Brief Explanation of Motions
July 25, 2001
MOTION #1 (already passed)
To create an additional category of non-tenure track faculty for those who would normally qualify for a tenure track appointment.
Motion 1 is an expansion of non-tenure track faculty to enable us to hire terminally qualified people as assistant, associate or full professors and to enable us to hire faculty jointly with Olin College on term contracts. Due to the changes in the faculty marketplace and with the advent of Olin, this motion allows an increased flexibility to meet the new market dynamics. The decision to hire a non-tenure track person still rests with the divisions.
ěTo create an additional category of non-tenure-track faculty for joint appointments with F.W. Olin College of Engineering.î
Our strategic alliance with the Olin College of Engineering is an important component of Babsonís Vision 2010. Approval of this motion will create a non-tenure track faculty category for use in making joint faculty appointments with Olin College, which does not have tenure. Approval of this motion, combined with approval of Motion #4 (below), will enable us to offer joint appointments that match the contractual terms offered by Olin College. The intent of this motion is to allow Babson to expand strategically in the areas of science and technology entrepreneurship. John Bourne, Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship and Steve Holt, Director of Science are good examples of how we plan to use these appointments.
ěTo increase the maximum allowable percentage of non-tenure track faculty per academic division to 20 percent (rounded down).î
Approval of this motion will increase the flexibility available to division chairpersons when hiring new full-time faculty. The effect of this motion (based on current faculty levels) would be to increase the maximum number of possible non-tenure track faculty in categories I2a and I2b from 19 to 27, college-wide. There are currently only 12 individuals in this category under contract for the 2001/02 academic year (62% of the 10% cap). The real value of approving this motion will be for those divisions where our needs for non-tenure track faculty are greatest due to scarcity of faculty candidates. Management, Math/Science and Finance are currently at their 10% limit and face difficult faculty markets. The locus of hiring decisions remains with the divisions. This motion is designed to increase the flexibility for divisions in staffing teaching schedules. Note: A friendly amendment may be needed to specify that this motion applies specifically to non-tenure track faculty categories I2a & I2b.
ěTo provide the ability to offer initial multi-year (up to 5-years) contracts for non-
tenure track faculty.î
Experienced professors and executives hesitate to move to Babson with an initial contract length of one year, which is the only term we can currently offer. Approval of this motion will provide division chairs and the AVP the ability to offer multi-year contracts to attract new non-tenure track faculty to Babson (within the limits determined by the outcome of Motion 3). The Appointments DMB must approve all multi-year contracts. As mentioned under Motion 2 (above), approval of this motion will also provide Babson with the ability to match contract terms offered by Olin College.
MOTION 5 (Linked to Motion 2)
ěTo set the time frame for promotion of Olin College joint appointments to Associate Professor to be consistent with that of Babson tenure track faculty.î
This motion is designed to ensure that every Olin/Babson jointly appointed Assistant Professor will be reviewed by the Appointments Committee for promotion to Associate Professor according to the same time frame and criteria required of Babson tenure track faculty even though they are not being considered for tenure. As such, a jointly appointed Olin/Babson Assistant Professor would not be able to remain an Assistant Professor longer than 6 years.
MOTION 6 (Linked to Motion 1)
ěTo add scholarship as a possible criterion in the evaluation of non-tenure track faculty.î
This motion is tied to Motion #1 (i.e., creation of additional non-tenure track for individuals with academic credentials) and applies to categories of non-tenured track faculty I2a and I2b. This motion is desirable because non-tenure track appointments at the associate and full professor levels (as opposed to lecturer positions) must be evaluated on intellectual vitality, which includes scholarship. Note: A friendly amendment may be necessary to specify that this motion applies specifically to non-tenure track faculty categories I2a & I2b.
ěTo provide criteria for appointment / promotion to Senior Lecturer.î
Approval of this motion will provide guidance, which the Appointments DMB has requested, when reviewing promotion cases from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer. Currently, ěPolicies and Proceduresî is silent on this point. This motion will also distinguish the titles of the three categories of non-tenure track faculty, I2a, I2b and I2c.
ěTo provide a window of time during which a faculty member may have his/her tenure case reviewed.î
Approval of this motion would provide experienced faculty with easy-to implement control of the time in which to be considered for tenure without appearing to come up ěearly.î For example, if a new faculty member is granted 3 years of pre-tenure credit, she would be eligible for tenure consideration from the spring of her 3rd year at Babson until the spring of her 6th year. Each May, she can decide whether or not to be considered for tenure during the following academic year. (As is the case with all of our tenure procedures and practices, the primary interest is to allow each candidate to present the best possible case for tenure considerations.)
ěTo enhance the criteria for promotion to Full Professor.î
ěLeadershipî is a criterion used by recent Appointments DMBs when considering promotions to Full Professor. Approval of this motion would explicitly include ěleadershipî (meant to contrast with just doing the minimal requirements) in the criteria to be considered by the Appointments DMB in its deliberations. Further, this motion will encourage and enhance the chairpersonís and AVPís abilities to mentor faculty in the various aspects of leadership. The proposed wording in policies and procedures is designed to allow trade-offs in the locus of leadership and the expectation of scholarship. For example, if an individual is acknowledged for significant leadership at Babson, the Appointments DMB may weigh this more heavily than (scholarly) leadership outside of Babson. On the other hand, if an individual is an acknowledged leader in his or her area of expertise, the Appointments DMB may weigh leadership outside Babson more heavily than inside Babson.