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Faculty Contract Policy

Full-time faculty members receive a one-year, three-year, or five-year employment contract. The considerations include their years of service to Stevenson University, outcomes related to the Faculty Evaluation System - including, but not limited to their annual performance appraisals, and the curricular and other needs of the University, in the judgment and discretion of the University. These considerations apply to all faculty contracts described in this Policy.

Visiting full-time faculty receive an annual contract.

Adjunct faculty members receive an employment letter from Human Resources at the time of hire and a letter from their dean with their tentative teaching assignments at the start of each semester or term.

Annual Employment Contracts for New Full-Time Faculty

Full-time faculty members receive annual contracts for each of the first three years of employment based on outcomes related to the Faculty Evaluation System—including, but not limited to their annual performance appraisals, and the curricular and other needs of the University. On completion of the third annual contract, the faculty member will be issued a three-year contract, a one-year interim contract, or a notice of non-renewal.

Long-Term Employment Contracts for Full-Time Faculty

The long-term contract process begins with a three-year contract issued to a full-time faculty member following three successfully renewed one-year contracts and if the curricular and other needs of the University so warrant.

On completion of the third year of a three-year contract, and based on outcomes related to the Faculty Evaluation System—including, but not limited to their annual performance appraisals, and the curricular and other needs of the University, the faculty member will be offered a five-year contract, a one-year interim contract, or a notice of non-renewal. After a maximum of two consecutive one-year interim contracts, the faculty member will receive either a long-term contract or a notice of non-renewal.

On completion of the fifth year of a five-year contract, and based on outcomes related to the Faculty Evaluation System—including, but not limited to their annual performance appraisals, and the curricular and other needs of the University, the faculty member will receive another five-year contract, a one-year interim contract, or a notice of non-renewal. After a maximum of two consecutive one-year interim contracts, the faculty member will receive either a long-term contract or a notice of non-renewal.

Types of Full-Time Faculty Contracts

  • Annual: A one-year contract issued to a full-time faculty member in their first three years of service to the University. Annual contracts are renewable up to a total of three years.
  • Three-year: A three-year contract issued to an eligible full-time faculty member. Eligibility is set forth in the faculty contract policy.
  • Five-year: A five-year contract issued to an eligible full-time faculty member. Eligibility is set forth in the faculty contract policy.
  • Interim: A one-year contract issued to a full-time faculty member who has more than three years of service but who has not been granted a three-year or five-year contract. A maximum of two interim contracts may be offered to a full-time faculty member. At the end of the second interim contract, the faculty member is issued either a long–term contract or a notice of non-renewal.

Notice of Non-Renewal

Stevenson University may issue to a full-time faculty member a notice of non-renewal on completion of the current contract, regardless of contract type. The non-renewal is effective immediately upon expiration of the current contract.

 

Approved June 2020

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