Periodically the Dean and the Faculty Personnel Committee will review and discuss the size and shape of the Faculty, evaluating its strengths and weaknesses in carrying on the educational mission of the School, and provide a means of engaging the Faculty Council in this conversation. The Dean will then convey the content of that conversation to the President and Board and seek means of engaging faculty, President and Board in appropriate conversations and planning. Authorization for the establishment/continuation of a tenure-track and/or contract renewable faculty position is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees. Appointment of a faculty member to this position is the responsibility of the President. Search processes and recommendations to the President are the responsibility of the Faculty.
- When a faculty position is vacated, the Faculty Personnel Committee will institute and conduct a review of that position, beginning with the impact of that vacancy on the educational mission and programs of the School.
- Such review will involve, at a minimum, an open forum with students, discussion in Faculty Council, solicitation of written assessments from faculty and students, an assessment of budgetary concerns and resources for the position, and a written assessment by the Dean after consultation with the President and Board of Trustees. The consultation with the President should address whether and how broader institutional concerns such as the balance and makeup of the Faculty in terms of religious, social or gender diversity should be named as factors in the search and how such factors might be expressed in the position description. The Faculty Personnel Committee will prepare a summary of these discussions and documents and will make a recommendation to the Faculty Council concerning the continuation of the position and possible rank.
- If the Faculty Council votes to approve the continuation or reconfiguration of a position, the Faculty Personnel Committee takes that recommendation to the Dean. The Dean forwards the Faculty Personnel Committee’s recommendation, and the Dean’s recommendation to the President. The President will forward the Faculty Council recommendation, the Dean’s recommendation, and the President’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees for its action.
- The Board of Trustees, exercising its discretion, acts upon the recommendation, which includes the area of the search and the possible rank of the position. Where the Board authorizes a search at the Associate or Professor level, such authorization may include the possibility of an appointment with tenure. In such event, an appointment with tenure shall be part of the President’s appointing power.