Job Security for Part-time Faculty and Part-time Classroom Assistants
Retrieved from Collective Bargaining Agreement
19.1 All part-time classroom faculty who have completed seventy-two (72) hours of part-time service, including a minimum of fifty (50) hours in any one Department, and have been reappointed for a seventy-third (73rd) hour, shall automatically be granted a Certificate of Continuous Employment.
Part-time non-classroom faculty shall be granted a Certificate of Continuous Employment after having completed three thousand two hundred (3200) hours of continuous service.
Part-time classroom assistants shall be granted a Certificate of Continuous Employment after having completed three thousand two hundred (3200) hours of continuous service.
However, in no case shall a Certificate of Continuous Employment be granted prior to the completion of three (3) years. The procedures to be followed in the granting of these Certificates shall parallel those followed in the granting of tenure to full-time faculty. Hours of part-time service counted for the purpose of granting a Certificate of Continuous Employment shall not be counted again for the granting of another Certificate of Continuous Employment.
19.2 A part-time faculty member who has refused an offered assignment in a Department for four (4) consecutive offerings in different semesters (Fall/Spring), shall be terminated in that Department, except that one (1) semester extension may be granted upon the mutual agreement of the School Dean and the Department. Any subsequent employment shall be without prior service credit except that upon recommendation by the Department and School Dean and approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, an employee may be granted any portion of or all prior service credit.
19.3 Part-time faculty and part-time classroom assistants shall be observed and evaluated at least once a semester for the first six (6) semesters and at least once a year thereafter until the part-time person attains a Certificate of Continuous Employment. Observations shall be performed by tenured full-time faculty members and may include Chairs and Directors. Evaluations in newly created Departments shall be done by a Departmental Tenure and Promotion Committee as provided for at Section 24.3.5. The Department Chair or Director may, in consultation with the Department Tenure and Promotion Committee, assign part-time faculty members of a Department holding a Certificate of Continuous Employment to observe non-certified faculty members. No person shall be observed by the same person more than once per semester. Notice of at least one (1) week shall be given to a person being observed.
19.4 For the first thirty-six (36) hours of teaching by a part-time faculty member, each qualified voter in the Department shall have one of the following options: to recommend
(a) unqualified approval (requires two-third (2/3) majority vote);
(b) approval with reservations (requires simple majority vote); or
(c) non-reappointment (requires simple majority vote).
19.5 After the completion of thirty-six (36) teaching hours or two (2) calendar years by a part-time faculty member, whichever comes later, each qualified voter in the Department shall have one of the following options: to recommend
(a) approval; or
19.6 A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote is required for unqualified approval to reappoint. A majority vote, which is less than two-thirds (2/3) shall constitute an approval with reservations. Approval with reservations after the completion of thirty-six (36) teaching hours shall be accompanied by a written statement by the Department Tenure and Promotion Committee to the College-wide Tenure and Promotion Committee, with a copy to the candidate.
19.7 If the Department votes for termination at the end of the Fall semester, the candidate shall be notified on or before December 1st. If the Department votes for termination at the end of the Spring Semester, the candidate shall be notified on or before May 1st.
19.7.1 If the Dean or Vice President recommends non-reappointment, the employee shall be notified on or before December 15th for the Fall semester and on or before May 15th for the Spring semester. This recommendation shall serve as notice of termination.
If the President’s decision is non-reappointment, the employee shall be notified on or before December 15th for the Fall semester and on or before May 15th for the Spring semester.
19.8 Prior to the completion of thirty-six (36) teaching hours or two (2) calendar years by a part-time faculty member, whichever is later, reappointment may be denied by the Department for such reasons as the Department deems sufficient.
19.9 After the completion of the above specified period, a vote of non-reappointment shall be accompanied by a written statement of the reasons for the vote by the Department Tenure & Promotion Committee to the College-wide Tenure and Promotion Committee with a copy to the candidate and the President of the College or President's designee.
19.10 Part-time classroom assistants and non-classroom faculty who take a full-time job at the College will start on the second step if they have three (3) years part-time experience at the College and work fifteen (15) or more hours per week. An employee will start on the third step if they have six (6) years part-time experience at the College and work fifteen (15) or more hours per week. An employee who works under fifteen (15) hours per week will be placed on a step at a pro-rated basis. No part-time employee will be hired above the third step. When a zero (0) step exists under the Municipal Coalition Agreement, it shall be considered the first step, step 1 (1) will be counted as step two (2), and step two (2) will be counted as the third step for this provision.
19.11 Beginning the Fall 2007 semester, for the purposes of reappointment, tenure and certificates of continuous employment, the candidate’s records to be presented at the department meeting will be made available by the Tenure and Promotion Committee to interested department members at least two weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the vote. Any objections to the records must be made to the department Tenure and Promotion Committee prior to the meeting. The parties to the contract agree to the process for the conduct of such meetings. The department vote will not be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedures. The only grievance that may be filed is one alleging that the process as defined below has not been followed.
The T&P committee will prepare its report on the candidate to distribute to the department two weeks (fourteen (14) calendar days) before the vote. Any objections to the report must be made prior to the date of the vote. The objection must be resolved before the date of the vote. No objections may be filed at the meeting.
Department Meeting Process
1. An announcement must be distributed two weeks prior to a department meeting stating the purpose of the meeting. If there is a vote scheduled, the candidate must be invited.
2. Discussion takes place as follows:
a. T&P Committee reads evaluations and candidate information in the presence of candidate (if in attendance). Faculty may question candidate at this time.
b. Candidate may comment or clarify any questions that may arise.
c. Candidate leaves the meeting room.
d. Discussion takes place.
e. Candidate returns and answers any additional questions.
a. Prepared ballot should be distributed to eligible voters (the candidate may not vote)
b. A secret ballot is conducted.
c. The ballots are counted in the presence of the candidate.
d. Result of the vote is announced and recorded.
e. The T&P chair shall retain the original ballots for a period not to exceed one semester.