Article IV

Definition: In this article, the word Afaculty includes academic staff assigned teaching responsibilities, and Arenewal refers only to reassignment to those teaching duties.

Section 1 Notification of Review for Renewal

The department chair shall assure that each probationary faculty member is notified in writing of the date of his or her department review at least twenty (20) days prior to the date of that review. At the same time, the department review body shall invite other department members, and any other colleagues identified by the faculty member to be reviewed, to present information on his or her behalf. The department chair shall ensure as well that the department member is similarly notified in writing of the dates of impending reviews at higher levels, and similarly notified in writing of the results thereof within twenty (20) days after each decision at each review level.

Section 2 Recommendation Concerning Renewal

Department review bodies shall decide annually to renew or not renew the appointment of faculty members on probationary appointments and all academic staff with teaching appointments. In addition, in situations where the department's position allocation is reduced after the DRB has made an affirmative recommendation, the department shall have the opportunity to reconsider its earlier recommendation in light of the reduction. The decision to renew will be forwarded to the college RST committee for further consideration. The recommendation to renew a faculty member's probationary contract may contain a further recommendation that the renewal take the form of a terminal contract (provided that the contract period does not extend beyond the maximum probationary period) or an academic staff contract. The decision not to renew will be made known to the affected faculty member in writing within twenty (20) days, and the faculty member shall be informed of the recon-sideration and appeal procedures outlined in Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article VIII, below.

Section 3 Recommendation Concerning Renewal of Department Chairs

When the department chair is a probationary faculty member, he or she will not for the purposes of this section serve in any capacity on the department review body. All the provisions of Sections 1 and 2 above will be followed, except that the college dean will also submit an evaluation and recommendation concerning the department chair to the college RST committee.

Section 4 Recommendations Concerning the Renewal of Academic Administrators
  1. When Arenewal means renewal of probationary faculty appointment, all recommen-dations concerning such shall originate with the department wherein each holds rank, and shall be based on academic achievement.
  2. When Arenewal means continuation of administrative appointment, the faculty contri-bution to the Chancellor's decision concerning such shall originate with the University RST Policy Commission.
Section 5 Procedure

Recommendations concerning the renewal of each probationary faculty member shall be sent by the department review body to the college RST committee and to the faculty member. The rules and procedures to be followed by the college RST committee are set forth in the Faculty Bylaws, Part II, Article V, Section 3, a, Duties of the College RST committees. Recommendations of the college RST committee shall be forwarded to the Vice Chancellor.

Section 6 Appeals

Any adverse decision concerning renewal may be reconsidered and/or appealed according to the following:

  1. If the adverse decision concerning renewal originates with the department review body, the aggrieved faculty member shall, at his or her request, be granted a reconsideration according to the provisions of the Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article VIII, Section 2. If, after the reconsideration deliberations, the department review body reaffirms its adverse judgment, the aggrieved faculty member may then initiate the formal appeal procedure outlined in the Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article VIII, Section 3.
  2. If an adverse recommendation concerning renewal originates with the college RST committee the aggrieved faculty member shall, at his or her request, be granted all the rights of reconsideration and appeal set forth in the Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article VIII, Reconsideration and Appeal Procedures.