1.6 Faculty of the School of Public Health

1.6.a Definitions 

Faculty shall consist of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers and senior lecturers that have been appointed to the SPH as faculty members. This definition of Faculty includes the following: 

Principal Appointment Faculty Faculty for whom the SPH is responsible for their promotion and/or tenure review within the Texas A&M University System. This generally includes faculty whose contractual effort is .50 or greater full time equivalent (FTE) in the SPH. 

Principal Appointment Joint Faculty Faculty whose contract is with the SPH and other units of Texas A&M University or the HSC, who are appointed to at least a .50 FTE and who are administratively located in the SPH. 

Joint Faculty Faculty who are administratively located with any unit of Texas A&M University or the Health Science Center, but who are not administratively located in the SPH. 

Adjunct Faculty Adjunct faculty includes SPH faculty appointees who, at the time of their appointment, do not hold paid faculty appointments within the HSC or TAMU. 

Voting Faculty With the exception of SPH and HSC Tenure and Promotion committees, all Principal Appointment Faculty (including Principal Appointment and Principal Appointment Joint faculty) are eligible to vote in SPH elections for SPH or Health Science Center standing committees. In addition, with the exception of tenure and promotion committees, joint faculty who fulfill any of the following conditions are also eligible to vote in SPH elections for standing committees: 

• Faculty who have served on SPH standing committees within the past 24 months; 

• Faculty who have taught SPH courses within the past 24 months; and 

• Faculty who are approved by the Executive Committee and the Dean. 

Voting in SPH elections for School or HSC tenure and promotion committees is limited to tenure track faculty whose principal appointment is in the SPH. 

1.6.b Texas A&M University System Health Science Center faculty appointments 

Faculty members of the School of Public Health are appointed to the faculty of Texas A&M University System Health Science Center following review through regular faculty appointment channels. 9 

1.6.c Meetings of the General Faculty of the School of Public Health 

The faculty will meet at least twice per academic year. Meetings may be called by the Dean or Dean's representative, or on written request submitted to the Dean by at least one quarter of the members of the faculty eligible to vote in SPH elections (voting faculty) or on written request to the Dean by a majority of the voting membership of the Administrative Council. 

Material for the agenda may be submitted by members of the faculty or by the Dean's administrative staff. The Dean shall decide on the final form of the proposed agenda items. The agenda will be distributed to the faculty at least ten days before the meeting. 

The Dean or the Dean's designee shall chair the meeting.