EEES Bylaws

EEES Faculty all have the same rights and responsibilities, which includes:

  • Eligible to be primary Ph.D. advisor and Chair of Dissertation Committees, to vote on prospective new students and faculty in EEES, and to vote on and serve as Chair and Associate Chair of EEES;
  • Expected to serve on advisory committees, participate in EEES-Lunches and seminars, and contribute to the curriculum in general.

EEES students all have the same rights and responsibilities, which includes:

  • Eligible for five years of stipend support with access to curriculum and resources of EEES;
  • Expected to participate in EEES-Lunches and seminars, and contribute to teaching.

Faculty can be appointed to EEES by majority vote of EEES Faculty. Candidates for EEES Faculty should have research and teaching interests that fall within the broad area of “Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems & Society” and that specifically include ecology, evolutionary biology, or socio-ecological systems. Prospective EEES faculty should note that all Ph.D. students in EEES are expected to enthusiastically master the foundations of ecology and evolutionary biology and foundations in ecosystems and society as part of their program. Applications for membership in the EEES faculty should include (1) a brief statement of scholarly interests, (2) a CV, and (3) a simple endorsement of the application to join EEES by their Department or Program Chair and another from their Associate Dean. For prospective new faculty members of EEES that are being recruited as a new hire by Dartmouth, EEES respectfully requests that the cognizant Department or Program Chair initiate discussions with EEES early in the negotiation process. Applications should be copied to the Dean of GRAD. Eligible to be appointed as EEES Faculty are Tenure-track or Research Faculty from any department at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, or Tuck School of Business. EEES Appointments of new faculty shall include consideration of impacts on EEES resources and training capacity. All EEES faculty are subject to reappointments at 5-year intervals that will depend upon activity within the program (e.g., as committee members and Instructors of EEES courses).

As an alternative to being full faculty members of EEES, faculty can be appointed as EEES Affiliates. Affiliate Faculty can serve on Advisory Committees, participate in EEES-Lunches and seminars, and contribute to the curriculum, but are not eligible to serve as primary Ph.D. advisors or to vote on EEES membership (faculty and students) or governance (bylaws and Chair / Associate Chair). Affiliate faculty are appointed by majority vote of EEES Faculty.

New graduate students are selected by majority vote of EEES Faculty. Selection criteria will include student qualifications, match with major advisor and program curriculum, and prospects for success in EEES. The selection process will aim to maintain the vigor of both clusters within EEES (EEB and SEE).

Administration and oversight of EEES will be by a Chair and Associate Chair, who will be selected by vote of EEES Faculty (see details below). Normal appointments will be for three years (eligible for renewal), but can also be for shorter terms with agreement of EEES Faculty. Responsibilities of Chair and Associate Chair include:

  • Manage budget for stipends (DFs, GAANNs, RAs, etc.);
  • Maintain multi-year cohort projections to help EEES faculty determine targets for new students; negotiate with Dean of Graduate Studies on the number of new offers to be made each year;
  • Oversee Cramer Funds;
  • Assign teaching assistants to courses;
  • Aid EEES faculty in managing EEES curriculum and activities;
  • Maintain and update EEES guidelines and EEES web site;
  • Oversee student applications, interviews, and offers;
  • Hold annual individual meetings with EEES students to check on student progress in meeting program benchmarks;
  • Oversee award nominations for EEES students;
  • Represent EEES with Graduate Student Council and Office of Graduate Studies; provide point of contact for EEES from elsewhere within and outside Dartmouth;
  • Provide 2nd tier resource (after advisory committees) for graduate students, major advisors, and committee members;
  • Initiate nominations and votes for new appointments of EEES Chair and Associate Chair.

TA assignments for EEES graduate students

The two objectives of TA assignments of EEES graduate students are (1) contribute to the College mission of providing outstanding undergraduate education, and (2) contribute to the training of EEES graduate students.

Any Dartmouth courses are eligible to be staffed by Graduate Teaching Assistants from EEES, but it is expected that the assignments will generally be within the Departments of EEES faculty. Requests for TA support can be provided to the Chair of EEES, who will make the final determination of TA assignments. Preference will be given toward supporting with TAs courses that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Laboratory courses with a curriculum that is core to EEES (e.g., Intro Ecology, Bio FSP, Methods in Ecology, Animal Behavior, Physiological Ecology).
  • Courses that have high grading commitments and/or significant contact time outside of lectures and curriculum that is core to EEES (e.g., statistics, numerous ENVS courses)
  • Courses that have been traditionally provided with TAs by EEB.

Additional guidelines for TA assignments
Expected annual teaching responsibilities:
2 courses / year:  Dartmouth Fellows, EEES Fellows, GAANN Fellows, McCullough Fellows
1 course / year: RAs, 5th year students, STARR Fellows, IGERT Fellows
0 courses / year:  GK-12
Optional: NSF GRF

TAing Bio FSP counts for 2 slots.
TAing Bio 22 counts for 2 slots.
TAing ENVS FSP counts for 1 slot (short duration).

When TA assignments to a course exceed requirements (as judged by the Professor), one or more TAs assigned to that course can be relieved based on seniority (most senior grad students relieved first), with a random draw among the most senior when there are ties.

Process for selecting EEES Chair and Associate Chair

  • EEES faculty will form a nominations committee to solicit candidates for Chair and Associate Chair of the program. The nominations committee will include representatives from each of the program’s participating departments and from among the EEES graduate students. The nominations committee should be formed and voted on during the Winter EEES faculty meeting of the final year of the current Chair and Associate Chair’s term. Self-nominations are welcome.
  • The nominations committee will present one or more slates of candidates (Chair and Associate Chair pairs) to the faculty and allow for two weeks of consideration. As a goal the committee will strive for balance and representation among gender and epistemology.
  • Voting will be anonymous. Votes will be submitted to the Administrative Assistant for EEES (currently Amy Layne). One vote for each full faculty member of EEES. Note that all current members of EEES are full faculty members, but our bylaws allow for Affiliate Faculty. Votes will remain anonymous to EEES faculty including current Chair and Associate Chair. After the voting period of two weeks, results will be communicated to EEES faculty by the Administrative Assistant for EEES, with CC to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Bylaws can be modified as desired by majority vote of EEES Faculty.