Council for Teaching & Learning
Campus Box 8070
Idaho State University

Council for Teaching and Learning

Bylaws of the Council for Teaching & Learning


A. The name of this body is the Council for Teaching and Learning (CTL). This Council is a standing Council of the Faculty Senate and reports directly to that body.


A. The functions of the Council for Teaching and Learning are to oversee university policy concerning faculty teaching and student learning at ISU and to recommend implementation of these policies. Some specific areas of responsibility of the Council are:

1. To work with academic departments in gathering goal course assessment data, as departmental and programmatic needs dictate. To coordinate with the General Education Requirements subcommittee of the Curriculum Council toward the implementation of university-wide policies concerning the assessment of student learning, especially in the area of general education.

2. To advise the Faculty Senate in their interactions with departments and colleges toward the development and administration of policies concerning student learning,student advising, improving teaching within majors and programs, and curricular instructional assessment in accordance with accreditation standards.

3. To serve as a resource of relevant data, as given in (1) and (2) above, for the Center for Teaching and Learning.

4.  To serve as the Faculty Senate's liaison in coordinating with the Office of Institutional Research towards the goal of linking institutional planning needs to program assessment.


A. The members of the Council for Teaching and Learning represent the University faculty, staff, and students working as one unit to develop, coordinate, and implemente assessment programs and improve teaching and learning. The primary qualifications for faculty membership on the Council for Teaching and Learning are having interest and expertise in the assessment and improvement of teaching. All members of the Council for Teaching and Learning are voting members. Ex Officio and student members are voting members but do not count towards the quorum that is defined as those 11 faculty members from the constituencies listed below.

Eleven (11) faculty members will be appointed by the Faculty Senate apportioned according to the following constituencies:

1. Two (2) faculty representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences.

2. A faculty representative from the College of Business.

3. A faculty representative from the Kasiska College of Health Professions.

4. A faculty representative from the College of Education.

5. A faculty representative from the College of Engineering.

6. A. faculty representative from the College of Pharmacy.

7. A faculty representative from the College of Technology.

8. A faculty representative from the General Education Requirements Committee, a subcommittee of the Curriculum Council.

9. A representative from the Center for Teaching and Learning.

10. A representative from the Faculty Senate.

Four (4) Ex-Officio Members:

11. Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning,

12. Director of Advising

13. Director of General Education in the College of Technology

14. Faculty Coordinator for Assessment and Program Reivew in the Office of Institutional Research.

Two (2) student members, each serving one-year terms and who may be reappointed for a second term:

15. One undergraduate student, appointed by the President of ASISU

16. One graduate student, appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School

B. Terms of office are three (3) years. In order to ensure continuity, terms will be staggered so that one-third of the membership will be appointed in April of each year. Faculty members may be reappointed for a second consecutive term.

1. If a faculty member is unable to attend for one semester of their appointed term, then a substitute from that constituency must be assigned in order to maintain a quorum for conducting business. It is the responsibility of the faculty member taking leave from this Council to make the request for substitution of a specific person from their constituency. The nomination should be forwarded to their Faculty Senator, and to the Faculty Senate administrative assistant to this Council. The administrative assistant will inform the Chair of the Faculty Senate for consideration of this request at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

2. Before taking leave, the faculty member will provide the appointed substitute member with all materials in progress for CTL business. The departing faculty member will also provide pertinent contact information to the substitute, the Faculty Senate administrative assistant and the CTL chair to facilitate a seamless incorporation of that individual into discussions of current CTL business.

C. Regular attendance at Council meetings is expected.

1. If a member must miss a meeting he or she must contact the administrative assistant or Council chair in order to be excused from the meeting.

2. Any council member who misses three meetings in an academic year is subject to recall by the appointing constituency. The Faculty Senate administrative assistant will maintain an attendance record from which absentee information may be provided to the appropriate constituency when warranted.

3. The Faculty Senate may recall any faculty representative through approval of two-thirds of those voting. The Faculty Senate must allow the member in question an opportunity to appear before the Senate to explain his or her absences.


A. The Council for Teaching and Learning will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair in the spring semester. The Vice-Chair is not Chair-Elect. These positions are for one-year terms, and those individuals may be reelected if eligible. Together with the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, these three persons will form an Executive Committee. The Council for Teaching and Learning may delegate responsibilities within the Executive Committee for actions that will be reported to the Council at the next meeting.

B. If the office of the Chairperson becomes vacant, the Council elects from its membership a new Chairperson who has served at least one year on this Council.

C. The Council for Teaching and Learning will meet regularly during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. It is the responsibility of the Chair to schedule meetings and to ensure that members are informed of the times and places of meetings. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair performs these duties.


A. Minutes are kept for each meeting and are prepared in accordance with the format set by the Faculty Senate and are submitted in a timely manner to the Faculty Senate for review and approval/acceptance. Minutes will be taken by a Faculty Senate office staff member or an elected faculty member of the Council.

B. A quorum consists of fifty percent of the Council membership as specified according to the stipulations in Article Three, A.

C.Within two weeks of the meetings resulting in policy recommendations to be voted upon, statements detailing those recommendations are approved during a special meeting of the Council, by mail, or by electronic ballot. Results are then submitted to the Faculty Senate for review. The Council’s policy recommendations are considered by the Faculty Senate in accordance with its Bylaws.

D. A motion is passed when it receives a majority of the votes.

1. Abstentions do not count as votes.

2. Tie votes fail.

3. The Chair has the right to vote on all motions.

4. Proxy and absentee votes are not allowed.

E. Robert’s Rules of Order is the authority in all matters not covered by these Bylaws and/or approved operating procedures.


A. The Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the Council for Teaching and Learning. No amendment to the bylaws may be introduced and voted upon at the same meeting.

B. The Faculty Senate Bylaws (Article VII, Section II) allow the Faculty Senate to override Council Bylaw amendments.

Approved by Council for Teaching and Learning: May 2, 2005. 
Approved by Faculty Senate: October 17, 2005
Revised and approved by Council for Teaching and Learning: April 24, 2009
Approved with minor amendments by Faculty Senate: May 4, 2009

Last Modified: 08/06/2009