Policy on Outside Employment for Faculty

 a. Members of the faculty are full-time employees of the University during the period of their contract. The status of a professional permits that individual to establish one’s hours within reasonable bounds and to meet one’s professional commitments in the manner that the individual deems most appropriate. For faculty members this means that the number of office hours is not specified nor the number of hours to be spent on campus, since it is expected that faculty members will spend sufficient time on campus to meet all commitments.

b. Outside employment affects, in some measure, the ability of the faculty member to devote full time to University duties. Outside work, which relates closely to the faculty member’s area of competence and which promotes professional growth is encouraged, providing it does not significantly interfere with the performance of duties at the University. Public or community service is also encouraged providing it does not significantly interfere with the performance of duties at the University. Work which does not fall into one of the above categories or which otherwise impedes the faculty member’s efforts at the University is not encouraged and must be considered carefully by both the faculty member and the University before it is undertaken.

c. Faculty members who wish to accept a part-time job outside the University when they are under contract to the University for full-time work are expected to obtain the approval of the department chair or graduate program director and the Dean of the University on an annual basis. Faculty members should submit a letter through the department chair or graduate program director to the Dean of the University outlining the nature of the work to be accomplished and estimating the degree of interference with University duties.

d. Graduate faculty will be expected, in some situations, to maintain professional expertise by being employed in their field outside of the University. Such employment shall be detailed in the initial contract with the University and reviewed annually with the graduate program director and the Dean of the University.

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