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Part 4. Personnel Policies

Section II. Appointment

B. Categories of Employees (Updated 5/02)

1. Classified Employees

“Classified Employee” is any person appointed to or holding a position at Idaho State University whose position is subject to the provisions of the merit examination, selection, retention, promotion, and dismissal requirements of the Idaho Division of Human Resources and Personnel Commission as provided under Title 67, Chapter 53, Idaho Code.

Appointments, employment status, personnel actions, and primary employment benefits concerning classified employees are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Idaho Division of Human Resources and Personnel Commission.

2. Nonclassified Employees

“Nonclassified Employee” is any person appointed to or holding a position at Idaho State University whose position is not subject to the provisions of Title 67, Chapter 53, Idaho Code.

a. Administrative Nonclassified Employees

“Administrative Nonclassified Employee” includes the President and other personnel in such positions at Idaho State University as may be designated by the President as administrative.

b. Institutional Faculty

“Institutional Faculty” are all employees who hold the rank of Instructor or higher academic rank at Idaho State University.

In the following sections, where ‘voting faculty’ is used in determination of who will be involved in matters of chair appointment and evaluation, the rule is as follows:

Faculty to be included in the decisions regarding appointment and evaluation of department chairs are those which usually will be full time, continuing, tenure track individuals. In some cases, individuals with less than full time appointment should be involved. These include those who regularly teach courses in the department, sit on department, University and college committees, participate in decisions regarding department affairs such as curriculum and capital purchases, advise students, and conduct research in areas of the discipline of the department; regardless of their fraction of full time appointment and of FTE generated.

c. Department Chairpersons

The intent of this section is to promote continuous faculty participation in the choice of successive appointments of the chairperson, rather than providing for automatic replacement of the individual filling that position.

Department chairs or the College of Technology equivalent should be qualified or certified to teach in at least one discipline in the department.

(1) External Appointments

Vacancies may be filled from outside the University if a new or a replacement position is to be established, and if it appears to the Administration that in the best interest of the University and the department, the vacancy be filled from outside the University. The respective dean should consult with the voting faculty of the department for their recommendations regarding whether the selection of a new chairperson should be filled internally, or not. In the case of a search outside the University the procedures to be followed are:

(a) The dean shall appoint a selection committee which may include all voting faculty in a department, to serve as a committee of the whole to conduct the search for and selection of the department chairperson. This committee may choose to elect a subcommittee to screen applicants for the position.

(b) The selection committee, in consultation with the appropriate dean and in cooperation with the EEO/Affirmative Action Office, will advertise the vacant position, establish an application deadline, and schedule candidate interviews.

(c) After interviewing the various candidates, the committee will forward its selection of top candidates, along with input from the department to the dean. The list may include a rank ordering of at least two candidates in accordance with the preferences of the department. In exceptional cases, a single name may be submitted to the dean.

(d) In the vast majority of cases, the chairperson should be a person who is mutually acceptable to the dean as well as the faculty. If the dean’s recommendation is not the same as that of the selection committee, the dean may appoint a person other than the one or ones forwarded by the committee, in which event, the dean shall explain to the faculty of the department and to the Academic Vice President the reason for his/her decision.

(e) The dean shall then forward his/her recommendation to the President and Academic Vice President for their approvals.

(f) It is recognized that, at times, unanimity or even majority opinion will be unattainable. If so the dean’s recommendation should be consistent with the best interest of department harmony and productivity, and will in any case, meet the requirements of open explanation to the faculty and Academic Vice President as set forth in (d) above.

(g) The chairperson so appointed shall not have tenure as chairperson but shall report to the dean or his/her designee and serve at the pleasure of the dean with approval of the President; tenure as a faculty member is a separate matter.

(2) Internal Appointments

(a) If the dean, following consultation with the voting faculty of the department wishes to recommend to the Administration the selection of a chairperson from within the department, the dean shall ask the department to submit to him/her the names of one or more acceptable candidates from inside the department, preferably from among the senior tenured faculty.

(b) Where no one internal candidate is clearly the department’s choice, the dean, to the extent practicable shall recommend the appointment of a chairperson consistent with the best interests of departmental harmony and productivity. The chairperson so appointed shall not have tenure as chairperson, but shall report to the dean or his/her designee and serve at the pleasure of the dean with approval of the President; tenure as a faculty member is a separate matter.

(3) Term of Appointment

(a) In any selection, the initial term of office of the chairperson shall not exceed three (3) years.

(b) Ordinarily a chairperson receiving favorable evaluations from the dean and a majority of the voting faculty of the department may be considered for reappointment to additional terms not to exceed three (3) years each.

d. Temporary or Special Nonclassified Employees

This category includes:

(1) persons appointed to positions that are either temporary or special and who generally meet specific position requirements for:

(a) grants or contracts of specified duration; or

(b) part-time teaching or other responsibilities; and

(2) employees who are appointed to fulfill the responsibilities of permanent positions on an emergency or temporary basis.

Temporary or special nonclassified appointments do not create expectations of continued work or contract renewal. Employment beyond the contract period may not be legally presumed. Advance notice or statement of reasons of nonrenewal need not be given.


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