Chapter One: The University Faculty
§4-01.01 - The Instructional Staff
The instructional staff of the University includes the Faculty [see §4-01.02] and non-tenurable ranks [see §4-02.02].
§4-01.02 - The Faculty
The University Faculty consists of all distinguished professors, university professors, professors, associate professors, assistant professors who are tenured or have received tenure-track appointments to an Arts and Sciences Department or to a Professional School Faculty, and instructors who have received tenure-track appointments to an Arts and Sciences Department or to a Professional School Faculty. Visiting distinguished professors, professors and associate professors are also members of the University Faculty to the extent provided in §4-02.01.
The University Faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. On these matters, the power of review or final decision lodged in the Board of Trustees or delegated by it to the President of the University should be exercised adversely only in exceptional circumstances and for reasons communicated to the faculty.
§4-01.03 - The Various Faculties
- The Faculty of a Professional School or Department consists of those members of the University Faculty who have received appointment to that unit.
- All faculty members appointed to one of the Arts and Sciences Departments are members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is composed of those Arts and Sciences faculty members of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Fordham College at Rose Hill who are delegated by their Departments to teach graduate courses on a continuing basis. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences shall consist of the following:
- For purposes of personnel procedures, all faculty members of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Fordham College at Rose Hill.
- For purposes of representation in University governance, all faculty members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.
- The Faculty of Business is composed of all faculty members who have been appointed thereto.
§4-01.04 - Joint Appointments
A person may be appointed to the faculty of more than one School or Department. Such appointment may be made when the appointee is expected to have continuing responsibilities beyond the teaching of a course or courses in each unit. The faculty rights and privileges of such appointee in each unit shall be determined at the time of initial joint appointment or within a reasonable time.
§4-01.05 - Faculty with Administrative Appointments and Administrators with Faculty Status
- An administrator is an officer of the University [see §3-02], an Administrator, a Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Assistant to the Dean, or any other person designated as an administrator by the Trustees and the President of the University. A faculty member is a person described in §4-01.02 and appointed according to the provisions of §4-05. A person may hold a dual appointment as administrator and member of the University Faculty onlyif the prescribed procedures are followed [see §4-05 for faculty]. In such cases, status as administrator may impose suspension of certain faculty rights during the period of administrative appointment. In cases where the exercise of faculty rights has been challenged, the Faculty Senate shall decide which, if any, faculty rights may be exercised by the person in question during the period of administrative appointment or responsibility. The person whose status is thus challenged shall continue to exercise faculty rights until a decision is made by the Senate.
- Members of the University Faculty appointed administrators, whether full or part-time, are disqualified from voting or serving in the Faculty Senate and from being elected or appointed as faculty representatives on councils, committees and boards; and from serving as members of the School or Department personnel committees for the duration of their administrative appointments, except as specified in subdivision §4-01.05(d) below.
- Persons holding the position of Chairperson of a Division or Department, or the equivalent, are not disqualified from serving as faculty representatives.
- Except as stated in §4-01.05(e), administrators holding status as members of the University Faculty or instructional staff may participate in School or Department meetings as follows:
- Ex officio as administrators, as specified in the constitution, by-laws or regulations of the School or Department.
- As non-voting members, at meetings dealing with non-personnel matters unless otherwise specified in the University Statutes or in the constitution, by-laws or regulations of the School or Department.
- As members, at meetings dealing with personnel matters, providing they hold appointment as a tenured faculty member or hold appropriate rank in the School or Department, and have no further role in making the personnel decision.
- The rights of an administrator defined in §4-01.05(d)(3) do not extend to those holding the position of Associate Dean, Assistant Dean or Assistant to the Dean in the School to which the personnel meeting pertains. However, provided they hold appointment as tenured faculty or hold appropriate rank in the School, Division or Department holding the personnel meeting, such persons may appear before the personnel committee and offer their perspective.
§4-01.06 - Faculty of the Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Titles
- By allowing faculty members to hold titles in both their home Department and in an Interdisciplinary Program, Fordham University aims to recognize faculty participation in Interdisciplinary Programs. Such recognition does not undercut the primacy of the Department. Only a Department can confer a faculty member's rank. That rank is determined according to the process defined in Statutes §4-02.03, §4-02.04, §4-02.05, §4-02.06, §4-02.07, §4-02.08, §4-05.02, and §4-05.05. Those who apply for and receive an interdisciplinary title have the right to append their interdisciplinary title to their faculty rank and department title (i.e. Associate Professor of Political Science and International Political Economy). The granting of an interdisciplinary title implies no other university rights or privileges.
- Faculty who are granted an interdisciplinary title will have made a meaningful contribution to the Interdisciplinary Program in three areas of teaching, research/publications, and service. A qualified initial appointment may be awarded an interdisciplinary title if petitioned for by the recruiting Department, otherwise faculty will generally be eligible for an interdisciplinary title only after two years of service at Fordham.
- Norms for the right to grant interdisciplinary titles by interdisciplinary programs will be established by a committee of the Arts and Sciences Deans and Program Directors before applications for interdisciplinary titles will be accepted. As a minimum, interdisciplinary programs that have the right to grant interdisciplinary titles must be registered with the State and actively offer an undergraduate major or a graduate degree.
- Programs should deposit a copy of their standards for recommending a faculty member for an interdisciplinary title with the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, which has the right to review the standards and ask for changes before accepting them.
- Individual Interdisciplinary Programs are free to set the particular prerequisites, standards, rights, and responsibilities for those seeking and enjoying an interdisciplinary title as long as the following parameters are observed.
- Those seeking an interdisciplinary title must submit an application to the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program with a curriculum vitae and a narrative outlining his/her contributions to the program.
- At least three members of the Interdisciplinary Program (including the Director) must vote on and sign the application.
- After passing the program approval process, the application must also be reviewed and signed by the Chair of the home Department, the Dean of the undergraduate college to which the faculty member is attached, the Graduate Dean (if the Interdisciplinary Program also offers a graduate degree), the Dean of Faculty, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The final signed copy of the application is held in the office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, but copies should be given to the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program, the college Dean, and the graduate Dean (if applicable).
- Once granted, the interdisciplinary title will be in effect for five years or lesser of five years coinciding with the term of the faculty member's employment at Fordham. Thereafter, a faculty member must apply again for the interdisciplinary title. If the faculty member's rank changes, the rank of the interdisciplinary title also changes. Interdisciplinary titles may be given to emeritus/a faculty in perpetuity.
- Faculty members can seek a program title only in programs that are approved according to §4-01.06(c). Faculty members can hold a program title in only one Interdisciplinary Program.
- Faculty members who have been accepted as a member of an Interdisciplinary Program, but who do not apply for an interdisciplinary title or whose application is not accepted, may continue to describe themselves as members of the Interdisciplinary Program.
- Disputes about this approval process will be settled following the same procedures set for merit norms [see Appendix 4-1(d)(4)]. Disputes arising during the review and approval of particular applications will be settled following the statutory procedures for other personnel disputes [see §4-07.31].