UWS 3.01 TYPES OF APPOINTMENTS. (1) Appointments to the faculty are either tenure or probationary appointments. Faculty appointments carry the following titles: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor.
UWS 3.02 RECRUITING. The faculty of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students and with the approval of the chancellor, shall develop procedures relating to recruitment of members of the faculty. The procedure shall be consistent with board policy and state and federal laws with respect to nondiscriminatory and affirmative action recruitment. The procedures shall allow maximum flexibility at the departmental, school and college levels to meet particular needs. In all instances the procedures shall provide for departmental peer review and judgment as the operative step in the recruiting process.UWP. The faculty shall devise and implement a procedure for recruitment and hiring of new members of the faculty. This procedure is to include the following features.
UWS 3.03 APPOINTMENTS GENERAL. The faculty of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students and with the approval of the chancellor, shall develop rules relating to faculty appointments. Each person to whom an appointment is offered must receive an appointment letter in which an authorized official of the institution details the terms and conditions of the appointment, including but not limited to, duration of the appointment, salary, starting date, ending date, general position responsibilities, probation, tenure status, and crediting of prior service. Accompanying this letter shall be an attachment detailing institutional and system rules and procedures relating to faculty appointments. If the appointment is subject to the advance approval of the board, a statement to this effect must be included in the letter.UWP. Each person to whom an appointment is offered must receive an appointment letter in which the chancellor or his designee of the institution details the terms and conditions of the appointment, including but not limited to, duration of the appointment, salary, starting date, ending date, general position responsibilities, rank, probation status, and the crediting of prior service toward the reduction of the normal probationary period. Accompanying this letter there shall be a copy of Personnel Rules for Faculty and Academic Staff. See Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article III, Section 5.
UWS 3.04 PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENTS. Each institution's rules for faculty appointments shall provide for a maximum 7 year probationary period in a full time position, and may provide for a longer maximum probationary period in a part time position of at least half time. Such rules may permit appointments with shortened probationary periods or appointments to tenure without a probationary period. Provision shall be made for the appropriate counting of prior service at other institutions and at the institution. A leave of absence, sabbatical leave, or teacher improvement assignment shall not constitute a break in continuous service, nor shall it be included in the probationary period. Tenure is not acquired solely because of years of service.UWP. The maximum probationary period of a UW-Platteville faculty member whose appointment is full-time shall be seven years. The maximum for a part-time faculty member whose appointment is half-time or more shall be ten years.
UWS 3.05 PERIODIC REVIEW. The faculty and chancellor of each institution, after consul-tation with appropriate students, shall establish rules providing for periodic review of faculty performance.UWP. There shall be periodic review of the performance of all UW-Platteville faculty, and academic staff with faculty status, carried out by appropriate review bodies according to criteria and procedures designed by the faculty within guidelines established by the University Rank, Salary and Tenure Commission and with the approval of the Chancellor. Such periodic review shall include student and peer evaluations. See Faculty Bylaws, Part II, Article XV, Section 4
UWS 3.06 RENEWAL OF APPOINTMENTS AND GRANTING OF TENURE. (1)(a) General. Appointments may be granted only upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the chancellor of the institution. When specified by the board, the institutional recommendation shall be transmitted by the president of the system with his recommendation to the board for action. Tenure appointments may be granted to any ranked faculty member who holds or will hold a half time appointment or more. The proportion of time provided for in the appointment may not be diminished or increased without the mutual consent of the faculty member and the institution, unless the faculty member is dismissed for just cause, pursuant to s. 36.13(5), Stats., or is terminated or laid off pursuant to s. 36.21, Stats.
(b) Criteria. Decisions relating to renewal of appointments or recommending of tenure shall be made in accordance with institutional rules and procedures which shall require an evaluation of teaching, research, and professional and public service and contribution to the institution. The relative importance of these functions in the evaluation process shall be decided by departmental, school, college, and institutional faculties in accordance with the mission and needs of the particular institution and its component parts. Written criteria for these decisions shall be developed by the appropriate institutional faculty bodies.UWP. Recommendations and decisions concerning the renewal of a probationary appointment and the granting of tenure shall be based upon an evaluation of the faculty member's performance of those tasks that make up his or her specific assignment.
(c) Procedures. The faculty and chancellor of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students, shall establish rules governing the procedures for renewal or probationary appointments and for recommending tenure. These rules shall provide for written notice of the department review to the faculty member at least 20 days prior to the date of the departmental review, and an opportunity to present information on the faculty member's behalf. The probationary faculty member shall be notified in writing within 20 days after each decision at each reviewing level. In the event that a decision is made resulting in nonrenewal, the procedures specified in s. UWS 3.07 shall be followed.UWP. The personnel review committee (DRB) of each department or its functional equivalent shall develop policies and procedures for recommending renewal of probationary appointments and the granting of tenure within guidelines established by the University Rank, Salary and Tenure Commission. In every case these policies and procedures shall provide for written notice of the department review to the faculty member at least 20 days prior to the date of the departmental review, and an opportunity to present information on his or her behalf. The probationary faculty member shall be notified in writing within 20 days after each decision at each reviewing level. In the event that a decision is made resulting in nonrenewal, the procedures specified in UWS 3.07 shall be followed. See Faculty Bylaws, Part III, Article IV.
UWS 3.07 NONRENEWAL OF PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENTS. (1)(a) Rules and procedures. The faculty and chancellor of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students, shall establish rules and procedures for dealing with instances in which probationary faculty appointments are not renewed. These rules and procedures shall provide that, upon the timely written request of the faculty members concerned, the department or administrative officer making the decision shall, within a reasonable time, give him or her written reasons for nonrenewal. Such reasons shall become a part of the personnel file of the individual. Further, the rules and procedures shall provide for reconsideration of the initial nonrenewal decision upon timely written request.
(b) Reconsideration. The purpose of reconsideration of a nonrenewal decision shall be to provide an opportunity to a fair and full reconsideration of the nonrenewal decision, and to insure that all relevant material is considered.
UWS 3.08 APPEAL OF NONRENEWAL DECISION. (1) The faculty and chancellor of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students, shall establish rules and procedures for the appeal of a nonrenewal decision. Such rules and procedures shall provide for the review of a nonrenewal decision by an appropriate standing faculty committee upon written appeal by the faculty member concerned within 20 days of notice that the reconsideration has affirmed the nonrenewal decision (25 days if notice is by first class mail and publication). Such review shall be held not later than 20 days after the request, except that this time limit may be enlarged by mutual consent of the parties, or by order of the review committee. The faculty member shall be given at least 10 days notice of such review. The burden of proof in such an appeal shall be on the faculty member, and the scope of the review shall be limited to the question of whether the decision was based in any significant degree upon one or more of the following factors, with material prejudice to the individual:
(2) The appeals committee shall report on the validity of the appeal to the body or official making the nonrenewal decision and to the appropriate dean and the chancellor.UWP. If a department cannot satisfactorily justify the denial of tenure to a candidate after the Appeals Commission finds that "impermissible factors" (age, race, sex, disability, etc.) as described in Wisconsin Statutes 3.08, were used in arriving at the decision, an ad hoc committee will be appointed by the Faculty Senate to evaluate the candidate's qualifications and to present its findings to the Chancellor. The committee will be constituted as follows:
(3) Such a report may include remedies which may, without limitation because of enumeration, take the form of a reconsideration by the decision maker, a reconsideration by the decision maker under instructions from the committee, or a recommendation to the next higher appointing level. Cases shall be remanded for reconsideration by the decision maker in all instances unless the appeals committee specifically finds that such a remand would serve no useful purpose. The appeals committee shall retain jurisdiction during the pendency of any reconsideration. The decision of the chancellor will be final on such matters.
UWS 3.09 NOTICE PERIODS. (1) A faculty member who is employed on probationary appointment pursuant to s. 36.13, Stats., shall be given written notice of reappointment or nonre-appointment for another academic year in advance of the expiration of the current appointment as follows:
UWS 3.10 ABSENCE OF PROPER NOTIFICATION. If proper notice is not given in accordance with s. UWS 3.09, the aggrieved faculty member shall be entitled to a one year terminal appointment. Such appointments, however, shall not result in the achievement of tenure.
UWS 3.11 LIMITATION. Tenure and probationary appointments are in a particular institution; a tenure appointment is limited to the institution in which the appointment is held, unless another institution has, through normal procedures and explicit agreement, undertaken to share in the appointment. The explicit agreement shall specify both the tenure responsibility and the budget responsibility.