Bylaws
ARTICLE IX ORGANIZATION AND DUTIES OF FACULTY DEPARTMENTS > SECTION 9.1. DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. :
SECTION 9.1. DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION.
a. Each department, subject to the approval of the faculty or faculty council, where existent, and subject to the provisions of other sections of these bylaws, shall have control of the educational policies of the department through the vote of all of its members who have faculty rank or faculty status; and if it may also choose to permit a vote on departmental matters by persons in visiting professorial titles and other members who have been appointed on an annual salary basis for a first or second year of full-time service. The right to vote for the election of department chairpersons and the departmental committee on personnel and budget, referred to in some colleges as the departmental committee on appointments, shall be reserved to those with faculty rank.
b. The executive officer of the department shall be the department chairperson who shall be a professor, associate professor or assistant professor elected by secret ballot for a term of three years, except as provided below, by a majority vote of all the members of the instructional staff of the department who have faculty rank. Proxy or mail voting shall not be permitted. The department chairperson must be tenured or have been approved by the board for tenure at the time of his/her election, except in departments less than seven years old. Such elections shall be subject to the subsequent approval of the president and the board. The present system of staggered departmental elections shall be continued. The successors of department chairpersons shall be elected during the first full week in May at the expiration of the respective terms of office to take office as of July first of the year in which they are elected and at the three year intervals thereafter. Vacancies shall be filled by election for the unexpired term. Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing to the contrary, in the library department, the president of the college shall from time to time recommend a member of the department to the board for designation as chairperson.
c. In any case where the president does not approve the election of a department chairperson, or at such other time as the interests of the college may require the removal of a chairperson and the appointment of a new one, he/she shall confer with the department and thereafter shall report to the board, through the chancellor any subsequent action by the department with respect thereto, together with his/her own recommendation for a chairperson. The recommendation by the president to the board, through the chancellor, for the designation of the department chairperson should take place only after careful consideration by the president of the qualifications of those selected by the respective departments. The president shall base his/her recommendation on the capacity of the individual selected to act effectively as the departmental administrator and spokesperson and as a participant in the formation, development, and interpretation of college-wide interest and policy.
d. Where there are fewer than three tenured professors, associate professors, and assistant professors in a department, the president may, except where the department has been in existence for less than seven years, after consultation with the departmental faculty, recommend the appointment of a chairperson to the board from among the members of the department holding professorial rank. Where the department chairperson is recommended by the president pursuant to this subdivision, subdivision "c" of this section, or subdivision "a" of section 9.5, the chairperson need not be tenured.
e. Each department shall operate as follows, unless the governance plan provides otherwise: There shall be in each department a department committee on personnel and budget, referred to in some colleges as a department committee on appointments, consisting of the department chairperson and where possible, of four other members who must have faculty rank. The number of members of faculty rank shall not affect provision for student membership, if a college governance plan so provides. Four of the faculty members of the committee must be tenured, except if the department has fewer than four tenured faculty members. The department chairperson shall be the chairperson of the committee. The four faculty members shall be elected by a majority vote of those persons in the department having faculty rank. Election shall be held at the same time that the department chairperson is elected. A vacancy in the office of the chairperson prior to expiration of his/her term when such vacancy necessitates an election for a new chairperson shall not affect the term of the committee. A president may remove a member of the personnel and budget committee, for good cause, at the request of a majority of the members of such committee. Such request shall be in writing, and the member whose removal is sought shall have an opportunity to respond. If a member of the personnel and budget committee is removed by the President, an election shall be held to fill the vacancy.
In departments with fewer than four tenured faculty members, the president after consultation with the departmental faculty, shall appoint an ad hoc committee to make recommendations on appointments with tenure in lieu of a committee on appointments or a departmental committee on personnel and budget.
f. There shall be a committee on personnel and budget for the Hunter College Elementary School and a committee on personnel and budget for the Hunter College High School. The committee in each school shall consist of the principal, as chairperson, a designee of the provost of hunter college, and three members of the instructional staff of the school who are tenured or will have tenure by the time of service, elected for a term of three years by members of the permanent instructional staff of the school. These committees shall have in each school, insofar as practicable, the same functions as are assigned by these bylaws to a departmental committee on personnel and budget in a college.
g. Each department may name such other committees as it chooses and shall have the fullest measure of autonomy consistent with the maintenance of general educational policy.