Organization of the School

Bylaws: School of Community Health Sciences

A. School of Community Health Sciences' Director

The primary level of governance and final authority is the Director. The Director functions as chief administrative and executive officer for the School, and is the unit representative to the Division. The Director is responsible for decisions affecting the general welfare and status of the School. This includes assuring that the business of the School complies with mission statements, goals, and objectives of the School, the Division, and the University.

A.1. Responsibilities of the Director

The specific responsibilities of the Director include, but are not limited to:

  • bringing forward the mission, planning, development, and opportunities both inside and outside the University for the School, faculty, and staff
  • administering, planning, and overseeing daily management activities of the School with input from the faculty-at-large
  • recruiting, motivating, and providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
  • supervising and evaluating faculty and staff
  • assigning responsibility for classroom teaching
  • reviewing student grade appeals or grievances
  • pursuing and managing resources necessary for the School's success
  • developing and managing the School's budget

A.2. Recruitment and Evaluation of the Director

The Director is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Vice President of Health Sciences (VPHS) and the Faculty-at-Large (FAL). The Director is chosen through either a) a formal search process initiated by the VPHS, or b) a nomination process within the School with a recommendation for Director submitted to the VPHS after a majority vote in favor of the nominee by the FAL.

The Director is evaluated annually by the VPHS, as required by section 3.2.3 of the Division of Health Sciences bylaws. The School's Personnel Committee will evaluate the Director's performance in teaching, research, and external service, and report its findings and recommendation to the VPHS, who will consider this information, along with performance criteria established by the Division or the VPHS for evaluation of directors of schools, in determining a final evaluation. The VPHS and/or the School Personnel Committee will seek input from the FAL and staff regarding the Director's administrative performance. The Director will also be evaluated periodically as required by UNR's Bylaws.

B. School of Community Health Sciences' Faculty

The Faculty-at-Large (FAL) shall provide input into the mission, planning, development, and policies of the School through its Director and committees. The FAL votes on issues that affect the mission, programming, and functioning of the SCHS, as well as any issue that the FAL or the Director decide need a vote or would benefit from general faculty support. Votes of the FAL are advisory to the Director, except where otherwise specified in these bylaws or in the bylaws or regulations of a higher level of governance.

All academic and administrative faculty members with at least a 50 percent appointment in the

School are considered part of the FAL. The FAL constitute the voting faculty of the School.

B.1. Rights and Responsibilities of the Faculty

Faculty rights and responsibilities are described in Sections 3.1 and 3.3 of UNR's Bylaws.

Additional responsibilities of the SCHS faculty are to:

  • to contribute to fulfilling the School's teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • to develop, in consultation with the Director, a role statement for each calendar year, describing the effort to be devoted to teaching, research, and service, consistent with the mission and needs of the School. The role statement is signed by the faculty member and the Director and becomes part of the faculty member's personnel file. Role statements may be amended during the year by mutual agreement of the faculty and the Director.
  • to submit to the Director each calendar year an annual report providing a full and accurate summary of the year's accomplishments for the purposes of annual evaluation. The annual report becomes part of the faculty member's personnel file.
  • attend faculty meetings and support student achievements and milestones by attending a variety of school, division, and university events, such as commencement and hooding ceremonies, convocation, orientation, and degree candidates’ presentations, as schedules allow.

The Director may approve exceptions to these responsibilities.

B.2. Graduate Faculty

All individuals who are members of the FAL and who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to serve as a member of the School's graduate faculty:

  1. they hold an appropriate terminal degree in the field of public health, or a related field, e.g., a Ph.D. or Dr.P.H.;
  2. they have a record of active research, or scholarly activity, as indicated in the individual's role statement; and,
  3. they have experience in teaching, advising, or mentoring graduate students.

The SCHS Graduate Director, in consultation with the Graduate Committee, shall approve SCHS faculty members who meet all of the above requirements as members of the School's graduate faculty. The names of such faculty shall be submitted to UNR's Graduate School. A person who partially meets the above requirements may, on a case by case basis, be recommended to the Graduate School to serve as an MPH committee chair, an MPH committee member, or a Ph.D. committee member. Only those faculty members who meet all of the above requirements may serve as a chair of a Ph.D. committee.

B.3. Annual Evaluation of Academic Faculty

The Personnel Committee (PC) is responsible for a thorough, objective, independent, and confidential peer review of academic faculty performance in accord with university bylaws, Section 3.3.2. The Committee will apply consistent standards to evaluate each faculty member based on the individual's workload and responsibilities relevant to scholarship, teaching, and service. Service may include service to the school, the division, the university, NSHE, and/or professional organizations.

The Committee's review will be based on the faculty member's annual report and other materials that may be requested by the committee. Reviewers are to independently determine a rating for each faculty member's scholarship, teaching, and service. The Committee will then discuss the performance of each faculty member in each assessment category, and arrive at an over-all evaluation. PC members may not rate or evaluate themselves nor be a part of tenure or promotion decisions for faculty members of higher rank. The PC submits to the Director a written summary of faculty performance evaluations. This is to include a final, over-all evaluation of performance for each academic faculty member for the year in question.

If a Committee member disagrees with the majority evaluation of a faculty member(s), or believes that criteria were not justly applied, he/she must submit a letter to the Director explaining the circumstances.

The final annual evaluation of each faculty member is completed by the Director, taking into account the Committee's recommendation and other information available to the Director. The Director's evaluation is forwarded to the VPHS.

If a faculty member disagrees with his or her evaluation, he or she may appeal the evaluation, following procedures specified in UNR's bylaws.

B.4. Promotion and Tenure

The School's decisions about promotion and tenure are based on recommendations of the Personnel Committee and the Director. The Director solicits external letters of recommendation for candidates for promotion and tenure. The Personnel Committee reviews the candidate's completed application, including letters from external referees, and makes a written recommendation to the Director, summarizing the candidate's accomplishments and recommending whether promotion and, if applicable, tenure, is warranted. The Director submits a formal recommendation to the VPHS, taking into account the materials submitted by the applicant, the letters from external referees, and the Committee's recommendation.

B.5. Annual Evaluation of Administrative Faculty

Administrative faculty will complete the University Administrative Self Evaluation Form and Goal Statement or Individual Performance Objective Form annually as required by the university. Administrative faculty will be evaluated by their supervisors who will submit their recommendations to the Director. The Director will review the evaluation and submit a formal recommendation to the VPHS.

B.6. Adjunct Faculty

Qualified individuals providing a service to the School, usually teaching, committee service, or conducting research in collaboration with School faculty, may be appointed as adjunct faculty members as provided by the university's bylaws. Adjunct faculty appointments are described in the University's Administrative Manual.

An adjunct appointment may by requested by submitting to the Director a curriculum vitae and a letter outlining the applicant's present or proposed contributions to the School. Adjunct appointments are approved by the FAL (by a majority vote), the Director, the VPHS, and the Executive Vice President & Provost.

Adjunct appointments are for a one-year period and require a formal contract that complies with university policies and procedures. Appointments may be renewed by the Director upon demonstration of satisfactory service to the School. Persons holding adjunct titles are non-voting members of the faculty.

B.7. Affiliate Faculty

Individuals whom the SCHS faculty have identified as content experts in public health and/or who have played a role (or could help) in the development and direction of the SCHS may become affiliate faculty. This designation also represents the School's support for them and their work. Affiliate faculty typically are people who have taught in the SCHS program or have been involved in some other way. Potentially, they are individuals who could serve as resources for students, as committee members for graduate students, for example. Affiliate faculty may also act in an advisory role in guiding the School's direction and development. There are no formal obligations or responsibilities associated with this designation. To become an affiliate faculty member, a nominee's CV is circulated for approval by a majority vote of the FAL. Affiliate status may be renewed annually upon request. Persons with affiliate status are non-voting members of the faculty.

C. School of Community Health Sciences' Staff

Staff are administrative and classified employees who assist the Director and the faculty, and support the students. They are supervised by the Director who is responsible for their duty list and evaluation.

C.1. Evaluation of Staff

Classified staff are evaluated by their supervisors according to the procedures established by the university and the state personnel system. The Director shall seek input from the faculty for the annual evaluation of the School's staff.