FACULTY ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION

UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA


We, the faculty of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in order to provide for a faculty organization and to make it an effective, integral part of the University, do adopt this Constitution.


                                                         ARTICLE I

                                          Name, Membership, Purpose


Section 1: Name of Organization. The organization is hereby designated as the "Faculty Association of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma."


Section 2: Membership.


A.        Voting Faculty Membership: The Faculty Association Membership shall consist of all full-time employees (not on leave) who hold at least half-time faculty appointments (two trimesters) including professional librarians.


B.        Non-Voting Membership: Full-time employees who hold less than half-time appointments and part-time teachers are not accorded voting status in the Faculty Association but may enjoy all other privileges accorded to the faculty by this Constitution.


Section 3: Purpose of Organization. The Faculty Association of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma shall:


A.        Participate actively in all matters of an academic nature including the establishment and evaluation of curricula, the methods of instruction, the standards for the admission of students, the standards for academic freedom and performance, the enrichment of scholarship, the encouragement of professional growth, and the recommendation for all degrees to be granted by the University.


B.        Participate through established procedures in decisions concerning faculty appointments, reappointments, promotions and tenure and in matters affecting faculty welfare.


C.        Participate in writing a faculty handbook.


D.  Participate through committees appointed by the President, President-Elect/Treasurer, and Secretary of the Faculty Association in the selection of Presidents, Vice Presidents, and other principal administrative officers and in the reorganization of administrative structure as requested by the administrative officers and/or the Board of Regents of

 

the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.


E.        Participate through established committees in long-range plans for the University, the allocation of resources, student affairs, alumni relations, and other matters as the President of the University shall determine.


                                                        ARTICLE II

                                  Organization of the Faculty Association


Section 1: Officers. The officers of the Faculty Association shall be President, President-Elect, and Secretary. The President and President-Elect shall be tenured faculty members; the Secretary may be non-tenured. All other members of the Faculty Association shall hereby be known as "members."


Section 2: Duties of Officers.


A.        President: The duties of the President shall be

(1)       To preside at meetings of the Faculty Association.

(2)       To lead the faculty in implementing whatever procedures are necessary in effecting the purposes outlined in Article I, Section 3.

(3)       To serve as liaison between the Faculty Association and the Administration.


B.        President-Elect: Serve as Treasurer of the Association and in the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President. Should the President's term of office be terminated prematurely, the President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President for the remainder of the elected term and may also serve one's elected term as President the following year..


C.        Secretary: The Secretary shall serve as the recording and corresponding secretary for the Faculty Association.


D.        The President, President-Elect/Treasurer, and Secretary as a committee shall appoint the Faculty Association committees which are necessary to implement the functions of the Association.


                                                        ARTICLE III

                                                 Election of Officers


The officers of the Faculty Association shall be elected during the last regularly scheduled Faculty Association meeting in the spring trimester. The election shall be by secret ballot. Provisions shall be made in the bylaws for absentee balloting pertaining to election of officers. All newly elected officers shall assume their respective duties at the beginning of the ensuing fall trimester. All terms of office are for a period of one year beginning September 1. No officer shall be allowed to succeed him/herself. If a vacancy occurs in any office, a special election shall be held at the next regularly scheduled Faculty Association meeting.




                                                        ARTICLE IV

                                       Procedures for Recall of Officers


An elected officer of the Faculty Association may be recalled by an election. The elected officials of the Faculty Association shall call the election upon the receipt of a petition signed by one-third of the voting members of the Faculty Association. Said election to determine recall shall be held within 20 days of submission of petition.


                                                        ARTICLE V

                                                         Meetings


The Faculty Association shall hold regular monthly meetings.


                                                        ARTICLE VI

                                                           Bylaws


Operational procedures governing the implementation of the Constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the eligible members of the Faculty Association. Changes in the bylaws must be made the first or second trimester.


                                                                   ARTICLE VII

                                                      Amendments


Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by written petition submitted to the faculty as a whole at least one month in advance of any regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Association and shall become effective when approved by a three-fourths vote of all eligible voting members of the Faculty Association, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President of the University, and by the Board of Regents. Amendments must be ratified the first or second trimester.


                                                       ARTICLE VIII

                                                       Ratification


This Constitution shall become effective when approved by a three-fourths vote by all the eligible voting members of the Faculty Association, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President of the University, and by the USAO Board of Regents.