Article II: Officers and Duties

1. Chairperson of the Faculty. The University faculty shall elect its chairperson by majority vote of those voting.

1.1 Election. The Committee on Committees shall make at least two nominations; other names may be added to the ballot by petition of at least thirty faculty members delivered to the secretary of the faculty.

1.2 Term. The chairperson shall serve a term of one year, beginning in the fall semester; a person may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

1.3 Duties. The official duties of the chairperson of the faculty shall include:

1.3.1 Presiding at meetings of the faculty as prescribed in Article III.

1.3.2 Calling meetings of the faculty as prescribed in Article III.

1.3.3 Preparing, in cooperation with the vice-chairperson of the faculty, the agenda of the faculty meetings.

1.3.4 Acting as spokesperson for the established policies and positions of the faculty to officers of administration, to the press, to student leadership representatives, and consistent with Board policies and regulations, to the Board of Regents.

1.3.5 Communicating in writing with the faculty, or with its delegate, the University Faculty Senate, or with officers of administration on matters of faculty welfare, educational policy, or general institutional concern.

1.3.5.1 The aforementioned correspondence shall, when judged appropriate by the chairperson, be distributed in copy form to the entire University faculty; filed copies of all the official correspondence of the chairperson shall be available for examination by any member of the faculty.

1.4 Absence or Incapacity of the Chairperson of the Faculty. When, in the judgment of a majority of the University Faculty Senate, an absence of the chairperson of the faculty is prolonged to the point that the Senate judges the effectiveness of the office to be seriously jeopardized, the Senate shall declare the office vacated and shall nominate and then elect a faculty member to fulfill the remainder of the term.

2. Vice-Chairperson of the Faculty. The chairperson of the University Faculty Senate shall be the vice-chairperson of the University faculty. The vice-chairperson shall act as chairperson in the temporary absence of the elected chairperson, and shall serve as consultant on faculty agenda, and in other ways as requested by the chairperson.

3. Secretary of the Faculty. The chairperson of the faculty shall appoint the secretary of the faculty.

3.1 Term. The secretary of the faculty shall serve during the term of the chairperson.

3.2 Duties. The official duties of the secretary of the faculty shall include:

3.2.1 Taking. duplicating. and promptly distributing the official minutes of the faculty.

3.2.2 Assisting the chairperson of the faculty in the preparation and distribution and possible revision of each semester's roster.

3.2.3 Maintaining a file of the official correspondence of the chairperson of the faculty.

3.2.4 Keeping the minutes and other official documents of the faculty in a safe and accessible place.

3.2.5 Maintaining liaison, where and when necessary, with the secretary of the University Faculty Senate.

3.2.6 Preparing and distributing notice of regular and special meetings of the faculty.