Clinical Faculty Policies and UTFA Decision Regarding Certification

PDAD&C #38, 2002-2003


TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   January 13, 2003
RE:   Clinical Faculty Policies and UTFA Decision Regarding Certification

Many of you will have heard by now that the Faculty Association has passed a resolution to establish a committee to review the procedure for how they may certify before June 30, 2003. In an UTFA Newsletter dated January 9, 2003 this decision is attributed to my request to seek clarification regarding the status of clinical faculty under the Memorandum of Agreement. This decision is outlined in my response to the Task Force on Clinical Faculty which is available at along with the Task Force Report.

The UTFA newsletter reproduces my letter of December 19th 2002 to UTFA President George Luste, and his response of January 7th, 2003. For your information, I am attaching my response to this last letter as well as other points in the UTFA Newsletter regarding certification.

I would urge you all to review this information carefully. Suggestions of my seeking to destabilize working conditions for faculty and librarians or of acting in a unilateral manner do not accurately represent the intent or the content of my letter to the President of UTFA. Through this process the administration is seeking to stabilize the nature of University appointments for clinical faculty and to maintain our working relationship with UTFA.

The Bulletin of today has articles regarding both the certification issue and the clinical faculty issue, these are available at: and

Attachment: Letter to Prof. George Luste, President UTFA, in response to his letter of January 7, 2003