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Faculty Appointment Model Implementation Update

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011

Dear Colleagues: 

This message provides an update on the implementation of the appointment policies endorsed by the Faculty Senate and approved by the Board of Trustees in spring 2010. The policies, associated with non-tenure track faculty appointments, include the codification of renewable-term positions (see Faculty Handbook 3.4A.1).

During the 2010-11 academic year, the Provost’s Office worked with deans and chairs to launch the initial implementation. The details of the implementation planning process are outlined in the Faculty Appointment Policies Implementation guidelines (http://www.scu.edu/provost/policy/handbook/upload/faculty-appointment-draft-020111.PDF). Current progress on implementation is described briefly below.

Across the University, 31 faculty were transitioned from fixed-term appointments to renewable-term Lecturer appointments effective September 1, 2011.  The need for 22 additional Lecturer positions was indentified. These additional Lecturer positions will be filled over the course of the next two years pending approval of funding. The distribution of Lecturer positions sorted by College and School is attached.

Eleven faculty were transitioned from fixed-term appointments to Professor of Practice positions. Several new Adjunct Associate, Adjunct Assistant Professors, and Dean’s Executive Professors were appointed as well.

Finally, in 2011 the new procedure for promotion to senior lecturer was initiated.  Five faculty, all in the College of Arts and Sciences, have submitted petitions for promotion. The elections for the Arts and Sciences Committee for Promotion to Senior Lecturer will take place early this fall.  The complete timeline can be found at: http://www.scu.edu/provost/policy/handbook/upload/PromotionofSeniorLecturer02-28-11_1.pdf.

As a part of the implementation process, the planning criteria endorsed by the Faculty Senate in 2010 were taken into consideration.  The two planning criteria are: 

1. Ordinarily, tenured and tenure-track faculty shall constitute no less than one-half of the faculty holding appointments for a full academic year in any department.

2. Faculty with renewable-term or continuing appointment shall ordinarily not constitute more than one-third the number of tenure and tenure-track faculty in any department.

A majority of departments across the University currently meet the planning criteria. My office will continue to work with the deans to monitor our progress each year.

I would like to thank the deans, department chairs, and faculty who helped assess the programmatic needs in their academic unit. The process contributed immensely to the establishment of fair and consistent practices across academic units, providing greater stability of appointments, reducing the burden that repetitive searches place on departments, and clarifying the components of the new category of renewable-term lecturer tomeet persistent programmatic needs.

An open forum is scheduled for October 27 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Williman Room for discussion of the process.  Should you have any questions about the implementation of the faulty appointment policies, please contact Amy Shachter, Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs (ashachter@scu.edu). See also the non-tenure track appointment policies and FAQs at http://www.scu.edu/provost/policy/handbook/.

Sincerely,

Dennis Jacobs
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs