All Career Research 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.
Governance in departments and units varies widely across campus, especially in the research areas. The main issue is that many grants specify that all "effort" a faculty member puts for must be in service to the grant. The University strongly believes that any participation in shared governance for faculty on these grants could be a violations of the provision of the grant. In most cases, when a faculty member is not assigned service FTE, Career NTTF still have the right to participate equitably and appropriately in their unit's shared governance, even if they do so on a voluntary basis. The University believes that faculty who are on certain federal grants cannot "volunteer" their time, as "voluntary" time must still be counted as "effort."
In conversation with the University, the we offered many examples of situations where research faculty are required to spend time away from their research - lab meetings, peer presentations, outside guest speakers, etc., but the University expressed confidence that all of the situations we could think of counted as "effort" toward the grant, but service on hiring, merit review, or internal governance committees did not.
Some faculty in the research areas are paid on an hourly basis. Faculty who are paid on an hourly basis are also barred, under law, from "volunteering" their time at work.