University Organization & Governance

THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET

The University of Utah’s top administrative structure consists of the President and two senior vice-presidents: the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Executive Dean of the School of Medicine and CEO, Health Systems, as well as other vice presidents. The President’s Cabinet includes the vice presidents and special assistants to the president. The president of the Academic Senate (faculty) meets regularly with the cabinet.

The organizational chart provides an overview of the University’s administrative and academic units.

The responsibilities of the administrative officers (i.e. the President, Vice Presidents, and Deans) are set forth in the University’s policies.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGES AND DEPARTMENTS

Click here for a complete list of colleges and departments.

OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

The Office of Academic Affairs encompasses academic affairs for the main campus (for Health Sciences click here) as well as Faculty Development, Faculty Diversity, the Graduate School, Fine Arts, Museums, libraries, and other responsibilities listed in the link and highlighted again under other headings in this Handbook.

The Office of Budget & Institutional Analysis (OBIA) facilitates institutional decision-making, budget and facilities planning, enrollment management, policy formation, and assessment activities by transforming institutional data into information supporting institutional planning, management, and improvement.

HEALTH SCIENCES

The University Health Sciences includes the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics as well as professional schools in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the College of Health.

School of Medicine Faculty Administration Office

Organizational Chart

STUDENT AFFAIRS AND STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Click here to see the organizational chart.

FACULTY: AUTHORITY AND GOVERNANCE IN THE UNIVERSITY

Click here for the official policy.

Academic Senate

The Academic Senate plays an integral part in the shared governance of the University of Utah. Its status is codified both in the Policy and Procedures Manual and in the history of the University. Much of the actual Senate work is carried out by the nine senate-elected committees, which work on the central academic issues of the institution. They report to the full Senate, and the Senate often acts on their proposals as well as on issues brought to its attention by the administration. Click here for the policy regarding membership, officers, committees, elections and process of the Academic Senate.

University Committees

Faculty members are surveyed annually for committee interest and service by the Academic Senate.

Click here for a Roster of Committees.
Click here for a sign up form to serve on a committee.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Faculty as employees are covered by University polices and procedures that pertain to all employees. In some areas, however, there are distinctions between staff employees and faculty employees regarding benefits, retirement, and employee relations.

Faculty: The Associate Vice President for Faculty Development on main campus and the Faculty Administration Office in the School of Medicine provide many HR types of functions, including the administration of appointments; faculty reviews, including Retention, Promotion, and Tenure and post-tenure; parental leaves; review of RPT criteria; and a role in faculty grievance processes.

University Human Resources administer the benefits package for all eligible employees, including faculty and staff.

In addition, HR provides advice/support arising out of the supervision and employment of staff employees through its Employee Relations department.