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FULTON PUBLIC HUMANITIES BY-LAWS

The following by-laws were proposed in May 2016 and approved by the committee on September 22, 2016

MISSION STATEMENT

The Fulton Public Humanities Program (FPHP) exists to support, organize, and develop academic programs and events that promote public awareness and understanding of marginalized groups, moments, and events in history (up to the present). It provides opportunities for programs that possess curricular and academic value in the recovery, commemoration, and study of human experience in all its complex diversity using the unique methods and core perspectives of the Humanities.* 

The Fulton Public Humanities Program’s core responsibilities are to:

  • Organize, sponsor, and promote academic events (such as but not limited to keynote speakers, lectures, exhibitions) related to typically underserved or marginalized regional, ethnic, cultural, sexual, gender, and racial identities.
  • Organize, sponsor, and promote academic events related to the celebration of “heritage” and “history” months such as African-American History Month, Native American Heritage Month, and Women's History Month, and supplement existing curricular and extracurricular programming on the Salisbury University campus.  
  • Engage communities and the public in meaningful dialogues using the core methodologies and values of the Humanities through diverse programming.
  • Provide assistantship opportunities for Graduate students and undergraduate internships in the Humanities, public history, and community outreach.
  • Provide resources for Faculty in the Fulton School to develop initiatives and research/teaching projects related to the study and public appreciation of marginalized areas/peoples.
  • Apply for grants to provide sustainable funds for the initiative


*What are the humanities?

"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." --National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended http://www.neh.gov/

Article 1: Public Humanities Committee Structure, Membership, and Responsibilities

Section 1.1: MEMBERSHIP/STRUCTURE

  1. The FPHC will be co-chaired by two elected faculty members, each for two-year, staggered terms. At least one of these faculty members will be from the History Department and this co-chair will supervise the FPHC graduate assistant. They will be elected during the first meeting of the academic year, called by the out-going chairs from the previous academic year.
  2. The FPHC will include a treasurer who is responsible for keeping track of the committee’s budget (keep a record of expenses and provide regular updates to the committee regarding available and spent funds).

III. The treasurer is elected during the first meeting of the academic year and serves for a full academic year. The treasurer may serve two consecutive terms.

  1. Membership:
  2. Membership is open to all full-time & part-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty members across campus.
  3. Membership is on a voluntary-basis, with a minimum of eight (8) members and a maximum of twelve (12) members, with 50% attendance of the membership constituting a quorum. An electronic vote is acceptable to have a full vote. The Dean of the Fulton School is a ex-officio, non-voting member of the committee.
  4. All members serve a one-year term; members may serve successive terms.
  5. Members who miss more than two consecutive meetings may be subject to removal. Members may have a non-member sit in a meeting on their behalf.
  6. The committee will include one (1), non-voting graduate student who is chosen as the FPHC graduate assistant. The graduate assistant is chosen yearly by the Director of the Master of Arts Program in History and its assistantship is subject to funding from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  7. Non-voting members may be added in the course of an academic year as subject matter expertise is needed. In particular, community members, students, and faculty members putting forward a proposal for funding may be included as non-voting members.
  8. Elections: A call is extended in the fall of every academic year to all faculty for new members. The outgoing committee members vote on the self-nominated candidates for new membership. The committee shall seek diverse membership, in rank and discipline, from various departments across campus. The priority of the committee is to have representation from a broad distribution of programs and departments.

Section 1.2: RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Co-chairs call meetings and ensure all committee roles are filled.
  2. The graduate assistant (GA) maintains minutes and serves as a secretary for the committee, maintains the website, and writes the annual report. All responsibilities of the GA are outlined in Appendix A.

III. Members are responsible for submitting or soliciting proposals from faculty and staff across campus in their areas of expertise.

  1. Members are encouraged to act as liaisons between FPHC, the community, and the student body.
  2. Members will support the efforts of the FPHC and are encouraged to attend as many FPHC sponsored events as possible and to aid in publicizing these events in their classes and across campus.
  3. The committee will issue calls for application for additional faculty projects and for a competitive grant open annually to community members and students.

Article 2: Allocation of Funds and Project Criteria

Section 2.1: ALLOCATION

  1. The funds will be managed by the FPHC co-chairs and voting membership. The co-chairs will work closely with the treasurer to help manage the committee’s budget.
  2. Committee members shall receive administrative support from either the administrative assistant for the History program or another administrative assistant as determined by the Dean’s office at the start of the academic year.

III. All project proposals for the fall semester are due by April 15th, and October 1st for the spring semester, or on dates stipulated by the committee on a year-to-year basis. The submission deadline should take into account the Panorama publication dates. Proposals should include a detailed description of the project and how it fits the mission of the FPHC, a clear project timeline, as well as a itemized budget.

  1. A portion of the funds to support the FPHC, promote and advertise FPHC projects, and other unforeseen opportunities that may arise during the academic year.
  2. Some amount of funds–up to $1000– is set aside each academic year to fund a competitive grant for students, staff, and local community members who are not eligible for the open-call (see 2.1,
  3. Awardees are expected to acknowledge the support of the FPHC in all promotional materials and at all sponsored events.

VII. Proposals will be reviewed and awarded based on majority vote of the membership.

Section 2.2: PROJECT CRITERIA

  1. Proposals should indicate if they are part of an established designated month (such as African American or Women’s History Month). Projects do not have to fit within a designated month to be considered. Projects that are part of a designated month programming may also take place at an earlier or later date outside the designate month.
  2. Projects should fit one or more aspects outlined in the mission statement of the Public Humanities Program. In particular, projects shall work to increase campus and community awareness and understanding of underrepresented groups, events, and identities.

III. Projects that have a particularly strong community impact-to-cost ratio will be given particular consideration.

  1. Projects will be selected based on their complementarity to existing programming on campus, their feasibility, cost, and their potential impact as anticipated by members of the committee.
  2. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: teaching innovations, community outreach initiatives, exhibits, public lectures, and scholarly work. Applicants are not required to be affiliated with the Fulton School.

Article 3: Amendments

  1. Amendments to these by-laws may be proposed by any member of the committee in good standing.  Amendments must be voted on, and proposed in a monthly meeting of the PHP. They must pass by a two-thirds (2/3) majority.
  2. Amendment 1 (approved April 2, 2017): Any change to the budget or programming (including cancelation, rescheduling, or change in how the funds are to be used) that occurs after the event’s budget has been approved by the committee, must be communicated in writing within five business days to the co-Chairs of the PHC, and is subject to approval by the committee. In cases when voting is necessary, electronic vote may be acceptable.
  3. Amendment 2 (approved October, 23, 2017): At the time of application, prospective candidates to the Public Humanities Committee must submit a brief, paragraph-length written statement highlighting the relevance of their work, projects, and university service to the values and methodologies of the public humanities. In selecting new members, the committee will give preference to prospective members whose contributions would best complement and enrich our current programming and strengths.
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