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In policies, practices, and procedures related to faculty appointments, the University shall not engage in unlawful discrimination in employment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. The University shall take affirmative action to employ protected class applicants and to treat all employees during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status, in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of Louisiana.
Participation of the faculty in recruitment of their colleagues is a serious obligation. Careful consideration must be given to the nature, role, and mission of the University to provide programs of instruction, research, and service of the highest order for the people of the community and state. Under the guidelines established by the University of Louisiana System, every appointment, promotion, and special salary increase for a member of the academic staff shall be upon the basis of qualifications and the special fitness of the individual for the work demanded by the position.
The policy applies to Faculty only.
Each full-time and part-time faculty member teaching credit courses leading toward a baccalaureate degree, other than physical education activities courses, must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline and hold at least a master’s degree, or hold a minimum of a master's degree with a major in the teaching discipline. In exceptional cases, outstanding professional experience and demonstrated contributions to the teaching discipline may be presented in lieu of formal academic preparation. Exceptions must be approved by the Provost on an individual basis.
When there is a vacancy in a department or an addition to be made, the department head, in consultation with appropriate departmental faculty, recommends a faculty appointment to the dean of the college and to the Provost, who transmits the recommendations to the President of the University. The President makes recommendation of appointment to the University of Louisiana System. No appointment is valid until the System has given its formal approval of the person, the rank, the salary, and the period of employment.
There are five types of appointments to the faculty at Southeastern: special (temporary) appointments; instructor appointments; tenure-track appointments; tenure appointments; and clinical appointments.
In making initial appointments to any academic rank, the University applies requirements similar to those used for promotion to that rank. Normally, faculty members are appointed to the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor. Individuals are seldom appointed to the rank of Associate Professor, and appointments to the rank of Professor are extremely rare. The following are minimum standards for initial faculty appointments to the various ranks.
According to the Rules of the University of Louisiana System, faculty members initially appointed at the rank of professor may be granted tenure upon appointment or, at the discretion of the institution, may be required to serve a probationary period not to exceed four years. Faculty initially employed at the rank of associate professor shall serve a probationary period of at least one year, but no more than four years.
The number of full-time faculty must be adequate to provide effective teaching, advising, and scholarly or creative activity, as well as appropriate to participate in curriculum development, policymaking, and institutional planning and governance. The employment of part-time faculty members, however, can provide expertise to enhance the educational effectiveness of the University. The number of part-time faculty must be properly controlled. Part-time instructors are employed only after all full-time faculty members' schedules have been filled and the minimum limit(s) for the class(es) to be taught by the part-time employee have been attained. Part-time faculty members must meet the same requirements for professional, experiential, and scholarly preparation as their full-time counterparts teaching in the same disciplines.
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