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 Credit by Exam
- Secondary School Student / Dual Enrollment Registration
- Special Course Contract (formerly Instructor Approval)
- UAFT Workload Form
- UAFT Workload Form (.doc)
- UNAC Workload Form
- UNAC Workload Form (.doc)
Curriculum Committee Forms
Category A forms for all new program proposals and any proposals involving more than one academic unit
- Category A New Program Proposal Form
- Category A New Course Proposal Form
- Category A Curriculum Change Proposal Form
- Program Action Request Form (.doc - PAR Form)
Category B forms for proposals involving only one academic unit
Category C form for minor curriculum changes (changes in catalog copy, faculty listings, etc.)
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.
Title IX Training:
- Visit the Title IX webpage
- YouTube Highlight Video
- Skillsoft training on UAS online. Search for Title IX for Higher Education Training.
- Faculty Development Seminar schedule AY14-15 facilitated by Jill Dumesnil
- Academic Leadership Seminar
- May 12-16, 2014 in Juneau and June 2-6, 2014 in Sitka: iTeach
- Nov. 21, 2014 - Dr. Dana Thomas presentation
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:
- AY 15-16 UNAC Faculty Evaluation File Preparation Checklist - Appendix G
- AY 15-16 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 15-16
- United Academics Master Tracking Sheet for AY 2015-16
- UAFT Master Tracking Sheet for AY 2015-16
- United Academics Evaluation Process Planner for AY 2015-16
- UAFT Faculty Evaluations Planner for AY 2015-16
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 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.