Resident Contract Faculty Appointments
The 1996 Statement on Academic Freedom, Responsibility and Tenure resident contract faculty (I.D.1.a) as individuals on renewable contracts of one to three years with the option to renew the contract an indefinite number of times at the mutual agreement of the faculty member and the University. These faculty may be full- or part-time (XI.A), and are governed by procedures described in Section XI of the 1996 Statement.
1. Teaching: Most resident contract faculty are hired to provide classroom and/or laboratory instruction. The quality of that instruction should be the primary consideration in the performance evaluation. If curriculum innovation and development or student activity sponsorship and participation are also required, the quantity and quality of these activities should also be considered during the professional evaluation.
2. Research and Sponsored Projects: Participation in research projects, teacher workshops and institutes or student summer programs sponsored by outside agencies may be required by some resident contract faculty appointments. If so, the quality of performance in these activities must be considered during the professional evaluation.
3. Service: Resident contract faculty may also be expected to participate in departmental, collegiate, or university activities. If service is expected, that expectation should be clearly communicated in writing at the time an appointment is made and service activities should be considered during the professional review.
1. Two-year and Three-year Appointments:. Reviews for resident contract faculty on two- or three-year term are scheduled according to Section XI.E of the 1996 Statement.
2. One-year Appointments: Resident contract faculty members with one-year term appointments shall be reviewed early in the second semester of the contract period. Following the review, the resident contract faculty member shall be notified in writing by April 1 whether the appointment will be renewed or allowed to expire.
During a person's resident contract appointment as a member of the faculty, the person shall be eligible to attend and vote at faculty meetings and be eligible for election or appointment to all academic unit, collegiate and university committees except the committees specifically charged with reviewing candidates for tenure and promotion. The term "academic unit" is synonymous with "department" as applied in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
For the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the policy required by Section XI.H of the 1996 Statement is that the College does not allow resident contract faculty to serve on committees at any level that consider the promotion or tenure of resident tenure faculty. Resident contract faculty may, at the discretion of the academic unit review committee, and with the agreement of the candidate, be invited to attend the presentation to the academic unit committee of the candidate's qualifications, if such a presentation is customary in the academic unit. The resident contract faculty member attends without voice or vote, but may respond to questions from the committee.
Approved by Faculty Ballot, September 12, 1997