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Appointment and Review of Full-Time Non-Tenure Track (FTNTT) Facutly

  1. Appointment and Renewal of Appointment

    Appointments for full-time non-tenure track (FTNTT) teaching faculty are governed by the applicable CBA and are made annually. FTNTT 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

    Renewal of appointment is contingent upon programmatic need, satisfactory performance of previously assigned responsibilities, and budgeted resources to support the position. FTNTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding Faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and FTNTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.

  2. Third-Year Reviews for FTNTT Faculty

    Full Performance Reviews

    The Full Performance Reviews of FTNTT 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 FTNTT 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 FTNTT 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

    FTNTT 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 CBAEach academic year, guidelines for the “simplified” performance reviews for FTNTT 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.  FTNTT faculty who must complete a “simplified” performance review will submit documentation as described in the CBA.

  3. Performance Review Criteria for FTNTT Faculty

    Performance reviews will follow the procedures and time-table established by the University.  Because most full-time temporary faculty are employed primarily to teach 15 hours per term rather than to conduct research and provide service, the quality of teaching is the most important consideration in reappointing non-tenure track faculty.

    The faculty member being reviewed must provide the department Chair with a current vita, a summary of student evaluations from all courses that have been taught during the review period, and other representative course materials such as syllabi and examinations.  A reflective memo on the faculty member's teaching, which should include a self-evaluation, should also be provided.  The review criteria for instructional FTNTT faculty are:

    1.  Responsible performance of assigned duties

    2.  Effective classroom instruction

    • As  evidenced by peer reviews and student evaluations

    3.  Quality of course content

    • Includes demonstrating currency in course content and in pedagogical techniques

    For the 3-year and 6-year Full Performance reviews, the  Ad Hoc Promotion and Tenure Committee will evaluate the candidate and vote on renewal of the FTNTT faculty member’s appointment.  The discussion and vote provides the chair with a Faculty perspective on the appointment.  The Chair shall independently assess the teaching record of the candidate and reach a separate recommendation regarding renewal of the appointment, which would usually be consistent with the vote of the Ad Hoc Promotion and Tenure Committee.  The Chair will provide the faculty member being reviewed with a written summary of the review and an indication of whether or not an additional appointment may be anticipated and, if so, under what programmatic, budgetary and/or anticipated staffing or projected enrollment circumstances. 

    If the faculty member being reviewed is appointed in the Regional Campus System, the Chair's summary of the review and the renewal of appointment recommendation will be forwarded to the Campus Dean, who has the final budgetary and staffing authority for renewing the appointment. 

  4. Promotion

    Beginning in academic year 2011-12, FTNTT 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 FTNTT 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 FTNTT 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.