CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF
THE TENNESSEE TECH CHAPTER OF
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS
[revisions by Mr. Andrew William Smith, Dr. Patrick Reagan, and Ms. Chandra Griffith Elkins, Ad Hoc Constitution Committee, October 2008—March 29, 2010 and presented to the members for a vote on April 16, 2010]
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this association shall be the Tennessee Tech Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). This chapter shall be affiliated with the national organization and the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The mission of the Tennessee Tech Chapter of the AAUP shall be the same as that of the national organization:
The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education’s contribution to the common good. As a non-profit organization, we serve the profession, rather than individual members, and our services are available to all members of the profession, regardless of membership status.
The principal functions of this chapter shall be: (1) to consider questions of general interest to the professoriate; (2) to consider current local questions of academic method or policy, or of professional obligation and privilege; (3) to serve as a nucleus in initiating faculty action; (4) to take action upon specific matters of association business submitted to the chapter by the Council or the officers of the national or state organizations; (5) to cooperate with the officers of the national and state organizations in dealing with professional problems, in order that the AAUP may be as representative of the profession as possible.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
To be eligible for active membership in the Tennessee Tech Chapter of AAUP, one must be a member of the national organization. The types of memberships and the process for joining are as follows:
There shall be four classes of members:
- Active Members. Any person who holds a professional position of teacher or researcher or related professional appointment, including any member of an
- AAUP-represented bargaining unit in a college, university, or professional school of similar grade accredited in the United States or Canada, may be admitted to active membership in the Association.
- b. Graduate Student Members. Any person who is, or within the past five years has been, a graduate student may be admitted to graduate student membership. Graduate student members shall have all rights and privileges accorded to active members under this Constitution, including the right to hold office and to vote in national elections. Graduate student members shall be transferred to active membership as soon as they become eligible.
- Retired Members. An active member who retires may choose to be transferred to retired membership. Retired members retain all rights and privileges accorded to active members under this Constitution, including the right to hold office and to vote in national elections.
- Associate Members. Any active member of this chapter whose work is or becomes primarily administrative shall be eligible for associate membership. Any person not eligible for one of the other three classes of membership may be admitted as an associate member, including members of the general public.
The admission of members shall require two steps:
- Acceptance and Notification.
Chapter membership shall be for the academic year.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
The officers of this organization shall be a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. These officers shall be elected annually at the last regular meeting in the spring and shall take office at the close of the meeting at which elected. All officers serve one year terms, with no term limits.
ARTICLE V. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the president as presiding officer, the vice-president, the secretary, and the treasurer.
ARTICLE VI. COMMITTEES
This chapter shall maintain a standing committee on membership recruitment and retention. Other standing committees may be created by the positive action of the chapter at a regular meeting, provided the establishment of such a committee has been discussed at least one previous meeting in the same academic year.
Ad hoc committees may be established by the chapter or the president at a regular meeting, or by the Executive Committee in session.
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
Regular chapter meetings shall be held three times per semester during the academic year. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee, provided written notice has been extended to the membership at least four days prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII. RULES OF ORDER
The rules of order contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the parliamentary procedure of this organization whenever applicable, except that the constitution and by-laws of this chapter and the constitution of the national AAUP shall take precedence in the event of any inconsistency.
ARTICLE IX. BY-LAWS
By-laws to this constitution may be adopted as needed for the effective implementation of the provisions of this document.
ARTICLE X. AMENDMENTS
This constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of the chapter by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting, provided that a copy of the proposed amendment has been sent to all members at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which the vote will take place, and further provided that the proposed amendment has been discussed at the previous regular meeting.
- DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
- The duties of the president shall be to preside at the meetings of the chapter and the Executive Committee. The president shall call meetings of the Executive Committee and special meetings of the chapter at the direction of the Executive Committee. With the advice of the Executive Committee, the president shall appoint members to standing committees and shall designate chairpersons. With the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, the president shall appoint a member to complete the unexpired term of office should a vacancy occur among the officers or members of the Executive Committee.
- The duties of the vice-president shall be to preside at meetings of the chapter and of the Executive Committee in the absence of the president. The vice-president shall arrange public programs with the advice and consent of chapter members. In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice-president shall succeed to the unexpired portion of the president’s term of office.
- The duties of the secretary shall be to keep an accurate record of the meetings of the chapter and the Executive Committee and to conduct all correspondence of the chapter. Notices shall be sent to all members of meetings of the chapter and of any proposed amendments to the constitution or by-laws of the chapter.
- The treasurer shall receive all dues and assessments from the members, conduct other aspects of the financial affairs of the chapter, and make a report of the finances of the chapter at each regular meeting or at the request of the Executive Committee.
- The Executive Committee shall advise the president on all matters of concern to the chapter. In particular, the committee shall advise the president on appointments to standing committees, on appointments to vacant positions among the officers or on the Executive Committee, and on all public announcements and publications of the chapter.
- At the first meeting of the spring semester, the membership of the AAUP chapter shall elect a Nominating Committee of three members who are not officers or members of the Executive Committee. At least two weeks prior to the final meeting of the spring semester, this Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate consisting of candidates for each of the offices of the chapter and shall submit this slate to the membership, along with the notice of the meeting at which the election of officers shall take place.
- Nominations may be made from the floor.
- Terms are for one year, with no limit on number of terms the can be served.
- The officers elected by the chapter shall assume their responsibilities at the close of the meeting at which they were elected.
Each member shall pay annual dues to the national, state, and local organization of AAUP. Members who are full- time faculty may elect to pay dues by payroll deduction. For members who do not elect to pay dues by payroll deduction, chapter dues are payable at the first meeting of each academic year. Chapter dues are $10.00 for the academic year.
- Regular meetings of the Tennessee Tech Chapter of AAUP shall be held three times each semester, on the first Thursday of September, October, February, and March and on the first Friday of November and April, except when other times and days are authorized by the Executive Committee.
- A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of a minimum of eight members in good standing.
By-laws to the Constitution of the Tennessee Tech Chapter of AAUP may be adopted, or existing by-laws amended, at any regular meeting of the chapter by a majority vote of those members present and voting, provided that a copy of the proposed by-laws or amendments has been sent to the members at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which such action is proposed to be taken.