Faculty Grievance Procedures and Policies

This document outlines the faculty grievance procedures and policies at PNW.

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.


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

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 Associate Professor of Business Law – Term Expires August 2020
  • Subhash Jha, Assistant Professor of Marketing – Term Expires term expires August 2021
  • Ragen Hatcher, Clinical Instructor of Management- Term Expires August 2022

College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

  • Robert Hallock – Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology –Term Expires August 2020
  • Su-Jeong Wee, Associate Professor of Human Development – Term Expires August 2021
  • Rhon Teruelle – Assistant Professor of Comm & Soc. Media – Term Expires August 2022
  • Geoffrey Schultz – Professor of Education – Term Expires August 2022

College of Engineering and Sciences

  • Robert Merkovsky, Associate Professor of Mathematics – Term Expires August 2020
  • Michael Pelter, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Term Expires August 2020
  • Feng-Song Wang, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences – Term Expires August 2021
  • Liberty Pelter, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Term Expires August 2022
  • Kay Rowberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry – Term Expires August 2022

College of Nursing

  • Angela Schooley, Associate Professor of Nursing,- Term Expires August 2020
  • Sweet Mordi, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Term Expires August 2021
  • Marianne Curia, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Term Expires August 2022

College of Technology

  • Ralph Ocon, Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision – Term Expires August 2020
  • Michael A. Roller, Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology – Term Expires August 2021
  • Maged Mikhail, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology – Term Expires August 2022