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Board of Trustees Approves a New Degree Program and Faculty Handbook Revisions

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012


The Board of Trustees Approves a New Degree Program and Faculty Handbook Revisions
I am pleased to announce that, at its meeting on February 10, 2012, the Board of Trustees approved (i) a set of clarifications and amendments to the Faculty Handbook that were recently endorsed by the faculty senate, and (ii) the creation of a new degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Department of Education. 
The Board acted on the recommendation of the University's Academic Affairs Committee which recommended that the MAT degree become effective for the cohort entering the University in summer/fall 2012. I would like to thank Pedro Hernandez-Ramos and Lisa Goldstein for their work in developing an excellent proposal for the new MAT degree.  For their careful review of the proposal I would also like to thank the Dean's Office in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and the members of the Academic Affairs Committee: Phyllis Brown, Elsa Chen (chair), Steve Chiappari, Robert Henderschott, Pat Hoggard, Katrina Jaber (student representative), Diane Jonte-Pace, Gudrun Tabbert-Jones, and Jeff Zorn.
The clarifications to the Faculty Handbook include:
·          Both courses and course-equivalents are included in determining terms of adjunct faculty on fixed-term appointments.
·          Department chairs write a contextual letter as part of the tenure and promotion process.
·          Non-reappointed non-tenure-track candidates will be informed, upon request, of reasons for denial of reappointment or promotion.
·          Retired faculty may be re-hired in adjunct appointments.
·          Approval process for faculty who wish to teach elsewhere is streamlined.
The amendments to the Faculty Handbook include:
·          New Lecturers must complete at least one review cycle before applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer.
·          Academic year appointments must be at least 50% time.
·          Adjunct professors and research professors may, with approval of the Provost, be appointed for more than six academic years.
·          Senior Lecturers are eligible to apply for sabbatical after nine quarters of service.
·          A postdoctoral fellow appointment category was created.
·          Visiting Scholars and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan.
The revisions to the Faculty Handbook are effective immediately and will be incorporated within the coming weeks into the website For their work in drafting the Faculty Handbook revisions, I would like to thank the members of the Faculty Affairs Committee: Jeffrey Baerwald, S.J. (co-chair), Matthew Bell, Barbara Kelley, Suzanne Luttman, Kathleen Maxwell, Margaret Russell, Reynaud Serrette (co-chair), and Amy Shachter.
Best wishes,