Fixed Term & Research Faculty Advisory Committee Bylaws

Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science FT&R Bylaws, Adopted: March 15, 2017

Fixed Term & Research Faculty Advisory Committee Bylaws

Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science BYLAWS
Adopted: March 15, 2017


NAME: The name of this organization shall be the Fixed Term & Research Faculty Advisory Committee, and it will be contained within the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.


PURPOSE: This organization serves as a conduit of information between department and college administration and members of the fixed-term & research faculty in the department of meteorology and atmospheric science. 



Section 1. General. Department employees designated as fixed-term upon hiring are automatically included in the general membership class.  

Section 2. Committee Membership. The Committee functions similarly to a “board of directors” of the general fixed-term & research faculty and as such is comprised of members elected from this population within the department.  

  1. Number of Members. There are five elected members, one who is the department’s representative to the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences serving as an ex officio  member. All five have full voting rights.
  2. Officers. The Committee will elect a chair each year immediately following the general election.
  3. Quorum. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum.
  4. Election. Elections shall be held in November, as needed.
  5. Procedure. Any member of the department’s general fixed-term population is eligible for election. Nominations may be received by the Committee at any time. Ballots will be issued electronically, and the person(s) receiving the most votes will join the Committee. In the event of a tie, a runoff election will be held and the person receiving the most votes in the runoff election will join the Committee. The process will repeat until the tie is broken.
  6. Terms of Office. Four of the members shall serve a term of three years. After two consecutive terms the member must step down for at least a year, but otherwise there is no restriction on total number of terms. The college representative is elected to a three-year term in a separate election and is bound by any term limits expressed by the college committee.
  7. Vacancies. Any vacancy that occurs on the Committee, by any cause, will be filled    through appointment of an interim committee member. The appointed member will serve the remaining term of the vacated member. If no persons show interest the Committee may continue to function with its remaining members until the general election.


Section 1. Regular Meetings. The Committee will have regular meetings each month, the schedule and location of which shall be decided at the annual meeting and at the December meeting for the following semester. No notice of such meetings shall be required. A majority of committee members shall constitute a quorum at a meeting. In the absence of a quorum, a majority of the attending committee members may adjourn the meeting to another time without further notice. If a quorum is represented at a rescheduled meeting, any business may be transacted that might have been transacted at the meeting originally scheduled. The members present at a meeting represented by a quorum may continue to transact business until adjournment, even if the withdrawal of some members results in representation of less than a quorum. 

Section 2. Annual Meeting. An annual meeting shall be held each calendar year during the fall semester for the purpose of electing committee members and for the transaction of other business as may properly come before the meeting.  In an election year, the annual meeting shall occur prior to the elections. The annual meeting shall be held at a time and place designated by the Committee and will be announced to the general membership and other interested parties at least one week prior to the meeting. 

Section 3. Special Meetings. Special meetings may be requested by any Committee member. No notice of such meetings shall be required.


The bylaws may be amended, altered, or repealed by the Committee by a majority of a quorum vote at any regular or special meeting. The text of the proposed change(s) shall be distributed to all committee members at least one week before the meeting.


I certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the bylaws or the above-named organization, duly adopted by the Committee on March 15, 2017

Brian J. Gaudet, Committee Chair

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