Bylaws of Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Approved by the unit faculty on August 20, 2013
  • Approved by the dean on August 20, 2013
  • Approved by the President on August 22, 2013

Table of Contents

  1. Bylaws
  2. Organization and Administrative Structure
  3. The Faculty
  4. Personnel Policies

I. Bylaws


II. Organization and Administrative Structure

Consistent with the mission of a school of journalism, the RSJ may consist of the following types of personnel:

  1. Administrative Faculty, including the dean, any associate or associate deans designated by the dean as provided for by these bylaws, and any other staff designated by the dean as Administrative Faculty
  2. the Academic Faculty
  3. Adjunct and Letter of Appointment faculty (LOAs) and 
  4. support personnel, which includes, but is not limited to, classified staff.


III. Faculty

  1. The faculty shall participate in shared governance of the RSJ in accordance with these Bylaws, the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws, and the NSHE Code.
  2. All members of the RSJ Faculty shall enjoy academic freedom.
  3. The RSJ Faculty shall consist of all persons holding professional positions as provided in the NSHE Code.
    1. For the purposes of these bylaws, "Administrative Faculty" means faculty employed in executive, supervisory or support positions, as defined in the NSHE Code. Reassignment and removal from an administrative position shall be in accordance with the NSHE Code.
    2. For the purposes of these bylaws, “Academic Faculty” includes all instructional, research, and library faculty, as defined in the NSHE Code. Tenured Faculty are the subset of Academic Faculty who have been granted tenure. Tenure-track Faculty are the subset of academic faculty on probationary status and eligible to apply for tenure. Non-Tenure-Track Faculty are academic faculty in positions of any rank who are not eligible for tenure.
    3. For the purposes of these Bylaws, “Instructional faculty” includes all continuing RSJ Faculty with teaching responsibilities at the RSJ in their role statements or position descriptions. This includes all faculty holding endowed chairs in the RSJ but excludes LOAs and contingent lecturers.


IV. Personnel Policies

  1. Faculty members shall be informed of any recommendation or decision of the dean in any personnel matter affecting them.
    1. Role Statements
      1. At the beginning of each calendar year, the dean will meet with each member of the Academic Faculty to draft a role statement. These role statements serve the important function of linking the professional goals of individual faculty member to the school’s broader mission.
      2. Role statements will outline goals for the year in the areas of teaching, research/creative/professional activity, and service.
      3. In the case that a faculty member’s role or criteria for meeting standards changes during the course of the year, the dean and the individual faculty member will meet and agree on a written revision of the role statement.
      4. Faculty who are hired for the fall semester shall meet with the dean within four weeks of their start date to prepare a role statement for the rest of the calendar year. The role statement will be put in writing and signed by the dean and the new faculty member, and will serve as that faculty member’s role statement for the duration of the calendar year.