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Resolution 08-02 - Implementation of Faculty Senate Bill 08-A-04, Faculty Tenure and Promotion Policy

FACULTY SENATESOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION 08-02

Approved by the Faculty Senate

November 5, 2008

RESOLUTION REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF FACULTY SENATE BILL 08-A-04, FACULTY TENURE AND PROMOTION POLICY

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:The Faculty Senate endorses the following recommendations of the Professional Affairs Committee regarding the resolution of cases where faculty have been, prior to the adoption of Bill 08-A-04, granted tenure without promotion, or granted promotion without tenure:

In cases where a faculty member has been granted tenure but not promoted or has been granted promotion but not tenure, it is the judgment of the Professional Affairs Committee that such person should be granted that which they were not awarded if, and only if, the criteria for the department in effect at the time of the submission and evaluation of the dossier clearly and explicitly stated that the criteria and standards for applying those criteria in evaluating candidates for promotion and tenure are identical.If the departmental criteria do not explicitly state this equivalence, then the faculty member is expected to apply for that which he or she has not been granted should he or she wish to achieve it.

Thus, we note, a faculty member who was awarded promotion after four years had not – at that time – achieved the minimum requirement for tenure (previously six, but now five years) and thus had not, at the time of being granted promotion, met the minimum requirement of five years.While we recognize that this will, unfortunately, require that faculty members in this position will have to re-assemble their dossiers for another round of submission and application, we judge that the burden should not be too onerous since the dossier, presumably, will simply need to be augmented with entries for the few months since the previous application.

We also note that this does not suggest faculty who have been tenured for many years under a set of old criteria should be considered for automatic promotion.Rather, such faculty will be expected to submit a dossier indicating that they meet the current criteria for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in order to be granted the promotion.

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