Inside Fletcher: Faculty

Chapter 1 - Governance



Accepted by The Trustees of TUFTS University on November 1, 2013


The  Faculty of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (the “School”) consists of all persons holding tenured and tenure track teaching appointments; all persons with full-time affiliated appointments; and those affiliated faculty with multi-year, half-time or greater appointments. The Dean may also designate other affiliated persons with teaching appointments as members of the Faculty. The President of Tufts University, the Provost, and the Dean of the Fletcher school are members ex officio of the Faculty.



  1. The Executive Faculty consists of all tenured and tenure-track professors at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The President of Tufts University, the Provost, and the Dean of the Fletcher School are members ex officio of the Executive Faculty.  

  2. Regular meetings of the Executive Faculty shall be held at the beginning and end of each academic term, and at such other times as the Dean may specify. Special meetings may be called at any time during the academic year by the President or the Dean.  The Dean may invite members of the Faculty to attend Executive Faculty meetings, and may invite guests at his discretion. 

  3. The Executive Faculty regulates and oversees admissions, curriculum, requirements for degrees, grants in aid and scholarship awards, and all other matters referred to it by the Dean.   Subgroups of the Executive Faculty designated by the School’s Tenure and Promotion Regulations also make recommendations for tenure and promotion in accordance with such regulations.

  4. The Executive Faculty shall make its decisions by consensus, meaning that proposals shall be considered adopted after being stated explicitly and after an explicit call for consensus, if no member of the Executive Faculty objects.  However, any member of the Executive Faculty, upon a motion duly seconded, may call for a vote, in which case the Executive Faculty shall decide by voting.  Unless otherwise so specified herein or in the School’s tenure and promotion regulations, votes shall be decided by the majority of those voting, by secret ballot, provided that no action may be taken unless a quorum of 50% of the Executive Faculty is present. 

  5. No proxy ballots will be permitted, except in circumstances in which the grantor is ill or on leave. 

  6. At the first Executive Faculty meeting of the academic year, time shall be set aside for discussion of important issues, including issues relating to governance, to be placed on the agenda for meetings during the academic year.  Faculty meetings should be used primarily to discuss substantive strategic and governance issues. 

  7. Agendas of Executive Faculty meetings will specify whether the agenda item is for consultation or whether it is expected to be subject to an Executive Faculty decision.  Barring exigent circumstances, matters for which appropriate information has not been distributed at least one week in advance of a meeting of the Executive Faculty shall be stricken from that meeting’s agenda.  Supporting material for new programs will require information regarding budgets, marketing plans, curricula, and hiring plans to be distributed in advance. 

  8. The Faculty recommends to the Trustees of Tufts College all candidates for degrees at the School.




The Executive Faculty shall establish such ad hoc committees as it deems necessary. The Dean appoints the members of these committees from the Executive Faculty; the Dean can invite other Faculty members to join ad hoc committees in recognition of their special competencies or contributions to the School.



The Executive Faculty shall have the following standing committees appointed by the Dean:


1.   A Committee on Admissions and Scholarships whose function shall be to supervise and approve the admission of students and the granting of all financial aid.


2.  An Academic Council whose function shall be to give continuous attention to the broad educational policies of the School, to discuss degree requirements, to approve new courses or changes in courses, to act as a forum for discussion between the administration of the School and the Faculty, to provide advice to the Dean on setting priorities in hiring, budgeting, curriculum, and strategic planning, and to provide advice to the Dean on affiliate faculty appointments in accordance with the policy on Affiliated Faculty Appointments at the Fletcher School.  The Academic Council will prepare an annual report to the Dean on faculty hiring priorities, for discussion and approval by the Executive Faculty.  

The Academic Council will include the chair of each of the School’s Academic Groups.  Each Academic Group will select its own chair who will serve for a two-year period, during which time they will also serve on the Academic Council.  Initial appointments and replacements will be staggered so as to ensure continuity.  At the end of the term of the chair of an Academic Group, the chair may stand for re-election, provided that no person shall serve for more than six consecutive years.  In addition, the Academic Council may include up to two additional members of the full-time Faculty selected by the Dean in order to add perspectives that might otherwise be insufficiently represented.  The Academic Council will also include the Academic Dean as a voting member, ex officio.  The other associate deans of the School shall be non-voting ex officio members of the Academic Council.  The Dean shall be invited to attend all Academic Council meetings.  The Academic Council will elect its own chair.  It will meet approximately monthly, and members will report back to faculty constituents at Academic Group meetings, and will report to the Faculty at Faculty meetings.  The Academic Council shall make its agendas available to Faculty members and senior staff in advance of its meetings, and shall make its minutes available to Faculty members and senior staff soon after each meeting.  The Academic Groups shall initially be:  (i) Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Organizations, (ii) Security and Conflict Resolution, (iii) Public and Private Management, (iv) International Economic Relations, and (v) Sustainable Development.  The names and number of Academic Groups may be modified by vote of the Executive Faculty.  Each member of the Executive Faculty shall choose at least one Academic Group assignment in consultation with the Academic Dean.  The Academic Dean may also appoint other Faculty to Academic Groups.  Academic Groups are intended to promote interdisciplinary academic policy discussion and input to the Academic Council with respect to curriculum, faculty hiring, and other issues. 


3. A Committee on Tenure and Promotion whose members evaluate all tenured and tenure-track faculty members for contract renewal, promotion, or tenure in order to make formal recommendations to the designated subgroup of the Executive Faculty; and provide advice to the Dean on affiliate faculty appointments in accordance with the policy on Affiliated Faculty Appointments at the Fletcher School.  Members of the Committee on Tenure and Promotion will serve for four-year terms.  The Committee on Tenure and Promotion shall not use proxy votes, and all votes shall be taken at meetings attended by all members, either in person or by electronic communications, except in extraordinary circumstances. 


Members of the Faculty may be asked by the Dean to attend standing committee meetings, other than Tenure and Promotion Committee meetings, in a non-voting capacity.



In the absence of the President of the University, the Provost shall preside over full and Executive Faculty meetings; and in the absence of both, the Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy or the Dean’s designee shall preside.



Amendments to these By-Laws not inconsistent with the By-Laws or regulations of the Trustees of Tufts College may be made by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Faculty of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at any stated meeting or properly called special meeting.



These By-Laws shall be effective when approved by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Faculty and accepted by the Trustees of Tufts University.