UAS maintains two types of faculty handbooks – one for full-time faculty and one for part-time, adjunct faculty. These documents provide faculty with the resources necessary to be successful in their roles as at UAS. Everything in the handbooks arises from University of Alaska Board of Regents policies and regulations, UAS policies, and faculty collective bargaining agreements. The handbooks also reflect priorities set out in the UAS Strategic & Assessment Plan 2010-2017.
Full-time faculty form the foundation of UAS. Along with providing instruction, they also play important leadership roles in research, service, shared governance, faculty recruitment and evaluation, and much more. The UAS Faculty Handbook is a comprehensive document detailing these importance processes and is intended to be the primary resource for full-time faculty.
Adjunct faculty play a major role in helping UAS achieve its mission. They comprise the majority of instructors at UAS, making possible the wide diversity of subjects and degrees available for learning. As part-time employees, they have different needs and priorities than other faculty. The UAS Adjunct Handbook reflects this difference. It contains important contact information for questions about instruction, instructional technology, administrative procedures, and more.
Other important materials regarding University planning and governance reside within UAS websites such as the Provost's Office, the Chancellor's Office, and the Faculty Senate website. Faculty are encouraged to visit these websites to be apprised of strategic planning, budget issues, and other matters of importance.
The UAS faculty handbooks are reviewed and updated annually. The full-time Faculty Handbook is updated by an ad hoc working group created by the Faculty Senate President and Provost. This group’s recommended changes are forwarded to Faculty Senate for action no later than their regular May meeting. Once approved by the Chancellor, the resulting final handbook is posted on the Web. The Adjunct Faculty Handbook is updated by the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Adjunct Faculty Union President.
Faculty Related Forms
Forms are provided in PDF format unless specifically stated otherwise.
- Academic Petitions
- Change of Grade
- Course Completion Contract
- Graduate Faculty Application
- Permission to Release Information on Student Ratings
- Request for Challenging a Course (formerly 'Credit by Exam')
- Dual Enrollment Registration
- Special Course Contract (formerly 'Instructor Approval')
- Academic Course Substitution
- UAFT Workload Form (PDF, Microsoft Word)
- UNAC Workload Form (PDF, Microsoft Word)
Curriculum Committee Forms
NOTICE: The new Courseleaf Content Inventory Management (CIM) system will become active in the near future. For this reason, effective March 1, 2016, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will no longer process Category A and B curriculum proposals on the existing curriculum proposal forms. However, these forms may be used as guides/templates to get proposals ready for submission through the new CIM system when it comes online. For the time being, and until further notice, minor changes (Category C proposals) may be submitted on the existing forms.
Forms are located on the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee page.
Faculty Professional Development
The University of Alaska strives to provide its faculty members with the resources necessary to develop as educators and further their academic careers. The documents below provide information regarding some of the resources available to faculty through UAS and the UA system.
- 2016 Principal Investigator Training Series
- AY 16-17 Professional Development Brown Bags
- Visit the Title IX webpage
- YouTube Highlight Title IX Video
University Board of Regents policies and regulations, UAS policies, and faculty collective bargaining agreements provide that faculty performance be evaluated regularly. Different evaluation processes are in place for tenure-track, tenured, term, and adjunct faculty.
Tenure-Track & Tenured Faculty
Evaluation of full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty at the University of Alaska is governed by faculty union collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). Faculty belong to one of two unions: United Academics or the University of Alaska Federation of Teachers (UAFT). The process faculty undergo leading up to consideration for promotion and tenure is different, depending upon their union affiliation.
The UAS Faculty Promotion & Tenure Processes document outlines the commonalities and differences of these processes, and is intended to help faculty understand this important framework relevant to their professional careers at UAS.
In addition to the faculty collective bargaining agreements, the UAS Faculty Handbook is also an important resource on the evaluation processes, how faculty should prepare for promotion, tenure, and post-tenure reviews, and guidelines on evaluating faculty performance in teaching, service, and research. Below are quick links to this information:
- UNAC Faculty Evaluation File Preparation Checklist - Appendix G
- UAFT Faculty Evaluation File Preparation Checklist - Appendix H
- Chapter 10: Faculty Appointment and Evaluation
- Chapter 10 (A): United Academics
- Chapter 10 (A-2): United Academics Library Faculty
- Chapter 10 (B): UAFT
The Provost’s Office provides administrative support to the various faculty evaluation processes, including maintaining tenure-track and tenured faculty review master tracking sheets that summarize when faculty are up for comprehensive evaluation reviews and evaluation planners that succinctly depict the milestones of each evaluation process.
- Faculty up for Review AY 16-17
- UNAC United Academics Master Tracking Sheet
- UAFT Master Tracking Sheet
- UNAC United Academics Evaluation Planner
- UAFT Faculty Evaluations Planner
For more information contact Gillian Hays at (907) 796-6147.
The UAS Faculty Handbook provides that all term faculty will be evaluated annually by their Dean or Director. In the Provost’s memo on term evaluations, the Provost outlines the details of this process. These evaluations serve an important role in ensuring that UAS meets accreditation standards and its mission.
Adjunct self-assessment is part of UAS’ overall effort to provide constructive and timely feedback to adjuncts, focusing on continuous improvement of instruction. It is an important part of improving the quality of UAS’ teaching and learning—key to accreditation and student success. While voluntary, adjunct instructors are asked to complete an annual adjunct faculty self-assessment form prior to the end of their current teaching year. The completed self-assessments are subsequently reviewed by the appropriate program coordinator or department chair that then provides a response to the adjunct instructor.
FACULTY CONTRACT CALENDAR
The Faculty Contract Calendar is a foundational planning tool used to set the times for critical recurring events that are fundamental to our institution including faculty contract start/end dates, semester start/end dates, finals weeks, holidays and campus closures, spring break, convocations, commencements, etc. They are the structure upon which academic calendars are built. Faculty Contract Calendars are designed specifically to ensure UAS meets its accreditation and faculty collective bargaining agreement obligations, and to maximize student success. They are developed using the UA common calendar and approved via a shared governance process and posted on the Web years in advance in order to optimize institution-wide planning. These documents are maintained by the Provost’s Office.
UA COMMON CALENDAR