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Faculty Handbook Part II Archived

 

Archived Nov. 1, 2010

Categories and Terms of Appointment

 

II-B-1 Categories of Appointment

.016 Regular membership in a Faculty includes appointments with continuous tenure (B-2), appointments probationary for tenure (B-3), and contract appointments without tenure (B-4). All other appointments to association with a Faculty, as described in (B-5-7), regardless of length of term or extent of duties, full-time or part-time, do not confer regular membership in a Faculty. Unless specifically provided for in this Manual and arranged for by prior mutual agreement, these appointments do not count as time in service toward acquisition of tenure.

 

II-B-2: Tenured Appointments

.017 A tenured Faculty appointment is a permanent appointment to a School of this university, or, if the School is departmentalized, to a particular Academic Department of the School. In the case of a joint appointment, tenure applies to the position as mutually agreed upon by the academic units involved. A Distinguished Professor (cf. A-1.002) holds tenure in the university at large. In the event that the university is reorganized through mergers or other restructuring of academic units, the tenured appointment of an affected Faculty member continues in the successor academic unit. If the reorganization results in the abolition of a particular academic unit, tenured faculty appointments may be terminated according to provisions in G-8.

 

II-B-3: Appointments for Probationary Tenure

.018 An appointment probationary for tenure is an appointment to a Faculty for a term of one or two years, and is subject to renewal up to a maximum of seven years of service, whether continuous or, if not continuous, in the aggregate, at this university. In determining the maximum duration of probationary status the following shall apply:

.019 (a). Appointments ad interim are included;

.020 (b) Appointments as Visiting Faculty are included beyond the first year;

.021 (c) Time spent on Leave of Absence is excluded;

.022 (d) In extraordinary cases, pursuant to a written agreement signed by the appointee an the Provost, the period during which the appointee provides at least half-time service in non-academic duties may be excluded; for example, Deans, or Assistant or Associate Deans, may qualify under this rule, but in no case may such extension run for more than four years.

.023 Probationary appointments are for the term stated in the official letter of appointment and, subject to the notice requirements of this article, end on the date specified unless a new letter of appointment is issued prior to such terminal date. Written notice that a probationary appointment will not be renewed or that the term of an existing probationary appointment is to be amended will be given:

.024 (a) By March 1 of the first academic year of service if the appointment expires at the end of that academic year, or at least three months in advance of its expiration if this occurs at some other time during the year;

.025 (b) By December 15 of the second academic year of service if the appointment expires at the end of the academic year, or at least six months in advance of the expiration of the appointment if this occurs at some other time during the year;

.026 (c) At least twelve months before the expiration of an appointment, if this occurs after two or more years of service at the university.

.027 The notice of non-renewal shall be in standard form and need not state reasons for the decision, except as provided in C-12.

.028 If the university fails to provide timely notice under this article, the appointment is extended under existing terms and conditions for a period equivalent to an additional academic year. An extension under this provision, even if the time of service in probationary status then exceeds seven years, does not automatically entitle the Faculty member to an appointment with continuous tenure.

 

II-B-4: Contract Appointments Without Tenure

.029 On the recommendation of the cognizant Faculty and with the approval of the Provost, and based on a written description of the teaching and related duties, a Faculty position involving full-time teaching in a clinical or professional skills program may be designated as a non-tenure track ("Contract") position. Titles associated with contract positions shall be appropriately distinguishing, such as "Clinical Assistant Professor," as determined by the Provost. The Academic Senate shall set specific limits on the number of contract appointments authorized in a particular academic unit.

.030 The initial appointment may be for one or two years and may be renewed for successive terms under the same procedures as apply to Faculty with appointments probationary for tenure. After six years of continuous service, subsequent reappointments may be for periods of up to five years, but without continuous tenure. If the appointment is not renewed, written notice of non-renewal shall be given as provided in B-3.023-028.

.031 Contract appointments may be made at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor. A Faculty member with a Contract appointment is accorded parity of compensation, benefits and perquisites, and governance and voting rights, with other Faculty of comparable rank.

.032 A Faculty member with a Contract appointment may apply for an appointment probationary for tenure, if a vacancy exists, under normal procedures for recruitment and appointment. In such a case, time served in the Contract position beyond the first year counts toward the maximum allowable period of probationary service (B-3.018-022). If time served in the Contract position exceeds the maximum allowable period of probationary service, the Faculty member shall be considered to have completed five years of probationary service and shall be reviewed for tenure upon application for the change of status. In either case, in the event the outcome of the review is negative, the terms of the current Contract appointment shall be honored but the Faculty member shall not be eligible for subsequent reappointment to the Contract position.

.033 A Faculty member with an appointment probationary for tenure may apply for a Contract appointment, if a vacancy exists, under normal procedures for recruitment and appointment. However, a Faculty member in probationary status is not eligible to apply for such a change of status if that Faculty member has been reviewed for tenure with the result that tenure was not recommended.

 

II-B-5: Professors Emeriti

.034 A title of honor, Professor Emeritus or Emerita, may be conferred upon a retiring or retired member of a Faculty by the Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of the School, the Academic Senate, and the President. The Academic Senate considers for recommendation retiring Ordinary Professors who have held regular membership in a Faculty at this university for at least ten years, or have served with notable distinction for a shorter period.

.035 A Professor Emeritus or Emerita is entitled to participate without vote in Faculty meetings and to have office space and other supporting services provided by the respective Department or School, depending upon availability.

 

II-B-6: Faculty Associates

.036 Research Professor. A research appointment at any of the three professorial ranks may be made on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean and Department or School Faculty and upon the approval of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the School. For the rank of Research Professor or Research Associate Professor the approval of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the Academic Senate is also required. A research appointment may be made for either full-time or part-time service. The appointment is for one academic year and may be renewed upon the recommendation of the Dean and Department or School Faculty. A research appointee must also be reviewed for reappointment periodically by the CAP of the School: every five years for the rank of Research Professor, three years or the rank of Research Associate Professor, and two years for the rank of Research Assistant Professor. Promotion within the various research professorial ranks may be made through regular procedures for promotion in rank (Section C. Procedures for Appointments and Promotions) according to criteria applicable to research appointments (Section D. Criteria for Reviews).

.037 A research appointment is distinguished from other academic appointments in that it carries no teaching duties and is normally supported by funds from sources other than the annual operating academic budget of the university.

.038 A professor with a research appointment enjoys such privileges as the Department or Faculty may extend, except those of voting or serving as an officer of the Department or School.

.039 Visiting Professor. A visiting appointment for one semester or less, at any of the three professorial ranks, may be made on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean, and in the case of departmentalized Schools, the Chair, provided that the appointee holds or has held comparable rank at another institution. A visiting appointment for more than one semester or of a person without comparable rank elsewhere requires the normal approvals of the Departmental or School Faculty, and of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the School. For Associate or Ordinary Professor rank the approval of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the Academic Senate is also required.

.040 A visiting professor is limited to a maximum of two consecutive years of service at this university.

.041 A visiting professor enjoys such privileges as the Department or Faculty may extend, except those of voting or serving as an officer of the Department or School.

.042 Exchange Professor. The title Visiting at the three professorial ranks is also used for an exchange professor, i.e. a person from another institution who replaces CUA Faculty temporarily through a reciprocal arrangement. Procedures for the appointment of exchange professors are the same as for other visiting professors (B-6.039-041).

.043 Adjunct Professor. An adjunct appointment at any of the three professorial ranks may be made on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean and Department or School Faculty and upon the approval of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the School. For the rank of Adjunct Professor or Adjunct Associate Professor the approval of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions of the Academic Senate is also required. An adjunct appointment is for part-time service. The appointment is for one academic year and may be renewed on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean and Department or School Faculty. An adjunct appointee must also be reviewed for reappointment periodically by the CAP of the School: every five years for the rank of Adjunct Professor, three years for the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor, and two years for the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor. Promotion within the various adjunct professorial ranks may be made through regular procedures for promotion in rank (Section C. Procedures for Appointments and Promotions) according to criteria applicable to adjunct appointments (Section D. Criteria for Reviews).

.044 An Adjunct Professor is distinguished from a Lecturer by specification of a Faculty rank for which the appointee possesses the required qualifications and by virtue of academic services rendered in addition to teaching, e.g., serving on dissertation committees.

.045 An Adjunct Professor enjoys such privileges as the host Department or Faculty may extend, except those of voting or serving as an officer of the Department or School.

.046 Lecturer. A Lecturer is appointed on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean, and in the case of departmentalized schools, the Chair, for part?time teaching service without Faculty responsibilities beyond the courses assigned. The appointment may be made for one term or for one academic year without limitation as to the number of reappointments. A Lecturer enjoys such privileges as the Department or Faculty may extend, except those of voting and serving as an officer of the Department or School. The title of "Distinguished Lecturer" or "Senior Lecturer" may be used to reflect the status of the appointee.

.047 Research or Clinical Associate. An appointment as Associate without distinction as to rank may be made on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean, and in the case of departmentalized schools, the Chair, to designate a person who assists in the execution of research, offers clinical service and instruction, or performs similar requisite services. An Associate is appointed for one year without limitation as to the number of reappointments, and enjoys such privileges as the Department or Faculty may extend, except those of voting and serving as an officer of the Department or School.

.048 Visiting Scholar. An appointment of a Visiting Scholar or other Faculty Associate such as Artist-in-Residence or Judge-in-Residence may be made on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean, and in the case of departmentalized schools, the Chair, to designate a person invited to the university for a limited period of time, ordinarily no longer than one semester, with such functions and privileges as the Department or School may specify.

 

II-B-7: Teaching or Research Assistants

.049 A Teaching or Research Assistant is appointed on the recommendation of the cognizant Dean, and in the case of departmentalized schools, Chair, and the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. An Assistant is assigned to academic service in the classroom or laboratory or the equivalent, consonant with professional development and limited so as to allow reasonable progress in the completion of the appointee's degree program. The appointment may be made for one semester or for one academic year and may be renewed after review of the academic record, provided that the appointee continues to enroll as a degree student. Renewal is usually limited to a total of three years. An Assistant shares such privileges and responsibilities as the Department or Faculty may extend, except those of voting and serving as an officer of the Department or School.