Recently, department and unit heads received notification that faculty need to begin crafting workload policies for their unit. This will be a major project for faculty and is part of our ongoing efforts to develop and document policies on our campus. While it is true that college deans have the right give input to faculty-developed policies, their input is merely advisory in the beginning stages. After faculty in departments and units have developed policies internally, deans can modify the policies. If deans do modify faculty-developed policies, they are obligated to meet with faculty to explain their modifications. Provosts must also approve policies and there is an opportunity to restore any faculty-developed provisions that deans may have modified.
Your engagement and full participation in developing the policies for your unit is vital for robust shared governance, so all faculty are encouraged to show up and be heard on these issues. In addition to studying the CBA [Art. 17, Art 19], please see the United Academics guidelines for the NTTF policies.
Our guidelines are consistent with the CBA and reflect our commitment that all policies should reflect local program needs and requirements.
NTTF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITES
Each policy must address the professional responsibilities expectations for each NTTF classification and rank in each unit in the following areas:
- Course load
- Service expectations
- Research, scholarship, and creative activity
- Professional development related to teaching, research, and service
- Undergraduate and graduate advising
- Student contact and communication
Not all classifications or ranks will have expectations in all of these areas. The unit policy should note when there are no expectations for particular areas.
NTTF REVIEW AND PROMOTION
Each unit must develop written procedures and criteria for conducting contract renewal reviews and promotion.
- Reviews are to ensure that faculty are meeting the standards of excellence and to help faculty grow as scholars, identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement.
- Criteria for evaluation should be linked to the unit’s workload policy. Faculty cannot be evaluated for work that they were not assigned to do.
- Criteria for promotion should provide a guide for departmental committee decisions on recommendations for promotion.
The CBA, guidelines from the Provost, input from Deans, and the guidelines from United Academics should all be consulted as you work on and deliberate each policy in the months ahead. Once again, feel free to contact United Academics and arrange for an officer or member of the contract implementation committee to visit your department and consult with faculty in your unit as you develop these policies.