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By-Laws of the Division of the Social Sciences

As adopted February 17, 1971; Clarified October 13, 1972; Revised April 23, 2001

1. The Division of the Social Sciences of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of the Departments of Aerospace Studies, Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, City and Regional Planning, Economics, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Geography, History, Naval Science, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, Women's Studies, and such other Departments and Curricula as may from time to time be created within or assigned to the Division. Members of the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology vote in other divisions, but have advisory privileges in the Division of the Social Sciences.

2. The officers of the Division are a Chair and a Vice-Chair. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the Faculty of the Division. The Chair must hold the rank of Full Professor and the Vice-Chair must be a tenured voting member of the General Faculty. Elections of the Chair and Vice-Chair are conducted by the Secretary of the Faculty. All persons listed by him/her as members of the Voting Faculty in departments and curricula of the Division of the Social Sciences are eligible to make nominations and vote. Every third spring, reckoning from the spring of 2000, the Chair of the Division will invite nominations for Chair and Vice-Chair of the Division and provide a list of those willing to serve to the Faculty Nominating Committee, which will draw nominations from this list, reserving the right to add others. Candidates for each office will be put on separate ballots and submitted to the Divisional Faculty. The Chair and Vice-Chair take office on July 1 next following. They may not be members of the same Department.

3. The Chair presides over meetings of the Divisional Faculty. He/she represents the Division on the Committee on Instructional Personnel and such other committees as the Faculty Council may designate, works with the Departmental Chairs of the Division of the Social Sciences in the interests of the Division, and makes available to members of the Divisional Faculty information about policies, programs, or circumstances affecting their interests. In the event of the death, resignation, retirement, or incapacity of the Chair of the Division, interim vacancies shall be filled by the Secretary of the Faculty according to the procedures outlined in Sec. 4-3(d) of the Faculty Code.

4. The Vice-Chair represents the Division on such committees as the Faculty Council may designate. He/she informs chairs about course changes submitted for approval within the Division, solicits comments and questions, makes corrections and revisions, and submits all changes to the Dean of Arts and Sciences with Divisional approval. In the event of the death, resignation, retirement, or incapacity of the Vice-Chair of the Division, interim vacancies shall be filled by the Secretary of the Faculty according to the procedures outlined in Sec. 4-3(d) of the Faculty Code.

5. The Chair is eligible for election to two, but no more than two, consecutive terms as Chair. The Vice-Chair is eligible for reelection to any number of terms as Vice-Chair.

6. The Chair of the Division appoints whatever committees are needed from time to time, distributing the appointments in such a way that the Departments share as equally as possible in the activities of the Division.

7. The Faculty of the Division meets on call of the Chair. The Chair draws up the agenda and announces the time, place, and agenda for such a meeting at least ten days in advance, unless exceptional circumstances call for convocation on short notice. Only matters announced in the agenda, or in a supplemental agenda distributed at least five days before the meeting, may be acted upon; others may be introduced for discussion with a view to action at a later meeting. All members of the research and teaching staff of the Division who hold the rank of full-time instructor or above may attend and participate in these meetings, except that only voting members of the General Faculty may vote. Members of the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology may attend and participate without a vote. Meetings are governed by procedural rules of the General Faculty, and where these are silent, by Robert’s Rules of Order current edition. Special meetings of the Divisional Faculty are called by the Chair of the Division, or by petition to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences signed by ten voting members of the Divisional Faculty.

8. Amendments to these By Laws are proposed by the Chair of the Division, who must give full consideration to any amendment recommended by five or more voting members of the Divisional Faculty. An amendment proposed by the Chair is acted on by the Divisional Faculty at regular or special meetings, provided, however, that the text of the proposed amendment has been communicated to the Divisional Faculty at least ten days in advance of such meeting. Once adopted by the Divisional Faculty, amendments become effective after consultation between the Chair of the Division and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.