There are four kinds of appointments to the Faculty at Hendrix College: Fixed Term Special Appointments, Continuing Special Appointments, Probationary Appointments, and Appointments with Continuous Tenure.
Fixed Term Special Appointments are of limited duration or until the accomplishment of a specified objective, ordinarily to temporarily replace a regular Faculty member. Rank assignments generally include the adjective "visiting." Fixed Term Special Appointments are neither probationary nor with continuous tenure. The letters of appointment for these positions clearly state the appointment termination date. The appointment expires at that date without further notification.
Fixed Term Special Appointments are generally limited to three years of full-time services. In extraordinary circumstances, such appointments may be extended annually for a total not to exceed six years. If a Fixed Term Special Appointment is followed by a Probationary Appointment, then the Probationary Appointment is generally regarded as having commenced at the time the Fixed Term Special Appointment commenced, unless other arrangements are negotiated at the t ime the nature of the appointment is changed.
Adjustments reflecting salary, promotions, and salary supplements will be communicated to Faculty members holding Fixed Term Special Appointments by June 15 and become effective August 1.
Fixed Term Special Appointments lasting longer than two years are evaluated according to the same schedule as Probationary Appointments. Faculty with Fixed Term Special Appointment are voting members of the Faculty and participate in formal academic occasions such as convocations and commencement.
Continuing Special Appointments are for full-time Faculty who lack the terminal degree but whose appointments are expected to be of indefinite duration; library Faculty who carry Faculty rank, whether or not they have the terminal degree; or for administrative staff members whose positions entail regular teaching responsibilities and carry Faculty rank, whether or not they have the terminal degree. Continuing Special Appointments are subject to annual renewal. Faculty with Continuing Special Appointments are evaluated according to the schedule appropriate to the rank, but the positions are not tenurable. Faculty with Continuing Special Appointments with rank above the level of instructor are evaluated for promotion according to the schedule appropriate to their rank. Faculty with Continuing Special Appointments are voting members of the Faculty and participate in formal academic occasions such as convocations and commencement. Adjustments reflecting salary, promotions, and salary supplements will be communicated to Faculty members holding Continuing Special appointments by June 15 and become effective August 1.
When a decision not to renew a Continuing Special Appointment has been reached at the end of an annual appointment period, the Faculty member is informed of that decision, in writing by the President or the President's delegate, on or before May 1. The Faculty member may request reconsideration through the Faculty Grievance Procedure.
Probationary appointments are for one year, or other such stated period, subject to renewal. The total period of full time service prior to the acquisition of continuous tenure will not exceed seven years, including credit for up to, but no more than, 3 years of prior full-time service at other institutions of higher education. The normal probationary period for a Faculty member with no previous experience is six years, with time spent as a full-time instructor credited towards the probationary period. The credit for previous service is stated in the initial letter of appointment.
Where a new appointee has previously served another institution for more than three years, it may be agreed in writing that the total period of the probationary appointment at Hendrix College may be as long as four years, even though the appointee’s total probationary period in the academic profession is thereby extended beyond the normal seven years. Scholarly leaves of absence may count toward full-time service if both the individual and the College agree so, in writing, prior to the absence.
Adjustments reflecting salary, promotions, and salary supplements will be communicated to Faculty members holding Probationary Appointments by June 15 and become effective August 1.
When a decision not to renew a probationary appointment has been reached, at the end of an annual appointment period, the Faculty member involved is informed of that decision, in writing by the President or the President’s delegate, according to the following schedule:
- not later than March 1 of the first academic year of service if the appointment expires at the end of that academic year; or if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least three months in advance of its termination;
- not later than December 15 of the second academic year of service if the appointment expires at the end of that academic year; or, if a one-year appointment terminates during an academic year, at least six months in advance of its termination;
- at least twelve months before the expiration of an appointment after two or more years of service at the College.
The Faculty member may request a reconsideration through the Faculty Grievance Procedure.
Appointments with Continuous Tenure
It is recognized by the Board of Trustees, the College administration, and the Faculty that the purpose of academic tenure is to engender freedom of teaching and research and of extramural activities, and also a sufficient degree of economic security to make faculty membership at Hendrix College attractive.
When a Faculty member is granted tenure, he or she is notified in writing. Upon receiving a tenure appointment, a Faculty member shall have permanent and continuous tenure, which is defined as meaning that employment shall not be terminated or academic rank reduced except for adequate cause as described in the subsequent section “Termination of Appointment by the College.”
Adjustments reflecting salary, promotions, and salary supplements will be communicated to Faculty members holding appointments with continuous tenure by June 15 and become effective August 1.
Instructors and Assistant Professors are granted tenure only in exceptional circumstances.
Appointments to administrative positions are without tenure. A member of the Faculty with tenure who also holds an administrative position may be removed from the administrative position, but not from his or her Faculty position, without reference to the principles of academic tenure.