The commission shall be the primary channel by which advice is given to the president on issues and concerns related to the status of those who identify as women at NIU. Commission members shall serve on behalf of the whole university community in a spirit of independence and impartiality to foster a supportive climate for those who identify as women at NIU.
The mission statement will be reviewed every three years, when the chairperson elections take place, to ensure it is up to date with current language and practices.
The commission is composed of faculty, staff and student members and meets monthly; dates and times are determined by the chairperson. We welcome input and participation from anyone who is interested. Each year the commission sets goals to address various issues at NIU that impact all who identify as women and who are members of the university community.
Members of the commission will serve on at least one of the following subcommittees to carry out the commission’s mission. The commission may establish additional subcommittees, as needed.
The Research subcommittee shall:
The Campus Climate and Quality of Life subcommittee shall:
The Personal/Professional Development subcommittee shall:
The Awards and Recognition subcommittee shall:
The Bylaw Review subcommittee shall:
The Elections subcommittee shall:
Every spring, a campus announcement is posted where the university president solicits new members to the commissions for the upcoming academic year. Any NIU student, faculty or staff member is eligible to join the commission and needs to contact email@example.com and provide the following information:
The commission shall be composed of at least 16 members made up of at least four members of the full-time teaching faculty, four supportive professional staff, four operating staff and up to four students. The students will serve a one-year term and can be nominated by the Student Government Association or can nominate themselves. Faculty and staff are eligible for self-nominations and can be nominated by colleagues. Efforts should be made to have representation across the various divisions of the university on the commissions and on each subcommittee.
The chair and vice-chair will review all nominations submitted to the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox and compile a list of names for the presidential appointment to the commission.
Members of the commission will serve three-year terms and need to follow the process outlined above should they wish to maintain their membership in the spring semester in which their membership expires. Should members wish to leave the commission before their term ends, they need to contact the chair to resign their position.
The following departments should identify a liaison to attend meetings and provide updates from their areas to the commission. Liaisons can choose if they would like to serve on the subcommittees and do not vote on commission business. As liaisons do not vote, liaisons cannot also serve as regular members of the commission. Term lengths for liaisons can be determined by their department.
The officers of PCSW shall be the chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary. The chairperson will serve a three-year term, and the vice-chairperson and secretary serve one-year terms. All officers are eligible for re-election.
The commission will hold elections for open officer positions at its last regularly scheduled meeting in the spring semester. The Elections subcommittee will be made up of one full-time faculty member, one supportive professional staff member, and one operating staff member. The subcommittee will convene beginning in March and will be charged with the responsibility of identifying/soliciting candidates for chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary of the PCSW.
The chairperson will serve a three-year term. The commission chair will:
The vice-chairperson will serve a one-year term. The vice-chair will:
The secretary will serve a one-year term. The secretary will:
Last Reviewed – April 2023