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Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University

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Table of Contents

1.0 Preamble

1.1 Philosophical tenets

1.2 Governance statement

2.0 Faculty

2.1 Definition

2.2 Voting rights

2.3 Responsibilities

3.0 Units

3.1 College

3.2 Schools

3.3 Departments

3.4 Programs

4.0 College Standing Committees

4.1 College Faculty Council

4.2 Bylaws

4.3 Faculty Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion

4.4 Faculty Research and Development

4.5 Undergraduate Affairs

4.5.1 Undergraduate Academic Affairs

4.5.2 Undergraduate Curriculum

4.6 Graduate Affairs

4.6.1 Graduate Academic Standing

4.6.2 Graduate Curriculum

4.7 Diversity

4.8 Sabbatical and Merit Review

4.9 Interdisciplinary

5.0 Other ad hoc committees as needed

6.0 General Procedural Policies

6.1 Policies regarding College faculty meetings

6.2 Policies regarding bylaws amendments

6.3 Policies regarding standing committees

Article 1.0 Preamble

1.1 Philosophical Tenets

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences (the College) strongly supports the mission of Northeastern University. The College educates students to become highly skilled and caring professionals and creates new knowledge through excellence in basic, clinical, and translational research. The successful integration of experiential and classroom learning provides Bouvé students with a strong foundation for lifelong learning and critical inquiry and insures that they are prepared to meet the rapidly changing needs of our local, national, and international communities. Embracing a University-wide commitment to basic and clinical scholarship, the College also strives to become a national leader in interdisciplinary and translational health sciences research.

1.2 Governance statement

The Faculty of the College of Health Sciences shares with the Dean of the College, Deans of the Schools, Chairs of the Departments and Directors of the Programs the responsibility for the formulation of policies for the academic governance of the College, within the framework of the University Bylaws and under such directives and resolutions as the Board of Trustees may adopt or issue.

In addition, the following statements are vital to the shared governance of the College:

The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process.

Faculty status and related matters are primarily a faculty responsibility; this area includes recommendations concerning appointments, re-appointments, decisions not to re-appoint, promotions, and the granting of tenure. The chief academic officer of each unit (college dean, school dean, department chairperson, program director) should be selected by appointment following consultation with members of the specific and related units; appointments should normally be in conformity with the judgment of the members of the unit.

Article 2.0 Faculty

2.1 Definition

The Faculty of the College of Health Sciences shall be comprised of:

2.1.1 Full-time teaching faculty holding one of the following academic ranks within the units of the College:

  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor

2.1.2 Other voting faculty

2.1.2.1 Research Faculty holding the following ranks:

  • Research Professor
  • Research Associate Professor
  • Research Assistant Professor

2.1.2.2 Clinical Faculty holding the following ranks:

  • Clinical Professor
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Clinical Instructor

2.1.2.3 Co-operative education faculty coordinators who have responsibility for students within the College

2.1.2.4 Assistant and Associate Deans not included above

2.1.2.5 Full-time lecturers

2.1.3 Professors Emeritus

2.1.4 Adjunct, visiting, affiliate, adjunct clinical (as distinguished from clinical professor/instructor) and part-time faculty

2.2 Voting rights

2.2.1 Teaching faculty

Faculty holding voting rights within the College and appropriate Schools and Departments are identified in 2.1.1-2.1.2 above, consistent with Section V-B of the Faculty Handbook.

2.2.2 Clinical Faculty

Clinical faculty will be part of the "general university faculty," specifically included within the category "other voting faculty." As "other voting faculty," Clinical faculty will be eligible to vote and participate in departmental, school, college and university committees or bodies as approved by each unit and within the guidelines of the Faculty Handbook.

Within the College, because this category of faculty are not members of the "teaching faculty" as defined by Northeastern University's Faculty Handbook, at this time Clinical faculty will not be eligible to vote for faculty representatives or serve as members of the University Faculty Senate; University Graduate Council; and the College's Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee.

2.3 Responsibilities

Subject to the limitations set forth in Article 1.2, the Faculty of the College of Health Sciences shall share with the Dean of the College, Deans of the Schools, and Department Chairs specific responsibility for the following matters, subject to review and approval by the Provost and President, and in some cases, the Board of Trustees:

2.3.1 Educational policy and curricular developments

2.3.2 Criteria for admission, progression, retention, and graduation of students

2.3.3 Criteria and recommendations for faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure

2.3.4 Recommendations for faculty development

2.3.5 Recommendations concerning the College budget

2.3.6 Recommendations for candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College

2.3.7 Approval of all educational programs offered in the College

2.3.8 Other matters as may be brought to its attention. Specific responsibilities are detailed in the Article 4: College Standing Committees.

Article 3.0 Units

3.1 College

The College of Health Sciences consists of three Schools:

  1. School of Health Professions
  2. School of Nursing
  3. School of Pharmacy

Within the College, the primary responsibility for curriculum, accreditation of the professional program, budget responsibilities, faculty appointment, and faculty development to affect that curriculum exists at the structural unit of the profession (e.g. School of Pharmacy for pharmacy.) Each academic unit is responsible for ensuring that the policies and goals of its unit are aligned with the policies and goals of the College. The Dean of the College is the chief academic and executive officer of the College and is the chief internal and external spokesperson for the College.

3.2 Schools

3.2.1 The School of Health Professions consists of four departments and two programs:

  1. Health Sciences Department
  2. Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
  3. Physical Therapy Department
  4. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department
  5. Athletic Training Program
  6. Physician Assistant Program

3.2.2 The School of Nursing consists of two programs:

  1. Baccalaureate Program
  2. Graduate Program

The Dean of the School of Nursing is the chief internal and external spokesperson for, and representative of, the School and the profession of nursing

3.2.3 The School of Pharmacy consists of two departments and one program:

  1. Pharmacy Practice Department
  2. Pharmaceutical Sciences Department
  3. Toxicology Program

The Dean of the School of Pharmacy is the chief internal and external spokesperson for, and representative of, the School and the profession of pharmacy.

3.3 Departments

3.3.1 The departments within the College are:

  1. Health Sciences Department
  2. Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology
  3. Pharmaceutical Sciences
  4. Pharmacy Practice
  5. Physical Therapy
  6. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

3.3.2 The chair of a department serves as the chief representative of the department.

3.4 Programs

3.4.1 The programs within the College are:

  1. Athletic Training
  2. Baccalaureate Nursing
  3. Graduate Nursing
  4. Physician Assistant
  5. Toxicology

3.4.2 The program director serves as the chief representative of the program.

Article 4.0 College Standing Committees

College standing committees are faculty working groups that are directed by and report to the faculty. Except as otherwise specified in these Bylaws, standing committee reports will develop recommendations for consideration and/or action by the faculty.

College standing committees serve two principal functions. First, the College standing committees recommend general overarching guidelines that can be used to establish standards in the College. The standards will assure consistent and equitable consideration of issues related to faculty, curriculum, students, and resources throughout the College.

Second, concerning issues specific to the schools/departments/programs, the College standing committees review recommendations that originate at the professional unit to i) assure compliance with College policies and procedures, and ii) to make independent judgments related to decisions affecting individual faculty and students. The committees transmit their recommendations to the College dean (e.g., tenure and promotion) or faculty (e.g., curriculum). Particularly with regard to curricular issues, the purpose of the college committee is to assure compliance with college standards and interdisciplinary guidelines and not to evaluate the professional value of the recommendation.

Unless otherwise noted, committee members will be elected and will reflect proportional representation within the College (ratio of 2 representatives from the School of Health Professions, 1 representative each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, an at-large member, and an administrative representative). School representatives will be elected by the faculty of the School, while at-large members will be elected by college faculty of the whole.

Full-time teaching and other voting faculty are eligible for membership on all committees except the Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, where full-time tenured teaching status is required. Co-operative education faculty coordinators are eligible for committee election within their School and other committees as specified under committee composition.

4.1 College Faculty Council

4.1.1 Charge/Responsibilities

4.1.1.1 Policies

In collaboration with the College Dean, to develop and coordinate the charges and reporting mechanisms of standing, ad hoc, and task group committees within the College

To recommend for faculty approval issues related to faculty governance

To participate in the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the College

To monitor and forecast external and internal economic, political, cultural, and community influences affecting the educational, research, and service activities of the College

To develop a vision to align the College to the forecasted future

To propose strategies to implement the necessary changes

4.1.1.2 Budget

To assess, review, and make recommendations to the faculty and the Dean with regard to the financial affairs of the College, including processes for establishing financial priorities, resource utilization and faculty compensation

To develop strategies to enhance the budget base of the College

To monitor the utilization of resources within the College as they impact the implementation of the strategic plan of the College

4.1.1.3 Liaison/coordinating activities

To serve as the liaison between the faculty and College administration on College-wide issues

To collaborate with the College Dean in setting the agenda for College faculty meetings

In the absence of the Dean, the Chair of the College Faculty Council will conduct the College faculty meetings.

4.1.2 Eligibility

Full-time teaching (i.e., tenure track) faculty are eligible for election to this committee. An at-large, voting clinical faculty member, will serve on the College Faculty Council.

4.1.3 Composition: Members of the College Faculty Council.

The committee will consist of 7 voting members: the Dean of the College and six faculty (proportional representation: 2 health professions, 1 nursing, 1 pharmacy and 2 at-large members one of which should be a clinical faculty member) Representatives from the Schools are internally elected. The two at-large members are elected by the combined vote of the faculty of the College. Members will be elected for two-year staggered terms. The Faculty Council can request additional faculty to assist with projects/activities and establish task forces as needed.

4.2 Bylaws Committee

4.2.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To review and ensure the bylaws of the College are consistent with University policies as stated in the Faculty Handbook and the stated mission of the College

To evaluate, monitor, and assure compliance with current bylaws

Suggest and review proposed amendments to the bylaws as needed

4.2.2 Composition: The committee consists of 6 members: 2 elected from the School of Health Professions; 1 elected each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; 1 elected at-large member; and an administrative representative.

4.3 Faculty Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

4.3.1 Charge/Responsibilities

4.3.1.1 Tenure Responsibilities

To recommend to the faculty procedures and College-specific criteria, consistent with the University's, for evaluation of faculty candidates for tenure

To evaluate candidates for tenure and make recommendations to the Dean of the College

To develop strategies to increase the diversity of the College faculty across appointment categories

4.3.1.2 Promotion Responsibilities

To recommend to the faculty procedures and College-specific criteria, consistent with the University's, for evaluation of faculty and clinical faculty candidates for promotion

To evaluate candidates for promotion and make recommendations to the Dean of the College

A subcommittee, consisting of full professors, will be appointed when considering an individual faculty member's promotion to full professor. If the committee does not include a sufficient number of full professors, additional full professors may be appointed following College procedures

4.3.1.3 Appointment Responsibilities

To establish criteria and procedures for initial appointment and renewal of tenure and clinical faculty appointments within the College

To develop criteria and procedures for joint appointments across units of the College

To establish internal screening criteria to be used when clinical faculty are considering application for a tenure track position

To review the distribution of faculty appointments across appointment categories in the schools and departments, evaluate their distribution, and make recommendations for appointment types

To analyze the impact of appointments and tenure decisions on the interdisciplinary and strategic plan initiatives of the College

To develop strategies to increase the diversity of the College faculty across appointment categories

4.3.2 Composition: The committee consists of 5 full-time tenured, teaching faculty members at the Associate Professor level or higher elected by their Schools with a< proportional School membership (2:1:1) and 1 at-large member elected by the combined full-time, tenured teaching faculty of the College. Additional members will be added if an insufficient number of eligible faculty exist within a School or in the College.

4.4 Faculty Research and Development

4.4.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To promote independent and interdisciplinary faculty research within the College

To facilitate faculty development through assessment of needs of educational programs geared to enhance teaching and research productivity and quality

To identify faculty needs with regard to research and instructional development and propose strategies to promote faculty development across appointment categories

To develop and promote a mentoring program for both teaching and other voting faculty

4.4.2 Composition: The committee consists of six members, 4 of which are elected by their Schools with a proportional representation of 2 from the School of Health Professions, 1 each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; an at-large member elected by the College faculty as a whole, and an administrative representative.

4.5 Undergraduate Affairs

4.5.1 Undergraduate Academic Affairs

4.5.1.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To review and recommend to the faculty college-wide academic standards

To assure the fair implementation of standards and the mechanisms for appeals processes

To rule on any student appeal of a decision made at the unit level

To develop policies and procedures concerning the functioning of this committee

To review unit academic standards brought forth for changes and make recommendations

4.5.1.2 Composition: The committee consists of eight members, 4 of which are elected by their Schools with proportional representation of 2 from the School of Health Professions, 1 each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; an at-large member elected by the College faculty as a whole; an ex officio co-op faculty coordinator elected by their unit and an administrative representative.

4.5.2 Undergraduate Curriculum

4.5.2.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To recommend College-wide policies regarding undergraduate curricular development, revision, and deletion

To promote and encourage interdisciplinary undergraduate curricular initiatives among programs, departments, and schools

To review and evaluate interdisciplinary, undergraduate health and health-related programs originating within and across Schools and Colleges

To evaluate and recommend to the College faculty undergraduate curricular changes proposed by department, programs, and/or schools

4.5.2.2 Composition: The committee is constituted annually and is derived from and by elected members (1 each) from each College unit's respective curriculum committee; an ex officio co-op faculty coordinator elected by their unit; and an administrative representative.

section 4.5.2 revised March 31, 2005

4.6 Graduate Affairs

4.6.1 Graduate Academic Standing

4.6.1.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To recommend College-wide policies for academic graduate standards

To review and develop College-wide policies and procedures for admission, Progression, and completion of graduate studies including procedures

To rule on any student appeal of a decision made at the unit level

4.6.1.2 Composition: The committee consists of 7 members, 4 of which are elected by their Schools with a proportional representation of 2 from the School of Health Professions, 1 each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; 1 at-large member elected by the College faculty as a whole; 1 graduate student member of the College; and an administrative representative.

4.6.2 Graduate Curriculum

4.6.2.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To establish College-wide policies regarding graduate curricular development, revision, and deletion

To evaluate and recommend to the College faculty graduate curricular changes proposed by the Schools

To review and evaluate new and revised interdisciplinary, graduate health and health-related programs originating within and across Colleges

4.6.2.2 Composition: The committee consists of one elected representative from each unit with a graduate program within the College; 1 graduate student member of the College; and an administrative representative.

4.7 Diversity Committee

4.7.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To recommend strategies to encourage faculty, administrators, and undergraduate/graduate students of the College to be aware of, sensitive to, and respect the diversity of race, color, religion, religious creed, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran or disability status affecting university life and health care delivery

To encourage examination and discussion of these issues within the context of undergraduate/graduate curricula with particular emphasis on their impact on patient-centered care

To work with the undergraduate and graduate admissions office and other appropriate entities to increase the diversity of the undergraduate and graduate health professions and health sciences student body

4.7.2 Composition: The committee consists of eight members, 4 of which are elected by their Schools with a proportional representation of 2 from the School of Health Professions, 1 each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; 1 at-large member elected by the College faculty as a whole; 2 student members of the college, 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate; and an administrative representative.

4.8 Sabbatical and Merit Review

4.8.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To review faculty applications for sabbatical and make recommendations to the Dean of the College

To review faculty appeals of unit decisions regarding merit and sabbatical concerns and make recommendations to the Dean of the College

To recommend additional College-specific criteria, consistent with the University's, for sabbatical leave applications.

To recommend additional College-specific criteria, consistent with the University's, for merit review

4.8.2 Composition: The committee consists of six members, 4 full-time tenured members which are elected by their Schools with a proportional representation of 2 from the School of Health Professions, 1 each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; and 1 full-time nontenured at large member elected by the College faculty as a whole and an administrative representative. The Dean of the college shall serve ex officio.

4.9 Interdisciplinary

4.9.1 Charge/Responsibilities

To propose, to the Dean of the College, policies and procedures to ensure faculty/unit equity for interdisciplinary efforts and activities

To review and evaluate proposals for interdisciplinary courses and programs and forward recommendations to the appropriate Curriculum Committee if accepted

4.9.2 Composition: The committee consists of eight members, 4 of which are full-time tenured members elected by their Schools with a proportional representation of 2 from the School of Health Professions, 1 each from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy; 1 at-large member elected by the College faculty as a whole; 2 student members of the college, one graduate and one undergraduate; and an administrative representative.

Article 5.0 Other Ad Hoc Committees as needed

The Faculty Council and other faculty committees may appoint Ad Hoc Committees as needed to complete a defined and limited task. At the completion of the task, the ad hoc committee is disbanded.

Article 6.0 General Procedural Policies

6.1 Policies regarding College faculty meetings

6.1.1 There shall be at least one meeting of the College faculty of the whole per semester.

6.1.2 The Dean of the College or, in the Dean's absence, the Chair of the Faculty Council will preside at the meeting of the College faculty.

6.1.3 Meetings will be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.

6.1.4 A quorum is constituted by a majority of voting members.

6.1.5 The agenda for each College faculty meeting shall evolve from collaboration between the Dean of the College and the Chair of the Faculty Council. It shall be distributed to the faculty one week in advance of the meeting. Items for the agenda must be presented to the Faculty Council or Dean of the College prior to preparation and distribution of the agenda.

Matters not included in an agenda may not be acted upon by the faculty without the agreement of at least two-thirds of the voting faculty present.

6.1.6 Action items, votes, and decisions thereof, shall be recorded in the minutes.

6.1.7 Through petition to the Faculty Council, special meetings will be held if requested by 30 voting members of the faculty.

6.2 Policies regarding bylaw amendments

Amendments to the bylaws may originate in the Faculty Council or by written petition of one-third of the members of the College faculty.

Proposed amendments shall be referred to the Bylaws Committee which will distribute proposals in writing to the College of Health Sciences faculty at least two weeks prior to the regularly scheduled meetings at which these proposals will be discussed. Voting on proposed amendments to the bylaws will be by inter-office mail or electronic ballot within 2 weeks of the faculty meeting at which the issue was discussed. A majority vote of all eligible faculty of the College is necessary to ratify. Amendments to the bylaws will become effective immediately upon their approval unless the motion to adopt specifies a different time for adoption.

6.3 Policies regarding standing committees

6.3.1 Faculty members of standing committees shall serve for two years, with one half of the members elected each year. Faculty members shall not serve for more than two consecutive terms.

6.3.2 Elections shall be held during the College's spring faculty meeting.

6.3.3 Unless otherwise specified, the Chair of each committee shall be elected by the committee membership.

6.3.4 All meetings of standing committees of the College, except

Sabbatical and Merit and Faculty Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion, shall be open to all voting and non-voting members of the faculty of the College. Faculty who are not committee members shall have voice, but not vote, at standing committee meetings.

6.3.5 A quorum for regular and special meetings of a committee shall consist of a majority of voting members.

6.3.6 If a member does not participate, or is not available to participate, in the activities of the committee, the member or the Chair may petition the Faculty Council to call an election to fill that position.

6.3.7 Each committee is responsible for posting meeting times and meeting place at the beginning of each semester, with the agenda posted a minimum of three working days prior to the meeting.

6.3.8 By the week after finals of the Spring semester, all standing committees shall submit a written report to the Faculty Council which will include goals attained during the academic year and recommendations for the upcoming year.

6.3.9 The Chair of any standing committee, upon recommendations of a majority of the committee's members, may appoint subcommittees to deal specifically with defined portions of the business of the standing committee. Subcommittees may be augmented by additional faculty or administrators, when additional expertise is necessary.

The following documents were reviewed in preparation of this document:

  • College of Health Sciences Mission Statement. Transition Team Report, September 18, 1997.
  • American Association of University Professors. Statement on Government ofColleges and Universities, 1990.
  • Northeastern University Faculty handbook Revised March 2007

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