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Member Comments Requested: SCS Statement on Professional Ethics

Please see below for a proposed revision of the Working Conditions section of the society's Statement on Professional Ethics.  You can view the current Professional Ethics statement, including the current Working Conditions language, by clicking here.

If you have comments on the proposed revision, please email the Executive Director at helen.cullyer@nyu.edu between February 1 and March 1, 2017.

Working Conditions (proposed revision)

While policies and resources vary from one institution to the next, the SCS subscribes to the view that the general interests of the discipline will be best served when all members of the profession enjoy favorable working conditions. Such conditions will more likely prevail where departments are administered in a spirit of collegiality, fairness, and respect. Tenure-stream faculty should be able to expect that tasks and responsibilities will be shared and that privileges will be fairly awarded. Teaching loads should be distributed equitably, and to the extent possible faculty members should have some choice in the scheduling and assignment of courses. All tenure-stream faculty should have the opportunity to participate in a department’s decisions regarding curriculum and governance, and to participate in personnel decisions, when appropriate. Facilities and services for research and teaching should be made available to all members of a department. Established members of the profession, and in particular the chairs of departments, have an obligation to advise and counsel their colleagues, including those in part-time and temporary positions, and should provide an environment that encourages intellectual growth, scholarly achievement, and career development.

Chairs should maintain a written set of guidelines that outline the responsibilities, expectations, and privileges of faculty at all ranks employed by their department. This is especially important for contingent faculty, who often move from school to school and/or teach at multiple institutions. Contingent colleagues should be welcomed into the departmental community to the fullest extent possible, should have adequate resources for the performance of the job, and be afforded opportunities for professional development. They should have office space, email privileges, access to supplies, library, and staff support, and should be included in the departmental website and mailing list. Where possible, they should have access to travel funding and support for research. Contingent faculty should be invited to attend department meetings and to present in departmental lecture series. Wherever possible, departments should combine courses to be covered by contingent faculty into multiple packages with benefits. Those in temporary positions should be adequately compensated for the work they perform and should be given serious consideration for permanent positions when such positions become available

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