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Ethnic Studies Steering Committee

The Ethnic Studies Steering Committee is comprised of Ethnic Studies Affiliates. Advisory Board members work closely with the Program Director to accomplish the tasks associated with the rollout of the new major.

Ethnic Studies
Steering Committee Bylaws

I. Governance Philosophy

The objective of these bylaws is to assure the success of the Ethnic Studies Program. They aim to
encourage active participation of the Program Director, Steering Committee, and affiliated faculty in
planning and implementing an academic program that meets the needs of CSUSM students, faculty, and
the surrounding community.

These bylaws serve to delineate the responsibilities of the Program Director to the Ethnic Studies
Program and faculty serving on the Ethnic Studies Steering Committee.

I. Steering Committee Composition: The Steering Committee is open to all members of the faculty
whose teaching and research interests lie within the field of Ethnic Studies or related field
and whose applications are approved by the Steering Committee by a majority vote.
Applications will consist of a brief statement of interest and a CV. Steering Committee
members are expected to make a commitment to regularly attend monthly meetings and
participate in Ethnic Studies events and tasks.

II. Steering Committee Role:

A. Curriculum: The Program Director will bring curricular decisions, including new courses
with a ETST prefix and changes to the requirements for the major or minor, to the
Steering Committee for discussion. The Program Director is responsible for final
decisions regarding the program’s curriculum.

B. Events: The Program Director is responsible for planning, budgeting, and advertistment
of Ethnic Studies events. The Steering Committee will assist the Program Director with
decisions related to event planning and agree to attend Ethnic Studies events.

C. Administration: The Program Director is responsible for all administrative duties
associated with the Ethnic Studies Program. The Program Director will bring
administrative decsions, including budgeting, lecturer hiring, and all changes to the
program to the Steering Committee for discussion. The Program Director is responsible
for final decisions regarding the program.

D. Selection of Program Director
1. The Program Director will be selected from among the members of the
Ethnic Studies Steering Committee and/or Ethnic Studies Affiliates.
2. Nominations for the Program Director may be made by the Ethnic Studies
faculty affiliates or by a member of the Steering Committee.
3. The term of the Program Director is three years and is renewable for up to
two terms.

C. Tenure Track Hiring committees: Hiring committees will be composed of the Program
Director and at least two TT faculty from the Steering Committe. In the event the required
number of faculty is unavailable from the Steering Committee (ie. sabbaticals, release time),
representatives may be selected from the Ethnic Studies Affiliates.

D. Retention, tenure, and promotion reviews: RTP documents will be drafted by the
Program Director with input from the Steering Committee.

E. Lecturer Evaluation: The Program Director is responsible for the evaluation of lecturer
faculty. A member of the Steering Committee may be asked to serve on the PRC of lecturer
faculty holding a three year appointment.

F. Assessment: Primary responsibility for assessment belongs to the Program Director.
Steering Committee members may be asked to participate in the assessment of PSLOs
requiring an interdisciplinary approach or a skill set not possessed by the Program Director.

G. Sponsoring or co-sponsoring of events, external funding requests, HAPC requests, and
Strategic Planning: The Program Director has primary responsibility for submitting events,
requests, etc. and consults with the Steering Committee concerning matters related to
money allocations, hiring requests, and the goals of the Program.