Shared Governance Rights
All Career Instructional NTTF have shared governance rights in their department or unit.
Our contract guarantees that Career NTTF have "appropriate and equitable" shared governance rights. Appropriate and equitable is defined in the contract:
Policies for internal governance must include provisions for appropriate documentation of decisions and for the appropriate and equitable participation of both faculty in the Tenure Track and Tenured Professor classification and Career NTTF in governance and the development of departmental or unit policies.
a. The participation must be appropriate. Appropriate participation includes, but is not limited to, departmental activities such as unit meetings, voting, and committee membership. There must be documented and legitimate structural, pedagogical, or programmatic reasons for determining that a class of faculty (TTF or Career NTTF), a particular classification, a particular rank, or a particular FTE level should not participate in a particular aspect of governance.
b. When participation is appropriate, it must also be equitable. Equitable participation requires a level of parity that allows TTF and Career NTTF in a department or unit to have a meaningful role in governance. Equitable participation does not mean that governance roles for every faculty member must be exactly the same or that there must be absolute proportionality in governance for all faculty classifications and ranks.
One of the trickier situations that comes up is when a faculty member is not assigned service FTE. In the absence of service FTE, Career NTTF still have the right to participate equitably and appropriately in their unit's shared governance. Conversely, while a Career NTTF has the right to participate, they do not have the right to service FTE for their participation.
Governance in departments and units varies widely across campus, but in most situations, it will be true that Career NTTF have the right to attend department meetings and should have a full vote in the process. No Career NTTF should be disenfranchised because of their rank, their full or part-time status, or their service FTE.
If you have further questions about your shared governance rights, please contact your VP for Instructional Non-Tenure Track Affairs.