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The Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Curators on the basis of the UM System Presidents recommendation (Collected Rules and Regulations, Sections 320.020 - 320.030). The Chancellor is the chief academic, administrative, and budgetary officer of the UMSL campus, acting within policies and guidelines established by the President of the University and the Board of Curators (Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 20.020 - 20.075. As chief academic officer, the Chancellor is responsible to the President of the University of Missouri System and the Board of Curators for the planning, recommendation, and implementation of academic programs in the campus's units. The Chancellor also carries the ultimate responsibility for supervision of the faculty. As chief administrative officer, the Chancellor is responsible for all non-academic phases of the campus. This includes responsibility for making recommendations to the President on requirements and problems of the campus and keeping the President informed of campus development. The Chancellor also carries out other duties delegated and assigned by the President. In addition, the Chancellor meets regularly with the Cabinet composed of the provost, vice chancellors, the assistant to the chancellor for public affairs and economic development, the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, the director of communication, the president of the UMSL Staff Association, the chairperson of the University Senate, and the president of the Student Government Association. In addition to the provost and vice chancellors, the following staff positions report directly to the Chancellor: Assistant to the Chancellor for Public Affairs and Economic Development; and the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Provost and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs Organizational Chart
The Office of Academic Affairs is charged with oversight of the university's academic programs. It fulfills this responsibility by working in concert with academic deans, other university leaders, faculty and staff to develop, implement, review, and evaluate its academic programs.
The Office of Academic Affairs includes the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, two Associate Provosts for Academic Affairs, an administrative manager, a coordinator for academic programs and records, an executive staff assistant, a secretary, an Internet administrator specialist, and student employees. Serving as the senior academic officer of the university, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs provides administrative leadership for three divisions, ten academic units, and nineteen centers that accomplish the university's missions in teaching, research/scholarship and service. These units collectively employ more than 1,400 teaching and research staff. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is responsible for budgetary oversight of all academic units and advises the Chancellor on all matters relating to academic programs and units.
Administrators of the following units report to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: Vice Provost for Research; Vice Provost for Student Affairs; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Fine Arts and Communication; Graduate School; College of Nursing; Pierre Laclede Honors College; College of Optometry; UM-St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program; University Libraries; Center for the Humanities; Center for International Studies; Continuing Education & Outreach; Center for Teaching and Learning, Multicultural Relations, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, Business, Technology and Research Park, Center for Ethics in Public Life, Public Policy Research Center, Public Affairs & Economic Development, and Institutional Safety.
Vice Provost for Research The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides support services to faculty, graduate students, and staff seeking external grant funds for research, instruction, and service from federal, state, and local government programs, as well as private foundations. Units reporting to this office include research and entrepreneurial operations including the Center for Nuerodynamics, Center for NanoScience, Center for Emerging Technologies, and Missouri Enterprise. In addition, the ORA facilitates technology transfer through assisting inventors in filing for patent applications, negotiating licensing agreements, and setting up start-up companies.
The ORA works together with faculty committees to award and administer internal research grants, including coordination of the University of Missouri Research Board competition, Research Awards, the Small Grants Funds, the Chancellors Awards for Research and Creativity, and the Grants Incentive Funds. The ORA also works through faculty committees to monitor University compliance with various federal and state regulations for research.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs is the senior administrative officer of the Office of Student Affairs, with a mission to provide UMSL students with high quality programs and services that complement the academic experience and provide opportunities that enhance student development. The Division of Student Affairs includes the following departments or offices: Athletics, Center for Student Success, Enrollment Services, Judicial Affairs, Transfer Services, Residential Life and Housing, Student Life and Development, University Health, Wellness & Counseling Services; Millennium Student Center; and Auxiliary Services.
Enrollment Services includes direct administrative responsibility for Admissions, Registration, Records, Financial Aid, and the Degree Audit services. Additionally, this responsibility includes the coordination of strategic planning for the recruitment and retention of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs is also responsible for the administration of the University of Missouris Code of Student Conduct and Discrimination Policies and Procedures for Students.
Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity supports the teaching, research and service missions of the University of Missouri-St. Louis by providing services to the campus community which will insure compliance with all federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws and regulations and promote campus diversity.
Vice Chancellor for University Development is responsible for increasing private financial support for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, increasing the national and local awareness of the Universitys programs and its people, and increasing and focusing the involvement of community leaders, alumni and other constituent groups on behalf of UMSL. The Division of University Relations consists of the following offices:
Alumni Relations & Constituent Relations. These offices oversee all functions related to alumni, the Alumni Center, the Alumni Association, the Annual Fund, and external constituent groups
Development. This office coordinates and implements fund-raising efforts for the entire university. It concentrates on institutional priorities as established by the Chancellor as well as projects initiated by the Universitys schools and colleges.
Media, Marketing and Printing Services offers professional assistance to all departments in designing and printing publications and advertisements while promoting a uniform image of the university; is responsible for media relations, publications, and other materials that link the university with various internal and external audiences. Primary publications are the Spirit newsletter for faculty and staff, Fridays Update and UMSL Magazine.
University Events. This office plans and coordinates all major campus events hosted or presided over by the Chancellor, including commencements, the Chancellors Report to the Community, Founders Dinner and Board of Curators meetings. Additionally, the Office of University Relations is entrusted with the responsibility to enforce many University System and campus policies related to fund raising, media relations, and use of campus logos:
Advancement: This policy shall apply to any solicitation effort of individuals, corporations, groups, and foundations that may or may not be related to the university or any of its campuses, divisions, departments, or other subdivisions. To avoid duplication and proliferation, all staff members involved in fund raising shall be under the direction and management of the Campus Development Office, and whenever UM endorsement or review is indicated, such plans shall be submitted to the Council on Institutional Relations. Proposals for campaigns, special gift solicitations, gift-level clubs, solicitation of corporations, business foundations, and associations, and annual giving programs must be approved by the Campus Development Office and endorsed by the Council on Institutional Relations. Individual gift solicitations of a routine nature need not have university endorsement, but should be cleared, in advance, with the Campus Development Office.
Media Relations Policy: It is important that local, regional, and national media have respect for and interest in the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It is the responsibility of University Communications to establish and maintain professional relationships with media representatives. All contact with media concerning issues, academic programs, personnel, and other ongoing activities at UMSL is coordinated with University Communications. This unit provides appropriate activity or counsel fitting the circumstances. Any formal release of information from the university to media is provided by University Communications or other university personnel authorized by them to do so. In cases where media representatives, on their own, contact individual faculty, staff, or students concerning a specific event or issue, it is suggested that it be reported immediately to the director of University Communications in order to facilitate a prompt response. Information and counsel will be given by the director on how to proceed. In all instances regarding official University positions, only the Chancellor or her/his designee may respond.
University Identification: In all publications, presentations, and news releases, the first written reference to the campus should be the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It must appear on the cover of all materials. Second reference is UMSL. Moreover, references to the University of Missouri System and other campuses are as follows: University of Missouri System is used on first reference and UM System on second reference. University of Missouri-Columbia is used on first reference and UMC on second reference. University of Missouri-Kansas City is used on first reference and UMKC on second reference. University of Missouri-Rolla is used on first reference and UMR on second reference. The official colors of UMSL are Red (PMS 186) and Yellow/Gold (PMS 123). The UMSL logo is to appear in Red and Yellow/Gold or in single colors of Red or Black only. No other color combinations are allowed. The same guidelines exist for electronic presentations, including but not limited to information processed on the Internet. Computer disks and camera-ready copies of the UMSL logo are available through Graphic and Printing Services (516-5287) at 252 General Services Building. A GIF file also exists on the university's home page for use on the World Wide Web. Use of other school, college, departmental, or program logos is discouraged. When used, however, such devices should never replace the UMSL logo and should not appear in proximity of the UMSL logo or in any way lessen its effectiveness. Exemptions from the above restrictions should be requested by contacting the Director of University Communications.
Vice Chancellor for Managerial and Technological Services serves as the Chief Fiscal Officer, advising the Chancellor on all fiscal operations of the campus. The MTS division is home to eight departments: Accounting Services; Budget Services; Business Services; Cashiers Office; Office of Finance; Information Technology Services; Institutional Research; Postal Services, Campus Customer Service, Facilities Planning, Facilities Services, and Human Resources.
Deans of the colleges and schools are accountable to the Chancellor for the operation of their programs. They report matters relating to academic programs, appointments, evaluations, and promotions and tenure, through the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Matters relating to community affairs are reported through the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, and matters relating to business, staff, space allocation, and resource management are communicated through the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. The Deans are responsible for divisional teaching, research, and continuing education & outreach programs (see individual colleges and schools below)
The Faculty and students of the University of Missouri system are the heart of the institution. As scholars and researchers, the members of the faculty have the primary responsibility of carrying out one of the basic missions of the university-- research. Together with the students, they engage in the other essential university activity--teaching. The faculty is also a major factor in carrying out the university's important mission in extension, a complex series of activities that are integrally related to both teaching and research. The faculty determines many University policies, notably in the areas of personnel, curriculum, and academic standards, including promotion and tenure standards. The faculty also functions in an important and unique advisory capacity in many administrative functions, such as resource allocation and selection of administrative personnel. Just as the faculty occupies a singular position, central to the basic mission of the university, members of the faculty also carry special responsibilities: to their disciplines, their students, their colleagues, and their community. At the University of Missouri, professors enjoy complete academic freedom, in the traditional sense of the term, and enjoy the benefits of a tenure system. Many specific duties, powers and responsibilities of the university faculty are articulated in the bylaws of each campus, which are incorporated into the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri System. In order to maintain excellence, the university adheres to rigorous standards and affirmative action procedures in the recruitment and hiring of faculty, conducts annual evaluations of performance, and maintains high standards for tenure and promotion. As a result, the faculty is widely recognized for its achievements in the areas of teaching, research, and service, including extension.
The Faculty Bylaws of the University of Missouri-St. Louis
The existing Bylaws were substantially amended and approved by the Board of Curators on May 27, 1999. Minor revisions have been made since that time and are a regular feature of faculty governance.
The Faculty Senate: UMSL adheres to the higher education tradition of governance that is shared by the faculty, administration, staff, and students. The Faculty Senate is the campus body responsible for formal faculty participation in University governance. The Chair of the Faculty Senate is elected by the voting members of the Senate and automatically serves as Chair of the University Assembly. The faculty's duties as the body responsible for curriculum and instruction is vested in the Senate, which reviews all curricular proposals and changes brought forward from department faculties through the colleges and schools. Through the Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (ATP), which reviews tenure and promotion cases and recommends tenure and promotion standards to the Chancellor, the Senate plays a central role in protecting and shaping the academic strength and character of the university. Only faculty with .75 to 1.0 FTE appointments may be elected to the Senate. The Senate conducts its business through a structure of committees that set their agendas in consultation with the Senate Chair, the Chancellor, the vice chancellors and deans, and the faculty. Committees bring action items to the Senate floor through the Steering Committee, which sets the agenda for all Senate and University Assembly meetings.
Membership in the Senate is extended to all regular faculty and all faculty on non-regular appointment who have at least 50% teaching or research responsibilities per year and who, regardless of rank within the title category, have any of the following titles: adjunct professor, affiliate professor, visiting professor, clinical professor, research professor, lecturer, instructor, or specialist.
The University Assembly: The Assembly is the body where elected staff, faculty, students, and senior administrative officers come together to discuss and recommend University Policy. The Budget and Planning Committee, chaired by the Chancellor and a committee of the University Assembly, is the body responsible for advising the Chancellor on budgetary and program planning policy and decisions. Like the Senate, Assembly business is enacted through the agendas of committees, which in turn bring action items forward to the Assembly floor through the Steering Committee.