Department of MBS

Phone: (512) 471-5105
Fax: (512) 471-1218

NHB 2.606, Stop A5000
100 East 24th St.
Austin TX 78712

Governance Document

Governance Document

The Governance Document details the organization, operating procedures, and policies of the Department of Molecular Biosciences.  All details within the document are intended to be consistent with University and College of Natural Sciences policies and procedures.  Additional relevant information can be found at the College of Natural Sciences Faculty Affairs website and in the Faculty Handbook and Chairs Handbook:

Faculty Committees

List of Committees 2017-18

The Department currently has 11 active departmental committees: MBS Advisory Council, Faculty Workload Committee, Teaching Committee, Course and Curriculum Committee, Research Infrastructure Committee, MBS Awards Committee, MBS Seminar Committee, Student Travel Committee, and three faculty search committees.  To view a list of committee members and their Chairs, please follow the link above.

Workload Policy

Annual Review Process for 2016-17

The Annual Review Process details the procedures to be used for annual reviews and teaching load assignment for all tenured and tenure-track faculty.  Faculty Annual Reviews (FARs) will be the primary source of information for evaluation, and it is therefore crucial that all information that a faculty member wishes to be considered in the evaluation by contained within the FAR.

For a list of ways you can participate in the department and college, please click here.

Faculty Reviews

  • Annual Review - conducted by the Faculty Workload Committee, annual reviews currently require submission of both a CNS FAR and MBS FAR.
  • Mid-Probationary Review - comprehensive review of all tenure-track faculty, performed three years after their initial appointment as an Assistant Professor.

Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty: The College requires assistant professors to be reviewed no later than the sixth year of the probationary period and be either promoted to associate professor with tenure or placed on terminal appointment for the next year.  Associate professors with tenure may be considered for promotion to professor during any year deemed appropriate by the budget council/executive committee and department chair.  Promotion before six years in rank have elapsed for associate professors is considered accelerated and must be explained.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty: Recommendations for promotion of lecturer or senior lecturer, research assistant and research associate professors, adjunct assistant professor, adjunct associate professor, clinical instructor, clinical assistant professor, and clinical associate professor may be considered after the individual has served in his or her current rank at the university for at least six years.  Recommendations for accelerated promotion must be explained and justified.  Although all contributions and accomplishments of non-tenure track candidates should be evaluated where applicable, special emphasis is to be given to teaching performance and at least one other area of contribution for faculty in lecturer, clinical, and adjunct titles, and to research activity and other academic contributions for faculty in research professor titles.


Peer Evaluation Form 2017-18

The current departmental peer evaluation form is above.  Peer evaluations should be conducted on an annual basis for all tenured faculty and on a semesterly basis for all tenure-track faculty.  Additional teaching resources are below: