The Institute of Faith and the Academy
Scholar’s Council By-laws
Article I. Purpose:
The purpose of the Institute of Faith and the Academy is to serve as the center for investigation and demonstration of the Christian faith as the foundation of learning.
Article II. Membership:
Nomination for membership is open to all full-time faculty members. The Council should be comprised of at least one member from each college, not to exceed 12 voting members, and will reflect the overall diversity of the University.
(a) The Process for Nomination and Selection:Nominations are accepted at any time, prior to April 1 for the following academic year. Nominations can include current members of the Scholar’s Council. Nominees are required to submit a Statement of Intent to include details regarding the nominee’s overall philosophy of education and scholarship. The Council will review the nominees and will select at least one member from each College to reflect the overall diversity of the University. Council members will serve a two-year term.
(b) Ex Officio members: The Dean from each College and a University Public Information Representative. Ex officio members are non-voting members of the Council.
(c) Membership Responsibilities: The Chair of the Council is primarily responsible for the delegation of Council duties, organizing at least one Council meeting per semester, and organizing and obtaining Council approval for all activities of the Institute of Faith and the Academy. Council members are expected to attend the majority of Council meetings, complete delegated duties in a timely manner, and support all activities associated with the Institute of Faith and the Academy. Failure of any member of the Council to perform the primary duties outlined above will result in a recommendation of dismissal by the Council to the Chief Academic Officer.
Article III. Organization:
At the last meeting of the academic year, the Council will choose the Council Chair, if necessary.
The Council shall appoint a recording secretary. The recording secretary shall be responsible for recording accurate minutes for each meeting of the Council and reporting the minutes of the Chair at the conclusion of each meeting.
The Chair shall appoint a Vice-Chair for a one-year term. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall preside with the full authority of the Chair
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting of the Scholar’s Council.
Article IV. Procedures:
A quorum must be present for the Council to be in session. A quorum is defined as a majority of voting members.
Proxy voting: A voting member may designate that the dean of their division vote in their stead if their absence is necessary from a regular meeting. In such a case, the Council Chair will be notified of the absences and proxy in writing.
The Council will meet at least one time per semester. The Council Chair has the authority to call additional meetings as deemed necessary.
The Council shall use Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised as its guide for operation.