Inclusion of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Campus, College and
Departmental Orientation Programs
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) acknowledge the value of a highly prepared faculty workforce and it’s positive and direct impact upon student learning and student success; and be it further
That the ASCSU, in acknowledgement of the high percentages of non-tenure-track faculty on CSU campuses, strongly advocate for the inclusion of lecturers and non-tenure-track faculty in campus-wide, college and department-based orientation days (including the participation in these activities as part of compensated contractual time); and be it further
That the ASCSU encourage campuses to make available to all lecturers and non-tenure-track faculty, within the context of faculty orientation, information such as teaching resources and other materials relevant to student success, general campus resource information, and materials related to the rights, benefits and professional opportunities available to non-tenure-track faculty; and be it further
That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Provosts, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, California Faculty Association (CFA), CSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSU ERFA) and System-wide Advisory Committee on Services to Students with Disabilities.
RATIONALE: Given the high percentages of non-tenure-track instructional faculty across all CSU campuses (currently estimated at over 50% by system-wide headcount and slightly under 50% by Full-Time Equivalent [FTE] measurement) and the reasonable assumption that a well-informed and well-prepared faculty is central to the creation of a fertile learning environment, and to student success overall, it is therefore of utmost importance that all CSU faculty, including non-tenure-track lecturers, be given the benefit of a comprehensive orientation to campus resources and facilities. Faculty orientations typically offer information on library resources, tutoring, disability services and ADA compliance, Title IX compliance, counseling and health services for faculty and students, and other resources. Orientations should also provide specific information relevant to benefits, pension, retirement, leaves of absence including sabbatical and other professional development opportunities available to non-tenure-track faculty. Faculty handbooks, where available, and alternative modes of delivery (e.g. orientation webinars) should include information relevant to all ranks of faculty, including lecturers and non-tenure-track faculty.
Approved Unanimously – January 21-22, 2016