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2009-2010 Faculty and Administrative Staff Handbook

  1. Chapter 1 Introduction to the University
    1. Vision
    2. Mission
    3. Purpose and Role
    4. Philosophy
    5. The Teaching Mission
    6. The Research Mission
    7. The Service Mission
    8. Core Values
    9. Goals
    10. Tarleton State University Administrative Organization
      1. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
      2. Vice President for Finance and Administration
      3. Vice President for Student Life
      4. Vice President for Advancement and External Relations
      5. Executive Director Tarleton University System Center - Central Texas
      6. Executive Director Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research
      7. Executive Director Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Institutional Research
    11. Academic Organization
      1. College of Agriculture and Human Sciences
      2. College of Business Administration
      3. College of Education
      4. College of Liberal and Fine Arts
      5. College of Science and Technology
    12. Accreditation
    13. The Texas A&M University System
  2. Chapter 2 The Role of Faculty and Staff
    1. Definitions
    2. Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
    3. Faculty Hiring Process
    4. English Proficiency
    5. Terms of Employment
    6. Notice of Non-Reappointment
    7. The Graduate Faculty
    8. Adjunct Faculty
    9. Salaries, Salary Differentials, and Faculty Achievement Grants
      1. Faculty Salary Differentials
      2. Faculty Salary Floors
      3. Administrative Salaries
      4. Merit Raises for Faculty
      5. Faculty Merit Plus Program
      6. Faculty Achievement Grants
    10. Faculty Development Leave Program
    11. Teaching Load and Released Time
      1. Released Time for Administrative and Committee Responsibilities
      2. Overload
    12. University Scholar
    13. Summer Employment for Faculty
    14. Faculty Working on Terminal Degrees
    15. Sick Colleague
    16. Complaint and Appeal Process for Faculty
  3. Chapter 3 Faculty Responsibilities
    1. Teaching
    2. Scholarly and Creative Activities
    3. Membership in University Committees
    4. Academic Advisement and Registration
    5. Counseling Students
    6. Syllabus Requirement for Each Course
    7. Schedule for Teaching and Professional Activities
    8. Class Attendance
    9. Office Hours
    10. Final Examinations and Restricted Activities Period
    11. Course Records and Midterm Grades
    12. Posting Grades
    13. Commencement
    14. Student Evaluation of Faculty
    15. Evaluation of Academic Administrators
      1. Provost Review
      2. Academic Deans Review
      3. Evaluation of Department Heads
      4. Faculty Evaluation of Department Heads
  4. Chapter 4 Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Evaluation
    1. Faculty Rank and Tenure Status
      1. Non-Tenure-Track Faculty and Criteria for Rank
      2. Academic Rank for Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty
      3. Faculty Status for Tenure Purposes
    2. Criteria for Promotion and Tenure
      1. General Criteria
      2. Criteria for Promotion for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
      3. Special Criteria for Tenure
      4. Probationary Period
      5. Interim Reviews
      6. Tenure and Promotion Standards: Faculty with Administrative Assignments
      7. Evaluation by the Department Head
      8. Evaluation by the College Review Committee
      9. Administrative Evaluation of Candidates for Tenure and Promotion
      10. Tenure and Promotion Procedures for Department Heads
      11. Notification of Tenure Decision
      12. Financial Exigency
    3. Guidelines for Assessing Teaching Competence, Scholarship, and Service
      1. Teaching Effectiveness
      2. Criteria for Assessing Teaching Effectiveness
      3. Scholarly and Creative Activities
      4. Professional Service
    4. Formal Evaluation of Faculty
      1. Annual Evaluation of Faculty
      2. Periodic Review of Tenure-Track Faculty
      3. Post-Tenure Performance Evaluation of Tenured Faculty
      4. Process for Performance Evaluation of Tenured Faculty
      5. Resolution of Problems in Professionalism of Tenured or Nontenured Faculty
  5. Chapter 5 Professional Standards and University Procedures
    1. General Conduct
    2. Conflict of Interest and Outside Employment
    3. Political Activity
    4. Expressions of Opinion
    5. Use of Property and Equipment
    6. Network Acceptable Use Policy
    7. Equal Opportunity
    8. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    9. Sexual Harassment
    10. Drugs and Alcohol
    11. Smoking and Tobacco Use
    12. HIV/AIDS in the Workplace and Learning Environment
    13. Nepotism
    14. Romantic or Sexual Relationships
    15. Telecommunications
    16. Children in the Workplace
    17. Billboards
    18. Personnel Records
    19. ID cards
    20. Fiscal Matters
    21. Faculty and Staff Meetings
    22. Communication
    23. Facilities and Equipment
      1. Textbooks and Supplies
      2. The Libraries
      3. Scheduling of Rooms
      4. Post Office
      5. University Sales
      6. Recreational Facilities
      7. Office Space for Retired Faculty
    24. Professional and Social Organizations
    25. Parking
    26. Lost and Found
    27. Emergencies
    28. Student Obligations
      1. Attendance
      2. Adds and Drops
      3. Student Conduct
      4. Academic Appeals
    29. Academic Conduct
      1. Introduction
      2. Violations of Academic Honesty
      3. Sanctions
      4. Appeals Procedure
      5. Communication and Coordination
    30. Copyright and Fair Use
      1. What is Copyright?
      2. How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?
      3. What is Fair Use?
      4. The Copyright Act and Photocopying
      5. Faculty Course Reserves
      6. When is permission needed?
      7. Copyright Resources
  6. Chapter 6 Employee Benefits
    1. Retirement
      1. Teacher Retirement System of Texas
      2. Optional Retirement Program
      3. General Policy and Process
      4. Early Retirement with Modified Service
      5. Mandatory Retirement
    2. Group Insurance Programs
      1. Health Insurance
      2. Basic Life Insurance
      3. Optional Life Insurance
      4. Dependent Life Insurance
      5. Long-Term Disability Income Insurance (LTD)
      6. Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
      7. Long-Term Care (LTC)
      8. Tax-Saver Plan
    3. Additional Retirement Savings Options
      1. Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) Program
      2. Texa$aver Deferred Compensation Program
      3. United States Savings Bonds
    4. Social Security (OASI)
    5. Unemployment Compensation
    6. Extended Pay Plan
    7. Leave Program
      1. Vacation and System Holidays
      2. Sick Leave with Pay
      3. Sick Leave Pool
      4. Leave of Absence with Pay
      5. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      6. Parental Leave
      7. Sick Leave without Pay
      8. Other Leave Provisions
      9. Reporting Leave Requested/Taken
    8. Workers' Compensation
    9. Services and Privileges
  7. Chapter 7 Policies of The Texas A&M University System