UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

CBE Bylaws

BY-LAWS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UWRF COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

September 4, 2013 Revision

Article 1 – College Structure

The College of Business and Economics consists of departments, centers, and other entities.

Section 1 – Office of the Dean

Responsibilities:

The Dean of the College shall provide leadership and guidance to the Faculty and the units of the College.  The Dean is the officer primarily charged with the administration of the College; shall serve as intermediary between the College and the University; shall preside at Faculty meetings, and shall report to the Faculty at regular business meetings on the status of the College.  The Dean has the primary responsibility to involve the College of Business & Economics with the business community and the economic development of the region.

Selection of the Dean:

Appointment of the Dean shall be made by the President of the UW System and the Board of Regents, upon recommendation by the UWRF Chancellor, following procedures specified in the UWRF Faculty Handbook and the UW System Administration. The appointment is at the discretion of the Chancellor.  

Selection of Associate/Assistant Deans:

Appointment of Associate/Assistant and Assistant to Deans shall be made by the Dean.  Faculty will be notified of the position opening and description and shall have the opportunity to apply.  The Dean's Advisory Committee shall provide its advice to the Dean concerning such appointments.  The appointment is at the discretion of the Dean.   Associate/Assistant and Assistant to Deans will have specific, defined job responsibilities related to one or more aspects of the administration of the College.   

Temporary Vacancy:

In the case of a temporary vacancy in the position of the Dean, the Dean's Advisory Committee shall confer with the Provost/Vice-Chancellor on recommendations for appointment of an Interim Dean.  The selection must be approved by the Chancellor.

Section 2. – Departmental Chairs, Center Directors, and Program Directors

Departmental Chairs Responsibilities:

The Department Chair shall be responsible to the Dean for departmental administration, shall provide academic leadership for the Department; shall fulfill the responsibilities set forth in the Faculty Handbook; shall be the Department's representative in all matters except those delegated to other members of the Department; and shall serve as intermediary between the Department and other individuals and units of the University.  The Chair of the Department may make recommendations to the Dean and the Faculty of the College concerning the academic welfare of the Department or its relation to other departments.  Before making such recommendations, the Chair shall consult with the Faculty of the Department.  Where the recommendation of the Chair differs from the advise of the Faculty, the Chair shall so inform the Dean.  Meetings of the Department may be called by the Chancellor, the Dean, the Chair, or by a majority of its Faculty.  The term of a Chair is three (3) years per the Faculty Handbook, which also delineates the selection process.

Center Director Responsibilities:

A Center Director shall be responsible to the Department Chair and/or
Dean for Center Administration; shall provide academic leadership for the Center; shall be the Center's official representative in all matters except those delegated to other members of the Center; and shall serve as intermediary between the Center and other individuals and units of the University.  The Center Director may make recommendations to the Dean and the Faculty of the College concerning the welfare of the Center or its relations to other centers, programs and departments.  Meetings of the Center may be called by the Center Director.

Center Directors and other Center administrative positions shall be appointed by the Chancellor, upon recommendation of the Dean.  The appropriate search and screen procedures of the University will be followed, including faculty working with the Center.

Program Director Responsibilities:

A Program Director shall be responsible to the Department Chair and/or Dean for program administration; shall provide academic leadership for the Program; shall be the Program's official representative in all matters except those delegated to other members of the Program; and shall serve as intermediary between the Program and other individuals and units of the College and University.   The Program Director may make recommendations to the Dean/Department Chair and/or faculty of the program concerning the welfare of the Program or its relations to other programs and departments.  Meetings of the Program may be called by the Dean, the Director or by a majority of its faculty.  

Program Directors and other program administrative positions shall be appointed by the Dean.  The appropriate search and screen procedures of the University will be followed.

Article 2 – College Committees

Section 1 – Standing Committees

Faculty governance of the College of Business and Economics shall be conducted by nine (9) standing committees: Dean's Advisory Committee, Curriculum Committee, Assessment Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Undergraduate Programs Committee, Graduate Programs Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Promotion Committee. These committees shall convene at regular intervals to be determined by the membership at the beginning of each academic year.  Special meetings may be called by either the Chair of the committee, or by any two members of the committee, or by request of the Dean, upon the giving of five (5) working days notice to all members of the committee.

Faculty members shall assume their duties at the beginning of the Fall semester and shall serve for a term of one or two years.  To maintain consistency, a significant portion of the membership of each committee shall be maintained from one year to the next.  The chairs of committees are determined by the Dean in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.

One-fourth of the voting membership constitutes a quorum for standing committees.

Part A – Dean's Advisory Committee

Description:

This committee advises the Dean on issues of concern to the College of Business & Economics. 

Responsibilities:

The Dean's Advisory Committee shall encourage continuous improvement of the College by:

  • Advising the Dean on matters initiated by the Committee or by the Faculty or referred to it by the Dean;
  • Advising the Dean on the formulation and implementation of  college policies;
  • Reviewing the goals and long-term aspects of the College's activities, including staff, equipment, and facility requirements;
  • Reviewing and advising on policies and procedures relative to the allocation of resources.

Membership:

Dean, Department Chairs and Assistant/Associate Deans 
Committee Chairs and Center Directors as appropriate.
The Dean shall chair this committee.

Part B – CBE Assurance of Learning Committee

Description:

The Assurance of Learning Committee is charged with the responsibility to develop and to oversee all aspects of the College's Assurance of Learning.

Responsibilities:

The Assurance of Learning (AoL) Committee:

  • Prepares and implements, in consultation with departments and program committees, the overall College Level AoL Plan.
  • Provides recommendations on Assessment related CBE policies.
  • Reviews the Assessment plans of individual units of the College for alignment with the College plan and University policy.
  • Provides feedback and recommendations to the departments and College on the effectiveness of the AoL Plan.
  • Assigns responsibilities for implementation of the AoL Plan.
  • Assists with collection of AoL data and interpretation of the data and assures the appropriate department/committee or individual closes the loop.
  • Assists with documentation of all activity, action and changes.

Policies passed by this committee require approval of departments and the college.

The chair of the AoL Committee is the CBE Assistant Dean for AoL.

Membership:

The Dean appoints members to this committee.  Input is received in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.  All CBE departments will have voting representatives on this committee.

Part C – Faculty Development Committee

Description:

The Faculty Development Committee develops and recommends policies and guidelines with respect to faculty instruction, intellectual contributions, and service.  Ensures that policies and guidelines of the College are in alignment with the overall mission of the College and the UWRF Handbook.

Responsibilities:

The Faculty Development Committee:

  • Develops policies and guidelines regarding retention, tenure, and promotion;
  • Develops procedures for new faculty orientation;
  • Develops policies and guidelines regarding relative emphasis upon teaching, intellectual contribution, and service contributions for promotion and tenure decisions;
  • Develops standards for academic qualification of the faculty;
  • Develops guidelines regarding support for faculty participation in academic and professional organizations;
  • Develops standards and guidelines for peer observation; and
  • Reviews implementation of policies.

Policies passed by this committee require approval of respective departments and the college.

Membership:

The Dean appoints members to this committee.  Input is received in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.  All CBE departments will have voting representatives on this committee.

Part D – CBE Curriculum Committee

Description:

The Curriculum Committee is charged with the responsibility to oversee all aspects of the College's curriculum.

Responsibilities:

The Curriculum Committee reviews and approves proposals in the following areas to assure alignment with the College missions and UWRF policies.  Specifically it reviews:

  • Proposals for the structure and content of new programs recommended by the graduate or undergraduate programs committees;
  • Proposals for the changes in the structure and content of the CBE academic programs - recommended by the departments or graduate programs committees;
  • Proposals for new courses;
  • Proposals for significant changes in course content;
  • Proposals for course title changes;
  • Proposals for course numbering changes;
  • Proposals for other academic programs using CBE courses or business related courses in other Colleges.
  • Reviewing and recommending admission policies and procedures for the undergraduate programs of the College;
  • Reviewing the recommended probation and suspension policies and their implementation.

Policies passed by this committee require approval of respective departments and are then submitted to either University AP&P or Curriculum Committee as required by university policy.

The Committee ensures that all curriculum policy is consistent with AACSB standards and works with departments and committees of the College to monitor and continually improve the CBE curriculum.

The Committee consults with CBE departments and committees, and departments and Faculty Senate committees outside of CBE on curriculum issues as necessary.

Membership:

The Dean appoints members to this committee.  Input is received in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.  All CBE departments will have voting representatives on this committee.

Part E – Strategic Planning Committee

Description:

The Strategic Planning Committee is charged with the responsibility to oversee all aspects of the College's mission, goals, and strategic planning efforts.

Responsibilities:

The Strategic Planning Committee:

  • Reviews and suggests updates to the College's Mission Statement;
  • Reviews and suggests updates to the College's Strategic Plan;
  • Reviews and provides feedback on the College's Accreditation Plan and the AACSB Annual Report;
  • Advises the Dean on the College's strategic marketing efforts; and
  • Advises the Dean on the College's short and long term financial strategies.

Policies passed by this committee require approval of respective departments and the college.

Membership:

The Dean appoints members to this committee.  Input is received in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.  All CBE departments will have voting representatives on this committee.

Part F – Graduate Program Committees

Description:

The College has a Graduate Program Committee for each graduate program/option.  The respective Graduate Program Committee is responsible for the curriculum, academic policies, and assessment of the program.  

Responsibilities:

The respective Graduate Program Committee is responsible for the academic aspects of the program (comparable to departments and undergraduate majors).  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recommending program academic requirements and curriculum to the CBE curriculum committee;
  • Recommending program changes to the CBE curriculum committee;
  • Recommending academic qualification standards for graduate faculty in the CBE to the Faculty Development Committee;
  • Designing and implementing assessment policy and process that is specific to the Graduate Program in conjunction with the CBE assessment committee;
  • Advising the Director of the CBE Graduate Programs on the administration of the program; and
  • Setting admission policy for the graduate program.

Membership:

The Dean appoints members to this committee.  Input is received in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.  CBE departments will have voting representatives on these committees as appropriate.  The chair of each Graduate Committee is the Director of the CBE Graduate Programs.

Part G – Student Affairs Committee

Description:

The Student Affairs Committee will exercise general oversight of the welfare of students in CBE programs.

Responsibilities:

The Committee will have responsibility for all student related issues and services of the College of Business & Economics.  They will recommend College policy and activities related to student satisfaction with their College experience, and will work with the students to fully utilize the student services available through the College and University.  The committee will plan and implement some of the College's student awards and activities.  Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Scholarships and awards,
  • Advising structure, policies, and procedures of the college,
  • Student professional organizations
  • Professional preparation of students   
  • Dealing with student concerns as they arise.  
  • Recommendations to the Dean for resource needs and utilization of student space in South Hall.

Membership:

The Dean appoints members to this committee.  Input is received in consultation with the Dean's Advisory Committee.  All CBE departments will have voting representatives on this committee.

Part H – Promotion Committee
(See UWRF Faculty Handbook)

4.4.4.6.2 College Promotions Committees

The Dean of each College shall establish a College Promotions Committee to evaluate the professional record of each candidate. This committee shall consist of 20 percent (rounded down) of the tenure faculty members within a college with a maximum of seven members. Voting in the College Promotions Committee shall be governed by the principle that nominations to a given rank shall be voted upon only by members of the committee who hold rank equivalent to or higher than that under consideration. A member's service on this committee shall be limited to three consecutive years and no more than two members of the same department shall serve on the committee at the same time. The College Promotions Committee shall consider the professional records of the following groups: (a) candidates recommended by the department, (b) persons who request consideration by appeal to the Dean of the College, and (c) any others whom the committee believes deserve consideration because of special circumstances. (2012-2013/ 133)

A written report on the deliberations of the College Promotions Committee shall be forwarded to the Dean. This report shall explain briefly the strengths and weaknesses of each nominee, and in cases in which the committee chooses not to recommend a candidate for promotion the report shall give reasons for this action. Wherever feasible, this report shall include any information which may be of service to the faculty member who is not granted promotion and who wishes to improve his or her performance.

Part I - Administrative Leaders Development Committee

Description:

The Administrative Leaders Development Committee is charged with the responsibility of providing faculty review for those with administrative appointments directly related to CBE’s academic disciplines:  department chairs, assistant deans, associate deans, dean, and MBA director.

Responsibilities

  • create a survey instrument for faculty review of administrator performance
  • disseminate, collect, provide summary data to administrators
  • review procedures and criteria for faculty review of administrator performance
  • ensure that the results are reviewed in confidence with such administrators and become part of their personnel record.

Membership

One tenured, full-time teaching faculty member from each department.

Section 2 - Special Committees

Special ad hoc committees and subcommittees may be created by the College of Business and Economics Dean, the Faculty, or the College's Standing Committees.

Article 3 – Meetings of the College

Section 1 – Regular Meetings

At least one Regular faculty meeting will be held in each of the Fall and Spring semesters, at a time designated by the Dean, with at least two (2) weeks notice given to the Faculty.

Section 2 – Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the Chancellor, the Provost/Vice-Chancellor, or by the Dean.  Special meetings must be called within ten (10) working days after the Dean's receipt of a petition signed by at least one-third of the faculty members; or a request made by the Deans Advisory Committee or by a majority vote by the faculty for a special meeting.

Section 3 – Quorum

One-third of the faculty constitutes a quorum.

Section 4 – General Procedure

The Dean or the Dean's designee will preside at College Meetings.  The Dean shall appoint a parliamentarian as needed.  Meetings will be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order, New Revised, when not in conflict with the Constitution or the By-Laws of the College.

Article 4.    Amendments to the By-Laws

Section 1 - Proposal of Amendments

Amendments to the By-Laws may be proposed by the Dean's Advisory Committee or by petition signed by at least one-fourth of the faculty, but in either case proposals must be presented in writing to the Faculty through the Dean's Advisory Committee and Dean at least ten(10)working days before a Faculty meeting.

Section 2 - Approval of Amendments

Voting will be by distributed ballot at a College meeting and ballots will be tallied by three faculty representatives appointed by the Dean's Advisory Committee.  Proposed amendments of the by-laws require approval of two-thirds of the faculty voting on the question for adoption. 

Article 5.    Acceptance of the By-Laws

Majority approval by the faculty voting on the question will be necessary for acceptance of these By-Laws.