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November 17, 2011

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AGENDA

(Revised)

University of Nevada, Reno

2011
-
12

Faculty Senate

November 17
, 2011

1:15 p.m.

JCSU
-

Rita Laden Senate Chambers


All times are approximate


1:15

1.

Roll Call and Introductions



1:20

2.

Bylaw and Co
de

“Exp
edited Tenure” Recommendation


Martha Hildreth


Action/Enclosure



1:
50

3.

Chair’s Report

Information/Discussion


2:20

4
.

Consent Agenda


Action/Enclosure


2:30


5.

Faculty Commission

Char
ges

-

Slate of Candidates

Action/Enclosure

3:10


Break



3:
25

6
.

National Governors Association Documents

National Governor’s Assoc Accountability

2011

Common College Metric
s 2010

Information/Discussion

4:
00

7
.

New Business

Information/Discussion




Adjour
n




Future Senate Meetings

Future Board of Regents Meetings

UNR Faculty Senate Website

NSHE Website

December 14



䩃pr
(noon to 3 pm)

Rita Laden Senate Chambers

December 1 & 2
, 2011


UNLV

January 19, 2012

JSCU
-

R. Laden Senate
Chambers

January 20, 2012

Tentative Special Meeting




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The Faculty Senate Bylaw and Co
de Committee is recommending against this change.





Expedited tenure for “exemplary” hires, not tenured at previous institutions: This new provisions to the Code
would allow for

expedited tenure for new hires in ca
ses where the hires do not have

tenure a
t another
institution without Board of Regents review.


After discussion the committee adopted the following statement to go the Senate regarding the proposed
change in the Expedited Tenure Policy.


We note that the current UNR bylaws have limited provisio
ns for

faculty input in cases where the President
decides on a hire with

tenure.


Having the Board of Regents review in cases where such

hires have not been
tenured elsewh
ere, provides a needed level of

review and oversight. In professional colleges and un
its such
hires might involved persons who have never had an appointment at an

Academic Institution and who,
therefore, have not had to meet

scholarly requirements.


The Board of Regents should have an

opportunity to
consider whether o
r not

preserving a pro
bationary

period may be judicious. We recommend rejecting this
change in the

Code.




Board of Regents

Nevada System of Higher Education

Agenda Item Request

Approval for agenda
:


Dan Klaich

_____


Bart Patterson



Scott Wasserman




Maurizio Trevisan

_____


Robyn Render



Crystal Abba




Jane Nichols

_____


Mark Stevens



1.

Was item reviewed by Campus System Counsel?
(Please Provide
Initials):

Yes:


No:



2.

The briefing paper and reference documents have been
reviewed and contain no confidential information
(e
.g.
social security numbers, information protected by
FERPA or HIPAA)
.


Yes:


No:

X

Name:


Title:



3.

If
Handbook

or
Procedures & Guidelines Manual
revision, has
it been reviewed by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic
and Student Affairs prior t
o its submission to the Board office?


Yes:

X

No:




4.

Submitted by:

Crystal Abba


(President’s signature required for institutional submissions)

5.

Contact Person:

Jane or Crystal

Phone Number:

6.

Meeting date:

December 1
-
2, 2011

UNR Faculty S
enate Meeting

November 17, 2011


Agenda Item #2

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7.

Agenda Item Title:

Handbo
ok

Revision, Expedited Tenure Decisions





8.

Select one:

Board Main agenda:

X



Board Consent agenda:




Committee agenda**:


Committee Name:

**Please Note: Committee agenda items are due to System Administration staff


one week prior

to deadline for
submitting main Board agenda items.


9.

Will this item have reference material in addition to the briefing
paper?
Please include reference material at time of submission.

Yes:

X

No:



10.

Will audio/visual presentation for this item be required**:

Yes:


No:

X

**
Audio/visual presentation materials must be submitted with
agenda item request.

If yes, type of presentation
(PowerPoint, DVD, Internet demonstration,
etc.):


11.

SELECT ONE:

INFORMATION

At the June and September 2011 meeting of the Board, the Regents re
viewed a proposal that would establish
an expedited process for tenure of faculty with an exemplary record in their field but who do not have tenure at
another higher education institution and are not currently eligible for tenure on hire under Board polic
y. This
proposal is revised to reflect concerns raised by Regents at the September meeting about not wanting to limit
institutions in their ability to recruit superstars but still honor the important role of faculty in the award of tenure.
(Ref. BoR
--


)

12.

Fiscal Impact*:

Yes


No

X


*See Title 4, Chapter 9, Section d, will the proposal increase any fiscal cost or reduce any revenue to the
System in excess of $25,000 per year?
Explain:


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BOARD OF REGENTS

BRIEFING PAPER

Handbook

Revision, Expedited Tenur
e Decisions


BACKGROUND & POLICY CONTEXT OF ISSUE:

Under current Board policy a President of an institution may grant tenure upon hire to an academic
faculty member who at the time of hire holds tenure at another institution. No Board of Regents
approval
is required. The President must seek appropriate faculty input and annually report to the
Board those individuals who have been granted tenure under that provision. Under current policy,
that is the only condition in which a President may award tenure wi
thout Board approval.


At the request of the Board of Regents, staff prepared this amended proposal for consideration that
would allow for a similar process for tenure on hire for exemplary faculty who do not have tenure
another institution, but who have

a
n exemplary record that indicates extraordinary achievement in the
field. This process for granting exceptionally outstanding academic faculty tenure in a manner similar
to that defined above for faculty with tenure at other institutions protects the prin
ciples established in
the award of tenure and protects the important role of faculty in the award of tenure. Annual reports
to the Board with the list of the accomplishments that justify tenure on hire would be required.



SPECIFIC ACTIONS BEING RECOMMEN
DED OR REQUESTED:

Amend
Title 2, Chapter 3, Sections 3.3.1 and 3.4.1 (universities); Title 2, Chapter 4, Sections 4.3.1
and 4.4.1(community colleges); and Title 4, Chapter 7, Sections 7.3.1 and 7.4.1 (state college),

to
authorize tenure on hire for faculty

with extraordinary records of achievement but who have not been
granted tenure at another institution after consultation with faculty. (See the attached Policy
Proposals.)



IMPETUS (WHY NOW?):

This is brought forward at the request of the Board and aft
er discussion at the June and September
2011 Board meetings.



BULLET POINTS TO SUPPORT REQUEST/RECOMMENDATION:

As now proposed, the policy extends the President’s ability to award tenure on hire for a faculty
member hired from another higher education in
stitution who has already gained the award of tenure
at that institution to include such tenure on hire for a faculty member with an extraordinary record of
achievement in the field. This will assist in the recruitment of “superstar” faculty. Protected i
s the
process that calls for faculty in the appropriate discipline to vote for such award of tenure on hire for
all faculty so hired. This addition to the tenure on hire policy would change current practice in which
the President brings to the Board for a
pproval tenure for a newly hired faculty member who has
served no probationary period at that institution but has an exemplary record.



POTENTIAL ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE REQUEST/RECOMMENDATION:

The Board will no longer approve tenure on hire for faculty wi
th exemplary records with no prior
tenure.



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5



ALTERNATIVE(S) TO WHAT IS BEING REQUESTED/RECOMMENDED:

Maintain the current policy whereby tenure upon hire when a faculty member has tenure at another
institution may be awarded without Board approval and al
low Board approval to be sought for tenure
upon hire when a faculty member does not have tenure at another institution but has an exemplary
record of achievement.




COMPLIANCE WITH BOARD POLICY:



Consistent With Current Board Policy: Title #_____ Chap
ter #_____


Section #_______

X

Amends Current Board Policy:


Title 2, Chapter 3, Sections 3.3.1 and 3.4.1 (universities); Title
2, Chapter 4, Sections 4.3.1 and 4.4.1(community colleges); and Title 4, Chapter 7, Sections 7.3.1
and 7.4.1 (state colle
ge)



Amends Current Procedures & Guidelines Manual: Chapter #_____ Section #_______



Other:________________________________________________________________________

X

Fiscal Impact: Yes_____ No__
X
___


Explain:_______________________
_____________________________________



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POLICY PROPOSAL

TITLE 2, CHAPTER 3, SECTION 3.3.1

Tenure Decisions for University Faculty


Additions appear in
boldface italics
; deletions are [
stricken

and bracketed]



3.3.1

Probationary Period


(a)

Academic f
aculty eligible for appointment with tenure must serve in a probationary period in a
member institution identified in Subsection 3.2.1 before receiving such an appointment. Except as
provided herein, the total probationary period for all academic faculty e
ligible for such appointment
shall not exceed seven years of uninterrupted full
-
time employment in Ranks I through IV.


(b1)

At the discretion of the Board of Regents, an academic faculty member may be exempt from the
requirement of serving a probationary
period and tenure shall be awarded on a case
-
by
-
case
basis in negotiation with the president or the president’s designee. Prior to recommending such
an appointment, the president shall seek a recommendation from the appropriate faculty on
whether an academ
ic faculty member may be exempt from the requirement of serving a
probationary period under procedures set forth in the member institution's bylaws.


(b2)

The President of the institution, without seeking Board of Regents’ approval, may grant tenure
upon h
ire to an academic faculty member who at the time of hire holds tenure at another
institution
or has an exemplary record that indicates extraordinary achievement in the field
.
Prior to making such an appointment, the President shall seek

a recommendation
from the
appropriate faculty on whether an academic faculty member should be appointed with tenure.
The President of each institution shall submit an annual report to the Board of Regents which
shall include the name of any individual to whom tenure upon
hire was granted, the department
within which the individual was hired
,

[
and
] whether the faculty of such department voted to
approve such tenure upon hire
,

and for individuals granted tenure on the basis of an
exemplary record, not prior tenure, a list of

accomplishments
. This report shall be presented
to the Board of Regents at the first meeting of the board after the beginning of each fiscal year.


(c)

Authorized periods of leave, paid or unpaid, may be excluded from service toward the seven
-
year
probat
ionary period upon written request of the faculty member and approval of the president. The
decision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to exclude periods of leave shall be
based upon the sole discretion of the president. The president’s deci
sion is final. The request for
leave must state if the leave is to be excluded from service toward the probationary period.


(d)

The period of probation may exceed seven years upon written request of the faculty member and
approval of the president. The d
ecision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to
exceed the seven year probationary period shall be based upon the sole discretion of the
President. The decision of the President is final. The request for an extension of the seven
-
year
period o
f probation must state the reasons for such extension.
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POLICY PROPOSAL

TITLE 2, CHAPTER 3, SECTION 3.4.1

Appointment with Tenure for University Faculty


Additions appear in
boldface italics
; deletions are [
stricken

and bracketed]




Section 3.4

Appointm
ent with Tenure


3.4.1

Recommendations and Appointment
.
At the expiration of a probationary period or at any time during
a probationary period, academic faculty eligible for appointment with tenure may be recommended to
the president for such appointment

through regular personnel procedures. Recommendations for
appointment

with tenure shall be made by the president to the Board of Regents. [
The
]
Except as
otherwise provided for tenure upon hire in Section 3.3, the
Board has final authority in making an
ap
pointment with tenure and such appointment shall not be granted to any member of the academic
faculty without an affirmative majority vote of the Board of Regents at a meeting of the Board, a quorum
being present.

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8




POLICY PROPOSAL

TITLE 2, CHAPTER 4, SE
CTION 4.3.1

Tenure Decisions for Community College Faculty


Additions appear in
boldface italics
; deletions are [
stricken

and bracketed]



4.3.1

Probationary Period
.


(a)

Academic faculty eligible for appointment with tenure must serve in a probationary peri
od in a
member institution identified in Subsection 4.2.1 before receiving such an appointment. Except as
provided herein, the total probationary period for all academic faculty eligible for such appointment
shall not exceed five years of uninterrupted ful
l
-
time employment.


(b1)

At the discretion of the Board of Regents, an academic faculty member may be exempt from the
requirement of serving a probationary period, and tenure shall be awarded on a case
-
by
-
case basis
in negotiation with the president or th
e president’s designee. Prior to recommending such an
appointment, the president shall seek a recommendation from the appropriate faculty on whether
an academic faculty member may be exempt from the requirement of serving a probationary period
under proced
ures set forth in the member institution's bylaws.


(b2)

The President of the institution, without seeking Board of Regents’ approval, may grant tenure upon
hire to an academic faculty member who at the time of hire holds tenure another institution

or has
an exemplary record that indicates extraordinary achievement in the field
. Prior to making
such an appointment, the president shall seek a recommendation from the appropriate faculty on
whether an academic faculty member should be appointed with tenure. T
he President of each
institution shall submit an annual report to the Board of Regents which shall include the name of
any individual to whom tenure upon hire was granted, the department within which the individual
was hired
,

[
and
] whether the faculty of s
uch department voted to approve such tenure upon hire
,

and for individuals granted tenure on the basis of an exemplary record, not prior tenure, a
list of accomplishments
. This report shall be presented to the Board of Regents at the first
meeting of the
board after the beginning of each fiscal year.


(c)

Authorized period of leave, paid or unpaid, may be excluded from service toward the five year
probationary period upon written request of the faculty member and approval of the president. The
decision of

whether to grant the faculty member’s request to exclude periods of leave shall be
based upon the sole discretion of the President. The President’s decision is final. The request for
leave must state if the leave is to be excluded from service toward the
probationary period.


(d) The period of probation may exceed five years upon written request of the faculty member and
approval of the President. The decision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to exceed
the five
-
year probationary period shal
l be based upon the sole discretion of the President. The
President’s decision is final. The request for an extension of the five
-
year period of probation must
state the reasons for such extension.

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9




POLICY PROPOSAL

TITLE 2, CHAPTER 4, SECTION 4.4.1

Appoi
ntment with Tenure for Community College Faculty


Additions appear in
boldface italics
; deletions are [
stricken

and bracketed]



Section 4.4

Appointment with Tenure


4.4.1

Recommendations and Appointment.
At the expiration of a probationary period or at a
ny time during
a probationary period, academic faculty eligible for appointment with tenure may be recommended to
the president for such appointment through regular personnel procedures. Recommendations for such
appointment shall be made by the president t
o the Board of Regents. [
The
]
Except as otherwise
provided for tenure upon hire in Section 4.3, the
Board has final authority in making an appointment
with tenure and such appointment shall not be granted to any member of the academic faculty without
an af
firmative majority vote of the Board of Regents at a meeting of the Board, a quorum being present.

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POLICY PROPOSAL

TITLE 2, CHAPTER 7, SECTION 7.3.1

Tenure Decisions for State College Faculty


Additions appear in
boldface italics
; deletions are [
stricke
n

and bracketed]



7.3.1
Probationary Period



(a)

Academic faculty eligible for appointment with tenure must serve in a probationary period in a
member institution identified in Subsection 7.1.1 before receiving such an appointment. Except as
provided herein,

the total probationary period for all academic faculty eligible for such appointment
shall not exceed seven years of uninterrupted full
-
time employment in Ranks I through IV.


(b1)

At the discretion of the Board of Regents, an academic faculty member ma
y be exempt from the
requirement of serving a probationary period and tenure shall be awarded on a case
-
by
-
case
basis in negotiation with the president or the president’s designee. Prior to recommending such
an appointment, the president shall seek a recom
mendation from the appropriate faculty on
whether an academic faculty member may be exempt from the requirement of serving a
probationary period under procedures set forth in the member institution’s bylaws.


(b2)

The President of the institution, withou
t seeking Board of Regents’ approval, may grant tenure
upon hire to an academic faculty member who at the time of hire holds tenure another institution

or has an exemplary record that indicates extraordinary achievement in the field
. Prior to
making such
an appointment, the president shall seek a recommendation from the appropriate
faculty on whether an academic faculty member should be appointed with tenure. The President
of each institution shall submit an annual report to the Board of Regents which shal
l include the
name of any individual to whom tenure upon hire was granted, the department within which the
individual was hired
,

[
and
] whether the faculty of such department voted to approve such tenure
upon hire
,

and for individuals granted tenure on the
basis of an exemplary record, not prior
tenure, a list of accomplishments
. This report shall be presented to the Board of Regents at
the first meeting of the board after the beginning of each fiscal year.


(c)

Authorized periods of leave, paid or unpaid,

may be excluded from service toward the seven
-
year
probationary period upon written request of the faculty member and approval of the president. The
decision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to exclude periods of leave shall be
based upon
the sole discretion of the president. The president’s decision is final. The request for
leave must state if the leave is to be excluded from service toward the probationary period.


(d)

The period of probation may exceed seven years upon written request
of the faculty member and
approval of the president. The decision of whether to grant the faculty member’s request to
exceed the seven
-
year probationary period shall be based upon the sole discretion of the
president. The decision of the president is final
. The request for an extension of the seven
-
year
period of probation must state the reasons for such an extension.

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11




POLICY PROPOSAL

TITLE 2, CHAPTER 7, SECTION 7.4.1

Appointment with Tenure for State College Faculty


Additions appear in
boldface italics
;

deletions are [
stricken

and bracketed]



Section 7.4
Appointment with Tenure


7.4.1

Recommendations and Appointment.
At the expiration of a probationary period or at any time during
a probationary period, academic faculty eligible for appointment with te
nure may be recommended to
the president for such appointment through regular personnel procedures. Recommendations for
appointment with tenure shall be made by the president to the Board of Regents. [
The
]
Except as
otherwise provided for tenure upon hire
in Section 7.3, the

Board has final authority in making an
appointment with tenure and such appointment shall not be granted to any member of the academic
faculty without an affirmative majority vote of the Board of Regents at a meeting of the Board, a quo
rum
being present.



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Link to the
Consent Agenda

packet:


http://www.unr.edu/facultysenate/meetings/11
-
12/Agenda/11
-
17
-
11_consentpkt.doc



UNR Faculty Senate Meeting

November 17, 2011


Agenda Item #
4

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Char
ges
: Faculty Commission


The Commission on the Future of the University of Nevada Reno


In the past three decades, the University of Nevada, Reno has experienced unprecedented growth. Numbers
tell this story. Between 1990 and 2009, the state
-
appropriate
d budget increased 100% (in inflation adjusted
dollars), its student population increased fifty percent, and its administrative staff increased nearly 200%. Of
course, this growth came amid a dramatic expansion of the state. For many years, Nevada was th
e fastest
growing state in the country. Moreover, during this period of expansion, funding for higher education
consistently lagged behind that of other public obligations, like K
-
12 and public safety. Still, the changes these
numbers describe are appare
nt to anyone who has a history with the university. A student from the 1980s can
visit campus today and barely recognize the place from which they graduated. Compared to the past, the
university has more students and more faculty; more buildings with more

technology in them; more
administrative units and more services; more centers and institutes and more grant
-
funded research.


In 2008, that period of growth came to an abrupt end. From 2008
-
2011, the university’s state appropriated
budget declined near
ly 40%, and the campus downsized or eliminated two colleges and many more
departments. Hundreds of people were fired

including 60 tenured faculty, the most at any public university in
the country during this economic crisis

and many more positions were le
ft unfilled. Today, the campus has a
level of resources it last saw in 2003
-
2004.


Looking forward, the university faces a radically changed landscape. It will not soon recover from the financial
crisis of the last few years. Optimists predict that sta
te
-
appropriated funds will remain flat for the foreseeable
future, which, when inflation is taken into account, means an effective decrease. Pessimists believe that more
budget reductions are on the way. In the meantime, long
-
term challenges are becoming

more pressing. For
example, the campus must decipher how to adopt and adapt to new technologies. It must figure out how to
manage a significant ongoing demographic shift among young people in the state of Nevada. It must adjust to
a more global and com
petitive educational marketplace. And it must accomplish these things in an
increasingly hostile political atmosphere and uncertain economic environment.


It will be difficult, but not impossible, to navigate this landscape. The UNR Faculty Senate has
sponsored this
Commission to begin a conversation about how to do just this. Consisting of both academic and administrative
faculty members, this Commission will devote the next year to studying the university and meeting with its
various stakeholders (bo
th on and off campus). It is charged with applying the data it gathers to two specific
tasks:


Charge #1.
Given the fiscal constraints within which UNR will be operating over the next 10
-
15 years, the
institution will not have the capacity to be comprehe
nsively excellent. However, it certainly can be excellent in
specific areas. What are these areas? What can and should the university strive to be excellent in? In
answering these questions, the Commission will want to catalog the university’s current
strengths, discern how
the university can and must meet the needs of the state, and think closely about the changes taking place in
higher education generally. On the basis of this thinking, it will identify opportunities for the university to gain
distin
ction nationally and internationally.


Charge #2
. In the aftermath of the recent budget crisis, it has become apparent that state support for UNR is
likely to remain flat, if not shrink somewhat, in the next 4
-
8 years. This means that if UNR is to grow

resources,
it will have to do so through its own entrepreneurialism. What strategic partnerships (with business, civic
organizations, and the like) can and should the university expand and develop to bring new resources to the
UNR Faculty Senate Meeting

November 17, 2011


Agenda Item #
5

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14


campus (in the form of inte
rnships, curriculum, graduate research/students, and so on)? What partnering
activities are already taking place on campus? Which of these is especially successful and why? Which
should be expanded or amplified? What other partnership opportunities mi
ght the university pursue?


The Commission will begin its work in December 2011 and report back to the faculty senate in December
2012. The senate will vote on recommendations made by the Commission. Those recommendations
accepted by the senate will th
en serve as a catalyst to a conversation with the President about how the
University can achieve excellence in this new landscape. In turn, these conversations will inform the
University’s self
-
study undertaken as part of its accreditation process, and al
so its strategic planning process,
which must be completed in 2015.


This University can be excellent even at a time when it faces great challenges. It simply requires making the
right choices.



Slate of Candidates for the Faculty Commission


This
Commission will be composed of 11 voting members and 2 non
-
voting co
-
chairs (David Ryfe and David
Zeh). The co
-
chairs will break any ties in voting with one vote.


To choose the 11 members, please vote for nominees in the following groupings: administra
tive faculty, mid
-
career faculty, senior faculty.


As you make your selections, please consider that diversity of ideas is crucial. The Commission will function
best if it has representation from across the campus. Achievement of this diversity is possib
le in the context of
the present list of nominees provided that we are intentional in our voting decisions. However, to ensure a
diversity of representation, the chair of the senate, in consultation with the executive board, may add up to two
individuals
to serve on the Commission.


Administrative Faculty

Name:


Kelly Corrigan

Unit:


Provost

Dept:


USAC


Bio:




Kelly Corrigan, University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), Director of Marketing & University Relations.
Kelly has been with USAC for almost

12 years. She has grown the department and its functions from 1 person
to 7 professionals with several operating outside the state of Nevada. Prior to joining USAC/UNR, Kelly had 13
years professional experience in the private sector with companies such a
s Toyota Motor Sales, USA,
Transamerica Finance Group, AC Nielson and locally, Hometown Health and MarkeTec. She has an
undergraduate degree in Business from Indiana University and an MBA from California State University Los
Angeles. She is a graduate of t
he Leadership Reno
-
Sparks program and has chaired the on campus
Administrative Faculty Personnel Policies & Procedures Committee.



Name:


Janita Jobe

Unit:


Library

Department:

Library


Bio:

I have been a faculty member with the university since 1989,
first as a government publications librarian, and
beginning in 1993, in Library Administration. As our former Vice President’s position evolved, mine did as well.
So I take neither credit nor blame for the expansion of my responsibilities to include admini
stration for
Teaching and Learning Technologies and Information Technology in addition to Libraries.

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15


Twenty plus years at UNR have provided opportunities for me to work with other faculty and serve the
university on numerous standing and ad
-
hoc committees
. These include, but are not limited to: Campus
Affairs, Institutional Budgets, Administrative Faculty Policies and Procedures, Intercollegiate Athletics Board,
Merit Policy Committee (ad hoc), and Finance Standards Committee for the Accreditation Self
-
Stu
dy (ad hoc). I
was the Libraries’ elected representative to the Faculty Senate from 1997
-
2000. I am currently a member of
the Intercultural Council.


Name:


Steve Maples

Unit:


Student Services

Department:

Prospective Students Office


Bio:

For the past 2
0 years Steve has worked in the field of enrollment management. As Director of Admissions, he
oversees the university’s recruitment efforts to increase the number of freshmen, transfer, and
underrepresented students. In addition to his work in admissio
ns, Steve has also served as director of
Orientation and New Student programs as well as created the University of Nevada, Reno’s first Summer
Bridge Program for underrepresented students. His doctoral work focused on student retention and success.
Steve

also enjoys embracing helicopter parents early as a Little League baseball coach.


Name:


Reginald Stewart

Unit:


Student Services

Dept:


Student Cultural Diversity Center


Bio:

Dr.

Stewart brings 20 years of equity and diversity leadership experience i
n higher education to the Director of
Diversity Initiatives role. Prior to coming to Nevada in 1996, Stewart coordinated the alternative testing
accommodations in the Disability Resource Center at San Francisco State University and was Upward Bound
coordin
ator in the federally funded TRIO Program at Huston
-
Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

As Director
of Diversity Initiatives, he serves as the University’s chief diversity officer and represents the University on the
Nevada System of Higher Education E
quity, Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Stewart reports to President
Johnson and serves as a member of the President’s Council and the Academic Leadership Council.
Dr.

Stewart also directs the Center for Student Cultural Diversity within the division of St
udent Services and
teaches in the department of Educational Leadership.



Name:


Adam Stoltz

Unit:


Student Services

Dept:


Prospective Students Office; Welcome Center


Bio:

Ed.D Higher Education Administration, Saint Louis University projected graduatio
n May 2012

Master in Organizational Leadership and Management, St. Ambrose University

B.S. Arts Management and Computer Science minor, Culver
-
Stockton College


I have worked in higher education my entire career and have over 11 years of admissions, marketi
ng and
enrollment management experience working with liberal arts, private and public institutions.


Before coming to
the University of Nevada in March 2009, I worked with Saint Louis University in the Office of the Provost and
admissions office. Currently
, I am working on a doctorate in higher education administration (dissertation topic
on
U.S. News and World Report

College rankings).




In my present position at Nevada I help organize our recruitment/marketing/visit efforts throughout all of
student serv
ices through multiple mediums and coordinate with areas on campus which include: Integrated
Marketing, Media Relations, Office of International Students and Scholars, Target 500, athletics, campus
recreation, Office of Alumni, USAC and honors. During my ti
me at Nevada we have had back
-
to
-
back record
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undergraduate enrollment for the University and have realized significant increases in diversity rates as well as
the top scholars such as Presidential and National Merit students.


Mid
-
Career Academic Faculty

N
ame:


Amy Childress

Unit:


Engineering

Dept:


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Bio:

I am professor and chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I have been in the
Department for 14 years and chair for 3 years. My area of researc
h/teaching interest is membrane processes
for environmental applications. I am a past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and
Science Professors, which is made up of ~800 faculty members mostly across the U.S. I am currently on the
Am
erican Society of Civil Engineers Department Heads and Chairs Executive Committee. At UNR, I have
served on numerous search committees (several outside my Department, some outside my College) and
campus committees. I was the College of Engineering represen
tative on the Faculty Senate from 2003
-
2006.


Name:


Chris Coake

Unit:


CLA

Dept:


English


Bio:

Mr. Christopher Coake is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, specializing in
the teaching of creative writing, specifically
fiction, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

He is the
author of two books

the short story collection We're in Trouble (Harcourt, 2005) and the novel You Came
Back (forthcoming from Grand Central in 2012)

and in 2007 was named to the once
-
a
-
dec
ade list of Best
Young American Novelists by the journal Granta.

He has served on numerous English department search
committees, chairing one; is the Vice
-
Chair of the UNR Graduate Council; and serves on the CLA Scholarly
and Creative Activities Committee
.

As the 2006 PEN/American Center Robert Bingham Fellow, he was a case
advocate for imprisoned Tibetan writer Dolma Kyab.


Name:


Ana de Bettencourt
-
Dias

Unit:


COS

Dept:


Chemistry


Bio:

Ana de Bettencourt
-
Dias received her MS in Technological Chemistr
y from the University of Lisbon and her
Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Cologne. She spent then three years at UC Davis with
Prof. Alan Balch as a Gulbenkian postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 she joined Syracuse University as assistant
p
rofessor and moved to Reno in 2007, where she is an associate professor of Chemistry. Ana’s research,
currently funded by NSF, is in the area of luminescent coordination compounds of lanthanide ions for lighting
and imaging applications. Ana has served on
the International Programs Abroad, graduate student recruiting
and admissions and faculty and staff search committees at Syracuse University and on the COS Dean search,
advising, recruiting and admissions and assessment committees at UNR. She has also part
icipated in the
Nevada Bound outreach program.


Name:


Stacy Gordon

Unit:


CLA

Dept:


Political Science


Bio:

Stacy Gordon Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the
International Affairs program. Her articl
es on comparative public opinion/political behavior and U.S. political
institutions have been published in Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal
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of Politics



She has served as department chair and director of graduat
e studies for Political Science and
received the Alan Bible Teaching Award in 2011.


Name:


Thomas Kidd

Unit:


COS

Dept:


Biology


Bio:

Thomas Kidd studies how growing nerves navigate to find their targets using fruit fly genetics, and his papers
have bee
n cited over 3000 times. He obtained a B.A. and gold medal in Genetics at Trinity College Dublin in
Ireland, and a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in the Department of Zoology. He was a postdoctoral
researcher at the University of California, Berkeley,

and subsequently worked at the biotechnology company
Exelixis, Inc. His current research is funded by the NSF and NIH. . He has served on the Biology Department
Curriculum Committee since 2004, chairing it since 2010, seven faculty search committees, chai
ring three of
them and over 25 thesis committees.


Senior Faculty


Name:


Gary Blomquist

Unit:


CABNR

Dept:


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Bio:

Gary Blomquist became a faculty member at UNR in 1977, after completing his Ph. D. at Montana State
Univers
ity in 1973 and teaching for four years at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as the
chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 2001, a Department with faculty both in
the School of Medicine and the College of Ag
riculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR).


He
has been continuously funded by the NSF and/or USDA since he came to UNR, and his research focuses


on
the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of hydrocarbon and pheromone production in insects. He

was named
the outstanding researcher in CABNR in 1982, was named the University of Nevada’s ‘outstanding researcher’
in 1984 and was honored by receiving the ‘Regent’s researcher award’ in 1995.

He teaches Introductory
Biochemistry in CABNR and lectures

to first year medical students.


Name:


Wendy Calvin

Unit:


COS

Dept:


Geological Sciences


Bio:

Wendy Calvin is a Professor of Geophysics & Remote Sensing, and Director, Center for Geothermal Energy.
My research specialty is the optical and infrared spe
ctroscopy of minerals andices, using remote sensing data
sets and laboratory analysis to identify and map the surface composition of solid planets in the solar system,
including Earth.

I am on three spacecraft mission science teams and have been the dire
ctor of the Great
Basin Center for Geothermal Energy since May 2010.

I have been the primary advisor for ten graduate
degrees and on the committees of another 10 graduate students. I have received a number of University and
College awards including the gr
aduate student association’s Outstanding Mentor (2004), Mackay School’s
Faculty Achievement (2005) and the College of Science Excellence in Research (2006).

I have published over
60 peer
-
reviewed articles, 5 book chapters and 10 significant NRC and NASA r
eports including decadal
surveys.

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Name:


Patty Charles

Unit:


SOM

Dept:


Internal Medicine


Bio:

Patty Charles, DrPH: Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Director, Nevada AIDS Education and
Training Center; University of Nevada School of Medi
cine. I have been a faculty member at the School of
Medicine since November 1992. Over the years I have been both an administrative faculty and an academic
faculty (2001). I have participated in the faculty Senate, Salary and Benefits Committee, the Coll
ege of
Science Ad Hoc Review Committee, the UNR Grievance Committee, Morale Task Force, and the Bylaws and
Codes Committee. At the School of Medicine I have served on the Bylaws Committee, Student Development
Committee, the Executive Committee of the Offi
ce of Continuing Medical Education, the Admissions
Committee, and was the elected representative to the UNR Faculty Senate. Over the past 20 years, the
majority of my funding has been from grants/contracts that I have solicited and managed. I am pleased
to be
nominated for the Commission on the Future of the University and look forward to using my skills in long term
planning and grant management and my experience as a faculty member at the University toward studying the
issues and creating a faculty insp
ired plan for the future.


Name:


Dana Edberg

Unit:


COBA

Dept:


Information Systems


Bio:

Dana Edberg is an associate professor of Information Systems in the College of Business with responsibilities
including teaching (40%), research (40%) and servi
ce (20%). She has served as department chair of the
Accounting and Information Systems department (2003
-
2009) and Interim Dean of the College of Business
(2006
-
2007) in addition to performing a wide variety of service activities at the department, college

and
university. A sample of these service activities over the term of her employment included serving on graduate
council, faculty senate, academic standards committee, university planning council, college and department
curriculum and personnel committe
es and a variety of search committees. Current external professional
service includes serving on the Northern Nevada Development Authority, Washoe County School District 9
-
12
STEM education advisory board and serving as an advisor for the implementation o
f a state health information
exchange. She teaches technical classes in database design and data warehousing while her research
interests include understanding the post
-
implementation issues between information systems professionals
and the users they su
pport, as well as the design and implementation of health information exchanges.


Name:


Chris Herald

Unit:


COS


Dept:


Mathematics and Statistics


Bio:

I joined the Department of Mathematics at UNR in 1999.


My research is primarily in geometry
and topology,
on the theoretical side of mathematics, but I have also worked on interdisciplinary projects in engineering and
modeling aerosol particles produced during combustion.

I have

been the Core Mathematics Director for 3.5
years, and have served o
n the Core Board, the General Education Task Force, and the Academic Standards
Committee.



I am also currently working with Washoe County School District on curricular alignment
and

college readiness in mathematics.

I was

granted tenure in 2003 and prom
oted to full professor in 2009.

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Name:


Guy Hoelzer

Unit:


COS

Dept:


Biology


Bio:

I am an evolutionary biologist doing theoretical and empirical research on processes of spatial diversification.

I
teach the capstone course in Evolution for Biology Maj
ors, in addition to upper division and graduate
-
level
electives (e.g., Population Genetics, Biogeography).

This semester I am also teaching the first year
experience course for Biology Majors (SCI110) for the first time.

I have also served as both Depart
ment Chair
and Faculty Senate Chair.


Name:


Trudy Larson

Unit:


DHS

Dept:


School of Community Health Sciences


Bio:

I’ve spent most of my career at UNR at the School of Medicine starting as an assistant professor in 1984 and
progressing to professor ove
r the next 14 years and was just appointed as Director for the School of
Community Health Science in July. I served as Pediatrics Department Chair for 5 years when the department
was still statewide, spent 3 years as Associate Dean for Outreach for the SOM
, served as chair of numerous
faculty committees and as a member of executive committees. I was elected to the Faculty Senate and served
as Chair during the turbulent years of reorganization when the College of Arts and Sciences was split (among
other chan
ges) and then spent a year as Assistant Chancellor under Jim Rogers. I chaired the committee on
Section 6, Governance, for the last UNR accreditation. These experiences have given me an interesting look at
schools within universities and universities withi
n systems; provided statewide perspectives on community
needs and resources; and made me very appreciative of collaborative discussion and consensus building as
productive ways to create plans.


Name:


JoAnne Skelly

Unit:


Cooperative Extension

Dept:


Wes
tern Extension Area


Bio:

Skelly is an associate profess with the College of Cooperative Extension. Her teaching includes: Latino
outreach, youth development, environmental horticulture, natural resource management, wildfire threat
reduction. Her research

has produced: 89 peer
-
reviewed publications, including a statewide Latino needs
assessment; 19 professional papers; #1,344,055 in grants and program support. Examples of her service:
Faculty senator (2006 Ad Hoc Committee to Review Center for Regional Stu
dies proposal; Senate Mentoring
program; 2005, 2007, 2008 Senate Executive Board Nominating Committee, 2007 Legal Advisement
Committee); past member of the UNR Arboretum Board; past member of the UNR Herbarium Advisory
committee; member of the College of C
ooperative Extension Curricular Review Committee, current
membership chair of the National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals; member of the
Nation Extension Wildfire Information Network, member of Society for Range Management. Skelly
is an
integral part of the local community; represents the outreach mission integral to a land grant university; and
has lead the community with innovative solutions to tough problems. She brings her community leadership
experience to the visioning process

for the University, seeking new solutions rather than a "business as usual"
approach.








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Links to the National Governors Association Documents:


National Governors Association Chair’s Initiatives (Accountability 2011
)

http://www.unr.edu/facultysenate/meetings/11
-
12/Agenda/NationalGovernorsAssocAccountability2011.pdf



Common College Metrics 2010


http://www.unr.edu/facultysenate/meetings/11
-
12/Agenda/COMMON%20COLLEGE%20METRICS%202010
-
11.pdf


UNR Faculty Senate Meeting

November 17, 2011


Agenda Item #
6