Article I: Purpose
The Teaching Non-Tenure Faculty Advisory Council (TNTFAC) is an advocacy body for full- and part-time Auxiliary faculty. Council advises the Dean on concerns of the Auxiliary faculty, provides a means of communication between the Dean and Auxiliary faculty, and offers a representative voice on issues of importance to all non-tenure eligible instructors. These issues include, but are not limited to, workload, professional development, promotion, compensation, hiring practices, and access to resources. Council membership reflects the variety of disciplines and instructional roles at the Ohio State University-Mansfield campus.
Additionally, Council coordinates with Auxiliary faculty at other Regional campuses or Columbus campus and consults with various committees and faculty groups as appropriate.
Article II: Membership
Section 1: Membership of Auxiliary Faculty (“Teaching Non-Tenure”)
- Auxiliary faculty is persons with adjunct titles, clinical titles, visiting titles; also professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors who serve on appointments totaling less than fifty per cent service to the university (3335-5-19).
Section 2: Membership of the Teaching Non-Tenure Faculty Advisory Council (TNTFAC)
- All members of the Auxiliary faculty are eligible to serve on TNTFAC (“Council”). In addition, eligibility extends to staff members that teach 50% or more in a given academic year and are non-tenure eligible.
- Council shall be comprised of no fewer than five voting representatives. One representative serves as Chair, and is elected by Council for a term of one year. After one year, the Chair shall serve as past-Chair for one year.
Article III: Composition of Council
Section 1: Diversity of Representatives
- Council composition shall attempt to reflect the variety of disciplines and instructional roles at the Ohio State Universityat Mansfield campus.
Article IV: Nominations and Elections
Section 1: Nominations
- Written nominations from Auxiliary faculty will be submitted to Council. Council shall set a deadline for nominations.
- Council may make additional nominations where they deem desirable. All individuals who accept the nomination shall be included on the ballot.
- Council shall publicize the list of nominees at least one week before the annual August Auxiliary faculty meeting.
- Additional nominations may be offered from the floor prior to the election.
- If an insufficient number of nominees stand for election, but after all previously nominated candidates have been voted upon, a generic ballot with the names of remaining eligible candidates shall be distributed. At that time, those who wish not to stand for election may publically state their intentions.
Section 2: Elections
- Representatives shall be elected by secret ballot at the annual August Auxiliary faculty meeting.
- All Auxiliary faculty members and all staff members that teach 50% or more in a given academic year and is non-tenure eligible shall have voting rights.
- Eligible voters will vote for as many candidates as there are open seats.
- The nominee(s) receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected to Council; successive ballots shall be cast in the case of a meaningful tie.
- At the annual August Auxiliary faculty meeting a secretary shall be chosen by his or her peers for the purpose of distributing ballots, collecting ballots, announcing the results, and retaining the ballots for one week. During that time, any Auxiliary faculty member may challenge an election result, and inspect the ballots. If inspection does not resolve the dispute, the Council that was in office at the time of the voting will decide the outcome of the election.
- Representatives take office immediately following election.
- There shall be no provision made for absentee voting.
Section 3: Term of Office
- To ensure continuity, length of service shall be staggered among representatives when possible.
- Representatives shall not serve for more than three consecutive years, but may serve fewer at their convenience.
- After completing one year of service, representatives shall indicate to the Chair whether they intend to serve a second year. After three years of consecutive service, the seat shall become vacant.
- The three year term limit will not apply to those serving as Chair or past-Chair.
- No limit shall be placed on non-consecutive years of service.
Section 4: Resignation and Appointment of Interim Representatives
- A representative’s resignation immediately results in a vacancy and shall be made known.
- If a resignation occurs after the annual August Auxiliary faculty meeting but before the last day of the academic calendar in spring semester, then Council shall appoint an interim representative.
- Interim representatives shall be eligible to stand for election at the annual August Auxiliary meeting. Interim representatives shall be nominated and elected in accordance with Article IV, Section 1 & 2.
- Interim representative’s time in office is non-consecutive to his or her elected term in office.
Article V: Meetings
Section 1: Annual Auxiliary Faculty Meeting
- For the purpose of full participation and fair elections, attendance at the annual August Auxiliary meeting is expected.
Section 2: Council Meetings
- Council shall meet no fewer than three times in any semester. The August meeting is not a regular Council meeting.
- Meeting time, place, and agenda will be distributed to Auxiliary faculty via the auxfac listserv by the Chair in advance of the meeting and to any other faculty, staff, or board member upon request.
- The collection of minutes shall rotate among representatives.
- Unapproved minutes will be electronically distributed to all representatives for review.
- Approved minutes will be electronically distributed to all.
- At least once each academic year, Council shall meet with the Dean.
- Meetings shall be conducted in a firm, orderly manner with proper regard for democratic procedure.
- A quorum shall consist of 40% of representatives.
- All Auxiliary faculty members are invited to attend meetings and may speak from the floor.
- Representatives or Auxiliary faculty members wanting to place an item on the agenda shall contact the Chair.
Section 3: Duties of Representatives
- Representatives shall assist in advocating for Auxiliary faculty and carry out the purpose of Council to the best of their abilities (Article I).
- Representatives are Associate Members of Faculty Assembly so shall be encouraged to attend meetings of the Faculty Assembly and speak from the floor as appropriate.
Section 4: Duties of the Chair and past-Chair
- In addition to their duties as representatives, the Chair and past-Chair shall serve as members of Executive Committee, each for two years but beginning in alternate years.
- The Chair shall be the presiding officer at Council meetings and a co-presiding officer at the annual August Auxiliary meeting. As co-presiding officer, the Chair shall coordinate that meeting’s joint invitation and help set its agenda in consultation with the Associate Dean and other members of TNTFAC.
- The past-Chair shall serve as presiding officer at Council meetings when the Chair is unable to attend.
Article VI: Revision to Bylaws
- Ratification or revision of these Bylaws, including addition of Amendments and changes to any parts herein, requires a 2/3rd vote by Auxiliary faculty members and staff members that teach 50% or more in a given academic year and is non-tenure eligible.
- Ratification or revision shall occur at the August meeting by eligible voters in attendance