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Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

Preface

Chapter I  
Introduction to UW-River Falls

Chapter II  
Administrative Organization

Chapter III
Organization of the Faculty and Academic Staff

Chapter IV
Faculty Personnel Rules and Procedures of UW-River Falls

Chapter V
Compensation Procedures and Issues

Chapter VI
UW-River Falls Academic Staff Personnel Policies and Procedures

Chapter VII 
UWS and UWRF Policies

Chapter VIII
Academic Standards, Procedures and Policies

Chapter IX
Communications, Media, Publications, and Other Services

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Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

19th Edition, 2008


Chapter IV: Faculty Personnel Rules and Procedures of UW-River Falls

4.1 Personnel Definitions - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.1.1 Academic Unit

4.1.1.1 Augmented Departments for Personnel Decisions

4.1.2 Academic Unit Head
4.1.3 Faculty Appointment
4.1.4 Probationary Appointment
4.1.5 Tenure Appointment
4.1.6 Faculty
4.1.7 Academic Staff
4.1.8 Dean
4.1.9 Chancellor
4.1.10 Vice Chancellors and Deans
4.1.11 Tenuring of Administrators
4.1.12 Middle Management
4.1.13 Department Chair

4.1.13.1 Term
4.1.13.2 Selection Process
4.1.13.3 Timeline for Chair Selection
4.1.13.4 Eligibility to Vote
4.1.13.5 Nomination Procedure
4.1.13.6 Dean's Recommendation
4.1.13.7 Acting Chair Appointments

4.1.14 New Appointment
4.1.15 Academic Year Appointment
4.1.16 Annual Appointment
4.1.17 Summer Session Appointment
4.1.18 J-term Appointment

4.2 Recruitment and Initial Appointment - Faculty Personnel Rules

Chancellor's Statement

4.2.1 Procedures for Recruitment

4.2.1.1 Responsibility of Department
4.2.1.2 Determination of Recruitment Committee Structure

Table 4.2.1.2 Recruitment Committees

4.2.1.3 Preparation of Recruiting Plan
4.2.1.4 Candidates’ Files
4.2.1.5 Screening of Applications
4.2.1.6 Background Check

4.2.2 Procedures for Recommendation

4.2.2.1 Meeting to Determine Candidates Acceptable for Hiring
4.2.2.2 Narrative Report Rrom Recruitment Committee
4.2.2.3 Content of and Response to Narrative Report
4.2.2.4 Procedures if Lack of Agreement
4.2.2.5 Forwarding of Department’s Recommendation
4.2.2.6 Provost and Vice Chancellor’s Decision
4.2.2.7 Procedure if Candidate Declines
4.2.2.8 Tenure Consideration with Initial Appointment

4.2.3 Notification of Initial Appointment

4.2.3.1 Appointment Letter and Years of Experience
4.2.3.2 Notification of Candidates Not Offered Appointment

4.3 Renewal and Nonrenewal of Probationary Appointments - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.3.1 Recommendation From an Academic Unit

4.3.1.1 Time Strictures
4.3.1.2 Voting Eligibility

4.3.2 Criteria for Recommendation

4.3.2.1 Core Criteria
4.3.2.2 Deficiency
4.3.2.3 Departmental Criteria
4.3.2.4 Professional Record
4.3.2.5 Personal Statement

4.3.3 Procedures for Recommendation

4.3.3.1 Names of Probationary Faculty Forwarded to Department by Dean
4.3.3.2 Notification of Probationary Faculty and Department
4.3.3.3 Meeting for Discussion Prior to Vote
4.3.3.4 Voting Procedure
4.3.3.5 Counting of Votes
4.3.3.6 Report of Recommendation
4.3.3.7 Period for Review of Report
4.3.3.8 Disposition of Documents

4.3.4 Disclosure of Recommendation to a Faculty Member

4.3.4.1 Written Notice From Academic Unit to Faculty Member
4.3.4.2 Notification of Probationary Faculty at Each Reviewing Level

4.3.5 Administrative Review of the Recommendation

4.3.5.1 Levels of Review
4.3.5.2 Faculty Member Informed of Chancellor’s Decision
4.3.5.3 Request for Reconsideration

4.3.6 Implementation Dates

4.3.6.1 Associate Professor/Tenure
4.3.6.2 Notice Periods
4.3.6.3 Mid-year Appointment
4.3.6.4 Probationary Faculty Calendar

4.4 Tenure and Promotions - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.4.1 General

4.4.1.1 Timing of Tenure Recommendation
4.4.1.2 Criteria for Early Tenure Decision
4.4.1.3 Criteria for Delayed Tenure decision
4.4.1.4 Leave of Absence or Sabbatical
4.4.1.5 Other Circumstances That May Delay Tenure Decision

4.4.2 Procedure
4.4.3 Review and Rectification of Denial of Tenure For Impermissible Factors

4.4.3.1 Procedures For the Review and Rectification of Denial of Tenure on Basis of Impermissible Factors

4.4.4 General Criteria for Promotion

4.4.4.1 Specific Criteria for Promotion to Associate Professor
4.4.4.2 Procedure for Promotion to Associate Professor
4.4.4.3 Specific Criteria for Promotion to Professor
4.4.4.4 Procedure for Promotion to Professor
4.4.4.5 Qualifications for Promotion
4.4.4.6 Promotion Procedures

4.5 Periodic Review - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.5.1 Post-tenure Review of Professional Activities of Faculty
4.5.2 Conducting the Review
4.5.3 Challenging the Review

4.5.3.1 Procedures: Post-tenure Review Timeline
4.5.3.2 Table: Post-tenure Review Calendar

4.5.4 Professional Record Procedures
4.5.5 Student Evaluation of Instruction

4.5.5.1 Introduction
4.5.5.2 Uses of the Uniform Survey Results
4.5.5.3 Uniform Survey Instrument
4.5.5.4 Recommendation for Further Evaluation

4.6 Rules for Nonrenewal Appeals - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.6.1 Authority to Review
4.6.2 Request for Review
4.6.3 Burden of Proof
4.6.4 Scope of Review (Impermissable Factors)
4.6.5 Proceedings Before the Committee
4.6.6 Committee Report
4.6.7 Continued Jurisdiction
4.6.8 Final Decision

4.7 Standing Committee For Dismissals, Layoffs, and Terminations - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.7.1 Termination Committee

4.8 Faculty Consultative Committee and Rules on Seniority -Faculty Personnel Rules

4.8.1 Faculty Consultative Committee
4.8.2 Seniority

4.9 Procedure For Handling Complaints - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.9.1 Committee Defined
4.9.2 Complaints Defined
4.9.3 Procedure

4.9.3.1 Submission of Complaint
4.9.3.2 Notification of Faculty Member
4.9.3.3 Request for a Hearing
4.9.3.4 Time Limit for Hearing
4.9.3.5 Closed/Open Hearing
4.9.3.6 Information Considered by Committee
4.9.3.7 Presence of Concerned Faculty Member
4.9.3.8 Presumption of Innocence
4.9.3.9 Report of Committee’s Findings

4.9.4 Decision of the Chancellor
4.9.5 Preclusion of Double Jeopardy

4.10.Procedure For Handling Grievances - Faculty Personnel Rules

4.10.1 Other Grievances
4.10.2 Committee Defined
4.10.3 Procedure

4.10.3.1 Notification of the Committee Chair by Faculty Member
4.10.3.2 Initial Hearing
4.10.3.3 Decision to Dismiss Grievance
4.10.3.4 Decision to Investigate Grievance
4.10.3.5 Preparation and Submission of Written Report by Committee

4.10.4 The Chancellor's Responsibility
4.10.5 Access to the Board of Regents

4.11 Faculty Personnel Rules - UWS Guidelines for Reporting Outside Activities Under UWS 8.025

4.11.1 Reporting

4.11.1.1 Report Form Definitions
4.11.1.2 Reportable Activities

4.11.2 Outside Activities
4.11.3 University Responsibilities
4.11.4 Definitions

4.11.4.1 Extensive, Recurring or Continuing Activities
4.11.4.2 Substantial Outside Activities

4.11.5 Reporting
4.11.6 Review and Action

4.11.6.1 Forwarding of Reports
4.11.6.2 Dealing with Activities Determined Excessive or Improper

4.11.7 Appeal
4.11.8 University Equipment and Services

4.12.Faculty Sabbatical Procedures

4.12.1 Purpose
4.12.2 Types

4.12.2.1 One Year
4.12.2.2 One Semester

4.12.3 Eligibility

4.12.3.1 Criteria
4.12.3.2 Requirement to return to UWRF

4.12.4 Requirements
4.12.5 Conditions
4.12.6 Selection of Sabbatical Leave Recipients

4.13 Emeritus Status: Criteria, Procedures, Privileges

4.13.1 Criteria for Awarding Emeritus Status
4.13.2 Requirements
4.13.3 Procedures
4.13.4 Privileges

 

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