ARTICLE III: THE FACULTY ASSEMBLY

Section 3.1 Purpose of Faculty Assembly  
Section 3.2 Functions of Faculty Assembly  
Section 3.3 Officers and Meetings  
Section 3.4 Role of Dean 

Section 3.1 Purpose of Faculty Assembly
The Faculty Assembly shall serve as the principal governing body of the Graduate School of Nursing and shall include any full or part-time, academically salaried, non-academically salaried, or non-university-salaried person holding an academic position in the Graduate School of Nursing, at the University of Massachusetts Worcester (Reference: Academic Personnel Policy Manual of the University of Massachusetts Worcester, p.2). The purposes of the Faculty Assembly shall be to:

a) provide a democratic organization to carry out the mission of the Graduate School of Nursing.

b) exercise primary responsibility for such academic matters as: curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, practice, research, and service which directly relate to the educational process.

c) foster the personal and professional growth of its members through faculty development.

d) contribute as appropriate to long-range planning, preparation of budget requests and the allocation of available resources.

e) contribute, as appropriate, to the effective organization, administration, and strategic planning processes of the Graduate School of Nursing, subject to the approval of the Dean, the Chancellor, the President and the Board of Trustees.

Section 3.2 Functions of Faculty Assembly
Specific functions of the Faculty Assembly shall be to:

a) evaluate the mission, goals, and outcomes of the Graduate School of Nursing.

b) develop and implement all programs in nursing consistent with the mission and goals of the Graduate School of Nursing as well as the mission of the University of Massachusetts Worcester.

c) act upon the recommendations of the Graduate School of Nursing Curriculum Committee and designated task forces regarding the appropriateness of curriculum, facilities and resources, both internal and external, of the Graduate School of Nursing.

d) make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing regarding long range planning, preparation of budget requests and the allocation of available resources.

e) act upon the recommendations of the Graduate School of Nursing Academic Standards and Admission Committee regarding the selection and admission of students, evaluation of student progress, and recommendation for graduation.

f) nominate and vote on students for scholarship awards and assist in the recommendation and selection of honorary award recipients.

g) consistent with the Academic Personnel Policy, define for the Personnel Action Committee qualifications for faculty and guidelines for the evaluation of faculty performance and promotion.

h) act upon recommendations of various standing and ad hoc committees of the Graduate School of Nursing; to this end, the faculty shall receive all motions, proposed changes in policies/procedures and a copy of annual reports of all standing committees.

i) act upon the recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee regarding research policy, infrastructure and services, student forum(s) on research; and evaluate research content in curriculum and grant development processes.

j) act on the recommendations of the Dean for various assignments and committees. In circumstances where several faculty members are interested in one committee, faculty assembly will make the final assignment determination.

Section 3.3 Officers and Meetings
Officers of the Faculty Assembly shall consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair and a Secretary. A parliamentarian may also be chosen. The Dean shall serve as Chair, and the Associate Dean as Vice Chair. The Secretary shall be elected every August from the faculty.

a) The Chair, or in the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall preside at all Faculty Assembly meetings, shall set the calendar for such meetings in collaboration with the members, and shall call the meetings and organize the agenda which shall include items submitted by the members.

b) Agenda items will be submitted in writing to the Chair and Vice Chair at least five (5) working days prior to Faculty Assembly.

c) The Secretary, after consultation with the Chair and/or Vice Chair, shall send to all members, at least two (2) working days prior to each Faculty Assembly meeting, a written notice of the upcoming meeting, an agenda, and the minutes of the previous meeting. The Secretary shall also compile minutes and maintain records of all Faculty Assembly meetings and related documents in the Graduate School of Nursing office files.

d) If the officers and members decide to designate a member to serve as parliamentarian, the parliamentarian shall ensure that all meetings are conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.

e) Faculty Assembly meetings shall be called at least quarterly, one of which will be in August. Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by a minimum of one-half the members, with five (5) working days' notice after consultation with the Chair. For special meetings, voting may be accomplished by proxy or absentee ballot.

f) A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the voting membership, and decisions shall be reached by simple majority vote of the quorum present. However, curriculum revisions and bylaw amendments shall require a two-thirds vote of the quorum present.

Section 3.4 Role of Dean
The Dean shall serve as the Graduate School of Nursing Faculty Assembly representative to the Board of Trustees as appropriate, shall communicate the decisions of the faculty to the appropriate administrative persons and bodies within the University, and shall report to the Faculty Assembly on administrative activities that are pertinent to the affairs of the faculty and the Graduate School of Nursing.