CENTER FOR CULTURE, HISTORY, AND ENVIRONMENT
Originally Adopted 3/12/07, Revised 3/11/09, 5/28/10, 5/26/11
ARTICLE I -GOVERNANCE
TITLE 1 -PROGRAM ORGANIZATION
SECTION 1 -PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Subsection (1) -The Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE)
1. The Center for Culture, History, and Environment consists of the Director, Steering Committee, Faculty Member Associates, Graduate Student Associates, and Community Associates.
Subsection (2) -The Center Director
The Director must be a faculty member associate of CHE and have tenure in a department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Director serves for a term of one year running from July 1-June 30, with the expectation that s/he will normally serve for three consecutive one-year terms. A director may serve for up to six consecutive one-year terms contingent upon a favorable evaluation after the first three-year term conducted by the CHE Steering Committee and the Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. To serve for any additional consecutive terms requires election by a two-thirds majority vote of the Center membership. Candidates for Director will be chosen by the CHE Steering Committee in consultation with the Director of the Nelson Institute. The Director is elected by a majority vote of the Center faculty associates and appointed by Director of the Nelson Institute. The Director is the highest ranking representative of the Center, and exercises all powers traditionally vested in such positions by the Nelson Institute and the Campus.
Subsection (3) -The Steering Committee
1 1. The Steering Committee consists of five faculty member associates, a majority of whom must be tenured. It should ideally include one or two nontenured faculty member associates. All Steering Committee members must be drawn from the Center faculty associates membership. Two graduate students elected annually from the graduate student associate membership will serve as non-voting members of the Steering Committee. Although Steering Committee members are elected annually, the ordinary expectation is that they will serve for three consecutive one-year terms, which run from July 1-June 30. To fill vacancies at the end of members’ terms, the Director shall conduct an election according to procedures outlined under the sub-section on Election Procedures. Should vacancies occur during a member’s term, the Director shall appoint a Center faculty member associate to serve for the remainder of that academic year.
The Director is a voting member of the Steering Committee. The Director chairs Steering Committee meetings, and shall convene the Committee at least once a month in September, October, November, February, March, and April, business warranting.
Subsection (4) -Center Faculty Member Associates.
When a Center faculty member associate departs or retires from the university, the Steering Committee may confer emeritus status on that associate by a majority vote. Emeriti associates do not participate in Center elections, but are welcome to participate in all appropriate Center activities and programs.
Subsection (5) – Graduate Student and Community Associates.
TITLE 2 -VOTING AND ELECTIONS
SECTION 1 -VOTING RIGHTS OF FACULTY MEMBERS AND OTHER ASSOCIATES
1. All duly appointed faculty member associates of the Center have voting rights in the Center. Teaching assistants and individuals holding fixed-term appointments do not have such rights. Graduate student and community associates do not have voting rights, though graduate student associates elect their non-voting representatives on the Center Steering Committee.
SECTION 2 -ELECTION PROCEDURES
The Director -Every year, ideally no later than March 1, the highest ranking civil servant in the Center or the Nelson Institute staff shall conduct the advisory balloting for the Center Director at the request of the Director of the Nelson Institute. The voting shall be by secret ballot, and may be conducted electronically. Faculty member associates will be notified of the election and ballots distributed at least one week before the deadline for voting. The Steering Committee, in consultation with the Director of the Nelson Institute, will prepare and approve a slate of name(s) to be placed on the ballot. Ballots will contain the names of approved candidate(s) and a blank slate for a write-in candidate.
Steering Committee -In the spring of each year, the Director and the current Steering Committee shall recruit candidates from among the CHE faculty member associates to fill any seats that will become open on the committee at the end of the current academic year, and prepare a slate of names to place on the ballot. Faculty member associates are welcome to volunteer themselves if they so desire. Efforts will be made to stagger terms of Steering Committee members in preparing the slate of candidates. The slate shall be announced one week before ballots are distributed. Anyone not listed on the slate may be placed on the ballot by filing a petition within five days with the highest ranking civil servant in the Center or Nelson Institute staff, who shall prepare the ballot. The Steering Committee will determine the balloting procedures. The voting shall be by secret ballot, and may be conducted electronically. Faculty member associates will be notified of the election and ballots made available at least one week before the deadline for voting.
TITLE 3 -MEETINGS AND COMMUNICATION
SECTION 1 -MEMBER MEETINGS
1. The Director shall typically convene a meeting of the faculty, graduate, and community associates of CHE at least once during each of the fall and spring semesters to report on and seek counsel on major initiatives and programs of the Center. If, in the opinion of the Steering Committee, there is insufficient business to warrant holding a meeting, the Director shall so notify the membership. The meeting time and location shall be announced at least one week in advance, and the agenda posted no less than 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Any Center faculty, graduate, or community associates may request to place an item on the agenda. If necessary, associates can also be polled using electronic balloting.
SECTION 2 -STEERING COMMITTEE
2. The time and location of Steering Committee meetings shall typically be announced at least one week in advance, and the agenda posted no less than 24 hours in advance of the meeting. A quorum of 50% of the Steering Committee’s voting members is necessary for the Committee to meet and take any action. Any Member of the Center who so wishes may attend on a non-voting basis, except under circumstances when the Steering Committee goes into closed session according to circumstances permitted by Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law.
1. Any Member of the Center, whether a member of the Steering Committee or not, may request to place an item on the agenda.
TITLE 4 – BYLAWS
1. Any revision of these bylaws requires a majority vote by a quorum of Center Members. Balloting may be done electronically if appropriate.