Section I - Introduction
The Faculty Handbook provides an overview of the history and administrative structure of Texas A&M University-Commerce. It also presents an easily accessible summary of and/or selected references to the policies, procedures, programs, and practices that affect the lives of faculty members while engaged in their academic, administrative, research, and service roles. This handbook summarizes many of those policies, and each summary may include a citation to the official policy on which it is based
Regardless of the rank, this handbook is meant to serve as a guide for all faculty members alike: full-time and part-time, tenured and non-tenured, permanent, adjunct, and ad interim.
The handbook is not a contract between the university and members of its faculty. Nor is it a statement of university policy and procedures. Because procedures are continually updated, faculty members should always examine the full and current policies and procedures that concern them. Faculty members wishing to see the formal statements may consult The Texas A&M University System Policies, A&M-Commerce Rules, or A&M-Commerce Procedures.
Most of the topics summarized within this handbook generally apply to all faculty members. It is hoped that the faculty members of Texas A&M University-Commerce find this handbook to be both meaningful and easy to use during their employment. All questions and comments concerning any information in this document should be directed to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In addition to university policies and procedures or rules listed on our web site, faculty members should be familiar with University publications such as the Undergraduate Catalog, Graduate Catalog, Schedule of Classes, Student Guidebook, A Faculty Advising Handbook (Advisement Services), Mentor Program Resources Guide (Orientation Office), Search Manual, and the university's published Strategic Plan.
The Faculty Handbook Committee specially recognizes the work contributed by Drs. Jennifer Oyler and Sandy Weeks in completing the Handbook.
Submitted by the 2009-2010 Faculty Handbook Committee: Jennifer Oyler, Henry Ross, John Smith, Jiaming Sun, Sandy Weeks, and R. N. Singh, chair.