamentarian of the Faculty Senate.

H. Limitation on Faculty Service: Faculty members shall be limited to service on no more than two of the following committees: curriculum, scholarships and awards, honors, and research.

I. Ad Hoc Committees: The dean, the faculty, the president of the Faculty Advisory Council, or a majority of the Faculty Advisory Council membership shall have the authority to establish ad-hoc committees. The Faculty Advisory Council shall have the authority to appoint members of ad hoc committees or to determine how such members shall be appointed.

J. Procedure Regarding Resolutions: Any resolution submitted to the faculty for a vote at a faculty meeting of the college must be distributed to the faculty in written form at least one week prior to the meeting. Only faculty members present at the meeting will be permitted to vote on the resolution.

K. Distribution of By-Laws: A copy of these By-Laws shall be distributed to all faculty upon ratification by the faculty, and whenever amendments to these By-Laws are made.

L. Ratification: These By-Laws shall become effective upon ratification by two-thirds of the faculty present and voting at a regularly scheduled meeting.

M. Approval of Candidates for Graduation: Each degree granting department will review and approve its own candidates for graduation following procedures established in each department's by-laws.

Article IV

Standing Committees and Councils

A. Curriculum Committee.

1. Composition: The Curriculum Committee shall consist of one faculty representative from each of the following: Accountancy; Aerospace Studies; Economics; Finance; Graphic Communications; Legal Studies; Management; Marketing; Military Science; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Members shall be elected by the faculties of each department by April 1 of each year, to serve from May 1 of the year elected until April 30 of the following year. In addition, the curriculum committee shall select two non-voting student representatives, one of whom shall be an undergraduate student and the other a graduate student.

2. Duties: This committee shall have responsibility for evaluating and making recommendations to the faculty on all proposals for new or revised academic requirements, courses, and curricula within the college. It shall also review all curriculum proposals that emanate from the university Curriculum Committees or the other collegiate faculties, whose effect would be university-wide, and shall ensure the adherence of such proposals to all applicable college policies and curricular requirements. The committee shall elect from its membership a chairperson, who shall call and conduct all meetings of the committee and who, along with an additional member, shall serve as the college's representatives on the university Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The committee shall also select two of its members to serve as the college's representatives to the university Graduate Curriculum Committee. Notice of and an agenda for all committee meetings shall be provided to all faculty members no later than four working days prior to the meeting. Committee recommendations shall be distributed to the faculty within two working days of meetings.

Each year, Curriculum Committee representatives representing Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing, will be designated as the Business Subcommittee of the College Curriculum Committee. The Business Subcommittee is charged with monitoring compliance with AACSB accreditation standards and with monitoring the professional business core of all programs covered by AACSB accreditation. The Business Subcommittee may recommend curriculum changes. In such cases, all recommendations must be referred back to individual departments for review and approval prior to returning to the college Curriculum Committee for final action and referral.

3. Faculty Review of Curriculum Decisions: The faculty may elect to review any recommendation of the Curriculum Committee. Such review requires the presentation to the president of a written request stating specifically the recommendation or recommendations to be reviewed. Such a petition must be submitted within ten (10) working days following the date on which the Curriculum Committee has notified the faculty of its recommendation. The president shall then call a special meeting of the faculty or place the recommendation to be reviewed on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled or special meeting of the faculty. A two-thirds majority of those present and voting at the next regular or special meeting of the faculty is necessary to overrule the recommendation of the Curriculum Committee. Unless the faculty elects to review and reject a recommendation of the Curriculum Committee, the committee's recommendation shall be considered as the decision of the faculty. However, once a petition to review one or more recommendations of the Curriculum Committee has been filed as per this section, such recommendation or recommendations shall not be considered final until voted on by the faculty.

B. Scholarship and Awards Committee.

1. Composition: The Scholarships and Awards Committee shall consist of one faculty representative from each of the following: Accountancy; Aerospace Studies; Economics; Finance; Graphic Communications; Legal Studies; Management; Marketing; Military Science; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Members shall be elected by the faculties of each department by April 1 of each year, to serve from May 1 of the year elected until April 30 of the following year. The committee shall elect from its membership a chairperson, who shall call and conduct all meetings of the committee. The chairperson shall serve as the College Representative to the university's Scholarships and Awards Committee.

2. Duties: This committee will identify candidates for college-wide awards and scholarships and encourage faculty participation in the nomination process and in Honors and Awards Day. The chairperson of the committee shall be responsible for coordinating the college's Honors and Awards Day ceremonies. The chair shall serve as the college's representative to the university Honors Committee.

C. Honors Committee

1. Composition: The Honors Committee shall consist of one faculty representative from each of the following: Accountancy; Aerospace Studies; Economics; Finance; Graphic Communications; Legal Studies; Management; Marketing; Military Science; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Members shall be elected by the faculties of each department by April 1 of each year, to serve from May 1 of the year elected until April 30 of the following year. The committee shall elect a chair from among its members, who shall serve as the college representative on the university Honors Committee. The committee may appoint one or more non-voting student members, as it deems appropriate.

2. Duties: The Honors Committee shall approve all honors courses and curriculum prior to their consideration by the Curriculum Committee; shall coordinate the honors activities of the various departments in the college, as appropriate; and shall act as a liaison between the College of Business and Behavioral Science and the Calhoun College Honors Program.

D. Research Committee

1. Composition: The Research Committee shall consist of one faculty representative from each of the following: Accountancy; Aerospace Studies; Economics; Finance; Graphic Communications; Legal Studies; Management; Marketing; Military Science; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Members shall be elected by the faculties of each department by April 1 of each year, to serve from May 1 of the year elected until April 30 of the following year. The committee shall elect a chair, and may appoint one or more non-voting student members, as it deems appropriate.

2. Duties: The Research Committee shall advise the dean on specific research resource needs of the college; receive progress reports from the individual charged with raising funds in the college; identify opportunities in which students can participate with faculty in research projects, and disseminate information about these opportunities to students; promote the college's research agenda and design and implement the appropriate recognition of the research successes in the college; and promote the consistent classification of journal articles and/or other methods used to evaluate faculty research.

E. MBA Council

1. Composition: The MBA Council will consist of up to four members from each discipline in the College of Business and Behavioral Science from which faculty are normally drawn to teach MBA classes, including Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Legal Studies, Management, and Marketing. The number of members of the MBA Council and the apportionment of the members by discipline shall be determined by the dean in consultation with the MBA director, the department chairs, and the faculty advisory council. The members of the council shall be elected by the faculties of the individual disciplines involved according to the apportionment determined by the dean. Members will be elected for a two-year, renewable term.

2. Duties: The MBA Council will be charged with oversight, planning, and curriculum development for the MBA programs. The MBA Council will have the authority to elect standing committees relevant to the MBA programs, including a curriculum committee, as well as ad hoc committees as needed.

F. College Promotion and Tenure Committee **

1. Composition: The College Tenure Promotion and Reappointment Advisory Committee (hereafter referred to as "the Committee") shall consist solely of one tenured full professor from each department in the College, subject to the following conditions:

a. Neither department chairs nor the chairs of departmental TPR committees may serve on the Committee.
b. If no tenured full professor is available to serve from a department, a tenured associate professor may serve on the Committee.
c. Members on the Committee may serve simultaneously on their departmental TPR committees but may not chair the departmental committees.
d. The Committee will elect its own chair, who will serve a one-year term in that capacity.

2. Duties: The Promotion and Tenure Committee will advise the Dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science on selected tenure, promotion and reappointment (TPR) cases, as specified below.

3. Election and Term: Each department will establish its own procedures for selecting an eligible faculty member to serve on the Committee. The Committee members will serve non-consecutive staggered two-year terms.

4. Review Process: The Committee will review folders for tenure, promotion, or reappointment if and only if: (1) a split decision emerges from the departmental level reflecting different conclusions by the departmental TPR committee and the department chair or (2) a case involves early consideration for tenure or promotion.

a. The Committee will be notified of cases requiring review based on one or both of the above-specified conditions by the Dean's administrative staff at least three weeks prior to a predetermined meeting date with the Dean.
b. The Committee will rely upon the relevant department's published standards for tenure, promotion, and reappointment when reviewing each case.
c. All members of the Committee will discuss the merits of each case in a closed session except when considering promotion to or appointment at full professor. In those cases, members of the Committee who are associate professors will not participate in any deliberations or voting.
d. The results of the committee discussion will be summarized for the Dean during a predetermined meeting. A full tally of favorable, unfavorable, and abstaining votes by all members of the committee will be reported to the Dean, along with summaries of the key arguments for and against the candidate.
e. Any report submitted by the Committee is intended solely for the purpose of advising the Dean and does not constitute an independent decision regarding any personnel action. Being solely advisory, the committee's reports will be kept strictly confidential.

5. Ratification of the Committee policies: These policies must be ratified by a majority vote of the College faculty at a College meeting.

 

Adopted May 1996 and amended May 1998, May 2000, May 2009 and May 2010.
**Approved by CBBS faculty vote: May 8, 2008.