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March 2014
4.4.12 Changes in Unit Priorities

When departments and colleges change priorities (e.g., development of a graduate program, reorientation of the direction of departmental teaching at all levels) there are faculty members hired when their departments had one set of priorities that are now at some disadvantage because of the change. Departments have clear obligations to recognize such situations and to provide such faculty members with both the time and the resources to accommodate themselves to the new priorities. Those faculty who are candidates for promotion and/or tenure during the probationary period prior to the granting of tenure have the right to be reviewed under the policy and procedure in force at the time of hiring, rather than under any revised policy or procedure subsequently adopted. Any candidate for tenure who wishes to be considered under the policy and procedure in force at the time of hiring must do so by informing the Department Chair of his or her desire at the time of the initial written application for promotion. Faculty who are candidates for a promotion subsequent to the granting of tenure and/or promotion during the probationary period shall be reviewed under the policy and procedure in force at the time they declare such candidacy for promotion. (Revised by the Faculty Senate 4/7/80; Approved by the Board of Trustees 12/10/80; Revised by the Faculty Senate 4/97, 2/98 9/14/98.) Rev. 4/20/13

January 2014
4.1.2 Secondary, Joint, Affiliated, and Visiting Faculty Appointments

The term "adjunct" has been changed to "affiliated."  (Rev. Jan. 2014)

September 2013
3.4 Academic Program Review

Title change: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & International Programs changed to Deputy Provost

May 2013
1.2 Bylaws and Regulations of the University Faculty Senate

Section IV - Changes in Bylaws, Rules and Regulations - revised. Old version:

The rules and regulations of the Senate may be changed at any regular meeting of the

Senate by a two thirds vote of those present and voting, provided that due notice has been

given in the call that the proposed changes in the rules and regulations are to be considered.

(Rev. fall 1988)


3.1.14 Use of Innovative Technology and Online Course Formats

Section 3.1.14 name change; was: Use of Distance Learning Course Formats

Section 3.1.14 content change; was:

The University of Delaware is committed to the use of distance learning to enhance and extend undergraduate and graduate instruction. To insure that these formats, including videotape, online, CD-ROM, and interactive video are used to support rather than replace live instruction in Newark, the following policies will direct their use. Live course instruction must remain the standard with distance learning formats intended as supplemental or optional delivery systems for instruction. The development of courses in distance learning course formats shall be based on sound pedagogical value, not solely on financial expediency. They may not be used to replace faculty, or to change faculty teaching loads, and faculty may not be required to participate in videotaped courses.

4.4.5 Departmental Responsibilities

Sentence in bullet 4 changed from:

The department committee should insert a separate document in the external letters section of the dossier, identifying the specific external reviewers who were nominated by the candidate versus those nominated by the department, and the criteria used to request letters from specific reviewers.

April 2013
3.1.4 Examinations and Tests

Wednesday changed to Monday:
Common examinations will be scheduled only from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday thru Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

March 2013
2.6 Conduct of Administrative Searches

Provost paragraph changed to reflect title changes. Old entry:
The Provost is the chief executive officer next in authority to the President. The Provost's responsibilities include the supervision of the academic programs of the entire University and the development and administration of the University academic budget. In addition to the Deans of the various colleges, he or she is assisted by the Vice Provost for Academic and International Programs, Vice Provost for Research, Assistant Provost for Student Services and University Registrar, Assistant Provost for Academic Budget Planning, and Assistant Provost for Student Diversity and Success.

February 2013
2.2 Academic Organization & the Roles of Academic Officers

Changed to Deputy Provost from: The Vice Provost for Academic and International Programs coordinates University-wide academic functions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He or she is assisted by Faculty Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty Director of the Center for International Studies, Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies and Assistant Provost for Professional and Continuing Studies.
Changed description of: The Vice Provost for Research coordinates the identification, application and support for research activities by faculty from government and non-government sponsors and the stewardship of research funds and equipment. He or she is assisted by the Associate Provost for Research.
Combined and changed descriptions to Associate Provost for Administration and Enrollment Services from: The Assistant Provost for Student Services and University Registrar is responsible for the overall administrative management and program development in undergraduate admissions, financial aid, student records, course scheduling and registration, and enrollment and student information.
The Assistant Provost for Academic Budget Planning provides support to the Provost in the development and management of the University’s academic budget.
Changed to Executive Director of the President’s Diversity Initiative from: The Assistant Provost for Student Diversity and Success is responsible for the development and implementation of University-wide policies and inititiatives to enhance the enrollment and success of diverse undergraduate and graduate students.

September 2012
3.1 Instructional Program Policies

Modification made concerning number of semester instructional days.

4.4.13 Tenure

Revised policy to include a description of tenure. Parental Leave

Wording change: "...one such option is to...." changed to: "...he or she will be...."

3.1.6 Course Scheduling, Cancellation and Assignments

New option for weekly class meeting schedule.

August 2011
3.1.8 Exams and Grading


December 2010
Foreword: A Mission Statement for the University

Revised Mission Statement for the University.

Preface:  About the Handbook

Revised link to current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

June 2010
Section 3: Conduct of Academic Programs

Revised Research Program Policies.

April 2010
1.3 Standing Committee System of the Faculty and its Senate

Revised Instructional Computing and Research Support Services.

3.1.13 Student Class Attendance and Excused Absences


March 2010
4.4.10 Promotion Dossiers


March 2009
4.1 Faculty Appointments and Conditions of Employment

Revised Academic Leave of Absence for One or More Semesters and Research/Scholarship Semester for Tenure-track Assistant Professors.

5.11 Benefits for Retired Faculty


March 2008
4.4.2 Minimum Standards for Promotion


4.4.1 Faculty Promotion and Tenure


August 2007
3.1 Instructional Program Policies

Revised Academic Calendar, Class Meetings, Course Scheduling, and Attendance.

July 2007
5.11 Benefits for Retired Faculty


May 2007
4.4.10 Promotion Dossiers

Revised Promotion and Tenure.

January 2007
Related Documents

Revised Credit by Examination in Policy Guide for Department Chairs and Academic Program Directors.

4.2.14 Faculty Adoptions of Instructional Materials


November 2006
4.1.2 Secondary, Joint, Affiliated, and Visiting Faculty Appointments

Added to replace previous separate sections on Adjunct Faculty and Visiting Faculty. Parental Leave


4.1.14 Academic Leaves of Absence


October 2006 Vacation Leave


September 2006
Table of Contents

Removed all references to the Annual Physical Examination benefit, which is no longer available.

August 2006
4.3 Workload and Evaluation

Added Alteration of Electronic Processes.

March 2006
4.2.5 Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment


December 2005
Section 3: Conduct of Academic Programs

Revised Academic Calendar, Class Meetings, Course Scheduling, and Attendance.

November 2005
4.2 Academic Freedom and Standards of Conduct


June 2005 Sabbatical Leaves


March 2005
4.1 Faculty Appointments and Conditions of Employment


February 2005
3.1.19 Teaching by Professionals


3.2.12 Eligibility Guidelines for Principal Investigators


December 2004
4.1 Faculty Appointments and Conditions of Employment


4.3.5 Evaluation of Faculty Members


3.1.16 Teaching in Special Sessions and Professional and Continuing Studies


October 2004 Sabbatical Leaves


3.6 Travel Reimbursements


August 2004
3.1 Instructional Program Policies

Added Service Learning Programs.

3.1 Instructional Program Policies

Moved Guidelines for Scheduling Courses Administered through the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) to Instructional Program Policies.

July 2004
4.2.11 Employment of Members of the Same Family

Updated with the Academic Conflicts of Interest section.


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