Constitutional amendments

Members of the IU Bloomington faculty will be voting soon on a group of amendments to the Constitution of the Bloomington Faculty. Some of the amendments are simple changes designed to remove unnecessary specificity or allow for easier “redistricting” of voting units in future years. 

Other amendments make substantive changes to who is represented on the council, expanding the representation of non-tenure-track faculty and making adjustments to control the overall size of the Council.

All of the proposed amendments have been approved by the Bloomington Faculty Council.

The week of November 12th all eligible faculty will receive an email with a link to the ballot. This link is uniquely tied to your email address, but your responses will remain anonymous. Please do not forward the link once you receive it. If you have any difficulties with the ballot, please contact the Faculty Council office.

The ballot will be open through Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

History of the proposals

In recent years, the BFC and its committees have investigated how to improve the working conditions of non-tenure-track faculty. During academic year 2017-2018, the Non-Tenure-Track Task Force initiated changes designed to increase the participation of non-tenure-track faculty in the faculty governance of the Bloomington campus while maintaining a council size that allows for full participation by its members. Because matters of representation are distributed throughout the Constitution, these changes result in proposals to amend a number of sections of the Constitution.

Additionally, the Constitution and Rules Committee initiated several amendments designed to clean up the constitution to reflect current practice, and to clarify and refine procedural matters.

Join us to discuss and ask questions

The town halls will be an opportunity to discuss the proposed amendments and ask questions. BFC members and representatives from the NTT Task Force and the Constitution and Rules Committee will be on hand to answer your questions. 

Can't attend a meeting?

A Canvas site has been set up to facilitate conversation about the proposed amendments. Email bfcoff@indiana.edu to be added to the site.