The University of Georgia College of Education's (COE) mission can best be achieved through cooperation, collaboration, and consultation among the college's faculty, staff, and administration. These bylaws describe a vision for shared governance through open consultation, communication among stakeholders, informed participation in decision-making processes, and valuing diverse opinions.
In the spirit of promoting effective governance the College adopts the following principles, which are designed to promote understanding, openness, trust, accountability, and participation in the processes that accomplish the mission and goals of the college. Shared governance gives voice but not necessarily ultimate authority to all stakeholders as well as to specific groups with unique issues.
The Dean is the chief executive officer of the College and has the duties, powers, and responsibilities as specified in the Statutes of the University of Georgia and exercises these responsibilities through engagement with stakeholders.
To facilitate open communication and effective governance, faculty, staff, the Dean, and other administrative officers of the college will exercise due diligence in consulting with one another on issues affecting them. The consultation process will involve discussions with the affected constituencies, the development of policies and procedures created through engaged discussion, appropriate timelines given the constraints of the academic calendar, access to needed and appropriate information, adequate mechanisms and opportunities for feedback, and timely communication of decisions to the affected constituencies.
Faculty members have several avenues for their voices to be heard. First, faculty members act individually when there are college-wide forums or votes. Second, faculty members may elect representatives from each department to the Faculty Senate. The Senate ensures faculty representation in college-wide groups and committees that make decisions about matters related to faculty, curriculum, and students. Finally, faculty members exercise their voices through their departments: faculty members participate in governance on matters internal to the department, such as curriculum, admissions, and budget in accordance with departmental bylaws; and faculty members have a voice in the selection of their Department Head, who represents the department in meetings with the other Department Heads and the Dean's office.
By University statutes, authority for decision-making is vested in Deans, Faculties of Schools and Colleges, and Departments.
The COE has further delineated authority into primary, shared, and advisory.
The body has essential decision-making authority.
The Dean has primary authority for development and implementation of administrative policies and procedures including but not limited to personnel matters, budget, and facilities.
The Faculty as a whole (or by program or department) has primary authority for
The Faculty of the College of Education has vested its authority in the Faculty Senate for development of college level academic policies and procedures as specified in Article 8 of the University Statutes.
The body participates with other bodies to make a joint decision.
The Dean and Dean's designee(s) and the Faculty Senate have shared authority for developing college-level
The primary decision-making body consults other stakeholders.
The body with primary authority should initiate policies and procedures as necessary and should provide for sufficient advisory input from others following the principles noted above in the section titled "Consultation." In many cases, advisory input should be sought through multiple channels, such as through the Faculty Senate and through departments, so that stakeholders have maximum opportunity for input.
The Faculty of the College of Education shall consist of the Dean and the Corps of Instruction as defined in the Board of Regents Policy Manual and ex-officio members designated by the University of Georgia Statutes.
The Faculty of the College shall meet at least once each academic year at a time and place to be determined by the Dean. Written notice of these meetings shall be given to members of the Faculty by the Dean at least ten days in advance. The Dean shall preside and/or invite others to participate in the presentation.
Special meetings of the Faculty may be called at the discretion of the Dean under the following circumstances:
The mission of the College of Education Faculty Senate shall be to improve the quality of life in the College community while promoting excellence in educational scholarship, research, teaching, service, and practice. In order to create an open and democratic culture, the Faculty Senate is committed to shared governance by serving as an elected representative voice of the Faculty as a whole. The Senate is committed to promoting an open and informed decision-making process on policies and procedures by providing a community forum and fostering an involved citizenry wherein Faculty exercise both rights and responsibilities.
A. According to Article VIII, Section 2 of the University of Georgia Statutes, the Faculty has primary authority for developing academic policies for the College of Education. In these matters, the Faculty Senate shall act as the agent of the Faculty except when the Faculty is meeting and shall exercise duties and functions as specified by the University of Georgia Statutes. When policies have academic as well as budgetary and personnel implications, the Senate shares this authority with the Dean and the Dean's designee(s).
The Faculty Senate has primary responsibility for developing and/or implementing college level policies concerned with but not limited to the following:
B. The Faculty Senate and COE Administration have shared authority for developing college-level
C. The Faculty Senate shall be responsible for the following tasks and others to be determined by its membership:
The staff are an essential part of the College of Education and should be engaged in communication and consultation regarding matters that affect them. The Staff Representative Group (SRG), which has its own bylaws, serves as a channel of communication between staff and the COE administration.
The administration of the college consists of the Dean, department heads, and other administrative officers the Dean may appoint. The Dean is responsible for the configuration of the Dean's office and the administrative structure of the college, but stakeholders should be consulted prior to significant changes in either.
This document is based, in part, on the College of Education Faculty Senate Bylaws which were revised as follows:
The College of Education Bylaws were approved by the COE Faculty in October 2012.