Faculty Handbook Updates

The Faculty Handbook Committee (FHC) convenes during regularly scheduled meetings throughout the academic year in a process that affirms shared governance and academic freedom. The committee is responsible for drafting processes and official language for annual updates to the handbook. 

The FHC is a standing, joint committee of six administrators and six faculty. The six administrators include the Associate Provost for Faculty and five others appointed by the Provost. The six faculty include the Chair of the Faculty, the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the President of United Faculty, and three additional faculty appointed by Faculty Leadership. 

Committee members include:

  • Robin Dada
  • Francis Degnin
  • Melissa Dobosh
  • Robert Earle
  • Carissa Froyum
  • Becky Hawbaker
  • Susan Hill
  • Chris Martin
  • Atul Mitra
  • Scott Peters
  • John Vallentine (Chair)
  • Theresa Westbrock

The overall structure for the committee’s work is fully documented in the Introduction of the Faculty Handbook. The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for maintaining the faculty handbook, which is the official statement of University of Northern Iowa policy governing the rights and responsibilities of faculty.

Committee Meetings:

  • Friday, September 1
  • Friday, September 29
  • Friday, October 27
  • Friday, November 17
  • Friday, December 8
  • Friday, January 26

Current business:

Proposed Changes:

  • Current Deviation: Clinical Faculty/Professor of Practice
  • Adjusting Comprehensive PTR Deadlines
  • Changes to Departmental Standards & Criteria and impact on reviews

Discussion Items:

  • Appointment Limitations
  • Enrollment Limits
  • Need for Renewable Term vs. Term (1-4 Appointments); new name for Renewable Term Appointments