Recommended by the Commission on Faculty Affairs
Approved by University Council: June 6, 1983
Approved by the President: June 6, 1983
The University's "Guidelines for the Calculation of Prior Service," currently published in the Faculty Handbook, were revised by action of University Council on June 6, 1983, to provide that service at another college or university will be credited toward probationary service at Virginia Tech only if the faculty member requests such credit. (Under previous policy, a faculty member could request waiver of prior service only under very limited conditions). The purpose of the change is to provide faculty members the full six-year probationary period, if desired, in which to work toward tenure.
Under this policy, faculty members currently in probationary status who have not been subject to mandatory review for tenured appointment, and whose probationary period has been credited with prior service, may request the waiving of all such credit in the light of this revised policy. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the Provost, with recommendations from the department head and dean, no later than October 1, 1983.
The text of the new policy follows:
WHEREAS, the guidelines of the AAUP regarding prior credit for probationary faculty service were written in a different era; and
WHEREAS, those guidelines were intended to protect faculty from institutional exploitation; and
WHEREAS, because of variations in institutional criteria and expectations for faculty development leading to the successful award of tenure, persons appointed to faculty positions at Virginia Tech with prior experience at other institutions may be handicapped in developing a tenurable record if they have a shortened probationary period;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the policy titled "Guidelines for the Calculation of Prior Service" be revised to read as follows:
2.7.3 Credit for Prior Service
New members of the faculty are notified by their department heads of their standing regarding the tenure system at the time of their initial appointment to a department and college of the University. Excepting temporary appointments with limited terms (including, most especially, lecturers, research associates, and visiting professors), the faculty appointees are given clear notice of when their appointments will be considered for renewal and when consideration for tenure will be given. (See section 2.6.1)
In this latter calculation, appropriate full-time service in another accredited four-year American college or university will be credited toward probationary service at Virginia Tech only if the appointed faculty member requests such credit. In such a request, all prior service shall be presented if undertaken after the faculty member has completed the terminal degree appropriate to the field, but a maximum of three years shall be credited toward probationary service at Virginia Tech. The request shall be made in writing within one year of the initial appointment; the specification of credit for prior service toward the probationary period will be subject to the approval of the University Provost on the recommendation of the department head and dean.
(Faculty members currently in probationary status in the University who have not, as of July 1, 1983, been subject to mandatory review for a tenured appointment, and whose probationary period has been credited with prior service, may request the waiving of all such credit in the light of this revised policy. Such requests must be submitted to the Provost, with recommendation from the department head and dean, no later than October 1, 1983).
President's Policy Memorandum