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- The department's governance model is based on the values articulated
in the college's
governance policy. The departmental committee is the
recommending body, and the department chair is the administrator
responsible for departmental operations.
- The departmental committee
- All full time faculty in the department are voting members of the
- The Executive Vice President will appoint eligible Adjunct
faculty to serve as full (paid) members of the departmental
committee, in accordance with
4.06.003, "Adjunct Faculty Service Participation in
- The departmental committee will hold meetings at least once
each fall and spring semester. Special sessions of the full
committee may be called by the department chair.
- The schedule, agendas, and minutes of departmental committee and
subcommittee meetings will be posted on the departmental
administrative website. Subcommittee chairs will provide
meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes to the department chair for posting.
- Departmental faculty may submit items to the agenda by
emailing the department chair. In order to be included on the agenda for a
particular meeting, items must be submitted at least one week
prior to the meeting.
- The department chair will serve as chair of the departmental
committee and will be responsible for the conduct of the business of
the departmental committee.
- The chairs of the standing committees will
constitute a steering committee, which will oversee departmental
operations and advise the department chair.
- In general, departmental committee decisions will be taken by consensus of
of the departmental committee. In cases in which consensus cannot be
reached, full members will vote. Where appropriate, subcommittees
will define internal decision processes in addition to these general
- The departmental committee will make formal recommendations to the
department chair through the resolutions of the departmental
committee. The department chair will respond, as appropriate, to such
- Standing subcommittees
- Curriculum and Degrees: Responsible for reviewing and
proposing revisions to course descriptions and departmental elements
in course master syllabi, proposals for new courses, proposals for
degree/certificate plans. Also responsible for proposing course substitution
policies. The Degree committee will report
at each regularly scheduled departmental committee meeting.
- Materials and Acquisitions: Responsible for reviewing
requests to add materials to the textbook inventory, making
recommendations to the department chair regarding the textbook
inventory, reviewing library holdings, and submitting proposals for
acquisitions (including periodicals, multimedia, etc.) to the
departmental committee. The Materials and Acquisitions committee will
report at each regularly scheduled departmental committee meeting.
- Faculty/Professional Development: Responsible for reviewing
and recommending guidelines and processes for departmental faculty and
professional development. Also responsible for organizing departmental
events at which faculty development credit may be earned. The
Faculty/Professional Development committee committee will report at
each regularly scheduled departmental committee meeting.
- Open Campus/Distance Learning: Responsible for recommending
departmental guidelines for distance learning courses, reviewing distance
learning course proposals, submitting recommendations regarding
proposals to the departmental committee, and reviewing distance learning
course effectiveness. The Open Campus/Distance Learning committee
committee will report at each regularly scheduled departmental committee
Last revised: 8/12/2003
- Adjunct Faculty Hiring and Eligibility Policy
- This departmental policy implements
4.06.001, "Administration of Eligibility Lists." Nothing in
this policy will be construed as overriding the intent of these
- Evaluation of applications
- Applications for the adjunct faculty pool for disciplines in
the department will be evaluated by the department chair. All
qualified applicants will be interviewed according to the
Adjunct Faculty Hiring Procedure.
- Criteria for selection and ranking
- To be considered for a teaching appointment, an applicant must
- a master's degree in the teaching discipline, or
- a master's degree and eighteen graduate semester hours in the
- See the Guide to Faculty Credentials for
- Qualified applicants will be ranked in the eligibility list on the
basis of these criteria:
- Level of expertise/Experience
- Professional Development/Professional Accomplishments
- Evaluations (both by students and by supervisors), if
- Contribution to ACC's community and governance, if applicable
- Initial placement on an eligibility list is provisional and will
be reviewed in the first evaluation cycle.
- The Philosophy, Religion, Humanities, and Women's Studies
Department is committed to
excellence and diversity, and the selection of adjunct faculty will
reflect these values.
Procedure: Adjunct Faculty Hiring Procedure
Last revised: 2/17/2003
- Placement on Additional Eligibility Lists
- Full-time faculty may request placement on departmental eligibility
lists by submitting a letter of interest and documentation of credentials
for the requested course. Applicants may be asked for an interview or
- Adjunct professors who are currently on at least one college eligibility list may
request placement on departmental eligibility lists by submitting a letter of interest
and documentation of credentials for the requested course. Applicants may
be asked for an interview or teaching demonstration.
Last revised: 8/17/2004
- Faculty Evaluation
- The college-wide evaluation process is specified in various procedure
manuals published by the Faculty Evaluation Office (available
online). Specific implementation details for the Philosophy, Religion,
Humanities, and Women's Studies Department may be found in the
Faculty Evaluation Process.
- The department chair is responsible
for evaluating departmental faculty. The basis of the evaluation is information
drawn from elements submitted by faculty, supervisors, and students
concerning the main areas of evaluation.
- The three main areas of faculty evaluation are:
- Student Evaluations
- Student evaluations are administered and scored through a college-wide
process. Results will be reviewed yearly by the department chair.
(Student evaluation instruments are
- Instructional Performance
- Portfolio: Each faculty member must submit a portfolio according
to the guidelines
set forth by the Faculty Evaluation Office. Portfolios will be rated using
- Class observation: New faculty and faculty submitting a
third-year portfolio will be observed in the classroom.
- Grade Distribution Report
- Faculty Input Form: This is an online form
available on the
Faculty Evaluation website.
- Professional/Administrative Performance
- Full-time faculty: professional service (including administrative
performance) as documented by supervisors
- Adjunct Faculty: administrative performance as documented by
Last revised: 2/17/2003
- Course Limit Overrides
- Course limit overrides are only granted in cases in which these criteria are met:
- all other options (e.g., add to another section) have been exhausted
- the justification for the overload is documented and
- critical need or unreasonable hardship
(such as not being able to graduate, etc.), or
- serious college error (e.g., the student was dropped by the
- Professors may not approve overloads and are
strongly advised to refrain from discussing overloads with students
except to inform them of departmental policy and to refer them to the
appropriate office for assistance (the offices of the department chair, associate dean, or campus supervisors).
Last revised: 2/17/2003
- Informal Transfers
- Informal transfers will only be granted in situations in which
- the original professor or the department chair requests the informal transfer on behalf
- the need for the transfer involves circumstances beyond the
student's control that were also unforeseeable when the student
registered. (For instance, a job schedule change that was imposed by
his/her supervisor in mid-semester. Note that a job schedule change
at the request of the student does not meet the criteria.)
- the justification for the informal transfer is documented
- the schedule, organization, and course material of the
"receiving" course is substantially the same as the
original course (This is infrequently the case in our department and
therefore puts the student at a significant disadvantage.)
- the "receiving" professor confirms his/her support for
the transfer in writing
- Professors may not approve informal transfers.
Requests for informal transfers and supporting documentation should be
submitted to the department chair for review. Only requests that meet
the criteria set forth in 1.1-5 should be submitted.
- If an informal transfer is approved,
- the original professor has the responsibility of coordinating the
transfer with the receiving professor and communicating any
pertinent information concerning the transfer
- the receiving professor has the responsibility of
forwarding the final grade to the original professor in a timely
Last revised: 8/20/2001
- Syllabus Construction
- The department will establish a Course
Master Syllabus for each course offered, based on the Master
Syllabus outline. Each Master Syllabus will include departmentally
established elements, such as the course description, course goals and
outcomes, course rationale, etc.
- Beginning in the Spring semester, 2002, departmental faculty will implement
the master syllabus outline in all departmental syllabi. Each syllabus must
include the headings set forth in the Master
Syllabus outline and the departmentally established elements found
in the Course Mastize
Last revised: 8/20/2001
- Complimentary Textbooks
- College policy (AR
6.11.001, Ethics, "Complimentary Copies") and Texas law prohibit
the sale of complimentary textbooks given either to the college or to
Last revised: 8/12/2003
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