Constitution

Approved by vote of Faculty Assembly, Revised to reflect Spring 2019 changes

Download this edition of the constitution.

Preamble

Boston University’s School of Education and Wheelock College merged in June 2018 to create the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. This new entity combines the rich legacies of our institutions and builds on shared strengths.

At the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, our mission is to work with children, families, and communities towards a more just society through the power of education.

We strive to accomplish this mission by:

  • Integrating theory, practice, and research so students can develop the pedagogical tools and reflective practices to foster excellence in education, counseling, and applied human development;
  • Preparing practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to lead in their fields, advocate for social justice, and provoke systemic change;
  • Conducting rigorous research in collaboration with local, national, and global communities; and
  • Recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students.

The Constitution of this Wheelock College of Education and Human Development is designed to articulate the manner in which we will be organized to achieve our mission as a college.

Articles

Article I — Composition

Governance of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development shall rest with a Faculty Assembly, a Staff Assembly, and a Cabinet consonant with the Charter, Statutes and By-Laws of Boston University.

Article II — Faculty Assembly

Section 1 — Function

The Faculty Assembly shall have responsibility for and jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the academic curriculum, including, but not limited to, programs, courses, academic standards and policies, and student progress to degree.  It will also provide advice and counsel to the Cabinet and Dean on the operations of the College.

Section 2 — Membership

The Voting Members of the Faculty Assembly shall comprise all faculty holding at least half-time assignments in BU Wheelock, the Chair of the Staff Assembly, and an elected representative of each of the undergraduate and graduate student organizations and an additional representative of non-instructional staff, as provided in the By-Laws.  The Dean and Faculty Assembly chair may, under special circumstances, call for a discussion attended only by voting Faculty Assembly members.

Section 3 — Officers

The officers of the Faculty Assembly shall consist of the Assembly Chair, Vice- Chair, and Secretary.

Section 4 — Chair

The Chair shall be a full-time member of the faculty of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. The dean, associate deans, and other appointed administrators are not eligible for this office. The Chair shall be elected by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly. The chair may appoint a parliamentarian to the Faculty Assembly should s/he deem it necessary.

Section 5 — Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair shall be a full-time member of the faculty of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. The dean, associate deans, and other appointed administrators are not eligible for this office. The Vice-Chair shall be elected by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly.

Section 6 — Secretary

The Secretary shall be a full-time member of the Faculty Assembly elected by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly. The dean, associate deans, and other appointed administrators are not eligible for this office.

Section 7 — Committees

There shall be five standing committees: the Academic Affairs Committee; the Committee on Faculty Affairs; the Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; the Research Committee; and the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Membership in each committee will differ in accordance with the committee’s function within the College.

The Academic Affairs Committee will be comprised of five official members: one from each Academic Department, and one faculty representative at-large elected by Faculty Assembly. Additionally, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.   The elections within each department will be conducted by the chair of that department. The chair of the committee shall be elected by the members of the committee to serve a three-year term.

The Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee shall be comprised of tenured faculty as well as two promoted non-tenure track faculty.  To the degree possible, the membership shall be representative of the four academic departments.  The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member. The chair shall be elected by the members of the committee to serve a three-year term.

The Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will be comprised of five official members: One from each academic department, and one faculty representative at-large elected by Faculty Assembly. Additional members include an undergraduate and a graduate student selected by the relevant student associations, and two staff members elected by the Staff Assembly. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member. The committee may extend voting membership to all BU Wheelock members as outlined in the by-laws.  The elections within each department will be conducted by the chair of that department. The committee chair shall be elected by the members of the committee to serve a three-year term.

The Committee on Faculty Affairs shall be comprised of five official members: One from each academic department, and one faculty representative at-large elected by Faculty Assembly. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member. The elections within each department will be conducted by the chair of that department. The committee chair shall be elected by the members of the committee to serve a three-year term.

The Research Committee will be comprised of five official members, one from each academic department, and one faculty representative at-large elected by Faculty Assembly.  The following ex-officio, non-voting members will serve on the committee: The Associate Dean of Research, the BU Wheelock Institutional Review Board representative, a graduate student elected by the Graduate Student Association, the Senior Grants Administrator, and the Grants Administrator.  The elections within each department will be conducted by the chair of that department. The chair shall be elected by the members of the committee to serve for a three-year term.

The elected members of standing committees shall constitute the voting members.  Additional members, including those placed on committees by virtue of their positions, shall not vote.  The elected members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee may choose to extend voting privileges to others in accordance with the By-Laws.

Section 8 — Meetings

Regular meetings of the Faculty Assembly shall be held monthly during the academic year, from September through May, at a time and place fixed by the Chair. Special meetings of the Faculty Assembly may be called by the Chair whenever such meetings are deemed necessary, or on petition of the Dean, or on petition of at least ten members of the Faculty Assembly. Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall be the basic parliamentary law of the Faculty Assembly.

Article III – Staff Assembly

Section 1 — Function

The Staff Assembly shall have responsibility for fostering the integration of the staff in support of BU Wheelock’s mission. It will serve the function of facilitating communication to and from the Faculty and Administration on academic and student affairs and operations of the school.

Section 2 — Membership

The Staff Assembly shall be comprised of all staff with at least half-time assignments in BU Wheelock as provided in the By-Laws.  The Dean and the Chair of the Faculty Assembly will attend the meetings ex-officio.  Ex-officio members of the Staff Assembly will be non-voting members.

Section 3 — Officers

The officers of the Staff Assembly shall consist of the Assembly Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.

Section 4 — Chair

The Chair shall be a full-time member of the staff of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. The Chair shall be elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year. The Staff Assembly Chair will serve on the Cabinet and as a voting member of the Faculty Assembly.

Section 5 — Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair shall be a full-time member of the non-exempt staff of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. The Vice-Chair shall be elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.

Section 6 — Secretary

The Secretary shall be elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.

Section 7 — Committees

The Staff Assembly has two standing committees, Professional Development and Activities, and may create ad-hoc committees to meet the needs of the staff and college.

The Professional Development Committee is chaired by the Professional Development Chair who is elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.  Membership for the committee is solicited from the staff assembly membership by the Professional Development Chair.  The Chair of the Staff Assembly is an ex officio member.  The Professional Development Committee plans professional development activities and administers the professional development fund for BU Wheelock staff.

The Activities Committee is chaired by the Activities Chair who is elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.  Membership for the committee is solicited from the staff assembly membership by the Activities Chair.  The Chair of the Staff Assembly is an ex officio member.  The activities committee plans events to foster a sense of community among BU Wheelock staff.

Section 8 — Meetings

Regular meetings of the Staff Assembly shall be held quarterly through the calendar year, at a time and place fixed by the Chair. Special meetings of the Staff Assembly may be called by the Chair whenever such meetings are deemed necessary, or on petition of the Dean, the Chair of the Faculty Assembly, or on petition of at least ten members of the Staff Assembly. Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall be the basic parliamentary law of the Staff Assembly.

Article IV —Cabinet

Section 1 — Function

The BU Wheelock Cabinet shall advise the Dean on matters pertinent to strategic vision of the college including but not limited to resource allocations, personnel assignment, and program operations of BU Wheelock. The Chair of the Cabinet shall be the Dean of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development.

Section 2 – Membership

The Cabinet shall be comprised of the Dean; Chairs of the Faculty Assembly, Staff Assembly, Committee on Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs Committee, Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; and Research Committee; and BU Wheelock administrative officers (Associate Deans for Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, Research, Doctoral Studies, and Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement; the Assistant Deans for Enrollment and Student Affairs, Development, and Executive Affairs; the Executive Director of Operations; and Department Chairs.)

Section 3 – Meetings

Regular meetings of the Cabinet shall be held quarterly through the calendar year, at a time and place fixed by the Dean.

Article V — Amendments to the Constitution

All proposals for amendments to the BU Wheelock Constitution shall be made in writing to the Chair of the Faculty Assembly at least one month prior to a Faculty Assembly meeting at which amendments are to be debated. Amendments to the BU Wheelock Constitution shall require approval by two-thirds of the voting members of the Faculty Assembly. The mechanism used for voting will be at the discretion of the chair and may include hand voting, secret ballots, or other means; the chair may solicit any input regarding the voting mechanism from the Faculty Assembly membership in the interim between the introduction of the amendment and the meeting when the vote will take place.  Approved amendments shall be announced by the chair at the next regular or special meeting of the Faculty Assembly, and shall take effect at that time.

Constitution By-Laws

Article I — Faculty and Staff Roster

Prior to the start of each academic year, the Dean of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development  shall tender to the Chair of the Faculty Assembly a roster of all BU Wheelock faculty members holding at least half-time assignments, in roles of any rank in the College (i.e., assistant, associate and full professor who are tenured or tenure track; associate and full professors of the practice; assistant, associate, and full clinical professors; and lecturer, senior and master lecturers; instructors.) These shall comprise the faculty membership of the Faculty Assembly. Full voting status is given to all members of the Faculty Assembly listed on the aforementioned roster.

Voting membership of the Faculty Assembly shall also include an elected/appointed representative from each of the following groups:  the Undergraduate Student Council, Graduate Student Association, and the Staff Assembly of BU Wheelock.  Each of these three groups may also elect an alternate to serve and vote in the absence of its regular member.

Prior to the start of each academic year, the Dean of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development  shall tender to the Chair of the Staff Assembly a roster of all BU Wheelock staff holding at least half-time assignments in the College.  These shall comprise the membership of the Staff Assembly.

Article II — Officers

Section 1 — Faculty Assembly Chair

The Chair of the Faculty Assembly shall be elected from and by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly in April and will serve a three-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year. The Chair will be the executive officer of the Faculty Assembly and shall:

  1. Preside at all BU Wheelock Faculty Assembly meetings (when unable to preside shall designate the vice chair or another officer or a faculty member to preside at a specific meeting),
  2. Appoint members and chairs of all ad hoc committees of the Assembly,
  3. Serve, ex-officio, on committees as appropriate,
  4. Call regular and special meetings of the Assembly, and
  5. Set and distribute the agenda for all Assembly meetings.

Section 2 — Faculty Assembly Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair of the Faculty Assembly shall be elected from and by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly in April and will serve a three-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year. The Vice-Chair will succeed the Chair, for the remainder of the Chair’s three-year term, in the event the Chair is unable to complete the full term of office.  In the event that the Vice-Chair is unable to complete the full term of office, the membership of the Faculty Assembly shall elect a new Vice-Chair, in accordance with eligibility provisions in Article II, Section 5 of the Constitution of Governance in BU Wheelock.

Section 3 — Faculty Assembly Secretary

The Secretary of the Faculty Assembly shall be elected from and by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly in April and will serve a three-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.

The Secretary shall:

  1. Send written notice of meetings to the membership,
  2. Keep minutes of all Faculty Assembly meetings,
  3. Distribute minutes of all Faculty Assembly meetings to Assembly members, administrators and staff members of BU Wheelock,
  4. Keep a record of the BU Wheelock Faculty Assembly Constitution and By-Laws and any amendments thereto,
  5. Keep a separate record of all BU Wheelock Faculty Assembly legislation,
  6. Maintain a current listing of all BU Wheelock committees and task forces and their membership rosters, and
  7. Notify the Faculty Assembly Chair and the Dean of all deadlines stated in the Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 4 – Staff Assembly Chair

The Chair of the Staff Assembly shall be elected from and by the voting members of the Staff Assembly in April and will serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year. The Chair will be the executive officer of the Staff Assembly and shall:

  1. Preside at all BU Wheelock Staff Assembly meetings (when unable to preside shall designate the vice chair or another officer or a faculty member to preside at a specific meeting),
  2. Serve, ex-officio, on committees as appropriate,
  3. Call regular and special meetings of the Staff Assembly, and
  4. Set and distribute the agenda for all Assembly meetings.

Section 5 – Staff Assembly Vice Chair

The Vice-Chair of the Staff Assembly shall be elected from and by the voting members of the Faculty Assembly in April and will serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year. The Vice-Chair will succeed the Chair, for the remainder of the Chair’s two-year term, in the event the Chair is unable to complete the full term of office.  In the event that the Vice-Chair is unable to complete the full term of office, the membership of the Staff Assembly shall elect a new Vice-Chair, in accordance with eligibility provisions in Article III, Section 5 of the Constitution of Governance in BU Wheelock.

Section 6 – Staff Assembly Secretary

The Secretary of the Staff Assembly shall be elected from and by the voting members of the Staff Assembly in April and will serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.

The Secretary shall:

  1. Keep minutes of all Faculty Assembly meetings,
  2. Distribute minutes of all Staff Assembly meetings to Assembly members, administrators and staff members of BU Wheelock,
  3. Keep a record of the BU Wheelock Assembly Constitution and By-Laws and any amendments thereto,
  4. Keep a separate record of all BU Wheelock Staff Assembly legislation,
  5. Maintain a current listing of all BU Wheelock staff committees and task forces and their membership rosters, and
  6. Notify the Staff Assembly Chair and the Dean of all deadlines stated in the Constitution and By-Laws.

Article III – Cabinet

Section 1 – Composition

  • The Cabinet will be comprised of the Dean of the School; Chairs of the Faculty and Staff Assemblies; Chairs of the Committee on Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs Committee, Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee, Research Committee, and Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Deans for Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, Research, Doctoral Studies, and Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement; Assistant Deans for Enrollment and Student Affairs, Development, and Executive Affairs; the Executive Director of Operations, and Department Chairs.
  • Functions and Responsibilities
    1. The primary function of the Cabinet is provide advice and counsel to the Dean concerning the strategic plan of the school and the implementation of that plan, and other BU Wheelock policy issues.
    2. The Cabinet will meet at least quarterly.

Article IV — Standing and Ad Hoc Committees

Section 1 — Composition

  1. The Committee on Faculty Affairs, Committee on Research, Committee on Appointments, Tenure and Promotions and Academic Affairs Committee may, at its discretion, seek non-voting representation from Staff Assembly and the student associations.
  2. The Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion shall be representative of each academic department, the Staff Assembly, and Student Associations as specified in the Constitution.

Section 2 — Functions and Responsibilities

The standing committees shall discharge their respective functions and responsibilities in accordance with the provisions outlined below.

The chair of each standing committee shall have records kept of the meetings and activities of the committee.  The chair of each standing committee shall prepare and submit, in writing, to the Chair of the Faculty Assembly, a report of the committee’s activities prior to each regularly scheduled Faculty Assembly meeting.  These reports shall be placed on the meeting agenda.

Section 3 — Ad Hoc Committees

The Chair of the BU Wheelock Faculty Assembly or Associate Deans in consultation with the Dean may establish ad hoc committees when deemed necessary and shall appoint the membership and the chair and members of all ad hoc committees of the Faculty Assembly.  The Chair of the Faculty Assembly or an Associate Dean shall designate a termination date for each ad hoc committee at the time the committee is established.  The Faculty Assembly Chair or an Associate Dean serves, ex officio, on all ad hoc committees of the Assembly.

The chairs of the standing committees may establish ad hoc subcommittees when deemed necessary and shall appoint the membership and the chairs of these ad hoc subcommittees at the time the subcommittee is established.  These subcommittees may include members of the Staff Assembly, as appropriate.

Section 4 — Standing Committee:  Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) has the primary responsibility to ensure, in collaboration with the Associate Deans for Academic and Student Affairs, that academic programs are aligned with the mission of the school, that they are coherent and relevant, that they represent a high standard of excellence, and that they receive the support needed to maintain that standard of excellence.

  • Membership: Each Academic Department shall elect a member for a three-year term on the Academic Affairs Committee.  Each Department Chair will report the newly elected member to the Wheelock Faculty Assembly Officers by April 1 of each year. In addition, the Faculty Assembly shall elect at the last Faculty Assembly meeting of the academic year one faculty representative-at large to the Committee, who will represent the College and not the department in which s/he serves.  The AAC will elect one member as Chair of the Committee to serve a three-year term. This Chair will sit on the Cabinet. The Associate Deans of Academic and Student Affairs will serve on the Committee ex officio, as non-voting members.
  • Functions:
    1. Ensure the quality and coherence of the academic programs within the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development through systematic and rigorous review;
    2. Review and submit recommendations to the Faculty Assembly regarding proposed new courses and programs;
    3. Review and submit recommendations to the Faculty Assembly regarding existing BU Wheelock programs;
    4. Recommend Academic Standards and Policies, or revisions therein, to the Faculty Assembly;
    5. Review complicated student petitions for reinstatement or extensions of time to degree brought forward by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs;
    6. The Chair of the AAC participates as a member of the Academic Conduct Board (ACB), a sub-committee of the AAC.

The ACB serves as the judicial board for issues pertaining to students’ academic and professional misconduct and as a consulting body to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA). The ADSA works with the Chair of the ACB to convene the committee when there is a case that needs to be heard.  The work of the ACB is governed by Boston University policies regarding academic conduct as well as relevant BU Wheelock policies. It may carry out additional functions as assigned by the Faculty Assembly.

Membership of this sub-committee includes:

  • Five members of the Faculty Assembly with one elected from each of the four Academic Departments, and one faculty representative at-large elected by Faculty Assembly. The five faculty members will be then appointed by the Dean to serve a 3 year term. The Chair of AAC will serve as one of the 5 faculty members as the representative for her or his department.
  • A graduate and undergraduate student (of not lower than junior-year standing) elected by their relevant associations and then appointed by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to serve a 1-year term. If the relevant student associations do not select representatives, or if a student representative is unable to serve, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs may appoint student representatives to the ACB.
  • One staff person elected by the Staff Assembly and then appointed by the Dean to serve a 2-year term.
  • ACB will be chaired by one of its faculty members who will be elected by the members of the board.

Furthermore, the AAC will be responsible for:

  1. Academic Program Review:
    • Review and submit recommendations to the Cabinet regarding BU Wheelock Academic Program Reviews
  2. Courses and Instructors:
    • Review and make recommendations to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on the class schedule by program based on three year scheduling plan to determine that courses are scheduled properly to allow students to meet requirements, avoid problematic conflicts, etc.;
    • Review and make recommendations to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on the content and scheduling of courses that are school-wide offerings, e.g., the research courses, and the courses that serve multiple programs, and
  3. Summer Programs:
    • Review and make recommendations to the Faculty Assembly on summer programs offerings for the School (e.g., summer school courses, workshops, institutes)

Section 5 — Standing Committee:  Committee on Faculty Affairs

  • Membership: Each Academic Department shall elect a member for a three-year term on the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC).  Each Department Chair will report the newly elected member to the Faculty Assembly Officers by April 1 of each year. In addition, the Faculty Assembly shall elect at the last Faculty Assembly meeting of the academic year one faculty representative-at large to the Committee, who will represent the College and not the department in which s/he serves.  The FAC will elect one member as Chair of the Committee to serve a three-year term. This Chair will sit on the Cabinet. The Associate Deans for Faculty Affairs will serve on the Committee ex officio, as a non-voting member.
  • Functions of the Committee: The purpose of the FAC is to advocate for faculty’s rights, interests and concerns and to represent and support the faculty’s interests in matters involved in their teaching, scholarship, and service roles in the BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. A vital goal of the FAC is to ensure equity in the distribution of resources and opportunities and the process of evaluation of faculty of all ranks and roles in the school. Functions of the Committee:
    1. Consult with, and advise as needed, APT Committee to establish expectations for review of the criteria for appointment and promotion of faculty in Wheelock.
    2. Consult with and advise department chairs to establish expectations for reappointment in order to ensure there is school-wide equity across departments and faculty roles and/or ranks.
    3. Consult with department chairs to establish expectations for faculty annual merit review and to conduct a school-wide second layer review to ensure equity across the departmental reviews. FAC will review annual faculty merit ratings from chairs and make recommendations to the Dean concerning faculty yearly merit awards, equity across merit recommendations, and recognition of exemplary performance.
    4. Support faculty development, including support for participation in faculty activities.  FAC will work with the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs to establish guidelines for professional development and faculty travel funds.
    5. Serve as a consulting body related to faculty concerns and to represent these concerns to the Dean’s Office.
    6. Consult with the Dean’s Office on the development of any ad hoc committee to support or evaluate faculty on the basis of their teaching, scholarship or service.
    7. Serve on the Wheelock Cabinet to ensure that the strategic vision of the college, in word and deed, serve the needs of the faculty as they teach, research, and serve the college, the university, and the profession.
    8. Report at least annually to faculty assembly regarding the status of faculty issues, needs, and concerns.

Section 6 — Standing Committee:  Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure

  • Membership: All members of the Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure will be elected for a three-year term.  The committee will be comprised of 5 members of the Faculty Assembly representative to the extent possible of the four academic departments at the rank of tenured professor as well as two promoted non-tenure track faculty (clinical faculty or lecturers). Each Department Chair will report their recommendation for a faculty member to serve on the APT Committee by April 1 of each year. The committee may seek an additional two ad-hoc members at particular tracks (including non-tenured faculty) in order to create a full committee for particular cases.  Participation in decisions about faculty promotion and/or tenure should be limited to members of the committee who hold the same or higher rank and status as the position under consideration.  The Chair of the Committee will be elected by the members of the committee to serve a three-year term. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will serve ex-officio as a non-voting member.
  • Functions of the Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure:
    1. Participate in full-time faculty search committees and mid-tenure review committees;
    2. Receive department reports, conduct a review and classroom observations, and prepare a committee report to the Dean for: candidates for tenure and/or promotion, and promotion of NTT faculty;
    3. Receive and review the departments’ recommendations for reappointments, consider the reports, and make recommendations to the Dean;
    4. Recommend guidelines and procedures for carrying out the responsibilities of faculty search committees to the Faculty Assembly, and
    5. Serve as a resource to tenure and non-tenure track faculty in matters concerning promotion and/or tenure.

Section 7:  Standing Committee: The Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will foster the development of diverse perspectives throughout Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. This committee will collect and disseminate information and compel action to develop and support efforts to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion throughout the College. Issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion include, but are not limited to, religion, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability. In addition, this committee will address issues of faculty, staff, and student well-being, including considerations of compensation, workload, and access to resources.

  • Membership: Each Academic Department shall elect a member for a three-year term on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDI).  Each Department Chair will report the newly elected member to the Faculty Assembly Officers by April 1 of each year. In addition, the Faculty Assembly shall elect at the last Faculty Assembly meeting of the academic year one faculty representative-at large to the Committee, who will represent the College and not the department in which s/he serves. In addition, the EDI Committee membership will include a graduate and undergraduate student elected by the relevant association, and two members of the Staff elected by the Staff Assembly.  Each particular EDI committee may decide, if it wishes, to extend membership to other interested members of the BU Wheelock community.
    • The EDI Committee will elect one member as Chair of the Committee to serve a three-year term. This Chair will sit on the Cabinet. The Associate Deans for Student Affairs will serve on the Committee ex officio, as a non-voting member.
  • Functions
    1. Promote a diverse and inclusive faculty,
      1. Identify and implement strategies to increase the diversity of the faculty,
      2. Monitor the diversity of the faculty, including recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion,
    2. Report annually to Faculty Assembly regarding diversity of the faculty
    3. Promote equitable distribution of faculty workload, salary, and access to resources and report annually to Faculty Assembly regarding equity with respect to workload, salary and access to resources,
    4. Promote a diverse and inclusive undergraduate and graduate student body,
      1. Identify and implement strategies to increase the diversity of students,
      2. Monitor the diversity of the student body, including admission, enrollment, retention, and graduation,
      3. Report annually to Faculty Assembly regarding diversity of the undergraduate and graduate student body,
    5. Systemically explore and, as necessary, propose policy and practices such that the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development effectively meets the learning needs of diverse students,
    6. Promote a diverse and inclusive staff,
      1. Identify and implement strategies to increase the diversity of the staff,
      2. Monitor the diversity of the staff, including recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotion,
      3. Report annually to Faculty Assembly regarding diversity of the staff,
    7. Develop and implement professional development activities that actively engage staff in work practices that address issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity,
    8. Develop and implement professional development activities that actively engage faculty, staff, and students in research and teaching practices that address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and
    9. Systemically explore, and as necessary, propose policy that promotes positive well-being of BU Wheelock faculty, staff, and students.

Section 8:  Standing Committee:  The Committee on Research

  • Membership: Each Academic Department shall elect a member for a three-year term on the Research Committee.  Each Department Chair will report the newly elected member to the Faculty Assembly Officers by April 1 of each year. In addition, the Faculty Assembly shall elect at the last Faculty Assembly meeting of the academic year one faculty representative-at large to the Committee, who will represent the College and not the department in which s/he serves.  The Research Committee will elect one member as Chair of the Committee to serve a three-year term. This Chair will sit on the Cabinet. The Associate Deans for Research will serve on the Committee ex officio, as a non-voting member.
  • In addition, the following members shall serve on the Committee in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity:
    • BU Wheelock IRB Representative
    • Graduate Student Representative (elected by the GSA)
    • Senior Grants Administrator
    • Grants Administrator.
  • Functions:
    1. Assist the Associate Dean of Research in the delineation and ongoing review of general research competencies and requirements to meet those competencies for all BU Wheelock undergraduate and graduate programs;
    2. Review and make recommendations for establishing general guidelines for doctoral degree requirements with a view to developing research competence for all students;
    3. Work with the Associate Dean for Research to evaluate and recommend student travel and research awards;
    4. Recommend funding sources for students’ research;
    5. Coordinate faculty research seminars in conjunction with the Dean for Research.

Section 9:  Staff Assembly Standing Committee: Professional Development

  • Membership: The Professional Development Committee is chaired by the Professional Development Chair who is elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.  Membership for the committee is solicited from the staff assembly membership by the Professional Development Chair.  The Chair of the Staff Assembly is an ex officio member.
  • Functions:
    1. The Professional Development Committee plans professional development activities and administers the professional development fund for BU Wheelock staff.

Section 10: Staff Assembly Standing Committee: Activities

  • Membership: The Activities Committee is chaired by the Activities Chair who is elected by the Staff Assembly in April to serve a two-year term beginning with the commencement of the following academic year.  Membership for the committee is solicited from the staff assembly membership by the Activities Chair.  The Chair of the Staff Assembly is an ex officio member.
  • Function:
    1. The activities committee plans events to foster a sense of community among BU Wheelock staff.

Article V— Meetings

Section 1 — Schedule

Regular meetings of the Faculty Assembly shall be held monthly during the academic year, from September through May, at a time and place fixed by the Assembly Chair.  The Chair shall set the agenda for each meeting, a copy of which shall be given to the membership of the Faculty Assembly no later than 72 hours in advance of a scheduled meeting.  The Staff Assembly shall be held quarterly (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) at a time and place fixed by the Staff Assembly Chair with a copy of the agenda given to the Staff Assembly membership no later than 72 hours in advance of a scheduled meeting.

Section 2 — Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Faculty or Staff Assembly may be called by the Chair of the Assembly when deemed necessary.  Furthermore, special meetings of the Assembly may be convened on petition of the Dean, or on the petition of at least ten members of the BU Wheelock Faculty Assembly.  Special meetings must be called and agendas provided in writing at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting time.

Section 3 — Quorum

The size of the quorum at all Faculty and Staff Assembly meetings shall be a simple majority of the voting members.

Section 4 — Procedures

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall be the basic parliamentary law of the BU Wheelock Faculty Assembly.  The Chair may appoint a parliamentarian who shall advise the Faculty Assembly on procedures with reference to Robert’s Rules of Order.

Article VI — Emergency Executive Group

Section 1 — Purpose and Powers

To enact Faculty Assembly business during the months of June, July and August, when the standing committees cannot be convened, an Emergency Executive Group shall be empowered to act in the name of and for any and all of these Committees.  The powers of the Emergency Executive Group shall be limited to:

  1. The approval of new courses for a one-time offering only.
  2. Student reinstatement petitions.
  3. The performance of the functions pertaining to appointments and reappointments as contained in previous articles of these By-Laws.

Section 2 — Composition

To enact Faculty Assembly business as outlined in the previous paragraph, the Emergency Executive Group shall, upon request of the Dean or appropriate faculty member, be assembled for a meeting by the Faculty Assembly Chair, or in the absence of the Faculty Assembly Chair, by the first accessible Assembly officer in the following order:  Vice-Chair, Secretary, and the relevant standing committee chair. All members of the faculty assembly should be invited to participate. The Emergency Executive Group shall be comprised of the Convener and at least four other members of the Faculty Assembly (excepting Deans).  A serious attempt must be made to have at least one representative from each academic department, and level of appointment (e.g., tenure and non-tenured, assistant, associate, and full professors).

Article VII — Elections

Section 1 — Elected Officers

Elected officers and members of the standing committees shall serve for varying periods depending on the committee, commencing with the beginning of the academic year.  Elected chairs of the Faculty Committees will serve for three year terms and elected chairs of Staff Committees will serve for two-year terms.  All elected officers and committee members of the Faculty and Staff Assemblies are subject to a recall vote upon signed petition by a minimum of ten Assembly members.  A vote of a majority of the Assembly membership is required to remove an officer or committee member prior to the expiration of his/her term.

Section 2 — Elections of Assembly Officers and Standing Committee Chairs

Each March, the Department Chairs in consultation with the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will identify vacancies in membership rotation for each of the five standing committees. Each academic department will elect its new members by April 1 of each year. The Officers of the Faculty Assembly also will conduct school-wide elections for new Officers of the Faculty Assembly, the representatives at-large to each Committee, and BU Wheelock Representatives to University-wide committees as vacancies occur. All new Faculty Assembly Officers, all new members and chairs of standing committees, and new BU Wheelock Representatives to University-wide committees and councils will begin their service at the beginning of each academic year.

Section 3 — Committee Service

  1. Definition: Committee service at BU Wheelock includes membership on BU Wheelock standing committees, BU Wheelock ad hoc committees (convened for a short term project or task), and BU university-wide committees.
  2. Expectations of service:
    • Most BU Wheelock standing committees have approximately 5 members (not including ex-officio members who serve on committees by virtue of their role within the college), with ~2 members rotating off the committee and ~2 new members being elected to the committee in a given academic year.
      1. The number of members rotating off in any given year should be approximately 2 because faculty turnover and other special circumstances (sabbaticals, etc.) can shift the particular circumstances of a committee in a given year.
      2. It is the decision of a standing committee to determine whether individuals on sabbatical or other special circumstances (maternity leaves, semesters not in residence, etc.) will continue to serve on a standing committee. The individual being discussed should provide input about her/his preference about continuing to serve.
    • Minimum service: There is no requirement that every Faculty Assembly member serve on a committee every year.  Newly hired faculty members are exempt from committee service for one year.  Every faculty member who is not newly hired is required to be on the ballot for election to a committee.
    • Maximum service: There is no requirement establishing a maximum number of committees for any given faculty to serve on in a given year.  Most typically, faculty will serve on one or two committees.   If a faculty member is elected to more than two committees, she or he may request not to be on additional election ballots until his or her term of service on one prior committee is completed.  If a faculty member is elected to more than two committees, she or he can request not to serve on one committee.
  3.  Elections
    • BU Wheelock will hold yearly elections to staff BU Wheelock standing committees and BU university-wide committees. Elections will be held by department to identify department representatives to each committee, and by the entire Faculty Assembly to identify the at-large representative to each committee and representatives to BU university-wide committees.
    • Faculty will receive ballots, and Department Chairs in consultation with Faculty Assembly leadership will check with standing committees prior to elections about who will continue to serve on standing committees, who will rotate off of committees, and who will not be eligible to be on that particular ballot in a given year.
  4. Term of service:
    • The term of service for faculty BU Wheelock standing committees and BU university-wide committees is 3 years. The term of service for BU Wheelock staff committees is 2 years
    • Ad hoc committees are convened for the term of service set forth at the committee’s initiation or until the completion of the committee’s task.
    • If a faculty or staff member must resign a position on a committee at any point during his or her term of service, the committee may decide how to proceed. They can continue their work without the member if it is feasible until the next election cycle or ask for a special election to replace the departing member.  In either of these cases, the standing committee should consult with the department whose member is ceasing service to ensure the department’s views are considered.
    • Term limits: A faculty member can be elected to a BU Wheelock standing committee for 2 consecutive terms of service.  There are no term limits for staff committee chairs.
      1. The Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion committee has specialized terms for membership. Exceptions may need to be made for membership on these committees when there is a smaller pool of available tenured faculty members to elect than is needed. Whenever possible, the general rules of term limits should be followed.
      2. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee has elected membership, as well as open volunteer membership. After two full terms of service on the EDI committee, an elected faculty member may continue service in a non-elected, volunteer capacity.
      3. Continuing service details:
        • Once a faculty member has completed a single 3-year term of service on a BU Wheelock standing committee or a BU university-wide committee, she or he may be on the ballot for possible election for a second term, unless he or she opts off the given committee.
        • Once a faculty member has served two consecutive terms on a BU Wheelock standing committee or a BU university-wide committee, she or he may not be on the ballot for that same committee membership the following year.
        • After a 1-year break in term of service on a particular committee, the faculty member will be on the ballot election to that committee again.

Section 4 — Appointed Faculty Assembly Officers and Committee Members

Appointed chairs and members of ad hoc Faculty Assembly committees serve at the pleasure of the Chair of the Assembly or an Associate Dean, normally for a term of office coterminous with that of the Assembly Chair or the Associate Dean.

Section 5 — Appointments

  1. The Dean of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development is appointed by the President of the University according to University guidelines, reports to the Provost, and is responsible for ensuring the college has excellent faculty, students, staff, and academic programing.
  2. The Chairs of the Faculty Assembly, Staff Assembly, Committee on Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs Committee, Appointments, Promotion, & Tenure Committee; Research Committee; and Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are elected by the faculty or staff.
  3. The Associate Deans are nominated by an internal search committee selected by the Chair of the Faculty Assembly and Dean of the School. Final approval of each appointment is made by the Provost. Associate Deans serve five year terms that can be renewed only once without a new search.

Article VIII — Support Services

The Dean shall provide adequate support services to the Faculty Assembly Chair and other committee Chairs.  Serving on a faculty assembly committee, standing committee sub, and ad hoc committees is considered to be a part of an individual faculty member’s load.

Article IX — Amendments to the By-Laws

Proposed amendments to these By-Laws shall be submitted, in writing, to the Faculty Assembly at any regularly scheduled meeting or faculty retreat, and shall be considered for a vote no sooner than the next scheduled meeting.  Amendments to the By-Laws shall be approved by either a majority of the total voting membership or by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a legally constituted Faculty Assembly meeting.