Chapter 2

ARTICLE VII. The Structure of the University Faculty

Sec. A. Constituent Faculties

Par. 1. For the purpose of organization and execution of the educational and research programs of the University, the University Faculty shall be organized into constituent faculties, each responsible for a particular professional or scholarly discipline or group of related disciplines. In pursuit of this function, each constituent faculty shall discharge the following obligations:

  1. The recommendation to the president of promotions and of initial faculty appointments;
  2. Recommendation to the president of tenure appointments;
  3. The election of faculty members to the Faculty Senate;
  4. The recommendation to the Board of Trustees of awarding of degrees in course.

Each constituent faculty shall be governed in accordance with by-laws adopted by that faculty and ratified by the Faculty Senate.

Par. 2. Each constituent faculty shall have a dean or otherwise designated chief executive officer appointed for a term of office by the president after consultation with that faculty. Each constituent faculty shall establish procedures for advising the president regarding the appointment of a dean or chief executive officer, pursuant to the guidelines found in the Faculty Handbook (Chapter 3).

Par 3. Each constituent faculty shall be responsible to the University Faculty for execution of the programs delegated to it.

Par. 4. In discharging its responsibilities, each constituent faculty shall observe university policies governing academic freedom, and its by-laws shall provide that the decision-making processes in its government are essentially democratic.

Par. 5. Each constituent faculty shall have a Budget Committee. The regular members of each Budget Committee shall be selected from among the University voting faculty of that constituent faculty by direct election or by appointment by a directly elected body of that constituent faculty. In addition, each Budget Committee may include additional members ex officio as needed.

Sec. B. Departments

Par. 1. Any constituent faculty may be organized into departments. The department shall be the basic unit of those faculties so organized. Each member of the University Faculty holding a principal appointment in such a faculty shall normally have an appointment in a department.

Par. 2. The department shall provide a central administration and a focal point for an academic discipline or for closely related disciplines; it shall plan and provide programs of teaching and scholarly work and professional activity, assume the responsibility for implementing these programs, and determine the policies necessary to guide them and the practices necessary to carry them out. The department shall be responsible for the content of the undergraduate curricula and programs in its disciplinary fields. It shall maintain and staff the facilities which lie within its jurisdiction.

Par 3. Each department shall have a chair appointed by the president after consultation with the members of that department. Such consultation shall be conducted by the dean of the constituent faculty and reported to the president. Each constituent faculty shall establish procedures for advising the president regarding appointment of a chair pursuant to the guidelines found in the Faculty Handbook. These procedures shall be incorporated in the by-laws of the constituent faculty.

Sec. C. Graduate Programs

Subject to regulations and standards determined by the Faculty Senate upon recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies, as provided in Article VI, Section D, Paragraph 2, each department, and each constituent faculty not having a departmental structure, shall be charged with the responsibility for its graduate programs, and each constituent faculty shall be charged with the responsibility for its inter-departmental and inter-divisional graduate programs. Graduate programs in which more than one constituent faculty participates shall be the joint responsibility of the participating faculties.