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  • 1. Rev October 25, 2010 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGE OF NURSING FACULTY HANDBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE Introduction from Dean Patricia A. Burns, RN, PhD, FAAN…………………………….. 1 College of Nursing Administration.….………………………………………………….…. 2 College of Nursing Governance: 2 Faculty Council .…………………………………………………………………... 2 Executive Committee of Faculty Council ……………..…………………………... 3 Committees .………………………………………………………………………. 3 Mission, Values and Philosophy.……………………………………………………….….. 3 PROMOTION AND TENURE College of Nursing Guidelines and Procedures …………………………………………… 4 Faculty Annual Performance……………………………………………………………. 5 FACULTY ASSIGNMENTS General Information……………………………………………………………………….. 6 FACULTY PROFESSIONAL FACULTY ACTIVITES Faculty Academic Information Report (FAIR) ………….………………………………… 7 Personnel Activity Report (PAR) Forms ………………………………………………….. 7 Faculty Leave ………….…………………………………………………………………… 7 Report of Outside Activity ………………………………………………………………… 7 Request for Travel Funds.…………………………………………………………….……. 7 COLLEGE OF NURSING RESOURCES Faculty/Administrative Support Services………………………………………………….. 8 Business and Administrative Services……………………………………………………... 8 Academic and Student Services……………………………………………………………. 8 Information Technology……………………………………………………………………. 8 Instructional Design………………………………………………………………………… 8 Center for Nursing Research………………………………………………………………... 9 General Information………………………………………………………………………… 9 HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER RESOURCES The Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Health Sciences Library …………………………… 10 The USF Virtual Library…………………………………………………………………… 10 Links to Important Library Resources………………………………………………...……. 10 i
  • 2. Health Sciences Information Services……………………………………………………… 11 Health Sciences Center Media Center……………………………………………………… 11 Health Sciences Center Public Affairs……………………………………………………... 11 COLLEGE OF NURSING STUDENT ACADEMIC POLICIES Questions and Answers on Copyright……………………………………………………… 12 Academic Jeopardy: Undergraduate Students……………………………………………………………. 12 Continuation and Progression……………………………………………………… 12 Graduate Students…………………………………………………………………. 12 Progression Process 13 Graduate Students Readmission Policy…………………………………………… 14 COLLEGE OF NURSING FACULTY BYLAWS Article I: Purpose ………………….………………………………………………………. 15 Article II: The College …………….………………………………………………………. 15 Article III: Faculty and Faculty Meetings …………………………………………………. 15 Article IV: Administration and Faculty …………………………………………………… 15 Article V: Faculty Governance …….……………………………………………………… 16 Article VI: General Faculty Officers ……………………………………………………… 16 Article VII: Executive Council of the Faculty ..…………………………………………… 17 Article VIII: The Faculty Council ………………………………………………………… 17 Article IX: Standing Committees ….……………………………………………………… 19 Article X: Special Committees and Ad Hoc Committees ………………………………… 21 ii
  • 3. elcome to the University of South Florida, College of Nursing. This is a very exciting time for the College. In September 2003, we broke ground on the new College of Nursing facility that is just the first step in transforming the learning journey for our nursing students. he College is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The University of South Florida has recently been designated as a Research I Extensive Carnegie Classification University, and the College of Nursing has responded to the University’s mission by dramatically increasing its research efforts, which has nearly doubled our research funding. he College of Nursing understands that diversity is critical to academic excellence and is committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student population. We continue to strive to recruit and retain a diverse student body, staff, and faculty as well as provide a supportive educational environment for underrepresented groups. he College of Nursing has created a Clinical Collaborative Baccalaureate initiative that consists of six clinical teams. Our students no longer spend weeks adjusting to each new hospital on a clinical rotation ~ they now complete all of their clinical training at a single site, becoming intimately familiar with the facilities programs and procedures under the one-on-one guidance of a hospital preceptor. The teaching facilities include: University Community Hospital; Tampa General Hospital; Bayfront Health Systems / All Childrens Hospital; BayCare Health Network / St. Joseph’s Hospital; Morton Plant Mease Hospital; James A. Haley VA Hospital / Moffitt Cancer Center / Shriner’s Hospital s a faculty member, you are an integral component of an exceptional academic environment that is innovative and progressive. Our united efforts have been successful in raising our national ranking and the recognition we have received for the Clinical Collaborative Baccalaureate Educational program has been phenomenal! Our NCLEX pass rates are above 98%. ur faculty is not only a vital part of our history; it is the moving force in creating our future. Our vision is to prepare nursing graduates that will enter the workforce with the experience and advanced skills necessary to successfully manage the ever-changing issues that continue to challenge our healthcare systems. As we expand upon academic opportunities, it is you, our faculty, who will ensure our students are well-educated, multi-disciplined professionals that will become the nursing leaders of the future! he College of Nursing faculty has compiled a handbook that presents the organizational structure, governance, policies and procedures that guide our daily activities. This handbook is designed as a guide for faculty as they assume a new faculty role, as well as an update on College policies for continuing professors. Sincerely, Patricia A. Burns Ph.D. R.N. FAAN Dean and Professor 1
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  • 5. ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE College of Nursing Administration The Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research and Doctoral Programs, and Assistant to the Dean for Administrative Affairs, comprise the College of Nursing Administration. The organizational structure and governance system of the College of Nursing promote effective functioning, provide for faculty and student participation in decision-making, and foster the attainment of the College’s Strategic Plan. College of Nursing Organizational Chart The Dean, Dr. Patricia Burns, is responsible for the administration of all activities, allocation of resources, and enforcement of policies and procedures for the College of Nursing. The Dean reports to the Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Steven Klasko, who reports to the University President, Dr. Judith Genshaft. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Judith Karshmer, is responsible for all academic programs. Her responsibilities include monitoring the curriculum, evaluating student issues, assigning faculty duties, and advising the Dean on all matters pertaining to the academic mission of the College. The Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Study, Dr. Mary Evans is responsible for directing and monitoring the curriculum of the Doctoral Program, coordinating research activities of faculty and students through the College’s Research Center and coordinating and facilitating faculty research goals. The Assistant to the Dean for Administrative Services, Ms. Anne Phillips, is responsible for maintaining the financial and physical functioning of the College. She maintains all budgets, maintenance of the physical plant and oversees the supervision of the staff. In addition, Ms. Phillips acts as an advisor to the Dean in the Strategic Budget initiatives for program development and student enhancement in the College of Nursing. College of Nursing Governance Faculty Council Faculty Council Organizational Chart Bylaws of the Faculty The Faculty Council is responsible for recommending and communicating policies and activities to appropriate individuals and groups in the College. The structure and responsibilities of the Faculty Council is contained in the bylaws. The governance’s function is to: 1. provide a current governance structure for the faculty of the College of Nursing 2. organize the various committees to meet the unique needs within the College 3. provide a mechanism for faculty involvement and service to the College through committee membership 4. facilitate collaborative relationships between and among all faculty members The Faculty Council provides a forum for discussion of issues and problems of concern to the University and College. In addition, the recommendations from standing and other committees and task forces are received, Figure 2.3 2
  • 6. reviewed and acted upon by the Faculty Council. Membership on the Faculty Council consists of all full and part-time faculty members with salaried academic appointments. Voting is limited to faculty with 50% or more efforts in the College. Executive Committee of the Faculty Council The Executive Committee of the Faculty Council is comprised of the Dean; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Dean for Research & Doctoral Studies; Director of Teaching Effectiveness; Graduate Coordinator; Undergraduate Coordinators; Chair, Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee; Chair Curriculum Committee; Chair, Continuing Education Committee; Chair, Student Affairs Committee; Chair, Faculty Council; Vice-Chairs, Faculty Council Executive Committee; Parliamentarian; and Diversity Coordinator. All matters pertaining to the governance of the College are conducted through the Faculty Council. However, the Executive Committee handles specific emergency issues. Committees All faculty members are expected to attend and participate in all meetings and activities of Faculty Council of their respective committees and general Faculty Council meetings. Standing Committees: Special Committees: Continuing Education Bylaws Curriculum Nominating • Undergraduate • Masters • Doctoral Evaluation Appointment, Promotion & Tenure Student Affairs Diversity Committee Current Committee Membership List Mission, Values, and Philosophy College of Nursing Mission, Values and Philosophy Mission, Values and Philosophy Statement The Mission, Values and Philosophy Statement of the College of Nursing clearly addresses its congruence with the mission and vision of the University of South Florida. The Mission, Values and Philosophy of the College of Nursing were approved by the Faculty Council on 1-23-93 and were revised on 1-8-99 as follows: PROMOTION AND TENURE College of Nursing Guidelines and Procedures 3
  • 7. The College of Nursing procedures for appointment, promotion and tenure reflect current and emerging qualifications, roles and functions within academic nursing. They are based on national standards for faculty in baccalaureate and higher degree programs in nursing (see American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Standards) specialization and expertise in teaching, productivity in research and scholarly activities. College of Nursing, Guidelines and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure Office of the Provost, Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion Office of the Provost, Tenure and Promotion Links National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 4
  • 8. FACULTY ANNUAL PERFORMANCE Faculty evaluation in the College of Nursing is conducted in two phases. Every faculty member is offered the opportunity to have a review by a committee of peers. This is conducted in February every year and is based on the faculty’s performance during the previous calendar year, January 1 – December 31. This approach was adopted because all faculty members in this College work on 12-month contracts. The Faculty Affairs Committee, a group that is elected by vote of the faculty, conducts the peer review in the assigned areas (teaching, scholarship, service, advising and administration). Guidelines and procedures for annual submission of peer review materials are appended to this handbook. Independent of peer reviews, all faculty are evaluated by the Associate Deans who provide an administrative review. A summary evaluation is provided which includes a score for each assigned area: teaching, scholarship, service, advising and administration. Both the peer review scores and the administrative scores are entered into the Annual Faculty Review Summary Form. Peer and Administrative reviews are used by the Dean for assigning the year's merit salary increases. Evaluations are shared with the individual faculty and kept in the faculty member’s personnel file. Faculty members who do not complete the peer review process are not eligible for a merit increase. If the Board of Trustees elects to give a minimum increase, all faculty members are eligible. Judith F. Karshmer, PhD, ARNP, CNS Associate Dean Guidelines and Procedures for Annual Submission of Peer Review Materials Faculty Evaluation Form Annual Faculty Review Summary Form 5
  • 9. FACULTY ASSIGNMENTS Faculty assignments are made in compliance with university policy: fall and spring terms faculty load is equivalent to 12 credit hours and 8 hours in the summer. These hours may be divided into several categories including teaching, research/scholarship, service, advising, and administration. Tenured/tenure earning assistant, associate, and full professors typically have a portion of their effort devoted to research/scholarly activity; instructors' usual assignment is predominantly teaching. For detailed information on Faculty Assignments please go directly to the College of Nursing Web site at: Faculty Assignments Glossary of Common Terminology 6
  • 10. Faculty Academic Information Report (FAIR) The Faculty Academic Information Reporting (FAIR) system is designed to monitor on going faculty assignment and performance. Each semester faculty receive an Assigned Faculty Duty (AFD) specifically his/her teaching, research & services assignment. At the end of the term faculty report their actual effort on the Faculty Activity Report (FAR). These documents may be found at the FAIR website: http://isis.fastmail.usf.edu/fair/login.asp Personnel Activity Report (PAR) Forms Most research universities across the country use a variety of methods known as "effort reporting" to gather data from faculty and selected employees to assure effort expanded toward federal grants are constituted with university guidelines. The Personnel Activity Reporting form (PAR) is the method utilized to gather data at the University of South Florida. For information on the PAR form and how to fill it out please go directly to the USF Web site at: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/faculty_staff/parforms.html Faculty Leave The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approves all Leave Requests. Approved leave requests are filed in the Human Resources Office, which is responsible for maintaining all faculty leave records. The form should be completed for requests of annual and sick leave, or professional meeting attendance. This form also needs to reflect appropriate faculty coverage for any assigned duties that will be missed due to the requested leave. Off Campus Activity Form Report of Outside Activity A Report of outside Activity Form must be completed for any activity outside of the College of Nursing for which the faculty member is compensated. Compensation includes but is not limited to honoraria, consultation fees, and payment for clinical practice. Report of Outside Activity Form Request for Travel Funds Faculty may request additional monies for reimbursement of travel based on criteria established by the Financial Advisory Committee. Approval for travel reimbursement is made by the Dean of the College. Criteria for Travel Reimbursement Travel Authorization Request Form (TAR) Travel Expense Report (TER) 7
  • 11. Faculty/Administrative Support Services Faculty and Administrative Support Services staff provide assistance in the preparation of course materials including typing, copying, and scanning of documents, test preparation, photo and slide scanning, powerpoint creation, etc. Support staff maintain the electronic bulletin board which broadcasts announcements in the College of Nursing lobby, and collect and distribute daily mail. For more information on Faculty/Administrative Support Services please link to the following website: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/faculty_staff/directory+of+services.pdf Business and Administrative Services Business and Administrative Service staff handle all fiscal processes including: purchasing, accounting, property, and payroll. These staff also handle all human resource processes such as appointment documents, faculty and staff lists, payroll processing and more. The Assistant to the Dean provides specific pre and post award assistance to faculty developing or administering research and training grants. For more information on Business and Administrative Services please link to the following website: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/faculty_staff/directory+of+services.pdf Academic and Student Services Academic and Student Services staff process all student applications to the College, process student information updates to University records, file student grades, process student graduation requests and otherwise maintain student records. Student Services staff also process all requests for student information. For more information on Academic and Student Services please link to the following website: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/faculty_staff/directory+of+services.pdf Information Technology The Information Technology Department provides assistance to the students, faculty and staff of the College of Nursing in all areas of information systems and processing. The IT staff provide assistance in operating College office and classroom equipment, and maintaining College data systems and reports. For more information on the Information Technology department, please go directly to the Nursing Web site: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/students/computer_resources.html Instructional Design In order to help ensure continuity and consistency in online courses, issues for web-based, or web-enhanced, classes are handled by the instructional design group. Online teaching assistants assist with course content. For more information on Instructional Design services: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/students/idservices.html Nursing Research Center 8
  • 12. The University of South Florida College of Nursing Research Center was established in 1997, the Research Center provides consultation and technical support to faculty and student researchers, primarily by identifying funding sources, developing reports and articles, and preparing grant applications. For more information on the Nursing Research Center, please go directly to the Nursing Web site: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/research/index.html Nursing Research Center forms can be obtained by going to the Nursing Web site: http://hsc.usf.edu/nursing/research/research_forms.html 9
  • 13. Health Sciences Center Resources The Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Health Sciences Library The Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Health Sciences Library is located in the Health Sciences Center on USF’s Tampa Campus and has collections specifically geared for the faculty and students of the College of Nursing, the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health as well as affiliated clinical health professionals. Formats include books, journals, computer software, AVs, CD-ROMS and networked information. The library’s mission is to support USF HSC educational and research activities by facilitating access to information and teaching lifelong learning skills. For more information about the Shimberg HSC Library go to their Website at http://www.hsc.usf.edu/library/ For more information on the USF Virtual Library and the services it offers go to their Web site at: http://www.lib.usf.edu/virtual/ Links to Important Library Resources -*CINAHL (Mednet) -*Medline (Mednet) -*MD Consult -*Harrison’s Online  WebLUIS Home page  HSC I.S. Department -Proxy Configuration Notes  Reserve and E-reserve Materials Click here for Guidelines Click here for Reserve Request Form Click here for Electronic Reserve Request Form Health Sciences Information Services Information Services at the Health Sciences Center provides resources and services for the faculty, students and 10
  • 14. staff of the College of Nursing, College of Medicine and College of Public Health. Information Services provides computer resources and services in the areas of management, user support services, network services and application development. College of Nursing Information Technology For more information on Information Services please go directly to their Web site at: http://www.hsc.usf.edu/is/ Health Sciences Center Media Center The Health Sciences Center Media Center provides resources and services to the faculty, students and staff of the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health. The Media Center provides service in the areas of photography, graphic and medical illustration, video and audio productions, television engineering, audio- visual services and copy services at its main office and at the adjacent copy center. Information on the Media Center Web site at: http://hsc.usf.edu/mediacenter/ Health Sciences Center Public Affairs The Health Sciences Center Public Affairs office provides resources and services to the faculty, students and staff of the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health. Information on the Media Center Web site at: http://hsc.usf.edu/publicaffairs/ 11
  • 15. College of Nursing Student Academic policies Questions and Answers on Copyright Reproduction of copyrighted material without prior permission of the copyright owner, particularly in an educational setting, is an issue of concern for the academic community. University Policy The College of Nursing is compliant with Federal Copyright law and University copyright policy and procedure #0-105. University policy and procedure may be viewed in total at the following website: http://isis.fastmail.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/GENADM/Gc105.htm Academic Jeopardy Undergraduate Students A student whose performance is below passing will be places in Academic Jeopardy. Student in Academic Jeopardy Form. The specific academic problems will be identified and the plans to correct the problem will be outlined. Continuation and Progression 1. Any student earning a “D” or “F” in more than one nursing course, may be dismissed from the College of Nursing. The Dean of the College of Nursing or the Dean’s designee will notify students who are dismissed in writing. 2. Students who are dismissed may apply for reentry into the College only if the student is eligible to repeat the failed course under the USF grade forgiveness policy. (See current USF Undergraduate Catalog). A student who seeks readmission must meet with the Associate Dean to discuss the situation and formally re-apply for admission to the Student Affairs Committee. A reapplication letter should outline the students intentions and plans for successfully re-take of the failed courses. Letters of support from faculty are encouraged as part of the reapplication material. Graduate Students Graduate students must earn the grade of B or higher (B minus is not acceptable) in each required course in their respective nursing program. Graduate students must also maintain an overall average of 3.0 (B) in order to be considered to be “in good standing. “ Students also must meet any special conditions of their admissions. No grade below C will be accepted toward a graduate degree. All grades will be counted in computing the overall grade point average. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 at the completion of their respective program, or they will not be awarded a degree from the University of South Florida. If a student earns a grade below a B in a required course, she/he must repeat the course. The course must be taken in the next semester that it is offered and the student must earn a B or higher. Any student, who earns below a B in two or more required courses or earns below a B in a required course twice, will be dismissed from the College. The Dean of the College of Nursing, or her designee (Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies), will notify students who are dismissed, in writing. 12
  • 16. Clinical Performance Patient safety and welfare are the most critical criteria of the clinical rotation. If at any time during the clinical rotation the student places the patient in an actual or potentially hazardous or unsafe situation or the faculty judges the student to be deficient in clinical competence for patient care responsibility, the student will fail the course regardless of previous clinical performance. Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade for their clinical performance may be dismissed from the program, regardless of academic standing in other classes. Human Research Conduct The protection of the rights of human subjects is the most critical criteria of any research study involving human subjects. If at any time during the conduction of a human subject study, a student violates the rights of the participants, the study will be stopped. Permission to continue with the study will be dependent upon an investigation by the University of South Florida Institutional Review Board, the student’s research advisor and the Dean of the College of Nursing. Progression Process Any student who is not in good standing at the end of a semester shall be placed on probation. The College may also place students on probation for other reasons as designated. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall make notification of probation in writing to the student, the student’s program coordinator, and the Student Affairs Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student shall meet with his/her program coordinator to develop a Probation Plan detailing the plan for removal of probationary status. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall approve the Plan. A copy of the approved Plan will be given to the student and their program director; a written copy will also be placed in the student’s academic record. At the end of the probationary semester, the program director shall review the student’s progress and compliance with the Probationary Plan, and recommend to the Student Affairs Committee one of the three alternatives: (1) Removal of probation, (2) Continued probation and continuance of the Probation Plan, and (3) Dismissal from the degree program. The Student Affairs committee shall make a recommendation, in writing, to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean shall notify the student in writing of their academic status. The Dean of Graduate Studies, upon recommendation by the Dean of the student’s College, may dismiss the student from a degree-seeking status after one semester of probation. The inability of a Veteran Student to achieve a passing cumulative GPA after two semesters of probationary status will result in termination. (See current USF Graduate Catalog). Any student, who fails a course twice will be dismissed from the College and will have to re-apply for admission. Graduate Student Readmission Policy 1. Graduate students who have bee NOT been enrolled for three consecutive terms are not eligible to register. 2. Graduate students who have not enrolled for three consecutive terms will have to file a new application (for admission) following the application deadline dates for the semester in which return is requested. 13
  • 17. COLLEGE OF NURSING FACULTY BYLAWS ARTICLE I PURPOSE The purpose of these Bylaws is to define guidelines and procedures for organization and governance of the University of South Florida College of Nursing (College) so faculty members may understand their 14
  • 18. responsibilities and faithfully perform their duties with respect to the University and College missions of education, research, and service. The Bylaws are intended to provide general guidelines for College of Nursing governance. ARTICLE II THE COLLEGE The College of Nursing is one of three Colleges (Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health) within the Health Sciences Center which is part of the University of South Florida. ARTICLE III FACULTY AND FACULTY MEETINGS Faculty members are individuals employed by and appointed to College employment by contract or by other written agreement. Core faculty members are individuals employed by and under current contract with the University, who are appointed full-time (1.0 FTE) to the College at the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor, or those with titles that include those designations with the appointment status modifier of "regular," "clinical," or "research," and who have continuing appointments of at least thirty-nine (39) weeks. Core faculty may vote on any proposal, resolution or referendum presented to faculty that requires a vote. Each Core faculty member is entitled to one vote. All faculty and committee meetings provided for in these Bylaws will be conducted according to the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, unless otherwise provided herein. Minutes will be kept of all proceedings, including working documents and attachments and will be filed in the Office of the Dean and of each respective Committee Chair. ARTICLE IV ADMINISTRATION AND FACULTY The Dean of the college is the chief academic and administrative officer and is responsible for the implementation of its policies. The Dean may appoint Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Directors or other designated supervisors to assist in discharging these duties. The Dean, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, designated Assistant Dean, Directors or other designated supervisors are responsible for supervision of College faculty. ARTICLE V FACULTY GOVERNANCE A vital part of the academic faculty role is active participation in the governance process of the University, Health Sciences Center, and the College. Responsible academic citizenship through governance service is expected of all Core Faculty members. Faculty members are encouraged to serve on committees that best fit their areas of expertise, interests, and talents. Each College Committee has an evaluation function as specified in the College Systematic Evaluation Plan. The College Director of Evaluation will coordinate all evaluation activities and assist each Committee in fulfilling its evaluation function. The Chair of each Committee will prepare an annual written report to be submitted to the Dean and to the President of the Faculty Council by August 1st of each year. 15
  • 19. Faculty members are responsible for and will participate in governance activities of the College that pertain to the quality of all academic programs and research. Governance activities also include matters pertaining to the recruitment and development of faculty, recruitment, admission, retention and progression of students and other essential activities that support the mission of the University and College. Faculty members exercise their duties, privileges and responsibilities in accordance with applicable rules, policies and procedures of the Florida Board of Governors and the University of South Florida Board of Trustees. ARTICLE VI GENERAL FACULTY OFFICERS General Faculty Officers are members of the Core Faculty. Each member of the Core Faculty is entitled to vote for the General Faculty Officers. The Executive Council serves as the Nominating Committee and at least sixty 60 days prior to the Annual Faculty Meeting held in September, reports candidate names for offices to be filled to the Executive Council Secretary-Treasurer. In addition, at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting, any member of the Core Faculty may place the name of any eligible faculty member in nomination for a general faculty office. These nominations are submitted in writing to the Executive Council Secretary-Treasurer, dated and signed by the nominating Core Faculty member and by the Faculty member whose name is being placed in nomination, indicating his or her consent to serve. These additional candidate names additional candidates will be placed on the ballot for each office in which a vacancy exists. Community members are nominated and placed on the ballot by the Executive Council with input from Chairs of the College Committee. In August of each academic year, the Vice-President of the Executive Council notifies the undergraduate and graduate student bodies of student vacancies on College committees and solicits nominees for student representatives to be voted on by the faculty at the next Faculty Council meeting. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Executive Council will inform the Core Faculty in writing of all candidates not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting by distributing ballots via mail for the election. Ballots returned to the Secretary-Treasurer at least ten (10) days prior to the Annual Meeting shall be tabulated by a Tellers’ Committee appointed by the President of the Faculty. Tie votes are resolved by the toss of a coin as witnessed by the candidates or their representatives. The Secretary-Treasurer informs the faculty of the outcome of the election at the Annual Meeting. ARTICLE VII EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE FACULTY The Executive Council of the Faculty is composed of the following: a President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Member-at-Large of the Faculty Council, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, Chairs of the Curriculum Committee and Subcommittees, and Directors of the Doctoral, Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. The Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the Executive Council. The Executive Council is chaired by the President (or Vice-President in case of the President’s absence) and meets monthly to discuss matters submitted to it by its members, Standing College 16
  • 20. Committees or the Faculty Council. The Executive Council, by majority vote, makes recommendations to or advises the Deans about these matters. Members of the Executive Council unable to attend any meeting may designate, in writing to the Council President, alternates from the Core Faculty to represent them and vote on their behalf at that meeting. Special meetings of the Executive Council may be called by the Council President, the Dean or by written requests to the Council President. A quorum of the Executive Council is a majority of its members or designated alternatives. A majority vote is 51% of the membership present at a meeting. The Executive Council appoints, with the approval of the Faculty Council, Chairs to all Faculty, Council, and University Committees, unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws. The Executive Council has the authority to appoint Ad Hoc Committees to address specific issues. ARTICLE VIII: THE FACULTY COUNCIL A. Faculty Council Composition The Faculty Council is composed of the Officers of the Executive Council (President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Member-at-Large) and members of the Core Faculty. The President of the Faculty Council presides over Council meetings that routinely occur on a monthly basis to discuss matters brought before it by any of its members, the Dean, Standing College Committees, and Ad Hoc Committees of the College or the Executive Council. The Faculty Council, by majority vote, makes recommendations to or advises the Dean and Executive Council on these matters. Special meetings of the Faculty Council may be called by its President or by written request to the President of ten (10) of its members. A quorum of the Faculty Council consists of a majority of its members. B. Faculty Council Duties The Faculty Council functions as a representative body of the faculty and obtains broadly-based faculty input regarding College issues. The Faculty Council considers any governance matter submitted to it by the Vice President or Health Sciences Center, the Dean of the College, its members, faculty, the Executive Council or the USF community. The Council reviews these issues and, after reviewing relevant facts, formulates and makes recommendations to or advises the Dean, Executive Council or other individuals or groups as appropriate. It approves recommendations for appointments to Standing Committees of the College and approves members and chairs of the Committees of the Faculty Council, Standing Committees of the College. C. Officers of the Faculty Council 1. The President The Faculty Council President is a tenured faculty member within the College of Nursing who presides at all meetings of the Executive Council and the Faculty Council, unless absent. The President is an ex-officio member of all Faculty Council Committees, and may vote only to break a tie. The President of the Faculty Council may appoint Ad Hoc Committees of the Faculty Council and ex-officio, non-voting members to the Faculty Council, which may include College representatives to the Health Sciences Center – or University-wide committees or organizations. The President notifies the faculty of each Executive Council meeting and Faculty Council members of each Faculty Council meeting, give all notices required by these Bylaws or as directed by the Faculty Council. 17
  • 21. For Faculty Council meetings the President solicits items for the agenda from faculty, prepares an agenda for those meetings in consultation with faculty, and distributes the agenda to faculty prior to those meetings. The President serves a two-year term and may succeed himself or herself in the same office for no more than two additional consecutive terms. If the President is unable to complete any term, the Vice-President assumes the Presidency and remains in that position for the subsequent term. The President serves as an ex-officio member of the University of South Florida Faculty Senate. The President also serves as a faculty representative to the Health Sciences Center Tri-Council which is composed of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. 2. The Vice-President The Faculty Council Vice President is a tenured faculty member who presides at meetings of the Council in the absence of the President. The Vice President serves a two-year term and may succeed himself or herself in that position for no more than two additional consecutive terms. If a vacancy occurs in the Vice President’s position, it will be filled through a special election held within ninety (90) days of the vacancy. 3. The Secretary-Treasurer The Secretary-Treasurer keeps the minutes of all meetings of the Faculty Council, conducts the correspondence, and maintains Faculty Council records. The Secretary-Treasurer presides at meetings of the Faculty Council in the absence of the President and Vice President. The Secretary-Treasurer serves a two-year term and may succeed himself or herself in the same position for no more than two additional consecutive terms. The Secretary-Treasurer maintains all Council financial records and pays bills as authorized by the Council. The Secretary-Treasurer arranges for collection of faculty dues at the first meeting of the academic year and provides a report of the annual finances at the end of each academic year. If a vacancy occurs in the Secretary-Treasurer’s position, it will be filled through a special election held within ninety (90) days of the vacancy. 4. The Parliamentarian The Parliamentarian is a Core Faculty member and advises on the conduct of meetings in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, the most recent edition. The Parliamentarian serves a two-year term and may succeed himself or herself in the same position for no more than two additional consecutive terms. 5. Member-At-Large The Member-at-Large is a Core faculty member and represents the faculty at Executive Council meetings and University of South Florida Faculty Senate meetings. The Member-At-Large serves a two-year term and may succeed himself or herself in the same position for no more than two additional consecutive terms Article IX: STANDING COMMITTEES The College has the following Standing Committees: Curriculum and Evaluation, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, and Continuing Education. Faculty who consent to serve are appointed to Standing 18
  • 22. Committees by the Executive Council. Each Committee may include representatives from faculty, students and the community and ex officio and ad hoc member. Student and community representatives serve a one-year term. Ex Officio members, except for the President, are voting members of and are counted as part of a quorum on the Committees on which they server. Each Standing Committee maintains a procedural notebook that describes the overall mission, functions, and operational procedures of the Committee. The operational procedures provide details on how each Committee will operate during the academic year in order to achieve its mission and respective governance activities. The notebook is maintained by each committee Chair and is updated annually. Major changes in the mission and functions of a Standing Committee require a majority vote approval of the Faculty Council. Each Committee's mission and function will be updated annually and appended to the Bylaws as established by the Faculty Council. Activities and operating procedures for Standing Committees are specified in working documents approved and updated annually by each of those Committees. A. Curriculum Committee The Curriculum Committee reviews, advises, and makes policy recommendations on issues related to undergraduate and graduate education to the Dean of the College. The Committee develops, reviews, and makes policy recommendations regarding the curriculum and educational goals of the College in accordance with current accreditation standards. The Committee develops standards for the evaluation of programs and related components of teaching. The Committee has a Chair elected from its membership. The entire Committee meets at least two (2) times per year to set future goals and directions for the subcommittees and as needed to review progress of each subcommittee. The Chair presides over Committee meetings and establishes meeting schedules for the Committee and its subcommittees. The Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Evaluation are non-voting Ex-Officio members of the Committee and may appoint designees to attend in their absence. The Committee has at least three (3) subcommittees; namely, Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral. Each subcommittee elects a Chair. Each subcommittee has a maximum of four faculty members who have major teaching assignments and expertise in the subject matter of the subcommittee on which they serve and are appointed to the respective subcommittees by the Executive Council. In addition, each subcommittee has both a community and student representative who is appointed in consultation with faculty and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs who makes academic assignments. Each subcommittee may invite other faculty members who have expertise related to special programs or courses to attend a meeting or work with the subcommittee for a designated period. Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed at the discretion of the subcommittee chair if a special programmatic need arises. B. Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee The Faculty Affairs Committee revises, advises, and makes policy recommendations on issues related to faculty search and selection, appointments, faculty development, peer review, tenure and promotion, honors 19
  • 23. and awards, and other issues concerning the professional welfare and development of the faculty. The Dean and Associate Dean are Ex Officio members of the Committee and may appoint designees to serve in their absence. C. Student Affairs The Student Affairs Committee reviews, advises, and makes policy recommendations on matters related to recruitment, admissions, student progression and retention, and other issues concerning the welfare and development of students. The Dean, Associate Deans, and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs are non-voting Ex Officio members of the Committee and may appoint designees to attend in their absence. Recommendations for admission of applicants to the doctoral program are first reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Program to determine the availability of a research match of the faculty and the applicant’s proposed area of research. If a faculty research-match is available for the applicant, the application is forwarded to the Student Affairs Committee for further review and consideration for admission to the Doctoral Program. D. Continuing Education The Continuing Education Committee reviews, advises, and makes policy recommendations on issues related to professional development and educational programs for the faculty and nursing community. The Dean, Associate Dean, and Coordinator of Continuing Education are Ex-Officio members of the Committee and may appoint designees to attend in their absence. E. Diversity Initiatives Committee The purpose is to promote and enhance a culturally and ethnically diverse student body, faculty, staff and environment. The mission is to foster an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff, and the community that includes mutual dignity and respect without regard to race, gender, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability, religion, education, sexual orientation, politics, social class, health status, or culture. Membership consists of HSC faculty, students, staff, and community members. ARTICLE X SPECIAL COMMITTEES AND AD HOC COMMITTEES The Dean or President of Faculty Council may appoint Ad Hoc Committees, including special committees, subcommittees, and task forces, and shall inform the Executive Council and the Faculty Council of the Committee, its purpose, and its membership within 30 days of the appointment. All types of Special and Ad Hoc Committees are appointed for one year and may be renewed on an annual basis after review and approval by Faculty Council. 20
  • 24. Revised April 13, May 14, July 18, 2002, June 6, 2003, June 20, 2003, May 14, 2004 – replaces all previous bylaws and revised bylaws. Approved: January 23, 2004 21