View Bill 16-17-28

Senate Bill 16-17-28

Bill ID: 16-17-28
Name: Revisions to the UMD Policy on Appointment, Promotion, and Permanent Status of Library Faculty
Proposed: 02/27/2017
Sponsor: Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Library Assembly Chair, on behalf of University Libraries faculty
Proposal: The University of Maryland Policy on Appointment, Promotion, and Permanent Status of Library Faculty was last updated in 2010. Since that time, numerous problems with the policy have come to the attention of the Libraries' faculty and the Libraries' Appointment, Promotion, and Permanent Status Committee (APPSC). The most glaring is that the policy does not comply with University System policy (II-1.00 University System Policy on Appointment, Rank and Tenure of Faculty, II.A.1, p. 7) which requires a "review process leading to the granting of promotion and/or permanent status to occur no later than the sixth year of continuous full-time employment." Additional problems include a lack of clarity regarding roles of the APPSC and Libraries Human Resources, outdated references to UMD and USM policy, and inconsistencies both within the policy and between the policy and the APPS Guidelines.

A revised policy was developed by a special committee of the Library Assembly, reviewed by the Library Assembly Advisory Council, and approved by a unanimous vote of the Library Assembly. The changes address the issues listed above, bring the policy in line with USM policy, and streamline the document for greater clarity. The amended policy will ensure that we are complying with USM policy and enable us to recruit, retain, and promote talented Libraries faculty.

The Senate Executive Committee should refer this proposal to the Senate Faculty Affairs Committee and charge it with reviewing the proposed revisions to the UMD policy.


Status: Under Review
Under Review By: Faculty Affairs Committee
Received: 04/27/2017
Decision Date: 03/30/2018
Actions: The Faculty Affairs Committee began reviewing its charge in September 2017. It spoke with a representative of the Libraries who was familiar with the process that led up to the development of the proposal and discussed issues to consider in its review. In October, 2017, the committee plans to meet with representatives from the Libraries Assembly Appointments, Promotion, and Permanent Status Committee as well as the Interim Dean of the Libraries to discuss the proposal.
Next Step: SEC Review
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 03/17/2017
Decision Date: 03/27/2017
Decision: The SEC voted to charge the Faculty Affairs Committee with review of the proposal.
Actions: The SEC discussed the proposal at its March 27, 2017, meeting and voted to charge the Faculty Affairs Committee with its review.
Next Step: Faculty Affairs Committee Review
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