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Faculty Assembly

The Faculty Assembly of North Idaho College provides a principle vehicle for faculty participation in the college governance system. Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month during the regular school year.

Faculty Assembly Officers

Per bylaws, the Executive Committee shall be composed of the Assembly Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Adjunct Faculty Representative) and the three immediate past chairpersons (or past vice-chairs may substitute if any of the previous chairs are no longer employed by NIC), and is empowered to act for the Assembly in matters pertaining to the immediate governance of the Assembly. The Committee is responsible for and reports to the Assembly, which retains the authority to review actions taken by the Committee.

  • Chair: Kathleen Miller-Green, Associate Professor of Child Development
    Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, Kathleen.MillerGreen@nic.edu
  • Vice Chair: Jon Gardunia,Idaho Consortium for Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program Director / Assistant Professor Health Professions Division, Jon.Gardunia@nic.edu
  • Secretary: Amanda Roberts, Assistant Professor / Academic Coach - Cardinal Learning Commons Cardinal Learning Commons Division, Amanda.Roberts@nic.edu
  • Treasurer: Kristi Mendoza, Business Professor Business Division, Kristi.Mendoza@nic.edu 
  • Adjunct Faculty Representative: Shawna Broeder, Adjunct Professor of Communications, smbroeder@nic.edu
Lasted amendments approved by the Board of Trustees (September 23, 2020)
 
PREAMBLE
 
These By-Laws are adopted for the internal governance of the Faculty Assembly and to facilitate faculty participation in the College Senate and College affairs as may be appropriate pursuant to rules and regulations of the College Board of Trustees.
 
Neither approval of the By-Laws by the Board of Trustees nor anything contained herein shall be construed as a limitation or restriction on the statutory powers of the Board of Trustees or its rules and regulations from time to time adopted pursuant thereto.
 
ARTICLE I - PURPOSE
 
To facilitate faculty participation in the affairs of the College and to advance faculty welfare, the Faculty Assembly shall meet regularly to conduct business on matters of concern to the faculty.
 
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The membership of the Faculty Assembly is provided for in the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly.
 
Section 2. Those Assembly members who do not qualify for voting participation under this section may be appointed by the Executive Committee, upon mutual consent, to serve as a voting member of standing and ad hoc committees.
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS
Section 1. The Assembly Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and Adjunct Faculty Representative are the officers of the Faculty Assembly and shall be elected from the voting membership by the Faculty Assembly by the last regular meeting of the academic year. The newly elected officers shall begin their terms of office after the last regular meeting of the present academic year. Members of the Senate are not eligible to serve concurrent terms as Faculty Assembly Officers.
 
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Assembly Officers and the three immediate past chairpersons (or past vice-chairs may substitute if any of the previous chairs are no longer employed by NIC), and is empowered to act for the Assembly in matters pertaining to the immediate governance of the Assembly. The Committee is responsible to and reports to the Assembly, which retains the authority to review actions taken by the Committee.
    1. The Executive Committee shall provide continuity for the Faculty Assembly from year to year.
    2. The Executive Committee shall provide a member to represent the Faculty Assembly at meetings or other functions when the Chair is unable to do so.
    3. The Executive Committee shall assist the Chair in preparing the agenda for each Faculty Assembly meeting.
    4. The Executive Committee shall nominate faculty representatives for all Standing Committees. The nominations shall become effective upon the affirmative vote of a majority of Faculty members present and voting at the next Assembly meeting.
    5. The Executive Committee shall appoint an Adjunct Faculty Representative to the committee by October and February each year.
    6. The Treasurer has the responsibility for the collection and deposit of all monies donated to the Assembly.
    7. The Assembly Chairperson will have the sole authority for withdrawal of funds from any Assembly account.
Section 3. The duties of the elected and appointed officers shall be defined in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, unless otherwise specified in the constitution or by-laws.
ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS
Section 1. The first regular meeting of the Faculty Assembly shall be held the week of convocation.
 
Section 2. Regular meetings of the Faculty Assembly shall be scheduled by the Executive Committee. A minimum of two regular meetings shall be held each semester.
 
Section 3. Notice of all meetings must be given to the Assembly members in writing specifying time, place, and proposed agenda at least three (3) working days prior to the meeting.
 
Section 4. Special meetings of the Faculty Assembly may be called (1) by the chairperson of the Faculty Assembly, (2) by a signed petition of three members of the Executive Committee, or (3) by a signed petition of 15 percent of the Faculty Assembly. Only agenda items will be considered at a special meeting.
 
Section 5. A quorum consists of one-fourth of the total eligible voting membership of the Assembly. In the absence of a quorum, Executive Committee actions reported in the agenda for that meeting shall have Assembly approval and move forward.
 
Section 6. Persons who do not meet the criteria for Faculty Assembly membership as defined in Article II of the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly of North Idaho College must request to attend a Faculty Assembly meeting by contacting the Faculty Assembly Chair prior to the next scheduled meeting and requesting to be added to the agenda for that meeting. The Faculty Assembly Executive Committee will have the authority to approve or deny this request.
 
Section 7. All votes considered during a faculty assembly meeting need majority support of the Faculty members present and voting. Abstentions represent a non-vote and thereby lowers the majority threshold.
ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF THE ASSEMBLY
Section 1. The Assembly shall be a forum for faculty discussion of matters of general faculty interest. It may, at the request of the College senate, standing committees, or on its own initiative, undertake advisory votes on matters of policy and procedure of concern to the faculty. These Assembly advisory recommendations will then be taken to the appropriate committees, to the College Senate, and/or to the President of the College, and, following standard procedure, to the Board of Trustees.
 
Section 2. It shall be a specific duty of the Faculty Assembly to elect faculty representatives to the College Senate.
 
Section 3. The Assembly shall be the confirming body for Executive Committee nominations to standing committees.
 
Section 4. The Assembly may elect or appoint ad hoc committees which it deems necessary or useful in the conduct of Assembly business.
ARTICLE VI - FACULTY SENATORS
Section 1. Elections
  1. Faculty senators shall be elected during the last regularly scheduled Faculty Assembly meeting of the academic year by secret ballot with nominations coming from the entire Assembly.
  2. Half of the faculty representatives to the Senate shall be elected on even years, half on odd years.
  3. Two alternate Senators shall be elected. They shall attend each Senate meeting and vote in place of absent faculty Senators.
  4. In the event of a vacancy in the Senate, a member shall be elected by and from the Faculty Assembly to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. In the interest of continuity, preference shall be given to current alternatives.
Section 2. Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The Faculty Senators shall represent the Faculty on all matters before the College Senate. No Senator shall speak for nor obligate the Assembly without a full discussion of the issue with the Assembly, except when the Assembly will not be in regular session for a period of more than two weeks and a quorum cannot easily be convened in the interim. The Assembly retains the authority to review the actions of the Senators.
  2. Faculty Senators are expected to attend Senate and Faculty Assembly meetings regularly. Any faculty Senator who cannot attend a Senate meeting should arrange for an alternate to represent the Faculty as a voting senator.
  3. The Executive committee will meet with the Faculty Senators regularly to provide communication and coordination between the Faculty Assembly and its Senators.

Section 3. Recall

  1. A petition of 25% of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly submitted to the chairperson of the Assembly shall be sufficient for the calling of an election to determine whether one or more faculty members of the Senate should be recalled. The petition must identify the Senate members affected and list the reasons for recall.
  2. If the petition signatures are sufficient, the Chair of the Faculty Assembly shall call a special meeting within ten working days of the receipt of the petition. Removal from office will occur only when a majority of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly, as polled by secret ballot, supports recall.
  3. A new Senator shall be elected to fill the unexpired term.
ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
Section 1. Proposed amendments to the Faculty Assembly By-Laws must be submitted in writing to the Faculty Assembly and the Administration five (5) working days in advance of the first reading.
 
Section 2. Requirements for amendment passage include the following:
  1. Reading of proposed amendment must take place at two(2) consecutive, regularly scheduled meetings of the Faculty Assembly.
  2. The amendment must be considered for approval at the meeting of the second reading.
  3. Approval by 60% of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly shall be required. 
  4. If 60% of the membership is not present during the second reading, a vote facilitated through a secured digital platform may be executed and tabulated.
  5. The amendment to the By-Laws is subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees. 
ARTICLE VIII - STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1: It is the Faculty Assembly Chair’s responsibility to gather reports from the following Standing Committees; Curriculum Council, Teaching and Learning Council, Tenure, Sabbatical Leave, Meet and Confer, Faculty Handbook.
 
Section 2: Committee reports can be in writing or presented directly to the Assembly at a minimum of once annually.
Lasted amendments approved by the Board of Trustees (September 23, 2020)
 
PREAMBLE
 
The Administration and the Faculty of North Idaho College have adopted and declared this Constitution to be the standards and rules under which to discharge their responsibilities as herein designated.
 
Neither approval of the Constitution by the Board of Trustees nor anything contained herein shall be construed in any way to limit or restrict the powers of the Board of Trustees provided by law and/or to limit or restrict any rule and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
 
ARTICLE I - PURPOSE
 
The name of this organization shall be the Faculty Assembly of North Idaho College. The Faculty Assembly shall act for and be responsible to the faculty of the College in all matters pertaining to faculty interests and/or college governance.
 
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP and VOTING ELIGIBILITY
 
The Faculty Assembly shall consist of all personnel under faculty contract or faculty letter of appointment. Voting membership shall consist of all members under a full-time faculty contract.
 
ARTICLE III - FUNCTION
 
The Faculty Assembly shall function as a participatory democracy in that no elected representative of the Faculty Assembly shall speak for nor obligate the Assembly without a full discussion of the issue with the Assembly, except in those circumstances as may be provided for in the Assembly By-Laws.
 
ARTICLE IV - SENATE REPRESENTATION
 
The Assembly shall elect Senators to represent the Assembly on the College Senate. The Senators shall be obligated to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as delineated in the Assembly By-Laws.
 
ARTICLE V - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Section 1
Proposed amendments to the Faculty Assembly Constitution must be submitted in writing to the Faculty Assembly and the Administration five (5) working days in advance of the first reading.
 
Section 2
Requirements for amendment passage include the following:
  1. Reading of proposed amendment must take place at two (2) consecutive, regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Assembly.
  2. The amendment must be considered for approval at the meeting of the second reading.
  3. Approval by 60% of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly shall be required.
  4. If 60% of the membership is not present during the second reading, a vote facilitated through a secured digital platform may be executed and tabulated.
  5. The amendment to the Constitution is subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees.