Appendix I

12/5/17

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(Shaded areas in [square brackets] reflect revisions made during the Senate meeting. )

SENATE COMMITTEES ON FACULTY AFFAIRS AND INTRA-UNIVERSITY RELATIONS

Revision of AC-21 Definition of Academic Ranks – Standing, Non-Tenure-line Faculty

(Advisory/Consultative)

Implementation: Upon Approval by the President

Rationale

In 2016, the President accepted changes to the promotion procedures for full-time fixed-term and standing, non-tenure-line faculty members (i.e., continuous term) proposed by the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs. Inconsistencies with regard to the role and review of standing, non-tenure-line faculty and their ability to serve on Fixed-Term Review Committees have been identified. The sense of the committees is that standing, non-tenure-line faculty members have been inadvertently excluded from promotion processes that they should not be excluded from. To this end, the Senate Committees on Faculty Affairs and Intra-University Relations make recommendations that clarify AC-21.

Description

In AC-21, under section “FIXED-TERM RANKS and PROMOTION PROCEDURES,” the following inconsistencies are noted:

  1. As written, only full-time fixed-term faculty are eligible for review by Fixed-Term Review Committees; this leaves the review of standing, non-tenure-line faculty members unclear.
  2. As written, when the University College establishes their Fixed-Term Review Committee, it is only composed of full-time fixed-term faculty from the campuses within the University College; this leaves the eligibility of standing, non-tenure-line faculty members to serve on Fixed-Term Review Committees
  3. As written, in the event that a unit has fewer than seven full-time fixed-term faculty members, at least two members of that unit’s Fixed-Term Review Committee shall be drawn from another unit’s Fixed-Term Review Committee; this leaves the eligibility of standing, non-tenure-line faculty members to serve on Fixed-Term Review Committees
  4. As written, only full-time fixed-term faculty members in each unit are eligible to serve on and to vote for the members of the review committee in their unit; this leaves the voting rights and eligibility of standing, non-tenure-line faculty members to serve on Fixed-Term Review Committees unclear.
  5. As written, in the event that there are insufficient numbers of higher-ranked fixed-term faculty, exceptions to this provision may be permitted by the Executive Vice President and Provost at the request of the academic unit; this leaves the role of standing, non-tenure-line faculty members in the composition of Fixed-Term Review Committees unclear.

Recommendation

Recommended changes to one section of AC-21 are as follows.

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. The only strikeouts below are in reference to “Fixed-Term” portion of “Fixed-Term Promotion Review Committees.” Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add] Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete].

FIXED-TERM RANKS and PROMOTION PROCEDURES:

Fixed-term ranks and titles should follow the guidelines set forth above for teaching, research, and clinical faculty, as well as librarians. Units should have clear rationales for the different ranks and titles they choose to use and their expectations for faculty to achieve these various ranks.

Rather than use the titles “lecturer” and “instructor” interchangeably for fixed-term appointments, each college should determine for itself which of the two titles it chooses to use, and then use that title consistently for such appointments.

Colleges should have their own guidelines for distinguishing between lecturer/instructor, assistant/associate/full professor positions for designating a third rank beyond that of lecturer or for promoting from one rank to the other, but all units should operate under the following University assumptions:

  1. Although there can be exceptions, positions above the first rank are designed to be promotion opportunities, with a recommended period of at least five years in rank as an instructor or lecturer (or, for fixed-term and standing faculty without tenure who hold terminal degrees, assistant teaching/research/clinical professors) before consideration for promotion. Fixed-Term and Standing, non-tenure-line faculty should become eligible for promotion to the second rank after five years in rank, and would be permitted to compile their promotion dossiers in their fifth year. There should be no fixed time period for promotion to the third rank. Reviews for promotions should be conducted solely with regard to the merit of the candidate.
  2. Reviews for promotion of the full-time fixed-term [Add] and standing, non-tenure-line [End Add] faculty shall be conducted by [(Delete) Fixed-Term (End Delete) (Add) Non-Tenure-Line (End Add)] Promotion Review Committees. [(Delete) Fixed-Term (End Delete) (Add) Non-Tenure-Line (End Add)] Promotion Review Committees shall be constituted as follows: each of the colleges at University Park shall establish a committee for that college; each of the five stand-alone campuses (Abington, Altoona, Behrend, Berks, Harrisburg) shall establish a committee for that campus; each of the Special Mission Campuses (Great Valley, College of Medicine, and Dickinson Law) shall establish a committee for that campus; and the University College shall establish one committee composed of full-time fixed-term  [Add]  and standing, non-tenure-line [End Add] faculty from the campuses within the University College, with no more than one member from any campus. If a unit shall have fewer than seven  [Add]  full-time [End Add]  fixed-term  [Add] and standing, non-tenure-line [End Add] faculty members, at least two members of that unit’s [(Delete) Fixed-Term (End Delete) (Add) Non-Tenure-Line Promotion (End Add)] Review Committee shall be drawn from another unit’s [(Delete) Fixed-Term (End Delete) (Add) Non-Tenure-Line Promotion (End Add)] Review Committee. Only full-time fixed-term  [Add] and standing, non-tenure-line [End Add] faculty members in each unit are eligible to serve on and to vote for the members of the review committee in their unit. Only faculty of higher rank than the candidate should make recommendations about promotions. If there should be insufficient numbers of higher-ranked fixed-term  [Add] and standing, non-tenure-line [End Add] faculty, exceptions to this provision may be permitted by the Executive Vice President and Provost at the request of the academic unit.
  3. The promotion procedure itself should include recommendations by both a campus/department faculty committee, (b) the DAA or department/division head, and (c) the approval of the campus chancellor and/or dean of the college.
  4. All promotions should be accompanied by a promotion raise, in addition to a merit raise, to be determined and funded by the college.
  5. The exceptions to this policy are the College of Medicine, the Colleges of Law (Dickinson and University Park), and the University Libraries, since their faculty have for many years been hired off the tenure-track and do not create confusion about their relation to tenure-track faculty.

FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

  • Kathy Bieschke
  • Renee Bishop-Pierce
  • Richard Brown
  • Michael Bruno
  • William Butler
  • Peter Dendle
  • Wendell Franklin
  • Julie Gallagher
  • Edward Joseph Glantz
  • Leland Glenna
  • Terrence Guay
  • Betty Harper
  • Kathryn Jablokow
  • Rosemary Jolly (Vice Chair)
  • Maureen Jones
  • Matthew Jordan
  • Lisa Kitko
  • Angela Linse
  • Michael Lobaugh
  • Yvonne Love
  • Marc McDill
  • Rajen Mookerjee
  • John Nousek
  • Eric Novotny
  • David Passmore
  • Mark Patzkowsky
  • Nicholas Rowland (Chair)
  • Amit Sharma
  • Patricia Silveyra
  • Alok Sinha
  • Stephen Snyder

INTRA-UNIVERSITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE

  • Harold Aurand
  • Claudia Brown
  • Joseph Cusumano
  • Peter Eberle
  • Ryan Elias
  • Raymond Funk
  • David Kahl
  • Carolyn Mahan
  • Clifford Maurer
  • Timothy Palmer (Vice Chair)
  • Rosemarie Petrilla (Chair)
  • Carla Pratt
  • Francesca Ruggiero
  • Bryan Saunders
  • Ann Schmiedekamp
  • Richard Shrugalla
  • Roger Subramanian
  • Johanna Wagner