UM-Dearborn Faculty Handbook Supplement
The University of Michigan-Dearborn accepted its first students in the Fall of 1959. Over the intervening years the campus has developed a set of policies and practices governing faculty activity that reflect the uniqueness of the Dearborn campus. This handbook attempts to bring many of these policies and practices together in a single document, thereby proving a useful reference for all faculty, both new and continuing. The handbook serves as a supplement to the University of Michigan Faculty handbook.
The handbook is also complemented by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Student handbook, which should be consulted for policies and procedures that relate to student academic and non-academic matters.
Ultimately the Bylaws of the Regents of the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide, and the Dearborn Administrative Guide take precedence in all matters related to faculty. This handbook is maintained by the Office of the Provost and will be updated as necessary.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn has adopted minimum standards of academic qualifications for tenure-stream and LEO faculty which are stipulated in the Tenure-Stream and LEO Qualifications Policy, approved by the Faculty Senate in December 2016.
The policy stipulates that the primary method for determining the qualifications of faculty is by credentials, meaning all faculty shall have an academic degree relevant to what they are teaching and at least one level above the level at which they teach, except in programs for terminal degrees. There are exception provisions for undergraduate, graduate, and general education instruction.
All faculty-hiring managers must complete the Tenure Stream & LEO Lecturer Qualification Verification Form and have it signed by the college dean and the provost before making an offer of appointment.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Promotion and Tenure Procedures sets forth core principles and procedures for the promotion and tenure process. These procedures are designed to support high academic standards in awarding promotion and/or tenure, and to ensure a comprehensive, rigorous, and fair review of the candidates. Achieving and maintaining the high academic standards the University of Michigan-Dearborn is known for is built upon the leadership of the Provost, deans, and department chairs working with tenured faculty to successfully implement and adhere to these procedures.
Amended by the Council of Deans on November 16, 2017.
The University of Michigan -Dearborn values academic honesty and integrity. Each student has a responsibility to understand, accept, and comply with the University's standards of academic conduct as set forth by the Code of Academic Conduct, as well as policies established by the schools and colleges. Cheating, collusion, misconduct, fabrication, and plagiarism are considered serious offenses. Violations will not be tolerated and may result in penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.
Grievance is available to all faculty members of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, including full-time, part-time, regular, or adjunct instructional staff at all ranks who have problems or complaints about decisions involving any aspect of their employment. While it is hoped that most grievances would be resolved quickly through informal discussions with the grievant's department chair, the formal procedure described in the Faculty Grievance Procedure amended by Faculty Congress and Faculty Senate in April 2015 available should such informal methods not succeed.
It is highly recommended that any faculty member contemplating filing a formal grievance first attempt to resolve the difficulty or complaint through consultation with the UM-Dearborn Faculty Ombudsman.
Instructional staff who want to utilize the grievance process must complete the Faculty Grievance Form and email it to the Director of Human Resources Keisha Blevins and the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate Marilee Benore.
In addition to the eligibility requirements stipulated in SPG 201.30-2, sec. II.A, the Dearborn campus requires that all faculty sabbatical leave applications address the following areas:
- The quality of the sabbatical leave proposal
- Outcome(s) of previous sabbatical leave
- Recommendation for sabbatical leave by evaluation committee
- Teaching and administrative considerations
The "Sabbatical Leave Policy and Procedures" document provides details and clarifications for the four additional areas.
The policy shall go into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Faculty Senate at the University of Michigan-Dearborn expresses its firm commitment to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment that is welcoming of all students. Universities are also places for free and open dialogue based on facts and evidence-based inquiry, as well as a diversity of viewpoints, and we are committed to free speech and artistic expression. With this in mind, we, as a Faculty Senate, express our strongest condemnation for all racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, ableist, anti-Semitic, and other hateful speech and acts wherever they occur, and we stand in support of those individuals and groups who feel vulnerable to such hatred.
Approved by the Faculty Senate on December 11, 2017