The name of this organization is the College of Arts and Sciences Council for Research
and Graduate Studies.
The College of Arts and Sciences Council for Research and Graduate Studies will represent
the graduate faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Memphis
in the governance of research and graduate studies in the College. Its duties and
responsibilities shall include the following:
- Approve or disapprove proposals in the following areas and forwards those approved
to the Dean of the College and upon his/her approval to the University Council for
Research and Graduate Studies.
- Admission requirements within academic units
- Curricula and programs, including courses, majors, degrees, concentrations, graduate
certificate programs, and other academic programs
- Graduate policy and procedures
- Research policy and procedures
- Recommend to the Dean of the College and the University Council for Research and Graduate
Studies the College-level criteria, the procedures for membership on the graduate
faculty, and appointments of individuals to that faculty.
- Nominate candidates from the College for the University of Memphis Alumni Association
Awards for Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement, and Excellence in Engaged
- Determine recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award.
- Determine recipients for the College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Research Award.
- Determine recipients for the College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Awards.
- Nominate candidates from the College for graduate student awards.
- Act as liaison between the University Council for Research and Graduate Studies and
departments within the College. Elect a new representative each year to the Professional
Development Assignment Selection Committee which makes recommendations to the Dean.
The PDA subcommittee will consist of a continuing member from the previous year, a
member newly appointed by the Dean, and a member newly elected by the Council. As
a group, the subcommittee will include a representative from the Humanities, the Social
Sciences, and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
- The Council shall be composed of one elected representative from each department with
a graduate program in the College and the Director of Research and Graduate Studies
of the College. The Director will serve as chair of the Council and will vote only
in the case of a tie.
- The representatives will be elected by their respective full and associate graduate
faculty to serve two-year terms on the Council. Terms of the representatives will
be staggered so that approximately half of the Council members will begin their term
at the beginning of each academic year.
- Only faculty members who are associate or full members of the graduate faculty are
eligible to serve on the Council.
- Full and associate graduate faculty members are eligible to vote in the election of
their department’s Council Representative.
- Representatives to the Council may serve successive terms.
- Any departmental representative who is absent from three meetings in an academic year
will be excused from the Council, and her/his department will not have representation
for the remainder of that academic year. A Council representative may send a substitute
to Council meetings provided that the substitute meets the department’s criteria for
election to the Council. Substitutes will be allowed to vote, and the attendance of
a substitute will be regarded as attendance by the regularly elected Council representative.
The Director of Research and Graduate Studies will inform the department chair, the
departmental director of graduate studies, and the Council representative when the
representative has two absences.
The officer of the Council shall be a chair (the College Director of Research and
Graduate Studies). Minutes will be recorded and maintained by a staff member from
the Dean's Office.
- The regular meetings of the Council shall be held on the first Monday of each month
from September through May unless otherwise ordered by the Chair or a majority vote
of the Council. Changes in meeting dates and specially called meetings shall be communicated
electronically and/or by telephone at least one week in advance of the meeting.
- Two-thirds of the membership of the Council shall constitute a quorum.
- The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised
shall govern the Council in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they
are not inconsistent with these bylaws or any special rules of order the Council may
- The business of the Council is open to all graduate faculty members, but visitors
may be asked to leave during executive sessions and voting. Any Council member may
request an executive session and/or secret ballot at any time and such requests must
be granted by the Council Chair.
Amendments to By-Laws
These Bylaws can be amended at any regular meeting of the Council by a two-thirds
vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing by a member of the
Council during a previous (regular) meeting.
Approved September 13, 2010
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