ARTICLE I. MISSION
The Faculty Senate’s mission is to represent faculty interests in the governance of Pitt Community College and to promote a positive, working relationship with the administration.
The Faculty Senate fulfills its mission by
- investigating faculty concerns,
- keeping the administration informed of faculty issues,
- participating as a liaison between the faculty and administration, and
- providing regular feedback to faculty of the Faculty Senate's activities.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP
Section A. Representation
- Membership in the PCC Faculty Senate shall consist of the following elected representatives:
- two representatives from the Arts and Sciences Division
- two representatives from the Health Sciences Division
- two representatives from the Business Division
- two representatives from the Construction and Industrial Technology Division
- one representative from the Legal Science/Public Service Division
- Each division should elect one alternate to serve when the representative is absent.
- The immediate past President of the Faculty Senate serves in an advisory capacity until Employee Development Day.
- Faculty members holding at least a full-time, nine-month contract are eligible to serve.
- Faculty shall include instructors and department chairs for the purpose of electing faculty senate members.
Section B. Election
- Each educational division, with the exception of the Legal Sciences Division, shall elect one representative during the Spring Semester of each year. The Legal Sciences Division shall elect one representative every other year.
- The election results will be forwarded to the President of the Faculty Senate no later than the April meeting of the Spring Semester.
- To promote continuity, the new representatives should be encouraged to attend the April meeting.
- In the event of a member's resignation, the President of the Faculty Senate shall notify the appropriate division director that a special election will be necessary.
Section C. Terms of Membership
- Members shall be elected for a two-year term, which will begin at the first meeting in the Fall Semester after the spring election.
- Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms in addition to filling the unexpired term of a previous member if elected to do so by their division.
Section D. Responsibilities of Members
- Members shall attend meetings or arrange for alternate representation.
- Members shall serve on the Calendar Committee.
- Members shall act as liaisons between the Faculty Senate and their respective divisions.
ARTICLE III. OFFICERS
Section A. President
- The President shall be a member of the Faculty Senate serving in at least his or her second year.
- Duties include presiding at all meeting of the Faculty Senate, calling special meetings, appointing ad-hoc committees, and co-chairing the Calendar Committee. In addition, the President shall act as an administrative liaison, serve on the President’s Cabinet, serve on the Professional Development Committee, and attend PCC Board of Trustees’ meetings.
- The President shall be responsible for conducting the election of officers at the first meeting of the Fall Semester the year following his or her Presidency.
- The year following his or her Presidency, the past President shall continue to serve on the Professional Development Committee, along with the new president, until Employee Development Day in the Fall Semester. Unless serving as an elected representative during a second term, the past President is to serve in an advisory, non-voting capacity during this period.
Section B. Vice-President
- The Vice-President shall be a member of the Faculty Senate.
- Duties include presiding at meetings in the absence of the President, serving on the President’s Cabinet and the Calendar Committee, representing the Faculty Senate at the Board of Trustees’ meeting in the absence of the President and performing other duties as the President may direct.
Section C. Secretary
- The Secretary shall be a member of the Faculty Senate.
- Duties include recording and maintaining minutes of all meetings.
- The Secretary shall distribute minutes of all meetings to the Faculty Senate members, the PCC Faculty, the Chief Curriculum Officer, and the PCC Learning Resources Center Archives.
Section D. Election of Officers
- Officers shall be elected for one-year terms by the Faculty Senate at the last meeting in the Spring Semester. Special elections to fill unexpired terms may he held as needed. All newly elected members shall be eligible candidates for the office of Secretary or Vice-President. Only members serving at least their second year are eligible for the office of President.
- Members shall not hold more than one office concurrently.
ARTICLE IV. MEETINGS
Section A. Regular Meetings
- The regular meetings of the Faculty Senate shall occur during the Fall and Spring Semesters on the third Monday of each month at 2 p.m. [If the meeting cannot be held because of Semester break, holiday, or other conflict, the Faculty Senate may choose another meeting date.]
- The President of the Faculty Senate shall invite the President of Pitt Community College or designee to a meeting during the Fall Semester.
- Faculty Senate meetings shall be open to all full-time and part-time faculty.
Section B. Special Meetings
- Special meetings may be called as needed by the President.
- The President shall call a special meeting within five (5) working days after receiving a written petition signed by four members of the Faculty Senate.
Section C. Quorum
A majority of the members of the Faculty Senate shall constitute a quorum.
Section D. Parliamentary Procedure
Roberts Rules of Order (Revised) shall govern the conduct of all Faculty Senate meetings.
ARTICLE V. ADOPTION AND AMENDMENTS
Section A. Adoption
These bylaws shall become effective when adopted by a majority vote of the faculty and approval by the President of Pitt Community College.
Section B. Amendments
Amendments to these bylaws shall become effective when adopted by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Faculty Senate, by a majority vote of the faculty and approval by the President of Pitt Community College.