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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN SENATE

University Statutes and Senate Procedures
(Information; First Reading)

SP.00.06 Proposed Revisions to the Statutes to Include Multi-Year Contracts for Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Academic Staff

BACKGROUND

In February 1998, Vice President for Academic Affairs Sylvia Manning wrote to the University Senates Conference (USC) suggesting that the Conference study and consider the possibility of amending the University Statutes to allow the possibility of multi-year contracts for full-time non-tenure track teaching, clinical, and research faculty. As she stated at that time, this "is a question of working conditions and recruitment advantage." She mentioned a background study done the previous year by Professor Mary Ann Cooper, in which (among other things) she conducted structured interviews on this question with 27 deans. Quoting from Prof. Cooper's conclusions:

There is no question that the vast majority of the deans on both campuses [Chicago
and Urbana] were in favor of or could see the benefit of expanding the non-tenure
track appointment options to include multi-year contracts. Most feel it will be of
help in retaining quality faculty, in recruiting others, and in giving the non-tenure
track faculty the feeling of being invested in the system.

Vice President Manning also encouraged USC to be mindful of the need to protect tenure, to avoid de facto tenure, and to ensure quality control in the hiring process.

The USC appointed a committee to study the question. Members were Prof. Joan Larsen Klein of UIUC, Chair; Prof. Don Ehresmann of UIC; and Prof. Baker Siddiquee of UIS. Over the next several months, they reported several times to USC on the progress of their discussions, and USC members from all three campuses provided further feedback and discussion. Among other considerations, USC decided to recommend to the senates the option of multi-year contracts not only for non-tenure track faculty, but also for other non-tenured faculty, to include assistant professors in the tenure track.

Eventually, in December 1998, USC sent to the three senates a draft proposed amendment to the Statutes, and in August 1999, an amended proposal. USC has requested that the senates act by the end of the fall 1999 semester.

On the Urbana-Champaign campus, the matter was referred to the Committee on General University Policy (GUP) and on University Statutes and Senate Procedures (USSP). On September 21, 1999, GUP passed a motion to approve the proposal "on the grounds that the changes would make the University more competitive in recruiting and keeping qualified personnel." USSP concurs.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Senate Committee on University Statutes and Senate Procedures recommends approval of the following revisions to the Statutes. Text to be deleted is in [square brackets] and text to be added is underscored.

PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE STATUTES

ARTICLE IX, SECTION 10.d

d. In cases where the time remaining in the appointment year (or last year of a multi-year contract) is less than the required minimum notice period, the notice of nonreappointment shall be accompanied by an offer from the Board of Trustees of a terminal contract for an additional appointment which will extend the current appointment through the period of minimum notice, viz., 2 months, 3 months, 6 months or 7-12 months.

ARTICLE X, SECTION 1.a - paragraph 2

In the case of academic-staff positions authorized in Article IX, Sections 3c and 4a, except for deans, directors, department heads, and department chairs and those with [other than] the ranks of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor appointments shall be for not longer than [one] three years and shall be renewable.

ARTICLE X, SECTION 1.a.(2)

(2) During the probationary period defined in Article X, Section 1b(1), an appointment as assistant professor shall be for not more than [two] three years.

ARTICLE X, SECTION 1.a.(5) - (6)

(5) An [A]appointment[s] which includes in the title the term[s] "adjunct," "clinical," or "visiting," as authorized in the first paragraph of Article IX, Section 3c, and an appointment with the rank of lecturer or instructor shall be for not longer than [one] three years. Notice of nonreappointment is not required in such cases. [An appointment with the rank of "lecturer" or "instructor" likewise shall be considered a temporary appointment for not longer than one year, and notice of nonreappointment is not required.]

(6) An appointment with the rank of teaching associate, research associate, or clinical associate shall be for not longer than [one] three years. In the case of nonsalaried appointees, part-time appointees, and all appointments at these ranks conditional upon the receipt of nonappropriated funds, if so specified in the notice of appointment, notice of nonreappointment is not required. Otherwise, written notice of nonreappointment of full-time employees [at these ranks is required.] in the final yar of their contract is not required if the notice is given not later than six months before the end of a full-year appointment, or by March 1 in the case of an academic-year appointment. Otherwise, written notice of nonreappointment shall be accompanied by an offer from the Board of Trustees of a terminal contract for one additional year of service.

[The notice need not be accompanied by an offer of a terminal contract if the notice is given not later than six months before the end of an annual appointment or by March 1 in the case of an academic-year appointment; if notice of nonreappointment in such cases is given later than six months before the end of an annual appointment or after March 1 in the case of an academic-year appointment, it shall be accompanied by an offer from the Board of Trustees of a terminal contract for one additional year of service.]

UNIVERSITY STATUTES AND SENATE PROCEDURES
Robert Fossum, Chair
Humza Durrani
H. George Friedman
Harry H. Hilton
John W. Kindt
Amit Mathur
Julian Palmore
Robert C. Damrau, ex officio
Thomas M. Eakman, Observer
C. K. Gunsalus, ex officio (designee)
Vera V. Mainz (PAC Liaison)