Research, Teaching, Practitioner, & Clinical-Track Faculty Affairs

Charge

The Committee on Research, Teaching, Practitioner, & Clinical-Track Faculty Affairs monitors and evaluates the working environment, terms and conditions of employment, job security, compensation, benefits eligibility, opportunities for participation in governance, opportunities for professional advancement, and participation in the academic life of the university provided for non-tenure-track faculty.  It monitors compliance with the Faculty Handbook and with stated school policies of the schools or units as they relate to Non-Tenure-Track faculty.  It makes recommendations to relevant Senate and University committees, and to the Academic Senate, concerning any policy issues that have an impact on non-tenure-track faculty.

Membership will include primarily research, teaching, practitioner, and clinical-track faculty, as well as one member from each of the following committees:  Part-Time Faculty Affairs and Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Affairs.

Meetings: Contact committee chair for the date/locations of the committee meetings.

Specific Charge for 2020-2021 Academic Year

In September 2017, Provost Quick issued a policy intended to recognize the excellence of our teaching faculty and provide them with more job security. This year’s committee will review that policy and gather data to determine whether schools have been successfully implementing that policy. In particular, the committee will examine the data it gathers to evaluate whether schools have: (1) made every reasonable effort to implement the Provost’s directive to provide a minimum of three-year contracts to RTPC Associate Professors and five-year contracts to RTPC full Professors; and (2) if not, whether they have somehow circumvented the policy (e.g., by using different titles) and whether any failure to implement the policy is justified by other circumstances. Also, as no teaching faculty have been conferred the title of “Professor with Distinction” with security of employment through continuing appointment status, the committee is also asked to examine why no schools have granted this status, identify barriers to its implementation, and recommend solutions.

In addition to gathering data about the implementation of the policy, the committee should also review and make recommendations as to whether the policy has achieved its stated goals of recognizing RTPC faculty who are excellent and providing all RTPC faculty with reasonable job security. If the committee believes that the current policy has not achieved those goals, it will make recommendations as to what practical and policy changes could be made to better achieve those goals.

Chair

Michael Bodie (Co-Chair) – bodie@usc.edu

Amy Cannon (Co-Chair) –  akcannon@usc.edu

Committee members

 Reports