Bylaws of the Orvis School of Nursing

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Approved by the school faculty on October 5, 2018
  • Approved by the dean on October 9, 2018
  • Approved by the president on November 10, 2018

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Authorization
    2. Scope of the Bylaws
    3. Adoption of the Orvis School of Nursing Bylaws
    4. Amendment Bylaws
    5. Interpretation of the Bylaws
  2. OSN Dean and Administration
    1. OSN Dean
    2. OSN Associate Dean
  3. OSN Committees
    1. Faculty
    2. (Undergraduate) Curriculum Committee
    3. (Undergraduate) Admissions Progressions and Student Affairs (APSA) Committee
    4. Graduate Program Committee
    5. Faculty Affairs Committee
    6. Scholarship Committee
    7. Promotion and Tenure Committee
    8. Additional Committees
  4. Tenure and Promotion
    1. Tenure and Promotion of Tenure-track and Tenured Faculty
      1. Promotion to Associate Professor (Rank III)
      2. Promotion to Professor (Rank IV)
    2. Promotion of Non-Tenure Faculty
      1. Promotion to Rank 0 (III)
      2. Promotion to Rank 0 (IV)
 

1. Introduction

  • 1.1 Authorization

    The Orvis School of Nursing Bylaws are authorized by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Bylaws.

  • 1.2 Scope of the Bylaws

    The Orvis School of Nursing Bylaws provide the organizational and administrative structure and personnel policies and procedures for the faculty of the Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno. They shall be consistent with the University Bylaws, and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Code, the laws of the State of Nevada and the United States. The intent of these Bylaws is to be a statement of general policy for the Orvis School of Nursing in areas not explicitly covered by the University Bylaws.

  • 1.3 Adoption of the Orvis School of Nursing Bylaws
    1. Review by the Faculty Senate
    2. Approval by a simple majority vote of the Orvis School of Nursing faculty
    3. Approval by the Dean and forwarded to the Faculty Senate Office
    4. Approval by the President
  • 1.4 Amendment of the Bylaws

    Any member of the faculty may propose amendments to the Bylaws. Proposed amendments shall be reviewed by the Faculty Senate and then submitted to the entire Orvis School of Nursing faculty for their consideration. The proposed amendments shall be in force if two-thirds of the OSN faculty approve the amendments in accordance with the University Bylaws and approval of the OSN Dean and University of Nevada, Reno President.

  • 1.5 Interpretation of the Bylaws

    Questions of interpretation of these Bylaws shall be directed to the Faculty Committee, which shall review the question and forward its recommendations to the Dean. The Dean will make the final decision on questions of interpretation of the Bylaws.

 

2. OSN Dean and Administration

  • 2.1 OSN Dean

    The Dean, Orvis School of Nursing (OSN) is the chief academic officer of the School and reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost, serves on the Academic Leadership Council and is part of the executive leadership team for the University. The Dean provides administrative leadership, vision and support for the OSN faculty, staff and students; manages and supports daily operations of the School; adheres to policies, guidelines and/or regulations of the University, the Nevada State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; and represents the School both within the University and externally at local, state, regional and national levels.

    The Dean chairs the Faculty Committee and serves as an ex-officio member on all OSN committees with the exception of the OSN Faculty Affairs Committee.

  • 2.2 OSN Associate Deans

    The OSN Associate Deans work collaboratively to provide forward-thinking leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating OSN nursing programs and promoting the research mission. OSN faculty, under this collaborative leadership, provide high quality academic programs based on anticipated workforce needs in a dynamic health care environment. Associate Deans adhere to the same policies as the OSN Dean and may represent the School on behalf of the Dean at University, local, state, regional and national levels.

    Associate Deans may be appointed by the Dean following an internal or an external search. Associate deans serve at the pleasure of the dean. The Dean appoints a search committee which may consist of tenured, tenure-track and/or non-tenure track faculty.

 

3. OSN Committees

  • 3.1 Faculty

    The OSN Faculty consists of all full-time and part-time academic faculty who are on an active employment contract with the Orvis School of Nursing. Voting members include all academic faculty with a 0.5 FTE or more appointment. The OSN faculty includes the Dean and any assistant or associate deans, but excludes classified staff, graduate students appointed as teaching assistants or research assistants, individuals employed on letter of appointment, and adjunct faculty. A quorum consists of 50% plus one of the voting members.

    The Faculty has a major responsibility in formulating and approving policies in academic matters including but not limited to general OSN academic policies, requirements of student admission and graduation, grading scales, clinical uniforms/attire, professional behavior, and recommending undergraduate program curriculum change, which, by University requirements, must be determined above the level of the OSN. The Faculty may make recommendations to the Dean on matters pertaining to school policies, function and development.

    The Dean, who serves as Faculty Chair, will schedule at least one Faculty meeting per academic semester and submit a meeting agenda at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting. Faculty members may submit an item to the Dean for inclusion on the agenda at least one week prior to the distribution of the agenda.

    A majority representation of the voting members of the Faculty members may submit to the Dean a request for a special Faculty meeting to convene within 10 working days of the request.

    The Faculty shall participate in shared governance in accordance with OSN policies, the University of Nevada, Reno Bylaws, the NSHE Code and the laws of the state of Nevada and the United States.

    Except as provided in “Limitations on Voting Rights” (below), every full-time member of the faculty shall have the right to vote, as long as the faculty member has her/his major assignment in the Orvis School of Nursing (University Bylaws section 3.1.7, Voting Rights). Part-time faculty of 0.5 FTE or greater shall have full voting rights. A faculty member employed by joint appointment between the Orvis School of Nursing and another college/school within the University shall be eligible to vote in the school in which the largest proportion of her/his FTE is assigned.

    Limitations on Voting Rights: As provided in University Bylaws, faculty on Letter of Appointment shall not have voting rights. The Orvis School of Nursing shall limit the right to vote on tenure and promotion decisions to those faculty who have already attained the rank or status at issue. No faculty member may vote on his or her own appointment, tenure, or promotion, or in cases when a similarly clear conflict of interest exists. Postdoctoral fellows are not faculty and consequently shall not have voting rights. Persons holding adjunct or clinical titles shall be non-voting member of the faculty (University Bylaws section 2.3.6, Adjunct or Adjunct/Clinical Faculty).

  • 3.2 (Undergraduate) Curriculum Committee

    The Curriculum Committee consists of the following voting members:

    • Five elected faculty members with appointments of 0.5 FTE or more,
    • The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
    • Two student representatives from each Level of the Undergraduate Pre-Licensure BSN Track. Students are elected as committee members during Level I of the nursing program and continue to represent their respective Levels as they matriculate through the program. While two students represent each Level, student have only one vote per level.
    • One student representative from the Undergraduate RN-BSN Track elected by RN-BSN student peers.

    A quorum will consist of a minimum of four faculty members.

    The Curriculum Committee has the responsibility for planning, coordinating, evaluating and proposing revisions to the baccalaureate curriculum. Each Level* in the nursing curriculum will be represented.

    Faculty who are committee members are elected by the voting membership of the OSN faculty, will serve three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. The committee will elect a chair who will serve at least one year and may serve up to four years. A chair-elect will be selected by the committee at the completion of the chair’s third year. The outgoing committee chair will mentor the chair-elect during the committee chair’s final year.

    *The prelicensure undergraduate nursing curriculum is divided into four semesters that are referred to as “Levels.” Level I = First semester students; Level II = Second semester students; Level III = Third semester students; and Level IV = Fourth semester students. Students in each Level of the Prelicensure Track and in the RN to BSN Track are elected by their student peers for representation on OSN Committees.

  • (Undergraduate) Admissions Progressions and Student Affairs (APSA) Committee

    The APSA Committee consists of the following voting members:

    • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs: Ongoing member
    • RN to BSN coordinator: Ex officio member
    • Faculty members: Five (5) members at large
    • Two student representatives from each Level of the Undergraduate Pre-Licensure BSN Track. Students are elected as committee members during Level I of the nursing program and continue to represent their respective Levels as they matriculate through the program. While two students represent each Level, students have only one vote per level.
    • One student representative from the Undergraduate RN-BSN Track elected by RN-BSN student peers.

    A quorum will consist of a minimum of four faculty members.

    Faculty who are committee members are elected by the voting membership of the OSN faculty, will serve three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. The committee will elect a chair who will serve at least one year and may serve up to four years. A chair-elect will be selected by the committee at the completion of the chair’s third year. The outgoing committee chair will mentor the chair-elect during the committee chair’s final year.

    The business of this committee includes, but is not limited to

    • Establishment of undergraduate admission criteria
    • Selection of students for the entry-level undergraduate program
    • Hearing of undergraduate application and reinstatement petitions
    • Other duties as appropriate

    The APSA Committee functions under strict confidentiality.

  • 3.4 Graduate Program Committee

    The Graduate Program Committee is chaired by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and consists of the following voting members:

    • All OSN faculty who are 0.5 FTE or more and have Graduate Faculty standing or who are teaching in the graduate programs. Each member has one vote.
    • One graduate student representative who is a voting member. Each fall semester a notice for student membership on the Graduate Program Committee is sent to all Graduate nursing students. Students may self-nominate, be nominated by a student peer or be nominated by a faculty member. Their student peers vote on student nominees. The student receiving the highest vote will serve a 1-year term on the Graduate Program Committee. Student representatives are eligible for re-election to the committee each year of the student’s program of study.

    The duties of the Graduate Program Committee include:

    • Inform all members of individual graduate-level track and performance through Track Leader reports
    • Review, evaluate, and revise or update graduate curriculum in accordance with accreditation standards
    • Review of the current programs and student matriculation
    • Review of student issues
    • Review and consideration for approval of new courses.
    • Review and consideration for approval of new tracks to current MSN and DNP programs

    A quorum consists of a simple majority of the voting members.

    The Graduate Program Committee functions under confidentiality.

  • 3.5 Faculty Affairs Committee (Annual Evaluation Committee)

    The duties of the Faculty Affairs Committee are:

    • Review annual evaluation documents for quality of work in teaching, research/scholarly/creative activities, service and community engagement on an annual basis; and
    • Make recommendations to the OSN Dean regarding annual academic faculty performance in the above-mentioned areas for consideration for annual faculty evaluations.

    The Faculty Affairs Committee consists of five members elected by the voting membership of the OSN faculty. Faculty at 0.5 FTE or more are eligible to serve on the committee after one year of employment.

    Membership will include:

    • One tenured faculty
    • One tenure-track faculty. If a tenure-track faculty is not available to serve, a tenured faculty will fill this position.
    • One non-tenure track faculty
    • Two additional OSN faculty (tenured, tenure track or non-tenure track) who meet the eligibility criteria to serve on the committee.

    At least three of the five faculty members will hold a doctoral degree. At least one of the three committee members holding a doctoral degree should have a practice-focused doctoral degree (e.g., Doctor of Nursing Practice degree).

    Membership is limited to two consecutive terms of three years each. Following two-years of non-membership on the Faculty Affairs Committee, a faculty member is once again eligible for membership.

    The Faculty Affairs Committee functions under confidentiality. No materials or information regarding reviews will be discussed out of committee meetings. The committee does not keep, nor hold in its possession, individually or in a group, any faculty materials. It reviews original packets submitted by faculty and forwards them to the Dean of the Orvis School of Nursing with the inclusion of committee recommendations. The Dean provides the faculty member with a copy of the committee’s recommendation prior to the faculty member’s annual evaluation meeting.

    The Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee is elected by the committee members.

    In the fall semester of each year, the OSN Dean will provide all OSN faculty members at 0.5 FTE or more with instructions regarding submission of annual review documents to the Faculty Affairs Committee.

  • 3.6 Scholarship Committee

    The Scholarship Committee consists of three faculty members with appointments of 0.5 FTE or more elected by the voting membership of the OSN faculty. The three elected faculty will include:

    • One faculty member with Graduate Faculty status
    • One faculty member who teaches predominantly in the baccalaureate program
    • One additional OSN faculty (tenured, tenure track or non-tenure track) who meets the eligibility criteria to serve on the committee and who teaches in any program in the OSN.

    These committee members are elected by the voting membership of the OSN faculty, will serve 3-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms. This committee will elect a chair who will serve at least 1 year and may serve up to 3 years. In addition to the elected members, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs will serve as ex officio members to the Scholarship Committee with voting rights.

    The business of this committee will include:

    • Selection of undergraduate and graduate students for OSN scholarships, per specific criteria, on a biannual basis for distribution in fall and winter semester.
    • Assisting in the collection of thank you letters from students for the scholarship donors.
    • Assist the school in notifying students of external scholarships as made available.
    • Providing the OSN with a biannual report on scholarship funds and recipients.
  • 3.7 Promotion and Tenure Committee

    The OSN Promotion and Tenure Committee consists of all tenured faculty in the OSN. All members shall vote on tenure, but only those who have achieved the rank in question shall vote on promotion recommendations. The Committee reviews the candidate’s completed application packet, including, but not limited to, student evaluations, annual evaluations, peer evaluations and letters from external reviewers solicited by the OSN Dean. The Promotion and Tenure Committee makes a written recommendation to the Dean, summarizing the candidate’s accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses and recommending whether promotion and, if applicable, tenure are warranted.

    The OSN Promotion and Tenure Committee is responsible for reviewing all non-tenure track applications for promotion. For promotion within Rank 0, only faculty of Rank 0 (IV) or Rank IV may vote on recommendations for promotion to Rank 0 (IV), and only faculty of Rank 0 (III), Rank 0 (IV), Rank III, or Rank IV may vote on recommendations for promotion to Rank 0 (III). The Committee reviews the application, student evaluation, annual evaluations and letters from external reviewers and makes a written recommendation to the Dean, summarizing the accomplishments, strengths, and weaknesses.

  • 3.8 Additional Committees

    The Dean may establish additional committees or task forces to meet specific needs of the School, independently or in response to a majority vote at any school faculty meeting. The Dean shall define the sphere of activity, scope, method of operation, and composition of such committees. The Dean may seek the Faculty’s advice in defining the sphere of activity, scope, method of operation, and composition of such committees. Members of additional committees may be appointed by the Dean, be elected, or both, depending on the purpose of the committee.

 

4. Tenure and Promotion

The Dean submits a formal recommendation to University Executive Vice President and Provost, taking into consideration the materials submitted by the applicant, the letters from external reviewers, and the OSN Promotion and Tenure Committee’s recommendation.

  • 4.1 Tenure

    The Orvis School of Nursing will make recommendations for tenure based on the following standards:

    Standards for appointment with tenure are defined in the NSHE Code as follows:

    Standards for Recommending 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.

    4.1.1 Promotion to Associate Professor (Rank III)

    To be eligible for consideration for promotion to Rank III (Associate Professor), the candidate must receive an“excellent” rating in teaching/performance of assigned duties or in research, scholarly, creativity and entrepreneurial activity and no less than a satisfactory rating in the other. The candidate must receive a minimum of a “satisfactory” rating in the area of service.

    The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for promotion.

    Teaching/performance of assigned duties:
    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of teaching/performance of assigned duties may include, but is not limited to, the following: Documentation of a systematic process that identifies goals in teaching. This may include self-evaluation, specific efforts to meet teaching goals, and an analysis of changes made to enable attainment of teaching goals.

    • Revision of course content and delivery in ways that demonstrate the use of new/revised instructional strategies, materials, innovative technologies, and integration of current evidence.
    • Articulation of how information attained from professional development conferences, workshops or seminars was integrated into teaching.
    • Development and/or teaching of new courses.
    • Development of a teaching philosophy with evidence of application to teaching activities.
    • Peer and/or administrative review of teaching.
    • Effective advisement of masters and doctoral students in required scholarly work.
    • Mentorship of undergraduate honors students.
    • Professional certification in an area of expertise and/or as a nurse educator
    • Advising master’s/doctoral students

    Required evidence for those applying for tenure and/or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor must include teaching evaluations from students summarized and presented individually by course over the period under review.

    Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activities:
    There is an expectation of continuous and consistent scholarly productivity and a program of research. This productivity is expected with both publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.

    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of research, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activities may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Publish as sole or first author of scholarly publications (e.g., data-based articles, reviews of research, research-to-practice articles) in peer-reviewed journals with a national or international audience.
    • Author peer-reviewed books and monographs that have been accepted for publication.
    • Publish chapters in scholarly books.
    • Present invited or competitively accepted presentations at meetings of international or national scholarly or professional organizations.
    • Obtain internal or external funding for research, development, or training proposals.

    Service:
    There is an expectation of consistent service in the OSN, at the university and in the discipline of nursing. Candidates are encouraged to link service to scholarly activities through the presentation of results achieved through service.

    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of service may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Acting as a representative on school, university and system level committees
    • Serving as an advisor to a student organization
    • Paper/book reviews for a journal
    • Book review for a publisher
    • Review proposal abstracts for national/regional/international conferences of professional organizations
    • Serving on an editorial board

    4.1.2 Promotion to Professor (Rank IV)

    To be eligible for consideration for promotion to Rank IV (Professor), the candidate must have maintained a record of effective teaching with evidence of leadership and mentoring; have attained a sustained distinguished record of research and related scholarly activity; and have a record of leadership in providing service to the university and the discipline. A ranking of excellent must be attained in research or teaching with a commendable ranking in all other areas. The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for promotion.

    Teaching/performance of assigned duties:
    Those applying for promotion to the rank of Professor must demonstrate sustained achievement, in addition to achievements in Teaching/Performance of Assigned Duties outlined for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, through accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Significant leadership in teaching
      • Course coordinator
      • Evidence of leadership in curricular change and revision
    • Significant leadership in mentoring:
      • Evidence of acting as a teaching mentor for junior/other faculty and doctoral students
      • Evidence of mentoring junior faculty in their roles as master’s/doctoral thesis/project advisors
      • Evidence of mentoring master’s/doctoral advisees

    Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activities:
    There is an expectation of sustained scholarly productivity related to the applicant’s program of research. This productivity is expected with both publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.

    Those applying for promotion to the rank of Professor must demonstrate sustained achievement, in addition to achievements in Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activities outlined for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, through accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Co-authored publications with graduate students or colleagues (especially junior faculty)
    • Lead author on co-authored publications
    • Presentations with graduate students or colleagues at conferences
    • External funding for research, development, or training proposals
    • Ongoing program of research with dissemination of research findings
      • Publications
      • Podium or poster presentations
    • A record of leadership in mentoring graduate students/junior faculty:
      • Evidence of acting as a mentor for junior/other faculty and graduate students for research and scholarly/creative activities
      • Evidence of mentoring junior faculty in their roles their research trajectories

    Service
    There is an expectation of substantial service at the university and to the discipline. Candidates are encouraged to link service to scholarly activities through the presentation of results achieved through service.

    Those applying for promotion to the rank of Professor must demonstrate achievement, in addition to achievements in Service outlined for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, through accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Leadership in accreditation issues
    • Service on commissions
    • Service in a significant role on a state or national committee
    • Serving as an external reviewer for funding agencies
    • Serving as an external reviewer for tenure applicants at other institutions
  • 4.1.1 Promotion to Associate Professor (Rank III)

    To be eligible for consideration for promotion to Rank III (Associate Professor), the candidate must receive an “excellent” rating in teaching/performance of assigned duties or in research, scholarly, creativity and entrepreneurial activity and no less than a satisfactory rating in the other. The candidate must receive a minimum of a “satisfactory” rating in the area of service.

    The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for promotion.

    Teaching/performance of assigned duties:
    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of teaching/performance of assigned duties may include, but is not limited to, the following: Documentation of a systematic process that identifies goals for improvement in teaching. This may include self-evaluation, specific efforts to meet teaching goals, and an analysis of changes made to enable attainment of teaching goals.

    • Revision of course content and delivery in ways that demonstrate the use of new/revised instructional strategies, materials, innovative technologies, and integration of current evidence.
    • Articulation of how information attained from professional development conferences, workshops or seminars was integrated into teaching.
    • Development and/or teaching of new courses.
    • Development of a teaching philosophy with evidence of application to teaching activities.
    • Peer and/or administrative review of teaching.
    • Effective advisement of masters and doctoral students in required scholarly work.
    • Mentorship of undergraduate honors students.
    • Professional certification in an area of expertise and/or as a nurse educator
    • Advising master’s/doctoral students

    Required evidence for those applying for tenure and/or promotion to the rank of Associate Professor must include teaching evaluations from students summarized and presented individually by course over the period under review.

    Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activities:
    There is an expectation of continuous and consistent scholarly productivity and a program of research. This productivity is expected with both publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.

    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of research, scholarly, creative and entrepreneurial activities may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Publish as sole or first author of scholarly publications (e.g., data-based articles, reviews of research, research-to-practice articles) in peer-reviewed journals with a national or international audience.
    • Author peer-reviewed books and monographs that have been accepted for publication.
    • Publish chapters in scholarly books.
    • Present invited or competitively accepted presentations at meetings of international or national scholarly or professional organizations.
    • Obtain internal or external funding for research, development, or training proposals.

    Service:
    There is an expectation of consistent service in the OSN, at the university and in the discipline of nursing. Candidates are encouraged to link service to scholarly activities through the presentation of results achieved through service.

    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of service may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Acting as a representative on school, university and system level committees
    • Serving as an advisor to a student organization
    • Paper/book reviews for a journal
    • Book review for a publisher
    • Review proposal abstracts for national/regional/international conferences of professional organizations
    • Serving on an editorial board
  • 4.1.2 Promotion to Professor (Rank IV)

    To be eligible for consideration for promotion to Rank IV (Professor), the candidate must have maintained a record of effective teaching with evidence of leadership and mentoring; have attained a sustained distinguished record of research and related scholarly activity; and have a record of leadership in providing service to the university and the discipline. A ranking of excellent must be attained in research or teaching with a commendable ranking in all other areas. The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for promotion.

    Teaching/performance of assigned duties:
    Those applying for promotion to the rank of Professor must demonstrate sustained achievement, in addition to achievements in Teaching/Performance of Assigned Duties outlined for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, through accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Significant leadership in teaching
      • Course coordinator
      • Evidence of leadership in curricular change and revision
    • Significant leadership in mentoring:
      • Evidence of acting as a teaching mentor for junior/other faculty and doctoral students
      • Evidence of mentoring junior faculty in their roles as master’s/doctoral thesis/project advisors
      • Evidence of mentoring master’s/doctoral advisees

    Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activities:
    There is an expectation of sustained scholarly productivity related to the applicant’s program of research. This productivity is expected with both publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.

    Those applying for promotion to the rank of Professor must demonstrate sustained achievement, in addition to achievements in Research, Scholarly, Creative and Entrepreneurial Activities outlined for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, through accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Co-authored publications with graduate students or colleagues (especially junior faculty)
    • Lead author on co-authored publications
    • Presentations with graduate students or colleagues at conferences
    • External funding for research, development, or training proposals
    • Ongoing program of research with dissemination of research findings
      • Publications
      • Podium or poster presentations
    • A record of leadership in mentoring graduate students/junior faculty:
      • Evidence of acting as a mentor for junior/other faculty and graduate students for research and scholarly/creative activities
      • Evidence of mentoring junior faculty in their roles their research trajectories

    Service
    There is an expectation of substantial service at the university and to the discipline. Candidates are encouraged to link service to scholarly activities through the presentation of results achieved through service.

    Those applying for promotion to the rank of Professor must demonstrate achievement, in addition to achievements in Service outlined for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, through accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Leadership in accreditation issues
    • Service on commissions
    • Service in a significant role on a state or national committee
    • Serving as an external reviewer for funding agencies
    • Serving as an external reviewer for tenure applicants at other institutions
  • 4.2 Promotion of Non-tenure Faculty

    The Orvis School of Nursing will recommend non-tenure track faculty for promotion based on the following criteria:

    4.2.1 Promotion to Rank 0 (III)

    To be eligible for consideration for promotion to Rank 0 (III), a faculty member at Rank 0 (II) must receive an “excellent” rating in primary responsibilities in teaching/performance of assigned duties or clinical teaching/supervision as specified in the faculty role statement and at least a satisfactory rating in clinical scholarship and professional work and a satisfactory rating in service to the School, University and discipline.

    The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for appointment with promotion.

    Teaching/performance of assigned duties:
    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of teaching/performance of assigned duties may include, but is not limited to, the following: Documentation of a systematic process that identifies goals for improvement in teaching. This may include self-evaluation, specific efforts to meet teaching goals, and an analysis of changes made to enable attainment of teaching goals.

    • Revision of course content and delivery in ways that demonstrate the use of new/revised instructional strategies, materials, innovative technologies, and integration of current evidence.
    • Articulation of how information attained from professional development conferences, workshops or seminars was integrated into teaching.
    • Development and/or teaching of new courses.
    • Development of a teaching philosophy with evidence of application to teaching activities.
    • Receipt of honors and awards for teaching
    • Peer and/or administrative review of teaching.
    • Effective advisement of masters and doctoral students in required scholarly work.
    • Mentorship of undergraduate honors students.
    • Professional certification a nurse educator

    Required evidence for those applying for promotion to Rank 0 (III) must include teaching evaluations from students summarized and presented individually by course since time of hire to Rank 0(II)..

    Clinical Scholarship and Professional Work:
    There is an expectation of continuous and consistent clinical-focused, scholarly productivity towards publications, presentations and positive systematic health care change. This productivity is expected with both publications and presentations at the national and/or international level.

    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of clinical scholarship and professional work may include, but is not limited to, the following: Co-authored publications with graduate students or colleagues (especially junior faculty)

    • Lead author on co-authored publications
    • Authored chapter in a professional book published or accepted for publication.
    • Presentations with graduate students or colleagues with clinical/evidence-based focus at conferences
    • External funding for research, development or training proposals
    • Guides graduate student inquiry and application of evidence-based practice into relevant clinical settings (ie, chair of DNP student project committee)
    • Maintain professional certification.
    • A record of leadership in mentoring graduate students/junior non-tenure track faculty:
      • Evidence of acting as a mentor for junior/other faculty and graduate students for clinical scholarship/creative activities
      • Evidence of mentoring junior faculty in their non-tenure track roles

    Service:
    There is an expectation of substantial service at the university and in the discipline of nursing. Candidates are encouraged to link service to clinical-focused scholarly activities and professional work through the presentation of results achieved through service.

    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of service may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Acting as a representative on school, university and system level committees
    • Serving as an advisor to a student organization
    • Chairing an OSN committee or task force
    • Assist with planning and implementing annual OSN activities
    • Paper/book reviews for a journal
    • Book review for a publisher
    • Review proposal abstracts for national/regional/international conferences of professional organizations
    • Present invited or competitively accepted presentations at national/regional/international conferences of professional organizations.
    • Serving on an editorial board

    4.2.2 Promotion to Rank 0 (IV)

    To be eligible for consideration for promotion to Rank 0(IV), the faculty member must have a doctoral degree, must receive an “excellent” rating in primary responsibilities in teaching/performance of assigned duties or clinical teaching/supervision as specified in the faculty role statement and a commendable rating in clinical scholarship and professional work and a satisfactory rating in service to the School, University and profession.

    The burden of demonstrating that these standards have been met lies with the applicant for appointment with promotion.

    Teaching/performance of Assigned Duties:
    Evidence of accomplishment in the area of teaching/performance of assigned duties may include, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Significant record of leadership in teaching
      • Evidence of excellent student evaluations of teaching
      • Recognized nationally or internationally for teaching innovations or methods, education program or findings from education research
      • Develop and implement innovative evaluation methods for classroom and/or clinical teaching
      • Receive honors, awards or other recognition for effective teaching
      • Develop and utilize clinical simulations or other learning approaches that employ advanced technologies
    • Significant record of leadership in mentoring:
      • Evidence of acting as a teaching mentor for junior/other faculty and doctoral students
      • Evidence of mentoring junior faculty in their roles as master’s/doctoral project advisors
      • Evidence of mentoring master’s/doctoral advisees

    Required evidence for those applying for promotion to Rank 0 (IV) must include teaching evaluations from students summarized and presented individually by course since the time of promotion to Rank 0 (III).

    Clinical Scholarship and Professional Work:
    There is an expectation of sustained clinical-focused, scholarly productivity towards publications, presentations and positive systematic health care change. This productivity is expected with both publications and presentations at the national and/or international level. Those applying for promotion to Rank 0 (IV) must demonstrate achievement, in addition to achievements in Clinical Scholarship and Professional Work outlined for promotion to Rank 0 (III), through accomplishment in the area of clinical scholarship and professional work including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Documentation of effective practice change. This is a significant change that is attributed to the candidate’s efforts.
    • Disseminate findings from research and/or evidence-based practice to improve health care outcomes (e.g., data-based articles, reviews of research, research-to-practice articles, and contributions to health policy and/or advocacy).
    • Obtain external funding for research, development or training proposals.
    • Present invited or competitively accepted presentations at meetings of international or national scholarly or professional organizations.
    • Development or incorporation of specialty-focused competencies into DNP practice.
    • Other scholarly and professional work as delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education, Essential #3, Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice.
    • Recognized as an expert clinician by peers and colleagues in specialty area at the national and international level.
    • Collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines to initiate interdisciplinary programs that support teaching or research.

    Service:
    There is an expectation of substantial service at the university and in the discipline of nursing. Candidates are encouraged to link service to clinical-focused scholarly activities and professional work through the presentation of results achieved through service. Those applying for promotion to Rank 0 (IV) must demonstrate achievement, in addition to achievements in Service outlined for promotion to the Rank 0 (II), through accomplishment in the area of service including, but not limited to, the following:

    • Chair an OSN or University of Nevada, Reno committee or task force
    • Leadership in accreditation issues
    • Service on commissions
    • Service in a significant role on a state or national committee
    • Serving as an external reviewer for funding agencies
    • Serving as an external reviewer for tenure applicants at other institutions