Bylaws of the Department of English

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Approved by the Department Faculty on March 1, 2019.
  • Approved by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts on March 11, 2019

Table of Contents

  1. Bylaws
  2. Mission
  3. Faculty
  4. Administration and Committees
  5. Faculty Responsibilities and Activities
  6. Personnel Policies and Procedures
  7. Program Review

I. Bylaws


II. Mission

The mission of the Department of English shall be to promote the ability to read, write, and think critically. The Department achieves this goal through instruction, scholarship, and creative activity. In all areas of our curriculum—literary and film studies, rhetoric and writing studies, creative writing, linguistics, and the digital humanities—we help our students cultivate their capacities for critical thinking and imaginative reasoning. Our faculty devote equal priority to teaching and scholarship, and secondary priority to service, engagement, and entrepreneurial activity, and related professional enterprises.


III. Faculty


IV. Administration and Committees


V. Faculty Responsibilities and Activities

An academic faculty member’s duties shall consist of an assigned combination of teaching; scholarly and creative and entrepreneurial activity; and service or professional development as specified in the faculty role statement. Examples of these activities include, but are not limited to, the following.


VI. Personnel Policies and Procedures

All personnel actions and decisions shall conform to the requirements of the department, college, and university bylaws, the NSHE Code, and Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies.


VII. Program Review

At least every ten years, as initiated by the Provost’s Office, the English department will carry out an external program review. The Planning Committee, in consultation with area committees and all regular faculty as necessary, shall draft a detailed self-study; that self-study shall include a department mission statement; an overview of recent history; an explanation of administrative structure; details about faculty size and research interests; details about undergraduate and graduate student enrollment and degree completion; the state of the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Core Writing programs; an account of department resources, along with physical facilities and virtual resources; information about assessment; and information about the diversity of faculty and students. The Planning Committee shall invite three external reviewers from other research-intensive universities to campus, and shall organize necessary meetings between those external reviewers and department faculty, administrators, and students, and with upper administration. Upon receiving the report from the external reviewers, the Planning Committee shall draft a response to that report, identifying strengths, weaknesses, and short-and long-term goals. Both the self-study and this report shall be reviewed by all regular faculty before submission.