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Section 605: Faculty Rank and Granting of Tenure

Section 605: Faculty Rank

 The Faculty Senate's Ranking and Tenure Committee:

  1. The Faculty Ranking Committee shall consist of six members. The members of the committee will consist of the President (ex-officio), Dean of Instructional Effectiveness & Curriculum (ex-officio), HR Manager (ex-officio) and the three tenured faculty. The committee will be chaired by a faculty member.
  2. The three tenured faculty members shall be from different departments, appointed by the Faculty Senate for a three-year term subject to repeat.
  3. If one of the members of the Faculty Ranking Committee is applying for rank, the presiding officer of the Senate shall appoint a substitute committee member.

Application Procedure for Ranking:    

    Assistant Professorship

By January 15, the candidate for promotion to the rank of assistant professor will present a letter of application to the president with a portfolio of the following documents:

  • Evidence of at least four years of service in the rank of Instructor.
  • Evidence of professional growth, e.g., professional organizations and activities, research, workshops attended and given, and works published.
  • Evidence of college and community involvement, e.g., activities and volunteer efforts which result in positive publicity and recognition for the faculty member and the College.


The portfolio should be given to the HR Manager. The HR Manager shall notify the committee. The faculty chair of the committee will convene a meeting.

The committee shall make a determination by majority vote as to whether the candidate fulfills the criteria for promotion.

In case of unsatisfactory determination by the committee, the candidate shall have the right to request an appearance before the committee to speak on his/her behalf for reconsideration.

Upon favorable consideration, the committee shall forward the results to the president.

If the president accepts the committee's recommendation, the president will then confer the rank.

Associate Professorship

By January 15, the candidate for promotion to the rank of associate professor will present a letter of application to the president with a portfolio of the following documents:

  • Evidence of continued service in the rank of Assistant Professor.
  • Evidence of professional growth, e.g., professional organizations and activities, research, workshops attended and given, and works published.
  • Evidence of college and community involvement, e.g., activities and volunteer efforts which result in positive publicity and recognition for the faculty member and the College.

The portfolio should be given to the HR Manager. The HR Manager shall notify the committee. The faculty chair of the committee will convene a meeting.

The committee shall make a determination by majority vote as to whether the candidate fulfills the criteria for promotion.

In case of unsatisfactory determination by the committee, the candidate shall have the right to request an appearance before the committee to speak on their behalf for reconsideration.

Upon favorable consideration, the committee shall forward the results to the president.

If the president accepts the committee's recommendation, the president will then confer the rank.

Professorship

By January 15, the candidate for promotion to the rank of professor will present a letter of application to the president with a portfolio of the following documents:

  • Evidence of at least five years of service in rank of Associate Professor.
  • Evidence of professional growth, e.g., professional organizations and activities, research, workshops attended and given, and works published.
  • Evidence of college and community involvement, e.g., activities and volunteer efforts which result in positive publicity and recognition for the faculty member and the College.

The portfolio should be given to the HR Manager. The HR Manager shall notify the committee. The faculty chair of the committee will convene a meeting.

The committee shall make a determination by majority vote as to whether the candidate fulfills the criteria for promotion.

In case of unsatisfactory determination by the committee, the candidate shall have the right to request an appearance before the committee to speak on their behalf for reconsideration.

Upon favorable consideration, the committee shall forward the results to the president.

If the president accepts the committee's recommendation, the president will then confer the rank.

History:
    First policy draft by the Faculty Senate during the 2012-13 academic year.
    Revisions-Approved by the Faculty Council (04/09/02), Reviewed and updated by Faculty Council: November 7, 2012, Faculty Senate updated December 13, 2012 with permission of Faculty Council.

Section 605: Granting of Tenure

 The Faculty Senate's Ranking and Tenure Committee:

  1. The Faculty Ranking Committee shall consist of six members. The members of the committee will consist of the President (ex-officio), Dean of Instructional Effectiveness & Curriculum (ex-officio), HR Manager (ex-officio) and the three tenured faculty. The committee will be chaired by a faculty member.
  2. The three tenured faculty members shall be from different departments, appointed by the Faculty Senate for a three-year term subject to repeat.
  3. If one of the members of the Faculty Ranking Committee is applying for rank, the presiding officer of the Senate shall appoint a substitute committee member.

Procedures:

  1. In September of each academic year, the President shall notify those persons who are eligible for tenure, and submit these names to the Faculty Senate's Rank and Tenure Committee for consideration.
  2. It is the tenure applicant's responsibility to develop and present an application portfolio to the HR Manager.
  3. The Faculty Senate's Rank and Tenure Committee may ask the tenure applicant to supplement materials when appropriate and take other reasonable steps to assure it has an adequate basis from which to make its recommendation.
  4. The Faculty Senate's Rank and Tenure Committee shall vote on each case individually.
  5. The Faculty Senate's Rank and Tenure Committee shall report its final determination, in writing, to each tenure applicant and to the President.
  6. The President shall review the tenure application(s) and shall determine whether or not to endorse the candidate(s).
  7. The President of the College will present those candidates who qualify for consideration to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education for Board action.
  8. The President of the College shall inform each applicant of the Board's final decision.

Application Process:

  1. The faculty member, who is eligible for consideration of tenure, will complete and present an application portfolio to the Faculty Senate's Ranking and Tenure Committee by November 15 of the applicant's sixth year of tenure-track employment. Failure to prepare the application portfolio shall be interpreted as a disinterest in tenure.
  2. Contents of the application portfolio:

A.    Letter of Application
B.    Evidence of Professional Growth

1.    Resume/Vita
2.    Teaching Philosophy
3.    Goals

C.    Evaluations

1.    Administrative (for past 3 years)
2.    Student (for past 3 years)

D.    Service to College

1.    Campus involvement (on and off campus)
2.    Professional activities

E.    Additional Supporting Documents (optional)    

Criteria to be used by the Faculty Senate's Tenure Committee to Evaluate Tenure Applicants:

The tenure portfolio will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
        80% Teaching effectiveness
        10% Scholarship
        10% Service

Appeal Routes:

  1. In the case of tenure decisions, the faculty member has the right to appeal the committee's decision before the faculty senate or the president of Williston State College.
  2. Once reviews and/or appeals have been completed, the faculty member retains the portfolio and the responsibility for maintaining the portfolio.


History:
    First policy draft by the Faculty Senate during the 2012-2013 academic years.

Revisions- Reviewed and updated by Faculty Council: November 7, 2012, Faculty Senate updated December 13, 2012 with permission of Faculty Council.