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Article 6.16 Tenure (Continuing Contract) of the 2010-2013 HCC/FUSA Agreement  states that a fuTenure Clock 3ll-time faculty member will apply for tenure (continuing contract) in the Fall Term of his fourth contract year. Award of tenure shall be based upon submission of the faculty member’s application, his tenure portfolio, and recommendations for tenure from the Campus and College-wide Tenure Committees, his supervising dean, his campus president, the vice president for academic affairs and the College president as provided below.

A.     Tenure (continuing contract) shall be awarded for service as a full-time instructor, librarian or counselor, provided the conditions set forth in this Article (Article 6.16) have been met. Tenure is defined as a promise of continued employment in the absence of certain conditions, such as just cause for dismissal or return to annual contract status, retirement or RIF (Article 10). 

B.     The following classifications shall be non-tenured appointments: part-time (adjunct) faculty, full-time temporary faculty, grant-funded faculty, grant-matched funded faculty and visiting scholars with teaching duties. All other classifications of full-time faculty positions will be considered as tenure earning appointments. For temporary full-time, grant-funded, and grant-matched full-time faculty, all service in such positions will be subject to Article 8.1, D. or E., in the event the faculty member is selected through the College screening committee for a regular full-time appointment. See Article 8.1.D. and E. 

C.     The Administration will ensure that each eligible faculty member’s personnel file is current and complete with respect to those documents that originate with the Administration. The faculty member will be responsible for timely presentation of documents originating with the faculty member. The faculty member should begin assembling his or her tenure portfolio upon hire. 

D.     To be eligible for tenure, the following requirements must be met: 

1.     The full-time faculty member must complete three (3) full successive years of service calculated from the beginning of the Fall Term, with such service being continuous except  for leave being duly authorized and granted pursuant to Article 12 of this Agreement.  Part-year employment before the Fall Term begins does not count toward the three (3)-year service calculation. One year of service shall include full-time service exclusive of holidays and authorized leave, with the exception being sick leave, vacation leave and duty leave pursuant to Article 12 of this Agreement. Employment as a full-time temporary faculty member may count at the discretion of the faculty as stated in Article 8.1.D.1. 

2.     The faculty member will be considered for tenure the Spring Term of his fourth year of service to the College, as provided in Article 6.16.E below, based upon the successful performance of duties and the demonstration of professional competence as documented on the official Instructional Faculty Evaluation Performance Review Form, Librarian and Counselor Evaluation Performance Review Form and End-of-Term Verification Form.

3.     The faculty member must be reappointed by the campus president for the fifth year without reservations or specifics as provided by the rules of the State Board of Education.

4.     The faculty member must be recommended to the College president for tenure by a Campus Tenure Committee and a College-wide Tenure Committee.

5.     The faculty member must have ninety (90) faculty development hours to be considered for tenure. The hours will be earned at approximately thirty (30) hours per year.

6.     To be granted tenure, the faculty member must be recommended for a continuing contract by the College president.

E.   Responsibilities of Tenure Candidate

1.     The tenure candidate must maintain a tenure portfolio to be submitted as part of the tenure process. The portfolio must contain regular professional self-assessment information. The portfolio must also contain documented evidence of significant continuing contributions and/or participation in these two (2) areas:

a.     Participation in College or educational committees:

Year one - one committee in addition to cluster,

Years two and three - three committees per year in addition to cluster.

b.     Participation in professional development activities as specified in Article 9.2 - Non-Tenured Faculty Development.

And documented evidence of significant continuing contributions and/or participation in one of these areas:

c.     Participation in Community groups or projects: 

Year one - ten (10) hours, 

Years two and three - twenty-five (25) hours per year. 

d.     Contributions to the profession (such as conference presentations, professional  publications, professional organization memberships and activities, grant): 

Year one - one contribution,

Years two and three - three contributions per year. 

Tenure contributions may continue to be made during the first half of the fourth year.                      

As part of the non-tenured faculty evaluation each term, the tenure candidate will present documentation of participation in the above areas.

2.     By May 1 of the tenure candidate’s third year, he must notify the College of his intent to apply for tenure during the Fall Term of his fourth year.

3.     By October 1 of the Fall Term of the tenure candidate’s fourth year, the tenure candidate must submit the Application for Tenure and Authorization of Tenure Committee to Review Limited Access File memo (Appendix J) to the immediate supervising dean, the campus president, and the Campus and College-wide Tenure Committee chairpersons.

4.     By January 10 of the Spring Term of the fourth year, the faculty member must submit his tenure portfolio to the immediate supervising dean. 

F.   Responsibilities of Supervising Dean

The appropriate supervising dean will work with the tenure candidate to ensure development of a tenure portfolio. As part of the non-tenured faculty evaluation administered each term, the dean will complete the Tenure Progress Evaluation form (Appendix O) and discuss the results with the faculty member.

The dean will also attend an annual tenure training provided by the Administration.  The dean will verify time of service requirements for tenure and will notify the Tenure Committee in writing that he/she has met the minimum time requirements.  The dean will ensure that copies of student evaluations of the candidate are kept on file at the campus for review by the tenure committees and College president.  The dean will also ensure that administrative evaluations and End-of-Term Verifications are submitted to the office of human resources to be placed in the candidate’s appropriate personnel file.

G.  Responsibilities of Campus President

The campus president will appoint a Campus Tenure Committee of five tenured faculty members who will convene to review campus tenure candidates’ eligibility for continuing contract. One of the committee members must have served previously on the College-wide Tenure Committee, preferably within the preceding three years, and will be asked to chair the Campus Tenure Committee.

By February 20 of the year of tenure consideration, upon review of campus budget and staffing needs, the dean’s and the Campus Tenure Committee’s recommendations, and the candidate’s tenure portfolio and limited access file, the campus president will notify the candidate in writing of the intention to recommend the candidate for tenure. 

After notification by the vice president for academic affairs as specified in Article 6.16.I. and prior to the tenure list being presented to the Board, the campus president or his designee will provide written notice to the faculty member that his name is or is not being submitted to the Board for tenure before the May meeting of the College Board of Trustees.

H.   Tenure Committees

1.     The Campus Tenure Committee shall be appointed by the campus president to review the applications and to submit a recommendation to the campus president.  The Campus Tenure Committee may review copies of the administrative evaluations, student evaluations and End-of-Term Verifications, as well as the faculty member’s tenure portfolio. The committee may interview candidates as well. The committee will use the Tenure Committee Checklist (Appendix P) to conduct its review. The committee will communicate its decision to the campus president by February 15

a.     to recommend the candidate for a continuing contract;

b.     not to recommend the candidate for a continuing contract, or 

c.     to recommend that the candidate be allowed to reapply in his fifth year. 

If the committee and the campus president recommend tenure, then the chairperson of the Campus Tenure Committee will prepare a letter to the College-wide Tenure Committee recommending the candidate for tenure. 

2.     The College-wide Tenure Committee shall be appointed by the College president to review the portfolios, interview the candidates and to submit a recommendation.  The committee will be composed of seven (7) or more tenured faculty members, representing both AA and AS/AAS, the disciplines(s) or area(s) of the tenure candidate(s),  and diversity in terms of gender and ethnicity.  Members of the College-wide Tenure Committee may serve for up to three (3) years.  The tenure committee will review each candidate’s file with the faculty member’s signed authorization, and consider all documentation included for tenure recommendation.  A quorum must be present for the committee to take action. If there are too many tenure candidates for a single College-wide Tenure Committee to handle, a second committee may be created, following the procedure under this section.

The College-wide Tenure Committee(s) will review the candidate’s tenure portfolio for evidence of the requirements of Article 6.16.E. 1. The committee will use the FUSA-HCC Tenure Checklist (Appendix O) to conduct its review. The committee will also review student and administrative evaluations, student development or student activities, development and promotion of College programs, curricular activities, etc. In doing so, the committee will give first priority to the consideration of the candidate’s commitment to the mission and vision of the College, and next to the profession and greater college community.

The College-wide Tenure Committee will interview candidates after reviewing their files and portfolios.

The College-wide Tenure Committee will communicate its decision by April 1

a.     to recommend the candidate for a continuing contract to the vice president of academic affairs,

b.     not to recommend the candidate for a continuing contract, or

c.     to recommend that the candidate be allowed to reapply in his fifth year.

3.     In order to serve on a tenure committee, a faculty member must complete the joint HCC and FUSA tenure committee training.

I.    Administration Recommendations for Fifth Year

The campus president may recommend that the candidate be allowed to reapply for tenure in his fifth year.

J.     Responsibilities of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

The vice president for academic affairs will review the recommendation of the College-wide Tenure Committee and either transmit it to the College president or return it to the College-wide Tenure Committee with written instructions to provide additional details for further consideration or clarification.  If candidates have not received a recommendation for continuing contract, the vice president will provide written notification to the campus president. The office of the vice president for academic affairs will provide written notice in a timely fashion to FUSA on all tenure decisions.

K.     Responsibilities of the College President and Board of Trustees

The College president will recommend candidates for continuing contract to the Board by the May Board meeting (or the next regular Board meeting if none is held in May) based upon the candidate’s successful performance of duties and the demonstration of professional competence. To be considered for tenure recommendation by the president, the faculty member must be recommended for tenure by the Campus and College-wide Tenure Committees.  If approved by the Board, the continuing contract shall be granted at the beginning of the annual College contractual period after the three (3)-year or four (4)-year service requirements are completed.            

The College president will inform the faculty member in writing of the Board’s action by the week following the Board action. L.  

Regardless of the stated term or other provisions of any appointment, written notice that an annual contract appointment will not be renewed will be given to the faculty member by March 15 in advance of the expiration of the appointment. The non-renewal of an annual contract shall not entitle the person to reasons for non-renewal or to a hearing (i.e., DOAH or arbitration). 

M.     Any faculty member who receives a continuing contract shall be entitled to continue in a position at the College at the Board-approved salary without needing an annual reappointment by the Board, until the faculty member resigns or his contractual status changes as outlined in this Agreement.

N.     Prior to tenure, the non-tenured faculty member shall have the same academic freedom that tenured faculty members have.

O.     In accordance with the rules of the State Department of Education, the Board shall have the right to dismiss a faculty member under a continuing contract or return the faculty member to an annual contract upon recommendation by the president and approval by the Board. 

P.     A Tenure Timeline shall be included as Appendix K.