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Master Faculty Professor

Designation of “Master Faculty Professor” shall be at the discretion of the Provost. This position shall be a part time, non-benefits employment status for one academic year. To be eligible for “Master Faculty Professor,” an individual must meet the following criteria:

a) have served Shepherd University as a full-time, tenured faculty member for a minimum of five years.

b) have tendered a letter of resignation from the full-time, tenured position held.

c) have a supporting recommendation by the department chair.

d) have a supporting recommendation by the College dean.

e) have an established Shepherd University record of achievement that meets the University’s Merit Pay criteria.*

f) have a record of excellence in teaching.**

Persons who meet the above criteria shall be reviewed and assessed by the academic deans and the Provost for candidacy as “Master Faculty Professor.” This review and assessment will include the candidate’s merit record and other criteria as appropriate. During a given academic year, the position of “Master Faculty Professor” shall only be issued in a department where the teaching assignment of a given appointee effectively replaces the equivalent of a department’s necessary adjunct faculty teaching load of nine credit hours. The “Master Faculty Professor” position will not be used as part of the justification for reducing faculty lines in a given academic department.

The “Master Faculty Professor” will teach a minimum either of; a) nine credit hours during the fiscal year, i.e., fall, spring, or summer terms; or b) six credit hours during the fall and/or spring semester, i.e., the entire six credit hours maybe taught in one semester. After consultation with the department chair, the candidate may teach a maximum six-hour load in fall or spring term and a maximum three-hour load during one summer term. However, tenured and tenure-earning full-time faculty members are to be given priority in the assignment of summer courses.

Exceptions to this assignment will occur only under extraordinary circumstances and only upon the recommendation of the department chair and the College dean, with the approval of the Provost.

As a regular member of an academic department, the “Master Faculty Professor” shall have full and equal voting and participation rights as to all affairs of the department, unless otherwise expressly provided for in this Handbook. The “Master Faculty Professor” will be expected to perform non-instructional service that is generally at or near 30% of the standard non-instructional duties of full-time faculty. This service might include one or more of the following: advisement, departmental business, or campus committee work. The specific allocation of non-instructional service shall be coordinated with the department chair and dean. The College dean shall administer institutional commitments of office space and other support for the “Master Faculty Professor”.

The nine-month salary for a “Master Faculty Professor” shall be $12,000.00. The six credit hour salary for a “Master Faculty Professor” shall be $8,000. Renewals following the first year shall be at the discretion of the Provost. Generally, the maximum period of service as a “Master Faculty Professor” shall be five years.

After consultation with the department chair and the “Master Faculty Professor,” the College dean shall perform an annual review of the appointee’s completed work effort. If the appointee seeks an additional contract, the dean shall draft an agreement of specific duties to be performed by the appointee during the next contract yeas, should that contract be renewed. The written review and statement of duties, if applicable, shall be forwarded to the Provost for examination and appropriate action.

*The University Merit Evaluation Committee recommendation for the applicant will be utilized in the assessment of the candidate meeting this criterion.

** For the purpose of establishing “excellence” in teaching, the department chair, dean, & Provost will review the three immediate past years of the candidate’s student evaluations of teaching as a part of the review.  To further support “excellence” in teaching, the candidate may submit additional materials.