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Article 8 : Non-Tenure Track [NTT] Bargaining Unit Appointments, Evaluation and Promotion

SECTION CONTENTS

8.01 Appointment Of NTT Bargaining Unit Faculty
8.02 NTT Hiring Searches
8.03 Duration Of Appointments
8.04 Multiple Year Contracts For Non-Tenure Track Faculty
8.05 NTT Bargaining Unit Faculty Appointment And Advancement In Rank
   8.05.01 Instructor
   8.05.02 Assistant Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor
   8.05.03 Associate Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor
   8.05.04 Teaching/Clinical Professor
8.06 Transition For Current NTT Bargaining Unit Members
8.07 NTT Faculty Eligibility For TT Faculty Positions
8.08 Performance Evaluation

8.01 APPOINTMENT OF NTT BARGAINING UNIT FACULTY

Individuals are appointed to NTT bargaining unit faculty positions at a specific title that is commensurate with their qualifications and responsibilities (See section 8.05). An NTT faculty member's Letter of Appointment and this Collective Bargaining Agreement describe the University's contractual relation to the individual.

8.02 NTT HIRING SEARCHES

Departments that routinely rely on NTT faculty to meet instructional obligations will solicit applications at least every two years for consideration for NTT appointments. The applications will be reviewed at the department level, and those who meet the minimum qualifications will be retained in the pool. Most NTT hiring occurs from within the pool although exceptions are permitted with the approval of the Provost and HR/AA.

8.03 DURATION OF APPOINTMENTS

Unless otherwise specified, the duration of a Letter of Appointment is one semester. However, an NTT faculty member in a position that has been identified through appropriate campus procedures for a multiple year contract (see Section 8.04) may receive a contract for up to five academic years at the discretion of the department and with the approval of the dean and provost.

Consistent with BOR Policy 702.1, NTT faculty have no expectation of reappointment or renewal of the appointment from semester to semester or year to year. NTT contracts are term contracts that automatically expire (without notice) at the end of the contract term unless renewed prior to expiration. However, the administration will make every reasonable effort to inform NTT bargaining unit faculty at least ten days before start of classes if they are to be reappointed for the next semester.

8.04 MULTIPLE YEAR CONTRACTS FOR NON-TENURE TRACK FACULTY

NTT faculty may be given a multi-year contract at the discretion of the administration. A NTT faculty member on a multi-year contract may be discharged for cause or lack of funding for the position within the contract term. All multi-year contracts shall also be subject to the requirements of BOR policy 711.3 as of the date of this agreement. All NTT faculty on multi-year contracts will be reported to AFMSU with name, rank, and department included.

8.05 NTT BARGAINING UNIT FACULTY APPOINTMENT AND ADVANCEMENT IN RANK

The following principles will serve as guidelines for the departments and colleges in establishing discipline-specific criteria for the appointment and promotion of non-tenure-track faculty:

The following are the designated ranks and titles of the NTT Bargaining Unit Faculty:

  1. Instructor
  2. Assistant Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor (Clinical faculty in CON only)
  3. Associate Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor
  4. Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor

An NTT faculty member may be appointed initially at any rank, according to his/her qualifications as determined by the relevant department(s).

Each NTT faculty member will be assigned a home department on whose criteria promotion will be based. The home department will make the decision regarding promotion. However, service in other departments will be credited to the candidate's total FTE in regard to eligibility for promotion.

8.05.01 INSTRUCTOR

The usual entry-level rank for NTT faculty is that of Instructor. NTT faculty appointed at the rank of Instructor should meet the minimum requirements of the department, which generally requires the Master's degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate field of instruction or professional activity as determined by the department.

8.05.02 ASSISTANT TEACHING/CLINICAL/VISITING PROFESSOR

The faculty member appointed or promoted to this rank:

  1. has a terminal degree appropriate to the field or department or equivalent professional experience (which may include professional certification)
  2. demonstrates effectiveness in teaching, which will be evaluated using such tools as review by peers and colleagues within the University, student evaluations, or other assessment tools adopted by the department
  3. research/creative activity and/or service may be considered if required by the faculty member's regular assignment.

After three years of service at the rank of Instructor at .75 or more FTE or six years of service at less than .75 FTE the faculty member may apply for promotion to Assistant Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor.

The Dean, Department Head, and departmental review committee (if applicable) will review the candidate's application and may grant promotion if the applicant meets the criteria. If the promotion is denied, the applicant shall be advised of the reason for denial and may appeal the denial to the Provost.

Denial of promotion shall not be construed to limit eligibility for continued employment at the Instructor level.

8.05.03 ASSOCIATE TEACHING/CLINICAL/VISITING PROFESSOR

The faculty member appointed or promoted to this rank:

  1. has a terminal degree appropriate to the field or department or equivalent professional experience (which may include professional certification)
  2. demonstrates sustained effectiveness in teaching, which will be evaluated using tools such as review by peers and colleagues within the University, student evaluations, or other assessment tools adopted by the department
  3. demonstrates a commitment to remaining current in the discipline.
  4. research/ creative activity and/or service may be considered if required by the faculty member's regular assignment.

After six years of service at the rank of Assistant Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor at .75 FTE or more, or twelve years of service at less than .75 FTE, the faculty member may apply for promotion to Associate Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor.

The Dean, Department Head, and departmental review committee (if applicable) will review the candidate's application and may grant promotion if the applicant meets the criteria. If the promotion is denied, the applicant shall be advised of the reason for denial and may appeal the denial to the Provost.

Denial of promotion shall not be construed to limit eligibility for continued employment at the Assistant level.

8.05.04 TEACHING/CLINICAL PROFESSOR

The faculty member appointed or promoted to this rank:

  1. has a terminal degree appropriate to the field or department or equivalent professional experience (which may include professional certification).
  2. has made a significant contribution to his/her discipline.
  3. demonstrates sustained excellence in teaching as evidenced by peer reviews, teaching awards, student evaluations, or other assessment tools adopted by the department.
  4. demonstrates a commitment to remaining current in the discipline.
  5. research/creative activity and/or service may also be considered if required by the faculty member's regular assignment.

After five years of service at the rank of Associate Teaching Professor at .75 FTE or more, or ten years of service at less than .75 FTE, the faculty member may elect to apply for promotion to Teaching/Clinical/Visiting Professor.

The Dean, Department Head, and departmental review committee (if applicable) will review the candidate's application and may grant promotion if the applicant meets the criteria. If the promotion is denied, the applicant shall be advised of the reason for denial and may appeal the denial to the Provost.

Denial of promotion shall not be construed to limit eligibility for continued employment at the Associate level.

8.06 TRANSITION FOR CURRENT NTT BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS

Following the ratification of this contract, current NTT bargaining unit faculty will be appointed to titles according to the guidelines listed above.

8.07 NTT FACULTY ELIGIBILITY FOR TT FACULTY POSITIONS

NTT faculty are eligible to apply for tenurable positions.

8.08 PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Each department will develop specific guidelines for the evaluation of performance of NTT faculty. Departmental evaluation guidelines should reflect the mission and needs of the department, college, and University, cover the primary areas of the NTT appointment and must be approved by the Dean and Provost.

All NTT faculty in the bargaining unit who are employed on multiyear contracts or who are in their third or subsequent year of continuous employment will be evaluated annually. All NTT faculty who are reviewed will receive a written evaluation.

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