Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE MERRIMACK COLLEGE CHAPTER OF THE

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS

Adopted May 18, 1987

Amended April 26, 1994

Article One

Name

The name of this organization is the Merrimack College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Article Two

Policy Affirmation

The members of this Chapter affirm their commitment to the “promotion of the interests of higher education and research, and in general to increase the usefulness and advance the standards, ideals, and welfare of the profession,” as stated in Article One of the national constitution of the AAUP.

Article Three

Purposes

This chapter shall be committed to interacting with the various components of the college in the

  • pursuit of teaching excellence;
  • enhancement of the learning process;
  • encouragement and support of scholarly research;
  • encouragement and support of faculty participation in governance;
  • defense of academic freedom;
  • protection and advancement of the professional status and interests of all faculty;
  • insuring of administrative accountability;
  • development of an institutional environment in which the principle of shared authority is properly understood and practiced;
  • facilitating the dissemination among members and non-members of the AAUP of information on higher education principles and practices.

Article Four

Members

The members of this Chapter shall be inclusive of all active members of the AAUP who are members of the Merrimack College Faculty.

Article Five

Officers

The officers of this Chapter shall consist of a President and a Secretary-Treasurer elected yearly each spring to assume office normally by May 15.

Article Six

Delegation of Authority

The membership of this Chapter delegates authority to its elected Officers to act authoritatively for the Chapter when, in their judgment, circumstances require Chapter action and yet time is not sufficient to call a meeting of the full membership. In such circumstances, the Officers shall report the action to the members as soon as possible.

Article Seven

Meetings

This Chapter shall normally hold a minimum of two meetings in each of the fall and spring semesters. Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the President at that person’s discretion. The President will call for a meeting whenever a petition signed by one-half of the membership requests such. Written notice of such meetings shall be provided each member by the Officers within seven (7) days of such petition.

Article Eight

Quorum

A quorum shall require attendance of one-third plus one of the membership.

Article Nine

Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a three-fourths affirmative vote of a quorum of the Chapter at a regular or special meeting, providing that a notice setting forth the proposed amendments(s) with accompanying rationale shall have been sent to each member at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. A petition of one-third plus one of the Chapter membership may also initiate amendments.