By-Laws of the Center for Jewish Studies
at University of Florida
Preamble: The academic unit governed by these by-laws is the
University of Florida Center for Jewish Studies. The Program is housed
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences but may include faculty,
academic professionals, staff and students from a variety of UF colleges.
I Mission: The purpose of the Center for Jewish Studies is to promote an
awareness of the richness and diversity of Jewish cultures, languages,
history, religion, and creative expression among students of all ethnic
and religious backgrounds. A central means of accomplishing this goal is
through developing and expanding a Jewish Studies curriculum
including core courses as well as courses in other appropriate
departments and programs. The Center is committed to furthering the
University's mission to provide a world-class education within a public
institution. Doing so requires an intellectually engaged and productive
faculty with a strong commitment to research and publication.
II Relation to College, University, and Board of Trustees
If any policy or procedure in these Bylaws conflicts with policies or
procedures of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Academic
Policies and Procedures Manual, or the University of Florida Board of
Trustees, the policy or procedure of the latter three shall take
precedence. All policies or procedures not in conflict shall remain in
III Membership and Organization
Unit Membership: There are two categories of faculty participants in
the Center for Jewish Studies:
1. Unit Membership:
1) Core Faculty: Faculty holding single or joint appointments in JST. A
tenure-track/tenured faculty member at UF with significant research and/
or university teaching interests in Jewish Studies. New core faculty will
be approved by a vote of the Center's faculty. Under normal
circumstances, core faculty teach at least one JST course per annum.
This requirement may be waived at the recommendation of the Director
in consultation with the Advisory Committee.
2) Affiliate Faculty: a) tenure-track/tenured faculty member with a
secondary research and/or university teaching interest in Jewish Studies;
b) a lecturer or adjunct faculty member with a significant research and/or
university teaching interests in Jewish Studies. New affiliates will be
approved by a vote of the Advisory Committee and then invited to join.
Potential core and affiliate faculty may apply for consideration at the
beginning of each semester.
2. Organization: The organizational structure of the Center for Jewish
Studies consists of its core and affiliate members, a Director, a Grass
Chair in Jewish Studies, a Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies (future
Chairs in Jewish Studies will be added as necessary), an Advisory
Committee, standing committees, ad hoc committees, and staff.
3. Responsibility and Authority of the Members:
The Center for Jewish Studies looks to its core and affiliate members for
support of its many activities through their active involvement and
participation in events and meetings. It is the responsibility of both core
and affiliate faculty members to contribute to the functions of the Center
at the curricular, programmatic, and/or administrative levels.
1. Active membership and participation in Center events and
meetings will be a deciding factor determining access to Center
D. Unit Meetings: The Center for Jewish Studies members will meet at
least once per semester. Additional meetings will be called if five or a
majority of core/affiliate faculty (whichever is smaller) so request in
writing. Regular attendance at and participation in unit meetings is
expected of all active faculty members.
E. Governance: Issues requiring formal votes such as personnel matters.
1. A quorum will consist of one-half of the active (not on leave) core
2. A faculty member will be appointed by the Director to record
minutes. The Director will arrange for distribution of the minutes to
each affiliate member five (5) working days before the next meeting
for final approval whenever possible.
IV: Election, Responsibilities, and Authority of the Director:
1. The Director shall be appointed by the Dean of CLAS with the
concurrence of the Provost.
2. The Dean shall appoint a search committee composed of core and
affiliate members to make a recommendation for the Director. At
least half of the search committee must be elected by the core
3. Among the qualifications to be considered in the selection of the
Director will be: a) potential effectiveness in building and
administering the Center for Jewish Studies in terms of its
objectives; b) distinguished scholarly record; c) ability and
willingness to represent the Center for Jewish Studies effectively;
and d) administrative experience or apparent potential; e) experience
in grant writing and/or fund raising; f) upon assuming the position,
the Director must be a tenured faculty member at UF.
4. The Director will normally serve a term up to five years with
annual reappointments being made by the Dean. The Director's term
may be extended, however, at the discretion of the Dean in
consultation with core and affiliate members. The Dean may appoint
a review committee to assist in considering reappointment.
5. The Dean of CLAS will undertake an annual evaluation of the
Director, the results of which will be shared with the Director.
6. The Director shall assume the primary responsibility for
administering the Center for Jewish Studies, curriculum, budget,
personnel, conferences, and community programming subject to the
limitations specified elsewhere in the bylaws and in College and
University rules and regulations. The Director reports directly to the
V. Endowed Professorships:
a. Searches for budgeted Jewish Studies positions will be carried out
under the auspices of the Center for Jewish Studies. At least half of the
search committee for Jewish Studies positions shall be Jewish Studies
core or affiliated members of the faculty.
b. Recommendations about reappointments are made to the Dean and
Director by an ad hoc committee. The committee consists of 3 tenured
affiliates elected by affiliates.
1. This input will help determine whether the discretionary use of the
endowment funds has served to enhance Jewish Studies at UF through
the caliber of research and productivity and/or the public programs
generated by the funds. Evaluation of all chairs should be done annually.
2. This procedure presupposes that other steps have been taken. First, the
holder of the chair will submit to the Director of the Center for Jewish
Studies a written report (by April 1) outlining the use of the funds in the
preceding year. The Director will share this report with an elected ad hoc
committee (consisting of 3 tenured affiliates elected by affiliates). This
Ad hoc committee will be charged with preparing and submitting
through the Director an annual report to the dean on the expenditure of
the funds and the resulting enhancements to the Center for Jewish
Studies. The results of the evaluation will be shared with the holder of
For assessing and voting on the suitability of joint-appointed JST faculty
for tenure and promotion JST abides by the stated tenure and promotion
requirements of the candidate's tenure home.
There shall be an Advisory Committee, standing committees, and ad hoc
committees. Ordinarily, ad hoc committees will be appointed by the
Director as needs warrant and shall consist of at least three members.
Each committee shall advise the Director with respect to its charge.
1) The Advisory Committee will consist of a minimum of 3 members;
two will be elected each year while the third will be appointed.
Ordinarily, a quorum shall be constituted by a simple majority of the
Advisory Committee. The Director of the Center for Jewish Studies will
be the Chair of the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee shall
be responsible for periodically reviewing all matters relating to the
Program. The Advisory Committee will meet as needed.
The Advisory Committee's specific duties include:
a. To review and evaluate the activities of the Director in terms of
the objectives of the Program, College, and University and to
provide counsel for the Director on matters relating to curriculum,
personnel, budget, and conferences.
b. To review and evaluate plans for, and outcomes of, Jewish
Studies conferences and programs. Conferences and publications
should be evaluated by their ability to provide: a) original
perspectives on topics of national and international intellectual
significance; b) opportunities for publications that foster the
reputation of the Center and its members; and c) opportunities for
wide participation by UF faculty, especially core and affiliated
members of the Center for Jewish Studies, and students. Ordinarily,
conferences, workshops, and lecture series should be open to the UF
community and the general public.
2) Standing Committees will consist of at least three members of the
faculty, two of which will be elected and the third appointed by the
Director. Standing Committees are elected at the first faculty meeting of
the academic year and serve for a full calendar year.
a) The Awards Committee will review applications for course
development and discretionary research and travel awards to faculty
3) Ad hoc Committees will consist of at least three members of the
faculty appointed by the Director.
a) Hiring Committees will be appointed by the Director with at least
three members committee chosen from among the Center's faculty.
b) Personnel Committees will be appointed by the Director to
oversee tenure and promotion cases as well as the annual evaluation
of junior faculty.
c) The Curriculum Committee will be assembled as needed
VIII. Procedure for Amending the Bylaws
Proposals for altering, amending, or repealing these bylaws shall be
endorsed by no less than two Advisory Committee members and shall be
sent to all affiliate members at least thirty days prior to the meeting date
on which a vote will take place. These bylaws may be altered, amended,
or repealed by a 2/3 majority of the core and affiliate members provided
that the 2/3 majority is not less than 50% of all eligible voting members.