The Rutgers AAUP-AFT provides these general guidelines based upon the University/AAUP-AFT Memorandum of Agreement regarding non-tenure track faculty. These guidelines are provided for general informational purposes and the information provided herein may not apply or be advisable in all circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Faculty Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
1) What is an NTT faculty member and what is the history behind the MOA?
Non-Tenure Track faculty account for roughly half of all faculty appointments in American higher education and approximately 28% of full-time Rutgers faculty. Institutions hire NTTs as a way to staff classes without having to make long-term commitments to faculty.
In the past, full-time NTT positions at Rutgers could not exceed four years. Rutgers AAUP-AFT worked to get this cap lifted.
Following the issuance of Rutgers University Senate Report and Recommendation on the Status of Full-time, Non-Tenure Track, Non-Clinical faculty, the union negotiated that a Task Force be created to examine the academic and employment issues related to NTTs. Based on its report, negotiations took place that were the catalyst for the NTT MOA. For a full overview of its findings, please visit: 2009 Final Report on NTT Faculty
2) Who is covered under this agreement?
New NTT Title Series
-Three New NTT Title Series have been established: Teaching Title Series, Professional Practice Title Series and Librarian Title Series. For a list of all new NTT titles, please refer to the end of this document.
Existing NTT Title Series
-Three Existing NTT Title Series include: Clinical Title Series, Research Title Series and Clinical Law Title Series. For a list of all existing NTT titles, please refer to the end of this document.
-All NTT faculty hired on or after February 1, 2014 shall be placed into one of the title series above.
-By January 1, 2015, units and departments will place all NTT faculty hired prior to February 1, 2014 in one of the title series outlined above.
3) Are there part-time NTTs?
NTT faculty with partial appointment (i.e., greater than 50% and less than a 100% appointment) are also covered under this agreement, except where expressly excluded.
4) What are the minimum salaries for NTT Titles?
Minimum salaries for Assistant Instructor and rank equivalent titles were increased as a result of the MOA, effective January 1, 2014.
-Academic Year: $39, 058.
-Calendar Year: $44, 963.
Other NTT rank and equivalents’ minimums remain unchanged from the 2007-2011 Collective Agreement, see Article VIII, Section VI.
5) What titles have been merged?
Effective July 1, 2014, the titles Assistant Instructor and Instructor and their rank equivalents will be merged. Title mergers are not considered promotions.
Assistant Instructors and rank equivalents who meet the criteria set forth by their departments or units will be placed in the Instructor title or its rank equivalent effective July 1, 2014.
Assistant Instructors and rank equivalents who don’t meet the criteria set forth by their departments or units for the Instructor title or its rank equivalent can remain in the Assistant Instructor title or rank equivalent for up to two years from July 1, 2014. This is intended to afford time for an Assistant Instructor to satisfy the criteria, contingent upon a successful evaluation and reappointment at the end of the first year.
The department or unit will grandfather (in and allow) those within the Assistant Instructor title and rank equivalent to remain as Assistant Instructor or rank equivalent if within two years the criteria for the Instructor title and its rank equivalent are not satisfied, pending successful evaluation and reappointment.
All NTT faculty hired on or after July 1, 2014 will be placed in the rank equivalent of Instructor or above.
6) What faculty are placed in NTT titles?
Members of the faculty expected to have appointments of one to five years for non-grant funded faculty and six months to five years for grant-funded faculty.
7) What is different about the NTT Lecturer title series?
The NTT Lecturer title shall be used for faculty positions expected to be temporary or of limited duration. For example, appointments to fill positions of faculty members on sabbaticals or other types of leave. The title is also used to identify those with a terminal year appointment. Lecturer title appointments will not exceed three consecutive years.
8) Are there promotional pathways for NTTs?
During the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017, NTT faculty members holding the rank equivalent of Instructor with six consecutive years of full-time service at the rank equivalents of Assistant Instructor and/or Instructor shall be considered for promotion. In addition, NTT faculty holding the rank equivalent of Instructor with six consecutive years of service at that rank equivalent shall be considered for promotion.
NTT faculty serving less than six consecutive years may request consideration for promotion, such requests are granted at the discretion of the unit or department.
NTT faculty may, without prejudice, choose not be considered for a promotion to the next highest rank.
NTT faculty with six consecutive years of full-time service in the same rank may request consideration for promotion to the next highest rank, which will then be determined in accordance with the promotional policies set forth by the University.
9) When does the University have to inform an NTT of non-reappointment?
Faculty holding appointments of one year or more must be given notice of non-reappointment or intention of not recommending reappointment by:
-Four months prior to the expiration of the first year of academic service
-Seven months prior to the expiration of the second year of academicservice
-In all other cases, no later than 12 months in advance of the termination of appointment.
If notice is not timely given, the contract will automatically be extended for a period of six months, though the notice and extension do not apply to grant-funded NTT faculty who are released from their term because of reduced or ended funding during the faculty member’s term.
10) Who is entitled to a multiple year contract?
NTT Faculty who, as of July 1, 2014, have served in a full-time NTT title for at least six consecutive years within an eight year period, and are reappointed thereafter, shall receive appointments of no less than two years with one year notice of non-reappointment.
11) Can an NTT that is not grant-funded be removed from his/her position mid-term?
Although grant-funded NTTs can be removed from an appointment if grant funding ends or is reduced, NTT faculty that are not grant-funded can only be removed for reasons related to performance, conduct or other just cause.
If such a removal occurs, the University must provide the faculty member with a written statement citing the reasons and afford the faculty member an opportunity to respond. A termination of employment during the term of the appointment may be grieved pursuant to Article IX, Category One of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT Agreement. See Article IX in the 2007-2011 Collective Agreement
12) Are NTT faculty appointments renewable?
Contracts offered on or after January 1, 2014 are renewable, although appointments within the NTT Lecturer Title Series are not renewable.
Letters of appointment should outline the following information:
-Annual salary, title/rank, effective dates and term of appointment, notification date for reappointment, notice that the position is covered under the Recognition Clause of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, your responsibilities (which may be amended with written notice), and the evaluation criteria for reappointment and promotion (excluding NTT Lecture Title appointments).
13) How are NTT faculty evaluated?
-NTT faculty are to be provided with written evaluations of their performance.
14) When are NTT faculty evaluated?
-During the term of a one or two year appointment, evaluations occur prior to the notice period for non-reappointment outlined in question 9 of this FAQ.
-NTTs with appointments of four or five years will be evaluated twice.
15) Where are the criteria for evaluation, reappointment and promotion located?
The criteria can be found on the appropriate unit’s (department or decanal) website and an individual in the Dean’s office is responsible for answering inquiries relating to relevant/appropriate criteria for NTT positions. A description of criteria applicable University-wide can be found in the University Policy with Respect to Academic Appointments and Promotions as well as contained within NTT appointment letters.
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Title Series
New NTT Title Series
Teaching Title Series
-Teaching Instructor, Assistant Teaching Professor, Associate Teaching Professor, Teaching Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor
Professional Practice Title Series
- Instructor of Professional Practice, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Professor of Professional Practice, Distinguished Professor of Professional Practice
Librarian Title Series
-Librarian of Practice I-IV
B) Existing NTT Titles Series
-Clinical titles series: Clinical Instructor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Professor, Distinguished Clinical Professor
-Research Title Series: Research Associate, Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Research Professor, Distinguished Research Professor
Clinical Law Title Series
-Clinical Instructor Law, Clinical Assistant Professor Law, Clinical Associate Professor Law, Clinical Professor Law, Distinguished Clinical Professor Law
C) Existing NTT Titles
-Instructor Law, County Agent IV, Extension Associate, Lecturer Titles, Adjunct Titles, Assistant Instructor and rank equivalents.