Faculty Council looks at revising promotion policy

Visiting and adjunct professors are the subject of the council discussions.
Thursday, January 20, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:32 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

MU’s Faculty Council will begin talking today about regulating the procedures for promoting part-time and temporary faculty members.

The council will discuss a resolution that would require each college and school at the university to establish review and promotion guidelines for “non-regular faculty” by the beginning of the 2005-2006 academic year.

No campus-wide standard procedure for promoting non-regular faculty members, such as visiting and adjunct professors, currently exists.

“The primary thing being examined is to try to help create uniform policies across the campus,” said Bill Lamberson, the council’s academic affairs chairman. “Everyone should have some basic set of standards.”

The council will also address student behavior at athletic events. Complaints about students engaging in disruptive behavior during a recent men’s basketball game prompted the discussion.

Rex Campbell, a rural sociology professor and a member of the council, said the faculty members thought the students’ behavior “discredited the university.”

The council will also discuss a memorandum presented by former council chairman Michael Devaney regarding the inclusion and interaction of past council chairs with current members.

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