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Appointments Procedures

Office of Responsibility: Dean’s Office, ext. 4407

A. The Role of the Appointments Committee

  1. The Role of the Appointments Committee is to identify and to bring to the faculty excellent candidates: individuals who demonstrate great potential to teach, to produce scholarly writing, and to serve the Law School and the larger community.
     
  2. The Committee shall be composed of at least five tenured or tenure-track faculty members and one student non-voting member. Either the Dean or Associate Dean may serve as an ex officio Committee Member.
     
  3. After conducting a national search, the Committee, at a duly noticed Committee Meeting with a quorum, shall select candidates for full campus interviews by a majority vote of the Committee Members present. (Upon unanimous agreement of all Committee Members eligible to vote, the meeting requirement may be waived in favor of e-mail or telephone conferencing.)
     
  4. After the faculty have interviewed one or more candidates, the Committee may recommend to the faculty one or more of those candidates for the faculty to consider for a tenure-track position.
     
  5. Only the Dean of the Law School or the Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee is permitted to contact any current employer of a candidate to obtain or communicate information about the candidate and/or his/her application to the Law School. The Dean and/or the Chair may delegate this authority. The Dean and/or the Chair shall not exercise or delegate this authority without the express permission of the candidate.
     
  6. All procedures shall be in compliance with University hiring policies (attached).

B. Voting Procedures by the Faculty

  1. The faculty shall vote for only one available position at a time. Prior to any vote, there shall be substantive discussion of the merits of the candidates.
     
  2. For the purposes of these procedures, "majority of the faculty" or simply "majority" assumes that there is a quorum and means a majority of the faculty present.
     
  3. If the Committee has recommended a single candidate for the faculty to consider, the faculty shall by majority vote determine whether to offer the candidate a position.
     
  4. (a) If the Committee has recommended more than one candidate for the faculty to consider, the faculty shall first determine by majority vote whether each candidate is "preferred," that is, "whether the candidate is likely to be a faculty member who will teach effectively and engage in scholarship and service in a manner that will improve the quality of the Law School."

    (b) If a majority of the faculty determines that only a single candidate is "preferred," then the voting proceeds according to "B.3" above. If a majority of the faculty determines that more than one candidate is "preferred," then the voting proceeds according to "B.5" below. 

  5. (a) If the faculty has determined that two candidates are "preferred," then there is a runoff between the two preferred candidates. The candidate who receives a majority vote wins; the faculty then votes under B.3 above to decide whether the candidate will receive an offer. 

    (b) If the faculty has determined that more than two candidates are "preferred," then faculty members present and eligible to vote shall "reverse rank" the "preferred" candidates, assigning "3" to their first choice, "2" to their second choice, and "1" to their third choice.

    (i) Faculty may assign a particular rank to only one candidate; faculty may not rank two (or more) candidates equally. For example, if there are five preferred candidates, a faculty member may designate only one candidate to receive "3," only one other candidate to receive "2," and only one other candidate to receive "1." Faculty may not fail to assign a rank to any candidate.

    (ii) There will be a runoff between the top two candidates, under the same procedure as set forth in B.5(a) above.

  6. The faculty may, by a majority vote, select (an) alternate candidate(s) to whom (an) offer(s) shall be given if the first selected candidate(s) decline(s) the offer. Excluding the previously selected candidate(s) from the list of preferred candidates, faculty shall use the same procedure as set forth in B.4(b) and B.5 to select alternates.
     
  7. If a ballot indicates that the faculty member casting that ballot did not comply with these Procedures, that ballot shall be declared invalid and not counted.

 

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