The Board of Trustees makes initial appointment of faculty upon recommendation of the search committe chairperson, dean, Provost and President. The dean is ultimately responsible for the faculty search process. He/she normally delegates the working responsibility to the department chairperson who coordinates the participation of faculty within the discipline or department and, whenever appropriate, of persons from other disciplines as well. Initial rank and level within rank are decided by the dean in consultation with the department chairperson (or where there is no separate chair or department, with the school’s faculty personnel committee) and with the approval of the Provost. The initial appointment is for one academic year, as are all faculty appointments prior to tenure. The appointment letter will include designation as to whether it is on the tenure track or the non-tenure track.
Procedure for Appointment
Regular faculty applications are reviewed by the department chair, the Director of Human Resources, the Theological Review process, the search committee, and the dean. Interviews by the search committee, the department faculty, the faculty member serving in the Theological Review process, and the dean are coordinated during a campus visit. Subsequent to these reviews and on the positive recommendation of the dean, the candidateis interviewed by the President and the Provost who make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees for approval of appointment of the candidate to the regular Biola faculty. The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees reviews the application with recommendations and provides approval of hire. The hire is later ratified by the full Board.
Determining Rank of Initial Appointment
The following gives the years of teaching or equivalent service required for appointment and promotion to rank:
Assistant Professor: Earned Terminal Degree
Associate Professor: At least five years as a full-time faculty member is the minimum in order to be considered.
Full Professor: At least ten years as a full-time faculty member is the minimum in order to be considered.
Upon written recommendation by the dean, the Provost may consider for approval substantive equivalents to the years served as full-time faculty member - e.g., years of work and productivity evidence in the relevant industry or profession.
A copy of the appointment letter containing all information pertaining to the basis for hiring and appointment level (e.g., how past years of teaching, service or work in the profession) have been factored in, should be kept in both the school and department files. A copy should also be included in the new faculty member’s application packet for his/her first across rank promotion (i.e., the first application that comes to the UPC).