Committee Structure and Operations
Professional Development Committee
Membership & Terms
Membership selection: COEHS faculty appointments are made through the Committee on Committees. The Dean may appoint a non-voting, ex-officio member.
Chair: The chair will be elected to a one year term by a vote of the membership. The chair will call meetings, develop the agenda, preside over meetings, and is responsible for maintaining and filing meeting documentation.
Tenure of membership: Members will be appointed to a two year term and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Members may be removed by two third vote of the membership.
Meetings: The committee will meet face-to-face at least once per semester and other meetings will be schedule as a function of the required business. Electronic meetings and votes are permitted as necessary.
Meeting Protocol: Use Robert’s Newly Revised Rules of Order 11Th Edition—see COEHS’s abbreviated rules.
Quorum: A quorum exists when more than 50 percent of the membership is represented in person or by proxy.
Voting: A plurality is sufficient to decide. A record of the vote is included in the Minutes. The chair will vote in cases of a tie. Proxies are permitted. Persons should abstain from voting and discussion on issues in which they have a direct personal interest “not common to other members” (see Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th Edition, p. 407-408, for more detailed explanation). Electronic voting is permitted as long as the total number of ballots cast constitutes a “quorum."
Subcommittees: The committee has the authority to create subcommittees to explore and report on issues or complete specialized tasks. Although the membership of a subcommittee must have at least one committee member, other members may be drawn from individuals with other areas expertise.
Minutes: Committee discussions and actions should be recorded using “Dewar COEHS Meeting Documentation Form.” Copies of the Meeting Documentation Form, reports, proposals, recommendations, and all other documents are to be filed.