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Chapter 2

ARTICLE I. Membership of the University Faculty


The University Faculty consists of three different categories of faculty appointments: 1) tenured or tenure track appointments, 2) non-tenure track appointments, and 3) special appointments. Faculty members described in Sec. A and Sec. B shall be deemed "voting members" of the University Faculty. Each engage in the missions of faculty of the University as described below:


Sec. A. Tenured or tenure-track faculty members


Tenured or tenure track faculty members are those persons holding full-time academic appointments at the ranks of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor in the constituent faculties whose obligations to the University include 1) teaching, 2) research and scholarship, and 3) service to the University community. Tenured or tenure track faculty shall be entitled to vote on all matters coming before the University Faculty as well as all matters coming before the constituent faculties in which they are appointed.


Sec. B. Non-tenure track faculty members


Non-tenure track faculty members are those persons holding full-time academic appointments at the ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior instructor, and instructor in the constituent faculties whose obligations to the University include two of the three obligations of the tenured/tenure track faculty, i.e. 1) teaching, 2) research and scholarship or 3) service to the University community. Non-tenure track faculty members shall be entitled to vote on all matters coming before the University Faculty. The by-laws of the constituent faculty shall determine if they may vote on matters coming before the constituent faculties in which they are appointed.


Sec. C. Special faculty members


Special faculty members are: 1) those persons holding part-time academic appointments, or 2) persons holding full-time academic appointments, but who have specific, limited responsibilities for the duration of a specific project, or for a limited duration. Examples of special appointments are faculty members hired for one semester, who teach one course on a repeated basis, who engage in clinical supervision only without other responsibilities to the University, or who are engaged in a specific project conducted outside the University. In general, special faculty members' obligations to the University shall include one of the three obligations of the tenured/tenure track faculty, i.e. 1) teaching, 2) research and scholarship or 3) service to the university community. The titles held by special faculty members shall be determined according to the by-laws of the constituent faculty to which their appointment is made, subject to approval by the provost, and shall include a modifier to traditional ranks that reflects the nature of the appointment. Special faculty members shall not be entitled to vote on any matter coming before the University Faculty. The by-laws of the constituent faculty shall determine if they may vote on matters coming before the constituent faculties in which they are appointed.


Sec. D. Majority of appointments shall be tenured or tenure track


At least a majority of the voting University Faculty members within each constituent faculty shall be tenured or tenure track faculty members. However, under special circumstances which are reviewed by the Faculty Senate and approved by the provost, a constituent faculty may ask for an exception to this rule. Unless otherwise stated in the by-laws or by separate resolution of the constituent faculty, the proportion of tenure/tenure track faculty to non-tenure track faculty within a constituent faculty will be decided by the dean in consultation with that constituent faculty, subject to review by the Faculty Senate and the approval of the provost. The provost will monitor and must approve available tenured or tenure track positions in all constituent faculties.


Sec. E. Members ex officio


The president of the University, the provost or a designee of the president, the secretary of the University Faculty, and such other officers of the University as may be specified in the by-laws of the Faculty Senate shall be voting members of the University Faculty by virtue of office.


Sec. F. List of members of the University Faculty


By September 1 of each year, the dean of each constituent faculty shall furnish to the Secretary of the University Faculty a list of all voting members of the University Faculty, according to the above definitions, showing their respective ranks and voting privileges. Faculty additions or deletions from the list shall be communicated to the secretary of the University Faculty when they occur. Unless a written challenge is filed with the secretary of the University Faculty, each person whose name appears on any of these lists shall be a member of the University Faculty. Such a challenge shall be adjudicated by the Faculty Senate.