January 20-21, 2005


ITEM 126-104-R0105      Approval of Pilot Program on Multiple Year Contracts for Non-Tenure Track Faculty (New)




711.3    Criteria for Board of Regents Faculty Contracts for Periods in Excess of One Year


Board Policy:


1.         This policy is adopted as an exception to Policy 711.1, on a temporary, pilot, basis.  This policy will expire by its own terms without further action by the Board of Regents on April 1, 2008.  Up to the date of expiration, this policy allows for the entering into of multiple year contracts under the terms set forth herein.


2.         This policy may be used by all units of the Montana University System.  Units subject to collective bargaining may bargain for multiple year contracts but only to the extent allowed by this policy.


3.         Employees on campuses to which this policy applies may be hired for periods of more than one year, but no more than three years, subject to the following express conditions:


a.         Such employees are faculty but not tenure-track employees.


b.         The position for which the employee is being employed is one that has been identified, through appropriate campus procedures, for a multiple year contract.


c.         The total of all multiple year contracts per campus does not exceed ten percent of the number of non tenure-track faculty employed on the campus, exclusive of nursing programs, during the fall semester of 2004.  For nursing programs, the total of all multiple year contracts shall not exceed twenty-five percent of the number of non-tenure track faculty employed in that program during the fall semester of 2004.


d.         The form of multiple year contracts must be approved by the Commissioner of Higher Education.  All multiple year faculty appointments must be reported to OCHE and approved by the Board of Regents in accordance with normal reporting and approval requirements.


4.         The Commissioner of Higher Education will report to the Board of Regents with respect to the use of and continued need for this policy prior to its expiration.