View Bill 13-14-15

Senate Bill 13-14-15

Bill ID: 13-14-15
Name: Update Adjunct 1 & 2 Classification Policy
Proposed: 12/10/2013
Sponsor: James Sanders and Tony McCann
Proposal: Adjunct Policy II-1.07(A) provides Adjunct 1 & 2 classifications to recognizing high-level contributions from long-term adjuncts to accomplish the goal of increasing engagement. However, the policy excludes a large number of long time adjunct faculty from consideration for Adjunct 2 status because the policy fails to consider the differences in the scheduling, curriculum, and staffing needs of the different schools.

The current policy limits adjunct 2 statuses to faculty who have taught 36 credits within 5 years, and only counts courses taught during fall and spring semesters. It excludes winter and summer courses, as well as courses taught outside of the traditional semester calendar.

-Ignores year around schedule of many schools
-36 credits misses long term role in teaching specialist classes which meet on intermittent schedule.
-Misses impact of schools with 2 credit courses (Smith School)
-Misses executive and contract credit courses that are taught on irregular schedule.

Proposed solution:
Amend the policy and delegate responsibility to each school to determine criteria for "substantial engagement" with the school taking into account the differing staffing and teaching requirements across campus.
Rational: Intent of adjunct classification scheme is to improve engagement of ongoing contributors. The proposal in the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Task Force Report to include Winter and Summer courses in the classification does not work for the business school and other schools because of the 2 credit and low volume of specialist courses and because of the number of courses taught outside the traditional fall-winter-spring-summer academic windows.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 02/20/2015


Presidential Approval: 02/20/2015
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/04/2015
Decision Date: 02/11/2015
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the report.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/14/2015
Decision Date: 01/21/2015
Decision: The SEC voted to send the report to the February 11, 2015 Senate meeting for review.
Next Step: Senate Review

Reviewed By: Faculty Affairs Committee
Received: 01/24/2014
Decision Date: 12/10/2014
Decision: The Faculty Affairs Committee voted to send its recommendations to the SEC for review.
Actions: The Faculty Affairs Committee began to address this charge in September 2014 by reviewing the UMD policy on Adjunct status and considering the definition of adjunct faculty. The committee reviewed past Senate action on adjunct faculty and considered the development of the USM policy as well. The committee met with a representative of the Office of Faculty Affairs to understand how the policy applies to adjunct faculty, and met with the proposers to understand the concerns of adjunct faculty. The committee worked with the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Faculty Affairs on proposed revisions to the policy to address concerns raised during its review. In December 2014, the FAC voted to approve its recommended changes and forward them to the SEC for review.
Next Step: SEC Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/17/2014
Decision Date: 01/24/2014
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the Faculty Affairs Committee with review of the proposal.
Next Step: Faculty Affairs Committee Review
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