Faculty Handbook

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

APPENDIX: Documents Governing the Promotion and Tenure Process at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

I. MAJOR DOCUMENTS

A. UNC System Documents – All UNCG documents must conform to the provisions of The UNC Policy Manual and The Code of the UNC board of Governors. Resolutions passed by the Faculty Senate and General Faculty are binding only to the extent that they do not contradict provisions of The Code.

1. Freedom and Responsibility in the University Community. The Code of the UNC Board of Governors, Chapter VI: Sections 600-611.

2. Review of Nonreappointment Decisions under Section 604 of The Code. The UNC Policy Manual, Section 101.3.1.

3. Guidelines on Tenure and Teaching in the University of North Carolina. The UNC Policy Manual, Section 400.3.1.1[G]

B. University-wide documents

1. Promotion, Tenure, Academic Freedom, and Due Process Regulations (this document)

This is the primary document governing promotion and tenure decisions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. All other UNCG documents are subservient to the provisions in this document. Changes to this document must be approved by the president of the UNC system.

2. University Wide Evaluation Guidelines for Promotions and Tenure

The Evaluation Guidelines lay out general principles for promotion and tenure deliberations at UNCG, and give examples of the types of activities that fit into each category. The Evaluation Guidelines provide a context in which each unit develops specific evaluation plans appropriate to its mission.

3. Procedures for UNCG Hearings in “Serious Sanction” Cases

The provisions of the Procedures for UNCG Hearings in “Serious Sanction” Cases are subservient to the policies laid out in these Regulations. The Procedures lay out the procedures of operation of the Faculty Committee on Due Process. The Faculty Committee on Due Process hears all cases concerning nonreappointment, denial of promotion when that denial accompanies nonreappointment, and cases of “serious sanctions,” and only these cases. Other grievances, including cases of denial of promotion where that denial is not accompanied by nonreappointment, are heard by the Faculty Grievance Committee.

4. Nonreappointment Hearing Procedures, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

These procedures are drawn from UNCG’s Regulations on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Due Process, and reflect the experiences of UNCG faculty who have served on the Faculty Due Process Committee.

C. Unit and departmental documents

1. Unit promotions and tenure documents

The provisions of the unit promotions and tenure documents must be consistent with all UNC System, and UNCG university-wide documents.

2. Departmental promotion and tenure documents

The provisions of departmental promotion and tenure documents must be consistent with UNC System, UNCG university-wide and UNCG unit documents.

II. OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO PROMOTION AND TENURE

A. Faculty Grievance Committee Policies and Procedures

The Faculty Grievance Committee hears grievances on any faculty concern, except those specifically directed to the Faculty Committee on Due Process. With respect to promotion and tenure, it hears grievances related to the denial of promotion where that denial is not accompanied by nonreappointment.

B. The Constitution of the Faculty, Article III, Section 12: Committee on Promotions and Tenure

The UNCG Constitution of the Faculty specifics the composition of the UNCG University Committee on Promotions and Tenure.

C. Bylaws of the Constitution of the Faculty, Article III, Section 12 (6)

The UNCG Bylaws of the constitution contain a minor amendment to the operation of the UNCG University Committee on Promotions and Tenure. The amendment allows the Chairelect of the Senate to attend the meetings as an observer.

D. The Code of the UNCG Board of Trustees

1. section 204B – Standing Committees: The whole of the relevant text is reproduced here: “Grievance Appeals Committee: The Grievance Appeals Committee will hear disciplinary appeals in student conduct cases, will consider appeals from the Chancellor’s decision on discharge or imposition of serious sanctions against a faculty member, and will consider appeals by faculty, staff, or students from decisions of the Chancellor if the grievance is based on a policy, rule, or regulation of the Board of Trustees.”

2. section 203B(1)a.i. – Approval of Recommendations to Grant Permanent Tenure: Section 203B(1)a.i. reserves the power to award permanent tenure for the Board of Trustees. The role of the chancellor is laid out in 4.D recognize this requirement.

E. Annual and Post-Tenure Review Policy for Faculty

The procedures for post-tenure review are laid out in the document titled Annual and PostTenure Review Policy for Faculty.

F. Promotion and Tenure Form

The Promotion and Tenure Form is the means by which the policies in UNC System and UNCG promotion and tenure documents are implemented. This form is maintained by the UNCG University Promotion and Tenure Committee.

G. Personal Exigency: Guidelines and Procedures

This document describes the guidelines for applying and the procedures for administering the University’s provisions on extending the probationary term for reasons of personal exigency. Its provisions of this document are subservient to those of section 605 of The Code, and those laid out these Regulations.