BYLAWS
PROPOSED CHANGES

 

 

Please find below a list of proposed changes to the SFHS bylaws.  The Executive Committee warmly invites comment on these proposals over the course of the next thirty days, until 19 April 2017.  If you would like to submit any feedback, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.  Thank you!


In III, Officers; Duties of Officers

E. The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has recently voted to propose adding an additional at-large committee member to the committee.  Based on feedback from the SFHS membership, the EC has voted to clarify the wording from

“four at-large members, one of whom must be untenured at time of election;”

to:

“one of whom must hold a doctoral degree but has never held tenure at any time prior to time of election;”

 

Rationale: This change reflects the sense of the Executive Committee that it would like to have an untenured voice on the committee, but it prefers that the candidate hold a doctoral degree and be at the beginning of the professional career.


In VI, Prizes

D. The Research Travel Award

Fourth paragraph currently reads:

"The Research Travel Award Committee consists of three members, representing different periods of French history. Members are appointed by the Executive Committee of the Society for French Historical Studies for staggered three-year terms. The Executive Committee of the Western Society for French History may appoint one member if it chooses to do so."

The Executive Committee has voted to propose to change that language as follows:

"The Research Travel Award Committee consists of four members, representing different periods of French history. Members are appointed by the Executive Committee of the Society for French Historical Studies for staggered three-year terms. The Executive Committee of the Western Society for French History may appoint one member if it chooses to do so."

 

E. The Marjorie M. and Lancelot L. Farrar Awards

Third paragraph currently reads:

“The Marjorie M. and Lancelot L. Farrar Memorial Awards Committee will be responsible for selecting the recipients of this award. The committee will consist of three members representing different periods of French history. Members are appointed by the Executive Committee for staggered three-year terms.”

The Executive Committee has voted to propose to change that language as follows:

“The Marjorie M. and Lancelot L. Farrar Memorial Awards Committee will be responsible for selecting the recipients of this award. The committee will consist of four members representing different periods of French history. Members are appointed by the Executive Committee for staggered three-year terms.”

 

Rationale

With the addition of two new Research/Travel awards, funded through the new agreement between the SFHS and the IFA, there promises to be substantially more work for the committee.  The addition of a fourth member would help offset that extra work while allowing for a wider distribution of expertise.  Four members sits uncomfortably with the rule for "staggered three-year terms."  But it does not seem feasible to ask people to serve for four years.  It will simply mean replacing two people, rather than only one, every few years.


The Executive Committee has voted to propose adding the following language to VI. Prizes:

G. Institut Français d’Amérique Fund Research Fellowships

“The Society for French Historical Studies will offer annually two research fellowships for maintenance during research in France for a period of at least one month.  Candidates should be working on PhD dissertations, or they should have received the PhD no longer than three years before the application deadline.  These awards are not for travel to or from France.  The proposed fields for research can include all areas of French historical and cultural studies.

The two awards will be named in alternating years the Gilbert Chinard Fellowship or the Harmon Chadbourn Rorison Fellowship, for the first award, and the Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship or the Catherine Maley Fellowship, for the second award.  The Chinard/Rorison Fellowship will support research in all areas of French historical and cultural studies.  The Morot-Sir/Maley Fellowship will give preference to young scholars working in a broadly defined field of cultural history, art history, or literary studies.  The SFHS Research Travel Awards Committee is responsible for evaluating proposals and choosing the winners.

These awards are underwritten by the ‘Institut Français d’Amérique Fund’ of the Society for French Historical Studies, in recognition of the scholarship and service to the profession provided by of some of the founding members of the Institut Français de Washington, founded in 1926.”

 

Rationale

When the IFA melted into the SFHS this past year, the MOU stipulated the creation of these two fellowships.  They therefore need to be added to the bylaws.


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