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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  http://www.scu.edu/provost/policy/handbook/. 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,
     
    Dennis
  •  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

     

  •  Board of Trustees Approves Two Academic Program Changes

    Saturday, Jun. 4, 2011

     

    The Board of Trustees approved two academic program changes, along with various revisions to the Faculty Handbook, at its meeting last Friday.
     
    The academic program changes are:
     
    ·          Creation of a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. The Board acted on the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, which recommended that this new department become effective in fall 2011. The current Environmental Studies Institute will continue as a separate entity.
     
    ·          Creation of a stand-alone major in Environmental Studies. The College of Arts and Sciences currently offers a stand-alone major in Environmental Sciences and a companion major in Environmental Studies. The Academic Affairs Committee recommended making Environmental Studies a stand-alone major, effective in fall 2011.
     
    The changes to the Faculty Handbook include:
     
    ·          Revisions of Section 3.2.2.1. These changes clarify the ways in which different categories of faculty can participate in searches for tenure-track and tenured faculty. They were recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate on a vote of 90-31 before approval by the Board of Trustees.
     
    ·          Revisions (passim) of Sections 3.7.4, 3.7.7, and 3.7.8. These changes update Handbook sections related to research compliance structures and procedures. They were recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate on a vote of 108-10 before approval by the Board of Trustees.
     
    ·          Revisions of Section 3.10.1.3. These changes clarify that Grievance Committees do not have jurisdiction over decisions involving denial of tenure, promotion, or reappointment of faculty. The clarifications are framed in terms of the different categories of faculty created by the new faculty appointment model approved last year. They were recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee, endorsed by the Faculty Senate, and approved by the Board of Trustees.
  •  The Board of Trustees Approves Revisions to the Faculty Handbook

    Friday, Jun. 4, 2010
     
    In June 2010, the Board of Trustees approved several revisions to the Faculty Handbook.
     
    Faculty Apointments
    Following two years of extensive consultation and hard work by the Faculty Affairs Committee, and a Faculty Senate vote of 108-18, the Board of Trustees approved proposed Faculty Handbook revisions related to categories of faculty appointment and policies applicable to non-tenure-track faculty.
     
    The revisions establish four appointment categories: tenured and tenure-track faculty; faculty on renewable-term or continuing appointment; faculty on fixed-term appointment; and faculty with other kinds of appointments. The revisions establish fair and consistent appointment practices across academic units; recognize a new category of renewable-term faculty in order to meet persistent programmatic needs, provide greater stability of appointment, and reduce the burden that repetitive searches place on departments; and set reappointment and promotion procedures for Lecturers and Senior Lecturers.
     
    Given the magnitude and complexity of the changes, they will take at least one academic year to implement fully. An undetermined number of fixed-term positions will be converted over time to renewable-term positions based upon a careful determination of programmatic need and available funding.
     
    The Board of Trustees approved the new faculty appointment policies, effective immediately, with four stipulations:
     
    ·          Conversion of fixed-term positions to renewable-term positions shall not be automatic and shall follow a plan to be developed by each College and School and approved by the Provost.
     
    ·          Lecturers with fixed-term appointments as described in Sections 3.1.2.2 through 3.1.2.2.1.1 shall be subject to all provisions that apply to adjunct lecturers but shall not be converted to “adjunct” titles until September 1, 2011, or the expiration of their current contract, whichever occurs later.
     
    ·          The third paragraph of Section 3.1.2.2, which sets a limit of six years for certain types of fixed-term appointment, shall go into effect on September 1, 2011. The period of service counted shall include years of service prior to that date.
     
    ·          Noting that “Specific targets are appropriate for planning documents but not policy documents,” the Board did not approve two passages in the proposed revisions: *
     
    o       Section 3.1.1: “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.”
     
    o       Section 3.1.2.1: “Faculty with a renewable-term or continuing appointment shall ordinarily not constitute more than one-third the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty in any department. In extraordinary circumstances and with the approval of the dean and Provost, their number may exceed this target.”
     
    The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board expressed its willingness to consider quantitative norms in the future if they are accompanied by a strong rationale and a careful analysis of need and financial impact.
     
    In the fall, the Provost’s Office will work with the academic deans, the Faculty Affairs Committee, and the Faculty Senate Council to develop an implementation plan for the new appointment policies. In addition, open forums will be held in the fall to discuss the changes.
     
    Patent Policy
    The new patent policy, previously approved by the Faculty Senate on a vote of 70-7, replaces the current Section 3.7.5 of the Faculty Handbook. It clarifies that the University owns all inventions except those making only “incidental” use of University resources; requires disclosure of inventions to the University; sets procedures for filing and prosecuting patent applications; and extends the policy to staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and others using University funds, facilities, or other resources. It is anticipated that this policy will accelerate the development of patents.