SUBJECT: Special Faculty

POLICY #: ACAD300

AUTHORIZED BY: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs date 7/24/97

APPROVED BY: Dean of the University date 7/24/97

 

 Lecturer: a temporary full-time or part-time faculty member appointed on a semester-to-semester basis or year-to-year basis, depending on the need for his/her services. No limit is placed on the number of reappointments. Time served as a Lecturer does not count toward permanent or regular faculty status, and Lecturers are not eligible for tenure. A LECTURER I HOLDS A MASTER'S DEGREE OR THE EQUIVALENT. A LECTURER II HOLDS A TERMINAL DEGREE OR THE EQUIVALENT.

Senior Lecturer: a temporary full-time or part-time faculty member appointed on a semester-to-semester basis or year-to-year basis, depending on the need for his/her services. No limit is placed on the number of reappointments. When a Lecturer has taught a minimum of fifteen total courses or a minimum of ten courses over a five-year period, he/she becomes eligible for Senior Lecturer status. The Senior Lecturer rank should be recommended by the appropriate Division Chair through the Associate Dean to the Dean of the University. The Dean then reviews degrees, credentials, teaching evaluations, letters from interested faculty, as well as letters from the Division Chair and Associate Dean, and either grants Senior Lecturer status or does not grant such status. Time served as a Senior Lecturer does not count toward permanent or regular faculty status, and Senior Lecturers are not eligible for tenure. A SENIOR LECTURER I HOLDS A MASTER'S DEGREE OR THE EQUIVALENT. A SENIOR LECTURER II HOLDS A TERMINAL DEGREE OR THE EQUIVALENT.

 

Adjunct Faculty: a temporary full-time or part-time faculty member of substantial professional caliber and reputation in his/her professional field. Adjunct Faculty may fulfill special instructional needs of a division in the classroom, studio, laboratory, or field supervision sites. According to circumstances, these faculty usually hold the terminal degree, and may be salaried or serve without a stipend. Time served as an Adjunct Faculty does not count toward permanent or regular faculty status, and Adjunct Faculty are not eligible for tenure. Adjunct Faculty rank (which may be Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, or Adjunct Professor) should be recommended by the appropriate Division Chair through the associate Dean for Academic Affairs to the Dean of the University.

Visiting Faculty: a full-time appointment, usually for no more than one or two years, of one who holds academic rank or high professional status elsewhere and is presently on leave of absence from his/her home institution or organization. Time served as a Visiting Faculty does not count toward permanent or regular faculty status, and Visiting Faculty are not eligible for tenure. The actual rank may be Visiting Instructor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, or Visiting Professor, as appropriate to the status of the individual.

Emeritus Faculty: retired members of the USC Sumter faculty who have been awarded emeritus titles by the University of South Carolina. Emeritus faculty who wish to teach after their retirement may be employed as special faculty on a term-to-term or year-to-year basis, depending on the need for their services.

SPECIAL FACULTY WILL BE PAID ON THE BASIS OF CONTACT HOURS. LECTURERS AND SENIOR LECTURERS WILL BE PAID ACCORDING TO A STANDARD SCALE, WITH SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH RANK. ADJUNCT AND VISITING FACULTY WILL BE PAID BY INDIVIDUAL CONTRACT. EMERITUS FACULTY WILL BE PAID AT THE SENIOR LECTURER II RATE. UNDER EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MERITS OF A SPECIAL SITUATION AND WITHIN BUDGETARY AND OTHER POLICY CONSTRAINTS, THE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS IS AUTHORIZED TO APPROVE THAT OTHER SPECIAL FACULTY MEMBERS BE PAID BY INDIVIDUAL CONTRACT. EMPLOYMENT AS A SPECIAL FACULTY MEMBER IS FOR THE TERM SPECIFIED AND CARRIES NO IMPLICATION OF CONTINUITY IN EMPLOYMENT OR COMPENSATION.