Constitution of the NYFC
Approved by NYFC on November 9, 2011 Download the full NYFC constitution here;
CONSTITUTION OF THE PACE UNIVERSITY NEW YORK FACULTY COUNCIL
The Pace University (University) New York Faculty Council (NYFC) is organized to establish a structure within which the members of the NYFC may engage in a cooperative effort directed toward the progressive improvement of the University.
In order to ensure meaningful faculty participation in the decision making process at the University and to establish efficient communication between the faculty and other components of the University, the NYFC supports the faculty governance structure called the Joint Faculty Council (JFC) and promulgates this constitution.
Article I - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The faculty is the body with primary control and responsibility for curriculum, subject matter and method of instruction, academic research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life that are related to the educational process. This right is to be generally referred to as the faculty's determinative power.
On matters for which the NYFC has determinative power, the privilege of review lodged in the Board of Trustees or its delegated representatives shall be exercised adversely only in exceptional circumstances and only for reasons communicated to the NYFC in writing. The NYFC shall have the right to review said adverse exercise and shall have the right to be heard regarding the adverse exercise.
The NYFC has the right to participate in a timely manner at all stages with University administration and the Board of Trustees in the budgeting and strategic planning activities of the University.
The NYFC, through the JFC, is the faculty representative body delegated to share in decision making in areas of general policy and management of the University. Faculty serving on any committee formed by the administration shall be deemed to represent the NYFC only if they are elected or selected by the NYFC. The NYFC reserves the right to select only the number of representatives to any committee or deliberative body as are actually needed.
Article II - AUTHORITY OF THE NYFC
The NYFC is the legislative body through which the New York faculty makes decisions in areas of its determinative powers. The NYFC is also the mechanism for the NY faculty to make recommendations to the Board, the President of the university or other appropriate persons or bodies within and without the University. On matters of University-wide concern, the NYFC may vest its authority in its representatives to the JFC when the NYFC, by a majority vote, deems it appropriate to do so.
Article III. STRUCTURE OF THE NYFC MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. There shall be voting members, non-voting members and guests.
Section 2. Voting members shall include:
a) All full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members of Pace University who meet the following conditions:.
i. teach on the New York campus or teach on both campus and have declared membership in the NYFC to the NYFC chair and
ii. do not have membership in the Pace Westchester Faculty Council (WFC)
b) Full-time faculty members are those who are designated as such contractually. Full-time faculty members teach an agreed number of credit hours, nine or ten months per year. [Full-time faculty members with teaching reductions for administrative work are still considered full-time for voting purposes. For the purposes of this document, faculty with administrative responsibilities on the campus or departmental levels are considered faculty; those with college or university-wide administrative responsibilities are considered members of the administration.]
c) All Professors Emeriti in Residence.
d) All full-time lecturers and clinical faculty.
e) Each school or college may select two adjunct faculty members to participate as voting members in the NYFC.
Section 3. Non-voting members shall include but are not necessarily limited to:
a) Members of the Pace University academic administration, members of the Pace University non-academic administration and such other members of the University community as may be approved by the Executive Committee.
b) Representatives of the Student Government and Student Press, by request of the appropriate student organization, may be approved as guests by the Executive Committee or the Presiding officer.
Article IV – OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the council shall be Chairperson, First Vice Chairperson, Second Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary.
Section 2. The Chairperson and the First Vice-Chairperson of the Council shall be tenured members of the faculty and shall have been voting members of the NYFC for a period of not less than two years at the time of their nomination. The Second Vice-Chairperson and Secretary must be tenured or tenure-track members of the faculty and must be voting members of the NYFC at the time of their nomination.
Section 3. Nomination and Election of Officers
a) At the April meeting of the NYFC, in even numbered years, the Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of three tenured members of Council. The Committee shall accept all nominations submitted to it, and shall prepare a single list of candidates for the positions of the officers of the NYFC and shall report all nominations at the subsequent November meeting.
b) Additional nominations may be made by the voting membership of the NYFC anytime between the November meeting and the December meeting.
c) A vote on the nominees shall be held at the December meeting.
d) The Officers shall be elected by a majority of those present at the December meeting.
e) Whenever an election is contested, the vote shall be taken by secret ballot.
f) Council officers shall hold office for a two-year period. Their term begins on January 1st of the odd year immediately following their December election and concludes on December 31 of the even year two years after their December election.
g) In case of vacancy, the Executive Committee shall nominate a replacement. Additional nominations shall be made by the Council and an election will be held at the meeting following the occurrence of the vacancy.