Bylaws of the College of Liberal Arts

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Approved by the College Faculty May 22, 2018
  • Approved by the Dean May 23, 2018
  • Approved by the President June 25, 2018

Table of Contents

  • Chapter I: Bylaws
    • 1. Authorization
    • 2. Scope of the Bylaws
    • 3. Adoption of the Bylaws
    • 4. Amendments to the Bylaws
    • 5. Interpretation of the Bylaws
  • Chapter II: Mission and Organization
    • 6. Mission
    • 7. Composition and Organization of the College
    • 8. Bylaws of the Constituent Parts
    • 9. College Faculty Meetings
  • Chapter III: Faculty Definitions and Voting Rights
    • 10. Faculty
    • 11. Voting in College and Departments
  • Chapter IV: Administrative Structure
    • 12. The Dean
    • 13. The Associate and Assistant Deans
    • 14. The School of the Arts and the School of Social Research and Justice Studies
    • 15. Department Chairs and Other Unit Directors
    • 16. College Collaborative Governance
    • 17. Standing Committees
  • Chapter V: Personnel Policies and Procedures
    • 18. Faculty Responsibilities and Activities
    • 19. Recruitment and Appointment of Faculty
    • 20. Evaluation of Faculty
    • 21. Progress toward Tenure and Probationary Period
    • 22. Tenure and Promotion
    • 23. Reappointment and Promotion: Non-tenure-track Academic Faculty
 

Chapter I - Bylaws

  • 1. Authorization

    These bylaws of the College of Liberal Arts are authorized by Section 2.1.1 of the Bylaws of the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • 2. Scope of the Bylaws

    These bylaws provide for and articulate

    1. the organization and administrative structure of the college;
    2. the duties and responsibilities of administrative personnel;
    3. the duties, responsibilities and rankings of faculty;
    4. the creation and modification of curricular and personnel policies;
    5. criteria for recruitment, evaluation, tenure, and promotion of faculty at all ranks; and
    6. other relevant matters.

    These bylaws shall be consistent with and subordinate to the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Code (Title 2, Board of Regents Handbook), the laws of the State of Nevada, and the laws of the United States of America.

  • 3. Adoption of the Bylaws

    These bylaws shall be adopted and in force when they have been approved by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the President of the University of Nevada, Reno, in accordance with the procedures specified in the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws.

  • 4. Amendments to the Bylaws

    Any member of the college faculty as defined below may propose an amendment to the bylaws by submitting the proposed amendment in writing to the college secretary. The college secretary shall submit the proposed amendment to the Planning Committee for consideration, and the Planning Committee shall meet to consider the proposal. If the Planning Committee approves the proposed amendment, it proceeds through the approval process as specified in the University Bylaws. If the Planning Committee does not approve the proposed amendment and thus chooses not to submit the proposed amendment to the faculty, then a petition signed by fifteen percent of the College of Liberal Arts faculty will result in the proposed amendment being sent through the approval process as specified in the University Bylaws.

  • 5. Interpretation of the Bylaws

    Questions of interpretation of these bylaws shall be directed to the Planning Committee, which shall review the question and forward its recommendations to the dean for a decision. The dean shall make his or her decision upon appropriate consultation and in a manner consistent with the NSHE Code and established university and college policies and procedures.

 

Chapter II - Mission and Organization

  • 6. Mission

    The College of Liberal Arts is central to the intellectual and artistic life of the University of Nevada, Reno. We contribute to the university’s efforts to provide undergraduate students with general and specialized education that will prepare them for advanced study, careers, and citizenship in a diverse world. The college offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts,and natural sciences. The quality and effectiveness of the college’s departments,programs, and schools are crucial to the success of the university.

    The college provides students with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and creative experience they need to navigate in a complex global environment. College faculty members teach courses in their own fields of expertise, play an active role in the Core Curriculum, and create new courses in response to developments across the disciplines and changes in society. We offer undergraduate students rigorous, innovative programs of study in their chosen majors and minors. Our faculty teaches graduate students to do original scholarly research or creative work. We mentor both undergraduate and graduate students as they launch successful professional careers. Our faculty brings innovative developments in the arts to campus and the latest scholarship into the classroom.

    The college supports discovery, creativity, and the advancement of knowledge. Our faculty is composed of active, engaged scholars and artists who present their research and creative work in major venues, from respected journals to prominent exhibition and performance spaces. Many publish with leading scholarly presses; many compete nationally for grant funding to support specialized research programs. Our faculty promotes creative and research opportunities for students, working with them closely on senior projects, recitals, theses, and dissertations. The college supports the scholarly and creative work of its faculty and students. We value rigor and vitality in both the disciplines and interdisciplinary scholarship, recognizing that truly innovative work often changes how we view our own and other fields of knowledge.

    The college serves both the university and the community. College faculty members devote considerable time to service at the university, from advising students to administering programs and contributing to faculty governance. They play a significant role in their disciplines, providing external reviews of new scholarly and creative work and serving on editorial boards and in national organizations. Many serve as well in the community or involve students in community service and other forms of public engagement. Our students have become leaders in economic, cultural, and political life. Both faculty and students donate their time and professional expertise to the region, state, nation, and world.

  • 7. Composition and Organization of the College

    The College of Liberal Arts is composed of faculty who carry out the scholarly, educational, service,and related missions of the college.

    The faculty shall consist of all full-and part-time academic and administrative faculty who hold authorized positions as defined in Chapter III of these bylaws.

    For educational and administrative purposes, college faculty members are grouped into units: departments, centers, schools, programs, and non-instructional research and service components.

  • 8. Bylaws of the Constituent Parts

    Departments shall adopt bylaws in accordance with section 2.1.2 of the university bylaws. Programs and non-instructional components with assigned faculty shall adopt bylaws analogous to department bylaws, but limited in scope to policies and procedures pertinent to tasks assigned to the component by the dean. Unit bylaws shall conform to the University of Nevada, Reno and College of Liberal Arts Bylaws, and shall include:

    1. A mission statement articulating the goals and priorities of the unit;
    2. Guidelines, standards, and procedures for implementing sections of the university bylaws concerning personnel recommendations, merit, promotion, and tenure as they apply to the unit;
    3. The nomination processes, responsibilities, authority, and recommended term of office of the chair or director of the unit;
    4. The responsibilities, authority, and terms of office of other unit administrators;
    5. Permanent unit committees, their function, scope of responsibility,and procedures;
    6. Annual evaluation procedures to be applied to faculty in the unit;
    7. Annual evaluation procedures to be applied to the chair or director of the unit;
    8. Procedures for calling, holding,and conducting unit meetings;
    9. A definition of faculty voting rights within the unit, and statements about how those rights are to be exercised;
    10. Procedures for faculty participation in developing and administering unit budgets;
    11. Procedures for regular outside program review at least every ten years;
    12. Unit bylaws may also provide for additional policies and procedures which do not conflict with college bylaws, university bylaws, and/or the NSHE Code.
  • 9. College Faculty Meetings

    The College of Liberal Arts faculty shall convene in open meeting at least once each semester. Twenty percent of the college faculty shall constitute a quorum at such meetings. Faculty meetings shall be chaired by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts or, in the dean’s absence, by an associate dean. The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern proceedings at all College of Liberal Arts faculty meetings.

    1. Responsibilities of the DeanRegarding College Faculty Meetings. The dean shall call regular meetings of the college faculty and special meetings as necessary. The dean shall call additional meetings of the college faculty within fifteen working days of receiving a petition for such meeting signed by fifteen percent of the college faculty. The dean shall prepare an agenda with supporting materials for each meeting of the college faculty and distribute such materials no later than seven working days before the meeting. The dean shall include on the agenda any item offered by a member of the college faculty so long as the dean receives the agenda item at least ten working days prior to the meeting. The dean’s office shall prepare and distribute minutes of the college faculty meetings once they have been reviewed and certified by the college secretary. Minutes shall be distributed to the faculty within fifteen working days of the meeting.
    2. College Secretary. At the first faculty meeting of each academic year the faculty shall elect a college secretary from among its members. The college secretary shall review and certify minutes of college faculty meetings, count ballots for and certify college elections, and call special meetings of the college faculty as provided for in these bylaws.
    3. Voting. By majority of those voting in any college faculty meeting, any question may be submitted to the college faculty for vote in accordance with section 16of these bylaws.
 

Chapter III: Faculty Definitions and Voting Rights

  • 10. Faculty

    The Faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno “shall consist of all persons holding authorized professional positions as authorized by Chapter 1 of the Code” and as defined in the university bylaws (Section 2.3.2). The Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts shall consist of all such persons holding authorized professional positions in departments or units of the college (except post-doctoral fellows).
    (N.B.: Post-doctoral fellows are not considered to be faculty. These researchers and instructors are hired in specific departments or programs on annual contracts.)

    1. Regular Faculty. These faculty members hold state-funded, continuing positions as defined in Section 2.3.3 of the university bylaws.
      1. Academic Faculty.
        1. Tenure-track Faculty: The tenure-track faculty is composed of three (3) ranks: Professor (IV), Associate Professor (III), and Assistant Professor (II), in accordance with the university bylaws section 2.3.3 (1)(a).
        2. Rank I Faculty: Rank I for Instructor, is reserved for academic faculty who have been hired for a tenure-track position but have yet to complete the appropriate degree required by the position.
        3. Non-tenure-track Faculty (zero rank): The non-tenure-track faculty are hired at rank 0(IV), 0(III), 0(II), and 0(I).
      2. Administrative Faculty. Administrative faculty are executive faculty, supervisory faculty, or support faculty as defined by the Board of Regents, Title 4, Chapter 3, Section 2.whose primary duties involve services to students, faculty, or administrators. Administrative faculty grades are defined in section 2.3.2 (b) and 2.3.3 (b) of the university bylaws.
    2. Contingent Faculty (zero rank). Members of the contingent faculty hold contracts of up to one year that may be funded from state, research, or other sources. These contracts may be “renewable contingent upon funding” (RCUF).
    3. Adjunct Faculty. Adjunct faculty, who are persons qualified to provide special services to the University and who receive no compensation from the University (as defined in university bylaws section 2.3.6), shall not vote in the college or in any of the departments within the college.

    “Letter of appointment” contracts may be used for special appointments to meet academic or administrative needs. Letters of appointment are used for teaching, research, and other professional employment activity to augment regular faculty positions. They are issued only for clearly defined duties that are part-time and/or temporary. Unless otherwise stated, the provisions of these bylaws shall exclude letters of appointment. (University bylaws 2.3.2)

  • 11. Voting in Colleges and Departments
    1. College
      1. College Elections. All faculty in regular positions within the college (as defined in section 10of these bylaws and section 3.1.7 of the university bylaws) may vote in college elections.
      2. Faculty Senate and Graduate Council. All faculty eligible to serve as college representatives on such bodies as Faculty Senate and Graduate Council (as defined by the appropriate bylaws) are also eligible to vote in those respective elections.
      3. College-wide matters. All regular faculty (as defined in section 10of these bylaws) with a primary assignment (0.5 or greater) in the college shall have a vote on matters brought before the college faculty (such as bylaws or college-wide curricular issues). Rank 0 faculty whose contracts are contingent upon funding, once employed by the university for three consecutive years, or sooner if their major unit bylaws allow an earlier opportunity to secure voting rights, shall have the same voting rights in their major units and departments as other Rank 0 faculty in their major units and departments(UNR Bylaws 3.1.7).
      4. Procedure
        1. The dean or associate dean shall prepare and distribute ballots in a timely fashion;
        2. One ballot shall be sent to each faculty member;
        3. For votes on college-wide matters, arguments for and against the question may be included with the ballot;
        4. Ballots shall be returned to the college secretary for counting within a reasonable period, but not fewer than ten (10) working days after distribution of the ballot.
    2. Departments and Programs
      1. To provide consistency and equity among College of Liberal Arts departments, the following voting practices will be in effect:
        1. Elections. Voting in elections for departmental chair and for any other departmental officers will be limited to regularfaculty (as defined in section 10 of these bylaws) with a primary assignment (0.5 or greater) in the department. Rank 0 faculty in contingent positions are also eligible to vote after three consecutive years of employment, or sooner if their departmental bylaws allow for earlier voting rights.
        2. Hiring. Voting on tenure-track positions (both the position’s area of specialization and the hiring process) is limited to tenure-track faculty. Voting on non-tenure-track positions is limited to regular faculty (as defined in section 10 of these bylaws) with a primary assignment (0.5 or greater) in the department or program as well as Rank 0 faculty who have held contingent positions for three consecutive years, or sooner if their departmental bylaws allow for earlier voting rights.
        3. Search Committees. The composition of and voting rights within search committees shall be left up to the departments and programs, consistent with university search and hiring policies. When a department includes lecturers on a search committee for a tenure-track position, the lecturer may vote as part of the committee to give a recommendation to the department, but they may not vote at the department level on approval of the recommendation to hire. All search committee members should undergo diversity training as part of their service on the committee.
        4. Tenure Recommendations. Departmental voting rights on tenure recommendations shall be restricted to those department members who are already tenured at the University of Nevada, Reno. In tenure considerations for joint appointments where the appointment is equally split between the two units, the chair or director of the joint-appointment department/program (or a designated representative at the appropriate rank) will serve as a voting member of the tenure-home department’s personnel committee.
        5. Promotion Recommendations: Departmental voting rights on promotion recommendations shall be restricted to those department members who are at the rank in consideration or higher. In promotion considerations for joint appointments where the appointment is equally split between the two units, the chair or director of the joint-appointment department/program (or a designated representative at the appropriate rank) will serve as a voting member of the tenure-home department’s personnel committee.
        6. All voting situations (e.g., departmental officer elections, hiring decisions, and tenure and promotion decisions) require a quorum of at least 50% of the active faculty (those not on approved leave) allowed to vote as defined in the College bylaws 11.B.1.a-e. Voting on departmental officers, hiring, and tenure and promotion decisions shall be by secret ballot and requires a majority vote of those present, unless departmental bylaws require a higher standard. Abstentions are not counted in the number of votes needed. Departments can choose whether to allow proxy votes, but their bylaws should be clear on whether this is allowed. Departments that allow proxy votes should establish a clear, written policy that governs their use, including the expectation that those voting by proxy will be well informed on the matters under consideration.
      2. Further, the college recommends this model for other departmental voting patterns:
        1. Long-range Planning. Any departmental voting on strategic planning issues should be limited to regular faculty (as defined in section 10 above) with a primary assignment (0.5 or greater) in the department. Rank 0 faculty in contingent positions are also eligible to vote after three consecutive years of employment, or sooner if their departmental bylaws allow for earlier voting rights. Contingent faculty may serve on committees involved in long-range planning and may vote on those committees; however, once the committee makes its recommendation to the department, they should not vote in the departmental decision.
 

Chapter IV: Administrative Structure

  • 12. The Dean

    The dean shall be the chief administrator and executive officer of the College of Liberal Arts and the chair of its faculty. The dean shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of all its committees except the committees to evaluate the dean and search for the dean. The dean shall be or become a member of the college faculty, formally associated with a department, center, research component,or other constituent part.

    1. Responsibilities and Duties of the Dean. The dean shall be responsible to the provost for executing and implementing university academic policy as it affects the College of Liberal Arts. The dean shall be responsible for oversight of the central role played by the liberal arts in the university. The dean shall be responsible to the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts for advancing the academic, research, and service missions of the college and for executing and implementing college bylaws. The dean shall lead the college in comprehensive planning, working with the Planning Committee in setting priorities. The dean shall lead the faculty in curriculum and program planning, encouraging scholarly and creative development appropriate to the individual disciplines among faculty and students. The dean shall serve as the chief development officer to set development efforts and priorities in the college and will play a major role in the selection and supervision of the development director.
    2. Term of Appointment. The term of appointment for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts shall be a renewable term of five years or less.
    3. Search Procedures. Should the deanship become vacant, a nationwide search shall be conducted, consistent with the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws 3.6.4, in order to fill the vacancy.
    4. Composition of the Search Committee. The search committee shall be composed of no fewer than five and no more than twelve voting members. The provost shall appoint a majority of the committee members from a list of nominees recommended by the College Planning Committee. This list shall consist of four elected representatives from each of the voting groups designated in section 16.B. of these bylaws, with the recommendation that the provost will select two of these representatives from each voting group. The provost may then appoint the remainder of the committee in order to complement those appointed from the Planning Committee’s nominees. The provost shall name a chairperson, who shall not vote except in case of a tie. Membership on the committee is not restricted to academic or administrative faculty. Upon completing the search process, the committee shall present the provost with an unranked list of those applicants it considers best suited for the position of dean. The provost shall recommend appointment to the president.
    5. Vacancy Prior to Expiration of the Dean’s Term. Should a vacancy occur before the normal expiration of the dean’s term of office, the College Personnel Committee shall meet as an advisory committee to assist the provost and the president in selecting an interim dean. Should a member of the Personnel Committee become a candidate for the position of interim dean, the member shall not participate in this process.
    6. Interim Dean. The provost may recommend to the president the appointment of an interim dean without a search, for a renewable term of one year or less. In making this recommendation, the provost shall consult with the faculty of the college as described in 10.E. above.
    7. Evaluation. The provost evaluates the dean annually.In addition, the faculty shall provide regular feedback on the dean’s performance to be forwarded to the president through the provost. The committee shall consist of two representatives elected from each of the voting groups designated in section 16.B. of these bylaws. In addition, the provost may appoint two additional committee members from among the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts. This process shall typically be conducted in the second and fourth years of each term in office. The committee shall prepare an evaluation instrument and solicit responses to it from all college faculty and may seek additional input from other relevant constituencies, including students, staff, advisory board members, and other administrators in the university. The committee shall summarize responses received and forward this summary along with its recommendations.
    8. Temporary Assumption of Authority. Should the dean be temporarily absent or incapacitated, an associate dean shall assume the authority and functions of the dean. The provost or president must authorize reassigning approval authority for the college.
  • 13. The Associate and Assistant Deans

    The dean may appoint associate and assistant deans to assist the dean in conducting college business. Associate and assistant deans shall be tenured members of the college faculty, formally associated with a college department or unit. An associate or assistant dean may be an ex officio, nonvoting member of all college committees except the search committee for the associate or assistant dean position he or she currently occupies.

    1. Responsibilities. Associate and assistant deans shall assist the dean in all matters relating to administration of the college. In particular, associate and assistant deans shall take the lead in the areas of diversity enhancement; curriculum and program development; student-related activities such as academic progress, scholarships, advocacy, recruitment,and retention; faculty affairs and professional development; CLA space and facilities; and resource management.
    2. Terms of Appointment. The term of appointment for the associate and assistant deans shall be a renewable term of five years or less. The associate and assistant deans shall serve at the pleasure of the dean.
    3. Appointment Procedure. The dean shall announce an available position to the faculty. The faculty shall elect a search committee composed of two representatives from each of the voting groups identified in section 16.B. of these bylaws. The dean may appoint up to three additional members to the search committee. The search committee shall solicit nominations and applications from the faculty, review those applications and nominations, and submit its recommendation to the dean. No member of the search committee shall be a candidate for the position.
    4. Evaluation. The dean shall evaluate associate and assistant deans annually.
  • 14. The School of the Arts and the School of Social Research and Justice Studies
    1. The Director of the School of the Arts.

      The Director of the School of the Arts shall be a tenured member of the faculty of one of the units within the School(Art, Music, Theatre and Dance).The director may be an ex-officio, non-voting member of all its committees except the Personnel Committee and the search committee for Director of the School of the Arts.

      1. Responsibilities. The director shall be responsible to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for advancing the mission of the School of the Arts. The director shall be responsible to the faculty of the school for executing approved faculty actions. The director shall advise the dean in the annual as well as tenure and promotion evaluation of the school’s faculty (see sections 20 and 22 of these bylaws). The director’s obligations shall also include coordinating and facilitating research and creative activity and grant acquisitions; coordinating and developing degree programs (within visual and performing arts disciplines and interdisciplinary); and engaging in fund raising and other development and outreach activities for the school.
      2. Term of Appointment. The normal term of appointment for the director shall be five years. The director may seek reappointment. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the dean and president.
      3. Search Procedures. The director is appointed by the provost on the recommendation of the dean. The dean shall announce any available position to the faculty in the School of the Arts. The faculty shall elect a search committee composed of two representatives from each of the departments in the School of the Arts. The dean may appoint up to three additional members to the search committee. The search committee shall solicit nominations and applications from the faculty, review those applications and nominations, and submit its recommendation to the dean. No member of the search committee shall be a candidate for the position.
      4. Evaluation of Director. The dean shall evaluate the director annually. In addition, the faculty of the School of the Arts shall provide regular feedback on the director’s performance to the dean. The performance evaluation committee shall consist of one representative from each department within the school, elected by that department. The dean may appoint up to two additional committee members from among the faculty of the school. The dean shall appoint a chair of the committee. This process shall typically be conducted in the second and fourth years of each term in office.
      5. Departments and Units of the School. Departments and units within the school shall maintain their status as autonomous, named entities. Departmental and unit structures shall be maintained and the policies and procedures of Section 15 on “Department Chairs and Other Unit Directors” shall apply, including, but not limited to, continued representation of departmental/unit interests on the Council of Chairs and Directors and other university committees.
    2. The Director and Organization of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies.

      The Director of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies shall be a tenured professor who is a member of the faculty of one of the units within the School (Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Grant Sawyer Center, Judicial Studies, Sociology). The director maybe an ex-officio, non-voting member of all its committees including search committees, except when a search committee is established for the director of the school.

      1. Responsibilities of the Director. The director shall be responsible to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for advancing the mission of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies. The director shall be responsible for executing approved faculty actions. The director shall advise the dean in the annual as well as tenure and promotion evaluation of the school’s faculty (see sections 20 and 22 of these bylaws). The director’s primary obligations shall include coordinating and facilitating interdisciplinary research and grant acquisition; coordinating and developing interdisciplinary degree programs; and engaging in fund raising and other development activities for the school.
      2. Term of Appointment. The normal term of appointment for the director shall be five years. The director may seek reappointment. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the dean and president.
      3. Search Procedures for Director. The director is appointed by the provost on the recommendation of the dean. The dean shall announce availability of the position of director to the faculty of the school. The faculty shall elect a search committee with one representative from each department in the school. The dean may appoint an additional two members of the committee, as well as designate a chair of the committee. The search committee shall solicit and review nominations and applications from the faculty of the school, and submit its recommendation to the dean. No member of the search committee shall be a candidate for the position.
      4. Evaluation. The dean shall evaluate the director annually. In addition, the faculty of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies shall provide regular feedback on the director’s performance to the dean. The performance evaluation committee shall consist of one representative from each department in the school, elected by that department. The dean may appoint up to two additional committee members from among the faculty in the school. The dean shall also appoint a chair of the committee. This process shall typically be conducted during the second and fourth years of each term in office.
      5. Departments and Units of the School. Departments and units within the school shall maintain their status as autonomous, named entities. Departmental and unit structures shall be maintained and the policies and procedures of Section 15 on “Department Chairs and Other Unit Directors” shall apply, including, but not limited to, continued representation of departmental/unit interests on the Council of Chairs and Directors and other university committees.
  • 15. Department Chairs and Other Unit Directors.

    Chairs and directors shall be members of the college faculty and members of the units they administer.

    1. Responsibilities. Chairs and directors shall be responsible to the dean for implementing college policies and procedures, and responsible to faculty for implementing policies and procedures mandated by department or unit bylaws. Chairs and directors shall serve as advisors to the dean and provide liaison between the dean and faculty, informing faculty of actions taken by the dean and the Council of Chairs and Directors, and informing the dean of actions taken by department or unit faculty. Chairs and directors shall take a leadership role in serving on the Council of Chairs and Directors and are responsible for the advancement of the department or unit missions and goals as identified in the department or unit long-range planning document. They shall be ex-officio members of all department or unit committees, except those that evaluate them in their administrative capacity.
    2. Appointment. The chair or director may be nominated from among existing unit faculty by the process provided for in the department or unit bylaws. The chair or director may be nominated as part of a new appointment following normal search procedures. Following the nomination process, the dean will recommend a candidate to the provost for final appointment.
    3. Evaluation. Both unit faculty and the dean shall evaluate the performance of chairs and directors annually. Each department or unit shall designate a representative to conduct the evaluation and report findings to the dean in accordance with the university process and department bylaws. The dean shall use that report, together with other relevant information, to evaluate the chair or director. Chairs or directors who disagree with their evaluations can seek review of the outcome as provided in the university bylaws(3.3.2; see also NSHE Code 5.16).
  • 16. College Collaborative Governance

    The college faculty shall govern itself in accordance with these bylaws, subject to university bylaws and the NSHE Code.

    The seven standing committees (Council of Chairs and Directors, Planning, Personnel, Curriculum, Scholarly and Creative Activities, Diversity, and Student Scholarships and Awards), as well as ad hoc committees, shall assist the dean in conducting college affairs.

      1. Committee Membership. College committees shall consist of regular tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal Arts as defined in section 10of these bylaws. Where appropriate, lecturers in rank 0 or non-tenure-track academic positions, non-tenure track academic faculty employed more than three consecutive years, staff, and students may be included. The process by which each standing committee is formed is specified in section 17of these bylaws.
      2. Voting Groups. For the purposes of electing representatives to college committees, the faculty of departments and other units shall be arranged into three voting groups—generally organized around the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences — as determined by the Planning Committee.
      3. Committee Policies and Procedures. All standing college committees shall have, on file in the dean’s office, written rules and procedures to assist them in performing their functions. These shall be available to all faculty upon request. Each committee shall review and, if necessary, revise its written policies and procedures at the beginning of each academic year. For special tasks, any standing committee may appoint an ad hoc subcommittee, to be in existence until the completion of the task. The dean may also appoint ad hoc committees. All members of college committees, except for those specifically designated ex officio and non-voting, shall each have one vote in all committee decisions.

    As departments and programs grow and new units are added, these voting groups may be adjusted by the Planning Committee.

  • 17. Standing Committees
    1. Council of Chairs and Directors. The Council of Chairs and Directors shall serve as an advisory body to the dean.
      1. Membership. All department chairs and directors of schools shall be members in accordance with section 15.A. of these bylaws; directors of interdisciplinary programs and chairs and directors of non-instructional research and service components may be invited to participate at the discretion of the dean.
      2. Duties. The council shall advise the dean on matters pertaining to education and research, including but not limited to budget preparation, program development, personnel policies and procedures, and mission of the college.
      3. Procedures. The council shall meet at least once each month during the academic year and shall be chaired by the dean.
    2. Planning Committee. The Planning Committee shall collaborate with the dean to strengthen the position of the college within the university: to assist and advise the dean in long-range planning, in the development of budget priorities, and in analysis of potential challenges to the college.
      1. Membership. The Planning Committee shall consist of five members: three members, each representing one of the three voting groups of the college, to be elected by the Council of Chairs and Directors from among the council’s membership; and two members appointed by the dean. The dean and associate and assistant dean(s) shall serve as ex-officio members.
        1. Term of Office. Members serve a one-year term and may be re-elected or re-appointed.
        2. Elections. Elections and appointments shall occur at the beginning of each academic year.
        3. Vacancy. Should a vacancy occur, the dean shall appoint a faculty member to serve out the academic year.
      2. Duties. The committee’s specific duties include (but are not limited to) the following:
        1. Strategic planning. The committee shall participate in strategic planning for the college, in collaboration with the dean. As part of the planning process, the committee shall discuss with the dean all proposals for new programs that entail the expenditures of college funds, including salaries and/or college facilities.
        2. Bylaws. The committee shall interpret and propose revisions to the college bylaws as necessary.
        3. Development. The committee shall periodically meet with the college’s development director to consult and advise on the development plan for the college.
        4. Voting Groups. The Planning Committee shall determine the composition of college voting groups.
      3. Procedures. The Planning Committee shall meet regularly during the academic year. The committee shall elect its chair from among its members.
    3. Personnel Committee. The Personnel Committee is an advisory body that makes recommendations to the dean.
      1. Membership. The Personnel Committee shall consist of seven academic faculty members from among the tenured faculty of the college: five elected (two each from voting groups 1 and 2, and one from voting group 3, and two appointed by the dean to broaden representation and maintain committee experience. At least five of these faculty members must be Professors; two can be Associate Professors. Only Professors will vote on promotion to Professor (Rank IV)cases.
        1. Term of Service. Each elected member shall serve a three-year term, terms of office to be staggered. Each appointed member shall serve a one-year term. An appointed member may be reappointed for up to three consecutive years.
        2. Elections. Nominations, elections, and appointments to the Personnel Committee will normally take place during the spring semester of each academic year.
        3. Vacancy. Should a vacancy occur among elected or appointed members during the academic year, the dean shall appoint a faculty member to serve out the academic year. The appointee to replace an elected member shall be from the same faculty voting group as the member being replaced.
      2. Duties. The Personnel Committee shall perform the following duties:
        1. Review recommendations for tenure and/or promotion.
        2. Review all probationary faculty in their third year for progress toward tenure and promotion.
        3. Review requests for reconsideration of tenure and/or promotion.
      3. Procedures
        1. Chair. The committee shall elect a chair from among its members. To be eligible to serve as chair a member must already have served at least one year on the Personnel Committee.
        2. Voting. The committee acts on a one-person one-vote principle, where it is expected that members will participate in discussions on any application at the departmental level (and then abstain from voting during those committee deliberations) and plan on participating in the discussion and voting at the college level.
        3. Recommendations to the Dean. The committee’s recommendation(s) shall be communicated in writing to the dean.
        4. Notification. Within 15 days after the committee and the dean complete a review, the dean shall communicate the decision or recommendation of the dean and the recommendations of the Personnel Committee in writing to the chair of the department and the faculty member under review.
        5. Conformity with Appropriate Procedures. If the committee finds in its review of a given case that a department or unit has not followed established college criteria or procedures, the committee shall notify the dean with appropriate recommendations.
        6. Reconsideration of Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment. A faculty member who has been denied tenure, promotion, or reappointment may follow processes for reconsideration in the university bylaws and the NSHE Code [5.2.3 & 5.2.4].
        7. Confidentiality. Deliberations and recommendations of the Personnel Committee shall be confidential.
    4. Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee reviews all proposed changes to courses and curriculum in the college.
      1. Membership. The Curriculum Committee shall consist of up to seven members of the tenure-track faculty: five elected from the three voting groups established by the Planning Committee, and up to two additional members appointed by the dean to broaden representation and maintain committee experience. An associate dean shall serve ex officio.
        1. Term of Service. Elected and appointed faculty members of the committee shall serve three-year terms, staggered so that at least two experienced committee members will be serving each year.
        2. Elections. Nominations, elections and appointments to the Curriculum Committee shall normally occur before the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
        3. Vacancy. Should a vacancy occur on the committee, the dean shall appoint a faculty member from the same voting unit (see section 16.B. of these bylaws) to serve for the remainder of the member’s term. The appointee to replace an elected member shall be from the same faculty voting group as the member being replaced.
      2. Duties. The committee oversees the college curriculum by performing duties which include the following:
        1. Review and evaluate course additions, deletions, and changes that are proposed by departments and other college units.
        2. Review and make recommendations on any proposed additions or deletions of degree programs in the college.
        3. Review and evaluate programs, cross-listed courses, majors, and minors.
        4. Review and revise college requirements as necessary.
        5. Make recommendations on academic standards as needed.
      3. Procedures
        1. Chair. The Curriculum Committee shall elect its chair from among the members who have served at least one year on the committee.
        2. Notification. The committee shall advise the appropriate associate dean of its recommendations and findings regarding curriculum change proposals of all kinds. Upon receipt of the committee’s affirmative recommendations, the associate dean shall approve and forward all curriculum proposals to the University Courses and Curriculum Committee and, where appropriate, to the college faculty and/or the Graduate Council.
        3. Review. All affirmative recommendations for changes in college-wide requirements and for the introduction or termination of degree programs within the college will be forwarded from the committee to the college faculty for review. A simple majority of a quorum of those voting is required for approval.
    5. Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee.
      1. Membership. The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee shall consist of up to seven members of the tenure-track faculty: five elected from the three voting groups established by the Planning Committee, and up to two additional members appointed by the dean to broaden representation and maintain committee experience.
        1. Term of Service. Elected and appointed faculty members of the committee shall serve three-year terms, staggered so that at least two experienced committee members will be serving each year.
        2. Elections. Nominations, elections and appointments to the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee shall normally occur before the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
        3. Vacancy. Should a vacancy occur, the dean shall appoint a faculty member to serve out the academic year.The appointee to replace an elected member shall be from the same faculty voting group as the member being replaced.
      2. Duties. The committee shall identify and promote ways to support and enhance the scholarly and creative activities of the college faculty. These responsibilities shall include overseeing funding for scholarly and creative activities grant program and the Hilliard Endowment and establishing procedures for distributing monies; reviewing and ranking college sabbatical applications and other college-wide grant or funding applications.
      3. Procedures. The committee shall elect its chair, preferably from among the members who have served at least one year on the committee.
    6. Diversity Committee.
      1. Membership. The Diversity Committee shall consist of up to 13 members, including eight members of the tenure-track faculty, two members of the regular non-tenure track faculty and/or Rank 0 contingent faculty who have been employed more than three consecutive years, one administrative faculty member, one classified staff member, one graduate student, and one undergraduate student. The tenure-track faculty members must include the Director of the Gender, Race, and Identity Studies program. Three other tenure-track faculty members will be elected by their peers, with one from each voting group. The other members of the committee will be appointed by the dean with attention to ensuring that the committee represents the ethnic, racial, gender, sexuality, disability, and other forms of diversity of the College.For the student members, the Dean will seek nominations from the chairs, directors, and other regular faculty.The Associate and/or Assistant Deans may serve ex officio. If any of these deans have been assigned a special focus on diversity, he/she/they shall work closely with the chair of the committee to set the agenda and execute plans, with the involvement of the dean.
        1. Term of Service. Elected and appointed faculty members of the committee shall serve three-year terms, staggered so that at least two experienced committee members will be serving each year.
        2. Elections. Nominations, elections and appointments to the Diversity Committee shall normally occur before the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
        3. Vacancy. Should a vacancy occur, the dean shall appoint a faculty member to serve out the academic year.For elected tenure-track members, the appointee to replace an elected member shall be from the same faculty voting group as the member being replaced. Attention to diverse representation on the committee shall also be a priority.
      2. Duties. The committee will provide guidance to the dean about policies and practices that will advance a working and learning environment that supports the flourishing of all faculty, staff, and students, but pays special attention to improving the conditions for those who have been historically underrepresented at the University and in our College. It will also suggest and,when appropriate, execute special projects related to diversity, inclusion, and equity, including but not limited to recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students; the development of academic programs that engage issues of U.S. and global diversity; the mentoring and professional development of faculty, staff, and students; and the establishment of awards, grants, fellowships, and other incentives that support the scholarship, teaching, and program-building of those who work in areas of diversity.
      3. Procedures. The committee shall elect its chair, preferably from among the members who have served at least one year on the committee.
    7. Student Scholarships and Awards Committee
      1. Membership. The Student Scholarships and AwardsCommittee shall consist of up to three members of the tenure-track faculty elected from the three voting groups established by the Planning Committee(one each from voting groups 1, 2, and 3), and up to two additional tenure-track faculty appointed by the dean to broaden representation and maintain committee experience. An associate dean and at least one member of the college advising staff shall serve ex officio.
        1. Term of Service. Elected and appointed faculty members of the committee shall serve three-year terms, staggered so that at least two experienced committee members will be serving each year.
        2. Elections. Nominations, elections and appointments to the Curriculum Committee shall normally occur before the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
        3. Vacancy. Should a vacancy occur on the committee, the dean shall appoint a faculty member from the same voting unit to serve for the remainder of the member’s term. The appointee to replace an elected member shall be from the same faculty voting group as the member being replaced.
      2. Duties. The Student Scholarships and Awards Committee solicits and reviews nominations or applications, uses scholarship databases to find qualified nominees or applicants, then selects recipients for college-level scholarships and awards.
 

Chapter V: Personnel Policies and Procedures

All personnel decisions and actions shall conform with the NSHE Code; with the Bylaws of the University of Nevada, Reno; with these bylaws; and with the approved bylaws of the appropriate department or college unit.

  • 18. Faculty Responsibilities and Activities.

    The responsibilities and activities for administrative faculty are defined in position descriptions and the University Administrative Manual. An academic faculty member’s duties shall consist of an assigned combination of teaching; scholarly and creative and entrepreneurial activity; and/or service or professional development as specified in the faculty role statement. Examples of these activities include, but are not limited to,the following:

    1. Instruction. Instruction includes activities such as teaching (classroom, online, service learning, and other college-approved forms of delivery); preparation and development of courses; evaluation of student performance; consultation with students; direction of undergraduate and graduate students in independent study, research, internships,and practice; advising of undergraduate and graduate students; professional development of teaching skills; and service on undergraduate and graduate student advisory committees.
    2. Scholarly and/or Creative Activity. Scholarly and/or creative activity includes the advancement, integration, and application of knowledge through research and scholarship(including“engagement,” as described below in 18.D. and entrepreneurial activity as described in 18.E.) related to the faculty member’s academic area of expertise and in keeping with standards in the discipline, leading to products such as books, articles, chapters, software, and public presentations; studies designed to enhance the teaching of that discipline; performances, exhibits, paintings, sculptures, musical compositions, creative writing,and other works of art where appropriate to the discipline; seeking and acquiring outside funds (e.g. grants, fellowships,and contracts) in support of scholarly and creative activity; or evidence of professional development where the above criteria may not be applicable. Peer-reviewed work is considered of prime importance in a faculty member’s research or creative profile given that it involves a rigorous evaluation process by other experts in the field.

      Entrepreneurial activity refers to the application of sophisticated research and creative methodologies and innovations to the public domain with the goal of developing a market outside the university. A record of entrepreneurial productivity should be recognized as a significant part of a faculty member’s professional achievements. However, such activity is not required of individual faculty members. Entrepreneurial activity must be appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline and approved by the chair and dean as part of the role statement articulating the distribution of duties.

    3. Service. Service includes activities such as:
      1. University service: Administrative activities; participation on unit, department, college and university committees, boards, and panels; and similar activities.
      2. Community or public service intrinsically related to the professional competence of the individual faculty member,as defined in Section 18.D. below.
      3. Professional service: activities related to professional growth and development, such as holding office or serving as a committee member in professional organizations, editing and refereeing for professional journals and presses, organizing professional workshops and meetings, reviewing research and grant proposals for a professional society or foundation, serving on academic review or accreditation boards, and similar professional activities.
    4. Engagement. Faculty engagement refers to scholarly, creative, pedagogical,clinical,and service activities engaged for the public good and directed toward persons and groups outside the university. Such activities,in the form of teaching/performance of assigned duties, research, scholarly, creative, and entrepreneurial activity,and /or service,develop as collaborative interactions that respond to short-and long-term societal needs. Engagement serves our local community, state, nation, and/or the wider world through academically or creatively informed activities that are intentional in their effort to enrich and improve the lives of people. Engagement may be recognized as a significant part of a faculty member’s professional achievements. Engagement will necessarily take different forms in the various schools and departments of the college, so each unit should develop its own descriptions and examples of academically informed activities that constitute public engagement and its own measures for evaluating engaged activities. Engagement should be recognized as a significant part of a faculty member’s professional achievements.It must be appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline and approved by the chair and dean as part of the role statement articulating the distribution of duties. In addition, while engagement should be supported at any phase of a faculty member’s career if it is consistent with the unit’s priorities and practices, faculty whose work does not include engaged activities should not be penalized.
  • 19. Recruitment and Appointment of Faculty.
    1. Allocation of Positions and Authorization to Search. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts recommends new faculty positions at all ranks and approves searches to fill new and vacated faculty positions.
    2. Search Procedures. Once a search has been authorized, the department or unit shall initiate and conduct the search in accord with approved department or unit bylaws, college bylaws, university bylaws, UNR search procedures,and the NSHE Code. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts shall oversee search procedures throughout the college.
    3. Criteria. Departments and other units shall search for faculty to fill prescribed areas of specialization (a)in accord with their stated missions and priorities, and (b)as agreed upon with the dean.
    4. Appointment of Faculty. Recommendations for the appointment of a faculty member shall originate in the department or other college unit concerned, after a vote of faculty enfranchised to recommend such an appointment. See section 11.B. of these bylaws. Recommendations of the appointment of new faculty shall be submitted to the Dean who, in consultation with the chair and/or program director, makes a decision about the offer and provides parameters for the offer (salary specifics and other commitments). The Dean’s decision is subject to Provost approval if the salary is above Q2 or the hire involves tenure upon hire, startup from the Vice President of Research and Innovation or the Provost, or unusual arrangements.
  • 20. Evaluation of Faculty.
    1. Mutually Agreed Upon Responsibilities. All personnel evaluations shall be made on the basis of specified professional responsibilities and performance expectations mutually agreed upon by the individual faculty member and the responsible agent of the department or unit as defined in its bylaws and in accordance with university and Regents’ policy as delineated in the NSHE Code 5.12 and 5.13.Professional responsibilities as specified in the role statement for each faculty member shall accord with the mission and priorities of the faculty member’s department or unit. Alternatives must be approved by the dean and president in accord with UNR bylaws 3.3.1.
      1. The Statement of Professional Responsibilities, also known as the faculty role statement, shall document the mutually agreed upon expectations including the academic faculty member’s responsibilities in teaching; research, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activity, and service as defined in section 18 of these bylaws.
      2. Administrative Faculty JobDescription (JD). Each administrative faculty member’s JD shall document his/her responsibilities and emphasis of effort. The faculty member and supervisor shall review the JDonce each year. The dean of the college shall review all JDs and their specification of professional responsibilities.
      3. Disagreements. If a faculty member and the responsible department or college unit agent cannot agree upon specified professional responsibilities, the matter is subject to the grievance procedure outlined in the UNR bylaws 3.3.1.
    2. Standards of Review. All evaluations shall be based on equitable and uniform criteria and procedures for assessing the quality of a faculty member’s performance, whether in annual evaluation or merit consideration. All evaluations of academic faculty shall include peer review by the appropriate department committee and shall be based on careful assessment of pertinent evidence in order to arrive at just and equitable recommendations. Evaluations of instructional faculty members shall include an assessment of teaching evaluations completed by their students.
    3. Annual Evaluation of Faculty. Departments and other college units shall annually evaluate all faculty in regular and contingent positions, as defined in section 10of these bylaws, according to procedures outlined in unit bylaws and in conformity with section 3.3.2 of the university bylaws.
      1. Criteria for Evaluation. All faculty members shall be evaluated annually on their accomplishment of professional responsibilities and performance expectations as specified in the statement of professional responsibilities (see section 20.A. of these bylaws).
      2. Documentation. Each academic faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts shall submit a standard annual evaluation form and supporting materials to the department or other college unit documenting the faculty member’s performance for the year. Departments or units shall submit annual evaluation forms and written evaluations for each of their faculty members to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Administrative faculty shall be evaluated in accord with the procedures specified by their unit and university policy.
      3. Signatures. Every evaluation submitted to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts shall be signed by the faculty member indicating that the evaluation has been read.
      4. Rejoinder to Annual Evaluation. Faculty members who disagree with their annual evaluations may submit a written rejoinder to the evaluation document stating their objections. Such written statements must be submitted within 15 calendar days of receipt of the initial evaluation and shall become part of the annual evaluation. See university bylaws 3.2 and NSHE Code 5.16a and b.
      5. Formal reconsideration and grievance of annual evaluation are governed by university bylaws 3.2.
    4. Merit Consideration of Faculty. Annual evaluations of faculty performance enable the College of Liberal Arts to recognize meritorious achievement within departments and units. Departments or units will recommend to the dean merit pay increases for individual faculty.
  • 21. Progress toward Tenure and Probationary Period.
    1. Reappointment and Non-Reappointment of Tenure-track Faculty. Departments or other college units must review the progress toward tenure of all probationary faculty annually, and make a recommendation to the dean concerning reappointment by May 31 each year.
    2. Third-year Review. Tenure-track faculty must undergo a third-year review, conducted in accordance with department or unit bylaws. The third-year review will assess the faculty member's progress toward tenure, and may be used to determine reappointment or non-reappointment.The Personnel Committee shall make a recommendation to the dean on each third-year review. The decision of the dean, which shall include reference to the recommendation of the Personnel Committee, shall be communicated in writing to the faculty member being reviewed and to the chair of that faculty member’s department. See section 20.C of these bylaws for procedures applicable to this review.
    3. Maximum Probationary Period. The maximum probationary period is seven years. Application materials for tenure must be submitted no later than the beginning of the sixth academic year.If a tenure-track faculty member has not been awarded tenure by the end of the faculty member's sixth probationary year, the faculty member will be notified that the contract issued for the seventh academic year will be a terminal contract.
    4. Probationary Credit. Tenure-track faculty may receive up to a maximum of three years probationary credit for service in a faculty position at other institutions, as per NSHE Code 4.3.3. The faculty member's appointing documents and initial contract with the NSHE shall specify the years of prior service to be applied to the faculty member's probationary period.
    5. Change in the Probationary Period.The period of probation may exceed seven years upon written request of the faculty member and approval of the president. The decision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to exceed the seven-year probationary period shall be based upon the sole discretion of the president. The decision of the president is final. The request for an extension of the seven-year period of probation must state the reasons for such extension. Authorized periods of leave, paid or unpaid , may be excluded form service toward the seven-year probationary period upon written request of the faculty member and approval of the president. The decision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to exclude periods of leave shall be based upon the sole discretion of the president. The president’s decision is final. The request for leave must state if the leave is to be excluded from service toward the probationary period.
  • 22. Tenure and Promotion
    1. Eligibility for Tenure. A probationary full-time or part-time member of the academic faculty in Rank II, III or IV shall be eligible for appointment with tenure at any time during the probationary period of employment.
    2. Appointment with Tenure. An initial appointment may be made with tenure following NSHE Code.
    3. Initiating Consideration for Tenure or Promotion. The process is usually initiated by the department or unit. However, the applicant for tenure and/or promotion may initiate the review process following procedures defined by department or unit bylaws. The applicant’s research or creative materials shall demonstrate that the applicant has met the minimum standards set forth in Section 22.D of these bylaws.
    4. Standards for Appointment with Tenure. The consideration of a recommendation for appointment of an academic faculty member with tenure shall include the application of the three standards and the ratings contained in this subsection, which shall be applied in consideration of the conditions for appointment with tenure stated in Subsection 3.1.2 of the Nevada System of Higher Education Code. The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for appointment with tenure.

    In standards one and two, an academic faculty member being recommended for appointment with tenure must receive an “excellent” rating in one of these standards and no less than a “satisfactory” rating in the other.

    1. Standard One: Teaching/Performance of Assigned Duties

      Either of the following:

      1. If applying for tenure as a university instructor, a record of effectiveness as a teacher including, but not limited to, demonstrated teaching competence and efficiency in a classroom, laboratory, and/or clinical setting, the ability to communicate effectively with students and demonstrated skill in handling classroom and other duties related to teaching. Such a record may include, for example, a showing of the ability to impart knowledge, to excite students' interest in the subject matter, to evoke response in students, to demonstrate competence in advising students, and to demonstrate community engaged teaching.
      2. If applying for tenure as a member of the academic faculty whose role does not include instruction, a record of effectiveness, efficiency and ability to perform assigned duties, which may include community engagement.
    2. Standard Two: Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activity

      Demonstrated continuing professional growth related to the academic faculty member's discipline or program area as shown by a record of research, scholarly, creative or entrepreneurial activity, each of which may include community engagement, resulting in publication or comparable productivity.

    3. Standard Three: Service

      In addition to standards one and two, an academic faculty member being recommended for appointment with tenure must receive a "satisfactory" rating or better in the area of service, which may include, but not be limited to:

      1. Membership and participation in professional organizations;
      2. Ability to work with the faculty and students of the member institution in the best interests of the academic community and the people it serves, and to the extent that the job performance of the academic faculty member's administrative unit may not be otherwise adversely affected;
      3. Service on university or System committees;
      4. Recognition among colleagues for possessing integrity and the capacity for further significant intellectual and professional achievement; and
      5. Recognition and respect outside the System community for participation in activities that use the faculty member’s knowledge and expertise or further the mission of the institution, or that provide an opportunity for professional growth through community engaged interaction with industry, business, government, and other institutions of our society, within the state, the nation or the world.

    In rating applicants for appointment with tenure under the standards set forth in this subsection, the applicable member institutions and their respective administrative units shall rate applicants as (i) “excellent,” (ii) “commendable,” (iii) “satisfactory,” or (iv) “unsatisfactory.” No other rating terminology shall be used in evaluating the applicant for appointment with tenure.

    1. Procedures and Criteria for Promotion. Department or unit bylaws shall establish fair and equitable procedures consistent with university bylaws and NSHE Code provisions for conducting promotion evaluations. Those procedures shall apply the following criteria.
      1. Promotion to Assistant Professor (Rank II). A faculty member in Rank I shall be eligible for promotion to Rank II when the faculty member has attained a terminal degree in an appropriate professional field and has demonstrated potential for developing professional achievement in teaching/performance of assigned duties, research, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activity, and service.
      2. Promotion to Associate Professor (Rank III). A faculty member in Rank II shall be eligible for promotion to Rank III when the faculty member has established a substantial record of achievement in teaching/performance of assigned duties, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activity, and service. A departmental recommendation for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor may precede, accompany, or follow upon a recommendation for tenure. Such promotion recommendation shall be based upon an “excellent” evaluation in teaching or scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activity, and at least a “satisfactory” evaluation in the other two areas. Departments and units shall obtain appropriate external evaluations of the faculty member's achievement according to UNR bylaws 3.3.5.Ideally five external evaluations but no fewer than four and no more than six should be included.
      3. Promotion to Professor (Rank IV). A faculty member in Rank III shall be eligible for promotion to Rank IV when the faculty member has established a sustained record of excellence in teaching/performance of assigned duties, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activity and service. The record shall document publications and/or creative work as defined in 18.B of these bylaws and as judged significant by peers in the field; distinguished professional service; and distinction in teaching and related activities such as graduate student advising (only for faculty in departments with graduate programs). The record should, where relevant, document exceptional administrative achievement as well. Departments and units shall obtain appropriate external evaluations of the faculty member’s achievement according to procedures defined in their bylaws.Ideally five external evaluations but no fewer than four and no more than six should be included.
    2. In tenure and/or promotion considerations for joint appointments where the appointment is equally split between the two units, the chair or director of the joint-appointment department/program (or a designated representative at the appropriate rank) will serve as a voting member of the tenure-home department’s personnel committee.
    3. Negative Recommendations. If a negative recommendation for promotion or tenure is received at any level, the faculty member has the right for reconsideration of the decision following the procedures in the NSHE Code (5.2.3 & 5.2.4).
  • 23. Reappointment and Promotion: Non-tenure-track Academic Faculty.
    1. Reappointment. Non-tenure-track faculty members may be reappointed annually.
    2. Promotion. Non-tenure-track faculty members in regular positions may be eligible for promotion within Rank 0.
    3. Standards for Promotion. The faculty member shall demonstrate a record of achievement in teaching,and professional develop mentor service, consistent with the faculty member’s role statement and with the mission of the department or unit. Recommendation for promotion shall be based upon an “excellent” evaluation in the major area of responsibility of the faculty member, as determined by the department or unit involved, and at least a “satisfactory” evaluation in other areas of responsibility. Departments or unit bylaws may also include procedures for appropriate external evaluations of the faculty member’s achievements.
    4. Procedures and Criteria. Department and unit bylaws shall establish fair and equitable procedures consistent with university bylaws and NSHE Code provisions for conducting evaluations for promotion. Those procedures shall apply the following criteria.
      1. Promotion to Rank 0(II). A non-tenure-track faculty member in Rank 0(I)shall be eligible for promotion to Rank 0(II) when the faculty member has attained an appropriate advanced degree in the relevant professional field, and has demonstrated potential for developing professional achievement in teaching and professional development or service.
      2. Promotion to Rank 0(III). A non-tenure-track faculty member in Rank 0(II) shall be eligible for promotion to Rank 0(III) when the faculty member has established a substantial record of achievement in his or her major area of responsibility.
      3. Promotion to Rank 0(IV). A non-tenure-track faculty member in Rank 0(III) shall be eligible for promotion to Rank 0(IV) when the faculty member has established a sustained record of excellence in his or her major area of responsibility.
    5. Negative Recommendations. If a negative recommendation for promotion is received at any level, the faculty member has the right for reconsideration of the decision following the procedures in the NSHE Code (5.2.3 & 5.2.4).