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Academic Policies


Non-reappointment Policy


Drexel subscribes to the standards for notice of non-reappointment of tenure track faculty approved by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as set forth in the AAUP Policy Documents and Reports, September 1969. The following is quoted from that document and states Drexel's policy:

Because a probationary appointment, even though for a fixed or stated term, carries an expectation of renewal, the faculty member should be explicitly informed of a decision not to renew his/her appointment in order that s/he may seek a position at another college or university. Such notice should be given at an early date, since a failure to secure another position for the ensuing academic year may deny the faculty member the opportunity to practice his/her profession. The purpose of this statement is to set forth in detail, for the use of the academic profession, those standards for notice of non-reappointment which the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) over a period of years has actively supported and which are expressed as a general principle in the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

Notice of non-reappointment, or of intention not to recommend reappointment to the governing board, should be given in writing in accordance with the following standards:

  1. Not later than March 1 of the first academic year of service, if the appointment expires at the end of that year; or, if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in advance of its termination.
  2. Not later than December 15 of the second academic year of service. if the appointment expires at the end of that year, or. if an initial two-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least six months in advance of its termination.
  3. At least 12 months before the expiration of an appointment after two or more years in the institution.

A new faculty member can be much assisted in his/her career if senior members of his/her department, the chairman of his/her department, or his/her dean will counsel with him/her from time to time about the quality of his/her teaching. An occasional word of caution, advice, or encouragement from experienced colleagues can be very salutary. Such guidance and counsel of his/her faculty are among the responsibilities of a department head. It is expected that a recommendation of non-reappointment will not be made unless such effort has been made and unless the affected faculty member has been informed that the recommendation is being made.