Appendix B: Conditions and benefits of faculty service: Non-Tenure-Track

Recruitment of Faculty

The selection of individuals to serve on the George Fox University faculty is crucial to the life of the university. In addition to the usual academic qualifications, George Fox teachers are expected to have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and daily living that conforms to current Statement of Faith and Community Lifestyle Statement applicable to the Faculty of George Fox University.

Responsibility for negotiating with prospective faculty members lies with the Provost with the assistance of the Dean. The Dean reports vacancies to the Provost, prepares a suggested position announcement for submission to the Provost, and assists in the screening of applicants. The Dean answers inquiries and mails position announcements. All vacancies or new positions require a national search, except by permission of the Provost. Search committees are appointed by the Dean and should include members from the department conducting the search and at least one faculty member from outside the department conducting the search.

Upon the invitation of the Dean, prospective faculty members may visit the campus to confer with search committees, and others as requested, to teach classes and to become acquainted with the campus and community. A copy of the Faculty Handbook should be made available to prospects. After a search process, the Provost may recommend employment of a prospective faculty member to the President. The President extends a contract to the person to be employed. This contract becomes an agreement only when it has been signed by both the President and the new faculty member.

 All new faculty must agree as a condition of employment to participate in the faculty orientation program designed to acquaint new faculty members with the expectations of the university.

Guidelines for the Appointment of Faculty

NOTE: The use of the phrase "to the extent protected by applicable nondiscrimination law" is the correct statement of the legal obligation of George Fox University. George Fox does not waive its right to assert that nondiscrimination laws are not applicable to a particular situation or alternately that to apply nondiscrimination laws to George Fox in a particular situation would be an unconstitutional infringement of the religious and associational rights of this church- directed institution. 

Standards for the Appointment of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Candidates for non-tenure track positions generally should:

The Effective Faculty Member: A George Fox University Profile

Expectations of All Faculty Members

Expectations of Faculty in Non-Tenure-Track Positions

Certain positions at the university require unique skills and practices relevant to the specific mission of the department but are not tenure-track. These require a significant commitment to teaching or professional activities that replaces traditional scholarship. To be hired and renewed year by year, faculty members in a non-tenure-track position should hold the appropriate degree or credentials, including relevant professional experience; meet the expectations of teaching faculty as applicable; meet expectations as to service, namely, participate in professional organizations, participate actively in church, provide service for their community, the university, and their church; fulfill other tasks specified in the contract; and meet high expectations for their profession. Fulfillment of these expectations should be addressed and demonstrated in a Faculty Growth Plan.


Each faculty member is expected to:

Effective teaching is characterized by the following:

Professional Activities

Professional activities include:

The following activities may also become part of a growth plan and therefore count as professional activities.


Faculty members are expected to take the opportunity to serve beyond their load-credit assignments. Recipients of their service may include their departments, their professional disciplines, the university, the communities in which they live, and the broader Christian church.

Service is variegated. The faculty member may participate in a broad variety of service activities. Some opportunities may be within the faculty member’s academic discipline; others may stand outside the member’s professional expertise.

Service is intentional. Like professional activities and teaching, service should be a part of the faculty member’s growth plan. However, service is by nature a response to need, the agenda of specific activities necessarily remains fluid.

Service is documented. The faculty member should document service. Minimally, service activities should be documented by self-reporting in the review portfolio; when possible, activities should be documented as well by external confirmation.

Service is sustained. Service is an integral part of the faculty member’s life within her or his communities. Careful documentation, therefore, should reveal a sustained pattern of service.

Clarification: Employment outside the university, continuing education, and career preparation generally are not considered service. Any expectations of such activities contributing to service must be negotiated in advance with the Provost.

Non-Tenure track Ranks Defined

Non-tenure track faculty are differentiated by whether their positions are: (1) contracted by course or by credit load; and (2) temporary or continuing.

Adjunct Faculty

Contract Length and Load


Visiting Faculty

Contract Length and Load


Continuing Faculty

Contract Length and Load

Some faculty are hired into non-tenure-track positions, but these positions are understood to be continuing rather than temporary, and individuals in these positions are considered full members of the faculty. Individuals in these positions are hired on renewable contracts that vary in length from one year to three years. Employment is not guaranteed beyond the length of the current contract, though renewal is expected unless the faculty member is given notice by March 1 that the contract will not be renewed for the following academic year. Continuing non-tenure-track faculty are typically expected to be actively involved in either teaching and service (with minimal involvement in scholarship) or teaching and scholarship/practice (with minimal involvement in service, typically only at the department level). Standard teaching load ranges from 12-30 FTE credits, depending on the nature of the position, and is specified at the time of hire.


Non-tenure-track continuing faculty have different performance expectations than other faculty and therefore will need to meet different promotion standards for existing ranks. Because faculty rank is connected to faculty salary, the following system is designed to recognize non-tenure track faculty achievement and subsequently result in salary improvement. For any promotion, generally at least three of the qualifying years of experience should have been at George Fox University.

Clinical Faculty

The descriptor "clinical" is used for faculty members who provide primarily practical instruction and application of applied knowledge. Clinical faculty have specialized training and experience in a professional field. While these faculty teach, their primary activity, or area of instruction, is applied knowledge, clinical teaching, supervision of field experience/practicum, and/or clinical direction. Clinical faculty members are primarily contracted for teaching and service. Rank is determined by academic achievement, professional accomplishments, leadership in her or his profession, significant involvement in professional organizations, and demonstrated effectiveness.