Faculty Handbook

August, 2014

Message from the Chancellor

Dear Faculty:

Thank you for being part of the University of Arkansas. While the focus of any great university is its students, the foundation is its faculty. Very little is accomplished without your character, intellect, and commitment to teaching, research, and outreach. Please know I value all you do, and everything you bring to our campus.

The policies and procedures set forth in the Faculty Handbook will acquaint you with the administration and governance of the University of Arkansas. As you familiarize yourself with the university, I encourage you to pursue academic excellence and preserve academic freedom through participation in university governance. Faculty leadership is indispensable to maintaining and improving the quality of this institution, and I hope you will share in that responsibility. We depend on your informed input and look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for all you do.


G. David Gearhart

About the Faculty Handbook

The University of Arkansas Faculty Handbook is maintained on-line. The handbook is a collection of information about the university from many sources including Board of Trustees policy statements, Fayetteville Policies and Procedures, and Academic Policies, among others. Material unique to the handbook is contained primarily in section II, Academic Responsibilities of Faculty. The Faculty Handbook is reviewed annually to update unique material and connect to their primary web-based sources all major policy statements duplicated in the handbook, summarized there, or identified there. The University of Arkansas reserves the right to revise, modify, or repeal any of its policies or procedures at any time.

Questions or comments about the Faculty Handbook may be sent to the Office of the Provost, at provost@uark.edu


The University of Arkansas is a flagship university for the integration of student engagement, scholarship and research, and innovation that collectively transforms lives and inspires leadership for a global society.

Institutional Goals

As Arkansas’s flagship public research university, the University of Arkansas will:

  • Put students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, keeping costs as low as possible and reducing obstacles to student success.
  • Be transparent and accountable to the people of Arkansas in all decision-making.
  • Increase overall enrollment while remaining the school of choice for the state’s most gifted students; provide a concomitant increase in faculty and staff.
  • Enhance diversity by attracting more students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups and by nurturing intercultural understanding inside and outside the classroom.
  • Improve graduation rates and degree-completion times.
  • Provide highly competitive compensation packages for the purpose of recruiting and retaining the very best faculty, staff and graduate students.
  • Increase funding in both research awards and federal research expenditures.
  • Marshal the university’s expertise, programs, faculty, staff and students to grow the state’s knowledge-based economy and to address major issues confronting Arkansas and the world.
  • Provide a superior campus landscape and environment by planning for and carrying out the continuous renewal and renovation of existing facilities and the designing and building of new world-class facilities.
  • Pursue a consistent and aggressive program for the maintenance and improvement of the institution’s libraries and technology resources.
  • Promote environmental sustainability.
  • Establish and market a quality brand reputation for the university statewide, nationally and internationally.
  • Foster the arts on campus and throughout the region.
  • Expand outreach through distance education and partnerships with other institutions.
  • Grow public support and the endowment through enhanced relationships with constituents and sound investment strategies.