What is Instructor II status?
What is “Instructor II status” for Part-Time Faculty at WMU?
Instructor I vs. Instructor II:
When first hired within a university department/academic unit, all WMU part-time faculty (who have no other non-instructional appointments) are designated “Instructor I.” WMU part-time faculty who have, at a minimum, taught 4 out of the last 5 years and met other basic requirements detailed below, are allowed to request a Professional Competence Evaluation to obtain the opportunity to gain Instructor II status.
Benefits of Instructor II:
Part-Time Faculty designated as “Instructor II” will be
- eligible for longer-term appointments (multi-semester, multi-year)
- given priority consideration for teaching appointments over those with Instructor I status
- compensated no less than any Instructor I within their department for similar work
- receive strong institutional support for pay increases
- Have taught in the same academic unit for 4 out of the last 5 years.
- Have taught at least 3 credits within one semester per year for 4 out of the last 5 years.
- Have received positive ratings on the last two annual evaluations prior to applying for Instructor II status. (Note: if no formal evaluation or observation was done and you were reappointed, that counts as a “positive” evaluation)
How to apply for Instructor II status:
At the time of the 4th year of teaching (within a 5 year period) for the same academic unit at WMU, Instructor I’s may elect to voluntarily* put together a Professional Competence Portfolio for formal evaluation. This portfolio will include the following items at a minimum:
- Self-evaluation (4-5 pages) that reflects on the instructor’s teaching philosophy, effectiveness and innovations
- Annual Performance Reviews completed by Instructor’s department leadership
- Student Evaluations
- Course Syllabi
- Current Curriculum Vitae and/or Resume
- Sample of course materials that demonstrate teaching effectiveness
*Instructor I part-time faculty are not obligated to apply for Instructor II status.
How to prepare to apply:
The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is planning new programs for Summer II and Fall of 2017 to prepare the first round of Instructor II applicants to successfully achieve Instructor II status for Spring of 2018. Dr. Elise DeCamp, our current OFD Part-Time Faculty Fellow, is in the process of developing and will be facilitating these upcoming workshops. See the Office of Faculty Development webpage dedicated to Part-Time Faculty — wmich.edu/facultydevelopment/parttime — for updates as these workshops come to fruition. You may also contact Elise directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions about preparing yourself to be ready to apply for Instructor II status.
Why did PIO negotiate Instructor II status?
The Professional Instructor Organization is committed to advocating for the fair compensation, just work-place treatment and institutional support of part-time faculty at WMU. Creating and negotiating a designation that rewards excellence in teaching is an important step in demonstrating the value of what we do for students and the institution.