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Faculty Procedural Handbook

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO-VALENCIA CAMPUS

Approved Spring 20181

PREFACE

The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Faculty Procedural Handbook (hereafter referred to as the Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook) is compiled in furtherance of and in accordance with the policies of The University of New Mexico Faculty Handbook and The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Faculty Constitution (hereafter referred to as the Valencia Campus Faculty Constitution).

The scope of the Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook is established by the Valencia Campus Faculty Constitution Article 1, Section B (Rights and Responsibilities) and only as policies and procedures herein do not conflict with the Main Campus UNM Faculty Handbook and governing documents. The Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook shall take precedence in matters pertaining to faculty governance, delivery of instruction, faculty evaluation, and academic freedom.

It is not the purpose of the Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook to serve as a manual of programmatic or divisional policies or procedures. The purpose of the handbook is to organize and clarify the regulations, procedures, and policies of UNM-Valencia that apply to all faculty at UNM-Valencia Campus and only to faculty at UNM-Valencia, not to faculty at other UNM campuses.

All regulations, procedures, and policies herein, not already established by the UNM Faculty Handbook or other established university policy, have been reviewed by the UNM-Valencia Faculty Handbook Committee (a Standing Committee of the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly), the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly, the UNM-Valencia Campus Administration, and the UNM Provost’s Office. The Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook is to serve as a guide to faculty members in the fulfillment of their teaching, service, and professional obligations, while clarifying their rights and freedoms.

Each item in the Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook refers to policy, procedure, or information. Please note the distinction, as there will be some items copied here from the UNM Faculty Handbook as needed, or links will be provided to the pertinent sections. If there is inconsistency on informational items, the UNM Faculty Handbook will take precedence.

It is important to note that UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly (FAC), in consultation with UNM-Valencia administration and the UNM Provost’s Office, can only decide policies or procedures that pertain to UNM-Valencia faculty and in the areas designated by the Valencia Campus Faculty Constitution Article 1, Section B (Rights and Responsibilities); under Subsection 1h of Section 1B, “general faculty welfare” includes faculty governance, delivery of instruction, faculty evaluation, and academic freedom.2

Core Values

  • We are student-centered.
  • We provide quality education and services.
  • We support diversity and community
  • We embrace ethics and academic integrity.
  • We foster creativity and initiative.
  • We believe in responsible stewardship.

These key areas are exemplars of UNM-Valencia’s Strategic Plan, which is updated annually and revised as a whole every three years.

PROCEDURES

I. Faculty Handbook Committee and Handbook Policy Adoption

All policies that are subject to review and recommendation by the Faculty Assembly shall be included in the UNM-Valencia Faculty Handbook according to the following procedures:

A. The UNM-Valencia Faculty Handbook Committee serves as a standing committee of the Faculty Assembly with members appointed by the president of the Faculty Assembly, in consultation with the Dean and Chief Executive Officer. This committee will review all changes proposed for the handbook, and have oversight over each new faculty handbook edition. The committee shall include at least five faculty members, at least three of whom shall be full-time faculty members. Committee members serve for two-year terms.

B. Amendments or changes to the handbook may be initiated or proposed by either Faculty or Administration:

  1. Proposing a New Policy/Procedure or Changes to Existing Policy/Procedure.

Any member of the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly (FAC) or member of the UNM-Valencia administration wishing to propose a change to an existing Valencia Campus Faculty Handbook policy or procedure, or wishing to propose a new policy or procedure should send their request to the UNM-Valencia Faculty Handbook Committee (FHC).  The Committee will review the request and work with the appropriate committees or individuals to determine the most effective course of action.

      2. Approval by UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly.

Proposed new faculty policy or procedure statements or changes to existing statements will be forwarded by the FHC, in their entirety, with rationale as appropriate, to the UNM-Valencia Faculty Executive Committee (FEC).  Once reviewed by the FEC, any proposed policy or procedure that needs further action from the FAC will be posted on the UNM-Valencia Faculty Webpage, will be sent in an email to the UNM-Valencia faculty email distribution list, and will be presented by the FHC at the next Faculty Assembly meeting.

The proposed changes or additions submitted to the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly for approval will be reviewed at least once by the Faculty Assembly prior to any vote and the FHC will address any comments, changes, or suggestions given by FAC members.  Approval of proposals will be by majority vote of the FAC unless otherwise indicated in the Valencia Campus Faculty Constitution.

     3. Other Approvals as Needed.

After review and approval by the FAC or standing committee of the FAC (as appropriate), all approved changes will be submitted by the FHC to the Dean of Instruction and the Chief Executive Officer for review, and then to the UNM Provost’s Office for final approval.3

C. The policies set forth in this handbook are subject to revision at any time.  The information contained in the UNM-ValenciaFaculty Handbook will be updated as necessary.  A publication such as this can never be fully current, since University policies, procedures, regulations, and benefits and services are constantly under review and continually changing and will require modifications or additions to the handbook.

1 Updated version was approved by the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly Spring 2018.

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

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