Renewable Term Faculty Ranks

3.3  RENEWABLE TERM (RTA) FACULTY RANKS  

3.3.1  Lecturer    Renewable term appointments of individuals with little or no prior teaching or coaching experience at the college or university level are made at this rank.  Initial appointments are for a two-year period and reappointments (if justified on the basis of performance to date) are for three years, to carry out full-time instructional (or coaching), professional, and service responsibilities. There is no limit upon the number of reappointments possible.  Tenure cannot be awarded at this rank.

3.3.2  Senior Lecturer     Renewable term appointments of individuals with substantial prior teaching or coaching experience (at least five full-time years) may be made at this rank. To carry out full-time instructional (or coaching), professional, and service responsibilities,I initial appointments at this rank are made for a two-year period.  Reappointments or appointments following promotion to this rank are for five years.  There is no limit upon the number of reappointments possible. Tenure cannot be awarded at this rank.

3.3.3  Policies and Procedures Applying Specifically to Faculty with Renewable Term Appointments (RTA)

3.3.3.1  General Policies and Procedures    Full-time RTA faculty are full fledged members of the general faculty and the instructional faculty (as defined in §2.1.1.1) and of their respective academic departments.  They are eligible to serve on any faculty committees except those that specifically require tenure and/or senior academic rank for membership (e.g., the Promotion and Tenure Committee).  They may request and qualify for faculty leaves as provided for in §3.12, with the exception of sabbatical leaves which require tenure.  They are also eligible for any of the various forms of institutional faculty development support that are available to tenure-track faculty.  They are entitled to the same notice of non-reappointment as outlined in §3.17.2. If being dismissed for cause they are entitled to the due-process provisions of §4.3.  They also are entitled to the due process afforded by §5.8 on Faculty Grievances.

3.3.3.2  Performance and Performance Evaluation    RTA faculty, like tenured and tenure-track faculty, are expected to contribute in the areas of teaching, professional activity and service, following the guidelines set forth in §§6.1 – 6.5, and they are expected to participate in their department’s peer evaluation process if the department completes peer evaluations.  Performance criteria applied are the same as for tenure-track faculty.