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Board of Trustees Approves Addition of Outreach & Engagement Criteria for UT Faculty

At a June 25th meeting of the University of Tennessee’s state-wide board of trustees, the board approved  revisions to UT’s faculty handbook that now include outreach and engaged scholarship in the framework for appointment, evaluation, promotion and tenure of faculty.

The revision adds scholarship and service embedded in community engagement activities to the criteria for professorial rank and formalizes appropriate position and rank titles for faculty involved almost exclusively in the outreach and engagement arm of the Institute of Agriculture, UT Extension.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ACTION ITEM

DATE:  June 25, 2015
COMMITTEE:  Academic Affairs and Student Success
CAMPUS/UNIT:  UT, Knoxville
ITEM:  UT, Knoxville, Faculty Handbook Revisions Regarding Outreach, Community Engagement, and Extension
RECOMMENDATION:  Approval
PRESENTED BY:  Susan D. Martin, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Faculty Handbook for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (also applicable to the faculty of UTIA and UTSI) includes the framework for appointment, evaluation, promotion and tenure of faculty. The campus administration and Faculty Senate have worked together this past year on several revisions that clarify faculty roles, responsibilities, and evaluation criteria. These revisions recognize in a more direct fashion the roles of faculty in outreach (including extension activities of UTIA faculty) and community engagement, a key part of the University mission.

Specifically, revision #1 adds scholarship, outreach, and community engagement activities to the criteria for professorial rank. Such scholarly work or creative activity typically advances disciplinary knowledge while also addressing a significant community problem or issue.

Revision #2 formalizes appropriate position and rank titles for faculty involved almost exclusively in the outreach and engagement arm of the Institute of Agriculture, UT Extension. This revision adds the ranks of Extension Assistant Professor, Extension Associate Professor, and Extension Professor to the recognized designations and career paths of other Non-Tenure Track faculty.

The proposed revisions document and validate the importance of outreach and community engagement across The University of Tennessee and will help improve recruitment and retention of valued faculty members.

The proposed revisions presented on the following pages have been approved by the Faculty Senate and Chancellors Arrington and Cheek. The proposed revisions have been further reviewed and are recommended for approval by the General Counsel and Secretary, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, and the President.

Archived webcast of  full board meeting: http://www.tennessee.edu/.

Meeting materials: http://bot.tennessee.edu/.