Bylaws of the Department of History

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Approved by the Department Faculty on December 1, 2020
  • Approved by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts on January 19, 2021 

Table of Contents

  1. Bylaws
    1. Authorization
    2. Scope of the Bylaws
    3. Adoption of the Bylaws
    4. Amendments to the Bylaws
    5. Interpretation of the Bylaws
  2. Mission and Organization
    1. Organization
    2. Faculty Meetings
  3. Faculty Definitions and Voting Rights
    1. Faculty
    2. Voting in the Department
  4. Administrative Structure and Governance
    1. Chair
    2. Vice-Chair
    3. Head of Shared History
    4. Graduate Director
    5. Undergraduate Director
    6. Committees
  5. Tenure and Promotion
    1. Eligibility for Tenure
    2. Initial appointment with Tenure
    3. Process for Consideration for Tenure or Promotion
    4. Standards for Appointment with Tenure
    5. Criteria for Promotion

1 - Bylaws


2 - Mission and Organization

Mission. The Department of History is a unit of the University of Nevada, Reno, a publicly funded, land-grant university. History is a cornerstone of higher education in America: as a department, we teach students to understand that the past is a vital force in shaping the present and the future. We also prepare our students to contribute to the success of our national and global communities through training in the foundational skills of critical research, analysis, and presentation. We serve the public by extensive research, teaching, and scholarly publications in fields that are important to audiences from the local to the international. Our commitment to historical methodologies is informed by interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and theoretically informed examinations of the past. We see our audiences as not only students and other scholars but also local, national, and global communities. We present our work in professional conferences and organizations, public forums, and exhibits. Our Shared History Program collaborates with local, regional, and national museums and cultural institutions and provides students with professional experience in the field.

Teaching is central to our mission. This includes undergraduate history and graduate instruction as well as participation in the University Core Curriculum. We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. We promote critical thinking, historical analysis, and clear writing. We create a learning environment conducive to scholarly discussion based on the standards and practices of the historical discipline, paying close attention to analyzing primary and secondary sources, crafting evidence-based arguments, and engaging with scholarship and current debates. In our teaching, we encourage academic honesty, openness, and intellectual curiosity. The rigor and creativity found in our research is likewise present in our teaching.

In realizing our mission, history faculty participate in service and governance within the university and contribute to community and professional life.


3 - Faculty Definitions and Voting Rights


4 - Administrative Structure and Governance


5 - Tenure and Promotion