PASEF BYLAWS

BYLAWS

Name

Duration

Address

Mission Statement

Membership

Officers

Executive Committee

Standing Committees

Nominations and Elections

Amending the Bylaws


ARTICLE I. NAME

The name of the organization shall be the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF).

ARTICLE II. DURATION

The term for which PASEF is organized shall be indefinite and long-lasting.  However, in the event of dissolution of PASEF, its property shall be distributed to the University of Pennsylvania (“University”) for educational purposes.  If PASEF becomes an entity separate from the University, the assets of PASEF shall be transferred to that successor organization.

ARTICLE III. ADDRESS

The mailing address of PASEF is Box 23 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.

ARTICLE IV. MISSION STATEMENT

The aim of PASEF is to initiate and coordinate activities that encourage retired faculty members to maintain connections among themselves and with the intellectual and social life of the University.  It will provide information to those members planning retirement about issues relating to retirement and retired life, encourage the University to view retired faculty members as an asset to support the goals of the University, and promote opportunities for members to provide volunteer service to the University and its surrounding community.  To further these goals PASEF may arrange lectures, discussion groups, dinners, and social functions that provide fellowship and interaction among members and with the scholarly community on campus.  When appropriate, PASEF may take an advocacy position on issues of vital interest to its members.  Thus, PASEF celebrates the careers of retired faculty members by encouraging them to remain a part of the life of the University in new and interesting ways and by facilitating the transition to retired status as the culminating phase of an academic career.

ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Member Categories

There are two categories of members, emeritus members and senior members:

Emeritus members, for the purpose of PASEF, are former members of the standing faculty of the University who have officially retired from active service.  They automatically become emeritus members of PASEF upon retirement, unless they decline such membership.  Senior members, for the purpose of PASEF, are members of the standing faculty aged 55 or above.  They automatically become senior members of PASEF unless they decline such membership.  Upon official retirement, senior members automatically become emeritus members of PASEF.  All members of School-based senior and/or emeritus associations, such as the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the School of Medicine, are automatically members of PASEF.

Section 2. Termination of Membership

Membership in PASEF may be terminated at any time by a notice from the member addressed to the Chair of the Communication and Membership Committee.

Section 3. Meetings of the Members

PASEF shall hold meetings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at such location, time, and in such manner as determined by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee may call a meeting of PASEF at any time by so notifying PASEF membership. 

ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS

The officers of PASEF are the president, the president-elect, the past president, the secretary, and the at-large members of the Executive Committee.  The president-elect serves for a term of one year from June 1 of the year of election, then for another year as president, followed by a third year as past president.  The secretary and the at-large members of the Executive Committee each serve for a term of three years from June 1 of the year of election.  The terms of office of the at-large members will be staggered in order to provide continuity.  All officers serve without compensation.

ARTICLE VII. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee consists of the president, who serves as its chairperson, the president-elect, the past president, the secretary, the at-large members of the Executive Committee, chairpersons of the standing committees (ex officio), PASEF’s representative to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate (ex officio), and the chief officer or representative of each School-based emeritus association (ex officio).  The Executive Committee will manage the affairs of PASEF.  A majority of the Executive Committee will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and any act or decision made at a meeting at which a quorum is present will be considered the act or decision of the entire Executive Committee.  Meetings of the Executive Committee will be held from time to time, at such times and places as determined by the president.  Any member of the Executive Committee may request such a meeting.  Meetings will be conducted in accordance with the University’s governing documents.

ARTICLE VIII. STANDING COMMITTEES

The standing committees of PASEF shall be the Steering Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Program and Social Committee, the Retiree Benefits Committee, the Communication and Membership Committee, and such other committees as may be established by majority vote of the Executive Committee.  In addition, the Executive Committee may establish special committees to accomplish specific tasks of PASEF.  A new committee may be suggested by any member of PASEF.  The Steering Committee will consist of the president, who will chair the committee, the president-elect, the past president, and the chairs of the standing committees.  The president, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall appoint the chair and the members of each of the other committees for a term of one year.  The chairpersons of the standing committees shall present periodic progress reports to the Executive Committee and to the membership. The chairperson of each standing committee shall set the agenda and maintain a record of its meetings.

ARTICLE IX.  NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

The members and chairpersons of the Nominating Committee shall be selected by majority vote of the Executive Committee.  Each spring the Nominating Committee shall nominate PASEF members in good standing as candidates for the offices of the president-elect, the secretary, for three at-large members of the Executive Committee, and the representative to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.  The slate of candidates shall be distributed to PASEF membership at least thirty days before any vote.  The Nominating Committee shall count the votes, and the persons receiving the majority of the votes cast shall be elected.  The outcome of the election shall be announced promptly to the membership. Voting may be conducted by mail, including electronic mail.

ARTICLE X. AMENDING THE BYLAWS

An amendment to these Bylaws may be proposed to the Executive Committee in a letter signed by ten or more PASEF members.  If the Executive Committee agrees by majority vote that the proposed amendment should be made, the Bylaws will be amended in a written document.

 
Approved by the Executive Committee of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty on May 21, 2009.