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Upon appointment, faculty members may obtain validated ID cards that enable them to use the library, purchase parking permits & athletic tickets at staff rates, etc. For information on how to obtain or replace a validated ID card, contact your department/unit support personnel.
The instructor may issue an Incomplete, "I," when certain criteria are met and satisfactory student-instructor arrangements are made. The University deadline for completion is one calendar year although the instructor may set a shorter deadline. Please see I to F policy (effective Fall 2006).
Tenure appointments may be given at .50 FTE or more, thus confirming the institution's formal decision that the faculty member has demonstrated such professional competence that the institution will not terminate employment except for cause, financial exigency, or program reductions or eliminations. Reference: PROMOTION AND TENURE GUIDELINES.
Faculty members are covered by the State Insurance Fund for tort claims arising out of an alleged act or omission while acting within the scope of their employment. Employees are indemnified and defended by the State through this self-insurance program as long as the act giving rise to the claim was within the scope of their employment and was not malfeasance, misfeasance, or willful or wanton neglect of duty.
Information Technologies, Office of (OIT)
OIT coordinates delivery and support of technology at PSU. Areas include: User Suport Services, Computer & Network Services, Information Systems, and Instruction and Research Services. The Office of the Executive Director is located in 445 Neuberger Hall. See also: OIT.
To support high standards of performance and professional development, faculty members holding indefinite tenure are normally reviewed every three years by a review committee generally composed of three persons. (All academic professional faculty are to receive annual performance reviews.) Reference: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT/AAUP.
Instruction and Research Services provides the equipment, hardware, software, information, resources, training, and support that will improve and enhance instruction, research, and service to the PSU community. IRS includes the following teams: Academic Research Computing Services, Student Computing Labs, the Instructional Development Support Center, Classroom and Audio Visual Services, Distance Education Center, Distributed Education Services, and equipment repair. Instructional and Research Services provides guidance and support to faculty and graduate students who would like to integrate technology into instruction and research for either existing or planned projects.
The Instructional Development Support Center Lab (IDSC), located in Room 18 in Smith Memorial Student Union, is a robust multimedia computing lab open to faculty, graduate students and staff at PSU. The lab provides a unique environment for users to develop exceptional multimedia products to enhance pedagogy and research. The lab houses state-of-the-art multimedia hardware and software on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. The range of resources and services includes digital video and audio production, image manipulation, interactive multimedia development, desktop publishing, graphic design, web development, media archiving, text scanning, PDF development, standard and large format color printing, 35mm photography, streaming media, and DVD authoring. Experienced staff are available for consultation, training, or individual project support. Workshops are also offered throughout the year to supplement online tutorials and training. Please contact the IDSC at 5-5911 for more information.
Instructors ordinarily hold an advanced degree associated with their fields of specialization, or have comparable experience. Instructors can only be awarded tenure with concurrent promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor or Assistant Professor. Reference: PROMOTION AND TENURE GUIDELINES.
Short-term and long-term disability plans are available to employees who are eligible for enrollment in the benefits program. For benefits information see BENEFITS or phone the Office of Human Resources (5-4926).
Several comprehensive medical insurance plans and health maintenance organizations are available to employees and their families. Vision coverage is included in most plans. Dental insurance plans are also offered. For benefits information see BENEFITS or phone the Office of Human Resources (5-4926).
Group plans are available that provide coverage for employee, spouse, and dependents. For benefits information see BENEFITS or phone the Office of Human Resources (5-4926).
Insurance, Workers' Compensation
This insurance is separate from the Flexible Benefit Program, and covers all employees for job-related accidents and illnesses. For more information see WORKERS' COMPENSATION or phone the Office of Human Resources (5-4926).
The educational and research activities of employees of the Board of Higher Education and its institutions frequently result in the discovery of new knowledge in the form of inventions, technological improvements, and the production of educational and professional materials. The general policy of the Board is to make such results available to the public in the most expeditious manner (see the OUS administrative rules and IMDs referenced below). In general, individual faculty and staff, as employees of the Oregon University System, conduct work on behalf of the System. Therefore, any new materials, inventions, or processes that result from such work are the legal property of the Oregon University System. To protect inventions, copyrightable software, and other copyrightable materials, faculty should inform the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, 600 Unitus Building (5-3423), of any new intellectual products and seek the assistance of the Technology Transfer Officer. Certain products including some educational materials, professional papers and textbooks are considered to be the property of the developer.
International Affairs, Office of (OIA)
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) promotes, assists and coordinates international activities throughout Portland State University. OIA articulates PSU's international character and global perspective for internal and external constituencies, in the United States and in other parts of the world. The Office of International Affairs offers comprehensive support services to help stimulate and direct the accelerated internationalization of Portland State University. Central to this process is building a large and diverse international student and scholar community, providing varied opportunities for PSU students to study, intern or serve abroad and to enrich the campus with the traditions and achievements of many cultures. For more information see OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 5-5077.