Section: Personnel
Policy Number: 4-6
Policy Name: Non-Tenure Track Faculty: Terms of Employment
Date: January 2000 (Number Change)

  1. SCOPE

    The following terms of employment apply to individuals holding primary appointments as full- time, continuing non-tenure track faculty. These policies do not apply to individuals holding temporary, part-time, secondary, contingency or adjunct appointments as non-tenure track faculty. These policies do not apply to faculty appointed to tenure-track positions. It is anticipated that in the future, the focus of appointments will be to hire "tenure-track" faculty.

  2. APPOINTMENTS

    1. Individuals holding primary appointments as full-time, continuing non-tenure track faculty are hired through regular University procedures governing new position approval, recruitment and affirmative action.

    2. Temporary, full-time, non-tenure track faculty are appointed to one-year contracts, renewable for a maximum of two additional years.

  3. TERM AND CONTRACT RENEWAL

    1. Individuals appointed under Section 2.1 above will have a six-year probationary period comprised of three successive two-year appointments, subject to annual review and a recommendation for contract renewal by the chair/dean.

    2. In the sixth year, a full peer review will be conducted and on the basis of recommendations from the peer review and chair/dean, individuals will receive either a seventh terminal year appointment or a three-year contract subject to annual review. In the second year of the three-year contract, the chair/dean will recommend whether the individual will be afforded a contract of four years in length. Subject to satisfactory annual evaluations, during the last year of a four-year contact, a second full peer review will be conducted. Subject to the recommendation of the peer review and chair/dean, the individual will receive a five-year contract on a "rolling" basis, subject to an annual review. Contract renewal is subject to the notice provisions of the Handbook for Faculty (III-36-N, Nonrenewals).

    3. Individuals hired on full-time temporary appointments who are appointed subsequently as primary, full-time, continuing non-tenure track faculty will have their previous time of service counted in the computation of subsequent contract renewal periods. No individual will receive a three, four or five year "rolling" contract without a full peer review.

    4. In the event of programmatic and/or budgetary reductions, individuals serving on multiple year contracts will receive one full year's notice in writing of contract termination (Handbook for Faculty, III-36-N, Nonrenewals).

  4. SABBATICALS

    Faculty appointed under Section 2.1 above are eligible for sabbaticals at the end of the sixth year of appointment, with renew and approval through regular University procedures.

  5. MERIT PAY

    Merit pay for non-tenure track faculty will be awarded on a basis consistent with the written workload agreement for such faculty. The annual evaluation of performance for purposes of merit pay will be consistent with the applicable department/college promotion and tenure criteria.

  6. PEER REVIEWS

    Peer reviews shall be consistent with the applicable department/college promotion and tenure criteria and consistent with the written workload agreement for each non- tenure track faculty member.

  7. CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SALARY ADJUSTMENTS

    Salary adjustments parallel to promotional increments are made upon contract renewal for three years at the end of the initial six- year probationary period and at the start of the first five-year "rolling" contract.

SIDE LETTER OF AGREEMENT

The University and the AAUP understand that the salary adjustments set forth in Section 6 of the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Agreement will be implemented as follows:

  1. Individuals beginning a three-year contract at the end of the initial six-year probationary period will receive a salary adjustment parallel to the promotional increment for associate professors. The increment will be determined by the operative section of the collective bargaining agreement for any given year.

  2. Individuals beginning their first five-year "rolling" contract will receive a salary adjustment parallel to the promotional increment for full professors. The increment will be determined by the operative section of the collective bargaining agreement for any given year.

  3. Individuals holding primary appointments as full- time, continuing, non-tenure track faculty as defined in Section 2.1 will not be awarded promotional increments should there be a change in their academic rank.

Submitted by: Provost