|From:||Faculty Affairs Committee|
|Date:||May 15, 1981|
|Subject:||Discussion of Controversial Items in Proposed Handbook Revisions.|
Change period to comma and add: "nor in the case of individuals with 3 or more years of comparable full time faculty service in another institution shall it exceed 4 years at UTK. The appropriate length for the probationary period should be determined in consultation with the faculty of the unit involved." (Brings Handbook into substantial agreement with AAUP guidelines).It is true that there are circumstances in which this revision would work to the disadvantage of a faculty member--as when an individual moving from one institution to another might require additional time to establish a research program--and that a certain amount of flexibility might be advantageous.
Add as new paragraph: "A faculty member receiving notice of non-reappointment may request the reason for the decision not to reappoint, orally or in writing. A request for a written statement must be made to the appropriate Vice Chancellor with 3 weeks of the notice of nonreappointment, and the statement shall then be provided within two weeks of the request."There are really two issues involved in this revision--a legal one and a moral or equitable one.
Add, following sentence after ... cause shown.: "Suspension is justified only if continuance of employment may bring immediate harm to the faculty member of others."The intent of the committee in drafting this item was simply to articulate a reasonable policy, using the policy expressed by the Chancellor in a previous suspension of a faculty member. Since this item is not mentioned in the Associate Vice Chancellor's memorandum, this item may no longer be controverted.