Fontbonne University promotes informed and discerning practice in scholarship, the arts, the professions, and service.
By combining a pursuit of academic excellence with an evolving awareness of the world's needs, the Fontbonne community seeks to strengthen the relationship between the educated person and a diverse society.
In concert with an emphasis on teaching and learning, the university promotes vital engagement between intellectual endeavor and social responsibility, giving meaning to information and insight to inquiry.
In an open, caring, and challenging environment, students and teachers integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and professional programs, developing the understanding and skills central to a thoughtful and committed life.
All faculty members are expected to support the core documents (mission, vision, values and commitment) of Fontbonne University. Faculty members are also expected to support the statement of Catholic Identity and be models of professional behavior. This includes:
1. Faculty must refrain from using language or behavior that may be considered inappropriate. Faculty are expected to maintain a professional demeanor when working with students, other faculty members, staff and administrators.
2. Fontbonne University is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited on all University property, including all buildings, outdoor spaces, and University-owned vehicles. Smoking is permitted on the sidewalks along Big Bend Boulevard and Wydown Boulevard and in personal vehicles parked on the Clayton campus.
Off-site campus locations shall continue to prohibit all smoking within buildings and shall also comply with any local municipality or county restrictions. No smoking will be permitted within 15 feet of the entrance of any branch location.
3. Because of liquor license restrictions from the State of Missouri, St. Louis County and the City of Clayton, any Fontbonne University individual, organization or department, or any non-affiliated campus individual or group that plans to serve alcohol at an on-campus event must make arrangements through AmeriServe, which holds the liquor license for the Clayton campus. Please allow 48 hours advance notification.
4. Faculty should direct any dissatisfaction, frustrations or problems to their department chairperson, or, if appropriate, to the program director.
Fontbonne University’s educational mission is promoted by professionalism in faculty-student and faculty-faculty relationships. Professionalism is fostered by an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Actions of faculty members and students that harm this atmosphere undermine professionalism and hinder fulfillment of Fontbonne University's educational mission. Trust and respect are diminished when those in position of authority abuse their power. Those who abuse their power in such context violate their duty to the Fontbonne University community.
Definition of Faculty Status
All persons working under the title of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Senior Lecturer, Senior Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, and Clinical Instructor shall constitute the faculty of Fontbonne University.
Components of Faculty Status
An individual's faculty status at Fontbonne is understood in terms of type of appointment, academic rank and type of contract.
Types of Faculty Appointments
A part-time faculty member is a contractual employee of Fontbonne University pursuant to a Term Appointment Agreement who is qualified for appointment to faculty status as listed above. Part-time appointments are made on a per-course basis. Part-time faculty are appointed to the rank of Lecturer or Clinical Instructor and are eligible for advancement to the rank of Senior Lecturer or Senior Clinical Instructor. They are not eligible to apply for tenure or participate in the Non-Tenure Review.
Academic Rank for Part-Time Faculty
New appointments will be made at the rank of Lecturer or Clinical Instructor.
Lecturer and Clinical Instructor
The ranks of Lecturer and Clinical Instructor apply only to part-time faculty. Appointment to the rank of Lecturer or Clinical Instructor ordinarily presupposes the following qualifications:
Senior Lecturer and Senior Clinical Instructor
The ranks of Senior Lecturer and Senior Clinical Instructor apply only to part-time faculty. Appointment of part-time faculty to the rank of Senior Lecturer or Senior Clinical Instructor ordinarily presupposes:
Appointment to the rank of Instructor presupposes the following qualifications:
Possession of a master's degree in the appropriate field, as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the departmental chairperson, from an accredited institution of higher learning; or possession of the professional degree ordinarily required for teaching in certain technical or professional fields.
Upon completion of the appropriate academic degree, as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the departmental chairperson, any faculty member at the rank of Instructor will be eligible for immediate advancement in rank. Any salary increment would be deferred to the next appointment year.
Demonstrated teaching ability from prior experience or potential for development.
Professional Growth and Development
Demonstration from prior experience or potential for professional development.
Potential for Contribution to the University
Indication of interest and cooperation in the duties of a faculty member as stated in the Fontbonne University Policy Manual Volume IV.
Acceptance of the educational philosophy and policies of Fontbonne University as stated the Fontbonne University Policy Manual Volumes I, IV and VI.
Term contracts are issued for a clearly defined, limited period and carry no right or expectation of renewal. Term contracts include per-course contracts issued to part-time faculty undertaking teaching that is not otherwise part of a contractual agreement.
Faculty members are compensated at a course rate based upon the faculty member's degree. Faculty may refer to their teaching contract for specific information and a pay schedule.
Direct deposit is mandatory for all faculty and staff. New hires are required to complete a direct deposit form during the new hire process. Once set up in payroll, employees may add, change, or delete direct deposit information through the payroll self-service system.
A pay card will be provided for employees who do not have a bank account. Each pay day, the employee's pay will be available on the pay card which can be used at most merchants and ATMs.