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Formerly Executive Memorandum 75-7
Initially approved May 8, 1975
Policy Topic: Academic Affairs
Administering office: Academic Affairs

The policies which will govern the appointment, reappointment, and eligibility for academic rank and tenure of personnel having coaching responsibilities in intercollegiate athletics, to be effective on the date of this memorandum, are as follows:

The Director of Athletics, Head Football Coach, Head Basketball Coach, Assistant Director of Athletics, and other full-time members of the Intercollegiate Athletics staff are appointed by the Chancellor and are eligible for reappointment on an annual basis for an indefinite period. The award of academic rank at the level of instructor is optional, subject to approval by the appropriate department head. Appointees are not eligible for tenure or professorial rank above instructor.

Assistant coaches of football and basketball whose responsibilities include part-time teaching but whose primary responsibility is coaching are eligible for appointment on an annual basis for an indefinite period. The Director of Athletics is primarily responsible for the recruitment, appointment, reappointment, and salary determination of these members of the intercollegiate coaching staff in consultation with the head of the appropriate teaching department. Appointment and reappointment to the teaching faculty at the rank of instructor is contingent upon recommendation by the appropriate department head, dean, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs using procedures applying to faculty appointments generally. Individuals in this category are not eligible for tenure or professorial rank above instructor.

Other persons whose duties may include intercollegiate coaching but whose primary responsibility is teaching are eligible for appointment to any appropriate professorial rank. Recruitment, appointment, reappointment, and salary determination are the responsibility of the Head of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (or, if appropriate, another teaching department), contingent upon consultation with the Director of Athletics. These persons are eligible for promotion and tenure in the appropriate teaching department subject to the departmental, school, and institutional policies and procedures which govern the appointment, reappointment, tenure, and promotion of the faculty at Western Carolina University.


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