Paradise Valley Community
The name of this organization will be the Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) Faculty Association represented by the Paradise Valley Community College Faculty Senate, hereinafter referred to as the Senate. The Senate is a member of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Faculty Association represented by the Faculty Executive Council, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the Executive Council, Inc.
We hold that the governing of the Maricopa County Community Colleges, of which Paradise Valley Community College is a part, is the joint responsibility of the Governing Board, the district and local administrations, and the faculties of the colleges. In order to promote the full participation of the faculties in the determination of educational policy and the execution of that policy, the adoption of this Constitution establishing a Paradise Valley Community College Faculty Senate is hereby ordained.
Code of Ethics
Members of the PVCC Faculty Senate are expected to abide by the following Code of Ethics:
Members of the PVCC Faculty Senate, like all faculty members, have a responsibility to maintain standards of personal integrity and professionalism in teaching and scholarship. Members of the PVCC Faculty Senate also assume additional responsibilities for representing the interests of their constituencies as well as the interests and values of the PVCC faculty and the MCCCD faculties as a whole. Senate representatives are concurrently representatives of their faculty constituencies and members of the PVCC Faculty Senate and members of the MCCCD Faculty Association with responsibility to safeguard the welfare and effectiveness of the PVCC Faculty Senate as well as the MCCCD Faculty Association.
Respect for and adherence to the policies and procedures of the PVCC Faculty Senate as well as the Executive Council, Inc. is essential to the effective balancing of the multiple responsibilities assumed by each Senate representative. Conflicts of interests and ideas are inevitable in an enterprise as complex as this one, but such conflict does not diminish the expectation that Senate representatives will meet their responsibilities with full regard for professional, collegial, and democratic values to which the PVCC Faculty Senate and the Executive Council, Inc. are committed.
The primary functions of the Senate shall be to:
1. Serve as a communication channel among the PVCC Faculty, the PVCC Administration, the Executive Council, Inc., the MCCCD Administration, and the MCCCD Governing Board.
2. Serve as an arbiter of professional rights and responsibilities for PVCC Faculty.
3. Serve as the exclusive representative of PVCC Faculty to the PVCC Administration, the Executive Council, Inc., the MCCCD Administration, and to the MCCCD Governing Board with respect to academic and professional matters.
4. Select representatives to serve on administrative councils and on coordinating committees of Paradise Valley Community College and the Maricopa County Community College District.
5. Participate in the formation and implementation of education policies for Paradise Valley Community College and the Maricopa County Community College District.
Article I: Definition of Faculty
Faculty, as used in this Constitution, means full-time provisional and appointive members of teaching departments engaged primarily in teaching and/or research, librarians, counselors, and certified multi-media personnel.
Article II: Eligibility
Section 1. Only faculty members who are recorded by the Treasurer as having paid or formally pledged the current annual assessment for support of the Senate and the MCCCD Faculty Association on or before the MCCCD Faculty Association membership deadline shall be eligible to vote in the election of Senators, in the election of the President-Elect, in amending the Senate Constitution, and other issues directed to the Faculty Association. Faculty members hired after the MCCCD Faculty Association membership deadline are exempt from the membership deadline for that year of hire; if these faculty pay the membership fee as determined by the MCCCD Faculty Association, they shall be eligible to vote in the election of Senators, in the election of the President-Elect, in amending the Senate Constitution, and other issues directed to the PVCC Faculty Association.
Section 2. Senator positions and the position of President-Elect can be sought and held only by faculty who have met the membership deadline and have completed one full semester on campus. Faculty hired after the MCCCD Faculty Association membership deadline and who join the association may not serve on the Senate until they have competed one full semester on campus.
Article III: Composition
The number of Senators shall be equal to the number of academic divisions plus the President-Elect and the President.
Article IV: Elections
Section 1. Election Process of Division Senators: Each division shall designate a senator from its eligible number.
Section 2. Election Process of President-Elect: A Nomination/Election committee as described in Article XIX, Section 3 shall conduct the election of the President-Elect. The Nominee receiving a simple majority of the votes cast will be elected. In the case that no candidate receives a simple majority, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes.
Section 3. Election Date(s) The election of Division Senators, and President-Elect, shall be completed between April 1 and April 30 of each year. The election of Senate Officers shall be completed between May 1 and May 31 each year.
Section 4. Voter Eligibility: All Faculty who meet the criteria described in Article II, Section 1 shall be eligible to vote in the President-Elect election. Faculty officially assigned to a division and who meet the criteria described in Article II, Section 1 shall be eligible to select their respective Division Senator.
Article V: Senators--Term of Office
Section 1. Members of the Senate shall serve terms of two years. The terms shall be arranged so that one-half of the membership is elected annually.
Section 2. There shall be no limitation on the number of terms which Senators may serve; however, they may serve only two terms consecutively.
Article VI: Vacancies
Section 1. Vacancies in Senator or Senate Officer positions shall be declared by the President upon direction of the Senate, or when a Senator or Senate Officer has been absent from official meetings of the full Senate three (3) consecutive times or four (4) times during the academic year. Absences resulting from official school business are not counted.
Section 2. Should a vacancy be declared for a Senator, the division shall designate a new representative from its eligible number who will complete the term of his or her predecessor. Subsequently, this faculty member would be eligible to serve his or her own two terms consecutively as a Senator.
Section 3. Should a Senator vacancy resulting from a sabbatical leave or leave of absence be declared, the division shall designate a Senator pro tem from its eligible number.
Section 4. Should a vacancy be declared for the office of President, the following shall occur:
A. The President-Elect shall serve out the President's term and shall serve his or her duly elected term.
B. A President-Elect shall be elected. A Nomination/Election Committee as described in Article XIX, Section 3 shall conduct an election in accordance with Article IV, Section 3.
Section 5. Should a vacancy be declared for the office of President-Elect, a President-Elect shall then be elected from among the senators. A Nomination/Election Committee as described in Article XIX, Section 3 shall conduct the election in accordance with Article IV, Section 3.
Section 6. Should a vacancy be declared for an officer of the Senate other than the President or President-Elect, the following shall occur:
A. The division shall designate a new representative from its eligible number who will complete the term of his/her predecessor.
B. The officer shall then be elected from among the Senators by a simple majority of the Senators present at the next meeting of the Senate.
Article VII: Resolution of Conflict Between a Senator and His/Her Constituents
Section 1. Resolution of conflict between a Senator and his/her constituents. In the event that one-half (50%) of eligible faculty (as defined in Article II) in a division request removal of their Senator, the PVCC Senate shall be responsible for recommending an equitable resolution.
Section 2. Resolution of conflict between a Senate Officer and his/her constituents. In the event that one-quarter (25%) of eligible faculty (as defined in Article II) request the removal of a Senate Officer, the PVCC Senate shall be responsible for recommending an equitable resolution.
Section 3. Process for removal of Senator or Senate Officer. If the resolution recommended by the PVCC Senate is not acceptable to the parties involved, the following process shall prevail:
A. Senators: Shall be removed by a two-thirds (66.7%) vote of eligible faculty (as defined in Article II) in the respective division.
B. Senate Officers: Shall be removed by a two-thirds (66.7%) vote of all eligible faculty (as defined in Article II).
Article VIII: Officers
Officers. The officers of the Senate shall include, but shall not be restricted to, a President, a President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
Article IX: Election of Officers
Section 1. President-Elect Election
A. The President-Elect shall be elected between April 1 and April 30 of each year.
B. A Nomination/Election Committee as described in Article XIX, Section 3 shall conduct an election in accordance with Article IV, Section 3.
Section 2. Other Officers Election. Following the election of President-elect and before the end of the spring semester, officers of the Senate shall be elected from among the Senators by the senators as follows:
A. The Nominee receiving a simple majority of the votes cast will be elected.
B. In the case that no candidate receives a simple majority, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes.
Article X: Terms of Office
Section 1. The term of office for all officers shall begin immediately upon election.
Section 2. All officers shall be elected for a term of one year.
Section 3. All officers, except for the President and President-elect, shall be eligible for re-election to the same office.
Section 4. The outgoing President shall be eligible for election to any electable office.
Section 5. In the event a special election for any officer is necessary, the newly elected officer shall take office immediately and serve the unexpired term of the predecessor.
Article XI: Officers' Duties
Section 1. President. The President shall:
A. Preside at all meetings of the Senate and all meetings of the Executive Committee.
B. Serve on the Executive Council, Inc. and the Executive Committee of the Executive Council, Inc.
C. Serve or appoint a designee to serve on college-wide committees such as those related to strategic planning, budget, and President's Cabinet as they now exist or may be established.
D. Appoint members to serve on all Special Committees subject to the approval of a simple majority of the Senate.
E. Be a member, ex-officio, of all committees except the Nomination/Election Committee and the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee.
F. Have the right to call special meetings of the Executive Committee and of the Senate.
G. Be the official spokesperson for the Senate.
H. Be responsible for communication between the Senate and other groups or individuals.
I. Maintain appropriate correspondence files and financial records.
J. Call a general faculty meeting once each semester and call others when needed.
K. Review the proposed Senate budget.
Section 2. President-Elect. The President-Elect shall:
A. Perform executive duties as may be assigned by the President or the Executive Committee.
B. Preside in the absence of the President.
C. Serve on the Executive Council, Inc.
D. Write and submit to the Senate by the first Senate meeting of the fall semester a year-end report summarizing major Senate activities and actions for the previous academic year.
E. Assume the office of the President the next term.
Section 3. Secretary. The Secretary shall:
A. Keep the minutes of the meeting of the Senate.
B. Be responsible for a written report to the faculty at large, concerning the activities and actions of the Senate, following each meeting of the Senate.
C. Maintain a voting record of each senator except for the election of Senate officers which shall be by secret ballot.
Section 4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
A. Collection of assessments.
B. Maintenance of all financial records.
C. Preparation of periodic financial reports.
D. Submission of the district association dues.
E. Serving as the membership chairperson.
Article XII: Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall be composed of the officers of the Senate. It shall act to prepare the priority agenda for Senate meetings and to recommend actions to the Senate.
Article XIII: Delegates
Section 1. The Senate shall select from its number representatives to administrative councils as they now exist or may be established.
Section 2. The President and the President-elect shall serve on the Executive Council, Inc. Additional allowed representatives to the Executive Council, Inc. shall be elected from among the Senators by the senators as follows:
A. The Nominee receiving a simple majority of the votes cast will be elected.
B. In the case that no candidate receives a simple majority, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes.
Article XIV: Meetings
Section 1. The Senate shall meet at least once monthly during the academic year or more often at the call of the President or by request of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Senate meetings shall be open to faculty members only; however, the President or Senate members may invite non-faculty members in for official business.
Section 3. Faculty members may participate at any time as non-voting members.
Article XV: Quorum
A simple majority of the elected Senate shall be considered a quorum.
Article XVI: Voting
Section 1. The President of the Senate shall vote on issues brought before the Senate only as necessary to break a tie vote among the Senators. In such cases, the President's vote shall be recorded in the same manner as prescribed for Senators in Article XVI, Section 2.
Section 2. A voting record of each Senator shall be kept for every matter requiring a vote in the Senate except for the election of Senate officers, which shall be by secret ballot. Such voting record shall indicate by name of the Senator either a "yes" or a "no" or an "abstention."
Section 3. The voting record shall be a regular item in the Secretary's written report to the faculty.
Article XVII: Procedures
In all matters of internal functioning not otherwise covered by the Constitution, the Senate shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order.
Article XVIII: Executive Sessions
Section 1. By unanimous vote of the Senators, the Senate may resolve itself into an executive session where only Senators may be present.
Section 2. In executive session, no record shall be kept of debate, except that which is ordered by the Senate, and no Senator shall reveal the nature of executive proceedings to any person without the permission of the Senate.
Section 3. No recommendations either to the administration or to the trustees of the District shall be enacted during executive sessions.
Article XIX: Committees
Section 1. Standing Committees There shall be no standing committees of the Senate other than the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Special Committees
A. Special committees may be established by simple majority approval of the Senate.
B. The size, purpose, and membership of special committees shall be determined or modified by the Senate.
C. Membership on special committees is not limited to members of the Senate.
Section 3. Nomination/Election Committee
A. A Nomination/Election Committee composed of at least three non-officer Senate members and/or non-Senate Faculty Association members shall be established by February 15th of each year or before if necessary to fill vacancies.
B. The President-Elect, Secretary, and the Treasurer of the Senate shall select the members of this Nomination/Election Committee.
C. The Nomination/Election Committee shall draft procedures for the nomination and election process to be approved by the Senate at the March Senate meeting.
D. The Nomination/Election Committee shall be responsible for administering the election of the President-Elect.
Article XX: Joint Committees
Section 1. None of the above provisions shall restrict or limit the power of the Senate to propose or participate in joint committees involving the Governing Board, the District administration, the local administration, other colleges in the District, or the students of Paradise Valley Community College. The nature and extent of participation of Senate members on the joint committees shall be determined by the Senate as need or opportunity arises.
Section 2. Special committees may be designated by the Senate to represent the Senate in joint committee activities.
Section 3. Regular reports of the progress of joint committees shall be made to the Senate.
Section 4. Recommendations of a joint committee shall be referred to the Senate for approval; otherwise, such recommendations shall not imply the concurrence of or be binding upon the Senate.
Article XXI: Agenda
The administrative head of the college, any member of the Senate, or ten percent of the members of the PVCC Faculty Association may place an item on the agenda of the Senate by signed written notice or electronic mail to the President of the Senate. The President shall provide the faculty with an agenda one week in advance of all meetings except the executive sessions.
Article XXII: Privileges and Responsibilities
Section 1. The Senate shall of its own determination concern itself with any academic and professional matters which it deems important to the welfare of the college or to the enlightened self-interest of the faculty.
Section 2. The Senate shall advocate and support faculty rights in exercising its primary responsibilities for such matters as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, faculty status (including appointments, evaluations, and dismissals), and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process.
Section 3. The Senate, on behalf of the faculty, shall actively participate, directly or through its representatives, in the determination of policies and procedures governing salary increases, fringe benefits, sabbaticals, and general conditions of employment.
Section 4. The Senate shall, on behalf of the faculty, participate in the selection and reassignment of administrators of the college, bringing its recommendations to the attention of the Chancellor and the Governing Board of the District.
Section 5. The Senate shall work jointly with administration officials on the appointment of faculty members to administrative committees and to extra-curricular responsibilities.
Section 6. The Senate shall not be required to accept, represent, sponsor, or defend any action or grievance, or negotiate on behalf of any members of the faculty who shall not have paid their assessed membership dues prior to the MCCCD Faculty Association membership deadline of each year.
Article XXIII: Referenda
Section 1. The Senate may request the administrative head of the college to call a general faculty meeting for consideration of matters of general faculty interest.
Section 2. The Senate may request the advice of the PVCC Faculty Association membership or of the entire PVCC Faculty through written ballot or other communication.
Section 3. On petition of ten percent of the total PVCC Faculty Association membership or on demand of one-third of the Senators, any matter considered by the Senate must be referred to the PVCC Faculty Association membership for a vote by secret ballot.
Section 4. A PVCC Faculty Association meeting shall be called by the President upon presentation to him or her of a petition signed by ten percent of the PVCC Faculty Association membership. The President shall call the meeting within three days of the receipt of the petition.
Section 5. The procedure for voting on any action other than an election shall be determined by the Executive Committee with approval by the Senate.
Article XXIV: Recommendations
Recommendations of the Senate shall be forwarded through regularly established administrative channels. However, the Senate may, after consultation with the administration, present its views and recommendations directly to the Governing Board.
Article XXV: Finances
Section 1. Faculty members will be asked to pay an annual membership fee, the amount to be determined by the requirements of the Senate and MCCCD Faculty Association budgets.
Section 2. Faculty hired after the MCCCD Faculty Association membership deadline are exempt from the membership deadline for that year of hire; therefore, if these faculty pay the membership fee as determined by the MCCCD Faculty Association, they enjoy all the rights of membership but may not serve on the Senate until they have completed one full semester on campus.
Article XXVI: Amendments
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of PVCC Faculty Association members present at any general or special PVCC Faculty Association meeting called for the purpose or of those returning a written ballot provided that the proposed amendment (s) shall have been presented in writing to each member at least one week preceding the voting.
Article XXVII: Ratification
This Constitution shall become effective by a majority vote of the total faculty by secret ballot in a meeting or by written ballot submitted to the total faculty.
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