3.1.11 Termination of Employment of a Faculty Member

A. Purpose

This document describes Board policy on the reasons and procedures for termination of tenured and non-tenured faculty. (See Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Series 31008)

B. Persons Affected

Tenured and tenure–track faculty members

C. Definitions

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D. Policy and Procedures

  1. Non-Reappointment of Non-Tenured Tenure-Track Faculty. In the event of a decision not to reappoint a non-tenured faculty member who is in a tenure track position, written notice will be given. Such non-tenured faculty members who are notified that they will not be reappointed or who are notified that the subsequent academic year will be the terminal year of appointment shall not be entitled to a statement of the reasons upon which the decision for such action is based. Such decisions are subject to review only under the procedure of Regents’ Rules and Regulations.
  2. Termination for Cause. Dismissal of a tenured faculty member or of a non-tenured faculty member for good cause shown before the expiration of the faculty member's contract will be in accordance with the Regents' Rules and Regulations.
  3. Faculty Hearing Panel. The purpose of the Faculty Hearing Panel is to provide the President of the University with a standing committee from which he/she may choose to select a hearing tribunal required by Regents’ Rules and Regulations. The following guidelines govern the nomination and election of members of the Faculty Hearing.
    1. Each September the President of the Faculty Senate shall issue a memorandum to every full-time faculty member calling for written nominations.
    2. Each full-time faculty member (including deans, division directors, and department chairs) may make up to three nominations per tenure track academic rank.
    3. Each full-time faculty member (excluding deans, division directors, department chairs, and members of the Faculty Affairs Committee) is eligible for membership on the Faculty Hearing Panel. When a member of the panel is promoted in rank, the position to which the member was elected at the previous rank becomes vacant, and the faculty member is eligible for nomination to serve as a member of the panel at the higher rank.
    4. The president of the Faculty Senate shall receive nominations no later than September 30 of each academic year and verify the nominee's eligibility and willingness to serve on the Faculty Hearing Panel.
    5. The Panel shall be composed of four professors, four associate professors, and four assistant professors.
    6. Each October the President of the Faculty Senate shall conduct an election for the purpose of electing six of the twelve (12) members of the Faculty Hearing Panel to serve two (2) year terms. Additional members of the panel shall be elected as senior members serving one (1) year terms to fill vacated positions when members of the panel are promoted in rank or resign from the faculty.
    7. The election of the members of the Faculty Hearing Panel shall be by a secret ballot.
    8. Each full-time faculty member (including deans, division directors, and department chairs) is eligible to vote for two (2) nominees at each rank plus additional nominees at each rank corresponding to the number of vacant senior positions due to faculty promotions and resignations.
    9. Polling of the votes cast shall be by the president of the Faculty Senate and the chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee. At each rank the two (2) nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes shall be elected as junior members serving two (2) year terms, and the nominees receiving the next highest numbers of votes shall be elected as senior members serving one (1) year terms. Ties are to be resolved by the president of the Faculty Senate and the chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee.
    10. Notification of the Faculty Hearing Panel election results shall be by letter from the president of the Faculty Senate to all of the nominees. Upon notification of the results of the election, the president of the Faculty Senate shall call the members of the Panel together for the purpose of electing a chair. The president of the Faculty Senate shall notify the President of U. T. Tyler of the chair and the membership of the Panel.

E. Responsibilities

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F. Review

The Divisional Head for this policy is the Provost. This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Faculty Senate.

ORIGINALLY APPROVED: 12/01/2001 

LAST AMENDED: 04/22/2009