Who is the president?
What does the president do?
The CSSA president is responsible for making sure that the CSSA serves a purpose to the students of the department. Some of the president's duties follow (in case you want to nominate yourself for next year):
The job also comes with certain benefits:
- Represent the students in faculy meetings.
- Act as a liason between students and faculty/staff.
- Organize students to sit on department committees.
- Assist in student recruitment (Candidates' Day).
- Serve as an outlet for students to voice complaints, with those complaints remaining anonymous.
- Organize (or appoint someone else to organize) social events (annual spring picnic, UNC basketball parties, etc.).
- Keep CSSA web pages up-to-date.
- Large private office in a choice location (near mailboxes, copy machine, printers, TSC, front door)
- Digital phone (with caller ID within the department)
- Fast PC
- Honor and respect from your peers =)
- A chance to get a window office in the next year
Michele Clark (president 1998-1999) has compiled a detailed page of presidential duties.
Past CSSA Presidents and Officers:
|Presidential Duties [top]|
Here is a breakdown of duties:
- Calendar of Activities
- Faculty Lunch
- Possible Projects
- Technical details
- Spring Picnic
- treasurer duties
- Other things
All former CSSA presidents are excused from doing anything. If you absolutely must ask them to do something, they can say "No" with no questions asked or guilty looks given. =) But, they are always available for advice.
Calendar of Activities [duties]
Note: Much of this has been taken from /~cssa/tasks/
Month Duty August Garden Party (this hasn't been done in a while...)
list of previous officers (Update This!)
Sign up folks to serve on committees
March Candidates' Day
Help Faculty Search committee member organize student meetings with faculty candidates. Make sure you get feedback from students present at these meetings -- you will get asked about student opinion at the faculty meetings. It's very useful to attend them yourself, even if the candidate is not in your research area. Steer the discussion away from research topics to areas like teaching philosophy, advising philosophy, general areas to find out what kind of person this is and if students would be willing to work with them.
April Hold Elections
Make sure the CSSA course review pages are open for comment, and send email to the faculty email list to remind them to announce it to their students.
May Graduation June
July Clean out fridges. (0 floor, 3rd floor in student lounge) =)
Diplomas were given out at department ceremony for the first time in May 1987. The ceremony (held in SN 014) is for undergrad, Masters', and Ph.D. graduates.
The main duty of the CSSA President at graduation is to give out the CSSA Teaching Award. It's nice to get a statement from the student nominators to read during the ceremony. (See nomination link under 1998-99 award.)
Here's how to make (edit) the teaching award certificates:
Normally, most votes in ++ to 0 range. Someone who gets an offer typically has mostly ++'s and some +'s. on faccands, mail jay with student comments and he'll respond with CONFIDENTIAL mail from faculty with their comments. this mail should be destroyed after voting.
++ Yes, sign him up, give him an office. + Yes, good candidate. 0 or neutral No strong feeling either way. - Would prefer this person not come here. -- would consider resigning if this person were to come here.
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