Faculty Exchange Guidelines

The following sets forth the guidelines for the short-term exchange of faculty for teaching assignments between the member universities of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. The purpose of these guidelines is to facilitate the process of arranging for such exchanges by setting out a common process agreed to by all the member schools. Participating universities include SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University.

Rationale:

Successful faculty careers extend over many years. Disciplines, universities, students and the interest of faculty members all change over time. Many strategies are necessary to facilitate and ensure long-term professional growth, renewal and vitality. While sabbatical leaves are the most common program for faculty renewal in academia, faculty exchanges present an additional opportunity. Exchanges provide a potentially rich set of activities and they can be arranged with little or no added cost to the sponsoring universities.

Faculty exchanges benefit not only the faculty who participate in them – they also benefit the participating departments and universities in significant ways:

  • Additional sections of classes can be offered in specialty areas.
  • Faculty can develop and offer a new course.
  • Faculty can collaborate on research and scholarship with new colleagues.
  • Networking opportunities abound with colleagues at another university.
  • Teaching at another university can be stimulating for the faculty member.
  • Departments can enrich curricular options by drawing on the expertise at other campuses.
  • Campuses can address temporary staffing needs.

The Associated Colleges’ Faculty Exchange Program has the following two options for exchange.

One-for-One Direct Exchange

These exchanges are between departments at two universities and involve the exchange of one faculty member from one university for another faculty member from the second university. The course load remains the same for the two faculty members involved in the exchange. These exchanges may be for one semester or one year. These exchanges may be for one course or several; exchanges may be concurrent or successive.

An agreement in writing, detailing the scope of work and responsibility for the exchanging faculty members must be agreed upon in advance of the exchange. It must be agreed to by the department chairs and deans of both the home and host universities. The exchange must then be approved by the Chief Academic Officers of both universities.

Faculty members participating in one-for-one direct exchanges (whether for one course or several) should be treated as if on remote assignment from their own universities, with the home university continuing to pay salaries and benefits.

The scope of work and responsibility for the visiting exchange professor should not normally include committee service or academic advising. One-on-one faculty exchanges will have the same faculty privileges for the library, computer services, etc. as faculty members of the university being visited.

An application form is available and must be sent to the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley upon completion and signing by all indicated parties. Associated Colleges will keep appropriate records. Evaluating the success of the exchange is the responsibility of the one-on-one faculty exchange members, their department chairs and their deans.

The Chief Academic Officers support this program and may be consulted to help resolve local issues that present impediments to exchange participation.

Released Time Borrowing

No exchange is provided in this option. A faculty member from one university is borrowed by the second university. The course load remains the same for the faculty member. Release time borrowing may be for one semester or one year. Borrowing may be for one course or several.

An agreement in writing as well as the application form detailing the scope of work and responsibility for the release time borrowing must be agreed upon in advance of the borrowing. Approval should be confirmed by the department chairs and deans of the home and host universities. The borrowing must then be approved by the Chief Academic Officers of both universities.

Faculty members participating in release time borrowing (whether for one course or several) should be treated as if on remote assignment from their own universities, with the home university continuing to pay salaries and benefits.

The scope of work and responsibility for the release time borrowed professor should not normally include committee service or academic advising. Release time borrowed faculty will have the same faculty privileges for the library, computer services, etc. as faculty members of the university being visited.

An application form is available and must be sent to the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley upon completion and signing by all indicated parties. Associated Colleges will keep appropriate records. Evaluating the success of the exchange is the responsibility of the faculty exchange members, their department chairs and their deans.

The Chief Academic Officers support this program and may be consulted to help resolve local issues that present impediments to exchange participation.

Clarkson University

Clarkson is a nationally ranked research university located in Potsdam, New York offering comprehensive programs in business, engineering, arts and sciences and health sciences. As a student-centered institution, Clarkson emphasizes a dynamic collaborative approach to learning through programs that span boundaries across disciplines and outstanding focused research.
www.clarkson.edu

SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton provides an accessible, affordable, high-quality education to students in New York and beyond. With diverse academic programs and a focus on real-world application, our hands-on education SUNY College of Technology at Canton prepares students for successful careers. The College offers 23 bachelor’s degrees, 22 associate degrees, and 7 one-year professional certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine offers 8 bachelor’s degrees, and more than 370 courses, fully online, so students can access our outstanding programs from anywhere with internet access. Ranked among the top U.S. Colleges for being military-friendly and environmentally focused, SUNY Canton invests in the potential of each of its students.
www.canton.edu

SUNY Potsdam

The State University of New York at Potsdam prepares students to act as engaged global citizens and to lead lives enriched by critical thought, creativity and discovery. As an inclusive scholarly community rooted in its historic role in providing exemplary teacher and music education and leadership in the fine and performing arts, SUNY Potsdam is committed to the liberal arts and sciences as an academic foundation.
www.potsdam.edu

St. Lawrence University

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
www.stlawu.edu