February 14, 2003
Senate approves new non-tenure-eligible policy
by Linda Charles
During its Feb. 11 meeting, the Faculty Senate expanded the
non-tenure-eligible faculty policy into a new policy that includes adjunct
Under the new policy, adjunct appointments may be for up to five years. The
appointments may be renewed, based on the quality of performance and the
continuing need for the positions. A year's notice is required if the
appointment will not be renewed (except in cases where the appointment is
for a year or less). Those filling adjunct positions will be evaluated for
compensation and advancement, using established criteria appropriate to
Caps for instruction only
The policy continues to limit the amount of instruction that can be
conducted by non-tenure-track faculty to 25 percent in a department and 15
percent for the university overall. A recently discussed provision to apply
those caps to research and service was dropped from the final version of the
"In reviewing the situation, the committee (that crafted the policy) decided
that while it's conceivable to see more temporary appointments for teaching,
it's not that conceivable to see that many appointments for research alone,"
said David Hopper, committee chair.
'New' titles require approval
The senate spent a considerable amount of time discussing titles for those
on non-tenure-eligible appointments. The policy refers to four titles for
non-tenure-eligible faculty: lecturer and senior lecturer, and clinician and
senior clinician. The clinician titles were created to cover non-teaching
Many senators took exception to the clinician titles, saying they are not
appropriate for many departments.
Michael Olsen said in his department, mechanical engineering, the title of
research engineer would be more appropriate. He made a motion that would
have allowed departments to select their own titles.
After some modification, a final motion was approved that allows departments
to seek approval from the senate and provost to use titles other than
Those on adjunct appointment will continue to have academic titles
(assistant professor, associate professor and professor) with the term
"adjunct" preceding the title.
The policy also allows professional and scientific employees to be appointed
to non-tenure-track positions, but limits those appointments to 30 percent
of P&S employees' total responsibilities. P&S staff with non-tenure-track
appointments will be evaluated like other non-tenure-track
Faculty retreat in April
In other business, president-elect Jack Girton announced there will be a
faculty retreat April 18-19 at the Hotel at Gateway Center. This year's
topic will be "Striking a Balance: Rewarding Different Types of Scholarship
at a Modern Land-Grant University."
The next senate meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the
Hotel at Gateway Center.
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