SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
FACULTY SENATE BILL 13-A-19
Approved by the Faculty Senate
March 27, 2013
BRIEF SUMMARY: This bill specifies the policy portion of the existing Faculty Handbook section on Tenure-Track Faculty Appointments (Chapter 2, Section D.1).
REVISING "Regular Faculty Appointments" TO ESTABLISH A POLICY SECTION
BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Subject to the passage and approval of both this bill and its companion bill establishing a corresponding "procedures" section, the faculty handbook, Chapter 2, Section D.1 of the Faculty Handbook beginning with "Regular Faculty Appointments" be amended by replacing the existing content with the following "Policy" section.
Tenure Track Faculty - Policy
Southeast Missouri State University values faculty tenure for the reasons set out by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In its "1940 Statement," the AAUP indicated that universities exist for the common good, and that the common good "...depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition. Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and applies to both teaching and research. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental to the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning. It carries with it duties correlative with rights. " Tenure, therefore, is intended to protect the freedom of teaching and research. It is also intended to provide sufficient security to make the profession attractive to highly qualified individuals. ¹Tenure-Track faculty will, therefore, always be the primary teaching workforce of the University and the percentage of budgeted Tenure-Track faculty to budgeted Regular-Non-Tenure track faculty positions will be no less than 75%.
¹"1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure," American Association of University Professors Policy Documents and Reports, Tenth Edition, 2006.
|Introduced to Senate||3/13/13|
|Second Senate Meeting||3/2713|
|Faculty Senate Vote||3/27/13|
|Board of Regents Approval|
|Posted to Faculty Handbook|