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4.1.1 Initial Appointment, Contract and Terms of Service.

4.1.1 Initial Appointment, Contract and Terms of Service.

Four ranks are used for faculty with tenure-line (tenured or pre-tenure/probationary) status:

Instructor– The Instructor is a tenure-line, non-tenured faculty member who does not yet hold a terminal degree appropriate to the position. 

Assistant Professor– The Assistant Professor is a tenure-line, non-tenured faculty member who holds a terminal degree appropriate to the position.

Associate Professor– The Associate Professor is a tenure-line faculty member who has at least five years with faculty rank and holds a terminal degree appropriate to the position.

Professor– The Professor is an experienced tenure-line faculty member with outstanding performance in teaching, service and professional development holding a terminal degree appropriate to the position.

  1. A faculty member hired with tenure enters with the same rights and responsibilities as other tenured members of the faculty. The granting of tenure upon hire by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation by the President and VPAA/Dean of the Faculty should be done in consultation with the department chair and the Faculty Personnel Committee.
  2. An untenured faculty member hired with tenure-line status serves a series of probationary appointments until the sixth year of service at which time there will be an evaluation for tenure. Credit for prior service will be determined by the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the department chair at the time of the initial appointment under the following limitations:
    1. Service at another institution:
      1. Must have been at an accredited college or university.
      2. Must have been for service at the rank of assistant professor or higher, or equivalent to tenure-line status as judged by the VPAA.
      3. May be counted up to a maximum of three years, regardless of the total.
    2.  Service at Central College: a faculty member with non-tenure-line status at Central College, and with time spent in that position at the rank of instructor, visiting assistant professor, visiting associate professor or visiting professor may request that up to three years of this service count toward the probationary period. This decision is made by the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty in consultation with the department chair.
  3. The initial appointment letter for non-tenured faculty members with tenure-line status will state the date of the probationary period, the date by which a tenure decision must be made, and the date on which the probationary period ends. The initial letter shall also state the rank, the salary and benefits, a general description of responsibilities, the department and/or academic program of the appointment, and such other items of information as may be needed to clarify the faculty member's role and tasks. A faculty member with tenure-line status teaches courses, engages in professional growth and development, and participates in institutional service and leadership.
  4. Written notice that a probationary appointment will not be renewed will be given by March 1 during the first year of service and December 15 during the second year of service, with the exception of Instructor (see 4.1.2E). After the second year of service, written notice of non-renewal of a probationary appointment will be given at least 12 months before the expiration of the appointment.
  5. For faculty holding a tenure-line position, the maximum probationary period prior to acquisition of tenure shall be seven years of full-time service with tenure-line status, except when medical or parental policies (See 6.I.B.3) provide for an extension.
  6. A faculty member may terminate an appointment effective at the end of any academic year, provided that notice is given in writing to the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty.
  7. An approved leave of absence prior to achievement of tenure will not be counted as part of the probationary period unless the letter granting the leave explicitly states otherwise. No more than two years of approved leave may be granted prior to tenure review.
  8. No regular faculty member should accept outside employment that interferes with thorough and efficient performance of responsibilities of the faculty appointment. To teach concurrently at another institution or to accept such employment outside of Central College, the faculty member must secure permission from the VPAA/Dean of the Faculty, in consultation with the faculty member’s department chair.
  9. No faculty member with tenure-line status may be reassigned to visiting status or Lecturer status.