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3120 - Faculty Obligations During Period of Appointment


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Last updated: July 01, 2020


A. Periods of Appointment
B. Service Obligation

A. PERIODS OF APPOINTMENT. Professional academic personnel are regularly appointed for service either (1) during the academic year (in this context, the "academic year" encompasses the nine full months ending the day after the close of the spring semester) or (2) for the fiscal year beginning on July 1.


B-1. Service and Faculty Workloads. Assignments of duties to academic personnel are made by college deans (FSH 1420 D) and departmental administrators (FSH 1420 E) in such a way that the schedule of course offerings will permit each student to complete his or her curriculum in the time prescribed in the catalog and so that the research and service functions of the college and department can be carried out. Full time appointments assume full time service, but faculty members may engage in outside consulting as provided in FSH 3260.

B-2. Academic Year Appointments (see 3710 B-1 c). Academic year appointees are liable for duty assignments and are accountable for their service to UI throughout the nine month period specified in A. This period normally begins before the official opening of the fall semester and before the date that is set by the appointee's dean for mandatory return to on campus duty. These employees may, alternatively, be permitted to account for service during some mutually agreed different, but equivalent, period (i.e., to engage in research, prepare for classes, advise students, participate in new student orientation, or perform similar academic functions).

B-3. Fiscal Year Appointments (see 3710 B-1 b). Fiscal year appointees are obligated to perform services for UI throughout the year. Taking eligibility for vacation leave into account, this amounts to approximately 11 months of service each year.

B-4. Summer Session Appointments.

a. Full-time summer appointments generally call for a basic teaching load of six or seven credits during eight weeks of service. If the basic teaching load is less than six credits or requires less than eight weeks of service, the summer salary may be prorated accordingly. In addition to the basic teaching load of six or seven credits, faculty load may be increased by the assignment of students registered for research and thesis, directed study, etc. Furthermore, faculty members on summer appointment are expected to perform other routine duties, such as student advising and committee work.

b. The selection of faculty members to teach during summer session is based on program needs. In some cases it may be desirable to appoint visiting faculty instead of resident faculty members.

c. Summer appointments are made as soon as practicable following final development of the summer program. This generally means that a faculty member may be approached by the departmental administrator or dean as early as the preceding September to ascertain his or her interest in teaching during the following summer session. The plan for the summer program is generally completed by February 1, and recommendations for summer appointments are normally submitted to the president in March or April.

Version History

Amended 2020. Moved 3240 Section A: Faculty Workloads, which was already cross-referenced with 3120 B, to that section, which also necessitated some renumbering within that section.

Amended January 2012. Editorial changes.

Amended July 2002. Section C was removed with approval of new language in 3480.

Amended July 2000. Editorial changes.

Adopted July 1979.

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