Faculty Handbook

Faculty Handbook

 

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UAB FACULTY HANDBOOK
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction
1. Organization

1.1 History

1.2 Governance

1.2.1 Board of Trustees

1.2.2 The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

1.2.2.1 UAB Faculty Participation in Shared Governance in a Community of Learners

1.2.2.1.1 Faculty Representation and Participation on University Committees

1.2.2.1.2 Faculty Representation and Participation on Academic Unit or Departmental Committees

1.2.2.1.3 Faculty Participation in Evaluation of University and Academic Administrators

1.2.2.1.3.1 Faculty Senate Evaluation of University and Academic Administrators

1.2.2.1.3.2 Faculty Participation in Administrator Evaluations Conducted at the Academic Unit or Departmental Level

1.3 Mission

1.3.1 The University of Alabama System

1.3.2 The University of Alabama at Birmingham

2. Faculty Appointments, Promotions, Tenure, Resignation, Termination, and Grievance

2.1 UAB Equal Opportunity Policy

2.2 Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

2.3 Faculty Senate

2.4 UAB Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee

2.5 Types of Faculty Appointments

2.5.1 Primary Faculty Appointments

2.5.2 Secondary Faculty Appointments

2.5.3 Non-academic Appointments

2.5.4 Part-Time Tenure-Track and Tenured Appointments

2.5.5 Non-tenure-earning Faculty Appointments

2.5.6 Graduate Faculty Appointments

2.5.7 Temporary Faculty Appointment and Reappointment

2.6 Faculty Ranks

2.6.1 Instructor

2.6.2 Assistant Professor

2.6.3 Associate Professor

2.6.4 Professor

2.7 Titles for Academic Librarians

2.7.1 Academic Librarians

2.7.2 Assistant Librarian

2.7.3 Senior Assistant Librarian

2.7.4 Associate Librarian

2.7.5 Librarian

2.8 Special Faculty Ranks and Appointments

2.8.1 Distinguished Professor

2.8.2 Distinguished Service Professor

2.8.3 University Professor

2.8.4 Academic Chairs, Professorships, and Endowed Lectureships

2.8.5 Emeritus Faculty

2.9 Faculty Credentials

2.10 Specific Criteria for Appointment, Promotion, and Award of Tenure

2.10.1 Effectiveness as a Teacher

2.10.2 Effectiveness in Scholarly Activities

2.10.3 Effectiveness in Service Activities

2.10.4 Effectiveness as a Librarian

2.11 Procedures for Faculty Appointments, Reappointments, Promotions, and Awards of Tenure

2.11.1 School or Library Committees

2.11.2 Departmental Policies and Committees

2.12 Initial Appointments of Faculty

2.12.1 Appointments with Tenure

2.12.2 Appointments as Instructor or Assistant Librarian

2.12.3 Appointments as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Assistant Librarian, or Associate Librarian

2.12.4 Appointments as Professor or Librarian

2.13 Reappointment and Non-reappointment of Non-tenured Faculty

2.13.1 Review for Reappointment and Non-reappointment of Non-tenure-earning Faculty

2.13.2 Review for Reappointment and Non-reappointment of Non-tenured Faculty

2.13.3 Notice of Non-reappointment

2.13.4 Non-reappointment Because of Changes in Program Priorities

2.14 Annual Faculty Evaluations

2.15 Tenure

2.15.1 General Statement

2.15.2 Tenure Eligibility

2.15.3 Tenure by Faculty Rank

2.15.4 Length of Tenure-earning Period

2.15.5 Extension of tenure-earning period

2.15.6 Changes in Tenure-earning Status

2.15.7 Review for Progress Toward Award of Tenure

2.15.8 Review for Award of Tenure

2.15.8.1 Departmental and School or Library Committee Review

2.15.8.2 Review and Decision of Dean or Library Director

2.15.8.3 Notification of Faculty Member

2.15.8.4 Non-award of Tenure Because of Changes in Program Priorities

2.16 Faculty Promotion

2.16.1 Review for Progress Toward Promotion

2.16.2 Review for Promotion

2.17 Appeals

2.18 Termination of Employment of Tenured Faculty

2.18.1 Termination for Cause

2.18.2 Termination of Tenured Faculty Due to Bona Fide Financial Exigency, Bona Fide Financial Crisis, or Academic Program/Unit Closure

2.18.2.1 General Grounds for Termination

2.18.2.2 Re-employment of Tenured Faculty Dismissed as a Result of Bona Fide Financial Exigency, Bona Fide Financial Crisis, or Academic Program/Unit Closure

2.18.3 Bona Fide Financial Crisis and Bona Fide Financial Exigency

2.18.3.1 Acquisition of Faculty Advice by the Provost

2.18.3.2 Provost's Actions

2.18.3.3 President's Actions

2.18.4 Procedures for Academic Program/Unit Closure

2.18.4.1 Acquisition of Faculty Advice Concerning the Recommendation

2.18.4.2 Provost's Action

2.18.4.3 President's Action

2.19 Grievances (other than appeals)

2.19.1 UAB Grievance and Termination Hearing Panel

2.20 Resignation

2.21 Retirement

3. Other Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

3.1 Principles of Responsibilities

3.2 Academic Freedom

3.3 Political Activity

3.4 Fundraising

3.5 Maintenance of Ethical Standards When Conducting Teaching, Research and Service Activities

3.6 Standards of Behavior

3.7 Nepotism Policy

3.8 Sexual Harassment Policy

3.9 Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights (Patent Policy)

3.10 Copyright

3.11 External and Internal Activities

3.11.1 External Activities

3.11.2 Internal Activities

3.11.3 Conflict of Commitment and Conflicts of Interest

3.12 Computer Software Policy, Development, Ownership and Use

3.13 Computer Software Copying and Use Policy

3.14 Data Protection and Security Policy

3.15 Execution and Review of Contracts for the University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.16 Extramurally Sponsored Programs

4. Holidays, Vacation, Sick Time, and Leaves

4.1 Holidays

4.2 Vacation Policy

4.3 Sick Time

4.4 Sabbatical Leave

4.4.1 Eligibility

4.4.2 Plan of Activities During Sabbatical Leave

4.4.3 Approval of Sabbatical Leave

4.4.4 Accrual of Vacation and Sick Leave While on Sabbatical

4.4.5 Upon Conclusion of Sabbatical Leave

4.5 Other Leaves of Absence

4.5.1 Personal Leave

4.5.2 Family and Medical Leave of Absence (refer to UAB policy)

4.5.3 Military Leave

4.5.4 Educational Leave

4.5.5 Modified Duties

Appendix A. Faculty Grievance Procedures

I. Filing a Grievance

II. The Grievance Committee

III. Participant Responsibilities

A. Responsibilities of the Grievance Committee

B. Responsibilities of the Grievant

C. Responsibilities of the Party(ies) against whom the grievance is filed [Accused Party(ies)]

IV. Right to Advisor

V. Grievance Committee Procedure

A. Preparation for Grievance Hearing

B. The Grievance Hearing

C. The Grievance Committee Report

VI. Action by Provost

VII. Final Action

Appendix B. Review of Recommendations for Termination for Cause of a Tenured Faculty Member or a Faculty Member Whose Term of Appointment Has Not Expired

I. Initiation of Proceedings

II. Response

III. Suspension

IV. The Hearing Committee

V. Procedure

A. Pre-hearing

B. Hearing

VI. Committee Decision

VII. President’s Decision

Appendix C. Review of Recommendations for Termination of a Faculty Member Due to a Bona Fide Financial Exigency, Bona Fide Financial Crisis or Academic Program/Unit Closure

I. Initiation of Proceedings

II. Response

III. The Hearing Committee

IV. Procedure

A. Pre-hearing

B. Hearing

V. Committee Decision

VI. The President’s Decision

Index