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Part-Time Faculty Positions

  1. Types
    1. Part-time Faculty Positions with Academic Rank. These positions carry titles of "Part-time Instructor," "Part-time Assistant Professor," "Part-time Associate Professor," or "Part-time Professor." “Part-time” in the title may be replaced by “Adjunct” at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Part-time” in the title may be replaced by “Senior Professor” for those formerly tenured faculty members in the semesters in which they teach part-time after retirement. This category includes those appointed by the University who perform only part-time teaching duties as well as those employed full- or part-time for other duties at the University who are also assigned part-time teaching duties. Normally, these positions carry instructional duties (teaching, service and professional growth) corresponding to less than half the instructional workload of a full-time faculty member. The University will make such appointments in a department or several departments, in the School of Music, or in a program. Appointments are made for a specified period, typically either for a semester or an academic year, and there is no guarantee of continued employment beyond the period specified. These positions are subject to the provisions of the Personnel Policies Articles IA, IIA, VI, and VII (note: as the Personnel Policies are a document relating only to faculty members, the Sections cited apply only to thefaculty portion of an appointment). In addition, Article VII of the Personnel Policies applies to persons appointed to such positions only with regard to grievances concerning dismissal or release from faculty duties. Persons holding these types of position are subject only to the parts of the Personnel Policies cited in this paragraph.
    2. Part-time Faculty Positions with Nominal Rank. These positions carry titles of "with rank of Part-time Instructor," "with rank of Part-time Assistant Professor," "with rank of Part-time Associate Professor," or "with rank of Part-time Professor." “Part-time” in the title may be replaced by “Adjunct” at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This category includes those appointed by the University who perform only part-time teaching duties as well as those employed full- or part-time for other duties at the University who are also assigned part-time teaching duties. Normally, these positions carry instructional duties (teaching, service and professional growth) corresponding to less than half the instructional workload of a full-time faculty member. The University will make such appointments in a department or several departments, in the School of Music, or in a program. Appointments are made for a specified period, typically either for a semester or an academic year, and there is no guarantee of continued employment beyond the period specified. These positions are subject to the provisions of the Personnel Policies Articles IA, IIA, VI, and VII. (Note: as the Personnel Policies are a document relating only to faculty members, the Articles cited apply only to the faculty portion of an appointment.) In addition, Article VII of the Personnel Policies applies to persons appointed to such positions only with regard to grievances concerning dismissal or release from faculty duties. Persons holding these types of position are subject only to the parts of the Personnel Policies cited in this paragraph.
  2. Policies And Guidelines For Part-Time Faculty Members
    Part-time faculty members are recognized as members of the faculty and are accorded some of the rights and privileges pertaining to faculty status. However, part-time faculty may not be granted tenure as long as they are part-time,and they may not serve on the faculty's coordinating or executive committees, though they may be appointed to certain other regular and ad hoc committees and subcommittees (when specified). In principle, part-time appointments should meet emergency needs and certain on-going needs of the schools and departments which may require special expertise or routine assistance where tenure or term appointments may be unwarranted.

    Part-time teachers should be current in their credentials and expertise in their fields and they should pursue professional development in their fields.
    1. Appointment.
      Appointments shall be made by the President or the Vice President for Academic Affairs after consultation with the dean of the school, department chair, or program coordinator who requests such appointments. Each appointment should carry with it a designation of rank and should be for a specific semester or academic year. No announcement of courses to be staffed by part-time faculty members should be made without prior approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Contracts stating conditions of appointment should be executed in all cases, and these should make provision for possible cancellation of classes and appointment based upon low registration. The contract should include a provision for compensation for preparation time for courses that have been cancelled by the University. Appointments or contingency plans should be made in time to allow adequate course preparation, and contracts should be executed as soon as possible after agreement has been reached. A person may receive reappointment at a higher rank consistent with degree status, teaching effectiveness, professional development, and quality of service.
    2. Compensation.
      The basis for compensation of part-time faculty members should reflect both prevailing market conditions and the levels of compensation paid to faculty members in tenure-track or term positions holding the same rank and having comparable experience. This basis for compensation as defined by the President of the University should be consistently applied; however, in cases of special need for tutorial courses, compensation may be below the defined standard. The standard for a minimum course enrollment should be the same for course taught by tenure-track, term and part-time teachers. Part-time teachers who must commute more than 50 miles (one way to the campus) should receive a travel allowance according to a policy defined by the President of the University.
    3. Continuation of Employment.
      The University, by employing a part-time faculty member once or repeatedly, is not undertaking a commitment to provide future employment. Nevertheless, a part-time teacher who has satisfactorily performed prior contractual obligations, should receive special consideration when the University next seeks a part-time faculty member with that specialty; and such part-time teachers should be informed as early as possible about the probability of continued or repeated employment
    4. Evaluation, Reappointment, Promotion.
      The dean of school, program coordinator, or the department chair is responsible for annual evaluation of part-time faculty members. Student opinion surveys shall be administered every semester; copies of these surveys will be sent to the faculty member, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the dean of school, program coordinator or department chair to be placed in the faculty member’s departmental personnel file. Peer evaluations, professional activities, service to the University and participation in faculty development should also figure in the annual evaluation. In determining the impact of the evaluation, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will consult with the department chair, program coordinator, or dean of school concerned, but, in view of the limited term of part-time teachers and of the fact that they are ineligible for tenure, the decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs about compensation, continued employment, and promotion is final.
    5. Rights and Privileges.
      With regard to faculty governance, the faculty will define rights and privileges of part-time faculty members. Part-time teachers may apply for funds for professional development, including faculty development and travel funds according to guidelines determined by the Internal Grants Committee and the administration. They are also entitled to participate in other faculty development programs and activities. They should be given the same initial instruction and continuing information concerning academic and community affairs as is given to faculty members in tenure-track and term positions. Each should have access to the university's instructional services, including office space, telephone, secretarial aid and library and information technology support.