CTSS Bylaws

 Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship Bylaws (effective, October 2016)

In the interest of furthering global understanding and the free exchange of ideas, and being keenly aware of the role played in this process by institutions of higher education, the partners named in this document declare the following to be the mission of the Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship (CTSS):

The Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship seeks to encourage and promote a transatlantic perspective by providing faculty and students with a unique multicultural environment in order to aid their personal, professional, and academic development. Furthermore, we encourage collaboration within the consortium and between the member institutions in the area of academics, research, sharing of resources, and development of new programs, at all levels of the college/university: student, faculty, and administration.

The administrative duties will be divided among the Consortium Board of Directors, the CTSS Academic Committee, and the Instituto Franklin-UAH:

  1. The location and support services used by the academic program will be determined by the Franklin Institute.
  2. The Franklin Institute will approve all CTSS faculty and staff appointments and curriculum.
  3. All institutional members shall conclude a cooperation agreement with the University of Alcala.

The specific terms governing this participation are as follows:

Consortium Board of Directors

The Consortium Board of Directors is comprised of the persons (one or two from each member) designated by each member institution and the Instituto Franklin-UAH.

  1. The Board of Directors will oversee the CTSS organization and its proper and efficient operation.
  2. The Board of Directors will make policy decisions concerning the program.
  3. The Board of Directors will elect an Executive Director who will have the authority to act when the Board is not in session.

Executive Director

  1. The Executive Director will assist the Board of Directors to accomplish its tasks.
  2. The Executive Director will act as the representative of the consortium.
  3. The Executive Director will be chosen by the Board of Directors.
  4. The Executive Director must be a full-time employee of the University of Central Missouri (UCM)
  5. Responsibilities of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to, the following:
  6. In consultation with the Board of Directors, making decisions on behalf of the consortium,
  7. In consultation with the Board of Directors, developing policies on behalf of the consortium,
  8. In consultation with the Board of Directors, conducting strategic planning,
  9. Corresponding on behalf of the consortium,
  10. Setting agendas for meetings,
  11. Making day-to-day decisions when necessary.
  12. Assuming signing authority over consortium financial accounts at UCM
  13. Paying bills incurred by the consortium out of consortium accounts at UCM.
  14. Recruiting courses and faculty,
  15. Preparing course/block schedules.
  16. Offering guidance for the conferences and symposia.

CTSS Academic Committee

  1. The CTSS Academic Committee is comprised of persons from member institutions, with at least one from UCM, chosen by the Board of Directors.
  2. The CTSS Academic Committee will be co-chaired by the Director of the Instituto Franklin-UAH and by the UCM member of the Academic Committee
  3. Responsibilities of the CTSS Academic Committee include, but are not limited, to the following:
    1. Recruiting courses and faculty,
    2. Preparing course/block schedules.

Signing Authority

The Executive Director will individually have authority to sign documents on behalf of the consortium.

CTSS Member Duties

As participants of the Center for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship, each member will:

  1. Work to promote the program on their respective campuses.
  2. Endeavor to recruit and enroll students for the program. It is agreed that the goal of each institution is to send two students each academic year to the program.
  3. Approve all student participants through the application of established criteria for study abroad, with particular attention directed toward English language capabilities (for non-English institutions).
  4. Support the collection of fees as necessary.
  5. Provide a faculty member(s), subject to the approval of CTSS Academic Committee, to teach at CTSS according to the availability of such faculty on campus and the academic needs of the program. Each member institution is responsible for providing one faculty member application per academic year.
  6. Assign their faculty to teach a course during a teaching block, with faculty agreeing to integrate part of their course in collaboration with other resident faculty.
  7. Agree to seek the acceptance of all CTSS courses offered by the Instituto Franklin-UAH in Alcala each semester as their own courses and to facilitate the transfer of all such courses. Each university collects tuition fees as appropriate.
  8. Support the attendance of their institutional representative to the yearly meeting of the Board of Directors.

Amending Bylaws

Any member of the Board of Directors may propose amendments to the bylaws by submitting them to the Executive Director. The Executive Director will compile the proposed amendments and present them to the entire Board of Directors at the next annual meeting. Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of the Board of Directors, in addition to the approval of the representative of UCM, present at the annual meeting.

Procedures for Joining CTSS

Application for membership in the Center for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship should be made to the Executive Director and should consist of a letter agreeing to the above commitment. Further, there should be concluded a cooperation agreement between the applicant institution and the University of Alcala. The Board of Directors at the subsequent annual meeting will vote on the application. Upon acceptance, the new member should designate its representative to the Board of Directors.


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