CHAPTER 13 – FACULTY
13.01. Assignment of Courses.
The following policies shall be applied in the assignment of courses to instructors:
A. A seniority system with a right to retain presently held courses, to bid on open courses, and to develop new courses shall be observed. When additional sections of second- and third-year courses in the J.D. program are needed, expressions of interest shall be first obtained from the faculty. Likewise, as it becomes possible to develop small sections in the first-year courses in the J.D. program, similar expressions of interest should be solicited from the then current members of the faculty. B. Each faculty member shall be allowed, if possible, to pursue his or her own interest by teaching courses and seminars in areas of his or her own choosing, consistent with the curricular needs of the College and the experience of the faculty member. However, before developing a new course or seminar, each faculty member should determine whether his or her interests are such that the faculty member can teach either one of the more popular elected courses or develop a small section in a first-year course in the J.D. program.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 17, 1967, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.
13.02. Assignment of Clinical-Track Faculty, Adjuncts and Part-time Teachers.
Part-time teachers and adjunct professors shall be assigned only to those courses or seminars for which the faculty has given prior approval. Regular clinical-track faculty must receive prior faculty approval to teach any course outside of those courses described in Faculty Rule 14A.02
Source: Faculty minutes, May 17, 1967, March 17, 1999, February 12, 2003, September 3, 2003, and April 5, 2012.
13.03. Class Hours Rotation.
Undesirable class hours shall be rotated among the faculty members on a purely mechanical basis.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 26, 1960.
13.04. Assignment of Faculty Offices.
The Dean shall make assignments of faculty offices in accordance with convenience, nature of the work of the faculty members, and seniority.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 7, 1959.
13.05. Reporting Grades.
The members of the faculty shall turn in to the Registrar’s Office not only alphabetical grades but numerical grades based on the scale set out in Rule 9.10.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 20, 1948, and March 17, 1999.
13.06. Research Assignment Program.
For the purpose of facilitating scholarship after tenure, the College establishes a research assignment program for faculty who have attained tenure. Under this program, a faculty committee designated by the Dean may recommend to the Dean and Associate Dean responsible for the curriculum the reduction of faculty teaching loads for a specified number of credit hours to provide the faculty members who have applied for a research assignment with more concentrated time for research. The Dean and Associate Dean responsible for the curriculum will designate the approximate number of credit hours that may be released under this program, consistent with preserving the diversity and richness of the curriculum.
Only tenured faculty are eligible for this program. Faculty will not be eligible for professional development leave and a research assignment in the same academic year. Each recipient shall make a full report of the results of the research assignment to the Dean at the conclusion of the assignment.
Ordinarily, a faculty member may request a research assignment of up to three credit hours for the following academic year and, ordinarily, a faculty member who receives a research assignment in one year would not be eligible to receive another research assignment in the following year. This presumption would not apply if the number of research assignments available consistent with curricular needs exceeds the number of meritorious candidates. In exceptional circumstances, a faculty member may request a research assignment that will be executed over a three year period. In that situation, the faculty member may request from three to six credit hours of research assignment to be credited to his or her teaching load for a three year period. Exceptional circumstances might include a commitment to publish several articles or securing (or being in an advanced stage of negotiating) a contract for the first edition of a book-length project with a university or academic press.
The committee designated by the Dean will establish guidelines for obtaining information relevant to making research assignments. In choosing among applicants for research assignments, the committee’s primary focus will be whether a substantial research project will be completed as a result of the research assignment. In making this determination, the committee shall consider:
1. the professor’s past scholarly production;
2. the concreteness of the professor’s research plan;
3. the professor’s use of previous summer research grants, professional leaves, and other research support to further his or her scholarship;
4. the professor’s eligibility and qualification for promotion;
5. the professor’s prior and current teaching load;
6. the professor’s prior public service, including committee service and administrative work at the College and University level.
The committee may recommend that a faculty member receive a research assignment for fewer credit hours and over a different time period than requested by the faculty member. The Dean and Associate Dean responsible for the curriculum will seek to honor these recommendations consistent with preserving the diversity and richness of the curriculum; they may approve a research assignment but delay its implementation due to curricular needs.
Source: Faculty minutes, February 11, 1998, December 11, 2002.