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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA  

BYLAWS*  

 

Section 1 College of Education Meetings

a. The agenda for all College of Education meetings shall be distributed to all faculty members at least five (5) working days prior to the scheduled meeting time.

b. All regular College of Education meetings shall be chaired by the dean of the College of Education or the dean's designee.

c. Special meetings of the College of Education shall be chaired by the dean of the College of Education or the dean's designee. In cases where the simple majority of the faculty present at a meeting feel that someone other than the dean or dean's designee should chair the special meeting, such a motion shall be entertained and a simple majority shall rule. If the motion passes, nominations shall commence and a simple majority shall rule.

d. At the suggestion of at least one faculty member, voting on a specific issue or issues which affect the entire college shall be:

(1) by written ballot with tallying of ballots overseen by the Academic Standards and Policy Committee;

(2) with ballot distribution based upon eligible voting membership; and

(3) with voting conducted over a period of at least five (5) working days after the meeting in which the issue was discussed.

* Nothing in these Bylaws shall be construed to be in conflict with any applicable law or with the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska; and in cases of conflict between these Bylaws and the Bylaws of the Board of Regents, the latter shall take precedence.


e. Minutes of each faculty meeting shall be distributed to the voting membership of the College of Education.

 

Section 2 Standing Committee Policies and Procedures

 

a. Each College of Education standing committee shall have a written statement of policies and procedures which has been approved by a majority of the voting faculty.

b. Minutes of the meetings shall be distributed to each member of the committee, department chairs, school director, and the dean.

c. Committees shall conduct meetings in accordance with Roberts' Rules of Order when there is no conflict with the Regents' Bylaws or the Constitution of the college.

d. Relevant committee elections shall be conducted and results disseminated to all faculty no later than October 1 of each academic year.

e. Committee members of each committee shall hold office until new members of the committee are elected.

f. Committee chairs are determined as specified under committee descriptions in the Bylaws.

g. Special meetings may be called by the dean, committee chair, or at the request of two committee members when any of the aforementioned believe that there is urgent business. When the two committee members believe a special meeting is necessary, they should notify the committee chair in writing, who shall call the meeting on their behalf. An agenda for a special meeting should be distributed three (3) working days before the meeting.


Section 3 Standing Committee Agenda

 

Each standing committee of the College of Education shall distribute an agenda to committee members at least five (5) working days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.

 

Section 4 Academic Standards and Policy Committee

 

a. The voting membership of this committee shall be composed of:

(1) one tenure-track faculty member from each department or school; and

(2) one undergraduate student.

b. Voting members of each department/school within the college shall elect a representative from their unit to serve on the committee. Members shall serve for two years, with no more than three (3) new members elected each year except when vacancies exist on the committee.

c. The student member shall be an undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Education and appointed by the dean from recommendations made by the College of Education's Office of Student Services. The term of appointment shall be for one academic year and may be reappointed for an additional one-year term.

d. The chair shall be a faculty person elected by the committee from its membership. The department or school from which the chair is elected shall elect another faculty member to serve in the chair's vacated seat on the committee. The chair's replacement seat shall be a one year term.

e. The chair of the committee shall represent no department or school and shall vote only in case of a tie.

f. The dean of the College of Education or the dean's designee shall be an ex-officio member of the committee without voting privileges.

g. Other individuals may be invited by the chair to attend meetings of the committee and may participate in discussion, but shall not have voting privileges.

h. The committee shall have the following major functions or responsibilities:

(1) to review, when needed, the policies and procedures of the college and university which affect the students, faculty, and programs in the college and to recommend to the faculty and dean needed changes and/or new policies;

(2) to advise the dean concerning academic matters which require approval by the Board of Regents which include, but are not limited to the following:

(i) the creation, consolidation, or elimination of any department or school;

(ii) changes in the name of a degree or certificate program;

(iii) changes in the name of a department or school;

(iv) adoption or discontinuance of a curriculum leading to a degree, endorsement, and/or certificate; and

(v) rules and regulations relating to governance of the college;

(3) to report to the dean of the College of Education changes in all academic matters which do not require approval by the Board of Regents;

(4) to make recommendations to the dean concerning all certificate programs;

(5) to facilitate an evaluation of the dean of the College of Education, in accordance with Faculty Senate Resolution 1538 and guidelines issued by the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs;

(6) to recommend new undergraduate syllabi and programs to the faculty, identify activities in which the college should be involved, review existing programs, and propose needed changes to the faculty;

(7) to accept additional responsibilities or tasks as assigned by the dean in such matters as procedures and interpretation of policies and act as an advisory body to the dean upon request; and

(8) to facilitate any needed changes in the College of Education Constitution and Bylaws with all changes being subject to approval of the voting faculty of the College of Education, the chancellor, the president, and the Board of Regents.

i. The committee shall normally hold one meeting each month during the academic year.

j. The committee shall oversee all relevant college-wide activities which require voting and certify the results.

k. Fifty percent (50%) of committee membership shall constitute a quorum.

l. The Academic Standards and Policy Committee shall interface with the College Graduate Committee where appropriate.

 

Section 5 Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee

a. The voting membership of this committee shall be composed of five (5) tenure-track faculty members. One member shall be elected from each of the ranks of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor; and two members shall be elected on an at-large basis from the three ranks.

b. The members of the committee shall be elected by the voting faculty of the College of Education and shall represent the departments and school in the College of Education. The members shall be selected in this order:

(1) the person who receives the highest number of votes;

(2) the person who receives the second highest number of votes;

(3) the person who receives the third highest number of votes;

(4) the person who receives the fourth highest number of votes; and

(5) the person who receives the fifth highest number of votes.

Note: Ties shall be broken by lottery with the loser awarded the next position. If the five members do not represent the departments and school and all eligible ranks, the last chosen person(s) who do not complete the representation shall be replaced by the individual(s) receiving the next highest number of votes who can provide the correct representation. The Academic Standards and Policy Committee shall certify the results of the voting.

c. Members shall be elected for two years, with no more than three new members elected each year except when vacancies exist on the committee.

d. The committee shall select one of its own members as chair.

e. The dean of the College of Education or the dean's designee shall be an ex-officio member of the committee without voting privileges.

f. The committee shall establish procedures of operation and meeting times.

g. Four (4) of the five (5) committee members shall constitute a quorum.

h. The Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee shall have the following major functions or responsibilities:

(1) to review and make recommendations to the dean for reappointment, promotion, and tenure of all College of Education candidates;

(2) to formulate and present to the dean and faculty criteria and policies for reappointment, promotion, and tenure;

(3) to report to the faculty all action taken in terms of number of applications reviewed and number of recommendations made in each area;

(4) to report to the respective department chairs/school director all actions taken that relate to members of that department/school; and

(5) to serve as an advisory committee to the dean, when requested, regarding faculty personnel issues.

 

Section 6 Student Affairs Committee

 

  • a. The voting membership of this committee shall be composed of:

(1) four (4) tenure-track faculty members appointed by the dean, based on recommendations from the departments/school having undergraduate programs;

(2) two (2) College of Education undergraduate students appointed by the dean;

(3) a college administrator appointed by the dean; and

(4) a staff member of the College of Education Office of Student Services appointed by the dean. This member shall not have voting privileges.

  • b. Faculty members shall be appointed for two academic years.
  • c. Student members shall be undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Education and appointed by the dean from recommendations made by the College of Education = s Office of Student Services. The term of appointment shall be for one academic year, and may be reappointed for an additional one-year term.

d. The chair of the committee shall be a college administrator.

e. Four (4) of the seven (7) voting committee members with one of the four being a student member shall constitute a quorum.

f. The Student Affairs Committee shall review all cases brought to it concerning dismissal, retention, or adjudication of grievances for individual undergraduate students and shall advise the dean regarding each case.

 

Section 7 Graduate Committee

 

a. The committee shall be chaired by the dean of the College of Education or by the dean's designee.

b. The voting membership of this committee shall be composed of:

(1) graduate program committee chairs from each department/school;

(2) one College of Education representative from each of the standing committees of the campus Graduate Council;

(3) the associate dean of the College of Education; and

(4) two graduate students appointed by the dean from those nominated by department chairs and school director.

c. Student members shall be appointed for one academic year and may be reappointed for an additional one-year term.

d. Fifty percent (50%) of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

e. The committee shall review new or extensively revised graduate syllabi and programs.

f. The committee shall advise the dean on issues related to graduate studies and make recommendations to the faculty on graduate issues.

g. The Graduate Committee shall interface with the College Academic Standards and Policy Committee where appropriate.

 

Section 8 Appointment of the Dean and Other College Administrator(s)

 

a. The office of the dean of the College of Education shall be filled in accordance with Section 2.1 of the Board of Regents' Bylaws.

b. The office(s) of other college administrator(s) shall be filled in the following manner:

(1) A search committee, consisting of faculty from the college, at least one additional university faculty member from outside the college, at least one individual from outside the university, and a chair of the committee appointed by the dean, shall be formed to recommend 3-5 unranked candidates to the dean.

(2) After consultation with the department chairs and the school director, the dean shall recommend to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and to the chancellor his/her choice from those reported by the search committee. The dean shall also inform the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs of the recommendations submitted by the department chairs and the school director.

 

Section 9 Department Chairs and School Director

 

a. Appointment of the department chairs and school director shall be by the Board of Regents upon the recommendations of the dean and concurrence by the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, the chancellor, and the president. Prior to making a recommendation, the dean of the College of Education shall consult with faculty of the respective department or school.

(1) Consultation with the department or school faculty means that the dean shall meet with the faculty of the respective department or school as a group to discuss candidates and/or that the dean shall receive a written report from the faculty of the respective department or school indicating the majority view regarding the preferred candidate for the position.

(2) Individual faculty members may also submit statements indicating their own views.

(3) The dean may initiate any additional action appropriate to the selection process.

b. The duties of the department chairs and school director shall be those designated:

(1) by the Regents' Bylaws;

(2) by policies and procedures of individual departments and school; and

(3) by the dean of the college, chancellor, and/or president of the university.

c. The department chairs and school director shall schedule and hold department and school meetings at regularly scheduled times.

d. The department chairs and school director shall send the minutes of all regularly scheduled meetings to all members of the department or school and to the dean of the college;

departmental and school minutes are expected to contain major recommendations, policies, and decisions.

e. Agenda for regularly scheduled department and school meetings shall be distributed to the faculty at least five (5) working days prior to the established meeting times.

f. The dean of the College of Education may at any time make formal recommendations to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs regarding the termination of administrative assignments of department chairs and school director. Such formal recommendations shall have been presented first to the faculty of the department or school concerned.

 

Section 10 Proposal and Approval of Amendments to Bylaws

 

Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by the Academic Standards and Policy Committee or by petition to this committee by twenty percent (20%) of the voting faculty. Such amendments must be proposed at least twenty (20) working days before a regular faculty meeting. Proposed amendments shall be distributed in writing to the faculty by the Academic Standards and Policy Committee at least ten (10) working days prior to the next regular faculty meeting. The Academic Standards and Policy Committee shall present proposed amendments to the College of Education faculty to be voted on within ten (10) working days following that meeting. Voting shall be by distributed ballot. Two-thirds (2/3) approval of the voting faculty submitting valid ballots shall be necessary for adoption.

 

Approved by College of Education Faculty 4/16/96

Approved by Board of Regents 5/21/97

Edited and Approved by College of Education Faculty 12/1/05