Protocol for Advancing Status from Adjunct I to Adjunct II
An Adjunct I faculty member (AF I) may submit a letter requesting advancement to Adjunct II status after teaching three years and a minimum of 36 credits* for the Department of Mathematics at Towson University. The letter must include a list of the most recent semesters taught in the Department satisfying the aforementioned time requirement, along with the courses taught (for Department reference).
At the end of each semester of teaching, all adjunct faculty members are required to submit to the Department the following items for each course taught:
Grade distribution form
Upon applying for advancement to Adjunct II status, the applicant must check his or her file (stored within the Department) to ensure that the items above are present. Please peruse the
websites for details with respect to additional items that need to be included in the dossier.
With respect to the University,FCSM, and Department requirements, submit the Adjunct I dossier, in binder format, to the Chair of the Adjunct Faculty Committee.
As long as the Department’s criteria (see above list) and University/FCSM requirements are satisfied (see specific websites), advancement to Adjunct II status will be considered by the Adjunct Faculty Committee. If the committee approves the request, it will be forwarded to the Department Chairperson and then to the Dean of the FCSM. If approved at those levels, the recommendation will be forwarded to the Provost.
*The minimum time and course requirement named above was mandated by the University Policy and Procedures document as of Spring Semester, 2011.
Note: The Department of Mathematics follows a procedure ensuring a reasonable, fair, and effective evaluation of all adjunct faculty members. Adjunct faculty members are rehired based upon satisfactory evaluations and Departmental needs. Satisfactory evaluations are determined based on classroom observations (mandatory in the first two semesters of teaching), student course evaluations, and appropriate course administration, determined by the items submitted to the Department as per above. The Adjunct Faculty Committee, which oversees adjunct faculty, believes that any adjunct faculty member who the Department deems worthy of rehiring, who has shown their commitment to the Department through 3 years and 12 courses of service, and who satisfies the Department, College, and University requirements, merits advancement to Adjunct II status.
Expectations of Adjunct Faculty
The faculty member will abide by the Faculty Handbook, a copy of which is available in the Department of Mathematics office, particularly those sections that address faculty rights and responsibilities.
The faculty member shall demonstrate excellence in teaching.
Faculty must hold a minimum of one office hour per week for each course.
Office hours must be scheduled at reasonable times.
Faculty must be present during scheduled office hours.
The faculty member shall be cognizant of and teach in substantial conformance with:
Course descriptions (as they appear in the current University catalog), and
Course outlines and related documents (as promulgated by the Department of Mathematics) that pertain to those courses he/she teaches.
A faculty member shall meet any responsibilities that are specific to the particular position to which the person was appointed.
Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive approved modifications and appropriate academic adjustments. Students requesting such accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Support Services, and provide professors with a memorandum from the Office of Disability Support Services listing appropriate accommodations.
In the first week of classes, the faculty member will make a course syllabus available to the students for each course taught. The syllabus must include the following:
Name of the course, including the course and section number(s).
Name and title by which the faculty member wishes to be addressed.
Faculty member’s office hours, and on-campus location where these office hours will be held.
Name of text or texts and outside reading required.
Course requirements and grading standards (which cannot be changed by the instructor except under written consent of the entire class).
Statement of policy regarding sufficient advance notice of tests and major assignments.
Cheating and plagiarism policy. Note that these must be in accordance with Towson University’s Student Academic Integrity Policy.
Date of the course final exam as scheduled in the University’s schedule book.
Campus telephone number and e-mail address.
Faculty attendance policy
Attendance is expected.
Classes must begin and end as scheduled.
Faculty members shall call the Department of Mathematics office (410-704-3091) in cases of emergency.
Absences for observance of religious holidays and jury duty are allowed, but the Department of Mathematics Assistant Chairperson must be notified in advance, and the faculty member must make arrangements for class coverage.
In other cases, the Department of Mathematics Assistant Chairperson has the authority to excuse absences. Permission must be obtained in advance, and the faculty member must make arrangements for class coverage.
Faculty must regularly check their mailbox in the Department of Mathematics (7800 York Road) for messages from students and the Department of Mathematics. Faculty also must regularly check their e mail.
Final grades must be turned in on time, as defined by the registrar’s office, via the PeopleSoft Computer System.
A copy of each student’s exam, quiz, lab, etc. scores and how they were used to compute the student’s final course grade must be submitted to the Department of Mathematics office whenever a faculty member will not be available after the end of the term.
Student grades may not be publicly posted in any format; this includes, but is not limited to, e-mail and telephone communication.
The faculty member is responsible for the supervision of student work necessary to clear up any incomplete grades.
The faculty member should retain each student’s final exam for at least one calendar year.
The faculty member is required to submit the following to the Department of Mathematics:
A copy of the syllabus for each course taught must be turned in within the first week of classes to the Department of Mathematics office.
A copy of the final exam for each course taught and the Grade distribution form must be turned in within one week after the end of the term.
Student evaluations must be collected for each class, following proper protocol as stated in the evaluation documentation.
Department Resources for Adjunct Faculty
Course descriptions and outlines are available from the Department of Mathematics office.
Questions on course content and requests for sample syllabi can be directed to the appropriate course committees.
Questions can be referred to the adjunct faculty committee.
The Department of Mathematics course committees choose textbooks and supporting material.
Instructor’s copy of textbooks and supporting materials are available from the Department of Mathematics.
Access to desk space, a telephone for local calls, a computer and an e-mail account.
New adjunct faculty (AF) members will be observed during their first semester of teaching and once during their second year. At the discretion of the Chair of the AF Committee and/or the Chair of the Department, additional visitations may be scheduled for the purpose of providing guidance to the new AF member and/or to provide a data base for future performance evaluations.
AF may be observed at any time. The specific frequency of visits will be determined at the discretion of the Chair of the AF Committee and/or the Chair of the Department and will be based upon peer evaluations, student evaluations, and teaching in conformity with the course outline.
A subset of AF members beyond their second year of teaching for the Department will be randomly observed every semester.
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