Academic Personnel Policy Revision 2017

Current Information and Resources

The Academic Personnel Policy (APP) defines the personnel policies (appointment, promotion, tenure, employment) for all UMMS faculty. The APP describes how we recognize and reward our faculty for their academic work and scholarship. As a product of our shared governance, a strong policy that can supported by both faculty and administration is vital for the academic excellence of UMMS. It is also essential that this document remain current: to reflect the widening scope of faculty activities at UMMS, as well as global changes, such as broader definitions of scholarship and the growth of collaborative studies.

Accordingly, in June 2015, Provost Flotte initiated a process to review and revise the APP, last revised in 2006. The process has engaged many faculty and administrators (see background), through a Retreat, the work of the Academic Advancement Working Group (AAWG), and feedback in response to presentations at Faculty and Executive Councils and department meetings. This work has culminated in a draft of the revised APP, now available for faculty review.

Please note that this draft supersedes, and in some places is substantially different from, materials that have been previously released. This version is a working draft that can be modified before it is brought to a vote of the faculty and governance bodies.

Download the revised APP as a “clean” (unannotated) version, or to view online use the links below.

Download the revised APP with annotations describing the origin of each section and differences from the current APP.

See Frequently Asked Questions and the Resources below.

The Revised Academic Personnel Policy (APP)

The revised APP consists of six Articles. View each article online from the links below:

Article 1. Authority, Definitions, Standards
This article describes the authority of the APP and the process for amendment, definitions of common terms, and standards such as academic freedom, conflict of interest, confidentiality, and the rights of faculty in personnel matters.

Article 2. Areas of Academic Evaluation
This article describes the areas for evaluation of faculty for appointment, promotion, and tenure and includes the definition of the Areas of Distinction, Scholarship, Education Activities, and Academic Reputation and Service.

Article 3. Appointment and Promotion
This article describes the academic ranks and tracks, types of appointment, the evaluation of candidates for appointment and promotion, the eligibility and criteria for each academic rank, the procedures for appointment and promotion, appointment of visiting faculty, and emeritus status.

Article 4. Tenure
This article describes all policies and procedures related to tenure, including the criteria for tenure, tenure guarantees, the tenure track, procedures for the award of tenure, periodic multi-year review, salary reduction of tenured faculty, and termination of tenured faculty.

Article 5. Employed Faculty
This article describes the terms and conditions for faculty employed by UMMS, UMMHC, or an external foundation or agency and includes the procedures for the Annual Performance Review (APR) and sabbatical.

Article 6. Other Faculty Appointments
This article describes the terms and conditions for faculty who employed by other entities, including Affiliate (formerly the voluntary faculty), Adjunct, Visiting, and Professional Staff Faculty.

Resources
There are several resources to help you understand the differences between the current and revised versions of the APP.
Annotated version of current APP (revised 2/27/17) on each section describing the location in the revised APP.
Annotated version of revised draft APP on each section describing the location in the current APP.
• Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the revised APP and the revision process.
• Summary table of changes: current APP to revised draft APP
• Summary table of changes: revised draft APP to current APP