April 29, 2004
The Mission of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication prepares students to be effective and critical consumers, scholars and practitioners of the mass media, improves the services mass media provide their consumers and facilitates the public use of the mass media to meet personal and community needs. Teaching, research and service are all integral parts of this mission.
To respect the core values of the University of Georgia, to meet national accreditation standards and to accomplish its own varied missions, the faculty of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (referred to hereinafter as Grady College) should interpret its bylaws in accord with the best and broadest principles of faculty governance. Silences or ambiguities in the bylaws should be resolved in favor of open and democratic processes. The free flow of information and the criticism of ideas are necessary for proper discussion and decision making. Basic principles of academic freedom allow faculty members an opportunity to dissent from the opinions of colleagues and administrators.
The faculty has primary responsibility for the Grady College’s priorities, policies and procedures as well as faculty hiring, review, tenure, promotion and curriculum. Faculty decisions should be overturned by the University or Grady College administration only under the most exceptional circumstances and for reasons that should be clearly and adequately communicated to the faculty.
This document includes the following articles:
- Article I. Faculty: membership, meetings, and procedures for meetings
- Article II. Structure of the Grady College: officers (dean, associate deans, and department heads), their duties and their evaluations; administrative units (departments, centers and institutes), how they are defined, responsibilities, appointments and reviews.
- Article III. Committees of the Faculty: Committee types (Standing, Ad Hoc, Search, Promotion & Tenure), membership definition (core, ex-officio, special, chairs, substitutes, student representatives), general rules that apply to all Grady College committees, and Standing Committee definitions and responsibilities. Standing Committees include: Admissions, Undergraduate Curriculum, Diversity, Executive, Graduate, Promotion and Tenure, Scholarships/Awards, Information Resources, Facilities, and Global Committee.
- Article IV. Dispute Resolution Process
- Article V. Amendments to the Bylaws