There are a finite number of faculty (tenured, tenure-track, instructors, visiting instructors, and adjunct) office spaces available for assignment in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) building. Currently, the need for faculty office assignments exceeds the capacity of office spaces available in NSCM. This policy seeks to articulate a policy which can be followed when office space becomes available (either via retirement, resignation, leave, etc.), when new tenure track faculty are hired, and/or when the faculty performing “major” specialized additional duty assignments within the Nicholson School of Communication change. As a general rule, the office assignment
priorities for vacated offices include:
• Recognition of “major” specialized “other duty” assignments within the Nicholson School of
Communication, including: Program Coordinators, Deputy and Associate Directors, and Director of Graduate Studies, as long as the faculty members continue in such roles. The Program Coordinators, Deputy Director, and Associate Directors shall receive priority assignment for office adjacent or near the NSCM Administrative Suite, as should the Director of Graduate Studies.
• Recognition of Faculty rank and “seniority” within the rank of the faculty the Nicholson School of Communication. Specifically, priorities for office assignments/preferences would proceed to start first with Professors, then Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, full-time non-tenured associate lecturers, full-time non-tenured associate instructors, full-time non-tenured lecturers, full-time non-tenured instructors, full-time “visiting” non-tenured lecturers, full-time “visiting” non-tenured instructors and adjuncts. Within each rank, the priorities would proceed to start with the most years of NSCM service. Priorities would be given first to rank and then years in rank (NSCM service)-i.e. a full professor with 3 years of NSCM service would be given priority over a full professor with 0 years of NSCM service or (in turn) an Associate Professor with 23 years of service.
• Recognition of “minor” specialized additional duty assignments within the Nicholson School of Communication, including: student advising, co-curriculum program support, or other programmatic needs of the Nicholson School of Communication.
• The long term goal is to provide faculty with individual office assignments when sufficient space is available. Tenure and Tenure track faculty will always receive priority for individual office assignments even if it requires the relocation of non-tenured instructors or adjunct faculty. Until such time as sufficient space becomes available, when feasible and practical, non-tenured instructors and/or adjunct faculty may be assigned to “shared office” assignments with other non-tenured instructors and/or adjunct faculty.
The move to UCF Downtown may require a new organizational plan. Until such a plan is developed, established NSCM procedures will be followed. All office space utilization will be subject to CBA negotiations.