Non Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments

Bill 13-A-07 - Revising "Non Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments" to establish a procedures section (Approved)



Approved by the Faculty Senate
February 13, 2013

BRIEF SUMMARY: This bill specifies the procedures portion of the existing Faculty Handbook section on Non Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments (Chapter 2, Section D.3).


BE IT RESOLVED THAT: subject to the passage and approval of both this bill and its companion bill establishing a corresponding "policy" section, Chapter 2, Section D.3 of the Faculty Handbook beginning with "Guidelines for Appointments of Non Tenure-Track Faculty" be amended by replacing the existing content with the following "procedures" section (to follow the companion "policy" in the Handbook):

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments - Procedures

Regular Non-Tenure-Track (RNTT) faculty shall hold at least a master's degree and additional academic credentials as required by the position as determined by the department.

Such appointments are defined as one-year full-time appointments.

Non-Tenure-Track full-time faculty receive the same benefits package as all other full-time faculty.

Non-Tenure-Track full-time faculty have the same expectations for service, advising, and other academic duties as all other full-time faculty.

Non-Tenure-Track full-time faculty will be appointed on a contract basis one year at a time, with the appointment subject to renewal. Such faculty are afforded all the normal protections of academic freedom.

Evaluations of Non-Tenure-Track faculty will occur on a regular and timely basis as specified by the department.

The criteria for evaluation and renewal of the contract of RNTT faculty must be specified in writing and must be consistent with the expectations of the position. Faculty appointed to such positions are not generally expected to meet the same standards for scholarship and professional development as Tenure-Track faculty and thus are expected to carry a heavier teaching or service load.

Non-Tenure-Track full-time faculty may be terminated by the University at the end of any academic year, but written notice of the University's intention to terminate the appointment shall be given by the Provost to the faculty member by:
1. March 1 during the first or second year of appointment:
2. The first day of the spring semester for the third and subsequent years of service.

Budget Procedures

Each year the budget office will calculate the percentages of budgeted tenure-track faculty and budgeted non-tenure-track (RNTT) faculty positions based on the FTE of those positions. These percentages will exclude all faculty positions funded by designated funds, auxiliaries or grant funds as well as faculty positions budgeted at the regional campuses. The calculation will not include temporary faculty, part-time faculty, or teaching assistants.
If the percentage of budgeted tenure-track faculty positions is less than 75%, the budget office will add the difference between the average RNTT budgeted base salary and the average assistant professor budgeted base salary (which was $13,500 as of fiscal year 2013) to a salary pool for each change from a tenure track position that caused the percentage to drop below 75%.

No later than August 1st of each year the budget office will provide a report of budgeted faculty, broken down by department and college, to the Provost and Faculty Senate. This report will also include a breakdown of student credit hours on campus by faculty type for the previous year and the current amount of funds in the salary pool.

During the normal course of reviewing faculty vacancies, the Provost's office will consider programmatic needs, financial resources and the current tenure-track percentage. During periods when the budgeted tenure-track faculty percentage dips below 75%, priority consideration will be given to personnel actions that will increase the percentage. If a determination is made to convert a RNTT to a tenure-track position or to add a new tenure-track position, available dollars in the salary pool may be used to offset the salary adjustment needed to fund the tenure-track position. Funds in the salary pool will not be used for any purpose other than the conversion to or creation of tenure track positions.

Responsibility for the administration of these reports and the salary pool will be borne by the office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.


Action Date
Introduced to Senate 1/30/13
Second Senate Meeting 2/13/13
Faculty Senate Vote 2/13/13
President's Review 3/13/13
15 Day Review 4/11/13
Posted to Faculty Handbook