Article I.Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of this organization is the University of Maine Professional Employees Advisory Council and shall hereinafter be referred to as PEAC.
Section 2. The purpose of PEAC is to encourage, facilitate and contribute to collegiality among the professional staff and administration at the University of Maine. PEAC shall concern itself with non-bargainable issues relevant to professional staff: nominating colleagues to University committees, collecting and disseminating information relevant to professionals, and reporting its findings and recommendations to the President of the University of Maine.
Article II. Membership
Section 1. It is the intent of PEAC to balance and maintain an enrollment of active, participatory members who have been elected on a voluntary basis, with a membership that represents the broad and diverse constituency of professional employees at the University.
Section 2. Eligibility: Professionals shall be defined to include all professional positions regardless of whether the position is represented (UMPSA) or non-represented, or whether the position is considered an administrative position as defined by the Office of Human Resources. PEAC membership shall not include any positions at the rank of dean or higher, such as associate/assistant vice presidents, vice presidents, or the President. PEAC membership shall not include any position where the individual holding the position is tenured, on tenure-track, or in a terminal year of a tenure-track position. Other professional personnel may petition PEAC to be included in its constituency by written request to the PEAC Co-Chairs.
Section 3. Enrollment: PEAC shall consist of at least fifteen (15) members. Members shall volunteer, or may be nominated, for membership. A constituent “unit” shall be defined as the professional employees in each University of Maine vice-presidential administrative area. There shall be one unit for each vice-presidential area, and one unit for the remaining offices reporting directly to the UMaine President.
Section 4. Election Process:
Following the elections, PEAC shall determine the number of constituent units that remain unrepresented and shall inform the chief administrative officer of each unit in an effort to facilitate additional enrollment.
Article III Officers
Section 1. The officers of PEAC shall be: two (2) Co-Chairs, two (2) Co-Chairs Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Co-Chairs and Co-Chairs Elect shall be elected for the following academic year, during the final meeting (normally in June) of the current academic year. The Secretary and Treasurer shall serve a one-year term and shall be elected at the first fall meeting of the new academic year. Co-Chairs Elect shall have terms of appointment extended as necessary to provide normal progression of leadership through the chairs. Any member may hold the Secretary and Treasurer position. The Co-Chairs, Co-Chairs Elect, Secretary and Treasurer shall make up the Executive committee.
Section 2. It is the intent of the membership that the normal progression of leadership for PEAC shall be “through the chairs” from Co-Chair Elect to Co-Chair.
Article IV. Meetings
Section 1. There shall be at least quarterly meetings of the PEAC.
Section 2. At the first meeting of the new academic year, PEAC by a majority vote of those attending, shall determine whether or not it chooses to use Robert’s Rules of Order, another standardized outline of procedures for the conduct of its business, or if it chooses to conduct business and make decisions based upon the achievement of consensus by those present as determined by the meetings presiding officers, normally the PEAC Co-Chairs.
Article V. Amendments
Section 1. A proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the PEAC Co-Chairs, who shall distribute copies to PEAC and all other University of Maine professional employees. The proposed amendment shall be voted on by the professional employees not sooner than thirty (30) days or more than forty-five (45) days after the date of distribution. Ratification of the Constitution shall require a majority vote of University of Maine professionals voting or a two-thirds (2/3) vote of PEAC members.
Original Constitution established May 19, 1972
Revised: May 31, 1974; May 20, 1980; Dec. 2, 1981; May 1985; Sept.1986; Dec.1986; May 1989; May 1994; May 1996; April 1998; August 2002; February 2010