Bylaws of the Department of Anthropology

  • University of Nevada Reno
  • Approved by the Department Faculty on April 4, 2008
  • Approved by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts on November 3, 2008

Table of Contents

  1. Bylaws
  2. Mission and Priorities of the Department
  3. Organization of the Department
  4. Department Policies and Procedures

Appendix 1


I. Bylaws

  1. Authority for departmental bylaws is provided by the university bylaws as well as the bylaws of the College of Liberal Arts as adopted on June 22, 2006.
  2. No article of these bylaws shall controvert any provision of the university or college bylaws.
  3. These bylaws shall be adopted and may be changed by a two-thirds vote of the regular faculty in a secret written ballot.

II. Mission & Priorities of the Department

The University of Nevada, Reno is a state university and aspires to a level of excellence in its activities and programs that is comparable to the best of state universities. The mission and priorities of the Department of Anthropology are in accord with this aspiration. The activities of the university and its constituent units comprise teaching, research, and service. However, since teaching at the university level cannot be separated from scholarship as a broader activity involving research and the synthesis of knowledge, these activities are viewed as being of equal importance and of greater importance than service activities. The anthropology department’s mission is to give Nevada’s students the intellectual means and maturity to analyze, interpret, and respect the variety in human lifeways throughout all parts of the world. The practical goal of the department is to provide undergraduate students with topically diverse coursework and research experience in cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and linguistics. In the department’s graduate programs, the mission is further to create independent, original thinkers who can design and carry out complex research, communicate the results of research, and make significant advances in the scientific study of humanity. Specific objectives to achieve these goals are

  1. to transmit to students in lectures, seminars, discussion sections, labs, and through personal advice and counseling, the knowledge, perspectives, and methods of the various branches and sub-fields of anthropology and, more generally, of a liberal arts curriculum;
  2. to actively participate in the acquisition, synthesis, dissemination, and advancement of knowledge through research and scholarly activities; and
  3. to serve the university, the citizens of the state, the profession of anthropology, and the wider community by providing, where appropriate, expert knowledge, experience, and advice.

III. Organization of the Department


IV. Department Policies & Procedures


Appendix 1: Criteria for Faculty Annual Evaluation, Tenure, and Promotion

  • Teaching. The department shall consider the following sources of evidence to evaluate faculty performance in teaching:
    • Classroom teaching
      • Student evaluations
      • Peer evaluations
      • Teaching grants and awards
      • New course preparation and revision
      • Teaching materials
    • Service on Graduate Advisory Committees
    • Supervision of independent study courses
    • Advising students
    • Advising student clubs or organizations
    • Textbook writing
  • Research. The department shall consider the following sources of evidence to evaluate faculty performance in research and scholarship:
    • Publications
      • Publication categories by order of importance
        • Tier 1: single authored books, articles in refereed national or international journals
        • Tier 2: Conference proceedings, articles in regional journals, edited and co-edited books
        • Tier 3: research reports, book reviews
      • For annual evaluations, each publication is counted once, either when in press or when they appear.
    • Presentations of posters or papers at scholarly meetings
    • Organization of conference symposia
    • Externally funded research grants or contracts
    • Research awards
    • Editing scholarly journals
  • Service:The department shall consider the following sources of evidence to evaluate faculty performance in service:
    • Institutional service
      • Membership on department, college, and university committees
      • Administrative activities
      • Governance activities (e.g., Faculty Senate)
    • Professional service
      • Refereeing research proposals and manuscripts for professional journals, organizations, and publishing companies
      • Holding offices in professional organizations
      • Organizing scholarly meetings
      • Serving on panels for funding agencies
    • Community and Public service
      • Public talks
      • Consulting
      • Community outreach