ERIC Number: ED210959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Offsetting Faculty and Institutional Inflexibility: A Case Study in Developing an Alternative to Tenure with Reference to Faculty Development and Evaluation.
Steinkrauss, Philip J.
This in-progress program and resource study presents an actual case study in developing an alternative to tenure. The College of St. Francis implemented during the 1979-80 academic year an alternative system, the Three Year Rolling Contract. It stated that all faculty members have academic freedom under any form of appointment; upon appointment as a full-time formal instructional faculty member, the new faculty member is eligible for a series of five, one-year contracts; following the fifth year of service, a faculty member is eligible for a three-year contract; a new three-year contract will be issued each year thereafter following a positive evaluation by the Rank and Promotion Committee; a faculty member has a year to remedy a negative report, but if the report remains negative at the end of the second year, the contract is terminated; if there is elimination or reduction of a program, the conditions of any contract remain in force; any faculty member has the right to appeal a negative evaluation; and the policies expressed affect formal instructional faculty only. The distinct advantage of this plan is the meaningful system of evaluation for all faculty members. It is suggested that a college or university can not only survive without tenure but can flourish, given an alternative plan and adequate reward system. (LC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL.