In the spring of 2004, revisions to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Constitution called for the establishment of a standing Fixed-Term Faculty Advisory Committee. This committee provides avenues for the fixed-term and research faculty to serve as a group in discharging the aims and objectives of the college, and to submit proposed actions through appropriate channels to the college and University administration.
In short, the Fixed-Term Faculty Advisory Committee serves as the primary fixed-term and research faculty liaison to the dean. The Fixed-Term Faculty Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each academic department, institute and alliance in the college. Committee members serve three-year terms that are staggered to ensure institutional continuity.
Fixed Term (FT) faculty augment the extent and range of activities performed by tenured faculty. FT faculty currently make up a significant percentage of the total faculty in the college, are found within each unit, and perform a wide variety of functions. There are approximately 130 tenured faculty and 130 FT faculty. Each FT faculty has their own responsibilities unique to their job description. Some FT faculty focus entirely on conducting research, others on teaching or administration. Many are involved in a mixture of these responsibility areas, and these responsibilities may change over time. In general, FT faculty's duties and responsibilities target specific categories as determined by their funding source.
In the spring of 2005, the College of EMS established conditions of appointment, evaluation and promotion for research and instructional faculty members who are not subject to the provisions of tenure. This 2005 policystandardized ranks and provided a promotion track for FT faculty who would like to make a career of their positions in the college. The 2005 policy established a review process for the upper ranks and delegated the details of the promotion review process for the entry ranks to the departments and institutes. The department/institute policies are listed below:
College Institutes (John A. Dutton e-Education Institute; EMS Energy Institute; Earth and Environmental Systems Institute)
The Fixed-Term Faculty Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from each academic department, institute and alliance in EMS. Committee members serve three-year terms that are staggered to ensure institutional continuity.