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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
part-time Faculty, then, in order, from among full-time Faculty with term appointments
and less than six years of service, full-time Faculty with term appointments and more
than six years of service, probationary full-time Faculty on tenure track, and then, if
necessary, from among the tenured Faculty giving due consideration to seniority. The
Faculty Review Committee shall monitor the application of the criteria and the execution
of the plan for the reduction in force, and report as regularly as possible to the Faculty
regarding the extent and nature of the measures taken.
Each year all Faculty complete an activities report as a means of self-assessment. Course
evaluation methods are included in this report. The Associate Provost reads all faculty annual
reports and discusses them as appropriate with individual faculty members. The review by the
Associate Provost becomes part of this report.
III.D.1. Philosophy of Faculty Development
The following statement was formulated by the Faculty Development Committee and endorsed
by the Faculty in May of 2000:
The Faculty at Birmingham-Southern College is committed to achieving and maintaining
excellence in teaching, to staying abreast of and making meaningful contributions to current
ideas and innovations in disciplinary and related fields, and to providing thoughtful and
constructive academic advising. In order to best accomplish these goals, the Faculty member
must deliver a quality curriculum, focusing on the individual student, and must continue to
develop his or her knowledge base through on-going research and creativity. These
commitments require sufficient time and resources necessary to fulfill our obligations as a
Faculty. We affirm that Birmingham-Southern College should offer the environment and
resources conducive to the Faculty’s developing and maintaining these commitments.
III.D.2. Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leaves are among the most important means to increase a teacher's effectiveness and
to enhance a scholar's opportunity for research, reflection, writing, and artistic creation. Because
effective teaching and ongoing scholarship are at the heart of a liberal arts tradition, a sound
sabbatical leave program is of vital importance to the academic life of a liberal arts college, and
every Faculty member should use available means of professional development, including
sabbatical leaves, to increase professional competence. The major purpose of Birmingham-
Southern College's sabbatical leave program is to provide an opportunity for continued
professional growth and new or renewed intellectual development through artistic endeavors,
research, study, travel, or writing in order to enhance creativity, scholarship, and teaching. (The
Birmingham-Southern College sabbatical statement was accepted by the Faculty during fall term,
It is closely based on that of Trinity University and is adapted by permission.)
Professors, Associate Professors, and Assistant Professors who have had six years of continuous
service on the College Faculty are eligible for sabbatical leave consideration. Years taught in a