Faculty Resources and Bylaws

Below are links to college by-laws and other documents pertaining to faculty governance and promotion and tenure processes.


The latest edition of the College Bylaws were amended at the faculty meeting on April 3, 2020. Memo from April 3, 2020 faculty meeting describing new tenure-leading reappointment schedule and bylaws changes.

Promotion and Tenure

Download the following PDF 2020–2021 College calendars with these links:

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Regularly Scheduled Meetings
School of Art, Art History & Design Faculty 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Fridays Weekly
Glenn Korff School of Music Faculty 8:30 – 9:20 a.m. Thursdays Weekly
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film Faculty 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Fridays Weekly
College Administrative Council 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays Sep. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, Apr. 6 & May 4
College Executive Committee 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Fridays Aug. 28, Sep. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Jan. 8, Jan. 29, Feb. 26 & Mar. 26
College Curriculum Committee 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Fridays Sep. 4, Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Feb. 26, Mar. 26, & April 30
Undergraduate Student Advisory Board 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Fridays Aug. 28, Sep. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 26 & Apr. 30
Graduate Student Advisory Board 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Thursdays Sep. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, & Mar. 25
Fall College Convocation 3:00–4:30pm Aug. 18, 2020 Zoom
Fall Faculty Meeting 11:30am–1:00pm Oct. 23, 2020 Location TBA
Spring Faculty Meeting 3:30–5:00pm April 9, 2021 Location TBA

To view an archive of the previous faculty meeting minutes and agendas, please visit this page: Faculty Meetings.

Applications for Hixson-Lied Faculty Grants are done through NuRamp: nuramp.nebraska.edu. Applicants must hold a paid appointment in the College with the rank of Lecturer (0.5 or more FTE), Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Assistant Professor or above. Visiting, adjunct, and emeriti faculty are ineligible.

Grant Details

Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant

These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support projects that assist faculty research in ways that bring national and international attention to the College and the creative and scholarly work of the faculty.

Funding PeriodsApplication Deadline
Mar. 1, 2021–Feb. 28, 2022 Jan. 8, 2021, 5pm

Faculty Presentation of Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant

These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to offer partial support to faculty members who are invited to present their creative and scholarly work in regional, national and international settings.

Funding PeriodsApplication Deadline
Nov. 15, 2020–July 14, 2021 Aug. 28, 2020, 5pm
March 15, 2021–Nov. 14, 2021 Jan. 8, 2021, 5pm
July 15, 2021–March 14, 2022 Mar. 26, 2021, 5pm

Faculty Development Travel Grant

Designed to provide partial support for faculty travel associated with faculty professional development activities, these grants are awarded in the spring and fall.

Funding PeriodsApplication Deadline
Jan. 1, 2021–June 30, 2021 Oct. 2, 2020, 5pm
July 1, 2021–Dec. 31, 2021 Mar. 19, 2021, 5pm

Hixson-Lied Faculty Grant FAQ

Q. Which grant should I apply for?


  • If you want to CREATE new work or do RESEARCH leading to a publication or presentation, use the Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant
  • If you have already created work or completed research and want to PERFORM, EXHIBIT, or PRESENT your completed work, use the Faculty Presentation Grant
  • If you want to LEARN more or DEVELOP your skills as a faculty member, for example by attending conferences or workshops, use the Faculty Development Grant

Q. What if I have a project that seems to fit into more than one grant type?

A. Occasionally, a project might not fit easily into only one grant type. If you think this is the case for something you want to do, please contact the Associate Dean for guidance.

Q. Can I apply for more than one grant?

A. Yes. The Presentation grant has a limit of 2 funded activities per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). This limit does not impact other grants, and there are no limits to the other grants.

Q. If I get a Presentation grant as part of a group, does it affect my ability to apply as an individual?

A. Yes. If you are part of a group that is applying for or has received a Presentation grant, this counts as one of your 2 funded activities for the fiscal year.

Q. Presentation Grant funding periods seem to overlap. Which one should I apply for?

A. Presentation Grant funding periods are designed to overlap. Each period is 8 months, overlapping by 4 months with each of two other periods (November–July; March–November; July–March). This means that any given date falls into two funding periods, giving you the flexibility to apply earlier or later for an activity on that date, depending on how far in advance you know about the activity. If the dates of your travel or activity straddle the boundary between funding periods, you may apply for either period.

Q. I just found out about a fabulous opportunity, but it is too late to apply for a Hixson-Lied grant to support it. What should I do?

A. Speak to your School Director to see if there are other possible funding sources.

Q. Can I use leftover funds for a different project?

A. No. Funding is granted for a specific activity, so leftover funding cannot be reassigned to a different activity.

Q. Should I drive or fly?

A. Mileage for personal vehicles is reimbursed at $0.25/mile. If mileage reimbursement for your trip would be more expensive than an economy airfare to the same location, you can only be reimbursed for the amount of the airfare. Occasional exceptions may be made – for instance, if you are traveling with a group, or need to transport large instruments or artwork that would otherwise be expensive or prohibitive to ship. Rental of a university vehicle is also possible and may be less expensive than reimbursement of mileage for a personal vehicle.

Q. How do I know when the application is complete?

A. You will not receive an email notifying you that your application is complete. If you have completed the application and entered your electronic signature by entering your UNL ID and password, the status of the grant should change to “Submitted for Review”. If you encounter problems with submission, please contact the Associate Dean.

Q. How much of my budget will get funded?

A. Funding from Hixson-Lied College grants varies widely, depending on the success of the application in the review process. Budgets are almost never funded 100%, but sometimes a School will add funds to the project. Hixson-Lied funding typically covers between 50% and 75% on average.

Q. When will I be notified?

A. You will receive notification within approximately 6 weeks of the application due date.

Q. What if I have other questions that aren’t answered here?

A. Please contact the Associate Dean.

Grant Writing Resources

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Marks, Associate Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts at cmarks2@unl.edu.

Funding support has been created to establish an ongoing awards program for faculty and staff, to recognize outstanding performance and accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research and creative activity, faculty service, outreach and engagement, outstanding lecturer, and staff service to the College and University.

Click HERE for Hixson-Lied Faculty Award guidelines—nominations due to School Director by March 15, 2021.

Click HERE for Hixson-Lied Staff Award guidelines—nominations due to Associate Dean by Feb. 15, 2021.

Click HERE for the Distinguished Teaching Award guidelines—nominations due the Associate Dean by the December 4, 2020.
  • Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Outreach/Engagement or Service Award
  • Academic Advising Award
  • Curriculum Development Award
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Award
  • Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award
  • Senior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award
  • Outstanding Lecturer Award
  • Hixson-Lied Staff Awards (Outstanding Staff Award, Award for Exemplary Service & M.V.P. Award)—nominations due Feb. 15, 2021.

View our Faculty & Staff Winners page to see our previous award recipients.

Picture of the faculty and staff winners
2019 Hixson-Lied Faculty and Staff Award recipients. Clockwise from upper left: Kathe Andersen, Sandra Williams, Jacqueline Mattingly, Meghan Stratman, Dean Chuck O'Connor, Allison Casey, Walker Pickering, David von Kampen and Chris Irvin. Not pictured: Colleen Syron and Hans Sturm. Photo by Justin Mohling.