Faculty Handbooks: 5 Common Problems and Recommended Solutions


Faculty Handbooks: 5 Common Problems and Recommended Solutions


Table of Contents


When was the last time you updated your faculty handbook?



  • A Brief Overview of Common Problems with Faculty Handbooks
    • Outdated handbook models
    • Contractual issues, costs, and morale implications
  • Outline of Common Problems and Solutions
    • Common problem #1: Inconsistent appointment letters and using handbooks as contracts
    • Common problem #2: Failure to define essential terms
      • Key terms to define
      • Alignment with institutional policies
    • Common problem #3: Inconsistent tenure standards, discipline/dismissal procedures, and appeal/grievance provisions
      • Articulating key provisions
      • Ensuring early intervention
      • Consistency with shared governance
    • Common problem #4: Unworkable/Obsolete/Illegal provisions including amendment limitations
      • Streamlining the handbook
      • Ensuring compliance with current laws
    • Common Problem #5: Unnecessary or inappropriate material (including common provisions that should not be included in the handbook)
  • Next Steps/Final Q&A
    • Setting a schedule/timeframe
    • Involving faculty



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