Multi Year Rolling Contracts for Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Date Approved: 
May 6, 2014
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Based on the latest Guideline to Faculty Titles from the Dean of Facilities and Associate Provost Office, the Faculty Advisory Committee proposes multi-five year rolling contracts for all non- tenured track faculty with the rank of associate or above and multi-three year rolling contracts for all non-tenured track faculty with the rank of assistant professor.

Guideline to Faculty Titles from the Dean of Facilities and Associate Provost Office

  1. Faculty members appointed to Clinical Professor, Instructional Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Instructional Associate Professor, and Senior Lecturer (exclusive of the adjectives research, visiting, or adjunct) will have annual appointments for at least the first three years, but will always receive 12-months’ notice if they are not to be reappointed. These appointments do not need to be full-time appointments, but intent to change the percent effort of the appointment should either be by mutual agreement of the faculty member and the Department, or after 12 months’ notice to the faculty member. (Section 3.4)
  2. Faculty members in these ranks will normally be considered for promotion after five years. However, unless ‘time in rank’ is one of the criteria for promotion, nothing shall prevent a faculty member from seeking promotion at an earlier time. All requests for promotion from eligible candidates must be considered. Each annual faculty-performance evaluation must address the extent to which their performance is in line with the level of expectation for their current rank, and, if it applies, the extent to which they are making progress towards their next promotion. (Senior Lecturers can be promoted to an [Adjective] professorial title if their appointment responsibilities are expanded beyond solely teaching). Failure to receive promotion does not affect reappointment consideration. (Section 3.4.1)
  3. Faculty members appointed to Clinical Assistant Professor, Instructional Assistant Professor, and Lecturer (excluding the adjectives research, visiting, and adjunct), will normally have annual appointments for their first five years of service. Notification of non-reappointment should be made as soon as possible, but in all cases they should be notified no later than one month after the Board of Regents has approved the next fiscal year TAMU budget. Faculty members who have continuously been in one of these ranks for five full-time-equivalent years during a continuous seven year period are entitled to 12-months’ notice if they will not be reappointed. (Section 3.5)
  4. Faculty members in these ranks will normally be considered for promotion from these ranks after five years. However, unless ‘time in rank’ is one of the criteria for promotion, nothing shall prevent a faculty member from seeking promotion at an earlier time. All requests for promotion from eligible candidates must be considered. Each annual faculty-performance evaluation must address the extent to which their performance is in line with the level of expectation for their current rank, and, if it applies, the extent to which they are making progress towards their next promotion. (Section 3.5.1)

 

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