Bylaws of the Center of Basque Studies
- University of Nevada, Reno
- Approved by the Department Faculty on June 9, 2020
- Approved by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts on June 23, 2020
Table of Contents
- Scope of the Bylaws
- Adoption of the Bylaws
- Amendments to the Bylaws
- Mission and Priorities of the CBS
- Faculty Definitions
- Regular Faculty
- Temporary Instructors
- Visiting Scholars
- Adjunct Faculty
- Voting Rights
- The Director
- Responsibilities and Duties of the Director
- Selection Procedures and Term of Appointment
- Replacement or Removal of the Director
- The Director of Graduate Studies
- The CBS Advisory Board
- Specific Expectations
- The CBS Press Editorial Board
- Board Membership
- Scholarly Manuscripts
- Press Series
- Voting Rights
- The CBS Outreach Committee
- CBS Outreach Committee Membership
- CBS Outreach Committee Mission
- Personnel Policies and Procedures
- Faculty Responsibilities
- Entrepreneurial Activity
- Recruitment and Appointment of Faculty
- Evaluation of Faculty
- Annual Role Statements
- Standards of Review
- Merit Consideration of Faculty
- Tenure and Promotion
- Initiating Considering and Forming the Tenure and Promotion (T&P) Committee
- Standards for Appointment with Tenure and Promotions to Associate Professor (Rank III)
- Procedures and Criteria for Promotion to Professor (Rank IV)
- Negative Recommendations
- Departmental Meetings
- Faculty Responsibilities
- Other Provisions
These bylaws of the Center for Basque Studies (hereafter known as the CBS) are authorized by Section 2.1.2 of the Bylaws of the University of Nevada, Reno.
2. Scope of the Bylaws
These bylaws provide for and articulate (a) the organization of the CBS; (b) its mission and priorities; (c) the duties and responsibilities of its faculty; and (d) criteria for the recruitment, evaluation, tenure and promotion of faculty at all ranks.
3. Adoption of the Bylaws
These bylaws shall be adopted and in force following approval by two-thirds of the regular CBS faculty, approval by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts (hereafter known as the CLA).
4. Amendments to the Bylaws
Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member at the CBS may propose an amendment to the bylaws by submitting it in writing to the director of the CBS, who shall submit it to the faculty for consideration. If two-thirds of the faculty approves the proposed amendment, the proposed change to the bylaws shall be submitted by the director of the CBS to the dean of the CLA for consideration through the approval process as specified in the bylaws of the CLA and university.
5. Mission and Priorities of the CBS
The primary mission of the CBS is to conduct, facilitate and disseminate the results of research on the Basques to a local, regional, national and international audience through publications, conference presentations, lectures for the general public, and creative activities. Established in 1967 as the “Basque Studies Program” and a part of the Desert Research Institute, its research and outreach missions have been priorities since its inception, and teaching roles were voluntarily added in the following decades. Today, the CBS is the premier international research institution in its field outside of the Basque Country. The CBS strives to be a center of excellence in all areas of research, outreach and service, and also in teaching, though the principal mission remains research. The Jon Bilbao Basque Library, the Advisory Board and the CBS Press enhance the national and international profile of the Center. The Library houses the largest collection of Basque-related educational material outside the Basque Country itself. The Center’s high profile as a research unit derives primarily from the publications of its faculty members, from book production by the CBS Press, and course provision to UNR undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 2000, the CBS Press produces an average of ten books annually, and it is the world’s largest publisher of original and translated books about the Basques in the English language. The Center is also unique as the sole provider of a tutorial Ph.D. in Basque Studies. Our mission complements that of the University of Nevada, Reno, and the College of Liberal Arts, in which the Center is located.
The CBS supports discovery, creativity, academic rigor and the advancement of knowledge. Its faculty is composed of active, intellectually engaged scholars who present their research at major national and international academic events, in respected journals and in publications with leading academic presses. Faculty members value interdisciplinary scholarship and outreach to the general public and continually strive to enrich their own specializations through other fields of knowledge.
7. Voting Rights
Only regular faculty members, as defined in section 6, are eligible to vote at departmental meetings or when such voting is deemed appropriate. Temporary instructors, visiting scholars and adjunct faculty do not hold any voting privileges, nor shall they participate in departmental meetings, except by the director’s invitation.
9. The Director of Graduate Studies
A Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) will be elected for a particular term of appointment, typically three years. The DGS shall be nominated by a majority secret-ballot vote of all regular CBS faculty in April preceding the start of appointment on July 1st. The typical role of the DGS at the CBS is to supervise and coordinate the administration and governance of graduate studies, to serve as a point of contact for graduate students enrolled in the program, to act as the liaison among the graduate students, program faculty, and the college and Graduate School administrations, to serve as the program’s representative on University committees as appropriate, to review curriculum for the Basque Studies Ph.D. program, to communicate relevant matters to the program faculty and graduate students as needed, informing about policies, deadlines, and programs and forwarding recommendations, nominations, and other information from the faculty to the appropriate college and Graduate School administrations. The DGS at the CBS also regulates, administrates and oversees the cotutelle or co-tutoring agreements that the CBS has signed with the University of the Basque Country.
14. Other provisions
Any aspect not included in these bylaws will be regulated by the college or/and university bylaws.