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FAC 3.1. UWS 3.01 {Types of Appointments}, 3.03 {Appointments--General}, and 3.04 {Probationary Appointments} of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Rules of the Board of Regents.

 

UWS 3.01         Types of appointments.

(1)   Appointments to the faculty are either tenure or probationary appointments. Faculty appointments carry the following titles: professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor.

(a)   "Tenure appointment" means an appointment for an unlimited period granted to a ranked faculty member by the board upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the Chancellor of an institution via the president of the system.

(b)   "Probationary appointment" means an appointment by the board upon the affirmative recommendation of the appropriate academic department, or its functional equivalent, and the Chancellor of an institution and held by a faculty member during the period which may precede a decision on a tenure appointment.

(c)   In accordance with s. 36.05 (8), Stats., academic staff appointments may be converted to faculty appointments by the action of the board upon the recommendation of the appropriate faculty body and the Chancellor of an institution. Such faculty appointees shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of faculty.

(d)   In accordance with s. UWS 1.05 members of the academic staff may be given faculty status. Members of the academic staff who have been given faculty status have employment rights under the rules and policies concerning academic staff.

(e)   A person holding a faculty appointment under ss. 36.13 and 36.15, Stats., shall not lose that appointment by accepting a limited appointment for a designated administrative position.

History: Cr. Register, January, 1975, No. 229, eff. 2‑1‑75.

UWS 3.02         Recruiting.

The faculty of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students and with the approval of the Chancellor, shall develop procedures relating to recruitment of members of the faculty. The procedure shall be consistent with board policy and state and federal laws with respect to nondiscriminatory and affirmative action recruitment. The procedures shall allow maximum flexibility at the departmental, school and college levels to meet particular needs. In all instances the procedures shall provide for departmental peer review and judgment as the operative step in the recruiting process.

History: Cr. Register, January, 1975, No. 229, eff. 2‑1‑75.

UWS 3.03         Appointments‑‑general.

The faculty of each institution, after consultation with appropriate students and with the approval of the Chancellor, shall develop rules relating to faculty appointments. Each person to whom an appointment is offered must receive an appointment letter in which an authorized official of the institution details the terms and conditions of the appointment, including but not limited to, duration of the appointment, salary, starting date, ending date, general position responsibilities, probation, tenure status, and crediting of prior service. Accompanying this letter shall be an attachment detailing institutional and system rules and procedures relating to faculty appointments. If the appointment is subject to the advance approval of the board, a statement to this effect must be included in the letter.

History: Cr. Register, January, 1975, No. 229, eff. 2‑1‑75.

UWS 3.04         Probationary appointments.

(1)   Each institutions rules for faculty appointments shall provide for a maximum 7‑year probationary period in a full‑time position, and may provide for a longer maximum probationary period in a part‑time position of at least half time. Such rules may permit appointments with shortened probationary periods or appointments to tenure without a probationary period. Provision shall be made for the appropriate counting of prior service at other institutions and at the institution. Tenure is not acquired solely because of years of service.

(2)   A leave of absence, sabbatical or a teacher improvement assignment does not constitute a break in continuous service and shall not be included in the 7‑year period under sub. (1).

(3)   Circumstances in addition to those identified under sub. (2) that do not constitute a break in continuous service and that shall not be included in the 7‑year period include responsibilities with respect to childbirth or adoption, significant responsibilities with respect to elder or dependent care obligations, disability or chronic illness, or circumstances beyond the control of the faculty member, when those circumstances significantly impede the faculty member’s progress toward achieving tenure. It shall be presumed that a request made under this section because of responsibilities with respect to childbirth or adoption shall be approved. A request shall be made before a tenure review commences under s. UWS 3.06 (1) (c). A request for additional time because of responsibilities with respect to childbirth or adoption shall be initiated in writing by the probationary faculty member concerned and shall be submitted to a designated administrative officer who shall be authorized to grant a request and who shall specify the length of time for which the request is granted. Except for a request because of responsibilities with respect to childbirth or adoption, a request made because of other circumstances under this section shall be submitted to a designated administrative officer who shall be authorized to grant a request in accordance with institutional policies. A denial of a request shall be in writing and shall be based upon clear and convincing reasons. More than one request may be granted because of responsibilities with respect to childbirth or adoption. More than one request may be granted to a probationary faculty member but the total, aggregate length of time of all requests, except for a request because of responsibilities with respect to childbirth or adoption, granted to one probationary faculty member ordinarily shall be no more than one year. Each institution shall develop procedures for reviewing the requests.

(4)   If any faculty member has been in probationary status for more than 7 years because of one or more of the reasons set forth in sub. (2) or (3), the faculty member shall be evaluated as if he or she had been on probationary status for 7 years.

Example:    A faculty member has been on probationary status for a total of 9 years because the faculty member was granted 2 requests under sub. (3) for one‑year extensions because of the birth of 2 children. The faculty members teaching, research and professional and public service and contribution to the institution shall be evaluated as if the faculty member had only 7 years to work towards achieving tenure, rather than as if the faculty member had been working towards achieving tenure for 9 years.

History: Cr. Register, January, 1975, No. 229, eff. 2‑1‑75; renum. to be (1) and am., cr. (2) to (4), Register, February, 1994, No. 458, eff. 3‑1‑94.

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