Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Faculty Council Minutes: December 3, 1998

Dental School Building, Room 115: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Attendance Record and Original Agenda follow Adjournment as Attachments.

Agenda Item I. Call to Order: Paul Galanti (IUPUI Faculty Vice-President)!

Vice-President Galanti called the meeting to order at 3:05 pm.

Agenda Item III. Chancellor's Report: Gerald Bepko (IUPUI Chancellor & IU Vice-President).

Galanti moved directly the Chancellor's report which was brief. Bepko introduced the new IUPUI Jaguar Mascot, "Jinx," who bounded into the room waving at everyone and shaking hands with some. The basketball game with Oral Roberts Saturday at 1:00 w as announced, as was the televised game (channel 40) with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Galanti reminded everyone that after the meeting adjourned everyone was to reassemble for the Chancellor's "State of the Campus" address.

Agenda Item II. Approval of Minutes for November 5, 1998 (distributed earlier via email and on web at "http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/minutes/fc981105html.htm".

Spechler moved that the minutes be approved. Vermette seconded the motion. Motion carried. Galanti reminded members that time was limited and that each item would only be allowed fifteen minutes or so.

Agenda Item IV. President's Report: Rebecca Porter (IUPUI Faculty President & University Faculty Council (UFC) Co-Secretary).

Porter reported that today's agenda (items vi and vii) reflects the major activity focus at the UFC. She anticipates that during the spring semester the council will be acting on proposed IU guidelines concerning non-tenure track faculty prior to U FC action. Our policy on post-tenure review, which the Council passed May 1998, is consistent with the proposed UFC guidelines for post-tenure review. Proposals for some wording changes in the "Faculty Review and Enhancement" document and the "Dismissal f or Misconduct" document to clarify the review processes are under discussion. During the spring, the council will also be adopting its policy on dealing with disruptive student conduct, and its policy on the transfer, merging, and discontinuance of progra ms. Lastly, for the spring semester, council members will be kept informed of the legislative session. She reminded members of the brochure at the back of the room distributed by the Chancellor's office, which presents the highlights of IU's 1999-2001 app ropriation request. She also reminded everyone that the Trustees would be meeting on the IUPUI campus Friday, the following day. Their business meeting from 3:30 to 6:00 in University Place 132 is open to the public. Last, Porter encouraged everyone to st ay for the Chancellor's address which was to focus on the scope of campus activities.

Agenda Item V. Further Discussion of the "Disruptive Student Conduct Policy" -- Beverly Ross (Chair of Student Affairs Committee) [DISCUSSION ITEM]

Ross explained that the latest version of the disruptive student conduct policy was not yet available, but would be distributed in time for a possible vote at the next January 14 meeting. She presented a summary of what had transpired since the pre vious meeting. The committee spoke to University Counsel Joe Scodro, and as a result substantial changes were made. Scodro recommended that all definitions be eliminated; however, the committee compromised and kept one-half of them. The definitions of cam pus demonstrations and eccentric behavior were eliminated: eccentricity and dissent are okay if not disruptive. She thought it possible to yet re-order the latter part so as to improve clarity, especially as to when contacting the police becomes necessary . The list at the end of who was to receive copies of the written report of disruptive behavior was limited, but one to the student was added.

Agenda Item VI. "Guiding Principles for Tenured Faculty (or Post-Tenure) Review" -- Karen Gable (UFC Faculty Affairs Committee Co-Chair) [Policy Proposal to be Presented to the UFC Agenda Committee] [INFORMATION ITEM]

Gable began with more optimism than she had at the previous meeting, and using an overhead, presented the original nine principles and then the three additional ones now added as a result of the IUB and IUPUI collaboration at the UFC Faculty Affair s Committee meeting. Those principles are attached to these minutes. She pointed out one minor but still possible change: IUPUI would prefer to have principle #8 separated into two principles. After the proposal leaves UFC, each campus will have to decide how best to comply with the policy. In response to Rothe, Gable pointed out that the ninth principle was suggested by President Brand as a kind of built-in accountability. Porter commented that the success of the policy should be measured more by how man y were helped rather than how many were dismissed.

Spechler congratulated Gable for her patience in working with her IUB colleagues and then explained why principle #8 should be divided: intermediate sanctions are used for a return to satisfactory performance, but dismissal requires something more for which we already have a policy. He concluded that nevertheless the document as it is can be approved system-wide and still appropriately represent the various interests.

Dean Plater expressed the hope that the campus administration, the implementation team, and the faculty affairs committee would collaborate well when the proposal returns to the campus, and that principle #9 can then be addressed.

Agenda Item VII. "Regularizing and Improving the Employment of Non-Tenure Track Faculty" -- Karen Gable (UFC Faculty Affairs Committee Co-Chair) [Policy Proposal to be Presented to the UFC Agenda Committee] [INFORMATION ITEM]).

Using an overhead to show attachment #3 (attached to these minutes), Gable reviewed each point of the proposal that came out of the UFC faculty affairs committee as guiding principles, drawing attention to the emphasis of the proposal on campus det ermination. She explained that these are over-arching concepts and that the proposal is only a draft.

In response to Chancellor Bepko's question regarding the application of a cap as it applies to both full and part time non-tenure track faculty, Spechler added that a sub-committee of the faculty affairs committee is working on this and that IUPUI's pr oposal is better than IUB's because of its FTE basis instead of a head count. They also plan to clean up the difficulty with the meaning of certain titles like "adjunct faculty" and "associate faculty," or "lecturer" and "instructor." He then emphasized t hat the cap is a very important matter, especially on this campus, since some programs here are almost all non-tenure track faculty, but added that there are very different situations at the various campuses, and we must be sensitive and not too strict be cause we do want progress in this matter.

In response to Schmenner's question regarding the motivation behind this proposal, Gable said the concern for how non-tenure track faculty are treated has existed for many years, and touches on necessary equipment, office space, and monetary compensati on, but that primarily it is a matter of fairness.

Spechler added that besides fairness, there are at least three other issues. First, given the nature of the institution, relying too much on part-time non-tenure track faculty (who only teach) means less research generally will be done, while the servi ce burden on tenure-track faculty will increase thus cutting down on their research opportunities also. Second, although many of the part-time non-tenure track faculty are indispensible, do an excellent job, and deserve to be paid well, there should not b e a standardized approach that treats the less-deserving the same through a blanket salary; there should be mechanisms such as supervision and merit raises to reward those who do well. This is not a movement to abolish all part-time non-tenure track facul ty. [In response to Schmenner's interjection that the third issue is the lack of trust in the market, Spechler contended that the use of part-time non-tenure track faculty is necessary to provide better instruction, and that they could exchange stories la ter on how well the market works.] Third and last, there is a need to rectify the impact their limited ability to instruct students outside of the classroom has on instruction.

Porter pointed out that there are also non-altruistic reasons for our concern here, reasons external to us that have been brought to our attention. The claim is that there are not enough full-time tenured faculty teaching the classes, and instead an ov er-reliance on those who are perceived to be unqualified. Consumers claim they are not getting what they are paying for. She commented that we need to satisfy a large spectrum of constituents.

Schmenner said there is a tension we need to be aware of between quality and accreditation on the one hand, and economics on the other, even for full-time tenure-track faculty.

Sutton commented that part-time non-tenure track faculty certainly deserve fair treatment and better pay, and she welcomed their treatment as colleagues; however she seconded the economic concern and addressed the issue of funding. If no provision is m ade for funding this proposal, the fear is that what may result is a heavier teaching burden on full-time tenure-track faculty, meaning they will have less research time. Also, unless the proposal includes the graduate teaching assistants at IUB, it won't address the issue of who is teaching in the classroom. These two important components are missing from this proposal and will adversely affect IUPUI. There might be additional motivation to consider given that the proposal is coming out of IUB. She quest ioned whether this document protected IUPUI very well.

Gable responded no to Plater's question of whether this policy was intended to include graduate teaching assistants or clinical-track faculty but conceded that the way it is written it might be read to include our clinical-track faculty.

Spechler added that all of these categories were considered about six years ago as one single issue, but they were then divided into three parts: clinical faculty, graduate teaching assistants (which is primarily an IUB issue), and non-tenure track fac ulty. There's now a call from President Brand and Strategic Directions to review and improve the level of instruction at IU, and there is money allocated for Strategic Directions and for other things, so we hope there will be money for this third part.

With regard to improving instruction at IU, Plater questioned whether we can address non-tenure track faculty without also addressing graduate teaching assistants, and if there are caps for one there should be caps for both.

Harrington pointed out that the writing program, which she directs, and two other programs, math and speech, are all staffed almost exclusively by non-tenure track faculty. She expressed concern that there exists no structural way for these faculty to have input into this policy

Spechler used that as an example of how the IUPUI document is superior to the IUB one, the one in front of everyone, because of its non-sensitivity to problems such as this. The present document is unacceptable for IUPUI. Any issue of a cap must be kep t flexible. The UFC faculty affairs committee will address it in January or February, and the UFC February agenda will also include it.

Porter commented that we want the IUPUI language ready for the UFC February meeting, and Gable confirmed it would be. She then thanked members for the useful discussion and promised another report for the next faculty council meeting.

Agenda Item VIII. Question / Answer Period.

Ng raised a question related to the profiles of incoming students that were recently released from Vic Borden's office. Standards have changed dramatically over the 1994-1998 period. He contended the university must not admit students without regar d to their preparation, and given higher enrollments suggested there be more stringent screening so as to improve the quality of the incoming students. He then asked for a response from the administration.

Chancellor Bepko responded that the figures Ng quoted from Vic Borden's office were correct, but pointed out that the council has recently received the administration's plan to develop a stronger bottom level for the entering class by raising the floor so that more students who are not yet prepared are excluded. Crist elaborated on the new procedures saying more unprepared students will be excluded from direct admission and directed into alternate programs such as Ivy Tech, no-credit programs, the comm unity learning network, and other community related programs; and that this does at least represent a start to dealing with the problem.

Ng then contended that faculty have a moving target with demands on them to improve the DWF rate, while even the students know they are unprepared, so a report should be made to the faculty council every year on the academic level of the students being admitted, so that the faculty will at least know what they are up against.

Bepko responded that the credentials of entering students have been reported at the beginning of every academic year, but also pointed out that part of the roots of IUPUI's history is its open admission standard. There is an ebb and flow to students' a bilities, and we are working on diverting the students at the very bottom into other programs.

Plater added that this issue of the relation of admissions and performance (or comparing input measures taken from the profiles of entering students with measures of their success after they have arrived) is very complex. He cited data that suggested t hat the actual performance of students admitted from the bottom quartile was about the same as those from the upper quartile. He also seconded the usefulness of presenting this issue to the council at a later time.

Ng countered that the performance measures of ill-prepared students were misleading because of the pressure on the faculty to keep the DWF rates down; rather than fail 60% of the unprepared students, they are permitted to squeak by, and the impact of t hat is corrosive.

Porter promised to take this issue to the executive committee.

Bepko concluded saying this important issue goes to the heart of the IUPUI enterprise, and that we've addressed it with the breadth of our mission as an urban campus, but that it remains one of our most confounding issues.

Agenda Items IX-XI. Unfinished Business & New Business & Adjournment for the Chancellor's "State of the Campus" Address at 4:00.

Galanti refused a comment from Spechler on Ng's issue, skipped any unfinished or new business and adjourned the meeting at 4:00 to prepare for the Chancellor's "State of the Campus" address.


Attendance Record for December 3, 1998 Faculty Council Meeting;

Agenda for December 3, 1998 Faculty Council Meeting;

"Guiding Principles for Tenured Faculty (or Post-Tenure) Review."

[Minutes prepared by Faculty Council Coordinator, David Frisby,

UN 403, 274-2215(Fax 274-2970), fcouncil@iupui.edu : http ://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil ]


[Attachment for FC981203 Minutes]

Attendance Record for FC981203.

I. Voting Members (109):

Absent---: Allen, Stephen (Elected: Medicine 6/99);

Present--: Atkinson, Simon (Elected: Medicine 6/99);

Absent---: Bailey, Darrell (Ex Officio: Director of Music)

Present--: Baldwin, James (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Banta, Trudy (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Chancellor's Admin. designee);

Present--: Belcher, Anne (Elected: Nursing 6/99);

Present--: Bepko, Gerald (Ex Officio: Officer: Chancellor of IUPUI.);

Present--: Besch, Henry (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Alternate: Bippen, Paul (Ex Officio: Dean of IUPU Columbus) --

-------[via Pat Rooney (IUPU Columbus)];

Absent---: Bjork, Ulf Jonas (Elected: Journalism 6/99);

Notice----: Blix, Susanne (Elected: Medicine 6/00);

Absent---: Broadie, Thomas (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);

Absent---: Brothers, Linda (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Absent---: Brown, James W. (Ex Officio: Associate Dean of Journalism);

Absent---: Burr, David (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Canty-Mitchell, Janie (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present---:Carr, Lucinda G. (Elected: Medicine 6/00)

Absent---: Chernoff, Ellen (Elected: Science 6/99);

Present--: Chin, Ray (Elected: Science 6/00);

Absent---: Cobb, Karen (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);

Absent---: Cronin, Blaise (Ex Officio: Dean of Library & Information Science) (Bloomington);

Present--: Crowell, Dring (Elected: Science 6/99);

Absent---: Dalsing, Michael (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Notice----: DeSchepper, Edward (Elected: Dentistry 6/99);

Absent---: DiMicco, Joseph (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Absent---: Dunning, Jeremy (Ex Officio: Dean of Continuing Studies) (Bloomington);

Present--: Eckerman, Nancy (Elected: Medicine 6/99. (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent---: Eickmeier, Valerie (Ex Officio: Interim Dean of Herron Art)

Absent---: Evenbeck, Scott (Ex Officio: Dean of University College),

Absent---: Faris, James V. (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Fineberg, Naomi (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Fineberg, S. Edwin (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Present--: Fisher, Mary (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Ford, David (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Absent---: Froehlich, Janice (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Present--: Galanti, Paul (Officer: Vice-President 6/00. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);

Alternate: Gardner, Carol (Elected: Liberal Arts 6/99) --

--------[via Brad Smith (Liberal Arts)];

Present--: Gilman, Linda (Elected: Nursing 6/99);

Present--: Goldblatt, Lawrence (Ex Officio: Dean of Dentistry);

Alternate: Greene, Roberta (Ex Officio: Dean of Social Work) --

-------[via J.M. Kapoor (Social Work)];

Absent---: Gregory, Richard (Elected: Dentistry 6/00);

Present--: Hamant, Celestine (Elected: Allied Health Sciences 6/99);

Present--: Harrington, Susan Marie (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent---: Holden, Robert (Ex Officio: Dean of Medicine);

Present--: Hook, Sara Anne (Elected: At Large 6/00. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Absent---: Hoyt, Dolores J. (Elected: At Large 6/00. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Present--: Jafari, Maymanat (Elected: University Libraries 6/99);

Absent---: Karlson, Henry (Elected: Law 6/00);

Present--: Keck, Juanita (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/99);

Present--: Keck, Robert (Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/00);

Present--: Keffer, M. Jan (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);

Present--: Kellum, P. Nicholas (Ex Officio: Dean of Physical Education);

Absent---: Kennedy, Sheila (Elected: Public & Environmental Affairs 6/00 -- replaced Joyce Man);

Absent---: Lee, Wei-Hua (Elected: Medicine 6/00);

Absent---: Lefstein, Norman (Ex Officio: Dean of Law);

Present--: Mannheimer, Steven (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/00);

Absent---: Mannix, Edward (Elected: Medicine 6/99);

Present--: Marrs, James A. (Elected: Medicine 6/00);

Present--: Martin, Joyce (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent---: Mayfield, Jennifer A. (Elected: Medicine 6/00);

Alternate: McBride, Angela (Ex Officio: Dean of Nursing) --

-------[via Shirley A. Ross (Nursing)];

Present--: McDaniel, Anna (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Notice---: Minick, Susan (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent---: Modibo, Najja (Elected: Continuing Studies 6/00);

Present--: Ng, Bart (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--- Olson, Byron (Elected: At Large 6/00. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/00);

Absent---: Parsons, Michael (Elected: Education 6/00);

Present--: Pfile, Richard (Elected: Engineering and Technology 6/00);

Present--: Plater, William (Ex Officio: Chancellor's Administrative Designee);

Absent---: Pless, John (Elected: Medicine 6/99);

Present--: Porter, Rebecca (Elected Officer: President 6/00. Ex Officio: UFC Rep. 6/00);

Present--: Powers, Gerald (Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/99);

Present--: Ralston, Rick (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Present--: Richwine, Margaret W. (Elected: Medicine 6/00);

Present--: Robertson, Jean (Elected: Herron 6/99);

Present--: Rogers, Richard (Elected: Business 6/99);

Absent--: Rosentraub, Mark (Ex Officio: Associate Dean of Public and Environmental Affairs--Indianapolis);

Present--: Rothe, Carl (Elected: Med 6/99. Ex Off: Exec C. 6/99, & UFC Rep 6/99);

Present--: Russell, Steven (Elected: Liberal Arts 6/00);

Present--: Saatkamp, Herman (Ex Officio: Dean of Liberal Arts);

Present--: Sawchuk, Alan P. (Elected: Medicine 6/00);

Present--: Schmenner, Roger W. (Ex Officio: Associate Dean of Business--Indianapolis);

Absent--: Seifert, Mark (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Present--: Sothmann, Mark S. (Ex Officio: Dean of Allied Health Sciences);

Present--: Spechler, Martin (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Present--: Stocum, David (Ex Officio: Dean of Science);

Present--: Sutton, Susan (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Swartz, Darl (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent--: Tompkins, Philip (Ex Officio: Director of University Libraries);

Absent--: Touponce, William (Elected: Liberal Arts 6/00);

Present--: Udry, Eileen (Elected: Physical Education 6/00);

Present--: Unverzagt, Frederick (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent--: VanVoorhis, Rebecca (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Present--: Vermette, Rosalie (Elected: At Large 6/99. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/99);

Present--: Vessely, Jeffery (Elected: At Large 6/00. Ex Officio: Executive Committee 6/00);

Present--: Wagner, Marion (Elected: Social Work 6/99. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/99);

Absent--: Warfel, Kathleen (Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Alternate: Wass, Justin L. (Elected: Medicine 6/00) --

-------[via Stan Alexander (Medicine)];

Absent---: Watt, Jeffrey (Elected: At Large 6/00. Ex Officio: UFC Representative 6/00);

Present--: Webb, Dorothy (Elected: At Large 6/99);

Present--: Wiebke, Eric (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Absent---: Wilcox, Barbara (Ex Officio: Executive Associate Dean of Education--Indianapolis);

Present--: Wilkins, Harriet (Officer: Parliamentarian 6/99. Elected: At Large 6/00);

Present--: Yokomoto, Charles (Elected: At Large 6/00);

Present--: Yurtseven, H. Oner (Ex Officio: Dean of Engineering & Technology).

II. Non-Voting Members (5):

Absent---: Koch, Mary Jane (Ex Officio: Senior Academy Representative);

Present--: Lowenkron, Ann (Elected: University College 6/00);

Present--: Manaloor, Jacob (Ex Officio: Student Assembly President);

Absent---: Phillabaum, Melinda (Ex Officio: Staff Council President);

Present--: Rooney, Patrick (Elected: IUPU Columbus).

III. Guests/Visitors/Others (non-voting):

Present--: Borden, Vic (Institutional Research);

Present--: Boschmann, Erwin (Faculty Development Office);

Present--: Christ, Alan (Enrollment Services);

Present--: Combs, Terri (Coordinator of Associate Faculty Affairs);

Present--: Frisby, David (Faculty Council Coordinator);

Present--: Gable, Karen (Allied Health Sciences);

Present--: Gray, Ralph (Liberal Arts, Retired);

Present--: Grove, Mark (Registrar);

Present--: Jinx (IUPUI Jaguar Mascot);

Present--: Kahn, Susan (Faculty Development);

Present--: Kennon, Jane Mac (guest);

Present--: Lorentz, Donald (UITS Audio Engineer: Recorder);

Present--: Martin, Robert (Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Finance);

Present--: Nehf, Laura C. (Associate Faculty Liaison to Faculty Council);

Present--: Ross, Beverly A. (Nursing);

Present--: Schneider, Bill (Liberal Arts);

Present--: Sloan, John (IU Foundation);

Present--: Sullivan, Cheryl (Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs);

Present--: Turner, Regina (University College).

[Attachment for FC981203 Minutes]

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Faculty Council Meeting: Thursday, December 3, 1998

IUPUI Conference Center: Room 118 (IP 118): 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


  1. Call to Order: Paul Galanti (IUPUI Faculty Vice-President)!
  2. Approval of Minutes for November 5, 1998 (distributed earlier via email and on web at "http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/minutes/fc981105html.htm" and see attachment1).
  3. Chancellor's Report: Gerald Bepko (IUPUI Chancellor & IU Vice-President).
  4. President's Report: Rebecca Porter (IUPUI Faculty President & UFC Co-Secretary).
  5. Further Discussion of the "Disruptive Student Conduct Policy" (latest version available in hardcopy at the meeting)-- Beverly Ross (Chair of Student Affairs Committee) [DISCUSSION ITEM]
  6. "Guiding Principles for Tenured Faculty (or Post-Tenure) Review" (see attachment2) -- Karen Gable (UFC Faculty Affairs Committee Co-Chair) [Policy Proposal to be Presented to the UFC Agenda Committee] [INFORMATION ITEM]
  7. "Regularizing and Improving the Employment of Non-Tenure Track Faculty" (see attachment3 -- Karen Gable (UFC Faculty Affairs Committee Co-Chair) [Policy Proposal to be Presented to the UFC Agenda Committee] [INFORMATION ITEM]) .
  8. Question / Answer Period.
  9. Unfinished Business?
  10. New Business?
  11. Adjournment for the Chancellor's "State of the Campus" Address at 4:00.


1 Unapproved FC Minutes for November 5, 1998 (synoptic);

2 "Guiding Principles for Tenured Faculty (or Post-Tenure) Review";

3 "Regularizing and Improving the Employment of Non-Tenure Track Faculty."

Next Faculty Council Meeting: January 14, 1999!

[Agenda Prepared by Faculty Council Coordinator, David Frisby,

UN 403, 317-274-2215 (fax 4-2970), fcouncil@iupui.edu : http://www.iupui.edu/~ fcouncil]






Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Meeting of the IUPUI Faculty Body: Thursday, December 3, 1998

IUPUI Conference Center: Room 118 (IP 118): 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

I. Call to Order!

II. "State of the IUPUI Campus Address" -- Chancellor Gerald Bepko.

III. Adjournment.

Next Meeting of the IUPUI Faculty Body: Thursday, December 2, 1999!

[Agenda Prepared by Faculty Council Coordinator, David Frisby,

UN 403, 317-274-2215 (fax 4-2970), fcouncil@iupui.edu : http://www.iupui.edu/~ fcouncil]


[Attachment for FC981203 Minutes]



Guiding Principles for Tenured Faculty (or Post-Tenure) Review



The quality and integrity of academic programs depend upon the performance of individual faculty. Indiana University as an institution and its faculty members have a mutual and reciprocal commitment to ensure the ongoing productivity of individuals th roughout their academic careers. Peer review is an essential aspect of continued improvement and faculty development.

Each campus shall have:

    1. Procedures for annual merit review of faculty performance that comply with Principles Guiding Indiana University Faculty/Librarian Salary Policy (University Faculty Council, April 25, 1989),
    2. Procedures for evaluation of faculty performance on occasion of reappointment, appointment with tenure, and promotion in rank that comply with the provisions on Academic Advancement (standards, procedures, and annual review) in the Academic Handboo k, and
    3. Procedures, adopted by faculty governance, for review, remediation, and sanction (including sanction of dismissal) of faculty conduct that violates the rules of the University or fails to meet generally understood and accepted standards of professiona l conduct.


Therefore, the tenured faculty review process should be congruent with the following Guiding Principles:

    1. preserve academic freedom,
    2. protect due process,
    3. recognize situational differences of its diverse faculty,
    4. establish professional development as a goal,

5. define a mechanism for initiating the in-depth review process,

    1. rely upon peer review at all steps in the process,
    2. incorporate existing faculty review mechanisms,
    3. include the concept of intermediate sanctions prior to dismissal proceedings and establish dismissal process consequent to misconduct or incompetence, and
    4. specify outcome criteria for assessment of the effectiveness of the policy at the time of implementation of the policy.


University Faculty Council Faculty Affairs Committee



[Attachment for FC981203 Minutes]

[Subject: Dealing with Non-Tenure Track Faculty: UFC Faculty Affairs Committee approved this proposal to turn over to the UFC Agenda Committee for its consideration, and then for the UFC agenda].

Proposal for Regularizing and Improving the Employment of Non-Tenure Track Faculty.

(1) Each campus shall establish a Non-Tenure Track Faculty Policy Committee, preferably by an election that will include all NTTFs (both full-time and part-time) and all tenure-track faculty in the balloting. The NTTF Committees shall include NTTFs in their memberships, perhaps in a 50-50% balance with tenure-track faculty. The NTTF Committees will report to the chief academic officer on each campus.

(2) The first task of the NTTF Committees will be to draft policies that are campus-specific, but that incorporate the various items (3-6) in this UFC Policy. Once the campus-specific policies are adopted, copies of these policies will be forwarded to President Brand, to the Co-Secretaries of UFC, and to the Co-Chairs of the UFC Faculty Affairs Committee. The NTTF Committees will continue to function (a) to monitor the execution of the campus-specific policies; (b) to recommend further ways to improve and regularize the employment of NTTFs in all units on each campus; and (c) to provide an annual report concerning the employment of NTTFs to President Brand and the Co-Secretaries of UFC.*

(3) Some limit or "cap" will be placed on the number of NTTFs employed by each campus, in order to avoid increasing IU's dependence on NTTFs for instructional purposes, and hence also to avoid eroding the number of tenure-track faculty lines now budget ed to each campus. Each campus-specific policy should address the distribution of NTTFs among the various academic units.

(4) In order to improve and regularize the pay scale for NTTFs, the NTTF Committee for each campus will set a goal of raising per-section pay for all NTTFs, both full-time and part-time, to a minimum of $2000 (a figure close to the national average for per-section pay for sections of composition and beginning math courses taught by part-time faculty). In the case of NTTFs who are paid on a salary basis, the per-section pay should in no case be lower than $2000. The specific policy adopted by each campu s will set a reasonable timeline for meeting this goal of at least $2000 per section.

(5) The NTTF Committee on each campus will establish a means for providing multi-year contracts for NTTFs who have been teaching on a semester- or annual-contract basis for 3 or more years. In some circumstances, NTTFs may prefer to teach on one-year o r semester appointments. But multi-year contracts should be made available to long-term NTTFs who apply for them.

(6) As a corollary to item (5), each campus will adopt a regular system for evaluating the work of NTTFs.*

* It is not the intention of this Policy to have the NTTF Committees on the various campuses serve also to evaluate the work of NTTFs. Rather, such evaluation seems best if done by departments and disciplines, rather than by a centralized commit tee or administrator. At the same time, the NTTF Committees should ensure that such evaluation is being conducted and is adequate for making informed decisions about the appointment of NTTFs especially to multi-year contracts.