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Faculty Handbook

Section I - Preface

  • Introduction
  • Historical Overview, Mission, and Vision of the University

Section II - Administrative Authority and Faculty Governance

  • Administrative Authority
    • Texas A&M University System
    • Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Organizational Charts
  • Faculty Senate
  • Graduate Council
  • Standing University Councils and Administrative Committees

Section III - Non-Discrimination, Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities

  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Civil Rights Compliance
  • Americans with Disabilities Act/Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)
  • Faculty Disability Resources
  • HIV/AIDS in the Workplace and Learning Environment
  • Discrimination/Harassment
  • Elective, Non-Elective Offices and Political Activities
  • Faculty Academic Freedom and Responsibilities
  • Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Ethics in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work

Section IV - Faculty Employment Procedures 

  • Tenure-Track and Tenured Appointments
  • Non-Tenure Track Appointments
    • Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty Appointments
    • Ad Interim Appointments
    • Adjunct Appointments
    • Graduate Assistants with Teaching Responsibilities (GATs)
  • Conversion from Non-Tenure Track to Tenure-Track Appointments
  • New Faculty Selection and Formal Offer of Hiring
  • Graduate Faculty Membership

Section V - Faculty Annual Evaluation, Pre-Tenure Review and Tenure Evaluation, Promotion, and Post-Tenure Review

  • Annual Evaluation of Faculty
  • Pre-Tenure Review Process                                            
  • Tenure and Promotion Evaluation
  • Promotion
  • Post-Tenure Review Process
  • Evaluation of Adjunct Faculty and GATs
  • Academic Administrator Evaluation
  • Appeal Process for Promotion and/or Tenure
  • Extension of Probationary Period

Section VI - Academic Life

Faculty Standards of Conduct

  • Faculty Consulting, External Employment, and Conflicts of Interest
  • Political Campaign Events and Partisan Political Activities on University Property
  • Use of System Property
  • Use of Campus Facilities
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Smoke, Vapor, and Tobacco Free Environment
  • Campus Concealed Carry
  • Use of Consultants
  • Faculty/Staff Course Enrollment and Employee Scholarship Program
  • Faculty Workload
  • Guidelines for Syllabi and Office Hours
  • Faculty International Travel
  • Export Controls
  • External Funding Requests
  • Absence from Duty
  • Social Media
  • Inclement Weather Accessibility

Vacations, Leaves, and Separations for Academic Appointees

  • Emeritus Designation
  • Faculty Development Leave/Sabbaticals
  • Leave of Absence without Pay
  • Leave of Absence with Pay
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Sick Leave Pool
  • Military Leave and Service
  • Salary upon Relinquishing Administrative Positions
  • Permanent Separations
  • Grievance and Appeal Process for Faculty Members

Faculty Benefits

  • Insurance
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Payroll Procedures
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • TRS/ORP Retirement

Faculty Awards

  • Regents Professor Award
  • Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Nominee
  • William L. Mayo Professorship Award
  • Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching
  • Neill Humfeld Distinguished Faculty Award for Service
  • Faculty Senate Recognition Awards for Professional Excellence

Section VII - Faculty Resources and Services

Campus Resources

  • Bookstore
  • Child Care and Schools: Children’s Learning Center
  • Continuing Education
  • International Resources
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries
  • Publications
  • Safety
  • Emergency Notification Resources
  • Campus Map

Campus Services

  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Center for Faculty Excellence and Innovation
  • Center for IT Excellence
  • Graduate School
  • Office of Thesis and Dissertation Services
  • Document and Mailing Services
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Food Services
  • ID Cards
  • News and Public Relations
  • Transportation and Parking
  • Vending Services

Section VIII - Student Access and Success: Support for Recruitment and Retention of Students

  • Division of Student Access and Success
  • Academic Success Center
  • Career Development
  • Counseling Center
  • Department of Residential Living and Learning
  • Dean of Campus Life and Student Development
  • Enrollment Management and Retention
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Office of Hispanic Outreach
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Rayburn Student Center
  • Safe Spaces Ally Project
  • Serving Engaged, Empowered, and Diverse Students (SEEDS)
  • Summer Camps, Conferences, UIL
  • Student Disability Resources
  • Student Health Services

Section IX - Campus Life

  • Museums and Galleries
  • Music and Concerts
  • Planetarium
  • Radio and Television
  • Theatre: The Performing Arts Center and University Playhouse
  • Sports and Recreational Facilities


  • Acronyms
  • FAQs
  • Faculty Service Report