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3. Organization

The Department shall consist of all faculty members, staff and teaching and research assistants or fellows. It shall be administered by the Department Chair.

3.1. Chair

The Chair shall be appointed by the President of the University of Nevada, Reno, acting on the nomination of the faculty and endorsement of the Dean of the College of Engineering. The term of office for a new Department Chair shall be five years. Reappointment is possible for a three year term if re-nominated by a majority of the Departmental voting faculty. For the five year initial appointment, the voting faculty will vote at the end of the third year to recommend to the Dean the termination or continuation of the original term.

The Chair shall be the administrative and executive officer of the Department, the Chair of its faculty, and ex-officio member of all its committees not having to do with the evaluation of the Chair. The Chair shall also serve as the chief representative of the Department within the University and as the chief spokesperson for the faculty of the Department. The position of Chair shall carry with it full authority to manage the Department and the person filling that position will be responsible for administrating the Department in a manner generally compatible with the thinking and expressed wishes of a majority of the faculty.

The Chair shall be responsible for recommending the appointment of new personnel and making recommendations for promotion and tenure. Such recommendations concerning tenure, promotion, merit, and non-renewal of contract shall be made by the Chair only after considering the written recommendations of the Departmental Personnel Committees. In the event the Chair disagrees with the recommendation of a personnel committee, a written
justification shall be provided to the personnel committee.

The Chair shall, in consultation with the Faculty, prepare class schedules, make teaching assignments and prepare the Department budget. The Chair shall keep the faculty advised of his decisions regarding expenditure of funds, assignment of duties to Department staff and committee assignments. Capital expenditures in excess of $5,000 shall receive prior review by the Equipment and Facilities Committee. In addition, the Chair shall perform other management tasks as needed, and carry out such duties as expected of a faculty member.

The Department Chair will be evaluated annually according to the Nevada System of Higher Education Code by the Personnel Evaluation Committee and the results reported to the Dean of the College of Engineering, or his designated representative.

3.2. Committees

The standing committees of the Department will be:

  • Personnel
  • Equipment and Facilities
  • Undergraduate Studies
  • Graduate Studies
  • Assessment

In addition, the Chair may, at his discretion, appoint other committees to assist him in fulfilling various administrative and management duties.

3.2.1. Personnel Committees

Only Tenured and Tenure-Track faculty may serve on Personnel Committees.

3.2.1.1. Promotion and Tenure Committee

Promotion and tenure committees will function in accordance with the guidelines specified in the College of Engineering Bylaws and the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws.

  1. Professors will advise the Chair on non-emeritus promotion of associate and assistant professors
  2. Professors and associate professors will advise the Chair on non-emeritus promotion of assistant professors.
  3. Non-retiring faculty members may advise the Chair on emeritus promotions for faculty retiring without a mandated emeritus promotion recommendation.
  4. Tenured faculty will advise the Chair on tenure.
  5. Tenured and Tenure-Track faculty will advise the Chair on the recognition or promotion of adjunct faculty.
3.2.1.2. Evaluation Committee

This committee will advise the Chair on annual evaluation and merit for all faculty except the Chair, and will advise the Dean on annual evaluation of the Chair. It will be constituted in the fall semester of each year and will have three (3) eligible faculty members with at least two ranks represented. The term for each member will be for two years, with the terms staggered so that not all members are replaced in one year. One year terms for the initial constitution of the committee will be determined by random process. This committee will be appointed by the Chair in time to meet all evaluation deadlines and subject to the following criteria:

A faculty member will be eligible for selection to the Committee provided that the faculty member:

  1. Is not the Chair and
  2. Is available to serve and
  3. Has been a faculty member for at least one year and
  4. Did not serve on the Committee in past year

3.2.2 Equipment and Facilities Committee

This committee will make recommendations to the Voting Faculty for the acquisition and use of departmental equipment, laboratory space and facilities. It will advise the Department Chair on laboratory administration. It will monitor the computing environment to insure that it supports the Department's mission. It will implement and enforce computer account policies approved by the Department. The Chair of the committee will supervise the staff responsible for system administration. The staff person in charge of system administration is a voting member of this committee.

3.2.3 Undergraduate Studies Committee

This committee will serve as a general policy making committee for undergraduate studies and make recommendations to the Voting Faculty for approval. It will be the curriculum committee for undergraduate programs and
courses. It will help promote the programs and recruit undergraduate majors. It will respond to undergraduate articulation and transfer course evaluation requests. The Undergraduate Program Director will chair this committee and will lead it in carrying out its functions and responsibilities.

3.2.4 Graduate Studies Committee

This committee will serve as a general policy making committee for graduate studies and make recommendations to the Voting Faculty for approval. It will be the curriculum committee for graduate programs and courses. It will help promote the programs and recruit graduate majors. It will be responsible for evaluating applicants for admission, assistantship, and other scholarships or fellowships. The Graduate Program Director will chair this committee and will lead it in carrying out its functions and responsibilities.

3.2.5 Assessment Committee

This committee will advise the Chair and make recommendations to the Voting Faculty on the collection and evaluation of assessment data and its feedback for program evaluations. On a periodic basis the committee will (i)review graduation exit surveys, alumni surveys, and input from the Industry Advisory Board, (ii) review the instructor appraisals and responses to student course evaluations. Following the reviews, the committee could make recommendations on individual courses and overall program.

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