I. Political Science Faculty
The Faculty of the Department of Political Science shall consist of all full-time
members of the academic staff having the rank of Instructor or higher (or equivalent
rank) who perform part or all of their duties in the Department. (Hereafter referred
to as Faculty)
II. Voting Rights
 It should be noted that according to PS-36, “faculty eligible to vote on personnel
decisions vary by type of action and rank of candidate under consideration” and joint
faculty who are enfranchised may vote on personnel matters in either their primary
or secondary units, but they “may not vote regarding the same candidate in more than
Faculty holding tenured or tenure-track appointments in the department shall have
full voting rights. Tenured or tenure-track faculty holding joint appointments, with
at least 50% of their duties in the Department of Political Science, shall have full
Tenured or tenure-track faculty whose appointment in the Department of Political Science
is at least 25% but no more than 49% shall have voting rights on all departmental
matters, save those relating to appointment, reappointment/non-reappointment, and
promotion and tenure. In accordance with PS-36, these latter rights may be conferred
as a group on joint faculty; enfranchisement of these joint faculty lasts only until
the end of the academic year in which it is granted and, therefore, must be renewed
annually. (See Enfranchisement below.)
Full-time instructors in the Department of Political Science who are not in a tenure
track appointment shall have voting rights on all departmental matters save those
relating to appointment, reappointment/non-re-appointment, and promotion and tenure.
Part-Time Faculty, including instructors and visiting professors may attend departmental
meetings and participate in the deliberations thereof as non-voting members.
Faculty who have officially resigned or who have been given notice of non-reappointment
shall not be considered voting members of the faculty.
By the beginning of the second week of the fall semester, the Chair of the Department
shall conduct an electronic vote on whether to grant full voting rights to all joint
faculty whose appointment in Political Science is between 25% and 49%. The Chair shall
allow faculty one week to respond to this invitation, whereupon the Chair shall announce
the results of the vote. A majority of those eligible to vote is necessary to confer
full voting rights on the group of joint faculty. Those eligible to vote on this matter
are faculty who possess permanent, full voting rights in the department. (See Voting
Rights Above: ¶ 1.)
IV. Departmental Meetings
A. The Department of Political Science shall meet at least once each six weeks during
the academic year. Meetings shall be called by the department chair. A majority of
the advisory committee or a majority of the faculty may request that the department
chair call a meeting.
B. Decisions made at department meetings shall be a majority vote of those faculty
attending, assuming the presence of a majority quorum, except for those matters reserved
for action by tenured members or by faculty members of specified rank.
C. The Graduate Student Association will nominate two graduate students each year
who may attend department meetings as non-voting participants. The graduate representatives
may not attend department meetings: when graduate student records are being evaluated;
when graduate student stipends are being considered; or at the discretion of the department
D. Minutes of each meeting shall be taken and published to the department within ten
days of the date of the meeting by a member of the faculty who will be designated
by the chair as department recorder. A permanent file of these minutes will be maintained
by the department secretary.
V. Department Chair
A. The department chair shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of the
By-Laws and Regulations of the Board of Supervisors, for a term of three years.
B. A process for the selection of a new chair shall be initiated by the advisory committee
of the department. That process shall consist of the following:
1. Five business days will be allowed for the nomination of individuals to serve as
chair. (It is assumed that those who are nominating someone to serve as chair will
consult with their nominee prior to the nomination. Self-nominations are acceptable.)
2. After nominations are closed, the advisory committee will arrange for candidates
to appear before a departmental forum on their candidacy. Following that forum, an
election will be held; the departmental administrative assistant will distribute secret
ballots to all voting faculty. Five business days will be allowed for the ballots
to be returned to the secretary, after which the advisory committee will announce
the candidate who has received a majority of votes. In the event that no candidate
receives a majority of votes, a run-off election will be held between the top two
vote-getting candidates. That election shall follow the procedure described above.
3. The process for selecting an interim or acting chair shall be initiated by the
advisory committee as soon as it is determined that the sitting chair will not be
available to serve during a portion of the regular term. Every effort should be made
to secure candidates who are acceptable to the sitting chair and, of course, to the
Dean of the College. The advisory committee shall provide for a period of nomination,
consultation with the sitting chair and Dean, and an election of the candidate according
to the provisions outlined above in section 2.
C. If it has been determined that the time during which a department chair will be
unable to serve will last for more than two consecutive semesters, then an election
for a new chair with a new three year term will be held during the final semester
of service of the department chair.
D. Ordinarily, no one shall be recommended to serve more than two consecutive terms
as department chair.
VI. Standing Committees
A. The chair of the department shall appoint faculty members to the respective standing
committees at the beginning of each fall semester for a term of one year. In appointing
committee members the department chair shall, to the greatest extent possible, give
representation to all ranks.
B. All faculty members shall serve on at least one standing committee.
C. No faculty member may serve on more than two standing committees.
D. The chair of the department shall appoint committee chairs.
E. No faculty member may serve as chair of more than one standing committee.
F. The Graduate Student Association shall nominate two student members for the Graduate
Committee. The student members may attend meetings of the committee and vote on policy
matters except for those related to the evaluation of the personal records of students
G. The Academic Programs Committee shall nominate an undergraduate student member
who may attend meetings of the committee and vote on policy matters except for those
related to the evaluation of the personal records of students.
H. The chair of the department shall serve as ex officio member of all standing committees.
i. I. Standing Committees and their Charges:
a. Oversee the undergraduate major program in political science.
1. Academic Programs Committee
b. Recruit undergraduate majors and assist in job placement of those completing the
c. Review and recommend curriculum proposals
d. Oversee all undergraduate advising, including preregistration and registration
e. The chair of the Academic Programs Committee shall be designated Director of Academic
Programs and serve as undergraduate adviser.
f. Select graduate student recipient of Paul Grosser Memorial Undergraduate Teaching
2. Graduate Committee
a. Oversee the graduate program in political science, as well as auxiliary graduate
programs, minors in political science, and joint graduate programs.
b. Recruit new graduate students and serve as the department’s graduate admissions
1) The Director of Graduate Studies may admit an applicant who has a 3.2 overall undergraduate/graduate
GPA (or a Brish 2:1) and a combined GRE score of 1100 without a vote of the graduate
committee. The committee must, however, be notified of the decision immediately. A
rejection of a candidate with these qualifications requires a majority vote of the
2) Applicants with qualifications below those specified in subsection 1) must be admitted
or rejected by the graduate committee. Applicants with incomplete credentials that
require provisional admission must also be reviewed by the graduate committee. When
the graduate committee cannot be convened within a reasonable period of time, an applicant
may be admitted (fully or provisionally) by the Director of Graduate Studies, with
the approval of the department chair. All rejections require committee approval.
c. Award graduate assistantships, provided that the Director of Graduate Studies,
in consultation with the Department Chair and available committee members, may offer
an assistantship when it is impossible for the committee to convene.
d. Assist in job placement of students who complete the graduate programs. One member
of the committee shall be appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies to serve as
department Placement Director
e. Oversee graduate advising
f. The chair of the Graduate Committee shall be designated Director of Graduate Studies
and serve as graduate adviser.
3. Research Committee
a. Promote faculty research and publication
b. Assist faculty in preparation of external grant proposals
c. Assist faculty in preparation of sabbatical leave and summer research grant proposals
d. Assist department chair in evaluation of sabbatical leave and summer research grant
e. Oversee departmental colloquia and lecture series.
f. Select recipients of Graduate Student Research Award.
VII. Advisory Committee
VIII. Ad hoc Committees
A. The Advisory Committee shall consist of the chairs of the standing committees.
The department chair shall be an ex officio member.
B. The charge of the Advisory Committee shall be:
1 .To advise the chair on budgetary matters and, at the chair’s request, assist in
the preparation of budgets.
2. To advise the chair on course scheduling matters, including teaching loads and
3. To advise the chair in establishing the agenda for department meetings.
4. To advise the chair on such policy matters as may from time to time be submitted
for their consideration or as they may bring to the chair’s attention.
C. The chair of the department shall appoint the chair of the Advisory Committee from
its membership; the committee shall convene on its chairman’s call.
D. The chair of the Advisory Committee shall be designated acting chair of the department
by the department chair when the latter is away from the campus. The department chair
will notify the Dean’s office on such occasions.
The department chair may create ad hoc committees and appoint their chairs.
IX. Amendments to these By-Laws
These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the faculty, provided that the
proposed change is introduced at a department meeting at least one month in advance
of the vote.
By-Laws Last Amended August 29, 2011