Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Council Bylaws (PDF)
These Bylaws have been prepared to provide structure and set out the rules for the proceedings of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Council.
2.1 Academic Staff: refers to employees of Grant MacEwan University whose primary assignment is instruction and/or engagement with academic programming (B3000: AGC Bylaws, 3.1.1).
2.2 Ad Hoc Committee: a committee established for a limited time frame to deal with a specific task or issue; will have formal status (including Terms of Reference); reports and recommends to Faculty Council.
2.3 Bylaws: sometimes referred to as constitution, is a set of rules governing the operations of a formal body.
2.4 Ex-Officio Member: a member who holds membership by virtue of an office or position he or she holds. Ex-officio members are afforded the same rights as other members, unless specifically stated in these Bylaws (such as whether the ex-officio member is non-voting).
2.5 Faculty Council: the senior academic governance body of the Faculty.
2.6 Non-Voting Member: a member who participates fully in the activities of the Faculty Council, but who does not have the right to vote.
2.7 Quorum: the number or percentage of voting members required to be present to render decisions valid.
2.8 Standing Committee: a committee with formal status, unlimited lifespan, and a fixed cycle of membership change and renewal; will report routinely and formally to the Faculty Council.
3.1 The Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Council is the senior academic governance body of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications. The purpose of the Council is to foster discussion, share information, approve recommendations from its committees, and make recommendations related to the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications to Academic Governance Council.
4.1 The Faculty Council has the responsibility to:
4.1.1 Provide a forum for discussion of relevant academic matters
4.1.2 Recommend to AGC new certificate, diploma and degree programs in the Faculty
4.1.3 Recommend to AGC major program changes, providing rationale
4.1.4 Receive, review, and respond to program evaluations
4.1.5 Review and provide feedback on policy matters to AGC and other bodies
4.1.6 Approve recommendations from its committees regarding academic issues within the Faculty
4.1.7 Submit suggested honourary degree recipients to the appropriate committee or recommendation body
5.1 The Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Council is composed of:
5.1.1 Dean of the Faculty
5.1.2 Associate Dean(s) of the Faculty
5.1.3 All probationary and continuing academic staff of the Faculty
5.1.4 A student member from each department. The Students’ Association of MacEwan University will conduct the selection process for student members.
5.1.5 Up to three sessional faculty members appointed by Faculty Council for a two-year term
5.2 Ex-officio members (non-voting)
5.2.2 Provost and Vice President Academic
5.2.3 Dean of Libraries, or designate
5.2.4 University Registrar, or designate
5.2.5 Director, Finance and Business Operations
5.3 The majority of the membership of the Faculty Council shall be probationary and continuing academic staff of the Faculty.
6.0 Chair and Vice-Chair
6.1 The Dean or designate will chair the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Council.
6.2 The duties of the Chair include:
6.2.1 Ensuring that the agenda is prepared and distributed
6.2.2 Presiding over all meetings of the Faculty Council
6.2.3 Representing the Faculty Council and acting as liaison with AGC and other Faculty Councils
6.3 The Vice-Chair of the Faculty Council will be elected from the members of the Faculty Council for a two-year term. The Vice-Chair may serve two continuous terms.
6.4 The Vice-Chair shall fulfill the duties of the Chair in the Chair’s absence and shall assist the Chair in the performance of his or her duties.
7.0 Meetings of the Faculty Council
7.1 Meeting protocols will be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, except where otherwise provided for in the Bylaws.
7.2 The Faculty Council shall meet at least four times per year, normally twice per term in the Fall and Winter sessions.
7.3 Notice of meetings, agendas and associated materials shall be sent to members seven days in advance of meetings.
7.4 Meetings will be called by the Chair. In exceptional circumstances a special meeting if a) the Chair considers a matter to be of sufficient urgency or b) a meeting is requested by 1/3 of the membership of the Faculty Council.
7.5 Quorum for the Faculty Council shall be50 per cent of the members entitled to vote.
7.6 A voting member may participate in a meeting of the Faculty Council by means of telephone, videoconference, or other means of communication that permits all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other. A member so participating is considered to be present at the meeting.
7.7 Motions shall be carried by a simple majority of those present and voting except as specified below.
7.8 Amendments to these bylaws shall require a 2/3 majority of those present and voting.
7.9 The Executive Committee may determine if electronic voting is allowable in certain circumstances. Proxy voting is not permitted.
7.10 Meetings of Faculty Council shall normally be open to the University. When a matter deemed confidential by the Faculty Council is to be considered, the part of the meeting concerning the confidential matter may be held in camera. Material distributed to members for in camera portions of meetings shall remain confidential.
7.11 The Chair may recognize non-members on any matter of business.
7.12 Minutes of Faculty Council meetings shall be recorded and distributed to members. Minutes of open meetings shall be available to the University.
8.0 Committees of Faculty Council
8.1 The following committees will be established:
8.1.1 Executive Committee
8.1.2 Curriculum Committee
8.1.3 Faculty Development and Sabbatical Leave Committee
8.1.4 Research Committee
8.1.5 Visiting Scholar and Artist Committee
8.1.6 Department Councils
8.2 The Faculty may strike other standing committees and ad hoc committees as needed to conduct its business.
8.3 The Terms of Reference of all committees, including membership, mandate, and meeting procedures, shall be determined by the Faculty Council.
8.4 Committees of the Faculty Council are accountable to the Faculty Council. Committees shall report regularly to the Faculty Council.
8.5 Committees of Faculty Council shall in general follow the same meeting procedures as the Faculty Council.
9.0 Review of Faculty Council Bylaws.
9.1 The Faculty Council Bylaws, including composition of the Faculty Council, shall be reviewed three years following the establishment of the Faculty Council and every five years following.
9.2 At least three weeks’ written notice of proposed amendments to the Bylaws is required.
9.3 Following approval by the Faculty Council, amendments to the Bylaws are subject to approval of the Academic Governance Council.
Approved by Academic Governance Council
June 7, 2016 (motion AGC-11-06-07-2016)
FFAC Council Linked Schedule
2017-2018 Meeting Schedule
All meetings are held in room 11-452.
2016-2017 Approved Minutes
2015-2016 Approved Minutes
2014-2015 Approved Minutes
2013-2014 Approved Minutes
2012-2013 Approved Minutes
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference
Faculty Development Committee
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference
Visiting Scholar and Artist Committee
Terms of Reference
Faculty Governance Administrator