Renewal of Appointment and Third-Year Full Performance Reviews of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Faculty

  1. Appointment and Renewal of Appointment:

    Appointments for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty are governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement 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 members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure

  2. Third-Year Reviews for NTT Faculty:

    1. 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 Campus’ 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.  
       

    2. "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 Campus’ 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. 

  3. NTT Performance Review Criteria

    NTT faculty members are reviewed by the Campus’ Personnel Action 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.  

    Criteria for assessing the quality of an NTT faculty member’s performance for the three-year review will be developed by the academic unit and the Trumbull Campus, and are based primarily on established instructional effectiveness.  Whenever scholarly or professional activity other than instruction is required of NTT faculty as a part of the established criteria for performance reviews—academic unit or campus—those activities shall be considered. 

  4. Trumbull Campus Criteria for NTT Faculty Three-Year Performance Reviews

    Because classroom instruction is the principal responsibility of full-time non-tenure track faculty members, the quality of teaching is the primary concern in the three-year performance review. Criteria for NTT teaching excellence will include fulfillment of the following expectations: 

    • should be professional in the classroom, maintain order, and conduct class in a climate of civility and respect, 
    • should use the complete class time for instruction, 
    • should apply appropriate teaching techniques for a given course, depending upon class size and discipline, 
    • should remain current in the pedagogical theory of their disciplines and experiment with innovations in classroom teaching, 
    • should inform students in writing at the beginning of each semester about course objectives and requirements, 
    • should evaluate student performance on a regular basis and report grades in a timely manner according to University policy, 
    • should reasonably accommodate students with disabilities according to University and Federal and local policies, 
    • should receive satisfactory student evaluations using the approved University Student Survey of Instruction form (S.S.I.),
    • should have a recent positive peer evaluation of teaching.

    Each NTT faculty member is discussed by the Campus’ Personnel Action Committee which votes on a recommendation for renewal of the faculty member’s appointment.  The Campus Dean independently assesses the accomplishments of each NTT faculty member, informs the NTT faculty member of the Committee's deliberations and provides the faculty member a copy of his/her decision on renewal of the faculty member’s appointment.  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 for nonrenewal.

  5. Promotion:

    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. At least one recent peer evaluation of teaching must be provided. 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.