Appointment, Promotion and Termination of Faculty in Non-tenure Track Positions

Approved by the Faculty Senate January 8, 2007 and the Provost April 2, 2007.

Applies to all full-time faculty holding the rank of Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Instructor, Instructor and Visiting Faculty who are not in the SOM or the SOPP.

Instructors and all ranks of Visiting Professors are temporary appointments.   Visiting Professor appointments may be made or continued for a maximum of three years; and Instructor appointments may be continued in one year increments for a maximum of six years.   There is no limit to how long Lecturers and Clinical Faculty in the College of Nursing and Health may be continued in these positions.   Regardless of the length of appointment, nothing in this policy implies permanency or tenure.

I.   Temporary Faculty Appointments

Instructor is the fully-affiliated rank assigned to those who are qualified to teach but who may or may not hold the terminal degree in the discipline of the department of appointment.  Initial appointments are for up to one year and may be extended in one year increments when the advertisements for the position and the appointment letter state that such extensions are possible.   Instructor appointments may not be extended beyond a total of six years of service.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, or Visiting Professor is the rank assigned faculty members whose education and experience is equivalent to Wright State faculty with the corresponding rank.   Frequently, these faculty hold the equivalent professorial rank at another university.   Initial appointments are for up to three years.   If an initial appointment is for less than three years, it may be extended to a total of three years when the advertisements for the position and the appointment letter state that such extensions are possible.

II.   Continuing Faculty Appointments

Lecturer is the fully-affiliated rank assigned to those who are qualified to teach and who may or may not hold the terminal degree in the discipline of the department of appointment. Initial appointments are for three years and may be extended by a succeeding three-year appointment.   Before the faculty member's sixth year as a Lecturer, the university will (a) notify the faculty member that the appointment will not be continued or (b) offer a continuing appointment with no identified date of termination.

Faculty may be appointed to the rank of Lecturer upon beginning Wright State employment or after serving for a time as an Instructor.   An appointment to Lecturer can only occur if a Lecturer position is open.   Instructors should have no expectation that this will happen, however; the university's decision to create a Lecturer position is based on university needs, regardless of the performance level of existing Instructors.   Before beginning an internal or external search for a Lecturer, the Department Chair or Dean will notify all eligible Instructors in his or her department or college and name a search committee that includes at least one Lecturer.   An Instructor applying for a Lecturer position in an internal search must have an Instructor appointment that is eligible for an extension or that has been continued for six years.

Senior Lecturer is the fully-affiliated rank assigned to those who have been promoted to that rank because of sustained outstanding performance in teaching and service for a minimum of six years at the Lecturer rank and demonstrated leadership within the university, the discipline or the community.   A Lecturer may apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer, following criteria and procedures for promotion maintained in her or his college of appointment.

Clinical Instructor and Clinical Assistant Professor are the fully-affiliated ranks assigned to those who teach clinical and classroom courses and who may or may not hold a terminal degree in the discipline.   Initial appointments are for three years and may be extended by a succeeding three-year appointment.   Before the faculty member's sixth year as a Clinical Instructor and/or Clinical Assistant Professor, the university will (a) notify the faculty member that the appointment will not be continued or (b) offer a continuing appointment with no identified date of termination.

Faculty may be appointed to the rank of Clinical Instructor or Clinical Assistant Professor upon beginning Wright State employment, depending on their credentials and experience.   A Clinical Instructor may apply for promotion to Clinical Assistant Professor upon obtaining the required credentials and experience, following criteria and procedures for promotion maintained in the College of Nursing and Health.

III.  Termination of Appointments

In addition to resignation or retirement, faculty appointments may be terminated due to (1) completion of a fixed-term appointment, (2) poor performance, (3) just cause, (4) enrollment or curricular changes that eliminate the need for their services, and (5) financial exigency.

(1)  Termination at the Completion of Fixed-term Appointments.

Faculty on fixed-term appointments (Instructors, Visiting Professors, and those Lecturers and Clinical Faculty who are in their initial appointment periods) are automatically terminated at the conclusion of their appointments unless the university offers them a succeeding appointment.

  • When possible, faculty should be notified by February 1 of the year their fixed-term appointment expires if they are being offered a succeeding appointment.
  • Notice of termination is not required for faculty who complete fixed-term appointments.   Even if succeeding appointments had been received in earlier years, faculty on fixed-term appointments should not expect that their employment will continue after the fixed-term unless they have received a written offer of continuation from their dean.

(2)  Termination for Poor Performance

Faculty in all ranks on fixed-term or continuing appointments may be terminated for poor performance.   When notified in writing by February 1 of their first academic year's service, faculty will be terminated at the conclusion of that academic year.   Following the first year, the university will provide written notice at least twelve months in advance of termination.

Criteria for non-reappointment of faculty based on unsatisfactory performance are:

        a.  The performance was specified in a written evaluation.

        b.  The faculty member was given an opportunity to address the unsatisfactory

             performance.

        c.  The unsatisfactory performance continued.

(3)  Terminations for Just Cause

Just cause terminations may be based on (a) demonstrated incompetence or dishonesty in teaching or scholarship, (b) substantial and manifest neglect of duty, (c) personal conduct that substantially impairs the faculty member's ability to fulfill his or her institutional responsibilities, or (d) malicious conduct that directly obstructs the performance of instructional or scholarly programs authorized or permitted by the university.   Terminations for just cause shall be effective at the end of the academic year except as otherwise ordered by the Board of Trustees.

(4&5)  Termination Due to Reduced Need and Financial Exigency

Faculty who are terminated because of enrollment declines or curricular changes will be notified in writing by the provost at least twelve months in advance of termination.   The specific changes necessitating their termination will be specified, along with confirmation that the termination is not based on their quality of performance.