Faculty Handbook

Hiring, Employment, and Personnel Policies

Allocation of Faculty to Departments

Each year the number of faculty members assigned to a department is based upon the recommendation of the University Provost, with the approval of the President. While the allocation may vary with the amount of the state appropriation and that portion of the appropriation which is allocated to the MTSU budget for instruction and departmental research, the number of faculty members assigned to a department is a function of the actual student credit hours earned.

It is recognized that some departments must be granted exceptions in order to fulfill their approved instructional objectives, maintain a university curriculum, and meet accreditation standards.

After faculty members are allocated, it is the responsibility of the department chair to see that assignments are made in such a manner as to achieve departmental objectives and, to the extent possible, distribute assignments on an equitable basis.

Approval of Positions

New instructional and academic staff positions are requested by the department chairs and deans as a part of the budgetary process. New faculty positions are justified primarily upon student credit hour production using a formula approach. The University Provost makes recommendations to the President who then approves the positions and their funding and authorizes the filing of the positions. The President's approval is subject to Tennessee Board of Regents approval.

Curriculum Vitae and Transcripts

Faculty (including adjuncts) must have a current curriculum vitae on file, maintained by the department chairs. Faculty (including adjuncts) must have official transcripts on file in the Office of the University Provost.

Evaluation Procedures

It is University policy that all employees are evaluated annually ( P/P IV:07:15). Instructional evaluations are conducted annually for performance review of faculty (full and part-time). Faculty evaluations completed by Chairpersons are used in consultation with faculty to improve the quality of instruction, research, creative activity, and public service. Written documentation of each performance review is kept on file by the department chairperson. A written copy of the performance review is given to the faculty member evaluated. If the faculty member needs professional development and is tenured, the annual review conference will follow the guidelines in the university's post tenure faculty development plan. While the format of the faculty evaluation administered by the chairperson is left to the discretion of the department, the criteria for evaluation are consistent with the mission of the university including teaching; research and/or creative activity; and public service. The criteria are weighted, re-electing the same expectations as those associated with faculty's rank designation (as specified in MTSU promotion and tenure processes). Results of the faculty evaluations are used as a part of the decision making for re-hiring, renewal, promotion and tenure processes. Additionally, student evaluations of faculty are conducted, minimally, fall and spring semesters for tenured, tenure-track and temporary full-time faculty, and every semester for adjuncts, part-time faculty, and GTAs. The evaluation by students are to be administered by someone other than the faculty member being evaluated. The faculty member being evaluated should not be in the room at the time the evaluations are being done. Student evaluation results are shared with the faculty member evaluated, with the department chairperson, and with the respective dean.

Notification of Resignation by Faculty

Faculty members who do not expect to return the following year are expected to notify the department chair and the dean of the college concerned in writing as soon as possible but no later than May 1.

Types of Appointment

Definition of Faculty

MTSU Faculty Appointments

Teaching Load, Individual Faculty Members - Refer to Section C. Nature of Appointments

Faculty ID Cards

Although ID cards are not mandatory for Middle Tennessee State University faculty and staff, they may be acquired at no cost in the James Union Building between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ID cards may be required for check cashing services at Phillips Bookstore, to check out books at the Walker Library, and for use of University recreational and other facilities.