Florida Polytechnic University Proposes Non- Tenure Model For New Faculty

May 02, 2013

As Florida Polytechnic University begins its faculty recruitment efforts, the Academic Affairs Committee has proposed that the university adopt a non-tenure model.

Instead of tenure, or tenure-track, new faculty members will sign fixed term, multi-year contracts. The contract length will be for either nine or twelve months and may be renewable.

“This model ensures a fair and equitable review process that allows us to recruit and maintain talented faculty,” said Sandra Featherman, Ph.D., Chair of the committee.

Ghazi Darkazalli, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs at Florida Poly agrees, and thinks the model will help attract top talent.

“There are many benefits of following a non-tenure track. It allows us the versatility for faculty to prove themselves outside the boundary and conditions set by the tenure process,” he said.

Darkazalli expects the first faculty member to be announced in June. Classes will begin in August 2014.

The committee will present their recommendations to the full Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 7.