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Global & Area Studies Bylaws

Administrative Bylaws of the Global & Area Studies Program


The Global & Area Studies Program (GAST) is an interdisciplinary degree-granting unit (B.A. and M.A.) within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Wyoming. We offer degrees in the interdisciplinary field of International Studies, with an emphasis on the social sciences.
The Global & Area Studies Program functions according to a democratic governance structure. The program is overseen by the Director who serves at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and is reviewed, with faculty participation, according to the regulations of the College of Arts & Sciences for department heads and program directors. The responsibility for the operation of the Program, except where specifically designated below, is vested in the Program's faculty. The faculty, however, operate at different levels, which represent different levels of commitment, dependent on the job description the faculty member holds at the University. These different levels, those of core, adjunct and advisory committee faculty, and their corresponding responsibilities, are outlined in this document. Any change to this document must be endorsed by at least a two-thirds majority vote of a quorum of the Global & Area Studies Advisory Committee.

1. Director

The Program Director serves at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Generally the Director comes from the core faculty, although the Dean may appoint an adjunct or outside faculty member when deemed appropriate. The Director supervises the Program and its core faculty and staff, its budget, its teaching schedule, all other administrative commitments to the College and the University, and assigns Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships, chairs the meetings of the core faculty and Advisory Committee, and represents the Program to the central administration of the University. If the Director comes from outside the core faculty, they will be considered core faculty for their term of service as Director.


2. Core Faculty Membership

Core faculty are those faculty defined as tenured, tenure-track and academic lecturers having 25% or more of their job description located within the Global & Area Studies Program. Faculty with 50% or more of their job description in Global & Area Studies will undergo all reviews, including tenure and promotion, under the auspices of the Program. All core faculty serve and vote on faculty review committees for the Program. Core faculty teach INST classes and others as appropriate to their job descriptions. Core faculty will participate in decision making, along with the Director, as a department would, on matters pertaining to INST class schedules, budgets, tenure and promotion and core faculty review, graduate and undergraduate program administration and assessment, student awards, etc. They can engage in discussion over curriculum although final curriculum changes can only be made by the advisory committee. Positions within the unit such as Undergraduate Program Director (assessment), Graduate Program Director, GAST Faculty Senate representative, Arabic Language Program Director, etc. must be held by Core Faculty. Interdisciplinary representation from GAST on college and university committees may be held by either Core or Advisory Committee members. Core faculty generally will meet once per month during the academic year. Staff (Office Associate and Advising Coordinator) can participate in core meetings as necessary, but are not required to and will not hold voting privileges.
Quorum is required for any vote in Core Faculty meetings to be binding. Quorum consists of at least 50% of Core Faculty members.


3. Adjunct Faculty Membership

Adjunct faculty in the Global & Area Studies Program consist primarily of faculty with job descriptions in other units at the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Community colleges and outside the University who regularly teach classes that count for credit for our undergraduate and graduate majors. International research interests are also important, but not required, for adjunct faculty status. Adjunct faculty play no role in voting on Global & Area Studies matters unless they are also part of the Advisory Committee. Their classes may or may not have INST designation. Adjunct faculty can serve on graduate student committees within GAST, either as outside members or as in-unit members.
Adjunct faculty will be invited to join Global & Area Studies by the Director on the advice of core faculty, the Advisory committee, and/or other adjunct faculty. Once admitted as an adjunct member, an individual retains this standing for three years. At the end of each three-year term, the individual must provide evidence to the Program Steering Committee of a continued commitment to internationally-focused teaching, graduate student advising or research. The submission of a standard College of Arts & Sciences curriculum vitae, or parallel college or university document will suffice. The Director will be responsible for renewing an individual’s status and may or may not consult with core and advisory committee faculty, and the appointment will be formalized by the Office of Academic Affairs.


4. Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee for the Global & Area Studies Program consists of all core faculty and an additional eight faculty and one staff member. These additional members are:
3 representatives from our adjunct faculty who comes from the College of Arts & Sciences;
3 representatives from our adjunct faculty who come from the other six colleges (Agriculture, Business, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences, Law), with at least two colleges represented at all times;
1 representative from the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, with which International Studies has a concurrent B.A. and M.A. degree programs;
The Director and/or Associate Director of the Center for Global Studies, with whom Global & Area Studies has a close relationship in terms of funding, event sponsorship and parallel research interests
The Advising Coordinator (staff) of the Global & Area Studies Program, who will be a voting member as everyone else is.
Representatives of Colleges and the Haub School are invited to join the Advisory Committee by the Director on the basis of their own interest and the advice of core and adjunct faculty; they serve three-year terms, which may be renewable once. The Director of the Center for Global Studies and the Advising Coordinator serve on the basis of their positions and thus are not term-based.
All meetings of the Advisory Committee are open to all core and adjunct faculty of Global & Area Studies. This group will meet at least once per semester. The Advisory Committee is mostly responsible for curriculum, both undergraduate and graduate, and all changes to curriculum must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will also participate in policy governance and oversight of the Program’s administration. The Director will report annually to the Advisory Committee on matters pertaining to budget, administration and policy. The Advisory Committee will oversee all admissions of students to the graduate program, primarily through responsibility for the annual creation of a graduate admission subcommittee, described below.
A subcommittee of the Advisory Committee will decide upon graduate student admissions, in conjunction with the Graduate Program Director, Graduate Coordinator (staff) and Program Director, who administer the process. The graduate admissions subcommittee will consist of at least four members in addition to the Graduate Program Director and Program Director, two from the core faculty and two from the Advisory Committee (who may or may not be core faculty members).
Both Advisory and Core faculty may serve on College and University Committees where representation is specified as from the Interdisciplinary Division. On committees where representation is designated as specifically from Global & Area Studies (such as Faculty Senate), only Core Members may serve.
Quorum is required for any vote in Advisory Committee meetings to be binding. Quorum consists of at least 50% of Advisory Committee members.


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