A. Faculty Council (FC) Bylaws
CECI Faculty Council (FC) is a deliberative and representative forum
that exists to consider the activities of the College of Education and
Community Innovation (CECI) in all of its facets, with particular
attention to educational objectives, strategic initiatives, and those
matters that affect the common interests of faculty and students
within the college. Faculty have the primary responsibility for
fundamental areas such as curriculum, subject matter and methods of
instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student
life which relate to the educational process. The FC is also empowered
to request information from university administration through
a. The FC will serve as a liaison between the CECI faculty and the
Dean. The FC shall seek to represent the general interests of the CECI
faculty collectively. The FC should represent faculty interests first
b. On matters presented to the FC from CECI faculty or the Dean,
the FC will review, discuss, and advise the Dean of the consensus of
the faculty. FC may also initiate the request of documents from the
Dean’s office, including, but not limited to CECI policies and budget,
strategic planning, reports, and the organization and function of
existing college committees.
c. The FC will create standing and/or ad hoc committees as needed,
including faculty forums or town hall meetings.
d. The FC will administer faculty committee elections (both
university and college committees). The FC may use appropriate
procedures to replace any governance committee member who is
consistently absent from meetings upon notification by the chair of
e. The FC serves as an advocate for faculty in the college. The
FC brings attention to issues of concern within the CECI community.
Any faculty within the college can contact any FC representative to
express concern and trust that they will remain confidential. If the
issue is not within the purview of FC, the faculty member will be
f. The FC will create a regular communication system to inform
faculty of various governance committees and other matters impacting
faculty of the college (e.g., e-newsletter). Faculty representatives
are also responsible for communicating agenda topics with their
constituents at least a week prior to any scheduled meetings.
g. The FC will oversee the college and university awards for
h. The FC will solicit annual feedback from faculty regarding
topics/issues of concern.
a. The FC will have seven (7) regular faculty members, composed of
one (1) member from each academic unit, and one regular faculty member
serving as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) representative.
The DEI representative will be elected from the College at large. This
individual is charged with attending to structural bias and antiracism
in the work of the FC. Regular faculty members are nominated by the
faculty or unit head. Each unit will elect their representative, and a
broad representation of all faculty is encouraged. The Dean, or
designated representative of the Dean, will serve as an ex officio
member. Unit heads are not eligible to serve on the FC.
b. Nominations for the DEI representative position may occur
either by colleagues, or self-nomination. The nominee(s) for the DEI
representative will be responsible to identify and share any
DEI-focused interest, training, background, and expertise in support
of their nomination. The DEI advocate will be selected prior to the
end of the Winter semester every three years. It is the responsibility
of the outgoing chair(s) to make sure that nominations are collected
and selection occurs.
c. A chair of the FC, or their appointee, will have the additional
responsibility of serving on the Dean’s Leadership Team.
d. The chair(s) will be elected by the members of the FC.
a. Meetings and Attendance
i. The FC shall meet once a month during the academic year. The
meeting schedule will be determined at the beginning of each regular
academic semester and publicly available. Meetings can be canceled as
needed, and additional meetings can be added as needed.
ii. GVSU faculty, staff, and students may attend meetings.
iii. The FC members should make all efforts to attend all
committee meetings. If a committee member cannot attend a meeting,
they may designate an alternate. Inability to attend and designated
alternates should be communicated to the chair(s) beforehand.
iv. Alternates will come from the represented unit. In the
case of a prolonged absence involving several meetings, the
represented unit should designate the alternate.
v. Meetings will be in person. In situations where meetings
cannot be held in person, a remote meeting is acceptable.
vi. The process for voting during meetings will be determined
by the members of the FC committee.
b. Length of Terms
i. The standard term on the FC is three (3) years; terms will
be staggered among members to promote continuity. Members may be
elected to terms of shorter lengths to fill vacancies. Standard terms
begin the Monday of finals week of Winter semester.
ii. The chair(s) of the FC will be selected prior to the end of
the Winter semester each year. It is the responsibility of the
outgoing chair(s) to make sure the election occurs. Whenever possible,
rank and experience should be taken into consideration in choosing chair(s).
iii. Faculty may not serve on the FC while on sabbatical leave
(or any leave lasting a semester or longer) and thus must yield their
seat to an elected substitute for the term of the sabbatical or leave.
4. Internal Bylaws of Committees
a. The FC may develop internal bylaws and procedures separate from
CECI Bylaws to describe the selection of officers, procedures to
handle responsibilities, and other matters. Internal bylaws must be
consistent with university policy and CECI bylaws. Internal bylaws
must be approved by FC voting members. All internal bylaws, once
approved, shall be publicly available.
b. Changes to the governance policies contained in the CECI Bylaws
are subject to approval as outlined in the Faculty Handbook under