Appointment and Review of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Faculty
Appointment and Renewal of Appointment
Appointments for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty are governed by the applicable CBA and are made annually. NTT appointments are at the rank of Lecturer, Associate Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, without a terminal degree, and at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, with a terminal degree. In addition, NTT faculty members are appointed in one of the following tracks: Instructional, Clinical, Practitioner and Research.
Renewal of appointment is contingent upon programmatic need, satisfactory performance of previously assigned responsibilities, and budgeted resources to support the position. NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and NTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.
Third-Year Reviews for NTT Faculty
Full Performance Reviews
The Full Performance Reviews of NTT faculty members who are in their third or sixth year of consecutive employment are governed by the applicable CBA. Each academic year, guidelines for the Full Performance Reviews for NTT faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost. The Full Performance Review concludes with the College’s level of review and determination. The period of performance to be reviewed is the three (3) full academic years of consecutive appointments including that portion of the third appointment which is subject to evaluation and assessment at the time of the review. Each NTT faculty member who must complete a Full Performance Review will submit a dossier as described in the CBA. The file should contain at least an updated curriculum vita, self evaluation of performance, and supporting documents. Additional information about the dossier for a Full Performance Review is included in the CBA.
“Simplified” Performance Reviews
NTT faculty members who are in their ninth year of consecutive employment and any subsequent third year of consecutive employment thereafter (e.g., 12th, 15th, 18th, et. seq.) must successfully complete a “simplified” performance review as described in the applicable CBA. Each academic year, guidelines for the “simplified” performance reviews for NTT faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost. The “simplified” performance review concludes with the College’s level of review and determination. The period of performance to be reviewed is the three (3) full academic years of consecutive appointments including that portion of the third appointment which is subject to evaluation and assessment at the time of the review. NTT faculty who must complete a “simplified” performance review will submit documentation as described in the CBA.
NTT Performance Review Criteria
NTT faculty members are reviewed by the Department’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee on the specific criteria outlined in their letter of appointment and as described below, including consideration of the track (Instructional, Clinical, Practitioner or Research) to which the NTT faculty member is assigned. An inherent part of the review process is to provide feedback to the NTT faculty member based on clear and consistent performance criteria. Renewals of appointment and salaries for NTT faculty should be tied to performance within the parameters established in the applicable CBA. Rubrics for the assessment of teaching performance, recruitment and/or retention, research, etc. will be developed and shared with the candidate, and used to evaluate performance. Student assessment of teaching and mentoring may also be used to assess performance, as necessary.
The RTP Committee will consider the performance reviews of NTT faculty members based primarily on satisfactory evaluations of classroom performance. Criteria for meritorious service may include:
- Positive evaluations of classroom performance from students and/or peer evaluations
- Improvement of instructional material
- Improvement of delivery methods
- Appropriate participation in curriculum revision and development
- Positive contributions to University citizenship
Each NTT faculty member is discussed by the RTP Committee which votes on a recommendation for renewal of the faculty member’s appointment. The Chair independently assesses the accomplishments of each NTT faculty member and forwards to the Dean her/his recommendation and the committee's recommendation. The Chair informs the NTT faculty member of the RTP Committee's deliberations and provides the faculty member a copy of the recommendation that the Chair sends to the Dean. NTT faculty members whose appointments will not be renewed must be notified by the timelines established in the applicable CBA whether lack of adequate satisfaction with performance or the absence of anticipated continuing programmatic need or budgeted resources to support the position is the reason.
Beginning in academic year 2011-12, NTT faculty members who have completed at least six (6) consecutive years of service and at least two (2) successful Full Performance Reviews may apply for promotion at the time of their second Full Performance Review or with any scheduled performance review thereafter. The criteria, guidelines and procedures for NTT promotions are included in the CBA. As required by the CBA, evidence of significant accomplishments in performance and professional development is required. Accomplishments and/or contributions in the area of University citizenship, when they exist, will contribute to the NTT faculty member’s overall record of accomplishment. The College’s Non-Tenure Track Promotion Advisory Board (NPAB) will review the applications for promotion and make a recommendation to the Dean.