ARTICLE I: NAME AND MISSION
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be: Writing, Rhetoric, and Praxis (WRAP)
Section 2. WRAP is the graduate student group of Michigan State University’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture (WRAC) program. The purpose of WRAP shall be to engage WRAC students in social and scholarly activities, to help promote interaction and collaboration among new scholars, and to promote and make space for advocacy for all WRAC graduate students.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Any MSU WRAC graduate student may be a member of WRAP and may be officers. All members have the right to vote. WRAP will not discriminate on the basis of age, color, gender, gender identity, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers for WRAP shall consist of the following elected positions: President(s), Events Chair, Professional Development Chair, Recruitment Chair, Research and Assessment Chair, Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Advisory Committee (RWGAC) Reps (1 PhD and 1 MA), Media Chair, Graduate Union Representative, Professional Writing Representative, and a Council of Graduate Students (COGs) Representative. This group of officers shall be known as the WRAP Executive Committee (EC). All elected positions except that of President shall serve for one school year (from the beginning of the fall semester to the end of the spring semester–1 full academic year). President(s) will serve from the end of the spring semester of their elected term to the end of the following spring semester (1 full calendar year).
Section 2. Only current graduate students in the WRAC program may nominate, be nominated and vote on officers; elections shall be by secret ballot and require a simple majority of members present. Votes shall be counted by a third party, the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture Bylaws and Elections Committee, to certify the results.
Section 3. All officer descriptions are subject to change.
The President(s) of WRAP has some very specific roles and responsibilities, but more than that, this position requires leadership that encourages participation and inclusion in all WRAP activities as a mouthpiece, a cheerleader, an advocate, and a project manager. The specific roles and responsibilities of the president include: submitting paperwork each Fall to maintain WRAP’s status as a registered student organization (RSO); scheduling and facilitating EC meetings; organizing and managing WRAP’s finances; including submitting a yearly budget request to the director of Rhetoric and Writing; serving on the WRAC Advisory Council; keeping the graduate student community informed via social media and the WRAP website in conjunction with the Media Chair; and organizing Spring elections. The president(s) will also have contact with the graduate committee representative.
Additional EC Officers are described as follows:
The Events Chair will uphold the social mission of the organization by planning and executing all WRAP social events, including retreats . The events chair is responsible for recruiting and working with a committee of other graduate students on a regular basis to help publicize and facilitate these events, and they report to the EC. The events chair allocates their allotted budget for each WRAP sponsored event with the EC.
The Professional Development Chair is in charge of promoting and curating a set of resources aimed at increasing graduate student productivity in scholarly venues. The professional development chair is responsible for recruiting and working with a committee of other graduate students on a regular basis and reporting to the EC. The professional development chair will lead the EC in developing and planning professional workshops aimed at increasing graduate students productivity. The professional development chair reports to the EC.
The Recruitment Chair acts as the point person for recruitment and is responsible for assigning incoming MA and PhD mentors in early August. The recruitment chair will work closely with the graduate committee representative. When possible (e.g. when the recruitment chair has not graduated), the outgoing recruitment chair will work closely with the incoming recruitment chair the following AY to serve as the fall buddy liaison for incoming students. The recruitment chair is responsible for recruiting and working with a committee of other graduate students on a regular basis and reports to the EC.
The Research and Assessment Chair will produce and synthesize research for and about WRAP. In addition to any special inquiries graduate students may have about WRAP, the research and assessment chair will organize the ongoing development and production of yearly data collection, and will produce an Annual Report documenting the state of the graduate program, whose audience includes WRAP members, the WRAC Chair, and the Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Directors.
The RWGAC Representatives (MA and PhD) shall meet regularly with the Graduate Director and the Assistant Directors to provide advice on, among other matters, program curriculum, graduate student admissions, graduate student financial support and awards, graduation certification, programming, and program expenditures. RWGAC may adopt internal procedures, including the appointment of subcommittees to accomplish these tasks. The representative shall serve a 1-year term (Representatives may serve a maximum of two terms during their graduate program). Representatives should recuse themselves whenever they have reason to believe that their participation in such deliberations creates a conflict of interest or constitutes an ethical dilemma in regards to other students (or potential students) in the program. Graduate student representatives will not participate in or vote on matters involving evaluation or review of current graduate students in the program.
The Media Chair is responsible for maintaining the WRAP website and social media accounts. The Media Chair should work closely with all officers of the EC to make sure their events are publicized in a timely manner. The media chair is responsible for recruiting and working with a committee of other graduate students on a regular basis and reports to the EC.
The Union Representative (UR) will serve as the liaison for WRAP to the Graduate Employee Union (GEU) of MSU. The UR will attend general meetings as set by the GEU Stewards committee at the beginning of the AY. The UR will serve on subcommittees in the GEU and report back to the EC.
The Professional Writing Curriculum Committee Representative serves as a liaison to the Professional Writing program within WRAC. “Because PW courses at the 400 level are among those required for the MA-DRPW, the program seeks a graduate student representative from the DRPW MA program to serve on the committee.The Professional Writing Program Committee meets every other week during the academic year to: advise the director of the PW program; discuss matters relevant to the program, such as advising, recruitment, professional development workshops and field trips; discuss policy changes for the program; review applications from graduate teaching assistants applying to teach in the PW program; review applications for travel support from PW students; review proposals for curricular changes” (description from Laura Julier, Director of PW 2014-2015).
The Council of Graduate Students (COGs) Representative will serve as full member of the Council of Graduate Students. The COGS representative will have voting power on behalf of WRAP and will serve on various sub-committees per the organization’s bylaws. The representative will be required to attend all meetings and report to the EC.
Section 4. An officer failing to maintain their listed duties, may be removed from their position by a majority vote of the remaining officers present at the meeting in which the vote occurs. A two week notification period, both to the offending officer and to the EC, must take place for any vote on officer (re)placement.
ARTICLE IV: OPERATING PROCEDURES
Section 1. WRAP meetings shall occur 2–3 times a semester, OR as determined by the current officers.
Section 2. WRAP shall abide by all rules as determined by the current EC.
Section 3. WRAP does not have any additionally formal committees outside of the officer positions; however, committee formation and membership is subject to change.
Subsection 3.1. Additional committees to be filled at the president’(s) discretion are the WRAC Appointment and Equal Opportunity (AEO) Committee and the WRAC Awards and Nominations Committee. Additional committees that WRAP may appoint to are following. Students interested in these committees should make their interest known to the president(s) in early August.
College Advisory Committee (CAC) – “The College Advisory Council shall serve as a deliberative body for faculty and students to participate in the policy-making of the College. The College Advisory Council shall serve as a deliberative body which recommends policies to the Dean. The College Advisory Council shall act as an agency through which individual faculty or students may initiate action in the academic governance of the College; it may refer such matter to an appropriate College committee, and shall receive reports as required from College representatives to University committees. The College Advisory Council shall advise and consult with the Dean on problems concerning the welfare of the College. Student members shall serve one-year terms” (College By-Laws).http://www.cal.msu.edu/admin-offices/admin-and-governance/
College Curriculum Committee (CCC) – “The College Curriculum Committee shall review and evaluate College educational policies, including those governing pedagogy and educational objectives, and bring before the College any issues that might, in the opinion of this Committee, require deliberation by the College faculty as a whole. The College Curriculum Committee shall deal with problems presented to it or issues defined within the Committee as a result of its concern for curricular matters inside and outside the College. In consultation with the faculty of the Departments, the College Curriculum Committee shall decide on the establishment and elimination of courses and curricula within the College. The graduate student representatives shall serve one-year terms” (College By-Laws). http://www.cal.msu.edu/admin-offices/admin-and-governance/
College Graduate Council (CGC) – “The College Graduate Council shall be the legislative and policy-making organ of the College in all matters dealing with graduate work. In consultation with the faculty of the Departments, the College Graduate Council shall make decisions on existing and proposed graduate programs and courses within the College. The graduate student representatives must be enrolled in an advanced degree program within the College of Arts and Letters and in good academic standing. The graduate student representatives shall serve a one-year term, to commence at the beginning of the fall semester” (College By-Laws). http://www.cal.msu.edu/admin-offices/admin-and-governance/
ARTICLE V: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. A notice of two weeks shall be given to the officers by any member of WRAP before voting to amend the Constitution.
Section 2. Amendments to the Constitution shall be made in writing, include the original, relevant language of the proposed change, and the revised or amended version of the amendment.
Section 3. Amendments can be passed by a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote by the members of WRAP present at the meeting in which the voting happens.
Updated August 2017