We’re very pleased to announce that policy work related to full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty reappointment and promotion considerations has now been completed and the new procedures are effective as of January 1, 2015.
The Memorandum of Agreement that resulted from NTT negotiations (ratified by members at the end of January 2014 after months of member activism) included a provision that the University and Union work collaboratively on the development of policies and guidelines related to faculty reviews. That work has resulted in new procedures for all NTT reappointment and promotion reviews. Reviews for reappointment and promotions to the rank of “Assistant Professor” (Library and Non-Library NTT faculty) will now be governed by the “Short Form” policy. The “Academic Promotion Instructions” will apply for all NTT promotion considerations at the rank of “Associate Professor” and above. There are two versions of the NTT Academic Promotion Instructions – one for Library faculty and one for all other NTT faculty. The new Short Form and Promotion Instructions cover all of our NTT members, including those in RBHS units.
These new procedures are a significant accomplishment made possible through the work of NTT faculty who realized that continuing business as usual, without procedures or due process protections, was no longer acceptable. These developments came as a direct result of member activism and contributions to the Union’s effort. We should also acknowledge that the strong support of tenured and tenure-track colleagues was critical to achieving these results. The University now has in place policies that will help change the culture to one where the important work of NTT faculty can be appropriately evaluated and recognized.
A joint letter from the administration and the AAUP-AFT was recently sent to Chancellors and Deans/Directors with regard to these new policies, which became effective January 1, 2015.*
Please keep an eye out for additional information in the form of an “FAQ” related to these new NTT procedures. Also stay informed about negotiations underway for the overall full-time faculty and TA-GA agreement – these negotiations are critical to addressing salary and other economic issues.
Just as member efforts were critical in obtaining a good result for the NTTs, the same will be true as we gear up for both Part-Time Lecturer (PTL) negotiations and Postdoctoral Associate (postdoc) negotiations in 2015. It should be clearly understood that solidarity efforts by all of us are the key to success. That is why we stand together.
Lisa C. Klein, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Richard Gomes, President, Rutgers PTLFC-AAUP-AFT
* Note that the joint letter has also been forwarded to Chancellor Strom and appropriate deans under RBHS.