Faculty Grievance Policy
The Purdue University Faculty Grievance Policy (I.B.1) states, “. . . it is essential that the University maintain a climate that values Faculty and fosters prompt and fair resolution of their concerns and Grievances.” The Policy, created in 2011 and most recently updated in 2015, may be reviewed online. It is a revision of Executive Memorandum No. C-19.
Major changes in the 2011 revision were to adopt this one grievance policy for faculty on all campuses, to add an informal required step of mediation, and to add continuing lecturers and limited term lecturers to the policy.
This policy applies to all Faculty. Faculty is defined as Purdue University tenured and non-tenured faculty; clinical faculty; research faculty; full-time or part-time faculty, including those on leave of absence with or without pay; continuing lecturers; limited-term lecturers; and instructors.
To Begin A Grievance
To begin a grievance, a member of the faculty should contact the Faculty Mediation Chair. That person is Dr. Adam Rengstorf.
For the required informal step, you will need to prepare a written statement of the grievance and provide it to the Faculty Mediation Chair within 30 calendar days of the event which gave rise to the grievance. The person with the grievance, known as the Initiator, should check the policy at the link above or contact the Faculty Mediation Chair for information about what to put in the written statement. Since mediation became the informal first step in 2011, the majority of grievances have been resolved between the Initiator and the administrator, who is known as the Respondent.
First Formal Step
The first formal step after mediation is “grievability” or determining if the Initiator attempted mediation and filed in a timely fashion, and if the subject is properly brought under this policy (see below). The decision is made by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost with a possible appeal to the Chancellor.
The second formal step is a hearing before a Grievance Hearing Panel of three Faculty peers to recommend a resolution to the Provost, who determines the outcome of the grievance with appeal to the Chancellor possible.
The Grievance Process Flowchart outlines the process visually and in text (tagged PDF download). .
A grievance is defined as “A complaint brought by an Initiator who claims to have been wronged by a University action or decision related to his or her employment.” This policy excludes subjects which have other specific policies: tenure and promotion, tenure clock extension, discrimination or harassment, and termination for cause. Also excluded are matters about establishing or changing policies and “substantive” decisions like tenure or promotion.
Members of the Faculty Mediation Committee
Serving continuously at pleasure of Provost and Senate Chair
- Rita Brusca-Vega (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vivian Ott (email@example.com)
- Harvey Abramowitz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Adam Rengstorf (email@example.com)
- Dan Wilbur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members are elected to three-year terms by voting faculty in each College.
Members of the Grievance Hearing Committee
College of Business
- Shontrai Irving, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law – August 2019
- Alexandra Moran, Clinical Instructor of Entrepreneurship – August 2021
- David Vorwald, Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management – August 2021
- Seung Won Lee, Assistant Professor of Accounting – August 2021
College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
- David Pratt – Associate Professor of Education – August 2019
- Megan Murphy, Associate Professor, Family Therapy – August 2018
- Jesse Cohn, Associate Professor of English – August 2017
- Frank Colucci, Associate Professor of Political Science – August 2017
College of Engineering and Sciences
- Robert Merkovsky, Associate Professor of Mathematics – August 2019
- Aaron Warren, Associate Professor of Physics – August 2018
- Masoud Mojtahed, Professor of Mechanical Engineering – August 2017
- Kay Rowberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry – August 2019
College of Nursing
- Diane Spoljoric, Associate Professor of Nursing – May 2019
- Angela Schooley, Associate Professor of Nursing – May 2020
- Sweet Mordi, Assistant Professor of Nursing – May 2021
College of Technology
- Maged Mikhail, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology – August 2019
- Michael Roller, Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology – August 2021
- Ralph Ocon, Professor of Organizational Leadership & Supervision – August 2017