4.0 Faculty Appointments: Classifications

4.1 Types of Appointment

Academic appointments are divided into two main categories: regular and non-regular status. Regular status faculty shall be referred to as Tenured, Tenure-Track, Pre-Tenure Track, and Non-Tenure-Track faculty. Non-regular status faculty include full-time temporary and part-time (adjunct) faculty. 

4.1.1 Full‑time Regular Status (Tenured, Tenure-Track, Pre-Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track faculty)

4.1.1.1 Appointment in a Department of Instruction at a rank or level listed and described in Sections 3.2.1 through 3.2.6 includes employment benefits and the right to participate in decision making in Department, School and University matters consistent with rank or level.

4.1.1.2 An individual who holds a joint appointment (an appointment in more than one Department of Instruction simultaneously) shall be considered as a full, regular voting member of only one Department.

4.1.1.3 A Full-Time Regular Status Pre-Tenure-Track appointment is intended to provide candidates with extra time to meet the rank requirements for tenure as spelled out in Section 7.2.5 of these Guidelines. The appointments of Full-time Regular Status Pre-Tenure-Track faculty may be switched to Full-Time Regular Status Tenure-Track as described in Sections 5.1.3 and 7.2.5.

4.1.1.4 The focus of Non-Tenure Track faculty appointments is to supplement capacity in programs with special needs that justify hiring of faculty who do not meet the criteria for tenure-track, but whose knowledge, skills and credentials are appropriate for their academic responsibilities.

4.1.1.4.1 Non-Tenure Track faculty must meet the minimum requirements for the academic rank of instructor, which generally requires a master's degree or equivalent qualifications in an appropriate discipline and evidence of effective academic or professional experience.

4.1.1.4.2 Non-Tenure Track faculty may hold any of the academic ranks: (Lecturer I, Lecturer II, and Senior Lecturer) and can apply for pre-tenure-track or tenure-track positions provided that they possess the requisite degree requirements, and years of experience.

4.1.1.4.3 The percentage of Non-Tenure Track faculty at the University shall not exceed 20% of all the full-time regular status faculty in the university. The percentage of Non-Tenure Track faculty in each department/unit shall not exceed 40% of all the department/unit full-time regular status faculty.

4.1.1.5 Full-time regular status faculty are expected to be on campus for sufficient and reasonable periods of time in order to carry out their professional responsibilities and to maintain availability for students, other faculty and, when appropriate, professional staff. Alternative expectations may be granted in cases of Distance Education, teaching or coordinating online programs which are determined to be in the best interest of the Department and the University. Such an alternative must be agreed upon by the faculty member, the Department Chair and the Dean; the agreement between these parties must be detailed in writing and approved on an annual basis in the form of an appointment/reappointment letter, faculty work plan or memorandum of agreement.

4.1.1.6 Full-time regular Tenure-Track and Tenured faculty will normally assume responsibility for either three or four 3‑credit courses per semester. A three‑course load may require up to three distinct preparations, while a four‑course load may require a maximum of two distinct preparations.
Full-time Non-Tenure Track faculty will assume the responsibility of teaching an additional course in lieu of scholarship/creative activity/research or service. 
Individual Departments, in consultation with the Dean, may develop more precise work‑load formulae that take into account individual faculty responsibilities, courses bearing more or less than three credits, and other assignments such as practicum, clinical practice, advising, research, curriculum and materials development, program administration, tutorials, laboratory supervision, creative production, service to the University, and the like. Full-Time Regular Status Pre-Tenure-Track faculty will have one course release time per semester. 

4.1.1.7 Full-time regular status faculty are expected to meet the evaluation criteria listed in Section 6 (Evaluation).

4.1.1.8 Faculty members with less than American Sign Language Proficiency Interview rating of 3 are strongly encouraged to attend a faculty development program designed to satisfy the ASL and communication needs required to perform their duties in and out of the classroom.

4.1.1.9 If a faculty member satisfied the Sign Communication (SCPI) requirements under the SCPI system (Intermediate Plus: Re-appointment and Promotion; Advanced: Tenure), these results will be used for all personnel actions until the validity and reliability of the ASLPI and appropriate levels for effective classroom and professional communication have been established.
Faculty members who have not reached these levels on the SCPI, and those hired after August 2008 must take the ASLPI, but personnel actions will not be solely based on these results until the validity and reliability of the ASLPI have been established. The ASLPI levels as stated in guidelines 6.8.6 shall serve as target levels for all faculty members.

4.1.1.10 As part of the validation and reliability assessment of the ASLPI, all faculty members are required to take the ASLPI at least once prior to academic year 2010-2011. As indicated in 4.1.1.9, these results will not negatively affect any personnel actions.

4.1.2 Full‑time Temporary Status

4.1.2.1 An appointment based on the ranks/titles and minimum qualifications listed in Section 3.2 but with an assignment for a specific semester or academic year with a full‑time teaching load as described in Section 4.1.1.6.

4.1.2.2 Full‑time temporary appointees may participate in Department, School, and University Faculty activities but do not have voting privileges.

4.1.2.3 Full-time temporary appointees are expected to be on campus for sufficient and reasonable periods of time in order to carry out their professional responsibilities and to maintain availability for students, other faculty, and, when appropriate, professional staff.

4.1.3 Part‑time Temporary Status

4.1.3.1 An appointment based on the ranks/titles and minimum qualifications listed in Section 3.2 but with an assignment for a specific semester with a less than full‑time teaching load.

4.1.3.2 Part‑time temporary appointees may participate in Departmental, School, and University Faculty activities but do not have voting privileges.

4.1.4 Temporary Non-academic Joint Appointment

4.1.4.1 When a Faculty member has temporary non-academic responsibilities, whether full- or part-time within the University or with an organization or agency outside of the University, a memorandum of understanding shall clearly stipulate expectations for the faculty member in the areas of teaching, scholarship/creative activity/research, and service; procedures of evaluation; and agreements regarding the allocation of resources. The memorandum of understanding shall cover the duration of the temporary non-academic joint appointment, and shall be agreed to and signed by the faculty member, the faculty member's Department Chairperson and Dean, as well as by relevant administrators of the host organization or agency.

4.1.4.2 If any of the conditions of a temporary non-academic joint appointment need to be renegotiated, a revised memorandum of understanding shall record the changes agreed to by all parties. The revised document shall include the signatures of the individual faculty member as well as appropriate administrators of the home and host units.

4.2 Time Bases for Full-time Regular Status Appointments

4.2.1 Full-time regular status faculty may, at the discretion of the University, receive a 9-, 10-, or 11-month appointment.

4.2.2 A 10-month appointment requires a faculty member's additional full-time work for a period equivalent to one month. An 11‑month appointment requires a faculty member's additional full‑time work for a period equivalent to two months.

4.3 Chairpersons of Departments of Instruction

4.3.1 Every three years each academic Department shall recommend to its Dean the appointment or re-appointment of a Chairperson. Departments will normally hold an election for this purpose although other arrangements, if fair and agreeable to the majority of members of the Department, may be used.

4.3.2 After receiving a recommendation from the Department, Department Chairpersons will be appointed by the Dean by May 1st.
In a case where the majority of the full-time faculty members of the Department does not approve of the Dean's appointment, it may appeal the appointment to the Provost.

4.3.3 Administrative Duties. The Department Chairperson shall be the spokesperson for policies advocated by the Department in the areas of course offerings, improvement of instruction, advising of majors, preparation of annual budget requests, and expenditures of departmental funds, and shall have the administrative responsibility of carrying out these policies. The Chairperson shall be a member of the administrative structure of the University.

4.3.4 Personnel Duties. After consultation with the members of the Department and/or their selected representative(s), the Chairperson shall be responsible for recommending appointment, reappointment, merit increases, promotion, tenure, termination of an appointment, dismissal, sick leave, leave of absence, or sabbatical leave in conformance with the Guidelines of the University Faculty. The Chairperson is also responsible for informing a new faculty member of his/her duties, responsibilities, and rights.

4.3.5 Organizational Duties. The Chairperson shall be responsible for coordinating within the Department such organization as will ensure that the members of the Department have an opportunity to participate actively in the formulation of departmental policies in the areas specified in this article.