Faculty Handbook

16. Full time and Part Faculty Appointment

Policies on Recruitment and Appointment

Recruitment of Full-Time Faculty

It is the desire of Bacone College to recruit faculty who have the potential to become outstanding teachers. In hiring, the College follows all the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Laws.In order to achieve this end, the College is highly selective in making initial appointments. In recruiting new faculty, Bacone College complies with all Federal and State non-discrimination laws and is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with its role and mission, Bacone College reserves the right to make employment decisions based on American Indian heritage and commitment to Christian beliefs when all other qualifications are equal. When a Dean or Division Chair perceives a need for new faculty, either because of program changes or resignation, he/she will file a written request with the Vice President for Academic Affairs which includes justification for filling the position, a job description for the position, recommendations for title and/or rank, and the criteria by which applicants will be evaluated. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the request and if necessary, will confer with the school or division concerning revisions. The Executive Vice President & Dean of Faculty will then consult with the President to secure permission to initiate a job search and to establish rank and salary range. If necessary, criteria by which the applicants will be evaluated will be revised by the school or division to reflect the rank approved by the administrative officers.

If permission to initiate a job search is denied, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will communicate in writing to the Dean or Division Chairperson the reasons for the denial. Upon request, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will meet with the school or division to discuss reasons for position denial or for change of title or rank. If the school or division is not satisfied, it may appeal to the President for a review of the decision. The decision of the President is final. 

Appropriate announcements and advertisements of the vacancy will be prepared by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean or Division Chair and appropriate means of circulation will be identified. All positions will be advertised on campus for a period of three days before a broader search begins. The position will be publicized in a manner calculated to reach the broadest pool of applicants in the designated search area. Special efforts will be made in choice of advertising media and choice of dissemination of announcements to ensure that American Indian applicants and other minority applicants are represented within the pool. Advertisements and announcements will be forwarded to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and then submitted by the personnel officer to the appropriate publications and graduate schools.

Applications will be received in the Office of Human Resources where they will be logged and forwarded to the Dean or Division Chair. The Dean or Division Chair will appoint a Search Committee composed of full-time faculty from  their School or Division with the Dean or Division Chair serving as chair of the Search Committee. The Search Committee will screen the applicants by applying the previously agreed on criteria. Members of the Search Committee are obligated, as are the administrative officers of the College, to treat all application files and all relevant school or division deliberations as confidential material.

The Search Committee will confer on the results of the screening and identify the best-qualified candidates for further consideration. Candidates in whom the College has no further interest will be so notified by the Office of Human Resources. Completed files of candidates who are of interest to the College will be reviewed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and members from the appropriate School or Division to identify the candidate or candidates who will be invited to campus for interviews.

It is the responsibility of the Dean or Division Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to communicate to candidates information concerning the standards and policies of the institution as outlined in this handbook.

When candidates are invited to the campus, the Dean or Division Chair will coordinate with the administrative assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs the scheduling of interviews. 

Interviews will involve the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean or Division Chair and members of the Search Committee. 

After interviewing the candidates, the Dean or Division Chair, after consultation with the Search Committee, shall make a specific recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs will then recommend to the President whether or not to offer a contract. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will also inform the Dean or Division Chairperson of the President's decision and if applicable, the reasons for the decision. If a specific candidate has been selected, the Executive Vice President & Dean of Faculty then directs the preparation of a contract and the Dean or Division Chair notifies the selected candidate. After the completion of negotiation and execution of a contract, all other candidates will be notified that the position has been filled.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs makes determination of rank with recommendation from the Dean or Division Chair. The precise terms and conditions of every new appointment will be clearly stated in the initial contract, a copy of which will be put in the individual’s personnel file.

The rank offered new full-time faculty must be in accord with the requirements of that rank. In hiring, the College follows all the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Laws.

Recruitment of Adjunct Faculty

In order to maintain the quality of instruction necessary to fulfill the educational mission of the college, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean or Division Chair will seek persons to fill adjunct positions who meet or exceed the minimum criteria for the rank of Instructor. 

The Vice President for Academic Affairs will then recommend to the President whether or not to offer a contract.

The appointment of adjunct faculty is subject to adequate enrollment in the faculty course. The contract will indicate the enrollment necessary for the course to be taught.

Appointment of Summer Term Faculty

All faculty who teach during the summer term, are employed as adjuncts with term contracts except in those cases where a full-time faculty member is completing their teaching load as specified in their provisional or continuous contract. Faculty members hired to teach in the summer term who have already completed their teaching load requirements as specified in their

provisional or continuous contracts, shall receive compensation for courses taught during the summer term in addition to their regular pay. Summer term faculty are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs upon

recommendation by the Dean or Division Chair. Time spent in summer school teaching does not count toward status, promotion, or sabbatical of full-time Bacone College faculty.

All summer term faculty are expected to be available for a reasonable amount of time to counsel students regarding their course work. Summer term faculty may also be required to advise new, returning, and transfer students as part of the summer enrollment procedure.