Governance Plan

I. MISSION OF THE SCHOOL OF HEALTH , PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND LEISURE SERVICES

The mission of the School of Health , Physical Education and Leisure Services is as diverse as the academic disciplines and related professions, which comprise it. Underlying each of the professions and providing a common thread for the School's mission is a commitment to the enhancement of individual well being through promotion of physical, mental, and social development (wellness). The mission of the School is to provide programs and leadership within each of its disciplines and in wellness to which all the School's disciplines contribute.

The School strongly endorses the liberal arts core as an essential ingredient in undergraduate education. The School primarily contributes to the liberal arts core by cooperatively devoting the
efforts of each of its disciplines to the education of students toward the pursuit of positive lifestyles. The liberal arts coursework provided by the School is devoted to developing in students the knowledge on which to base sound decisions about lifestyle, the skills necessary for the implementation of those decisions, and an awareness of the resources and services available to facilitate the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. The School provides leadership in professional preparation through the undergraduate and graduate education of pre-service and in-service personnel in health education and health promotion, in human movement and physical education, in athletic training, and in recreation and leisure services. The School supports service programs for the University community, the residents of Iowa and the nation in general which facilitate the pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle. Finally, the School conducts research and outreach programs to strengthen the educational, social, cultural, and economic environment of Iowa and the larger community.

The primary focus of the School is toward the students of the University. In order to maintain vital programs, the School must remain aware of the diverse and changing nature of that population. Additionally, the mission of the School includes the education of professionals who will serve both in the school and non-school settings, as well as a commitment to service to the community beyond the scope of the University. Therefore, academic and scholarly efforts must reflect an understanding of the diverse and changing nature of society as a whole.
The School subscribes to the tripartite mission of the University. Therefore, it recognizes and fosters the interdependent nature of excellence in teaching and research, the mutually supportive functions of teaching and service, and the complementary nature of research and service. Service to the University and greater community is a natural outgrowth of the academic functions of the School.

II. ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

Section 1. Divisions

In meeting the general objectives of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS), the School is organized into four major academic units and a cross-disciplinary academic support unit, each interrelated and each contributing to the mission of the School.

A. Academic Divisions . The academic curricula contributes to the preparation of individuals in many disciplines, but assumes the major responsibility for the specialized preparation of students in the areas of athletic training, health, physical education, and leisure services.

1. Health Promotion & Education. This division offers majors and minors in Health Education (Teaching) and Health Promotion, along with certificate programs in Environmental Health and Global Health. The Division offers a Master of Arts degree with emphases in Health Promotion/Fitness Management, Community Health Education, and School Health Education.

2. Leisure, Youth & Human Services. The Leisure Services major is housed in this division, along with certificate programs in Tourism, Outdoor Recreation, Youth Agency Administration and Youth Development in Religious Settings. The Leisure, Youth & Human Services major offers six focus areas: Programming Services Administration, Tourism, Outdoor Recreation, Non-Profit Youth Administration, Therapeutic Recreation and Youth Services. The Division offers a Master of Arts degree with emphases in Leisure Programming and Human Service Administration. The Division also offers a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Leisure, Youth & Human Services.

Physical Education. The Physical Education Division offers majors in Physical Education-Teaching and Physical Education. In addition, minors in Coaching, Elementary Physical Education, and Dance are offered. The Division offers a Master of Arts degree with emphases in Teaching/Coaching and Scientific Bases of Physical Education.

Athletic Training. The Athletic Training Division offers an accredited entry-level undergraduate program in athletic training. The division also offers a Master of Science degree in athletic training. (approval pending)

B. Academic Support Programs .

1. Liberal Arts program. The School of HPELS provides a component of the university liberal arts core requirement through its offering of the required course Personal Wellness. This program is aimed at providing opportunities for students to gain valuable health-related knowledge and to improve wellness skills as they strive to be active and health-conscious persons for the enrichment of their lives both now and in the future.

Section 2. Standing Committees

To facilitate the mission of the School, the following standing committees will operate.

A. Awards . The Awards Committee shall develop criteria for and judge nominations for a teaching scholarship and service award for the School of HPELS each year. These awards shall be announced midyear and the winners of the School of HPELS awards will be forwarded as School nominations for College of Education awards. In addition, this committee will select the recipients of all school-wide student awards and scholarships.

The committee shall consist of one representative from each division, one at-large member elected by the school, two emeritus faculty members appointed by the director, and one student representative. The committee chair shall be chosen during the first committee meeting each fall.

B. Curriculum . The Curriculum Committee shall act as a curriculum clearing house for the School of HPELS . Members of the School Curriculum Committee shall also sit on their respective division committees.

The committee shall consist of one representative from each division, one at-large member elected by the school, and one student representative from each division. The committee chair shall be chosen during the first committee meeting each fall.

C. Technology . The Technology Committee will act as a clearinghouse for all technological concerns within the School of HPELS . This will include such functions as mentoring for upgrade grants, reallocation of computer resources following upgrades, coordination with College of Education Technology Committee, and providing representation to the ITS Computing Liaisons Committee.

The committee shall consist of one representative from each division, one at-large member elected by the school, and one student representative. The committee chair shall be chosen during the first committee meeting each fall.

D. Graduate Faculty . The Graduate Faculty of the school shall consist of all members of the graduate faculty within the School. The Graduate Committee shall act as a steering committee for the Graduate Faculty.

The Graduate Committee shall be made up of the graduate advisor from each division and the Executive Associate Director of the School of HPELS who will serve as chair of the group . The Graduate Committee shall be responsible for guidance of the School of HPELS Graduate Program , which includes the development and modification of the graduate curriculum.

E. PAC . All tenured faculty shall serve as members of the School PAC. The position of chair of this committee shall rotate according to the set schedule. All tenured faculty are assigned a place in this rotation.

F. HPELS Cabinet . The Cabinet consists of the Director of the School of HPELS , the Executive Associate Director, the Assistant Director, the Chair of each a cademic d ivision , and the Coordinator of each academic support program . The Cabinet will be responsible for coordinating academic schedules, hearing reports from the Director, and reporting to the Director concerning divisional matters. The Cabinet shall also be a forum for the discussion of School issues. Minutes of Cabinet meetings shall be public.

G. Planning & Policies Committee . The Planning & Policies Committee shall be charged with ongoing review of the School strategic plan. Included in this review will be the monitoring of progress and the proposal of revisions. School policies and procedures will be examined in light of the strategic plan. This review will be presented annually to the HPELS Cabinet and then to the faculty.

The committee shall consist of one representative from each division, one at-large member elected by the school, and one student representative. The committee chair shall be chosen during the first committee meeting each fall.

III. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 1. Director

The Director of the School of Health , Physical Education and Leisure Services is responsible for the administration of all School affairs, with advice and counsel of the faculty. The Director's duties include such responsibilities as presenting budgets, appointments, severance's, courses, and schedules for approval by the administration. The Director will be aided by the Executive Associate Director and the Assistant Director of the School, the Chairs of each Academic Division , and the Coordinator of the Academic Support Program.

The Director of the School of Health , Physical Education and Leisure Services serves at the pleasure of the Dean of the College of Education and the Provost.

Section 2. Executive Associate Director

The Executive Associate Director of the School of HPELS is a faculty member appointed by the Director and serves at the pleasure of the Director. This position does not hold official university administrative status. The duties of the Executive Associate Director shall be, to a large extent, task driven. The job of the Executive Associate Director is primarily to assist the Director in the day-to-day operations of the School. The responsibilities of this position may include such things as chairing ad hoc committees as appointed, serving in the Director's absence, representing the School as directed, assuming primary responsibility for facilitating faculty productivity, and serv ing as a member and chair of the School of HPELS Graduate Committee . The Executive Associate Director will sit on the HPELS Cabinet.

Section 3. Assistant Director

The Assistant Director for Operations is a faculty member appointed by the Director and serves at the pleasure of the Director. This position does not hold official university administrative status. Duties include public relations, marketing, brochure development, inventory control, equipment management, and facility security/control. The Assistant Director will sit on the HPELS Cabinet.

Section 4. Division Chairs

The Chairperson of each Division shall be elected by a vote of the eligible voting faculty of that Division and shall serve a three-year, renewable term. Chairs shall be evaluated by the Director of the School on the basis of their performance as Division Chairs as well as their performance on their assigned faculty portfolio (i.e., teaching, research, and service). The Director of the School may remove a Division Chair for cause and request that a new Chair be elected by the appropriate division.

A. Guidelines for electing Division Chairs

All tenured faculty at the rank of Associate Professor or above in the respective Divisions shall be included on a secret ballot administered by the Director of the School of HPELS .

The faculty member receiving the highest number of votes shall be invited to serve as Division Chair. In the event of refusal to serve as Division Chair, the faculty member with the next highest number of votes shall be invited to serve as Division Chair. This process shall continue until the Division Chair is selected by the faculty.

If a division is not able to elect a Chair as specified herein, the Division Chair shall be appointed by the Director of the School.

B. Responsibilities of the Division Chairs

Provide leadership in their respective area across the College of Education , University, and the state.

Provide divisional leadership in the HPELS Cabinet meetings.

Schedule regular faculty meetings for the purpose of conducting division business.

Represent the division at appropriate college and university committee meetings.

Organize division committee activities.

Submit to the Director material for the HPELS Annual Report and prepare reports and information briefs as required.

Coordinate the development and maintenance of the division strategic plan.

Promote scholarly activity within the division.

Coordinate the development and periodic modification of all division public relations, marketing, and recruitment materials.

Coordinate an ongoing plan of curriculum development and program evaluation.

Coordinate ongoing curricula revisions and program reviews.

Maintain the student outcomes assessment plan for the division.

Organize and implement division advisory committees.

Develop demonstration/outreach projects as appropriate.

Recommend optimal utilization of faculty and staff resources.

Recommend to the Director staffing patterns commensurate with curriculum needs.

Recommend to the Director faculty to serve on School standing committees and faculty search committees.

Recommend to the Director the assignment of faculty for service tasks within the division.

Recommend to the Director graduate assistants for the School.

Coordinate divisional student affairs.

Coordinate and make provision for the screening, retention, and recommendation of majors within the division.

Recommend to the Director course substitutions for students with hardship requests.

Assign students within the division to major advisors and supervise new student advising.

Coordinate the student recruitment activities of the division.

Develop class schedules in consultation with division faculty.

Coordinate the opening and closing of classes during registration.

Recommend teaching assignments for faculty within the division.

Coordinate practicum and intern assignments of faculty.

Coordinate the request for and assignment of adjunct faculty within the division.

Submit requests regarding program needs as they relate to staff, facilities, equipment and supplies.

Assist in other capacities as directed by the Director of the School.

Section 5 . Program Coordinators

Each academic support program shall be managed by a Coordinator . Coordinators shall be appointed by the Director of the School and shall serve a three-year term. The three-year term of appointment may be renewed upon mutual agreement of both the Coordinator and the Director.

Responsibilities

1. Provide leadership in the management of affairs related to the program .

2. Schedule classes in consultation with faculty and Director of the School.

3. Recommend teaching assignments in consultation with faculty and Academic Division Chairs.

4. Assist in other capacities as directed by the Director of the School.

5.  Coordinate the training of graduate assistants within the School.

6. Coordinate the development and maintenance of the strategic plan of the program .

Section 6. Faculty

A. Responsibilities

1. All faculty and professional and scientific staff are assumed to have responsibility for participation in the maintenance tasks which become necessary to the ongoing success of the School.

2. Faculty is responsible for becoming knowledgeable on issues facing a faculty vote. It is the responsibility of faculty to then cast their vote on such issues.

B. Voting rights

1. Tenure track faculty and permanent professional and scientific staff and term shall hold voting rights within the school. Other staff members and temporary positions may be granted a vote on any issue by a majority vote of the faculty. This shall be true at both the school and division levels.

C. Meetings

1. A School meeting for all faculty and staff shall be held at the beginning of each fall semester.

All school standing committees shall meet at this time to form and elect a chair.

2. The School faculty shall meet at least once each academic semester

3. Meetings of each academic division shall be held at least once a month.

4. The HPELS Cabinet shall meet at least twice each month.

 

IV. AMENDMENTS TO THE GOVERNANCE PLAN

A. Proposed amendments to the Governance Plan shall be submitted to the Planning and Policies committee at least 30 days in advance of a scheduled faculty meeting.

This committee shall see that all voting faculty are made aware of the proposed amendment at least 14 days before the scheduled meeting.

Amendments may be approved by a 2/3 vote of all voting faculty.