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Faculty Advisory Committee, 2011

The African Studies Center Advisory Committee includes seven members representing various faculty constituencies. Faculty are nominated and elected by members of the Core Faculty for a two-year term.

Faculty Advisory Committee, 2011


Bylaws

  • 1.0Function and Objectives
  • 1.1The African Studies Center is a multi-disciplinary administrative unit designed to encourage, coordinate, and disseminate academic knowledge relevant to understanding the African continent and to coordinate faculty and students in those goals.
  • 1.2In order to achieve these goals the African Studies Center, through its faculty, students, and associates, engages in a wide variety of activities, including, but not limited to:
  1. fostering research, consultation, development work, and public service among faculty, visiting faculty, and scholars which will increase understanding of Africa and which will improve the quality of life in Africa.
  2. developing, fostering, and coordinating curricular offerings which concern Africa in whole or in part at Michigan State University.
  3. organizing graduate training for the development of new scholars and new knowledge.
  4. coordinating undergraduate instruction in order to achieve a well-rounded understanding of Africa.
  5. engaging in the programs and governance of the Center a wide diversity of faculty, students and the public interested in Africa, including those who have significant cultural competencies concerning Africa.
  6. supporting and expanding the Africana holdings of the Michigan State University Libraries, Museums, and Archives.
  7. fostering and maintaining ties with African institutions of higher learning, research, and development.
  8. stimulating communication among and with scholars in other institutions interested in Africa.
  9. disseminating knowledge about Africa in schools, colleges and universities, communities, government, and the media through Center outreach programs, publications, and websites.
  • 2.0Composition and Definitions
    The African Studies Center is composed of Core Faculty, consulting faculty, visiting scholars, associate members, and students.
  • 2.1Core Faculty
    The Core Faculty shall consist of faculty of Michigan State University holding the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or librarian, who have a continuing professional focus on the study of Africa.
  • 2.1.1Selection
    Any qualified faculty member may be admitted to membership of the Core Faculty upon request or nomination, and by approval of a simple majority of the Core Faculty voting. The Advisory Committee shall act as the screening committee for all nominations.
  • 2.1.2Voting Status
    Each Core Faculty member shall have a vote in the deliberation of regularly called meetings of the Core Faculty.
  • 2.2Consulting Faculty
    The Consulting Faculty shall consist of members of Michigan State University faculty holding the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, librarian, or research associate who have an interest in African studies and the activities of the African Studies Center and either are not qualified under 2.1 above or do not choose to become Core Faculty members. The Consulting Faculty shall receive pertinent Center mailings and notifications and will be invited to participate in faculty meetings.
  • 2.2.1Selection
    Persons qualified under 2.2 above may become members of the consulting faculty upon the recommendation of the Advisory Committee and on written acceptance of nomination by the African Studies Center Director.
  • 2.2.2Voting Status
    Consulting Faculty may attend all Center meetings and participate fully in consultation and discussion. Consulting faculty members have no voting rights or privileges in Core Faculty meetings or Advisory Committee meetings of the African Studies Center.
  • 2.3Adjunct Faculty
    The Adjunct Faculty shall consist of faculty members of other universities with significant expertise in African studies who wish to be affiliated to the Center. The Adjunct Faculty shall receive pertinent Center mailings and notifications, will be invited to participate in select faculty meetings and other activities and responsibilities as the Advisory Committee determines.
  • 2.3.1Selection
    Persons qualified under 2.3 above may become members of the Adjunct Faculty upon the recommendation of the Advisory Committee and on written acceptance of nomination to the African Studies Center Director.
  • 2.3.2Voting Status
    Adjunct Faculty may attend all Center meetings and participate fully in consultation and discussion. Adjunct faculty members may be accorded voting rights or privileges in Core Faculty meetings or Advisory Committee meetings of the African Studies Center as recommended by the Director and confirmed by the Advisory Committee.
  • 2.4Associate Members
    Associate members of the African Studies Center shall consist of any persons who are not faculty members or students at Michigan State University, who are interested in continuing cooperation with and furthering the goals of the Center, and who have experience in and a clear and continuing commitment to the study of Africa. Associate members will have special benefits in the Center such as receiving Center mailings and gratis publications, faculty rates for Center journals and monographs, borrowing privileges granted by the MSU Libraries, attending faculty meetings, and other services. Associate members shall be appointed for terms of two years, subject to renewal for terms of equal length upon mutual agreement of the Center and the scholar.
  • 2.4.1Selection
    Any person qualified under 2.4 may become an Associate Member upon written acceptance of nomination by the Director of the African Studies Center.
  • 2.4.2Voting Status
    Associate Members have no voting rights or privileges in faculty meetings or Advisory Committee meetings of the African Studies Center.
  • 2.5Visiting Scholars
    Visiting Scholars are those African studies scholars visiting Michigan State University for a period of two weeks to two years for research, sabbatical study, or other scholarly purposes and who desire a relationship with the Center. Visiting Scholars may be given such title by the Center Director who shall report this action to the Advisory Committee. Normally, such scholars shall receive faculty library privileges, office space when available, other services as are in supply, and full participation in the life of the Center. When possible, the Visiting Scholar title shall be jointly offered with other units of the University with their consent and when relevant.
  • 2.5.1A current roster of ASC Core Faculty, consulting faculty, and associate members shall be published on the Center website.
  • 2.6Student Constituency
    Any student enrolled at Michigan State University is a member of the student constituency of the African Studies Center who:
  1. is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate African Studies Center Specialization, Major, or Certificate program, or,
  2. holds a Title VI African Language and Areas Studies Fellowship, or
  3. successfully completes four courses in the core curriculum in the African Studies Center, or
  4. is engaged in research concerning Africa for an M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation, or
  5. has significant experience in Africa or cultural competencies concerning Africa.
  •  Any other student enrolled at Michigan State University may become a member of the student constituency of the African Studies Center by nomination by a governing body of a student constituency and election by a simple majority of voting membership present at an Advisory Committee meeting.
  • 2.6.1Observer Status
    The student constituency may be represented by observers at faculty and Advisory Committee meetings by as many as two representatives of the governing body of the student constituency except for meetings considering personnel issues.
  • 3.0Organization and Governance
    The African Studies Center is organized for governance through the following officers and bodies: the Director of the African Studies Center, Associate and Assistant Directors of the African Studies Center, the Advisory Committee of the African Studies Center, and the faculty and students duly assembled in faculty meetings.
  • 3.1The Director
    The Director shall be the administrative head of the African Studies Center in accordance with 2.1 of the University Bylaws for Academic Governance, 1997.
  • 3.1.1Selection of Director
    When a new Director is to be chosen, a Search and Rating Committee of Core Faculty members representing the diversity of the faculty shall be constituted including at least two members from the Center's Advisory Committee and two additional Core Faculty member nominated by the Advisory Committee. Additional members shall include a representative of the Dean of International Studies and Programs, one area or thematic center director, and one ASC graduate student as defined under 2.5. The Search and Rating Committee shall submit names and credentials of candidates to the Center membership for review and consultation and then submit recommendation(s) to the Dean of International Studies and Programs.
  • 3.1.2Faculty Position of the Director
    To serve as the Director of the Center, the person chosen must have or receive a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in an academic department at MSU. The Dean of International Studies and Programs, to whom the director reports, shall administratively appoint the Director.
  • 3.1.3Review of the Director
    The Director shall be subject to regular review at intervals not to exceed five years. Procedures for review shall be established by the Dean of International Studies and Programs in consultation with the Advisory Committee of the African Studies Center.
  • 3.1.4Length of Service of the Director
    The Director normally serves for terms of five years. The director may serve for no more than two (three?) five-year terms subject to approval by the Dean of International Studies and Programs. A review of the director shall be conducted by the Dean of International Studies and Programs in consultation with the Center Advisory Committee and the Core Faculty in the fourth year of each five-year term.
  • 3.1.5Request for a waiver of term limit: If a director of the Director or the Advisory Committee desires an additional term upon completion of a second (third?) five-year term, either will request a waiver of the term limit rule to the Dean of International Studies and Programs in the fourth year of that term. If the dean determines that the request has merit, the waiver request shall be directed to the Center Advisory Committee for a recommendation after consulting with the members of the Core Faculty. Each recommendation for a waiver of the term-limit rule shall be treated independently from a comprehensive review of the director.
  • 3.2Associate and Assistant Directors
    There shall be one or more Associate or Assistant Directors selected by the Director in consultation with Advisory Committee. Associate or Assistant Directors whose salaries are in part paid by the Center shall be approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • 3.2.1The Associate or Assistant Directors shall serve ex-officio on all Center committees.
  • 3.2.2Their other duties and responsibilities shall be determined by agreement with the Director.
  • 3.3Advisory Committee
    The Advisory Committee is the major channel for advising the Director on matters of Center policy, program, personnel, grants, and financial matters; on any matter which the Core Faculty, through its meetings, entrusts to it; on any matter about which the Director seeks advice; and on any other matter of importance.
  • 3.3.1Composition
    The voting members of the Advisory Committee shall consist of seven members representing the diversity of faculty and academic fields in the study of Africa at MSU, the different ranks of faculty, and persons with significant cultural competencies about Africa.
  • 3.3.1Term
    Members of the Advisory Committee shall serve for a term of two years. Terms shall be staggered in order to provide continuity from year to year.
  • 3.3.2Meetings of the Advisory Committee
    Meetings of the Advisory Committee shall be called regularly by the Chairperson of the Committee or the Director, or by a majority of the members of the Committee.
  • 3.3.3Election of Core Faculty Members to the Advisory Committee
    The selection procedure will be as follows:
  1. A list of Core Faculty according to academic rank with the exclusion of the Director and Associate or Assistant Directors will be sent to members of the Center Core Faculty who will nominate one person within each rank, plus four "at large" members from any rank. A second ballot shall be taken to select the candidates according to the number of votes for each position.
  2. No more than one individual will be selected from any single department. In a case where more than one is chosen from the same department, the person with the highest number of votes will be elected. The Advisory Committee should represent the diversity of faculty with research experience in Africa.
  3. No more than two members of the Advisory Committee shall be affiliated with the following four clusters of MSU Colleges and other units: (1) Arts and Letters, Music, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, and Communications Arts and Sciences; (2) Social Science, Law, and James Madison College; (3) Agriculture and Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Lyman Briggs College; (4) Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Sciences, Education, and Business. If the members selected by rank do not represent these four areas, then the "at large" members will be selected from these areas, according to the number of votes received.
  4. If an elected member resigns or declines to serve on the Advisory Committee, the place will be offered to the person in that category who has the next largest number of votes.
  5. The Advisory Committee shall have the power to ask elected members who do not come to meetings to resign.
  6. The Advisory Committee may grant ex-officio representation to other international units at MSU.
  • 3.3.4Selection of Student Advisory Committee Observers
    An organized student constituency shall establish procedures to select student representatives as observers at the meetings of the Advisory Committee and Core Faculty. These representatives should include students with significant experience in or cultural competencies concerning Africa.
  • 3.4Core Faculty Meetings
    Meetings of the Core Faculty shall be called at least once each semester. Agendas shall be circulated one week before the meetings.
  • 3.4.1General or Core Faculty meetings shall be called by the Director of the Center. Additional extraordinary meetings will be convened on petitions from any 10 Core Faculty members.
  • 3.4.2The Director, Associate Director, or Chairperson of the Advisory Committee shall chair faculty meetings.
  • 3.4.3Any Core Faculty member or student representative may schedule a matter for the agenda of an Advisory Committee or faculty meeting.
  • 3.4.4The student constituency shall be observers at the meetings.
  • 4.0Committees and Procedures
  • 4.1Committees and Task Forces
    The Director shall consult with the Advisory Committee in establishing committees and task forces for the expeditious furthering of the program of the Center.
  • 4.1.1The Director is authorized to appoint to committees any person who is necessary to achieve the purposes of the Center. As much as practicable, such appointments shall be in consultation with the Advisory Committee. When not practicable, the director shall inform the Advisory Committee of such appointments within 30 days.
  • 4.1.2Committees shall employ formal, fair, and expeditious procedures.
  • 4.1.3Where possible, committees shall make decisions by consensus. Where this proves unsatisfactory, decisions shall be made by majority vote of committee members in attendance.
  • 4.2Procedures
  • 4.2.1Appropriate records of faculty, Advisory Committee, and other committee meetings shall be kept and made accessible to all interested persons.
  • 4.2.2Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall be followed unless otherwise specified.
  • 4.3Grievances
    In cases of grievances, the University grievance procedures apply.
  • 5.Interpretation and Amendment
  • 5.1Interpretation
    The Director, with the Advisory Committee, shall be the final authority with regard to the interpretation of these Bylaws.
  • 5.2Amendments
  • 5.2.1Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed in writing to the Advisory Committee by voting members of the Center. The Advisory Committee shall make recommendations to the Center membership as an explicit item on the agenda of a faculty meeting to consider the amendment(s).
  • 5.2.2Amendments to these bylaws shall be by two-thirds majority vote of the voting members present at a Core Faculty meeting. Proposed amendments will be voted on at a meeting subsequent to the one at which they were introduced.
  • 6.Effective Date
    These Bylaws were amended and then adopted at the Core Faculty meeting of the African Studies Center on April 29, 2008.