True or False? Deans have the discretion to assign courses to any part-time faculty member they choose.
False. The Dean must first receive a recommendation from the department Chairperson, before approving a part-time appointment. That Chair also has to determine the relative “credentials, experience, and teaching merit” of the part-time faculty member before making the recommendation. And if more than one “part-time members have similar credentials, experience and teaching merit,” the Chair must choose “the person with the greatest length of service in the department.” Only after a Chair makes a recommendation can the Dean approve it and issue a letter of appointment. But no appointment can be made of any part-timer unless there is “adequate course enrollment, and the unavailability of full-time faculty.”
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