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Section 605: Faculty Rank and Granting of Tenure

Section 605: FACULTY RANK

State Board Policy Section 605:
Because of the variety of scope and organizational structure of the institutions under the control of the Board, the faculty governance structure at each institution, in accordance with section 305.1 of these policies, shall recommend procedural regulations to the president to implement policies 605.1, 605.2, 605.3 and 605.4, including:

  • procedures for continuing evaluation of both probationary and tenured faculty members; and
  • criteria and procedures by which faculty members are evaluated and recommended for tenure.

See full reference: SBHE Policy: Section 605.1 Academic Freedom and Tenure; Academic Appointments (3/19/2009).

Statement of Purpose:
 The purpose of faculty rank at Williston State College is to acknowledge and reward members of the faculty for professional competence and service to the institution. Procedures and criteria for the attainment and advancement of rank have been established to assure that quality performance is rewarded and recognized.


Instructor


Adjunct faculty
Academic transfer -  Master's degree including sufficient graduate courses in discipline or related discipline OR  Bachelor's degree in discipline plus sufficient graduate hours in discipline or related discipline
Career/Technical -  Associate degree in program taught plus appropriate work experience
Benefited part-time - Requirements for academic transfer or Career and Technical


Assistant Professor


Full-time faculty member
Academic transfer - Master's degree including sufficient graduate courses in discipline or related discipline plus four (4) years teaching experience
Career/Technical - Associate degree in program taught plus four (4) years teaching experience, Career and Technical certification
Benefited part-time -  Requirements for academic transfer or Career and Technical, Equivalent of four (4) years full-time teaching (30 credits/year) experience

Tenure track status for full-time non-tenure track faculty will be reviewed annually at the contract period. Once tenure track status is granted, the faculty member may advance to Associate Professor following the Granting of Tenure policy, and will receive credit towards tenure as defined in the Tenure Track Positions policy.


Associate Professor

Upon achieving tenure
OR
Academic Transfer - Three (3) years as Assistant Professor, Master's degree plus twelve (12) semester credits in discipline or related discipline OR  Master's degree and demonstrated expertise or certifications in specialty field
Career /Technical -  Three (3) years as Assistant Professor, Bachelor's degree or Masters Certification in discipline or related discipline and demonstrated expertise or certifications in specialty field
Benefited part-time - Equivalent of three (3) years full-time teaching as Assistant Professor, Requirements for academic transfer or Career and Technical

Professor

Academic Transfer -  Five (5) years as Associate Professor, Master's degree plus 12 graduate credits in discipline or related discipline and demonstrated expertise or certifications in specialty field
Career/Technical - Five (5) years as Associate Professor, Master's degree or Masters Certification in discipline or related discipline and demonstrated expertise or certifications in specialty field
Benefited part-time - Equivalent of five (5) years full-time teaching as Associate Professor, Requirements for academic transfer or Career and Technical


Section 605: Granting of Tenure

Statement of Regulation:
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education retains unto itself the final and absolute authority to grant tenure. To assist in this decision, the Board takes into consideration the recommendations of the institution's faculty and the endorsement of the institution's President.
In order to qualify for consideration of tenure a faculty member must:

  1. Complete six years of probationary service to the College.
  2. Be recommended for tenure by the Williston State College Faculty Senate's Rank and Tenure Committee.
  3. Receive the endorsement of the President of the College.


Statement of Purpose:
 Tenure has as its fundamental purpose the protection of academic freedom in order to maintain a free and open intellectual atmosphere. The justification lies in the character of scholarly activity, which requires protection from improper influences from either outside or inside the college. A tenure policy strengthens the capability of a college to attract and retain superior teachers and scholars as members of the faculty. Williston State College's tenure policy improves the quality of the faculty by requiring that each faculty member's performance be carefully scrutinized before tenure is granted and periodically thereafter.


Credit for Previous Professional Experience:
 An individual with previous professional experience may, at the discretion of the President of the College, be given tenure credit not to exceed three years. Such credit will be regarded as service to the College for the purpose of this policy. The decision to award credit for previous professional experience shall be made by the President of the College.