A faculty member is eligible to serve as director of the MAP Unit only if they satisfy all of the following:
- They have 1.0 FTE in the Media School
- The MAP Unit is their home unit, as defined in the Media School Governance Document
- They are a home unit tenured or senior non-tenure track faculty member (who has completed the probationary term) with adherence to the Governance Document’s directive that senior NTT faculty serve as directors for home units “with no or few tenured or tenure-track faculty in the unit.”
C2. Voting Eligibility
All tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure-track full-time faculty members of the MAP Unit shall have voting privileges for selection of the Unit Director.
C3. Advisory Committee
The current MAP Unit Director will appoint, at least eight months before the expiration of the
current director's term, a three-member advisory committee for the purpose of selecting a new director.
The committee will undertake the following procedures in the sequence indicated:
- Ask the current director if they wish to serve another term.
- Notify tenured and senior non-tenure track members of the MAP Unit about the current director’s intentions and let them know that they may request consideration for the position of director.
- Ask the faculty for nominations of candidates from within the MAP Unit.
- Contact nominees to confirm their willingness to run for election.
- Solicit brief statements (including vision and qualifications for the position) from the final list of nominees for the director position.
C4. Faculty Vote
No later than six months prior to the end of the current director’s term, the advisory committee will present the information obtained to the full faculty of the unit. At least one week later, and not more than four weeks, a faculty meeting will be held for the purpose of discussing and voting for the new director. A portion of the meeting will be a closed session, where candidates will be asked to leave. After the closed session, all MAP voting members (including candidates) will proceed to vote.
Absentee ballots are acceptable but only for sufficient cause. In the normal case, faculty are expected to attend the meeting and vote there.
The director nominee will be selected by ranked voting. On a secret ballot, each voter will list candidate preference in order. After all ballots are collected, the advisory committee will immediately use the following process to determine the winner. The number of 1st-place votes will be counted. The lowest 1st-place vote recipient will be removed from the pool. All voters who voted (1) for that candidate will have their votes transferred to their 2nd-place preference. Votes will again be counted and the lowest vote recipient will be dropped; those who voted (1) or (2) for that candidate will have their votes transferred to their next preference. The process continues until one candidate remains. That candidate is selected as the nominee.
Any ties in the process will be broken by a majority vote of the advisory committee. Ties include (but are not limited to) nominees tied for the lowest vote and nominees tied for the highest vote. Because of its tie-breaking function, the advisory committee should have three members. If, for any reason, a majority of the advisory committee determines that the overall process has failed, vote-counting will cease and the results up to the point of failure will be reported to the Dean.
- Once elected the Unit Director will serve a maximum of two consecutive terms with at least one term gap prior to serving additional terms.