Concurrent Faculty Appointment

A concurrent faculty member is an administrator who either is, by position, a member of the faculty or is appointed to the faculty by the President, but whose responsibilities are primarily not those of the regular faculty. Concurrent faculty do not normally have tenure status. Only the President has the authority to make concurrent faculty appointments. The President will appoint concurrent faculty with the recommendation of the department, the Dean of Faculty, and the Provost.

Appointment to a concurrent position requires the recommendation of the appropriate academic department, the Dean of Faculty, the Provost, and the administrative unit supervisor and, if different, the Vice President of the division within which the individual’s responsibilities are situated. Concurrent faculty must have status in an academic department, not an interdisciplinary program, though they may be eligible to teach in an interdisciplinary program.

There are four ways a concurrent appointment may arise:

  1. If an administrative position is conceived as requiring faculty status, the position description will be developed with input from the relevant academic department and approved by all stakeholder groups. The requirements for the position must include those appropriate to a faculty member (e.g. advanced degree in relevant discipline.) The academic department will be represented on the search committee, and the search process will include the normal elements of a faculty interview. The academic department, the Dean of Faculty, and the Provost will all need to approve the recommendation to hire the applicant.
  2. If an applicant for an administrative position wishes to be considered a concurrent member of the faculty, he or she must hold credentials appropriate to a faculty member (e.g. advanced degree in relevant discipline). If the department is willing to consider such an appointment, then the academic department, the Dean of Faculty, and the Provost will be included in the interview process, and all will need to approve the recommendation in order for concurrent status to be conferred.
  3. If an individual holding an administrative position has the qualifications and the desire to be associated with an academic department as concurrent faculty, she or he may seek such an appointment. The application is made through the academic department; if the department faculty approve, the chair or director forwards the request with the department’s recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The Dean of Faculty and the Provost make their recommendation to the President, by whom any appointment will be made. In this case, the appointment is not necessarily associated with the administrative position; there is no presumption that future holders of the administrative position will receive the concurrent faculty appointment.
  4. If a current tenured member of the faculty moves into an administrative position representing more than 50 percent of her or his appointment, the person may retain status as a faculty member within the department of her or his original appointment. However, he or she will be subject to the expectations governing concurrent faculty — e.g. participation in faculty bodies will be as described in the definition below.

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching opportunities include, but are not limited to, teaching courses, including independent studies, and supervising comprehensive exams, Advanced W submissions, and internships.

A concurrent faculty member is hired with the understanding that she or he is eligible to teach. However, assignments to teach, if any, are based on the individual’s qualifications and the needs of the departments and programs of the College, and are not implied by the concurrent appointment. If the faculty member’s home department would like the concurrent faculty member to take on a particular teaching assignment, the chair of the department must submit a formal request to the concurrent faculty member. If a different department or program wishes to invite the concurrent faculty member to teach, the faculty member needs disciplinary standing in that department or program, and the appropriate process of granting disciplinary standing must be followed. This appointment to teach outside the home department must be approved by the home academic department, the Dean of Faculty, and the administrative unit supervisor and, if different, the Vice President of the division within which the individual’s responsibilities are situated. Due care will be taken to assure that the good of the department, the administrative division, and the faculty member will be served by such appointments.

The presence of a concurrent faculty member shall not adversely affect a department’s request for additional staffing. For instance, the existence of a concurrent faculty member in the department will not preclude the hiring of adjunct faculty, should the need for additional teaching faculty arise, or affect a department’s request to fill a full-time faculty line due to resignation or retirement.

If an administrator does not have concurrent status but is qualified to teach, she or he may be asked to take on a teaching assignment because of a department’s or program’s immediate need. In such a case, the administrator may accept this teaching assignment, at his or her discretion, so long as the home department, Dean of Faculty, administrative unit supervisor, and appropriate Vice President approve the arrangement. In such cases, the department may grant temporary approval as concurrent faculty for up to one (1) academic year. However, the administrator will need to apply for permanent status as concurrent faculty in order to teach again.

Any concurrent faculty member who teaches should be evaluated, like other faculty members, by both course evaluations and department observation. A department may decide to withdraw future teaching opportunities depending on the performance of the faculty member. A department may withdraw concurrent status based on poor performance as a teacher or scholar, in particular performance that might reflect poorly on the department.

Participation in Faculty Affairs

Concurrent faculty members may be non-voting participants in the deliberations of faculty bodies (e.g. Faculty Assembly, academic departments). As currently stated in the Governance Manual, “their positions as administrators preclude their election as faculty on College councils and committees.”

Rank and Tenure

A tenured member of the faculty moving to an administrative position retains his/her status with regard to rank and tenure. He or she is entitled to apply for promotion under the provisions described in the Governance Manual.

Status-Related Benefits

Concurrent faculty whose administrative responsibilities are governed by 11-month or 12-month contracts will receive vacation time, sick time, and leave considerations as described by the Employee Handbook. Since faculty sabbaticals are tied to years of full-time faculty service, concurrent faculty members are not eligible for faculty sabbaticals.

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