University of West Georgia
Department of History
Part-time faculty are those non-tenured faculty employed on less than a full time basis. They are contracted for a fixed period of time, and their contract implies no guarantee of future employment. Time spent as part-time faculty will not count toward tenure should a part-time faculty member obtain a tenure track position. The academic dean determines the rate of compensation for part-time faculty, with consideration given to their academic credentials, experience, and duties.
Part-time faculty are expected to:
1. Teach and conduct all classes as contracted in accordance with an established syllabus, approved textbooks, and related instructional materials.
2. Refer students for appropriate academic advisement.
3. Maintain records such as student grade books, student attendance reports, class handouts, and course syllabi as required by the department and university.
4. Maintain adequate office hours (at least one hour before or after class or by appointment (SUWG Faculty Handbook, p. 75).
5. Acknowledge association with the department and university on published works, grant applications, and related activities, as appropriate.
6. Participate in student evaluations for every contracted class using the same instrumentation as full time faculty.
7. Demonstrate a high degree of professional ethics.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
The History Department shall provide part-time faculty with suitable orientation, supervision, and evaluation for the successful completion of all teaching responsibilities, and a contract that delineates the educational services to be performed. The department will provide information regarding course scheduling and room assignment, and additional support and materials as appropriate. An orientation will be provided for part-time faculty prior to the start of their first teaching assignment. Each new part-time faculty member will be assigned a mentor with teaching experience in the assigned course(s) or in a closely related area. The mentor is responsible for providing periodic and systematic support. A full-time senior faculty member familiar with the area shall review the performance of part-time faculty members, at least annually, in written form. Results of the evaluation will be shared with the part-time faculty member.
Part-time faculty to be reappointed will be reviewed at least annually by a senior faculty member and must meet the criteria for reappointment set forth by the University. Part-time faculty also will be evaluated annually, in writing, by the department Chair in consultation with the senior faculty member making the evaluation of the part-time faculty person’s performance. If a part-time faculty member receives two unsatisfactory ratings, s(he) will not be offered a future contract. Materials used in the review will include (at minimum):
1. Current vitae and transcripts (indicating professional, experiential, and scholarly qualifications)
2. Student evaluations
3. Other materials, such as:
a. Reports of classroom visitations
c. Sample syllabi and other course materials
d. Grade rosters
General guidelines for performance reviews of all faculty members, including part-time faculty, are stated in the University of West Georgia Faculty Handbook (pp. 4-6) In general, all policies applying to current full-time non-tenured faculty will apply to full-time temporary faculty, part-time faculty (and adjuncts) where appropriate (including appeal procedures for non-reappointment).
[Parts of this document have been adopted and revised from the following: Hampton-Sydney College, Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe, Nova Southeastern University, and NCSU]
September 20, 2001