1. Special Purpose Faculty (SPF) is any individual who is serving in a temporary faculty position for a specified period of time on a full-time basis of at least one academic/fiscal year. It is not intended to include part-time temporary faculty, graduate teaching assistants or tenure-track/tenured faculty.
2. Special Purpose Faculty shall be assigned instructional (teaching, supervision, etc.) and non-instructional duties equivalent to at least a 24 credit hour teaching load (12 credit hour teaching load per semester) for a minimum of an academic year.
3. Temporary Part-time Faculty is any individual who is serving in a temporary faculty position equivalent to a 12 credit hour teaching load or less for one semester/term period. It is not intended to include graduate teaching assistants, Special Purpose or tenure-track/tenured faculty.
Titles and Credentials
1. Temporary faculty members must have academic credentials that include, at the minimum, a master's degree in the appropriate discipline.
2. Special Purpose Faculty Members are appointed with the title of Instructor. They may be appointed with other titles (e.g., Clinic Supervisor, Accompanist) upon the recommendation of the Chairperson and Dean of the College and the approval of the Provost.
3. Part-time Temporary Faculty are appointed with the titles of Lecturer I, II, or III according to their training and prior experience at ISU or elsewhere.
a. Lecturer I is a faculty member appointed four terms or fewer.
b. Lecturer II is a faculty member who has an advanced degree and appointed a minimum of four terms or has equivalent experience.
c. Lecturer III is a faculty member with at least one advanced degree with a minimum of eight terms or has equivalent experience.
4. Emeritus faculty titles are reserved for ISU retired faculty members who have been awarded this title by the Board of Trustees.
1. Special Purpose Faculty shall normally be assigned instructional duties. Other assigned duties must be approved by the appropriate Dean and the Provost.
2. Part-time Temporary Faculty shall normally be assigned instructional duties. Other assigned duties must be approved by the appropriate Dean and the Provost.
Guidelines for Appointment and Renewal
1. Special Purpose Faculty
a. Special Purpose Faculty Members are normally appointed for one academic year. Special Purpose Faculty appointments are renewable. In special cases, where the need exists and resources are available, they may be appointed for periods of up to three academic years upon the recommendation of the relevant department committee, Chairperson, Dean, and the approval of the Provost. Use the form titled, Full-time Faculty Appointment Authorization, found on the Human Resource's Web site. Attach a copy of the faculty responsibilities before routing the form.
b. Special Purpose Faculty should be informed in writing of non-reappointment by no later than March 1 of the academic year.
2. Part-time Temporary Faculty are appointed on a semester/term basis. Use the form titled, Part-time Temporary Faculty Appointment Authorization, found on Human Resource's Web site. A copy of the form with the job requirements should be given to the faculty when the authorization form is signed.
1. Each department will create a process to set qualifications of and standards for recruiting, assembling, and selecting Special Purpose Faculty and Part-Time Temporary Faculty that is consistent with the process and procedures articulated by Division of Human Resources and Affirmative Action.
2. When Special Purpose and Part-time Temporary Faculty members are needed, each department will, in partnership with the Division of Human Resources and Affirmative Action, actively recruit and assemble a pool of qualified candidates to fill those positions. Special Purpose and Part-time Temporary Faculty who are employed and perform their duties in a satisfactory manner will remain in the pool.
3. Department Chairpersons should make every effort to concentrate the employment of non-tenure-track faculty among a relatively limited number of highly qualified individuals. Wherever possible these faculty should be employed as Special Purpose Faculty.
4. The department will avoid appointing or reappointing to the pool faculty members whose qualifications and/or performance fall below the prevailing institutional standards.
5. The department should define in writing in the Departmental By-laws or equivalent, the role that the faculty and department chairperson will play in the recruitment and selection process of Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty.
6. Departments should strive to appoint all Special Purpose and Part-time Temporary Faculty at least four-weeks prior to the beginning of the academic term and no later than the date specified each fall by Human Resources.
7. Incases of failed searches of a tenure track position, a department may offer the candidate a Special Purpose Faculty Position.
Conditions of Employment
1. Each academic unit (department or college) in consultation with the Division of Academic Affairs shall develop an orientation process for Special Purpose Faculty.
2. Each academic unit shall provide office space, supplies, communication equipment, computer access, and other support necessary for Special Purpose Faculty Members to carry out their duties.
3. The University should provide a regular program of professional development for Special Purpose Faculty. This may include opportunities to attend programs sponsored by the campus, ongoing workshops and support unique for this group of faculty, etc.
Special Purpose Faculty
1. All Special Purpose Faculty Members shall be evaluated each employment period following the standard policies and procedures established by Academic Affairs. This evaluation should be based on the specific expectations explicated in writing by the Department Chairperson as the time of appointment as approved by the Dean and Provost. The faculty responsibilities should be attached to the Full-time Faculty Appointment Authorization before forwarding for approvals. A copy of the faculty responsibilities will be sent to the SPF with the offer letter and a copy kept in the personnel file.
a. Special Purpose Faculty shall be evaluated annually.
b. Special Purpose Faculty Members must be informed in writing of the results of the evaluation.
2. Special Purpose Faculty Members whose performance is judged to be satisfactory and where the need exists and the resources are available may be considered for reappointment.
3. The role of departmental faculty in the review/evaluation process of Special Purpose Faculty must be approved by the departmental faculty.
4. Department Chairperson must be involved in the review of Special Purpose Faculty.
Part-time Temporary Faculty
1. All Part-time Temporary Faculty shall be evaluated once a year following standard policies and procedures established by Academic Affairs.
a. The evaluation should be based on the written expectations articulated at the time of appointment on the Part-time Temporary Faculty Appointment Authorization Form by the Department Chairperson and approved by the Dean and Provost.
b. Part-time Temporary Faculty must be informed in writing of the results of the evaluation before the end of the semester in which they are evaluated.
2. Part-time Temporary Faculty whose performance is judged to be satisfactory and where the need exists and the resources are available may be considered for reappointment.
3. The role of departmental faculty in the review/evaluation process of Part-time Temporary Faculty must be approved by the departmental faculty.
4. Department Chairpersons must be involved in the review of Part-time Temporary Faculty.
Department/College Culture and Governance
1. Each department shall strive to create an inclusive climate that welcomes and supports Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty into the departmental unit.
2. Each department unit (faculty and/or Chairpersons) shall meet with Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty on a regular basis.
3. Special Purpose Faculty should be active members in the departmental governance process on appropriate matters excluding personnel issues. Each department shall define the role of these faculty groups in departmental governance process.
4. Each College is encouraged to include Special Purpose Faculty in the governance process.
Salary and Benefits
pay rate floors for temporary faculty
are approved by the Board of
Trustees and are available from the Office of Academic Affairs.
Continuing Special Purpose Faculty and Part-Time Temporary Faculty
should be provided salary increases comparable to those awarded to
regular faculty. The amounts shall be determined as part of the
University budget allocation process.
2. Faculty performing similar tasks within a given department should be compensated in a comparable manner.
3. If Special Purpose and Part-Time Temporary Faculty members are required to perform additional duties not articulated in writing at the time of appointment, they should receive additional compensation or workload adjustment. Such additional compensation will need approval of the Provost before the work should commence.
4. Special Purpose Faculty will be awarded benefits as specified in the University Handbook, IV-4.