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ARTICLE FOUR


POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY
 
Chapter 1:
The University Faculty
Chapter 2:
Ranks of Instructional Staff
Chapter 3:
Responsibility of Faculty
Chapter 4:
Academic Freedom
Chapter 5:
Faculty Personnel Policies and Procedures
Chapter 6:
Faculty Role in University Governance
           
Chapter 7:
Academic Due Process
Chapter 8:
Faculty Salary and Benefits
Chapter 9:
Faculty of the Department of Military Science
Chapter 10:
Amendments
Chapter 11:
Clinical Staff
 
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN

CLINICAL STAFF


§4-11.01 Definition
§4-11.02 Appointment

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§4-11.01 - Definition

Clinical Staff
Appointments as Clinical Staff may be offered to a limited number of qualified individuals whose professional competence and experience as practitioners are deemed beneficial and even necessary to the educational mission of the   Professional Schools and at times the Departments. 

Where accrediting bodies for a Professional School have specific requirements and standards for clinical appointments, these requirements and standards will generally take precedence over the statutory requirements specified in §4-11.01-.02.

The appropriate maximum number of these appointments should be determined by a majority vote of the tenured faculty in the School or Department and submitted to the Dean by November 1 who will forward the result to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by November 15.

The rationale for each Clinical Staff appointment and its functions and duties will also be determined by a majority vote of the tenured faculty in the School or Department and submitted to the Dean by November 1, who will forward the result to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by November 15.

Clinical Staff positions are outside the tenure-track.  Clinical Staff positions with no additional duties involve teaching at least six but no more than eight courses in an academic year, or their equivalent in the Professional Schools.  Clinical Staff positions with additional duties involve teaching at least four but nor more than six courses in an academic year, or their equivalent in the Professional Schools.  Clinical Staff are not eligible to carry out roles reserved to faculty as described in §4-06.01-.55.

Clinical appointees are designated as Clinical Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor.  Service in these positions does not count toward tenure.  Faculty who were denied tenure may not be appointed as Clinical Staff.

The Office ofthe Vice President for Academic Affairs will file with the Faculty Senate by December 1 of each year a report stating the number of Clinical Staff being employed by the University disaggregated by School and Department.

§4-11.02 - Appointment


(a) Authority for Appointment.  All appointments to the Clinical Staff are made by the President of the University acting through the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

(b) Terms of Appointments.  Appointments are made for fixed terms, not to exceed three years in the case of Clinical Assistant Professors and Clinical Instructors or five years in the case of Clinical Professors and Clinical Associate Professors.  This does not preclude applications for another Clinical Staff appointment.  Appendix 3a discusses normal periods of appointment to Clinical Staff positions.

The terms and conditions, in writing, of every appointment to the Clinical Staff, including a copy of these Statutes, shall be transmitted to the appointee by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Any subsequent modification of the terms of the agreement shall be in writing executed by both the appointee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

(c) Eligibility for Clinical Appointment.  To be eligible for a clinical appointment, a candidate must present evidence of substantial experience as a practitioner and/or appropriate education in a field relevant to the appointment.

(d) Procedures for Appointment. 

                    (1) All personnel searches must be conducted in accordance with the University’s
                      Equal Employment/Affirmative Action policies contained in Appendix 3b.

                    (2) Schools and Departments may establish their own procedures for faculty consultation
                      concerning appointments, subject to the provisions of these Statutes.

                    (3) The Chairperson of a Department, or the Dean of a School not so organized, shall
                      initiate the process for authorization and recruitment of prospective Clinical Staff members.

                    (4) The Deans consult with the Department Chairs and the Program Directors to arrive
                      at a determination of hiring priorities.

                    (5) The Vice President for Academic Affairs establishes the official authorizations based
                      on the needs of the Departments, Programs, and Schools not so organized as well as
                      budgetary constraints.  The official notification of action will include a statement regarding
                      participation of programs and the procedure regarding hiring.

                    (6) The recommendation to offer an appointment is based on the needs of the Department
                      or School not so organized.  For planning purposes a   Clinical Staff member must notify
                      by March 15 the Department Chair or Dean of Schools not so organized if he/she wishes
                      to be considered for a clinical appointment after the expiration of his/her current contract. 
                      In the absence of this notification, it is presumed that the staff member does not wish to
                      be considered for an appointment.

                    (7)  Candidates for appointment to the Clinical Staff shall be interviewed by the Department
                      Chairperson, or the search committee Chairperson, who shall be a member of the faculty,
                      at least three faculty members of the unit, at least one of whom shall be tenured, and the
                      Dean(s).  In Schools not organized by Department, the Chairperson of the Search Committee,
                      who shall be a member of the faculty, and at least three faculty members of the unit, at least
                      one of whom shall be tenured, shall interview the candidates.  In the case of appointments
                      to the ranks of Clinical Associate Professor and higher, two of the interviewing faculty
                      members shall possess the rank of Associate Professor or higher.

                      All eligible tenured faculty will review the application and supporting  documents.  A quorum
                      of 80% of eligible faculty will meet and vote on the application.  The presiding officer will
                      submit a report to the Dean. All other faculty members of the Schoolor Department shall be
                      afforded reasonable opportunity to review the application submitted by the candidate, and when
                      practicable, the opportunity to meet the candidate.  The interviewing faculty, the Chairperson, and
                      others who wish to do so, shall submit their recommendations concerning appointment to the  
                      Dean.

                    (8) The Dean’s recommendation concerning the appointment shall be transmitted to the
                      Vice President for Academic Affairs, together with the faculty recommendations.  The Vice
                      President for Academic Affairs shall submit a recommendation to the President of the
                      University.  With the approval of the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall
                      negotiate a contract of appointment with the candidate.

                    (9) Except in rare cases, and for compelling reasons, no Clinical Staff appointment shall be
                      made over the expressed objection of the faculty of the School or Department.
                                      
                    (10) The provisions of §4-07.41 concerning confidentiality apply to all faculty members and
                      administrators involved in the making of personnel recommendation and decisions.



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