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Jan. 15, 2014 – Editorial change to the Faculty Contract, Article 16.G.1, final sentence, change “7.0.C” to “7.0.B”

Dec. 26, 2013 – Changes pre-approved by the Board of Trustees and approved by FAC

            1. Faculty Handbook, Section 5.4.A, change “teaching” to “teaching/librarianship”

            2. Faculty Handbook, Section 5.4.I, change “Preparation of course syllabi” to “Preparation of course syllabi that include student learning outcomes for the course”

Dec. 13, 2013 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook, Section 25.1, add:

“If the faculty member makes an appeal based on new evidence (Section 25.0), he or she must request a meeting to make a personal appeal to the President within fourteen (14) days of notification of the outcome of the appeal based on new evidence. If the faculty member chooses not to make an appeal based on new evidence, she or he must request a meeting to make a personal appeal to the President within forty-five (45) days after notification of the President’s decision concerning tenure (Section 24.0).” 

            2. Faculty Handbook, Section 5.1, re-name section as “Lecturers and Visiting Professors (Full-time, non-tenure-track appointments)” and add:

            “If a candidate for a full-time non-tenure-track appointment holds a terminal degree in his or her field, that candidate may be appointed, at the discretion of the Provost/VPAA, to the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. A Visiting Assistant Professor’s teaching responsibilities, eligibility for reappointment, maximum appointment, voting rights, and annual evaluation process will be identical to those of a lecturer. Time spent as a Visiting Assistant Professor will be counted as part of the probationary period for tenure if a person holding an appointment as a Visiting Professor is subsequently appointed to a tenure-track position.

            An appointment as a Visiting Associate or Visiting Full Professor may ordinarily be made for no more than one year. Reappointment of such a senior Visiting Professor is possible but ordinarily on a one-time basis. If the visitor already holds rank at an academic institution, his or her rank will be that held at the home institution. If the visitor comes from a non-academic position, rank will be assigned by the Provost/VPAA after consultation with the appropriate Dean(s) and with the chairperson and a committee of the department involved. A senior Visiting Professor’s teaching responsibilities and voting rights will be identical to those of a lecturer. Senior Visiting Professors will retain the option to participate in an annual evaluation process identical to that of lecturers. In the rare instance that a senior Visiting Professor is untenured, time spent in that rank will be counted as part of the probationary period for tenure if that faculty member is subsequently appointed to a tenure-track position at the University of Scranton.

            3. Faculty Handbook, Section 7.0, delete paragraph A [“Visiting Professor.  A visiting appointment is made ordinarily for no more than one year.  The visitor's rank will be either that held at the home institution or, if the person comes from a non-academic position, rank will be assigned by the Provost/VPAA after consultation with the appropriate Dean(s) and with the chairperson and a committee of the department involved.”] and re-letter paragraph B as paragraph A and paragraph C as paragraph B.

            4. Faculty Handbook, Section 5.6, add:

“All reductions in normal teaching load will be reported by the dean to the relevant department chairperson(s) to facilitate the composition of the master schedule.  If a faculty member’s application for a reduction in teaching load is denied, the dean must provide to the faculty member, upon request and in writing, the reason(s) for the denial.

May 3, 2013 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

  1. Faculty Handbook , Appendix II, Section A.2, replace:

    “The scholar is concerned with the assimilation and advancement of knowledge. Scholarship is made manifest by the following:

    • Publication in refereed journals and/or proceedings,
    • Scholarly papers read at professional conferences,
    • Meaningful changes in courses and development of new courses,
    • Professional work in one's field including consultation and artistic creations
    • Significant activity in scholarly and professional organizations,
    • The recognition of peers.

    Research should be current and sustained. The Board will take into account both the quantity and quality of the scholarship and the different norms for tenure and for each rank stated in the body of the Handbook.”

    with

    “The scholar is concerned with the production, assimilation, and advancement of knowledge. Scholarship varies with the discipline, but is generally made manifest by the following (alphabetically listed):

    • Artistic creations in one’s field reviewed according to accepted professional standards,
    • Grant writing activity resulting in peer and/or expert reviewed grant proposals,
    • Patent application activity or the awarding of patents
    • Publication in refereed journals and/or proceedings, or in edited volumes,
    • Publication of creative work in selectively edited journals or books
    • Publication of peer-reviewed digital media,
    • Publication of peer-reviewed monographs,
    • Publication of peer-reviewed textbooks or edited volumes,
    • Scholarly presentations at professional conferences reviewed according to the standards of the discipline,
    • The recognition of peers, as demonstrated by professional awards, reviews, scholarly citations, independent productions of one’s artistic creations, etc,

    Research should be current and sustained. The Board will take into account both the quantity and quality of the scholarship and the different norms for tenure and for each rank stated in the body of the Handbook. It is the responsibility of candidates to provide evidence of the quality of their work, which will be evaluated by the department.”

  2. Faculty Handbook Appendix II, Section A.1, add as a final bulleted item:

    “Evidence of meaningful changes in courses and development of new courses.”

  3. Faculty Handbook insert the following new section after Section 12.6:

    “12.7 Pre-Tenure Research Sabbatical

    Tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply during the third year of their probationary period for a one-semester pre-tenure research sabbatical (or, in the case of Library faculty, a one intersession/one summer pre-tenure research sabbatical) to be taken during the fourth year of their probationary period. The proposal for a pre-tenure research sabbatical must describe a research project, not a curriculum development project. Faculty members who are granted and accept such a sabbatical are expected to include a copy of their proposal in their third-year reappointment portfolio. During the sabbatical itself, they are also expected to make substantial progress toward a peer-reviewed scholarly publication or other juried creative or applied professional product consistent with their disciplinary or interdisciplinary research agenda. These products are expected to be of such quality that they support the faculty member’s progress toward tenure and/or promotion (see Appendix II).

    Time spent on a pre-tenure research sabbatical will contribute to the accrual of time in rank for purposes of promotion or advancement to tenure. Faculty members holding a terminal contract, and faculty members who do not hold a terminal degree, are not eligible for a pre-tenure research sabbatical. All other procedures related to pre-tenure research sabbaticals will be identical to those for regular sabbaticals outlined in sections 12.0-12.5.”

  4. Faculty Handbook Section 12.0, at the end of the next-to-last sentence, add “, except in the case of a pre-tenure research sabbatical, as described in Section 12.7.”

  5. Faculty Handbook Section 12.3, at the end of the next-to-last sentence, add “ reports from combined intersession/summer sabbaticals are due no later than November 1.”

  6. Faculty Handbook Section 12.5, replace

    “In the unusual circumstance where a non-tenured faculty member would be granted a sabbatical, the time on sabbatical would not accrue toward tenure. With respect to accumulation of time for promotion and for all other measures of continuity of service at the University, time on sabbatical will be included.”

    with

    “Time on sabbatical will be included in the computation of time for promotion and length of continued service to the University. ”

November 5, 2012 – Editorial changes approved by the Handbook Committee:

    1. Faculty Handbook , Section 6.F.2, replace:

“However, following the completion of five (5) consecutive years of exceptional work, the faculty specialist will receive a two- or three-year appointment, assuming a continued need for his/her position. Upon receiving a two- or three-year appointment after five years, the faculty specialist will also receive a $2000 increase to base salary. Faculty specialists who complete five consecutive years of service will not unreasonably be denied a two- or three-year contract.”

with

“However, following the completion of five (5) consecutive years of exceptional work, a Faculty Specialist will receive a $2000 increase to base salary. If the Faculty Specialist is employed under a one-year contract as this five-year period concludes, the faculty specialist will also receive a new two- or three-year appointment, assuming a continued need for his/her position. Faculty Specialists who complete five consecutive years of service will not be unreasonably denied a two- or three-year contract.”

  1. Faculty Handbook , Section 21.1.B, change “senior academic administrators who have been awarded tenure guarantees under Section 1.2” to “senior academic administrators who have a tenure guarantee or have been awarded tenure under Section 1.2”

  2. Faculty Handbook , Section 21.3.A, insert “or holding tenure” after “tenure guarantees”

October 23, 2012 – Ratification of the 2012-15 Faculty Contract, including revisions to the Faculty Handbook. For a full listing of all changes, see the documents posted under the “Tentative Agreements” button on the FAC Home Page.

May 7, 2012 – Editorial change approved by the Handbook Committee. Add the following language (taken from an MOU dated April 3, 2009) at the end of Faculty Handbook Section 5.3:

“Teaching” refers to the activity in which faculty members discuss their subject matter with the intention of fostering learning. “Teaching” is not limited to the normal teaching loads described in Sections 5.5 and 6.0.C, nor is it limited to instructional activities that take place within the four walls of a traditional classroom. “Teaching” includes, but is not limited to, the instructional activities that take place when faculty members engage in classroom instruction, distance-learning courses, student conferences, academic presentations to colleagues or students, clinical instruction, supervision of internships, service learning experiences, and civic engagement activities.

May 4, 2012 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

    1. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.0, add the following sentence at the end of the section: “These ranks are described in sections 6.0, 5.1, 20.1, 20.2, 20.3 and 20.4 of this document.”

    2. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.1, change section name from “Faculty Ranks” to “Lecturers.” Also, delete the first sentence of this section: “The ranks of faculty specialist, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor are described in sections 6.0, 20.1, 20.2, 20.3 and 20.4 of this document.”

    3. Faculty Handbook , Section 6.0.F.3, replace

“Annual written performance evaluations, and the standards upon which they are based, are prepared by the department chair or program director, and forwarded to the home Dean. The report will summarize the candidate’s strengths and accomplishments in the current position and identify areas for performance improvement. Faculty Specialists will receive salary increases in accordance with FAC contract guidelines for persons classified as faculty.”

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“Annual written performance evaluations, and the standards upon which they are based, are prepared by the department chair or program director, and forwarded to the appropriate dean(s). By March 15, the Faculty Specialist’s department will complete and send to the appropriate dean(s) a written evaluation of the Faculty Specialist’s teaching and service. This evaluation may also touch upon the Faculty Specialist’s scholarship, if relevant, but an evaluation of teaching and service alone is sufficient. The Faculty Specialist may choose, at his or her discretion, to submit a self report no later than two weeks before the deadline for the department’s evaluation, but this self-report is not required. If the Faculty Specialist chooses to submit a self report, the Faculty Specialist will be evaluated by the tenured members of the department as a group.

In the event that the Faculty Specialist chooses not to submit a self report, the tenured members of the Faculty Specialist’s department will vote annually to determine whether the Faculty Specialist will be evaluated by the tenured members as a group, or whether primary responsibility for the task will be delegated to the chair. If the tenured members of the department vote to delegate the primary responsibility to the chair, the chair may, at his or her discretion, seek input from tenured members of the Faculty Specialist’s department, but the chair must also consider any unsolicited comments submitted in writing from tenured members of the department. The evaluation of teaching must be based on at least one classroom observation, preferably by the chair, but the chair may delegate this duty to a tenured member of the department. However, the chair him- or herself must prepare and sign the actual evaluation.

If the Faculty Specialist submits a self report, or if the tenured members of the department vote to evaluate the Faculty Specialist as a group, they will also vote to designate an author for the evaluation letter. This letter will summarize the discussion of the Faculty Specialist’s teaching and service (and scholarship, if relevant) at a meeting held expressly for that purpose. Faculty members are encouraged to observe the Faculty Specialist’s teaching before participating in such a discussion.

According to the same deadlines, the department will provide a copy of its evaluation to the Faculty Specialist, who will have the right to submit a response to the evaluation to the appropriate dean(s) within two weeks. All materials will be sent by the dean(s) to the Provost /VPAA for review and inclusion in the Faculty Specialist’s permanent evaluation file. If the Faculty Specialist subsequently applies for another faculty position at the University, such evaluations will be made available to the members of that position’s search committee.

Faculty Specialists will receive salary increases in accordance with FAC contract guidelines for persons classified as faculty.

    1. Faculty Handbook, Section 5.5.C, replace

“No faculty member will be required to have more than three preparations in a semester, nor should anyone be required to teach more than two new courses in any semester after the first year of teaching. This limitation can be expanded by one course if the faculty member is teaching an overload course for the semester.”

with

“No faculty member will be required to prepare more than three distinct three-credit or four-credit courses in a semester, nor should anyone be required to teach more than two new three-credit or four-credit courses in any semester after the first year of teaching. Within this context, two distinct one-credit courses will be considered the equivalent of one three-credit course. These limitations can be expanded by one course if the faculty member is teaching an overload course for the semester.”

  1. Faculty Handbook, Section 12.1, insert the phrase “, along with the faculty member’s dean(s) and chairperson(s),” into the final sentence of the section after “The faculty member”.

December 7, 2011 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 13.3, replace

“A faculty member who chooses to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) must notify the department chair.  After consultation with the faculty member, the chair will recommend to the Dean a plan for covering vacated responsibilities.  Ordinarily, under FMLA leave, during the equivalent of two weeks of regular semester class meetings, department members are called upon to cover the classes with no additional compensation.  Beginning with the third week of coverage within a semester by a particular faculty member, he or she will be compensated on the basis of a pro-rated overload.  In exigent circumstances (for example, when no department member is able or available to cover a particular course), the Dean, in consultation with the Provost/VPAA, may elect to hire an adjunct faculty member to cover any or all of the vacated responsibilities, until such time as the faculty member returns from FMLA leave.”

with

“A faculty member who cannot fulfill teaching responsibilities on a short-term basis (the equivalent of two weeks of regular semester class meetings or less) due to the serious illness or incapacitation of a family member must notify the department chair, who will consult with the faculty member to develop a plan to cover the vacated responsibilities. This plan may include class cancellations and/or the enlistment of department members to cover classes with no additional compensation.  If, however, the faculty member cannot fulfill such responsibilities for more than the equivalent of two weeks of regular semester class meetings, the faculty member must apply for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which will begin at the end of the original two-week period.  In such a case, the chair will consult with the faculty member and recommend to the Dean a plan for covering vacated responsibilities. Beginning with the third week of coverage within a semester by a particular faculty member, he or she will be compensated on the basis of a pro-rated overload.  In exigent circumstances (for example, when no department member is able or available to cover a particular course), the Dean, in consultation with the Provost/VPAA, may elect to hire an adjunct faculty member to cover any or all of the vacated responsibilities, until such time as the faculty member returns from FMLA leave.”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.7, add as a new second paragraph:

            “For programmatic reasons, faculty teaching in certain online programs with irrregular semesters (Online MBA and Online HR) may be permitted to carry no more than nine credits over the normal load in any academic year.  However, the total overload credits being taught at any point in time during a regular semester is limited to three.”

            3. Faculty Handbook , Appendix II, Section B, delete over-struck phrases and insert phrases in bold:

B. Criteria for Rank and Tenure for Professional Librarians

  1. Definition.  As the primary means through which students and faculty gain access to
    the storehouse of organized knowledge, the library performs a unique and indispensable function in the educational process.  The role of librarians in this educational process is one of teaching and research inasmuch as they instruct students formally and informally and advise and assist faculty in their scholarly pursuits.  Librarians are also themselves involved in the research function when they conduct research in their own professional interests and in the discharge of their duties. 
  2. Norms for Appointment and Advancement.  Selection and appointment of librarians
    shall follow procedures analogous to those that have been established for all faculty, i.e., there shall be a committee which includes representatives of the tenured Library faculty which shall review all candidates for appointment as librarians and make advisory recommendations to the Dean of the Library and Information Fluency for consideration and review by the Provost/VPAA.

Any librarian appointed to the Library staff must have the appropriate terminal professional degree, i.e., a Master’s degree from a library school - preferably one accredited by the American Library Association.  Exception: possession of a graduate degree in a subject field, when such subject competence is of greater importance for the position concerned than formal training in librarianship, may substitute for the professional degree so long as there is acceptable competence in library techniques.  For example, an archivist, a bibliographer, a media specialist. 

  1. Promotion in Academic Rank.  The librarian's academic preparation for an appointment to the Library staff is established on the basis of the terminal professional degree.  Hence, the basic quality which must be evident for promotion in academic rank is the ability to perform at a high professional level in areas which contribute to the educational and research mission of the institution, such as: reference service, collection development, bibliographic organization and control.

Evidence of this level of performance may be adduced from the judgment of colleagues on the Library staff, from members of the academic community outside the Library, and/or from professional colleagues outside the academic institution.
Evidence of professional contributions may be interpreted as:

  1. Contributions to the educational function of the University: for example, teaching, not necessarily in a classroom situation; organization of workshops, institutes or similar meetings; public appearances in the interest of librarianship or information transfer.  Evaluation of such activities may be on the basis of the judgment of those who are instructed and by the considered opinion of colleagues.
  2. Contributions to the advancement of the profession: for example, active participation in professional and learned societies as a member, as an officer, as a committee member, or as a committee chairman.
  3. Activities related to inquiry and research: for example, publications, such as in professional and scholarly journals; presentations of papers; review of books and other literature; consulting; service as a member of a team of experts, task force, review committee or similar body. Such activities should be judged by professional colleagues on and/or off the campus on the basis of their contribution to scholarship, the profession of librarianship, and library service. 
  • Promotion to Specific Ranks.  Promotion to the specific ranks for librarians requires a record of successful fulfillment of criteria at each immediately lower level:
  1. Instructor (formerly Assistant Librarian 1) - In this rank a librarian customarily begins a career in academic librarianship.  A period of probation, the rank usually presupposes the following qualifications:
    1. Possession of an American Library Association- accredited Master’s degree; in Library Science;
    2. Initiation of advanced professional preparation or training, and promise of ultimate success.
    3. Proved or potential ability in one’s field of librarianship.  Expectation of successful overall performance and the potential for a promising career in one’s field of librarianship.

An instructor who is not promoted within five years may not continue as a member of the faculty.

  1. Assistant Professor (formerly Assistant Librarian II) - Promotion to or appointment to this rank presumes positive evidence of these qualifications:
    1. Possession of an American Library Association-accredited Master’s degree; in Library Science;
    2. Mastery of the content, both  theoretical and applied, of one’s field of librarianship; material in the area of responsibility in the library;
    3. The capacity for or the attainment of professional competence in one’s field of librarianship; practice in the area of responsibility in the library;
    4. Competence in professional work, manifested by progress toward an additional degree and/or publication or other professional product;
    5. Active service which contributes to the welfare of the University and community.

The minimum time in the Assistant Professor rank is five years; those not qualifying for promotion may be retained in this rank indefinitely provided they meet the requirements for tenure.

  1. Associate Professor (formerly Associate Librarian) - Promotion to or appointment to this rank ordinarily presumes positive evidence of these qualifications:
    1. Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science and one of the following: a second Master’s degree in a subject field; or the completion of more than thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competence; beyond the Master’s Degree in Library Science in disciplines which would improve professional competence.  Possession of an earned doctorate in Library Science would fulfill this requirement;  
    2. Mastery of the methodology and content of one's field of librarianship;
    3. Attainment of professional competence in one’s field of librarianship and progress towards mastery;
    4. Substantial scholarly or other appropriate professional activity since the assignment of rank of Assistant Professor, ordinarily demonstrated by refereed publication or other juried professional product excluding work previously considered for advancement or assignment to Assistant Professor whose publication status has not changed;   professional contributions to the library or to the University as well as attainment of a high level of competence in bibliographical activities, in research, or in other professional endeavors, which may be demonstrated by publication;
    5. Substantial service which contributes to the welfare of the University and the community.

The minimum time in the Associate Professor rank is six years; those not qualifying for promotion may be retained in this rank indefinitely provided they meet the requirements for tenure.

  1. Professor (formerly Librarian) - Promotion to or appointment to this rank presumes positive evidence of these qualifications:
    1. Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science and one of the following: a second Master’s degree in a subject field; or the completion of more than thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competence; beyond the Master’s Degree in Library Science in disciplines which would improve professional competence.  Possession of an earned doctorate in Library Science would fulfill this requirement;
    2. Continued growth in the mastery of the methodology and content of one's field of librarianship;
    3. Outstanding professional performance;
    4. Outstanding  Substantial scholarly or other appropriate professional activity since the advancement to the rank of Associate Professor ordinarily demonstrated by refereed publication or juried professional product but excluding work previously considered for advancement to Associate Professor whose publication status has not changed; contributions to the library or to the University as well as attainment of a high level of competence in bibliographical activities, in research, or in other professional endeavors, which may be demonstrated by publication;
    5. Outstanding service which contributes to the welfare of the University and the community.
  1. Tenure. Qualifications for tenure for a library staff member presumes evidence of fulfillment of the following requirements:
    1. A minimum period of service in the academic profession of seven years and in the University for four years.  This means that those without prior experience will apply for tenure in their sixth year at the University, while those with prior experience will apply no sooner than their third year;
    2. Possession of an American Library Association-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science and one of the following: a second Master’s degree in a subject field; or the completion of more than thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competencebeyond the Master’s Degree in Library Science in disciplines which would improve professional competence.  Possession of an earned doctorate in Library Science would fulfill this requirement;
    3. Competence in the methodology and content of one's field of librarianship;
    4. Significant scholarly or other appropriate professional activity as presented by the candidate and as evaluated by the candidate's department;
    5. Substantial service which contributes to the welfare of the University and the community.
  2. Procedures. A member of the library faculty who is a candidate for rank or tenure shall be reviewed according to procedures set forth in established University policies as applied to all faculty. (see: section 23.0 - 23.11 of this handbook)

            4. Faculty Handbook , Section 23.10, add the phrase “will be copied to the candidate and” after the word “rationale,” in the final sentence.

 

December 8, 2010 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.1, add as a new third paragraph:

            “The scope of lecturers’ voting rights with respect to departmental matters, including curricular matters, will be determined and recommended by the department faculty and chairperson, and approved by the relevant dean. Lecturers will, in no case, have the right to vote on faculty personnel decisions or participate in reappointment or rank and tenure review of full-time faculty.”

            2.  Faculty Handbook, Section 23.3.A, replace

“The tenured members of the department will hold a meeting expressly for the purpose of a frank and confidential discussion of the applicant’s credentials.  Using a standard rank and tenure ballot, a secret vote on the application for the conferral of tenure and/or advancement in rank will be taken at the meeting. The person chairing the meeting will designate someone to take minutes of the frank and confidential discussion of the candidate’s credentials. All faculty who participated in the meeting must approve the minutes. By the date announced, the chair will forward to the University Board on Rank and Tenure the results of its vote, together with a summary of the rationale for it drawn from the minutes of the meeting and approved by the members present at the meeting. A copy of this report will be given to the faculty member simultaneously with the transmission of the report to the Chair of the Board on Rank and Tenure. Individual members of the department may supplement the departmental summary through written evaluations addressed to the Board.”

with

            “The chairperson will convene a meeting of the tenured members of the department expressly for the purpose of a frank and confidential discussion of the applicant’s credentials.  At the start of the meeting, the department will elect one member (who may be the department chair, unless the department chair is the candidate) to chair the meeting.  The chair of the meeting will designate another member to take minutes of the frank and confidential discussion of the candidate’s credentials.  Using a standard rank and tenure ballot, a secret vote on the application for the conferral of tenure and/or advancement in rank will be taken at the meeting.
            In accordance with the annual timeline, the chair of the meeting will forward to the chair of the University Board on Rank and Tenure the results of the department’s vote, together with a summary of the rationale for it drawn from the minutes of the meeting. The chair of the meeting must produce and circulate a draft of this summary in advance to all faculty who participated in the meeting, and any objections to the accuracy of the contents of this draft must result either in changes to the draft or a separate section in which the objection is noted.  The chair of the meeting will then provide a copy of the completed summary to the candidate, to the members of the department who participated in the meeting, and to the home dean simultaneously with its transmission to the chair of the Board on Rank and Tenure. The department chairperson must complete a separate recommendation and convey it to the chair of the Board on Rank and Tenure, with copies to the candidate and dean, in accordance with the timeline. Individual members of the department may supplement the departmental summary through written evaluations addressed to the Board.”

            3. Faculty Handbook , Section 7.0, replace

“Each subdivision in this category applies to persons who may teach at the University under specified conditions, but whose teaching time does not accrue to tenure.  Such persons will, moreover, be invited to participate in a non-voting capacity in departmental meetings.
 
with

“Each subdivision in this category applies to persons who may teach at the University under specified conditions, but whose teaching time does not accrue to tenure.  Such persons may, moreover, be invited to participate in a non-voting capacity in departmental meetings, unless the meeting concerns personnel decisions, reappointment, or rank and tenure review of full-time faculty.”

            4. Faculty Handbook , Appendix VI, Section A, paragraph 4, replace

“The department's evaluation and recommendation and the chairperson's recommendation shall give particular attention to: 1) effective teaching, 2) scholarship, 3) meaningful service to the community and University, 4) meaningful contribution to the well-being of the department, school, and University, and 5) meeting the general responsibilities of faculty members as set forth in section 5.4 of the Handbook.  Perceived strengths and weaknesses in teaching, scholarship, and service shall be indicated in these recommendations; the chair will send copies of these recommendations to each tenured member of the department.”

with

“The department's evaluation and recommendation and the chairperson's recommendation shall give particular attention to: 1) effective teaching, 2) scholarship, 3) meaningful service to the community and University, 4) meaningful contribution to the well-being of the department, school, and University, and 5) meeting the general responsibilities of faculty members as set forth in section 5.4 of the Handbook.  Perceived strengths and weaknesses in teaching, scholar-ship, and service shall be indicated in these recommendations; the chair will send a copy of the department’s evaluation and recommendation to each tenured member of the department.”

May 5, 2010 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 13.1, replace

“An employee unable to meet usual and normal faculty responsibilities must notify the chair of the department, or the appropriate authority.  The chair will consult with the employee, when possible, and recommend to the Dean a plan for covering vacated responsibilities.  Ordinarily, during the first two weeks of STD, department members are called upon to cover the classes with no additional compensation.  Beginning the third week of coverage, faculty covering classes will be compensated on the basis of a pro-rated overload.”

with

“A faculty member unable to meet usual and normal faculty responsibilities must notify the chair of the department, or the appropriate authority.  The chair will consult with the faculty member, when possible, and recommend to the Dean a plan for covering vacated responsibilities.  Ordinarily, under STD leave, during the equivalent of two weeks of regular semester class meetings, department members are called upon to cover the classes with no additional compensation.  Beginning with the third week of coverage within a semester by a particular faculty member, he or she will be compensated on the basis of a pro-rated overload.  In exigent circumstances (for example, when no department member is able or available to cover a particular course), the Dean, in consultation with the Provost/VPAA, may elect to hire an adjunct faculty member to cover any or all of the vacated responsibilities, until such time as the faculty member returns from STD leave.”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 13.2, rename section “Maternity and Parental Leave” and replace

“The usual pregnancy and childbirth leave allows for four paid weeks before the expected due date and six paid weeks after delivery.  When necessary, medical documentation will allow for an expanded pregnancy and childbirth leave.  See 2l.3 C about the extension of the probationary period for tenure because of childbirth or adoption.”

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“The usual maternity leave entitles a faculty member to eight contiguous weeks of paid disability leave before and/or after childbirth.  The faculty member must consult with the department chair and dean as soon as possible, before the birth, to assist in the development of plans to cover the faculty member’s responsibilities.  If additional time is needed in the form of paid or unpaid leave, the provisions of 13.1 Short-Term Illness or Disability (STD) and 13.5 Family and Medical Leave will apply.
            In addition, the University will provide two weeks of paid parental leave within six months after delivery to any faculty member who becomes a parent because of the birth of a child.  When taken in conjunction with maternity leave, the two weeks of parental leave must be contiguous with the maternity leave.
            Ordinarily, during the equivalent of two weeks of regular semester class meetings, department members are called upon to cover the classes of a faculty member on maternity and/or parental leave with no additional compensation.  Beginning the third week of coverage, faculty covering classes will be compensated on the basis of a pro-rated overload.
            See 2l.3 C about the extension of the probationary period for tenure because of childbirth or adoption.”

            3. Faculty Handbook , Section 13.3, create a new section entitled “Family and Medical Leave” with the following text:

“A faculty member who chooses to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) must notify the department chair.  After consultation with the faculty member, the chair will recommend to the Dean a plan for covering vacated responsibilities.  Ordinarily, under FMLA leave, during the equivalent of two weeks of regular semester class meetings, department members are called upon to cover the classes with no additional compensation.  Beginning with the third week of coverage within a semester by a particular faculty member, he or she will be compensated on the basis of a pro-rated overload.  In exigent circumstances (for example, when no department member is able or available to cover a particular course), the Dean, in consultation with the Provost/VPAA, may elect to hire an adjunct faculty member to cover any or all of the vacated responsibilities, until such time as the faculty member returns from FMLA leave.”

            4. Faculty Handbook , Section 13.4 (formerly 13.3), rename as “STD and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Transition” and replace

“The nature of teaching and the structure of the semester do not always present convenient transitions between classroom work and STD. (Examples of possible inconvenient transitions: an employee is ready to return to work mid-semester; an employee will have to leave work at mid-semester.) In the case of an inconvenient STD transition faculty members will be expected to accept reasonable work assignments specified by the appropriate Dean in consultation with the faculty member and the department chair.  Such assignments must be consistent with the normal faculty responsibilities set forth in section 5 of this Handbook.  Faculty working under these conditions will receive full pay and benefits.  Faculty not offered the opportunity to work under these conditions will also receive full pay and benefits.
Faculty who anticipate an inconvenient STD transition or who are in the process of returning from an STD are expected to discuss the transition with their Dean and inform the Chairperson of FAC, in writing, that consultation with the Dean has occurred.”

with

“The nature of teaching and the structure of the semester do not always present convenient transitions between classroom work and STD or Family and Medical leave. (Examples of possible inconvenient transitions: a faculty member is ready to return to work mid-semester; a faculty member will have to leave work at mid-semester.) In the case of an inconvenient STD or FMLA transition, faculty members will be expected to accept reasonable work assignments specified by the appropriate Dean in consultation with the faculty member and the department chair.  Such assignments must be consistent with the normal faculty responsibilities set forth in section 5 of this Handbook.  Faculty working under these conditions will receive full pay and benefits.  Faculty not offered the opportunity to work under these conditions will also receive full pay and benefits.
            Faculty who anticipate an inconvenient STD or FMLA transition or who are in the process of returning from an STD or Family and Medical leave are expected to discuss the transition with their Dean and inform the Chairperson of FAC, in writing, that consultation with the Dean has occurred.

            5. Faculty Handbook , Section 13.5 (formerly 13.4), replace

“For consideration of promotion in rank or advancement to tenure, time spent on disability is not to be included in a calculation of continuous service.”

with

“Ordinarily, in the calculation of continuous service for promotion in rank or advancement to tenure, any combination of disability and/or Family and Medical leave totaling less than six months will be included, while any combination of disability and/or Family and Medical leave totaling six months or more will not be included.  A faculty member seeking an exception to this rule may petition the Provost/VPAA (no later than November 1 of the year of any scheduled rank and/or tenure review), who will consult with the faculty member’s home dean before rendering a decision.”

            6. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.5.A, replace

“The normal teaching load for full-time faculty for the Fall and Spring semesters will be twenty-one credit hours, with no more than twelve credit hours per semester.  In the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kania School of Management, alternate distributions of the twenty-one credit hours for the academic year must have the agreement of the faculty member and the concurrence of FAC.  Such alternate distributions cannot exceed one course per semester.  FPC will inform FAC of any variances of section 5.5A that occur within the Panuska College of Professional Studies.”

with

“The normal teaching load for full-time faculty for the Fall and Spring semesters will be twenty-one credit hours (twenty-four credit hours for faculty specialists), with no more than twelve credit hours per semester.  In the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kania School of Management, alternate distributions of the normal teaching load for the academic year must have the agreement of the faculty member and the concurrence of FAC.  Such alternate distributions cannot exceed one course per semester.  FPC will inform FAC of any variances of section 5.5.A that occur within the Panuska College of Professional Studies.”

            7. Faculty Handbook , Section 12.2, insert “by September 22” at the end of the first sentence, after “appropriate Dean.”

8. Faculty Handbook , Appendix V, insert new section M: “With regard to the search for non-tenure-track faculty (lecturers and faculty specialists), the procedures outlined in this appendix should ordinarily be followed.  In exigent circumstances, such as the sudden loss of a full-time faculty member, the home dean (ordinarily in consultation with the department chair) may modify or abbreviate these procedures, but all eligible department members must be notified of the opportunity to participate in the hiring process.”

9. Faculty Handbook , Appendix VI, Section B, replace

“At least ten calendar days prior to the date specified for forwarding the recommendations to the Dean, the chair will send the candidate a copy of each recommendation.  These recommendations and all subsequent communications with the candidate shall be sent to the campus address unless the candidate has specified in writing to the Provost/VPAA an alternative address.  Candidates shall have the right to review these recommendations and send written responses for inclusion in their evaluation files within the specified period.  The chair shall forward all recommendations to the Dean in accordance with the timetable.”

with

“At least ten calendar days prior to the date specified for forwarding the recommendations to the Dean, the chair will send the candidate a copy of each recommendation.  These recommendations and all subsequent communications with the candidate shall be sent to the campus address unless the candidate has specified in writing to the Provost/VPAA an alternative address.  The chair shall forward all recommendations to the Dean in accordance with the timetable.  Candidates shall have the right to review these recommendations and send written responses to the Dean (and, at the candidate’s discretion, to the department chair) prior to the date specified for forwarding the recommendations to the Dean.”

            10. Faculty Handbook, Appendix VI, Section C, replace

“The Dean shall review all recommendations that have been received and may consult with other appropriate deans.  The Dean’s reasons for supporting or not supporting the recommendations of the department shall be stated in writing.  The Dean shall forward this statement, along with copies of any written recommendations from other appropriate deans, to the candidate and the chairperson who shall provide tenured members of the department with assess to these recommendations.  The Dean shall also forward all recommendations to the Provost/VPAA.”

with

“After the date specified for forwarding recommendations to the Dean, the Dean shall review all recommendations and responses that have been received and may consult with other appropriate deans.  The Dean's reasons for supporting or not supporting the recommendations of the department shall be stated in writing.  The Dean shall forward this statement, along with copies of any written recommendations from other appropriate deans, to the candidate and the chairperson who shall provide tenured members of the department with access to these recommendations.  The Dean shall also forward all recommendations and responses to the Provost/VPAA for inclusion in the evaluation file.”

 

February 8, 2010 – Editorial Changes approved by the Handbook Committee:

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 1.0, replace

“The Administrators of the University include but are not limited to the President, the Provost/Academic Vice President (Provost/VPAA), and the Associate Provosts, the several other vice presidents, the deans and associate deans of the several colleges and schools, the Dean of the Library and Information Fluency, the Registrar, the Director of Human Resources, and the General Counsel/University Secretary.”

with

“The Administrators of the University include but are not limited to the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/VPAA), the several other vice presidents, the associate provosts, the deans and associate deans of the several colleges and schools, the Dean of the Library and Information Fluency, the Registrar, and the General Counsel/University Secretary.”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 1.4, add the phrase “or to the position of Associate Provost,” in the middle of the third sentence, after “to this position,”.

            3. Faculty Handbook , Section 1.4, add new Section D: “The associate provosts have authority and responsibilities as delegated by the Provost/VPAA.”

            4. Faculty Handbook , Section 1.5.A.7, add “or associate dean” after “position of Dean” in the second sentence.

            5. Faculty Handbook , Appendix VI, Section D, add “, including Associate Provosts:” at the end of the first line after “Other Academic Administrators”.

 

Sept. 14, 2009 – Editorial changes approved by the Handbook Committee
            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 6.0.G.  Replace “During this contract period” with “Annually, during the spring semester.”
            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 26.7, omit the final sentence: “Faculty who are eligible for the Window Plan during the term of the 2006-2009 Faculty Contract are not eligible to apply under this provision during the term of the 2006-2009 Faculty Contract.”
            3. Faculty Handbook , Appendix II.B.4.d, change “appointment to his rank” to “appointment to this rank”

 

Sept. 12, 2009 – Changes effected by Faculty Vote on Tentative Contract Agreement

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 6.0.C, replace

“but are not expected to be significantly involved in scholarship and research.  They are not required to perform scholarly research with a view to publication”

with

“Faculty Specialists are not expected to be significantly involved in scholarship and research with a view to publication; however, they may be required to engage in qualification maintenance activities as mandated by the accreditation standards of their program or department. Qualification maintenance activities may include: continuing professional education; attending professional meetings; serving on professional boards, etc. Faculty Specialists”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Appendix X, Section D.3a, replace

“Ordinarily, enrollment in a web-based course will not exceed 75% of the average enrollment of those sections of the same course taught in the traditional format during the last offering of the proposed course within a Fall or Spring semester. If the proposed course is a course that has not yet been offered in traditional format at the University, then the Dean shall, at his or her discretion, determine any enrollment limitations; however, the faculty member shall be informed of the Dean's enrollment determinations prior to making a commitment to teach such a course.”

with

“and shall be subject to the conditions of Appendix X Section G-3 of this Handbook.”

3. Faculty Handbook, Section G.3, replace “but no further” with the following: “Under extraordinary circumstances, should a faculty member agree that pedagogical considerations warrant increasing enrollment over 22 students rather than splitting the course into two sections, then the faculty member may develop, with the dean, a compensation plan to include a special overload payment, ranging from 1-2 Overload credits, for the faculty member teaching such a course. Should enrollment reach 28 students, then the course will be converted to two sections.”

4. Replace 2006-2009 Faculty Contract with 2009-2012 Faculty Contract.  Summary of changes:
            A. Replace all references in the Faculty Handbook and Faculty Contract from
                 "University Council" to "University Governance Committee."
            B. Increase minimums for professors and associate professors for all three years
            C. Increase across-the-board salary increment for all three years
            D. Create equity pool for 2010-2011 for full and associate professors
            E. Increase Overload and Special Session stipend for 2011-2012
            F. Increase stipends for Tutorials, Independent Study, and Readers
            G. Change language regarding Off-Campus Teaching (Article 9.D)
            H. Increase Health Insurance Opt-out stipend
            I.  Increase Life Insurance coverage
            J.  Replace Window Retirement Plan with Voluntary Separation Plan
            K. Relocate faculty-reserved parking spaces
            L.  Reduce faculty parking fee and maintain level for all three years
            M. Add new section: Laboratory and Clinical Course Workload Equivalency
            N. Add new section: Administration and Coordination of Benefits
            O. Replace language creating Long-term Care Insurance Committee with
                 language describing the Long-term Care Insurance benefit
            P. Replace Disciplinary Procedure directive with Pregnancy and Childbirth
                 directive

 

April 22, 2009 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.3, paragraph 2, replace

“Accordingly, every faculty member is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing his or her subject, but this is not a license to introduce controversial material which has no relation to the subject being taught.  Moreover,”

with

“, which declare that ‘the common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition.’  Therefore, faculty members are entitled to freedom in extramural activities, research, and teaching.  This is not, however, a license to introduce controversial material which has no relation to the subject being taught.”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 28.0, replace

“28.0  Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
The University of Scranton is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer-Educator.”

with

28.0  Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy
“The University of Scranton, an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer-Educator, is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, or nondisqualifying handicap or disability.  Faculty members who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of any of the above are encouraged to contact the Director of Equity and Diversity.”

February 28, 2009 – Change ratified by the Board of Trustees

Add new Section G to Appendix X as follows:

G. Online Programs

1.  Definition
            The term “online program” refers to any academic program through which the majority of courses leading to a degree are offered as Distance Learning courses (usually through the Internet), even if such courses are also available in a traditional classroom setting.  Unless specified below, the terms and conditions of a faculty member’s participation in an online program are identical to the provisions of Appendix X, Sections A-F above.

2. Compensation
            a. To attract faculty members to teach online courses in an online program, the University may offer incentive pay on a per-credit basis over and above regular compensation.
            b. The University may offer stipends to faculty members for initial course development and subsequent redesigns of their own courses.  If a faculty member redesigns a course initially developed by another faculty member, the redesigner is eligible for a stipend only if all of the course materials (syllabus, assignments, online presentation of materials, and exams) are new.  In the case of joint development, the stipend amount will be shared equally among the multiple creators. 
            c. Faculty members teaching in an online program must re-examine their courses on a three-year cycle, counted from the first offering of the course.  If a faculty member determines that a course should be redesigned, he or she may apply for a redesign stipend.
            d. If a course section in an online program is taught by an adjunct faculty member who does not meet the accreditation requirements for the program or college, a qualified faculty supervisor will be assigned to oversee the work of the adjunct.  This full-time faculty member will be listed as the Instructor of Record for that section.  The supervising faculty member will be compensated at the rate of 1.33 credits per 4-credit course, 1 credit per 3-credit course, or 0.5 credits per 1-credit course, to be counted as part of the faculty member’s regular load (or overload if applicable).
            e. Faculty members assigned to teach in an online program will be offered the opportunity to develop their own original course materials and will be compensated at the normal rates regardless of whether another faculty member has already developed the same course.  The instructing faculty member may also decline this option and choose instead to use an already available online course.  In such a case, the original course creator(s) will be paid a royalty each time the course is used by another instructor (a full-time faculty member or an adjunct).  The royalty will apply to each course section in which the material is used.
            f. Incentive pay, course development stipends, redesign stipends, and royalties will be paid to all faculty members in consistent amounts within an online program.  If a faculty member in a particular college teaches a course in an online program offered by a different college, the faculty member will be compensated at the rates offered to other faculty members teaching in that online program.

3.  Enrollment
            Enrollment in sections of courses in online programs is capped at 20 students per section.  Until one week before the first day of class, if the enrollment in a given section goes beyond 20, the University will open a new section.  Within one week of the first day of class, a section may be overloaded up to a limit of 22 students per section, but no further.

4. Reporting
            The University will provide to the FAC Executive Committee an annual report including the rates for all forms of compensation and the amounts paid to faculty members for their various types of participation in online programs.

December 10, 2008 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook , Appendix VI, Section A, paragraph 3, change “The tenured members of the department shall prepare a written evaluation and by means of a vote recommend reappointment or non-reappointment” to “The tenured members of the department will hold a meeting expressly for the purpose of a frank and confidential discussion of the candidate’s credentials for reappointment, including the self-report.  A secret vote on the candidate’s reappointment or non-reappointment will be taken at the meeting.  Only tenured faculty members and, if applicable, tenured associates who physically attended the meeting will participate in the official vote.  Following the discussion and vote, the tenured members of the department who participated in the meetingby any means will prepare a written evaluation.”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 5.7, first sentence, change “teach” to “carry.”

October 22, 2008 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Handbook , Section 21.3.B, change “Any credit granted for prior teaching experience should be agreed upon in writing at the time of hiring” to “The length of the faculty member's probationary period and the scheduled tenure review date must be agreed upon in writing at the time of hiring.”

            2. Faculty Handbook , Section 20.1, change the final period to a comma and add, at the end of the existing language: “except as noted below:

            Upon the birth of a child or the adoption of a child under the age of six by a faculty member in the rank of instructor, or the spouse of a faculty member in the rank of instructor, the number of years the faculty member may remain in the rank of instructor will be advanced one year.  Any extension of the time at instructor will automatically extend the time before tenure by an equivalent number of years.  Within six months of the birth or adoption, but no later than April 1 of the faculty member’s fifth year, the faculty member will inform the Provost/VPAA of the birth or adoption.  No more than two extensions of the time in the rank of instructor may occur for any faculty member.”

            3. Faculty Handbook , Section 8.1.A.5, change “printing” to “promulgation”; Section 8.1.A.6, change “publication” to “promulgation.”

April 26, 2008 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees

            1. Faculty Contract, Article 9.A, delete: “Excluded from this definition are main campus offerings that have traditionally required monitoring in clinical or field settings and subject to other sections of this Agreement. Note:  FAC and FPC agree to refer the final sentence in Part A to the Faculty Handbook Committee for further consideration.

            2. Faculty Contract, Article 9.B, add: “Excluded from this compensation are main campus offerings that have traditionally required monitoring in clinical or field settings and are subject to other sections of this Agreement.”

            3. Faculty Handbook , Section 21.1.A: Change “seven-year period” to “six-year period”

April 21, 2008 – Editorial changes to the Faculty Handbook

            1. Section 10.3, change “21.2 (b)” to “21.3 (b)”
            2. Appendix VI, Section B, change “have the night” to “have the right”

March 1, 2008 – Changes ratified by the Board of Trustees (posted on 4/21/08)

            1. Section 11.4  Continuity of Service (Leaves of Absence) - Add this language at the end of the section: “For additional rules governing sabbatical eligibility for those who receive a leave of absence, see Section 12.0.”

            2. Section 12.0 Sabbatical Leave: Definition and Eligibility - Add the language in bold to this section:

A sabbatical may be taken for one full academic year or for one regular semester.  Faculty members are not ordinarily eligible to take a sabbatical until they receive tenure.  A faculty member is eligible for sabbatical leave during or after the seventh year of service dating back to initial appointment or a previous sabbatical.  (For example, newer faculty are eligible for sabbatical in the seventh year, hence would ordinarily apply in the sixth year of service.)  In the case of faculty members who receive a postponement of the tenure review due to childbirth or adoption (see Section 21.3.C) or a leave of absence (see Section 11.4), the first sabbatical may not be taken until the faculty member has received tenure.  However, such a faculty member will become eligible for a second sabbatical early, by the same number of years that the tenure review was postponed.

            3. Section 12.2 Approval Process - Add this language at the end of the section: “In such an instance, the faculty member will become eligible for a subsequent sabbatical early, by the same number of years that the previous sabbatical was deferred.”

            4. Section 21.3.C - Add this language at the end of the section: “For the rules governing sabbatical eligibility for those who receive a postponement of the tenure review for childbirth or adoption, see Section 12.0.”

February 20, 2008 – Editorial change to the Faculty Contract, Article 6.A

            Change “Section 7.0” to “Section 8.1c” to accord with renumbering in the Faculty Handbook .

February 7, 2008 – Editorial change to the Faculty Contract, Article 9.B

            Change “section 7.0” to “section 8.1” to accord with renumbering in the Faculty Handbook .

December 17, 2007 – Changes to the Faculty Handbook

            1. Added to section 21.3.C:

“Upon the birth of a child or the adoption of a child under the age of six by a faculty member or the spouse of a faculty member, the date of the faculty member’s tenure review will be postponed by one year.  Within one year of the birth or adoption, but in no case later than November 1 of the year of the scheduled tenure review, the faculty member will write to the Provost/VPAA to confirm or decline the one-year postponement.  Failing to submit such timely notification will constitute a de facto rejection of the extension.
            No more than two such postponements may occur for any faculty member.  Reappointment/non-reappointment reviews will take place annually, as specified in Appendix VI. The criteria for the tenure evaluation of the faculty member will be the same as if no postponement had occurred.”

            2. Added to Section 13.2:

            “See 2l.3 C about the extension of the probationary period for tenure because of childbirth or adoption.”

            3. Sections 21.3.C and D renumbered as 21.3.D and E

            4. Added to Section 21.3.A the phrase, “unless extended as provided in 21.3 C and/or 21.3 D below.”

            5. In Appendix VI, Section E.2, the phrase “third, fourth, and fifth year” changed to “third and subsequent years.”

October 4, 2007 – Additions to the Faculty Handbook (enacted online 10-19-07)

            1. Added to the end of 6.0.F.2: “By the last day of a faculty specialist’s contracted employment, usually May 31 of the terminal year of the contract, the Provost/VPAA will inform the faculty specialist in writing whether his or her contract will be renewed, and if so, the length of the renewal period.”

            2. Added new section 12.6 Short-term Sabbaticals for Faculty Librarians

            3. Added new Appendix XI. Disciplinary Procedure

May 9, 2007 – Revisions of the Faculty Handbook :

            1. In Section 12.0, first sentence: (“A sabbatical leave is a release from normal faculty responsibilities for a specified period of time and for a specific academic purpose from which both the faculty member and the University benefit.”) replaced by the following:

“A sabbatical leave alters a faculty member’s normal responsibilities for a specified period of time and for a specific academic purpose that benefits both the faculty member and the University.  During a sabbatical leave, a faculty member may not teach regular courses at the University (however, under special circumstances, such as a fellowship, a faculty member may teach regular courses at another institution).  Unless faculty members on sabbatical seek and receive approval from the Provost/VPAA, they may not teach readers, tutorials, or independent study courses; mentor a Master’s thesis or an Honors project; or serve as a department chairperson, program director, academic advisor, faculty senator, Faculty Development Board member, or University Council member.  Faculty members on sabbatical will maintain the option to participate in regular department meetings; departmental reappointment, rank, tenure, and hiring deliberations; committee work; and the faculty/student research program.  Moreover, such faculty members may continue, at their own discretion, to moderate student organizations or to hold elected faculty offices for which there are no alternates, such as a position on the FAC Executive Committee.  Faculty members are strongly advised to recuse themselves from service on the Board on Rank and Tenure during any academic year in which they will be taking a sabbatical.”

            2. In Appendix VII, final sentence (“Faculty on leave are not eligible for appointment as tenured associates.”) replaced by the following:

“Faculty on leave are not eligible for initial appointment as tenured associates.  However, a faculty member who has been serving as a tenured associate in a particular department for at least one year immediately prior to going on leave is eligible for reappointment in that capacity during the leave period, provided that the faculty member informs the department chair, dean, and Provost/VPAA in writing of his or her willingness to serve as a tenured associate before June 1 of the preceding academic year.”

            3. Added at the end of Section 5.1:

“During the second and fourth semesters of a lecturer’s appointment, the lecturer’s department will complete and send to the appropriate dean(s) a written evaluation of the lecturer’s teaching.  This evaluation may also touch upon the lecturer’s scholarship and service, if relevant, but an evaluation of teaching alone is sufficient.  The evaluation letter is due on November 1, if the evaluation occurs in the fall semester, or on April 1, if the evaluation occurs in the spring semester.  The lecturer may choose, at his or her discretion, to submit a self report no later than two weeks before the deadline for the department’s evaluation, but this self-report is not required.  If the lecturer chooses to submit a self report, the lecturer will be evaluated by the tenured members of the department as a group.
In the event that the lecturer chooses not to submit a self report, the tenured members of the lecturer’s department will vote annually to determine whether the lecturer will be evaluated by the tenured members as a group, or whether primary responsibility for the task will be delegated to the chair.  If the tenured members of the department vote to delegate the primary responsibility to the chair, the chair may, at his or her discretion, seek input from tenured members of the lecturer’s department, but the chair must also consider any unsolicited comments submitted in writing from tenured members of the department.  The evaluation of teaching must be based on at least one classroom observation, preferably by the chair, but the chair may delegate this duty to a tenured member of the department.  However, the chair him- or herself must prepare and sign the actual evaluation.
If the lecturer submits a self report, or if the tenured members of the department vote to evaluate the lecturer as a group, they will also vote to designate an author for the evaluation letter.  This letter will summarize the discussion of the lecturer’s teaching (and scholarship and/or service, if relevant) at a meeting held expressly for that purpose.  Faculty members are encouraged to observe the lecturer’s teaching before participating in such a discussion.
According to the same deadlines, the department will provide a copy of its evaluation to the lecturer, who will have the right to submit a response to the evaluation to the appropriate dean(s) within two weeks.  All materials will be sent by the dean(s) to the Provost /VPAA for review and inclusion in the lecturer’s permanent evaluation file.  If the lecturer subsequently applies for another faculty position at the University, such evaluations will be made available to the members of that position’s search committee.”

January 29, 2007 – Editorial Changes to the Faculty Handbook :

            1. In Section 23.10, “and” changed to “an” correcting a typo

            2. “20.4  Evaluation for Tenure” corrected to “21.4  Evaluation for Tenure

            3. In Appendix VIII, three instances of the title “Dean of the Graduate School / Director
    of Research” changed to “Director of Research” to reflect that the two jobs are no
    longer held jointly by one person

 

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