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ADJUNCT FACULTY ASSOCIATION BYLAWS revised April 2012

ADJUNCT FACULTY ASSOCIATION BYLAWS

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of the organization shall be the Austin Community College Adjunct Faculty

Association, hereafter referred to as the Association.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The purpose of the Association shall be to represent the concerns and serve the interests of the adjunct faculty of Austin Community College, and to facilitate effective communication among all faculty members and between faculty and administration to achieve more effectively the mission of the College.
– In order to achieve this purpose, the Association shall:

– Present the views and recommendations of the adjunct faculty to the administration and to the Board of Trustees of the Austin Community College District.

– Be an integral part of the instructional programs, policy making, and growth plans of the College.

– Foster programs and activities that develop among the adjunct faculty members pride, responsibility, leadership, character, and community involvement.

– Develop cooperation and fellowship among all faculty and across instructional

programs of the College.
ARTICLE III: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF GENERAL

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Composition
Membership in the Adjunct Faculty Association includes every current adjunct faculty

member at ACC. Membership continues for a 12-month period from the beginning of

his/her most recent assignment.
Section 2: Role
– Participate in the nominating process for Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary,

Treasurer and Campus Representatives.

– Participate in elections by voting for Vice-President/President-Elect,

Secretary/Treasurer, and Campus Representatives and on any changes in the bylaws.

– Vote in referenda on proposed major changes in Policies and procedures affecting adjunct faculty if such referenda are called for by the Executive Council of the

Association after the topic has appeared on the agenda of at least one Executive Council meeting or General Membership meeting providing an opportunity for discussion and debate.

– Communicate ideas and opinions to Campus Representatives, and to the officers on issues of concern to the adjunct faculty.

– Propose items for the Executive Council agenda.

– Speak to the Executive Council on issues as described in Article VIII (Meetings).

– Serve on committees of the Association.
ARTICLE IV: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Section 1: Composition
The Executive Council of the Association shall be composed of the elected officers

(President, Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President) and the elected Campus Representatives.

 

Section 2: Role
The roles of the Executive Council shall be as follows:

– Serve as the governing body of the Association.

– Represent the concerns and serve the interest of the Association membership.
ARTICLE V: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF REPRESENTATIVES

Section 1: Composition
Two Campus Representatives will be elected from each campus and one or more representatives from centers as they are approved. A Campus Representative shall be elected for a one-year term. Terms are from the beginning of the fall semester through the end of the next summer. All Campus Representatives must be current Austin Community College adjunct faculty during the year in which they serve.
Section 2: Role
The roles of the Campus Representatives shall be as follows:

– Attend all meetings of the Executive Council and the Association.

– Participate in discussions and debate in the Executive Council and General Membership meetings.

– Make decisions in light of what is best for the adjunct faculty and College as a whole.

– Serve as a liaison between adjunct faculty and the Executive Council.

– Make recommendations to the President of the Association for committee appointments.

– Be available to serve on committees as assigned by the President of the Association.
The campus representative must represent the concerns and serve the interests of the

adjunct faculty at his/her designated campus.
Section 3: Removal
A Campus Representative can be removed from office for non-performance. Such removal may be voted on at any Executive Council meeting. A vote to remove must be approved by a two-third majority of the Executive Council members present and voting.
Section 4: Replacement
If a Campus Representative position becomes vacant, the Executive Council shall appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term.
ARTICLE VI: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1: Composition
Officers shall include: President, Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. No person may hold more than one office simultaneously. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall be elected by a vote of the entire adjunct faculty for a one-year term to be followed by a one-year term as President, followed by a oneyear term as Immediate Past President (for a total of three years).The Secretary and the Treasurer each shall be elected by a vote of the entire adjunct faculty for a one-year term.
Section 2: Roles
Officers are to report to the Executive Council members the proceedings of consultations, meetings, or conferences, either scheduled or impromptu, that they attend as representatives of the Executive Council or the Association, before or at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
The officers shall perform the following duties:

  1. President

– Provides leadership of the Adjunct Faculty Association

– Advocates position of the Adjunct Faculty Association to the Administration

– Attends Board meetings

– Calls meetings to order and sets agenda

– Follows proper parliamentary procedures at meetings

– Entertains all legitimate appeals

– Provides an apprenticeship for the President-Elect

– Assures that regular meetings of both the Executive Council and the General Membership are held as necessary

– Approves invoices for Association purchase orders and expenses, including

reimbursements

– Manages and coordinates the Adjunct Listservs

– Determines the need for ad hoc committees, with the approval of a majority of the

Executive Council

– Serves as ex officio member of all Association committees

– Appoints, with the approval of a majority of the Executive Council, adjunct faculty members to college wide committees, councils, etc., upon request by College administrators

– Prepares written/oral reports for adjunct faculty following board meetings

– Is responsible for full and effective communications with members, other employee groups, administration, the Board, and the community

– Automatically becomes Immediate Past President upon the completion of his or her term as President

– Determines AFA budget with Executive Council

– Serves as the owner of the Adjunct Listserv

– Is a voting member of the Executive Council

  1. Vice-President/President-Elect

– Presides in absence of the President.

– Assumes authority of President in emergency and automatically becomes President in

case of the death or resignation or removal from office of the elected President.

– Prepares to succeed the President and provides the continuity necessary to the

successful functioning of the Adjunct Faculty Association.

– Attends Board meetings.

– Under the direction of the President, arranges for the General Membership meetings of the Association and the meetings of the Executive Council.

– Solicits names of adjunct faculty members interested in serving on Association

committees and College-wide committees, councils, etc., for the following year.

– Automatically becomes President upon the completion of term as Vice

President/President-Elect.

– Performs other duties as assigned by the President.

– Is a voting member of the Executive Council.

  1. Secretary

– Maintains records of all proceedings of the Association (takes minutes of General

Membership Meetings, Executive Council meetings, and meetings with the administration).

– Maintains complete roll of membership of the Executive Council and the adjunct

faculty.

– Maintains all Association non-financial records.

– Ensures that meeting minutes are accessible to the College President, Board, AFA

membership, and other appropriate individuals.

– Presides in absence of President, Vice-President/President-Elect, and Immediate Past

President.

– Assists the President in management and coordination of the Adjunct Listservs

– Provides all documents and records maintained by the Secretary to the Executive

Council in a timely manner.

– Is responsible for the preparation of the association newsletter on a regular basis as set by the President

– Assists the Vice-President/President-Elect in arranging for the General Membership

meetings of the Association and the meetings of the Executive Council

– Takes minutes of all meetings (General Membership and Executive Council), which

should contain:

The kind of meeting, regular or special
Date and place of the meeting

Name of presiding officer

Action taken on minutes of last meeting

All main motions, whether adopted or lost Points of order and appeal, whether

sustained or lost.

Record of attendance (Executive Council meetings)

– Takes minutes of meetings with members of the administration

– Is a voting member of the Executive Council.

  1. Treasurer

– Maintains all Association financial records

– Assists in coordination of raising scholarships fund

– Assists in coordination of Faculty Emergency Funds

– Presides in the absence of the President, Vice-President/President-Elect, Immediate Past President, and the Secretary

– Receives and disperse all funds, with the President’s approval

– Makes financial reports as necessary, but no less than once each semester

– Provides all documents and financial records maintained by the Treasurer to the Executive Council in a timely manner

– Is a voting member of the Executive Council.

  1. Immediate Past President

– Ensures continuity

– Presides in the absence of the President and the Vice-president/President-elect

– Assists the President with communications

– Performs other duties as assigned by the President

– Is a member of the Executive Council.
Section 3: Removal

  1. The Executive Council of the Association shall have the power to recommend the

removal of officers as hereby stated.

  1. If the President or Vice-President/President-Elect should abuse the privileges of his or her office or fail to carry out the responsibilities of his or her office, he or she may be

removed from office according to the following procedures:

– A petition containing the signatures of five (5) Campus Representatives asking for the

item to be placed on the agenda of the next Executive Council meeting shall be given to

the Secretary of the Association at least two weeks before said meeting.

– The Secretary shall add this item to the written agenda of the next Executive Council

meeting.

– The Secretary shall preside over the portion of the Executive Council meeting for

discussion of this item.

– The Executive Council shall vote on whether to remove the President or Vice-

President/President-Elect from office. A two-thirds majority of the Executive Council shall be required to remove the officer.

  1. If the Secretary or Treasurer should abuse the privileges of his or her office or fail to

carry out the responsibilities of his or her office, he or she may be removed from office

according to the following procedures:

– A petition containing the signatures of five Campus Representatives (representing at

least three Campuses) asking for the item to be placed on the agenda of the next

Executive Council meeting must be given to the President of the Association at least two weeks before the said meeting.

– The President shall place the item on the written agenda of the Executive Council

meeting.

– The Executive Council shall vote on whether to remove the Secretary or Treasurer from office. A two-thirds majority of the full Executive Council shall be required to remove the officer.

– If the officer is removed, a special ad hoc committee shall be formed to conduct an

election by the entire adjunct faculty.
Section 4: Replacement

  1. Temporary Leave is leave from the College for less than a fall or spring semester.

Permanent Leave is leave from the College for a semester or more. An Adjunct who is

willing to teach for a semester but does not receive a teaching assignment for a semester is not considered to be on leave for that semester. Not teaching during a summer is not considered as leave.

b. Temporary Replacement If the President takes temporary leave from the College, the

Vice President/President- Elect shall become Acting President until the President returns. If the Past President or the Vice President/President-Elect takes temporary leave, the office shall remain vacant until that officer returns. If the Secretary or the Treasurer takes temporary leave, the President shall appoint a temporary replacement from among the Executive Council membership.

  1. Permanent Replacement If an officer takes permanent leave from the College (with

summer not being considered a semester for these purposes of this section), resigns, is

removed from office, or becomes ineligible, the following shall occur:

  1. President: the Vice-President/President-elect becomes President serving out the remaining presidential term (up to one year), then shall continue to serve the entire next term (one year) as President. An acting Vice President shall be elected by the Executive Council from among the members of the Executive Council, and the Executive Council shall fill the vacant representative seat by appointment to serve out that term. A new Vice-President/President-Elect shall be elected during the next regular election. Should a replacement President leave office, resign or be removed, the acting Vice-President will become President and a new acting-Vice-President shall be elected by the Executive Council and he or she shall be from among the members of the Executive council and have been elected at the previous general election.
    2. President-Elect, the Secretary, or the Treasurer: a special election of the

association shall be held to fill the position.

  1. Past President: the preceding past President who is eligible and is willing to

serve shall serve as the Past President.

  1. Should a Vice-President/President-Elect-elect for any reason resolve not to take office or become ineligible for such office for the upcoming year, the Executive Council shall elect an Acting Vice-President from among the elected members of the Executive Council to serve until there is held a special election of the Association to fill the office of Vice-President/President Elect.

ARTICLE VII: ELECTIONS

Section 1: Regular Elections
In February, the Executive Council shall solicit nominees for the next election cycle.

The slate of nominees shall be announced to the adjunct faculty at the time of the Spring General Membership meeting. If any adjunct faculty member, for any reason, wishes to make nominations in addition to those on the slate presented by the Nominating Committee, such nominations must be submitted to the Nominating Committee no later than the Spring General Membership meeting. Nominations may be taken from the floor at the meeting. All additional nominations shall be added to the ballot.

 

If a position is uncontested, that position will not be listed on the ballot for voting.

Rather, voters will be informed of the name of the person filling the uncontested position.

 

Ballots shall be prepared, listing the Campus Representative nominees and nominees for the positions of Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. Adjunct faculty members shall cast only one ballot in any election.

 

The Elections Committee shall conduct the election and present the results to the

President by late April. The President shall announce the results to the adjunct faculty

and the Executive Council. The Vice-President/President-Elect Secretary, Treasurer, and Campus Representatives shall be elected by a simple majority of members voting. If no nominee receives a majority, a runoff election shall be held. Voting shall be by written and/or electronic ballot following procedures established by the Elections Committee.

 

The Elections Committee shall tally the vote for Campus Representative nominees and

shall determine those Representatives elected in conformity with these Bylaws.
Section 2: Special Elections
The Executive Council may call a special election at any time.
Section 3: No individual may run for or serve in more than one position simultaneously.

 

ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS

 

Section 1: Regular and Special Meetings
The Executive Council will meet a total of at least six times during combined period of

fall and spring semesters, at least one time during the summer, and at special times

according to the following:
– Called by the President.

– Called for by a majority of Association officers.

– By written request of one-third of the Campus Representatives.

– By written request of ten percent of the adjunct faculty.
The General Membership will meet at least two times during the academic year (once

each during the fall and spring semesters).
Roberts Rules of Order (latest edition) shall be the parliamentary authority of the

Association. Meetings shall be open to all adjunct faculty who wish to attend.
Section 2: Quorum
To conduct the business of the Executive Council, a simple majority of the Executive

Council must be present to establish a quorum.
Section 3: Attendance
Every Campus Representative is expected to attend all Executive Council and the

General Membership meetings. Meetings shall be open for all adjunct faculty members

who wish to attend. Other persons may attend by invitation or permission of the President or presiding officer.
Section 4: Proxy Voting
No proxy voting is allowed at any meeting of the Association, Council, or Committee.

 

ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES

The President shall appoint Association members to the standing committees and what ad hoc committees shall be created.
If a committee member resigns, the President may appoint a replacement.
Section 1: Standing Committees shall be:

– Nominating Committee : Presents a ballot for the regular and any special elections as

described in Article VII, Elections.

– Elections Committee: Conducts all regular, special, referendum, and recall elections.

– Budget Committee: Assists President with development of AFA budget

recommendations.
Term of membership on all standing committees shall be for one year beginning with the fall semester.
Section 2: Ad Hoc Committees
The Association President shall appoint ad hoc committees to perform specific tasks as

needed. Term of membership on all ad hoc committees shall be from the date of

appointment by the President until the end of the summer, or earlier if the committee is

dissolved by the President.
Section 3: Quorum for Committee Meetings
A simple majority of the membership of a standing or ad hoc committee will constitute a

quorum for carrying on the business of the committee.
ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall be presented in writing at a regular meeting of the Executive Council. If a two-thirds majority of the Executive Council members

present and voting approve the change, the proposal will be submitted to the general

membership of the Association in a referendum election, as part of a regular election, or

as a special election.

ADJUNCT FACULTY ASSOCIATION BYLAWS revised April 2012

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