In order to encourage Tennessee Technological University faculty participation in the Fulbright Scholar Program and in related leaves, the following guidelines are to be implemented:
- Faculty Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program and on related leaves will continue to receive salary and associated benefits from the University; will receive credit for years toward tenure, promotion, and longevity; and will receive consideration for raises while participants in the program.
- Faculty Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program and on related leaves will receive a salary that is a combination of resources from the Fulbright Award and the University. The actual amount of the salary received will be dependent upon the relative cost of living in the city or country for which the faculty member is awarded the scholarship and the actual cost of replacement instruction.
If the cost of living index for the host city or country, whichever is greater, is equal to or less than one (the reference value for the United States), then the total salary for the Scholar will be the TTU salary plus $5,000. This salary will be achieved by adding to the Fulbright Award or to awards for related leaves sufficient resources from the Faculty Scholar's TTU line to total an amount equal to the TTU salary plus $5,000.
If the cost of living index for the host city or country, whichever is greater, is greater than 1, then the total salary for the Scholar will be the TTU salary x the cost of living index + $5,000. For example, if the TTU salary is $36,000 and the cost of living index is 1.2, the Scholar's salary would be $48,200 ($36,000 X 1.2 = $43,200: $43,2000 + $5,000 = $48,200). This salary would be achieved by adding to the Fulbright Stipend or to the stipend provided by related leaves sufficient resources from the Faculty Scholar's TTU line to total this amount.
However, the instruction normally provided by the Scholar will need to be met in her/his absence. Therefore, the maximum obtainable from the Scholar's TTU line must be the budgeted amount minus the actual cost of replacement instruction.
This policy is based on a full-time award for a period of nine months. Awards for less than full-time or for periods other than nine months will require negotiated or prorated adjustments.
As an encouragement for other faculty development activities, the University will maximize the resources available to faculty for other prestigious program leaves and similar opportunities. In all cases, sufficient resources must remain to meet the instructional load normally provided by the participant.
[Approved by the Academic Council November 6, 1996.]