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Part 4. Personnel Policies

Section III. Academic Rank and Other Appointments

B. Academic Appointments (Updated 5/02)

1. Academic Tenure Track

Academic tenure track faculty are eligible for tenure, usually no earlier than their fifth full academic year of employment and not later than the seventh such year, as outlined in Part 4., Section IV.B of this Handbook. Prior to the acquisition of tenure, appointments are made for periods of one (1) year. Any notice of nonrenewal of a nontenured faculty member must be in accordance with Part 4., Section IV.C.3.a.

2. College of Technology

College of Technology faculty are not eligible for tenure. Appointments are made for periods of one (1) year. Any notice of nonrenewal of a nontenured faculty member must be in accordance with Part 4., Section IV.C.3.a.

3. Nontenure Track Appointments

Time served in the following Nontenure Track Appointments does not constitute time toward tenure unless under extraordinary conditions and as recommended by the department and dean at the time of hire to the nontenure track appointment.

a. Clinical and Research Faculty

Descriptions and Conditions:

(1) Not eligible for tenure.

(2) Appointed through academic departments and colleges, in accordance with University policy.

(3) Hired to provide significant clinical or research service. Appointment may be up to full time.

(4) Possess qualifications for appointment as an instructor or higher and given titles as one of the following:

Clinical Faculty:

Clinical Instructor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Associate Professor

Clinical Professor

Research Faculty:

Research Instructor

Research Assistant Professor

Research Associate Professor

Research Professor

(5) May progress from lower to higher ranks in accordance with established college/departmental procedures.

(6) Should be evaluated annually using regular college/departmental procedures.

(7) Governed by college/department policies relative to:

(a) Participation in departmental meetings

(b) Participation in annual peer evaluations

(c) Participation in annual evaluation of department chair

(d) Eligibility for departmental travel funds

(e) Research/service obligations

(f) Library acquisition

b. Special Instructional Faculty:

Descriptions and Conditions:

(1) Not eligible for tenure.

(2) Appointed through academic departments and colleges, in accordance with University policy.

(3) Hired to provide, significant, special instructional services, and fill positions that are integral, ongoing, and essential to the program. Appointments are normally full time.

(4) Possess qualifications for appointment as lecturer and is given title as one of the following:

Assistant Lecturer

Associate Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

(5) May progress from lower to higher ranks in accordance with established college/departmental procedures.

(6) Should be evaluated annually using regular college/departmental procedures.

(7) Governed by college/department policies relative to:

(a) Participation in departmental meetings

(b) Participation in annual peer evaluations

(c) Participation in annual evaluation of department chair

(d) Eligibility for departmental travel funds

(e) Research/service obligations

(f) Library acquisition

Duration:

Appointment for Clinical, Research, and Special Instructional Faculty is generally for one (1) academic year with the likelihood of continuing employment. Evaluations will be given annually and notice of nonrenewal of a nontenured faculty member must be in accordance with Part 4., Section IV.C.3.a.

Privileges:

(1) Use of the Computer Center and microcomputer laboratories for University-related business.

(2) Authorization to apply to granting agencies in the name of Idaho State University in accordance with University procedures.

(3) Issuance of a Faculty/Staff Bengal Card by the Office of Human Resources granting:

(a) Full library privileges;

(b) Access to Reed Gym and associated facilities;

(c) Check cashing privileges in the Student Union.

(4) Access to all University classes, including physical education activity classes, at the reduced fee rate. The employment contract must be for more than one (1) semester, half-time or more.

(5) Listing in the faculty section of the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog, as appropriate.

(6) Access to total fitness appraisals and supervised wellness programming.

c. Adjunct Faculty

Description and Conditions:

(1) Not eligible for tenure.

(2) Appointed through academic departments and colleges, in accordance with University policy.

(3) Hired to provide significant instructional service. Appointment is generally part-time.

(4) Possess qualifications for appointment as an Instructor or higher and are given titles as one of the following:

Adjunct Instructor

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjunct Professor

(5) May progress from lower to higher Adjunct Faculty ranks in accordance with established college/departmental procedures.

(6) Should be evaluated annually using regular college/departmental procedures.

(7) Governed by college/department policies relative to:

(a) Participation in department meetings

(b) Participation in annual evaluation of department chair

(c) Eligibility for department travel funds

(d) Library acquisition

Duration:

Appointment is for one (1) academic year or less. Renewal of this appointment follows regular personnel procedures, except that the standards of nonreappointment do not apply.

Privileges:

(1) Use of the Computer Center and microcomputer laboratories for University-related business.

(2) Authorization to apply to granting agencies in the name of Idaho State University in accordance with University procedures.

(3) Issuance of a Faculty/Staff Bengal Card by the Office of Human Resources granting:

(a) Full library privileges;

(b) Access to Reed Gym and associated facilities;

(c) Check cashing privileges in the Student Union.

(4) Access to all University classes, including physical education activity classes, at the reduced fee rate. The employment contract must be for more than one (1) semester, half-time or more.

(5) Listing in the faculty section of the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog, as appropriate.

(6) Access to total fitness appraisals and supervised wellness programming.

d. Temporary (Visiting) Faculty

Descriptions and Conditions:

(1) Not eligible for tenure.

(2) Appointed through academic departments and colleges, in accordance with University policy.

(3) Hired to provide significant instructional service. Appointment may be up to full time.

(4) Possess qualifications for appointment as an instructor or higher and are given titles as one of the following:

Visiting Instructor

Visiting Assistant Professor

Visiting Associate Professor

Visiting Professor

Visiting Clinical Instructor

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Visiting Clinical Associate Professor

Visiting Clinical Professor

Visiting Clinical Research Associate

Visiting Research Instructor

Visiting Research Assistant Professor

Visiting Research Associate Professor

Visiting Research Professor

(5) Governed by college/department policies relative to:

(a) Participation in department meeting

(b) Participation in annual peer evaluations

(c) Participation in annual evaluation of department chair

(d) Eligibility for department travel funds

(e) Research/service obligations

Duration:

Appointment as a Temporary Faculty member is for a specified limited period not to exceed three (3) years (except with grant appointments specifying a definite termination date).

Contractual obligation is limited to one (1) year. Possible reappointment for a second and third year is subject to department need and satisfactory performance as determined by an annual evaluation but should not be presumed unless specified in writing. Regular faculty policies for notification of nonreappointment do not apply, but departments will attempt to give earliest possible notification consistent with temporary conditions.

Privileges:

(1) Use of the Computer Center and microcomputer laboratories for University-related business.

(2) Authorization to apply to granting agencies in the name of Idaho State University in accordance with University procedures.

(3) Issuance of a Faculty/Staff Bengal Card by the Office of Human Resources granting:

(a) Full library privileges;

(b) Access to Reed Gym and associated facilities;

(c) Check cashing privileges in the Student Union.

(4) Access to all University classes, including physical education activity classes, at the reduced fee rate. The employment contract must be for more than one (1) semester, half-time or more.

(5) Listing in the faculty section of the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog, as appropriate.

(6) Access to total fitness appraisals and supervised wellness programming.

e. Affiliate Faculty

Description and Conditions:

(1) Restricted to part-time appointments either by the course or for other specific limited service; normally persons in this category are not compensated.

(2) Appointed through academic departments and colleges, in accordance with University policy.

(3) Possess appropriate credentials and/or expertise to serve as an instructor for a specific course or courses, or as a researcher/advisor for a specific project.

(4) Appointed to one of the Affiliate Faculty titles in accordance with the qualifications of the appointee:

Affiliate Instructor

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Affiliate Associate Professor

Affiliate Professor

Affiliate Clinical Instructor

Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor

Affiliate Clinical Associate Professor

Affiliate Clinical Professor

Affiliate Clinical Research Associate

Affiliate Research Instructor

Affiliate Research Assistant Professor

Affiliate Research Associate Professor

Affiliate Research Professor

(5) Governed by college/department policies relative to:

(a) Participation in department meetings

(b) Participation in annual peer evaluations

(c) Participation in annual evaluation of department chair

(d) Eligibility for department travel funds

(e) Research/service obligations

Duration:

Appointment as an Affiliate Faculty member is made for up to one (1) academic year upon recommendation of the Department Chair with approval of the Dean of the College and the Academic Vice President. Renewal of this status follows regular personnel procedures, except that the standards of nonreappointment do not apply.

Privileges:

(1) Use of the Computer Center and microcomputer laboratories for University-related business.

(2) Authorization to apply to granting agencies in the name of Idaho State University in accordance with University procedures.

(3) Issuance of a Faculty/Staff Bengal Card by the Office of Human Resources granting:

(a) Library privileges;

(b) Access to Reed Gym and associated facilities;

(c) Check cashing privileges in the Student Union.

(4) Non-paid Affiliate Faculty are eligible for the issuance of a General Parking permit at no cost.

(5) Use of Computer Center.

f. Continuing Education Faculty (Noncredit)

Qualifications:

(1) Possess appropriate credentials and practical experience in the topic area, with teaching experience preferred but not required;

(2) ISU faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, graduate students preferred;

(3) Members of the larger community who are accomplished in their field are encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment:

(1) Appointed to teach a specific course or courses which can be initiated and developed either by the individual instructor or by the Director of Continuing Education;

(2) Offers course(s) or provides prescribed instruction in course(s) for the negotiated salary over a period of time specified by the Director of Continuing Education;

(3) Regularly receives satisfactory or better evaluations from students and participants. Approved noncredit teachers are placed in a Continuing Education noncredit faculty pool from which individuals are asked to teach additional courses.

Duration:

Appointment to teach is for the duration of the specific course(s) or other period as specified by the Director of Continuing Education. Noncredit activities meet the needs of many segments of the community, are offered year-round, and are not restricted in any way to the academic semester format. Each teaching assignment requires a new contract; notice of nonreappointment will not apply.

Privileges:

(1) Reimbursement for travel, lodging and meals when prior approval has been given by the Director of Continuing Education;

(2) Access to University audio-visual equipment for instructional purposes;

(3) Use of University motor pool equipment for travel to and from teaching locations, and for course-related field trips.

g. Postdoctoral Appointments

Description and Conditions:

(1) Postdoctoral appointments are a special category of faculty for those individuals funded from grants/contracts or for special services which are not part of other faculty appointments.

(2) Appointed jointly by the department/college and the Office of Research.

(3) Must hold the doctorate and credentials to provide expertise in research (Postdoctoral Fellow) or special credentials to provide services in research/instruction/counseling/supervision of students in internships/clinical rotation (Postdoctoral Associate, Postdoctoral Clinical Associate).

(4) Ordinarily funded by external funding.

(5) Appointed to one of the three categories for postdoctorates in accordance with the qualifications of the appointee.

(6) These appointments shall not count in the University-wide representation on committees, etc.

(7) Should be evaluated annually using the procedures for nonclassified, nonfaculty employees.

(8) Governed by college/department policies relative to:

(a) Participation in department meeting;

(b) Eligibility for department travel funds.

Titles:

(1) Postdoctoral Fellow.

Postdoctoral Fellows are primarily research appointments and are not meant to have instructional duties. Therefore, they are limited to no more than six (6) credits per calendar year of instruction. This appointment ordinarily is reserved for those who are paid by grant or contact for which research is to be conducted.

(2) Postdoctoral Associate.

Postdoctoral Associates are appointments for which the appointee is hired to teach, conduct research and perform other duties that are not clinically related. Research duties are minimal and the activities provided to the University are in the form of teaching and university service. Ordinarily such appointments are made as a result of grant or contract commitments for which the service to the University is specified. This appointment should not be used to replace designations for Clinical, Research, Lecturer, Adjunct, or Visiting faculty.

(3) Postdoctoral Clinical Associate.

Postdoctoral Clinical Associates are appointments in which the appointee is authorized to teach as well as conduct research, but are primarily involved in providing special services. However, the research duties are minimal and the activities provided are clinical in nature. Services are provided to the University in the form of supervision of Internships, providing clinical activities, supervision of clinical rotations by students, or serving in a postdoctoral residency program. Funding for this appointment may be from any source.

Duration:

Postdoctoral appointments are made on an annual basis and are usually limited to three (3) years. However, some postdoctoral appointments may be for less than one (1) year subject to grant and contract stipulations and the time of the award made by an external agency. If after three (3) years, they are to be continued, they should be converted to one of the categories under the Clinical and Research faculty, Special Instructional faculty, or the Adjunct faculty if additional annual funding is provided.

Privileges:

(1) Use of the Computer Center and microcomputer laboratories for University-related business.

(2) Authorization to apply to granting agencies in the name of Idaho State University in accordance with University procedures.

(3) Issuance of a Faculty/Staff Bengal Card by the Office of Human Resources granting:

(a) Full library privileges;

(b) Access to Reed Gym and associated facilities;

(c) Check cashing privileges in the Student Union.

(4) Access to all University classes, including physical education activity classes, at the reduced fee rate. The employment contract must be for more than one (1) semester, half-time or more.

(5) Listing in the faculty section of the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog, as appropriate.

(6) Access to total fitness appraisals and supervised wellness programming.

h. Research Associate

Description and Conditions:

(1) Must possess a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree appropriate for the research to be conducted.

(2) Not eligible for this designation while a degree-seeking student at Idaho State University. In such cases, must be converted to a Master’s-level or Doctoral-level Research Assistant.

(3) Hired as a nonclassified, nonfaculty employee; all services rendered are to support research activity.

(4) Engages in or proposes to be engaged in a research project funded by external funds, but must be approved by the department or unit in which he/she is appointed.

(5) Nominated by the appropriate chairperson and the Dean of Research and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

(6) Nominations should be accompanied by a letter describing the specific research project and the qualifications of the person to conduct the research.

Duration:

May be for a few months up to one (1) year as specified on the Personnel Recommendation Form. Recommendation must occur if the person is to continue beyond one (1) year.

Privileges:

(1) Use of the Computer Center and microcomputer laboratories for University-related business.

(2) Use of the University Library and research space and facilities (as approved by the appropriate department chairperson).

(3) With sponsoring faculty and/or department approval, authorization to apply to granting agencies in the name of Idaho State University in accordance with regular University procedures. Eligibility for submitting grant applications to the ISU Research Committees is based on those committees’ “By-laws” and “Guidelines for Proposals”.


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