Mesa Community College Professional Staff Association Constitution
ARTICLE I- NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Mesa Community College Professional Staff Association, hereinafter referred to as the MESA PSA.
ARTICLE II- AFFILIATION
The MESA PSA shall be a Unit of the Maricopa County Community College District Professional Staff Association, hereinafter referred to as PSA.
ARTICLE III- PURPOSE
It shall be the purpose of the MESA PSA to strengthen and unify the professional staff employees, and to improve their salaries, working conditions, benefits, and policies.
It shall be the purpose of the MESA PSA to provide an organized means of communication between Administration and Professional Staff District-wide.
It shall further be the purpose of the MESA PSA to encourage and promote the professional skills and standards of service of its members within their professional capacities.
It shall further be the purpose of the MESA PSA to collect dues and utilize funds, as needed for the attainment of these purposes and for the general benefit of its membership.
The MESA PSA acknowledges it is a Unit of the MCCD PSA and that the District-wide PSA Constitution supersedes this document. Furthermore, the MESA PSA shall abide by all applicable local, state, and federal laws.
ARTICLE IV- MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 –Eligibility
SECTION 2 –MESA PSA Members-At-Large
SECTION 3 –MESA PSA Associate Members
ARTICLE V –ORGANIZATION
SECTION 1 –Leadership
SECTION 2 –Team Organization
This team will be comprised of the elected positions of:
Immediate Past President
Communication Coordinators (2)
In addition to the individual position responsibilities of the team members, the MESA PSA Leadership Team shall represent PSA, both generally and specifically, in all dealings with the Campus: its administration, faculty, students, and community. It will establish general and special meetings, determine issues, and establish budgets. It will determine and/or recommend policy and procedures with respect to overall management and operations of PSA.
This team will be comprised of the Communication Coordinators and Communication Circle Leaders as determined by the Communication Coordinators prior to the September General Meeting.
This team will be responsible for the organization of communication and feedback channels for all MESA PSA Association Members and MESA PSA Members-At-Large. It will work with MESA PSA Leadership, MESA PSA Professional Growth, and MESA PSA District Representative Teams to insure all members are kept well informed of issues related to MESA PSA, the campus and appropriate MESA PSA team for consideration.
This team will be comprised of the Renewal Coordinator, Scholarship Chair, and the Unit representatives. To the District Paid Educational Leave, Professional Staff Development and Professional Internship Committees. The Renewal Coordinator will chair this team.
In addition the regular duties of each member’s position, it will be the responsibility of this team to keep members informed of professional growth opportunities and information related to taking advantage of these opportunities. Also, it will be the responsibility of this group to identify and plan for the advancement of the professionalism of all MESA PSA Associate Members and Members-At-Large.
This team will be comprised of the MESA PSA District Representatives and Alternative Representatives. The number of Representatives and Alternatives will be determined by the MCCD PSA as outlined in the MCCD PSA Constitution.
The MESA PSA President and President-Elect shall be District Representatives fulfilling a two-year term. In the event the Mesa Association President-Elect resigns from office, their replacement will fulfill the two-year term as District Representative.
It is the responsibility of the District Representative Team to represent MESA PSA interests at the District Level, and utilize Communication Circles to communicate pertinent information to MESA PSA membership.
SECTION 3 –Issue Teams
SECTION 4 –Representatives to Mesa College Committee
The MESA PSA President shall appoint PSA representatives to campus communities as requested by the President of Mesa Community College and/or his/her representatives.
ARTICLE VI –MEETINGS
SECTION 1 –General Meetings
SECTION 2 –Special Meetings
SECTION 3 –Attendance
SECTION 4 –Voting Rights
SECTION 5 –Quorums
SECTION 6 –Proxies
At any general or special meeting of the MESA PSA, a MESA PSA Member-At-Large and/or MESA PSA Associate Member entitled to vote may do so by proxy executed in writing. A proxy will be valid for one meeting only.
ARTICLE VII –NOMINATION AND ELECTION PROCESS
SECTION 1 –Eligibility
SECTION 2 –Nominations
SECTION 3 -Elections
SECTION 4 –Installation of Positions
ARTICLE VIII –OFFICERS
SECTION 1 –President
SECTION 2 –President Elect
SECTION 3 –Immediate Past President
SECTION 4 –Recorder
SECTION 4 –TREASURER
SECTION 6 –Communication Coordinators
SECTION 7 –Professional Staff Development District Representative
SECTION 8 –Paid Educational Leave District Representative
SECTION 9 –Professional Staff Internship District Representative
SECTION 10 –Renewal Coordinator
SECTION 11 –Scholarship Team Members
SECTION 12 –District Representative and Alternative Representatives
ARTICLE X –REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
SECTION 1 –Procedure
Whenever a majority of the MESA PSA Leadership Team agrees that a person holding an elected position is no longer effective in said position, or has not served in the best interest of the MESA PSA, then the MESA PSA Leadership Team shall recommend that the position be declared vacant, and fill it according to the procedures outlined in ARTICLE IX.
SECTION 2 –Due Process
The person occupying the position in questions shall have the right to appear before the MESA PSA Leadership Team to hear all allegations, and to present rebuttals, prior to the vote taken to vacate the position.
SECTION 3 –Quorum
Approval to vacate the position must be confirmed by a simple majority of MESA PSA Leadership Team.
ARTICLE XII –AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1 –Approval
SECTION 2 –Ratification
Ratification shall occur when a simple majority of those who vote in favor of the amendment or revision.