Faculty Handbook

How to Use this Handbook

The Faculty Handbook is divided into the major categories below. Click on a category to find links to the appropriate TBR and MTSU documents and web pages. This page can be searched using the browser's " Edit - Find" feature. Enter a keyword to see the categories that contain links to that keyword. Clicking on the category takes you to a page containing the links. The same search process can be used on each category page to find a specific link.

MTSU Mission, Vision and Organization

University mission statement, vision statement, Academic Master Plan 2007-2017, MTSU organizational charts, university standing committees, MTSU history.

Academic Freedom and Responsibilities

Faculty academic freedom and responsibilities in the classroom, in research, in the community, ethics guidelines for faculty.

Appointment, Tenure and Promotion Policies

Faculty and non-faculty appointments, tenure, promotion, faculty exchange, appeals, employment of graduate assistants, TBR definition of "faculty", faculty proficiency in oral and written English, financial exigency, non-instructional faculty time.

Compensation and Retirement

Compensation, part-time adjunct faculty compensation, outside employment and extra compensation, summer sessions, longevity pay, retirement, post retirement service program for tenured faculty, faculty emeritus, separation procedures, employee tuition assistance.

Curriculum and Classroom Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Academic proposals, regulations (catalog), grades, off-campus offerings, use of campus property and facilities scheduling, University Space Management, assessment, distance education, international education, study abroad, records office policies, student conduct and disciplinary sanctions, tests and exams, syllabus, drop/add deadlines, effective classroom accommodations, supplies, disabled student services, adaptive technology center, Ronald McNair post-baccalaureate achievement program, best practices for academic program analysis and improvement, honors college, textbook adoption, general education, university curriculum committee, undergraduate and graduate catalogs, faculty advising, grade appeals, student attire, attendance, classrooms and offices, inclement weather, academic integrity and misconduct, RODP information, D2L support, academic calendar, student handbook, EXL at MTSU, student policies and resources, safety-related policies and procedures.

Faculty Development, Recognition and Information

Faculty development, new faculty orientation, grants and awards, ITD faculty showcase, a link to the Learning, Teaching & Innovative Technologies Center (LT&ITC), annual fall faculty meeting and university convocation, commencement/graduation, faculty meetings, faculty senate, publications and graphics, news and public affairs.

Finance-Related and Travel Policies and Procedures

Accounting services, subscriptions and memberships, travel, food service, business meals and recognition events, charitable organization deduction, charitable solicitation, fundraising, cash purchases and petty cash funds, receipts and approval of invoices, disposal of surplus personal property, procurement procedures, contract office, key inventory, naming of buildings and endowments, motor pool services regulations, budget and accounting control policy.

Hiring, Employment and Personnel Policies

TBR bylaws, personnel transactions, conditions of employment and general personnel policies, overload, faculty recruitment, personnel records policy, types of appointment, grievance/complaint procedures, holidays, approval of positions, curriculum vitae and transcripts, evaluation procedures, post-tenure faculty development, notification of resignation by faculty, use of electronic signatures and records guidelines, inspecting and copying public records policy, qualifications/application procedures, definition of faculty, workload guidelines, compensation, benefits, offices and office hours, faculty absences and leave policies, parking, keys, faculty ID cards, grades, syllabi, textbook changes, student access, employee classification, workplace violence, fiscal misconduct, general personnel policy, hiring forms and documents, allocation of faculty to departments, faculty appointments, appeals and appearances before the board, employee assistance program, TN Uniform Administrative Procedures Act Policy, exit interview/check-out procedures for terminating regular employees, Human Resource Services, part-time/adjunct faculty employment policies, EOAA, harassment, ITD, ADA policies.

Research and Graduate Faculty Resources

Intellectual property, patents and copyrights, grants, contracts, sponsored research, misconduct, conflict of interest, animal care and use, protection of human subjects, outside sponsorship of scholarly activities, undergraduate research center.

Other Useful Links

Campus Recreation center, MTSU athletics, event tickets, child care services, evening extended school program, parking services, dining services, news and public affairs, campus planning, James E. Walker Library, health services, Theatre, Dance, Music, dining services, privacy of information, drug free workplace, alcoholic beverages, campus smoking, service animals and pets.