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Section II: Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

A. Faculty Appointments, Terms

The UNM Faculty Handbook describes four different types of faculty appointments in Section 3.1 as follows:

Faculty appointments may be probationary, tenured, continuing non-tenure-track, or temporary. Prior to awarding of tenure, tenure-track faculty appointments are probationary appointments; following the award of tenure, such appointments are tenured. All faculty members holding probationary appointments at the rank of assistant professor or above are eligible for consideration for tenure. (For a definition and discussion of tenure, see Sec. 4.7.1 and Appendix I.) Non-tenure-track appointments do not lead to tenure. However, the presumption with continuing non-tenure-track appointments is that they will be continued if the faculty member is not duly notified to the contrary. Non-tenure-track appointments where there is not a presumption of continuation are temporary.

The following is a summary of the four types of appointments at UNM-Valencia Campus:

1. Tenured : The term “tenured” indicates that the faculty members have permanent or continuous tenure, and their services should be terminated only for adequate cause, except in the case of retirement for age, or under extraordinary circumstances because of financial exigencies. In the interpretation of this principle it is understood that the following represents acceptable academic practice.

2. Probationary : The term “probationary” is synonymous with “tenure-track.” These faculty members carry the rank of Assistant Professor and, if successful, will achieve tenure and the rank of Associate Professor at the end of their probation period of six years.

3. Lecturer : The term “continuing non-tenure track” refers to faculty who are issued annual contracts and who have “expectation” that their contracts will be renewed for the subsequent year. These faculty members generally carry the rank of Lecturer I, II or III, depending on degree and other criteria.

Faculty may be appointed to the position of Lecturer I, II, or III. These appointments are for professionals with appropriate academic qualifications, who are demonstrably competent in the relevant areas of their disciplines. While not eligible for tenure, lecturers in each numerical class may hold the rank of Lecturer. Senior Lecturer, or Principal Lecturer.

(a) Lecturer I—The title used for individuals who have qualifications equivalent to teaching assistants or graduate students and who are not currently graduate students at the University in the same department as their academic appointment.

(b) Lecturer II—The title used for qualified professionals who have completed all requirements except the dissertation for the terminal degree (or equivalent) in their fields of study and who are not currently graduate students at the University in the same department as their academic appointment. It may also be used for professionals who have the terminal degree but only limited experience in teaching or scholarly work, or for professionals who do not have the terminal degree but have extensive experience.

(c) Lecturer III—The title used for qualified professionals who hold the terminal degree (or equivalent) in their fields of study and who have additional experience in teaching and scholarly work.

4. Temporary : The term “temporary” refers to faculty who are hired for one or two terms without “expectation” of being hired beyond the current term of appointment. Temporary faculty members are generally designated as “adjunct” faculty. Adjunct faculty members are hired on a semester-by-semester basis by means of a competitive process. There are also one-year (i.e., two terms) temporary assignments on a full-time basis. These appointments are usually made in the interim period between the retirement or resignation of a continuing faculty member.

B. Faculty Selection, Hiring, Orientation, and Evaluation

Full-Time Faculty

1. New full-time instructors are selected by a UNM-Valencia Campus search committee in accordance with UNM’s guidelines for hiring faculty. They are issued full 9-month contracts prior to the start of each academic year.

2. The search for new full-time instructors (if positions are available) normally takes place each spring.

Adjunct Faculty

1. New adjunct faculty are selected through a competitive process based on the college’s need to offer a course(s) in the candidate's field of expertise; approval of candidate's credentials to teach the particular course, teaching experience, and excellence in teaching as presented in the following:

          • UNM-Valencia adjunct instructor application
          • interview with the appropriate supervisor(s)
          • professional vitae
          • official academic transcript(s)
          • student and supervisor evaluations
          • professional references

2. Postings for adjunct positions are made when there is sufficient enrollment in the course; sufficient funding to offer the course; and the need for adjunct faculty to supplement the UNM-Valencia full-time teaching staff. Adjunct instructors should be aware that their classes can be reassigned to full-time instructors if a full-time instructor needs an additional class when one of his/her originally assigned classes is canceled because of insufficient enrollment. If an adjunct instructor’s class is canceled, there is no compensation for preparation time.

3. Adjunct instructors are hired on a semester-to-semester basis. Continued approval for employment is based on need and satisfactory performance (which includes results of student evaluations). Adjunct instructors are given Assignment Memos which, if signed, designate teaching responsibility. Teaching agreements are issued during the summer session only, not during fall or spring semesters.

4. UNM-Valencia advertises for adjunct instructors in all teaching fields each year in order to replenish its pool of potential faculty members.

All Faculty

1. UNM-Valencia Campus strictly follows UNM’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action rules and regulations. UNM-Valencia is firmly committed to the policy of providing equal employment opportunity to all of its employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. Additional information may be obtained through the UNM-Valencia Human Resources and /or the Office of Human Resources Department on the Main Campus.

2. An orientation session for new faculty is coordinated by the Dean of Instruction at the start of each academic year. Many important topics are covered at this session, includingintroduction of UNM-Valencia chairpersons, Faculty Assembly officers and administrators,

          • review of the UNM-Valencia mission and strategic plan, and
          • completion of personnel forms needed for compensation.

Faculty Rehiring

1. Full-time instructors who are not on tenure track status are rehired from year to year based on documented performance, institutional need in their fields, sufficient funding, and other important considerations. Written notice that a faculty member serving as a full-time lecturer is not to be continued in service will be given according to the following minimum periods of notice:

  • Not later than March 31 of the first academic year of service,
  • Not later than December 15 of the second or subsequent year of service. (see UNM faculty handbook, p B5, Section 5, Part C).

2. Full-time instructors on tenure track are rehired based on the tenure and promotion criteria and procedures adopted by the UNM-Valencia Tenure and Promotion Committee in 1994/95. For more information see the Tenure and Promotion procedures herein as well as “Appointment and Retention of Faculty” in the UNM Faculty Handbook.

Faculty Evaluation

1. The Faculty Evaluation/Development Instrument (FE/DI) is a mandatory evaluation instrument to be completed by all full-time faculty (see Appendix). In accordance with the UNM Faculty Handbook, the FE/DI evaluates faculty performance on the basis of Teaching Excellence, College and Community Service, Professional Development, and Personal Characteristics

2. The FE/DI will cover an academic year beginning in June and going through May.

3. Evaluation for continuing faculty consists of the FE/DI, a summary evaluation from their Division/Program Chair, and a summary evaluation from the Dean of Instruction. These documents will become part of the faculty member’s dossier or supporting documents for retention and, if applicable, promotion and tenure.

4. Adjunct Faculty are evaluated every other semester by their Department/Division Chair or his/her designee using the “Adjunct Faculty Evaluation Report” instrument (see Department or Division Chair).

C. Requirements and Expectations of Faculty

Regardless of appointment type, faculty members are expected to:

1. Teach assigned courses.

2. Maintain office hours. Continuing faculty teaching a full 15 credit hour load are expected to regularly hold seven office hours per week. Office hours should be posted on their office doors and listed in their syllabi. Adjunct faculty should hold office hours for a half-hour per week for each three-credit-hour course taught (see page 34). Likewise, adjunct office hours should be listed on their syllabi and noted with the academic office.

3. Have teaching evaluated. All faculty are evaluated by students using the IDEA (Individual Development & Educational Assessment). All new faculty members teaching during their first semester at UNM-Valencia will also be required to be evaluated using a simplified version of IDEA. In addition, all faculty can expect a class visit from their supervisor and, as appropriate, from a peer with written evaluation.

4. Prepare and submit a quality syllabus. A syllabus is tantamount to a contract between the instructor and his/her students. All policies and course requirements should be clearly stated in the syllabus. All syllabi are submitted to the UNM-Valencia Campus library in a timely manner.

5. Take attendance. Keep attendance records and electronically submit attendance data in the approved/required program.

6. Select and order textbooks. Each faculty member should consult with his/her department or division chair about textbook selection and requests for desk copies, and should submit orders in a timely manner.

7. Keep up with pertinent information for faculty. As provided by campus resources, online sites, informational meetings, email communications, and memos faculty should keep abreast of information pertinent to their job requirements.

8. Be respectful to others. In accordance with Section C09: Respectful Campus of the Faculty Handbook of UNM-Albuquerque, UNM-Valencia is also committed to providing a respectful campus, free of bullying in all of its forms as described in the same section. All faculty members are expected to foster an environment that reflects courtesy, civility, and respectful communication for all members of the UNM-Valencia community. Implemented university-wide on February 4, 2014, Section C09 defines destructive actions to a respectful campus as: bullying, sexual harassment, retaliation, unethical conduct, and “conducts that can affect adversely the University’s educational function…or interfere with the right of others to the pursuit of their education or to conduct their University duties and responsibilities.” Section C09 also describes the procedures for reporting and investigating complaints of such destructive actions. The detail of such policy is posted online at: http://handbook.unm.edu/section-c/c09.html

Additionally, all faculty members are expected to demonstrate “personal traits that influence an individual’s effectiveness as a teacher, a scholar, researcher, or creative artist, and a leader in a professional area. Of primary concern are intellectual breadth, emotional stability or maturity, and a sufficient vitality and forcefulness to constitute effectiveness. There must also be demonstrated collegiality and interactional skills so that an individual can work harmoniously with others while maintaining independence of thought and action. Attention shall also be given to an individual’s moral stature and ethical behavior, for they are fundamental to a faculty member’s impact on the University. Information used in the objective appraisal of personal traits may be acquired from peer evaluations (e.g., letters of recommendation for new appointees, or written evaluations prepared by colleagues for promotions or for other departmental reviews) and must be handled with great prudence. By necessity, the category of Personal Characteristics requires flexibility in its appraisal” (1.2.4 of Section B1: Professional Activities of Faculty and Criteria for Evaluation athttp://handbook.unm.edu/section-b/b1.html). [1]

9. Adhere to policies and procedures. All faculty should be aware of and should follow all policies and procedures as set forth in the UNM Faculty Handbook and the UNM-Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook as well as any other pertinent departmental or division policies and procedures.

D. Regular Compensation for Faculty

1. Adjunct instructors’ pay is prorated the first and last month of the semester and made in equal payments in the second, third, and fourth months.

2. Levels of compensation are awarded to adjunct and full-time faculty based primarily upon the academic degree attained. For current salaries for adjunct and full-time faculty at Valencia Campus, see Instructional Council Policies and Procedures.

3. A new full-time instructor's salary is negotiated individually based on:

      • funds available in the particular recruiting year,
      • a person's teaching field--faculty in hard to recruit teaching fields (i.e., math, science, and the technical fields) may be offered higher initial salaries,
      • and professional qualifications.

4. Full-time instructors are paid on the last working day of each month. They can elect to receive payments over 10 or 12 installments during the calendar year. Faculty who elect to receive 10 installments will be paid from August through May. For these instructors, benefit deductions for the month of June will be deducted from May’s salary installment and benefit deductions for the month of July will be deducted from August’s salary installment.

E. Compensation for Special Teaching-Related Services

1. High school teachers cooperating with a college instructor in dual credit courses will be paid $100 per high school section (see Appendix).

2. College instructors cooperating with a high school teacher in dual credit courses will be paid contingent on the amount of work necessary to deliver the instruction. The following guidelines will apply:

a. If the instructor is serving as “instructor of record” with no other obligations required other than participating in the articulation process and entering grades issued by the high school instructor (this is currently the case with many career-technical dual credit courses), the college instructor will receive a $100 stipend per course, per semester.

b. For instruction consistent with a regular class (traditional or online), the instructor will be compensated as if teaching a regular college course.

F. Selection and Compensation for Independent Studies, Practicums and Course Challenges

Full-time and adjunct faculty are sometimes called upon to assist students in independent courses, to supervise practicums/cooperative education assignments or to administer a course challenge. Instructors are encouraged to contact their Division Chair regarding this policy.

In those cases where the faculty member is so called upon, the following method of compensation will be used:

1. For independent studies and practicums/cooperative education classes, all participating faculty will be compensated based on degree held (for bachelors, masters, or doctorate/terminal degree holders, respectively) on a per student basis.

2. Course challenges will receive no compensation and may be considered "college and community service" for full-time faculty.

Faculty will be asked to serve in this role on a voluntary basis. However, if no faculty is found to participate in this respect, the Division Chair will require that pertinent full-time faculty fill this role on a rotating basis.

G. Summer Teaching Compensation

1. Regular Summer Session courses last for four or eight weeks and run in the time period between early June to late July, leaving roughly a two-week break after commencement and another two-week interval before the beginning of the fall semester.

2. Regular contract faculty will be remunerated for teaching an eight-week summer course based on a set amount per three credit hours, which will be adjusted for more or less credit hours or based on a maximum specified each summer for a full load of six semester hours.

3. Generally, adjunct, visiting faculty and emeriti faculty are paid within the salary guidelines used for Temporary, Part-time Faculty during the academic year.

4. The total FTE, which includes any teaching, summer research and outside consulting, of a faculty member during any given week of the Summer Session cannot exceed 125% from all sources.

H. Merit Pay

The University of New Mexico and its branch campuses are committed to the concept of merit pay for all contract full-time faculty when pay raises are available. Merit pay for full-time faculty at UNM-Valencia, when available, is determined from year to year based on the totals of the professional development points (PDP'S) each instructor accumulates as part of his/her Faculty Evaluation/Development Instrument (FE/DI). Copies of the FE/DI are available from the Division Chair or at the Academic Office.

I. Teaching Loads, Course Releases, Overloads, and FTE limits

1. Full-time faculty are required to teach 15.0 credit hours per semester for the fall and spring semesters.

2. Course releases may be granted to individual faculty for special assignments, such as managing grants, working on institutional projects, coordinating programs, or administering tasks in general for example.

3. Full-time faculty may teach a one-course overload during each of the fall and spring semesters for which they will be paid on the same basis as an adjunct instructor. According to EEO policy guidelines, full-time faculty who teach an overload course outside of the discipline area for which he/she was hired must be selected through a competitive process.

4. Summer employment is optional for full-time faculty (see Summer Teaching Compensation herein for details).

5. Adjunct faculty may teach a maximum of 15.0 credit hours at UNM and its branches each academic year. This means that if an instructor teaches 9 hours in the fall, for example, he/she can only teach 6 hours during the following spring. Exceptions can be made in emergencies when, for instance, an additional section of a course is needed after registration is completed. Summer employment is not considered in the 15.0 hours maximum.

6. Staff members who teach adjunct may not exceed a total of 1.25 FTE. Given that each three credit-hour course taught during the fall or spring semesters counts as .2 FTE, a full-time staff person may teach only up to three credit hours during the regular academic year. During the summer semester, a three credit-hour course counts as .33 FTE. Therefore, a full-time staff person may not teach a three-credit-hour course in the summer.

7. Exceptions to any of the policies described above are possible through special permission from the UNM Provost’s office. The process of requesting any such exceptions is initiated through the UNM-Valencia Campus Dean of Instruction.

J. Promotion and Tenure Procedures

The four bases for appointment, promotion, and tenure used on the main campus shall apply also to the branch campuses (see UNM Faculty Handbook). The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus recognizes, however, that condition of employment, such as teaching loads, travel requirements, budget limitations, and a lack of research facilities may preclude the implementation of traditional requirements and criteria of researching and publication. Below is an outline of policies and procedures for tenure and promotion at UNM-Valencia Campus for tenured and probationary (tenure-track) faculty.

1. The categories in which faculty performance will be evaluated are the following:

          • Teaching
          • Service
          • Professional Development
          • Personal Characteristics

2. All members of the UNM-Valencia Campus Tenure and Promotion committee review the candidate’s dossier and rate the candidate’s performance using the Dossier Review Form adopted Fall 2011 (see Appendix). Only the ratings of those members of the committee who are eligible to vote on the candidate’s petition for advancement in rank and/or tenure will be counted.

3. If the average score is 4-5 for Teaching Excellence and for one other area, and the average scores for the other areas are not less than a 3, then the applicant is eligible to be approved for promotion and, if applicable, for tenure.

4. Appointments with Tenure

An initial appointment with tenure may be recommended to the Provost/VPHS for exceptional cases in which an ad hoc tenure review of the candidate has been conducted in accordance with the standards and procedures of this Policy. Otherwise, a tenured appointment may be granted after a favorable tenure decision made in accordance with the standards and procedures of this Policy subsequent to a period of probationary service.

Teaching

1. Effective teaching is one of the primary qualifications for promotion and tenure. The educational experience provides a student with an increased knowledge base, an opportunity to develop thinking and reasoning skills, and an appreciation for learning. An effective teacher is best characterized as an individual who successfully promotes these goals. Although individual teachers bring to bear different sets of talents in pursuit of these goals an effective teacher, at a minimum, the candidate should:

      • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
      • Show evidence of strong preparation.
      • Present material that reflects the current state of knowledge in the field.
      • Demonstrate effective classroom management skills.
      • Organize individual topics into a meaningful sequence.
      • Demonstrate an ability to interact with students in an encouraging and stimulating manner.
      • Demonstrate a commitment to the discipline.

2. Teaching is evaluated by students, faculty, and administration. Evidence to be evaluated for teaching during mid-probationary, tenure, and promotion reviews must include student course evaluations (see Have Teaching Evaluated herein), descriptions of courses taught and developed by the faculty member (as reported on the FE/DI), and written reports of supervisor and peer observations of teaching (see Have Teaching Evaluated herein).

Service

There are two broad categories of faculty service: professional and public. Service to the University and/or campus, to the faculty member's profession and to the local, national, and international communities beyond the University and campus is reviewed in this category. Evidence of performance in this area includes committee work at the University, campus, division and department levels, and participation in professional organizations of the discipline and in the community in the faculty member's professional capacity.

1. Professional service consists of those activities performed within the academic community that are directly related to the faculty member's discipline or profession. Within the University and campus, it includes both the extraordinary and the routine service necessary for the regular operation of departments and divisions, and the campus as a whole, including, for example, facilitating the day-to-day operations of academic life and mentoring students and colleagues. Also, faculty members, particularly senior faculty members, have a responsibility to contribute to the government of the campus through timely participation on committees and other advisory groups at Valencia Campus, and, as appropriate at UNM main campus. Beyond the University and campus, professional service includes service to professional organizations and other groups that engage in or support educational and research activities.

2. Public service consists of activities that arise from a faculty member’s role in the University and campus. These activities normally involve the sharing and application of faculty expertise to issues and needs of the civic community in which the University and campus are located.

Professional Development

There are many venues through which faculty can participate in professional development. These can include, but are not restricted to:

1. Continuing education, such as:

a. completion of an advanced degree in one’s field (or a related field).

b. completion of course work in one’s field (or a related field) or in college teaching methodology.

c. demonstrable or measurable acquisition of new skills and/or knowledge outside the formal educational structure.

d. attendance at and participation in relevant educational workshops and conferences.

2. Active membership and participation in professional (local, regional, and national) organizations.

3. Scholarly and creative contributions, such as:

a. pedagogical research or research in one’s teaching field(s).

b. pedagogical publications or publications in one’s teaching field(s).

c. pedagogical presentations or presentations in one’s teaching field(s) before scholarly conferences.

d. discipline specific creative work(s). Creative work is understood to mean original or imaginative accomplishment in literature, the arts, or the professions.

4. Professional honors in areas such as:

a. teaching excellence.

b. scholarly excellence.

c. community service.

Since probationary (tenure-track) faculty may not have a terminal degree in their field when they are initially hired, there is expectation that these faculty will pursue completion of a terminal degree and show progress toward this goal. All faculty should show involvement in at least two of the areas listed above.

Personal Characteristics

This category relates to the personal traits that influence an individual's effectiveness as a teacher, a scholar, researcher, or creative artist, and a leader in a professional area. Of primary concern are intellectual breadth, emotional stability or maturity, and a sufficient vitality and forcefulness to constitute effectiveness. There must also be demonstrated collegiality and interactional skills so that an individual can work harmoniously with others while maintaining independence of thought and action. Attention shall also be given to an individual’s moral stature and ethical behavior, for they are fundamental to a faculty member’s impact on the University and campus. Information used in the objective appraisal of personal traits may be acquired from peer evaluations (e.g., letters of recommendation for new appointees, or written evaluations prepared by colleagues) and student evaluations (e.g. letters of recommendation from students or evidence beyond the official IDEA forms of student regard). These documents must be handled with great prudence. By necessity, the category of Personal Characteristics requires flexibility in its appraisal.

K. Full-Time Faculty Privileges

Full-time faculty enjoy the following privileges during their employment at UNM-Valencia Campus:

1. UNM Libraries: borrowing privileges at the UNM-Valencia Library and all Main Campus libraries.

2. UNM Recreational equipment: tents, camping stoves, backpacks, snowshoes, cross-country ski equipment, etc. may be rented for a small fee from Johnson Gym. Johnson Gym facilities, including the swimming pool, are also available.

3. UNM Museums: free admission to the Fine Arts Museum, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the Geology Museum, the Student Art Gallery, the Biology Greenhouse.

4. UNM Student Union facilities: admission to restaurants, shops, recreation areas, and movie theaters. Fees are charged in some areas.

5. Speech analysis and speech therapy discounts at the UNM Speech Center.

6. Safety glasses may be purchased at reduced rates from the Campus Safety Office on main campus.

7. Dental x-rays, cleaning, and fluoride treatment services are provided at special rates at the UNM Dental Program.

8. Medical services at the UNM Employee Health Clinic.

9. Portraits and photo supplies may be purchased at good prices at the UNM Photo Service.

10. Use of UNM-Valencia stationary for professional purposes.

11. Professional development funds available through the Faculty Professional Development Committee.

12. The University of New Mexico has assumed administration of the tuition remission and dependent education process for the branch campuses. As such, policies indicated in the University Business Policies and Procedures Manual of the University of New Mexico (policies 3700 and 3785, respectively) and the Faculty Handbook (page C-1) will be adhered to (see http://policy.unm.edu/university-policies/3000/3700.html for the tuition remission form).

13. Office space.

14. Campus Mailboxes.

15. Gratuitous teaching materials when they are available from publishing houses or university presses.

16. Graduation robes.

L. Faculty ID Cards

UNM Faculty ID Cards for adjunct and full-time faculty [currently called LOBO cards] are required for most of the activities listed above as instructor privileges. These IDs are available through UNM and are also provided by the UNM-Valencia library. A government-issued form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, and UNM ID number are required.

M. Faculty Assembly and Faculty Assembly Meetings

Faculty AssemblyMembership:

1. All full-time and contract faculty are voting members of the Assembly.

2. All instructors employed by the branch for the current semester to teach credit-bearing courses and ABE courses are voting members of the Assembly for that semester. Those employed each spring semester are also voting members until the following fall semester begins, upon which, they must be reemployed to continue their membership and voting status.

3. The Executive Director, Chief Instructional Officer (if not a faculty member), Director of Student Services, Librarian(s), Business Manager, Staff Association President, and Student Body President are non-voting, ex-officio members of the Assembly.

4. Any subsequent membership issue shall be decided by a ballot and by all voting members of the Assembly. 

Faculty Assembly Meetings

At least three regular Faculty Assembly meetings shall be called each semester with the dates announced in advance to the faculty by the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC). All faculty members are urged to attend since important faculty matters are discussed and voted upon at these sessions.

Disbursal of UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly Funds

Designated use of the funds include:

        • Parking at main campus and mileage from and to UNM-Valencia for Faculty Senate Representative and members of main campus academic committees that is not division specific, i.e. Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate Committee.
        • Duplicating materials for distribution to faculty assembly.
        • Other allowed expenses, such as honorarium to a speaker at a general faculty event or parking to attend Branch Campus Colloquium, as approved by UNM-Valencia Faculty Executive Committee.
        • May not be used for professional development and all disbursals dependent on availability. [2]

N. UNM-Valencia Campus Faculty Representation on UNM-Valencia Campus and Main Campus Committees and Advisory Groups

1. Faculty members are encouraged to serve on both UNM-Valencia campus and UNM Main Campus committees. The composition, structure, and process for Committees of the Faculty Assembly are listed below. Current membership on these committees can be found on the Faculty Executive Committee web page and in the Instructional Council Policies and Procedures manual. The composition, structure, and process for all other UNM-Valencia Campus committees, as well as current membership, can be found in the Instructional Council Policies and Procedures manual.

2. Most committee appointments are for two years and are made based on petition for membership. The appointments are to be staggered so that the committee always has at least one member who served the previous year. – Approved by FAC February, 2014

At the end of each academic year the dean and the faculty president will review the current committee appointments to determine which faculty should bid for committee membership the next academic year. Only those members who have served their two-year term, have resigned from a committee before their term expired, or are new faculty will bid in any given year. Bids for committee membership will occur in August. –Approved by FAC April 2014

3. At the beginning of each academic year or at the beginning of each two-year term, each committee will elect a chair who will oversee the work of the committee and will report progress to the appropriate entity, e.g. Faculty Assembly committee chairs report to the Faculty Executive Committee.

Faculty Senate Representative

UNM Faculty Constitution, Article I, Section 6(b) states:

(I) There shall be one senator… from each school, college, or branch with a full-time academic faculty, elected by members of that faculty….No school, college, or branch with a full-time academic faculty shall have less than one senator.

“Voting members of the Faculty Senate shall be elected for terms of two years…. No one shall serve more than four consecutive years as a voting member. (UNM Faculty Constitution, Article I, Section 6(c)). And “…Faculty Senate election results must be received by the Office of the University Secretary no later than the last working day of the sixth week of the spring semester.”

a. In keeping with these policies, the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly shall elect a faculty senator and one alternate from among Faculty Assembly members as representative of Valencia Campus in the UNM Faculty Senate.

b. The UNM –Valencia Faculty Assembly shall elect these individuals either during the last Faculty Assembly meeting of the fall semester or the first Faculty Assembly meeting of the spring semester, preceding expiration of the term of the current Faculty Senator. -Approved FAC March 2014

Standing Committees of the Faculty Assembly

1. Faculty Professional Development Committee

a. The Faculty Professional Development Committee is charged with the responsibility of organizing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate opportunities for professional development for faculty.

b. The committee shall consist of three (3) faculty members, including one (1) adjunct instructor.

2. Faculty Program Development Committee

a. The Faculty Program Development Committee is charged with the creation, review, implementation, and maintenance of faculty professional development activities and programs. This committee will work together with the Faculty Professional Development Committee and the Teaching and Learning Center in their duties.

b. The committee shall consist of four (4) faculty members

3. Tenure and Promotion Committee

a. The Tenure and Promotion Committee is charged with the responsibility of

i. Implementing the Tenure and Promotion Policies described herein and in accordance with the policies described in the UNM Faculty Handbook.

ii. Proposing, advocating, and implementing procedures consistent with Tenure and Promotion Policy and with the mission of UNM-Valencia Campus.

iii. Communicating the policy, procedures, and rationale of tenure and promotion to the UNM-Valencia Campus community, in particular the faculty.

iv. Planning, proposing, and helping fill new full-time tenure-track/probationary faculty positions

v. Reviewing and recommending to the Dean of Instruction and Executive Director candidates for rank or code advancement.

b. Tenured faculty and tenure-track/probationary faculty are automatically members of this committee.

c. One member of this committee will serve on the UNM Main Campus committee charged with evaluating branch campus candidates for rank or code advancement.

4. Curriculum Committee

a. The UNM-Valencia Curriculum Committee is charged with the responsibility of

i. Reviewing and recommending all proposed changes in new and existing curricula.

ii. Overseeing periodic review of existing programs.

iii. Serving as a branch liaison with the Faculty Senate Curricula and Undergraduate Committee at UNM main campus.

b. Recommendations and actions by the UNM-Valencia Curriculum Committee proceed as follows:

i. Initiator of the change to the course or program prepares supporting documentation for changes/additions and forwards to the Division Chair.

ii. Division Chair presents request to the UNM-Valencia Curriculum Committee for approval.

iii. Curriculum Committee reviews changes/additions and approves or denies.

iv. If approved, Division Chair submits online forms to the UNM-Valencia Dean of Instruction.

v. If approved, the Dean then submits online forms to Main Campus Registrar and the proposal will go to Main Campus Faculty Senate Curricula and/or Undergraduate Committee as appropriate.

c. The UNM-Valencia Curriculum Committee shall report at each Faculty Assembly meeting, and to the Faculty Executive Committee, Dean of Instruction, and Executive Director on an ongoing basis. Also, The UNM-Valencia Faculty Senate representative will be informed of proposed curriculum changes in the event that questions arise at a Faculty Senate meeting on main campus.[3]

d. Committee membership shall consist of

i. Dean of Instruction (ex officio), Library Director, and Registrar (automatically members).

ii. One (1) faculty representative from each of the Academic Divisions (see list of Divisions herein).

iii. One (1) representative from the student advising staff.

iv. One (1) student representative (ex officio).

e. One member of this committee will serve on the Faculty Senate Curricula Committee and one member shall serve on the Faculty Senate Undergraduate Committee on UNM Main Campus. The same person may serve on both the Curricula Committee and the Undergraduate Committee.


5. Faculty Handbook Committee

a. The Faculty Handbook Committee is charged with the responsibility of creating and maintaining the UNM-Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook in accordance with the policies in the UNM Faculty Handbook.

b. The committee shall consist of at least five (5) faculty members, at least three (3) of whom shall be full-time faculty members.

6. Adjunct Faculty Committee

a. The Adjunct Faculty Committee is charged with the responsibility of discussing and recommending to the Faculty Assembly issues of importance to part-time faculty.

b. Membership composition is open, though the Adjunct Faculty Representative to the Faculty Assembly shall automatically be a member.

7. Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee

The UNM Main Campus Faculty Handbook provides a description of the mediation services and mediation training provided for UNM faculty at http://policy.unm.edu/university-policies/3000/3220.html . These services and training are provided through the Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty, http://ombudsfac.unm.edu/.

a. The UNM-Valencia Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee (FCRC) was created at a Faculty Assembly meeting during the 1999 spring semester. Accordingly, the FCRC shall be a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly. (Go to: http://www.unm.edu/~vfec/fec_conflict_res.html for current Chair and committee members.)

Committee members will be “On Call” should a dispute arise and will act in accordance with UNM-Valencia Faculty Conflict Resolution Procedures available on the FCRC website. The FCRC chair will be available to respond to any faculty-involved dispute as soon as the dispute is brought to the chair’s attention by either party. Disputes may include, but are not limited to:

      • Differing views on how work is done
      • Communication breakdowns
      • Preferred management styles
      • Interpersonal tensions and conflicts
      • Differing perceptions about workloads, space, and resources

If it is determined that conflict resolution is the appropriate path for resolution of the conflict, the Chair will contact the other disputant, explain the situation and the process of conflict resolution and offer services. If the two disputants are in agreement to attempt conflict resolution, the Chair will gather the committee to start the process per procedures outlined in the FCRC procedures documents. The FCRC committee structure and process is outlined in the FCRC procedures document and is compliant with Main Campus Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty standards. It is hoped that an informal faculty conflict resolution team will be able to do its work quickly and effectively to resolve any faculty dispute before positions harden to a point where the more formal grievance procedures are requested.

Trained faculty mediators are used to provide impartial, informal communication and conflict resolution independent from other UNMadministrative entities. “The UNM Ombudsperson for Faculty does not conduct investigations.” (Ombuds/Dispute Resolution website: http://ombudsfac.unm.edu.

a. The UNM-Valencia Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee shall be composed entirely of volunteers recruited from full- and part-time faculty ranks from as many divisions as possible and subject to procedures for standing committees of the Assembly.

b. Committee members must have completed the UNM Faculty Conflict Resolution training.

c. Committee members shall choose a chair who serves for a one year term.

8. Faculty Communications Committee

The Faculty Committee maintains the Faculty Web Site on a regular basis, updates the Faculty Web Site following each Faculty Assembly meeting, updates and maintains the Faculty Distribution List(s) for all email correspondence, and publishes the Faculty Newsletter. There should be a minimum of two faculty members on this committee; one member should have Web page design and coding skills.

Other Valencia Campus Committees

1. Teaching & Learning Assessment Committee

2. Staff Benefits Committee

3. Rewards and Recognition Committee

4. Staff Professional Development Committee

5. Scholarship Committee

6. Student-of-the-Month Committee

7. Student Affairs Committee

8. Cultural Enrichment Committee

9. Strategic Planning Committee

Additional and Ad Hoc Committees

1. Instructional Council—an advisory group for the Dean of Instruction, consisting of supervisors from different instructional areas.

2. Ad Hoc and Search Committees can also be volunteered for as a service to the institution. Adjunct instructors can volunteer to serve by seeing either their Chair or the Dean of Instruction. Preferences can also be indicated on Committee Bid forms distributed every two years

Advisory Groups

1. Director’s Advisory Group Committee

2. Executive Director’s Advisory Committee -- consists of the UNM-Valencia Executive Director and the elected Presidents of the Student, Staff and Faculty Associations.

3. Advisory Board Budget Committee

4. Advisory Council on Technology Committee

UNM Main Campus Committees

UNM branch campuses are represented by selected representatives on the following UNM main campus committees:

1. Admissions & Records Committee

2. Library Committee

3. Community Education Committee

4. Curriculum Committee (see UNM-Valencia Campus Curriculum Committee)

5. Teaching Enhancement Committee

6. Undergraduate Committee (see UNM-Valencia Campus Curriculum Committee)

7. Computer Use on Campus Committee

O. Academic Freedom

As stated on pages B11-12 of the UNM Faculty Handbook:

1. The teacher is entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of his/her other academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.

2. The teacher is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing his/her subject, but he/she should be careful not to introduce into his/her teaching controversial matter which has no relation to his/her subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.

3. The college or university teacher is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When he/she speaks or writes as a citizen, he/she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but his/her special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a man or woman of learning and an educational officer, he/she should remember that the public may judge his/her profession and his/her institution by his/her utterances. Hence he/she should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that he/she is not an institutional spokesperson.

4. At the University of New Mexico, the teacher recognizes that he/she is responsible for the maintenance of appropriate standards of scholarship and teaching performance, aimed at the goal of training students to think for themselves. While the students have a right to know the teacher's point of view on relevant controversial subjects, the teacher has an obligation to set forth fairly and clearly the divergent opinions of other scholars, so that the students may reach rational and independent conclusions.

5. The efficient operation of any institution requires cooperation among its personnel. The teacher agrees, therefore, to abide by all regulations of the University, consistent with this policy, and to perform to the best of his/her ability such reasonable duties as are assigned to him/her by authorized University officials.

P. Academic Freedom for Branch Campus Faculty in Tenure and Promotion Process

1. If the Branch Executive Director makes a negative recommendation concerning tenure or promotion, or in the case of promotion makes no recommendation, an aggrieved faculty member has the right of appeal to the Branch Executive Director, UNM Associate Provost, and the UNM Provost-Vice President for Academic Affairs.

2. If this appeal is denied and the faculty member thinks that academic freedom has been violated, appeal then should be directed to the UNM Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, according to UNM procedure for adjudication prescribed in Sections 4-6 of the Policy on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

According to The UNM Faculty Handbook, UNM’s Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee

1. is responsible for reviewing significant decisions affecting faculty tenure, promotion, sabbatical leave and employment, and determining if any of the following influenced the decision-making process:

a. violation of academic freedom,

b. improper consideration in which a decision on substantive issues was not based upon impartial professional academic judgment and resulted in prejudice to the faculty member, or

c. procedural violations of FacultyHandbook policies that resulted in prejudice to the faculty member.

2. Academic freedom is defined in the 1940 Statement of Principles adopted by the American Association of University Professors and is the right of all members of the faculty and graduate students employed in teaching and research positions.

3. In reviewing allegations, the Committee shall not reverse or modify the decision of an appropriate University officer or faculty body solely because it disagrees with their academic judgment. The Committee may reverse or modify a decision only if the decision violated the faculty member’s academic freedom or was based upon improper considerations. The Committee may judge a matter to involve procedural violations and remand the matter to the appropriate administrative officer with remedies (Sec. 6.6 (e)).

4. If a faculty member wishes to appeal on grounds not within the jurisdiction of the Committee, he or she may appeal a decision by the Provost/VPHS to the President. Matters that can be appealed or referred to the Committee are described in Sec. 6.2.

Q. Faculty Development and Wellness Opportunities

Professional Development Funds

Funds for professional development are available through the Faculty Assembly’s Faculty Professional Development Committee. To apply for these, faculty members need to complete the “UNM-Valencia Campus Faculty Professional Development Stipend Request Form” and send it to the committee chair for processing.

Performance Improvement Workshops

Workshops intended to help faculty improve performance (including technology training courses and workshops which often also provide credit and stipends) are offered through the Teaching and Learning Center. 

Physical Fitness Programs

Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of Wellness Center courses, programs, and facilities. A brochure for the Wellness Center is available on campus as well as the WC web site: http://vcwc.unm.edu.

To make use of the Wellness Center facility, faculty will need to enroll in the Introduction to Fitness course in the section of PENP 193 entitled “T/Intro Fitness/Mandatory Orientation” [in the schedule of classes]. Also, see the Faculty Orientation Manual for more details, including how to audit the course.

Services available at the Wellness Center to faculty enrolled in PENP 193 include free individual specific training sessions, body fat testing; nutritional assessments, and fitness tests. Services available at the Wellness Center to the campus and community members at large include a fitness tip of the week, wellness presentations, and events.

R. Faculty Mailboxes

Faculty mailboxes for most faculty are located in the Academic building. Mailbox assignments are distributed by the Academic Office at the start of each semester. Adjunct faculty mailboxes are not differentiated in location from full-time faculty. Instructors should check their mailboxes regularly so that they may:

        • read announcements and relay them to their classes as appropriate,
        • distribute information and/or documents to their classes,
        • read and act on campus memos and directives.

S. Email Distribution Lists

There are three email distribution lists maintained by the Faculty Communications Committee. These are closed distribution lists, meaning only members or allowed others can send emails in the list. All members to the list must use their UNM email account, no other account names will be used in the lists. The lists are:

1. VCFULL-L@list.unm.edu which is for all full-time faculty and select administration at UNM-Valencia.

2. VCPART-L@list.unm.edu which is for all part-time/adjunct faculty and select administration at UNM-Valencia.

3. VFAC-L@list.unm.edu which is for all faculty and select administration at UNM-Valencia.

The VFAC-L list is the one to use for most purposes. 

T. Graduation Ceremonies

Faculty are encouraged to attend graduation ceremonies in May. Faculty who attend are asked to wear robes and full-time faculty may request robes free of charge.



[1] Changes approved by UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly April 2015 and UNM Provost’s Office July 2015

[2] Changes approved by UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly April 2015 and UNM Provost’s Office July 2015

[3] Changes approved by UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly March 2015 and UNM Provost’s Office July 2015.