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PSEC Subcommittees

There are four PSEC subcommittees currently in existence. General professional staff members, even those not serving in PSEC, may serve on most of our committees.

1.    Subcommittee on Membership and Appointments:

a.    The Subcommittee on Membership and Appointments shall prepare an election ballot, including the collection of nominees’ personal statements.
b.    Member eligibility will be verified via the Office of Human Resources
c.    The Subcommittee is responsible to uphold elections as outlined in this Constitution.
d.    Results shall be tallied by the Subcommittee on Membership and Appointments and certified by the Office of Community and Diversity.
e.    The Subcommittee will be composed of at least two PSEC members and is designated for PSEC members.

2. Subcommittee on Communication:
a.    The main goals of the Subcommittee on Communication are (1) to create, through the organization of the website, emails, news and advertising, a favorable image of PSEC, (2) to disseminate information to the professional staff community, and (3) to act as a voice to effectively communicate news to the community.
b.    The Subcommittee shall create and maintain the PSEC website.
c.    The Subcommittee will act as a public relations unit on behalf of PSEC while addressing the professional staff community by: (1) spreading PSEC ideas, (2) emphasizing the importance of the professional staff opinion, and (3) giving employees access to information relating to current PSEC initiatives.
d.    The Subcommittee will be composed of at least two PSEC members.
e.    General professional staff members are welcome to serve on this subcommittee.

3. Subcommittee on Professional and Personal Development:
a.    The Subcommittee on Professional and Personal Development will be responsible for two main areas: (1) to support opportunities for the professional staff to become acquainted, and (2) to develop or communicate with the professional staff about professional/personal growth opportunities.
b.    The Subcommittee will survey the needs of professional staff on issues pertaining to professional/personal growth.
c.    The Subcommittee will act as a catalyst to change the discourse of professional development on behalf of all professional staff.
d.    The Subcommittee will communicate professional staff funding opportunities to all professional staff.
e.    The Subcommittee will be composed of at least two PSEC members.
f.    General professional staff members are welcome to serve on this subcommittee.

4. Subcommittee on HR Issues:
a.    The Subcommittee on HR Issues will be responsible for: (1) benefits-related items and (2) serving as liaison to Human Resources.
b.    One member will serve on College Benefits Committee.
c.    The Subcommittee will address work-life issues at the College.
d.    The Subcommittee will address any issues that concern or pertain to Human Resources policy or procedures.
e.    The Subcommittee will assist Human Resources with Staff Orientations.
f.    The Subcommittee will coordinate the Professional Staff Buddy Program.
g.    The Subcommittee will be composed of at least two PSEC members.
h.    General professional staff members are welcome to serve on this subcommittee.


Selection process for subcommittee chairs:
  • Subcommittee chairs (one chair per subcommittee) shall be selected by a majority vote of the PSEC members each year at the first PSEC meeting after May 1st, when the newly elected members have taken office.
  • If agreement on subcommittee chair cannot be agreed upon, the Chair will appoint the subcommittee chair.
  • Voting shall be done by secret ballot and shall be coordinated by the chair of the Subcommittee on Membership and Appointments. If the chair of the Subcommittee on Membership and Appointments is a candidate for office or is otherwise unavailable, PSEC shall designate a person of the Executive Committee who is not a candidate in the election to coordinate the election.
  • Before voting on a subcommittee chair, each candidate for office will have the opportunity to prepare a brief statement to be delivered to PSEC members. After the statement, there will be a brief question-and-answer period. Time allotments for this process shall be determined by PSEC.
  • Members may choose to abstain from a vote by writing “no vote” on their ballot.
  • Candidates for the subcommittee chair will be counted as having voted for themselves.
  • If a candidate does not receive a majority vote in the first round of elections, a run-off will occur between the top two candidates, determined by the amounts of votes each received.
  • In the event that a tie occurs, the PSEC chair’s vote will be counted.