The University of Maine is committed to developing and implementing creative processes to support the employment goals of the partners of faculty and staff. The University recognizes that finding meaningful employment for a partner is important to the successful transition to the University of Maine community and that an engaged and productive academic and administrative workforce is essential.
In order to further support its commitment to partner accommodations, the University is supplementing its existing partner accommodation policy with a Faculty Partner Accommodation Program. This Program is not intended to replace existing policies and procedures implemented by the Office of Human Resources or the Office of Equal Opportunity. Existing procedures such as job sharing, partial appointments, term or trial appointments, research faculty appointments, opportunity hire appointments, and informal networking support both on and off campus, for example, should continue to be explored to facilitate partner accommodations.
The Faculty Partner Accommodation Program is intended to supplement existing partner accommodation options by providing central funding for one tenure-stream or continuing-contract partner accommodation position per academic year. The Program is expected to be a competitive program under which each college and Cooperative Extension may each submit one proposal for consideration for the grant each year.
The program shall be referred to as the “Faculty Partner Accommodation Program.” Central sources will fund the salary and employee benefits for the Faculty Partner Accommodation Program and the successful College or Cooperative Extension can negotiate for additional assistance from central funding for the costs of reasonable infrastructure needs and other start-up funding and any other reasonable expenses on a case-by-case basis for a tenure-stream or continuing-contract position.
Funding shall be added to the base budget of the unit receiving the partner accommodation position; however, if the partner hired through this program vacates the position, funding shall return to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost.
The President’s and Provost’s decision to award the Faculty Partner Accommodation Program in any given year shall have no impact on future requests for faculty positions by a requesting or accepting department.
The criteria for evaluating requests made under this Program include:
Annually, the Deans of each College and the Executive Director of Cooperative Extension may submit an application for consideration under the program.
A Faculty Partner Accommodation Program application should include:
Applications for consideration under the Partner Accommodation Program must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by October 1 or another date to be announced by the Provost. The merits of each proposal will be analyzed by the Provost’s Executive Staff and the Provost and President will make the final decision.