COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA
We, the faculty of the College of Education of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, are committed to a continuous advancement of the profession of education. We have been constituted a faculty by virtue of the knowledge, training, experience, and skills which distinguish the field of professional education. We are committed to the responsibility of preparing educators and also to recognizing and identifying the interrelationships between our specialized fields and other professions.
As a profession, educators have both rights and responsibilities. Academic freedom and collegial participatory processes are traditional hallmarks of universities which serve free societies. Professional responsibilities are entailed in exercising the functions of a university faculty committed to excellence in providing instruction, scholarship, and public service.
We believe that education should serve in the resolution of problems and conflicts in our society. As such, we support faculty involvement with the educational community. We also believe that a stated set of guidelines and procedures is necessary; therefore, we do hereby adopt and establish this Constitution.
* Nothing in this Constitution 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 this Constitution and its accompanying Bylaws and the Bylaws of the Board of Regents, the latter shall take precedence.
ARTICLE I FACULTY OF THE COLLEGE
The faculty shall be the legislative body of the College of Education subject to the policies and regulations of the (1) Board of Regents, (2) University of Nebraska system, and (3) University of Nebraska at Omaha administration.
Section 2 Membership
The voting membership of the faculty of the College of Education shall consist of all 0.75 full-time equivalency and above faculty in the College of Education; and of all full-time University employees holding the academic rank of Instructor or above, who have at least a half-time workload assignment in the College of Education and who are in a tenure-track line.
Section 3 Meetings
a. A minimum of four regular College meetings shall be held per year (two during the fall semester and two during the spring semester). These meetings shall be held at a time designated by the dean with notice given to the faculty of at least ten (10) working days.
b. Special meetings may be called by the chancellor of the university, the chancellor's representative, or the dean of the college. Special meetings must be called by the dean within ten (10) working days after receiving a petition by at least ten (10) voting faculty members or by approval of a simple majority of the faculty present during a regular or special meeting.
c. Thirty-three and one-third percent (33 1/3%) of the faculty shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting.
d. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Roberts' Rules of Order when not in conflict with the Constitution or the Bylaws of the college.
e. Department/school faculty meetings shall be held in accordance with policies and procedures of the respective unit consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of the college.
ARTICLE II COMMITTEES
Section 1 Standing Committees
There shall be four (4) standing committees: Academic Standards and Policy Committee; Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; Student Affairs Committee; and Graduate Committee.
a. The Academic Standards and Policy Committee shall advise the dean on policy matters and make recommendations to the faculty on academic issues.
b. The Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee shall review and advise the dean on all College of Education candidates for reappointment, promotion, and tenure and report a summary to the faculty of candidates reviewed in each area.
c. The Student Affairs Committee shall review all cases brought to it regarding individual students concerning dismissal, retention, or adjudication of grievances and shall advise the dean regarding each case.
d. The Graduate Committee shall advise the dean on issues related to graduate studies and make recommendations to the faculty on graduate issues.
Section 2 Ad Hoc Committees
Ad hoc committees may be created by the dean or by a simple majority vote of the faculty. When appropriate, the composition of the committee shall include representatives of the community and its respective professional constituencies.
ARTICLE III OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Section 1 Selection of the Dean
Representatives of the College of Education faculty shall consult with the UNO chancellor and/or the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs on the appointment of the dean according to policies outlined in the College of Education Bylaws.
Section 2 Selection of Other College Administrator(s)
The office(s) of other College Administrator(s) shall be filled in accordance with the Bylaws of the Board of Regents in the following manner: The dean shall, after consultation with the department chairs, school director, representatives of the college faculty and appropriate community representatives selected by the dean, recommend his/her choice of other college administrator(s) to the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and to the chancellor.
Section 3 Review of College Administrators
a. A comprehensive review of the dean of the College of Education shall take place at three- to five-year intervals, and a comprehensive review of other college administrators shall take place at three-year intervals to advise the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and the chancellor concerning the state of the leadership within the college. The review of the dean and other administrator(s) of the College of Education shall be conducted according to policies outlined in the College of Education Bylaws.
ARTICLE IV DEPARTMENT CHAIRS AND SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Section 1 Selection of Chairs and School Director
The process of selecting individuals to serve as department chairs or school director shall be in accordance with the Bylaws of the Board of Regents.
ARTICLE V STRUCTURE OF THE COLLEGE
The structure of the college shall be as established by the Board of Regents. The faculty or the dean may recommend changes in the structure of the college to best serve the needs of the college and its programs.
ARTICLE VI AMENDMENTS
Section 1 Proposal of Amendments
Amendments to this constitution 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.
Section 2 Approval of Amendments
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