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Faculty Resources

The Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) helps define roles and responsibilities for faculty members and administrators.

It is an agreement entered into by the Commissioner of Higher Education, as agent for the Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Montana, and the University Faculty Association. It covers a number of topics, including:

  • faculty rights and working conditions
  • academic freedom and responsibility
  • faculty evaluation procedures
  • faculty contract obligations
  • compensation
  • leave of absence
  • grievances

University Faculty Association

The University Faculty Association (UFA) is the bargaining unit that represents the interests of the majority of UM faculty members in negotiating the terms and conditions of their contract with the UM administration.

Faculty Senate

Faculty members play a significant role in shared governance at the University of Montana through participation in the Faculty Senate and numerous subcommittees, such as:

Faculty Development Office

The Faculty Development Office (FDO) provides opportunities for faculty members to grow professionally and personally, and serves as a resource for faculty on matters such as:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office

The University of Montana provides to all people the equal opportunity for education, employment, and participation in University activities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

Responsibility for effecting equal opportunity accrues to all University administrators, faculty, and staff.The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office website provides a list of resources for faculty members.

Discrimination Prevention Training

All University employees are required to complete an online training on discrimination and harassment prevention by November 15, 2013. The training lasts less than 30 minutes and will provide you with tools to identify, respond to and prevent discrimination and sexual harassment at UM.

More information will be available from your department chair and Human Resource Services (x6766). If you are uncomfortable with taking an online training of this sort, please contact Maria Cole at x5716 to make alternate arrangements.

Disability Services for Students

This office ensures program access to UM by students with disabilities, and provides advice to faculty members about teaching students with disabilities as well as valuable information about how to help students with disabilities succeed academically.

University Policies

Please familiarize yourself with policies related to your role as a faculty member, such as:

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The ORSP assists the University community in administering external funding for research, instruction, and public service activities, and ensures that all sponsored projects comply with appropriate University guidelines and policies, as well as federal, state, and sponsor regulations, in an effort to protect institutional eligibility for external funding. The ORSP website provides helpful information for Principal Investigators and offers many useful links.

International Opportunities

UM faculty members can participate in a number of international activities, such as faculty exchange and international activity funding, through the Office of International Programs.

lndividuals travelling internationally for UM-related activities are required to register with the Office of International Programs a minimum of 30 days prior to departure

Office for Student Success

This Academic Affairs office offers advising and tutoring services to students in areas such as writing and math.

This office also helps students determine whether they meet prerequisites for their courses.

Office of Academic Enrichment

This Academic Affairs office helps students choose and engage in extracurricular activities such as study abroad, internships, civic engagement, undergraduate research & creative scholarship, and field experience.

Registrar

The Registrar’s Office provides information to faculty about course catalogs, schedules, classroom assignments, and grading deadlines.

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