Although the College seeks to employ a full-time, tenure-track faculty, it is occasionally necessary to seek and appoint individuals to full-time, non-tenure-track positions. Individuals in these positions serve for limited periods of time, usually for one year and normally not to exceed two years. (Exception: see spousal/partner employment, below.) Departments may request appointments beyond two years when special needs arise.
Normally, part-time appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis, or year-by-year basis. Faculty members who teach full-time or part-time on year-by-year or semester-by-semester contracts will normally be reviewed in their third year of employment at Denison. If such faculty members are rehired, they will also be reviewed in their sixth year of employment, and at regular intervals thereafter. A review of the person's work will usually occur after no later than six semesters of service. If a decision is made not to offer reappointment, the appropriate chair will inform the person of the rationale for the decision.
A part-time faculty member on a yearly contract and working the equivalent of .75 FTE (including teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities) is eligible for all staff benefits available to full-time faculty. (See Section V, "Financial Arrangements and Faculty Benefits," for further information.) A part-time faculty member working at less that a .75 FTE is eligible for coverage under the State of Ohio Unemployment Compensation System, Workers' Compensation Program of the State of Ohio and the Federal Social Security Program
Part-time teaching faculty are appointed according to the normal procedure for the recruitment and appointment of full-time faculty to the extent feasible and with modification appropriate to the particular position. In general, in recruitment and hiring, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action procedures relative to race, color, natural or ethnic origin, religion, and gender are followed. The search normally is restricted to the immediate central Ohio area, particularly, Granville, Newark, and Columbus. Dossiers are submitted and reviewed by members of the department and personal interviews take place with the candidate or candidates. Appointments are made according to professional qualifications with due regard for high quality prior service to Denison.
A full-time member of the faculty normally teaches three courses or the equivalent each semester, maintains office hours, and engages in some form of scholarly activity. A full-time member also assumes additional responsibilities such as the supervision of directed studies, senior research, honors projects and the like, and the advisement of students, service to the department in a variety of ways, service on committees and/or councils, and the like, and so on. Part-time faculty generally are not expected to assume these responsibilities.
As part of its program to attract and retain faculty, Denison attempts to offer continuing non-tenure-track appointments to qualified spouses/partners of faculty. Such appointments are initially contingent upon institutional need and the qualifications of the spouse/partner; reappointment is contingent upon continuing need as well as satisfactory performance as determined through the regular review process. These will normally be part-time appointments. Spouses/partners in such appointments are eligible to apply for full-time positions, including tenure-track positions, when they occur.