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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 2 - Faculty and Academics
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Responsible Executive: VP for Academic Affairs


2.08 Appointments of Faculty to Centers within UTSA


I. POLICY STATEMENT


It is the policy of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to allow faculty members the opportunity to engage in study, research, writing, field observations, creative activity, or other similar projects for the purpose of adding to the knowledge available to the individual faculty member, his /her students, his/her institution, and society in general.  These activities can be accomplished by connecting faculty with centers within UTSA.


II. RATIONALE


This policy provides for institutional control over the appointment of faculty members to centers.


III. SCOPE


This policy applies to all UTSA faculty.


IV. WEBSITE ADDRESS FOR THIS POLICY


http://www.utsa.edu/hop/chapter2/2-8.html


V. RELATED STATUTES, POLICIES, REQUIREMENTS OR STANDARDS


None


VI. CONTACTS


If you have any questions about HOP policy 2.08, Appointments of Faculty to Centers within UTSA , contact the following office:

The Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
210-458-4110


VII. DEFINITIONS


None


VIII. RESPONSIBILITIES


  1. Center Director
    1. Initiates recommendation of faculty appointment to the center with appropriate title.
    2. Recommends reappointment past one year.
  2. Department Chair
    1. Approves faculty appointment to the center.
    2. Reapproves faculty appointment to the center past one year.
  3. Dean (of the college in which the center is located)
    1. Approves faculty appointment to the center.
    2. Reapproves faculty appointment to the center past one year.
  4. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost) or designee
    1. Approves faculty appointment to the center.
    2. Reapproves faculty appointment to the center past one year.

IX. PROCEDURES


  1. Faculty members at UTSA who have an interest in serving as an investigator or adviser with a research center may be recommended for appointment to a center staff by the director of the center as a faculty associate, research scientist, research associate, or research assistant.
    1. Questions regarding the use of the various titles should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.
  2. The director of each center will initiate the recommendation for a faculty member's appointment to a center staff.
    1. Faculty appointed to centers must have appointments in an academic department, but there is no requirement that this be the same department or college where the center is housed.
    2. Approval by the faculty member's department chair and dean, the dean of the college in which the center is located, as well as approval by the provost is required for each appointment.
    3. Each recommendation must be accompanied with a justification for the appointment that describes the contribution of the faculty member to the center.
    4. Appointments to the staff of a center are for one fiscal year unless the recommendation is made by the center director for reappointment.
    5. Reappointment will depend upon the approval of the department chair, the appropriate dean, and the provost.
  3. Appointment to a center staff will not result in a reduction in faculty workload requirements except when a faculty member's time has been purchased by the center under a grant, contract or from another source of funds.
    1. In such cases, a Personnel Action Form must be submitted with the appointment recommendation to reflect the source of funds for the faculty member's salary.
    2. Nonsalaried appointments to a center will not be a budgeted item and do not require a Personnel Action Form.
  4. The resources of such centers will be available to all UTSA faculty members without the necessity of a formal appointment to the center.
  5. A department chair cannot simultaneously serve as the director of a center.

X. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR INITIAL IMPLEMENTATION


None


XI. FORMS AND TOOLS/ONLINE PROCESSES


Personnel Action Form - https://www.utsa.edu/hr/docs/PersonnelActionForm.html


XII. APPENDIX


None