Faculty Handbook

Center for Graphics Research

Article I—Name

This organization shall be known as the Center for Graphics Research (herein referred to as CGR).

Article II—Purpose And Operations

The CGR shall…

  1. Act as the focus of computer-based imaging research at Western Connecticut State University.
  2. Sponsor events to demonstrate the uses of computer-based imaging to the University community and the general public.
  3. Collaborate with University faculty in the use of computer-based imaging across the curriculum.
  4. Assist in the development of new courses and programs in computer-based imaging, including: computer graphics, computer art, computer animation and digital media.
  5. Collaborate with existing University resources and services in the use of computer-based imaging.
  6. Provide opportunities for University faculty and/or students to work on computer-based imaging projects.
  7. Provide both software and hardware tools necessary for computer-based imaging research.
  8. Disseminate the results of CGR sponsored projects in computer-based imaging through a series of Technical Reports.
  9. Provide opportunities for faculty and students to experience current trends in computer-based imaging through such activities as attendance at conferences.
  10. Utilize shared facilities for its operations with the departments of Computer Science and Art initially. The AC (see below, Article III) will make, where appropriate, recommendations regarding any necessary additional facilities.

    The CGR may…
  11. Solicit and receive grants, impose service charges, accept contracts, donations, and endowments from the public and private sectors in accordance with CSU policy and procedures, to support CGR activities and projects.

Article III—Governance And Rules of Order

  1. The CGR reports administratively to the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
  2. The affairs of the CGR shall be managed via a Director in consultation with an Advisory Committee (herein after the AC).
  3. The Director shall be a member of the full-time teaching faculty, and shall be appointed by the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

    a.  The Director should have a strong background in computer graphics and other computer-based imaging areas, have demonstrated a history of graphics research activities, and have demonstrated leadership and collaborative working skills.

  4. The AC shall consist of four (4) voting members to include: the Chair of the Department of Computer Science (or other member of Computer Science Department if Director is Chair) or designee, the Chair of the Department of Art (or other member of Art Department if Director is Chair) or designee, the Director of the Masters in Fine Arts/Studio Art program (or none if CGR Director is Director of MFA/Studio Art) or designee, the Director of Grant Programs, and an optional industry representative. The AC shall also include a non-voting student representative appointed by the Student Government Association. Additional non-voting members may be added to the AC by an affirmative majority vote of the AC and the Director.
  5. The AC will serve as a primary and ongoing resource, assisting the Director in making decisions regarding efficient utilization of financial and physical resources, and serving in other capacities as identified by the Director.
  6. All AC proceedings shall be governed by the Bylaws.
  7. The Bylaws and any future amendments shall be subject to Senate approval.

Article IV—Director

The Director shall…

  1. Develop, implement and evaluate the range of service of CGR, as outlined in Article II.
  2. Collaborate with other University systems to enhance their services that support the Purposes of the Center.
  3. Set priorities among CGR programs and activities based upon needs and interests expressed by faculty and students, given time, budget and other resources in the year.
  4. Maintain the CGR budget.
  5. Pursue outside funding resources for CGR activities.
  6. Provide a yearly report to the University Senate, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the AC, which will include a review of projects and activities.
  7. Receive six load credits of reassigned time per calendar year for the first two years of operation. At the end of these two years the AC shall recommend any necessary change.

Article V—Meetings

  1. The AC will meet on a regular basis as established by the Director, no less than once each semester.
  2. The Director will act as Meeting Chair. If the Director is unable to do so, the Director will appoint an AC member to act as Meeting Chair.
  3. The Meeting Chair will appoint an AC member to take minutes.
  4. Minutes of All AC meetings will be distributed to the Director, members of the AC, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the University Senate.

Article VI—Amendments

All amendments to the Bylaws shall require a two-thirds majority vote by the AC, and approval by the University Senate.

Approved by the Senate R-03-12-03
Approved by the President 02/24/04

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