Purpose Statement:

The purpose of the Early Career Faculty SIG of TED is to promote the ongoing productivity of faculty members in the early stages (pre-tenure or within the first five years post-graduation) of their careers in special education teacher education.  Specifically, the organizers of this SIG recognize the need for collegial support as recent doctoral program graduates transition into IHE positions.  Understanding the balance of scholarship, teaching, and service as prioritized by the employing institution and position type is essential to early career success.  Also, the ability to collaborate and build and maintain a professional network is critical.  It is the goal of this SIG that its membership will be a professional network to promote and support each other’s productivity.


Constitution and Guidelines

Of the

Early Career Faculty Special Interest Group

Of The Council for Exceptional Children

Teacher Education Division

 

ARTICLE I NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Early Career Faculty Special Interest Group (SIG) of The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Teacher Education Division.

 ARTICLE II PURPOSE

The Early Career Faculty SIG is a group for individuals interested in the development of pre-tenure faculty members.  The primary goal is to discuss topics relevant to early stages of a career in higher education to ensure success by sharing ideas and experiences and providing support for career advancement.  Topics of interest are co-generated and discussions are rich and aimed to provide focused support for early career work.  

 The Early Career Faculty SIG will be approved by TED for three years with its status evaluated by the TED Executive Committee on whether to extend recognition of this group for an additional three years.

 ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP

Qualifications

Membership shall consist of professional personnel and other persons interested in supporting the development of pre-tenure faculty members. All members hold concurrent membership within CEC and TED.

 Minimum Membership Requirements

This SIG does not have a minimum requirement for membership.

 ARTICLE IV ORGANIZATION

The Early Career Faculty SIG shall be affiliated with The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Teacher Education Division.

ARTICLE V DUES

The Early Career Faculty SIG will not collect dues.

 ARTICLE VI OFFICERS

Officers

The officers of this SIG shall be Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. 

All officers must be members in good standing of CEC and TED at the time of their appointment and remain members throughout their term of office.

 Duties of the Officers

The powers and duties of the Chairperson shall be:

To serve as the chief executive officer and spokesperson of the SIG with the powers and duties usually belonging to such a position;
To create agendas for general meetings of the SIG;
To give leadership to general policy making and carry out the directives of the membership;
To call and preside at meetings of the SIG;
To represent the SIG in coordinating efforts with CEC and TED;
To represent the SIG and communicate activities at the spring CEC Representative Assembly and TED Executive Committee Board meetings on activities of the SIG.
To prepare a report for the TED board records of proceedings; To contribute to the TED newsletter.
To update the SIG section of the TED website

The powers and duties of the Vice Chairperson shall be:

Serve in the place of and with the authority of the Chairperson in case of the Chairperson’s absence or inability to serve.
Assist the Co-Chairperson with leadership to general policy making and carry out the directives of the membership
To represent the SIG in coordinating efforts with CEC.
To keep a record of the proceedings of the general meetings;
To carry on correspondence as necessary for the operation of the SIG; To update social media sites associated with the SIG

Elections of Officers

The Officers of the Early Career Faculty SIG shall volunteer for their positions to provide leadership to the group. The officers must be in good standing with CEC and TED.

 Terms of Office

The officers of the Early Career Faculty SIG shall be for one year, beginning on January 1. Each officer will serve for one year, with the Vice Chairperson transitioning to the Chairperson position the following term. Each position can serve for 1 consecutive term.

 ARTICLE VII EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The executive committee will be the officers for the Early Career Faculty SIG.

 ARTICLE VIII GENERAL BUSINESS MEETINGS

Meetings of the Early Career Faculty SIG will be held at the spring CEC conference and TED conference. The executive committee will communicate throughout the year via e-mail and phone/video conferences.