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History of PHP 2

In 2011, as a result of our renegotiated adjunct contract, the University agreed to create an opportunity for adjuncts in the Preferred Hiring Pool to be promoted to Preferred Hiring Pool 2 (PHP 2). The opportunity for promotion to PHP 2 requires an application to the dean. Approval is contingent upon evidence of excellent teaching performance and is subject to the sole discretion of the dean and available funding. Upon approval, successful PHP 2 applicants receive a 20% raise.

Determination and Number of Awards

Note that, unlike PHP 1, there are a limited number of slots, and so not all worthy applicants will be awarded PHP 2. The number of awards is contingent upon several factors including funding. The number of awards given in past years is not an indicator of the number of awards in subsequent years. Associate deans will make recommendations for the available PHP 2 slots to the Dean, who will have the final decision in the matter.

12.11 Preferred Hiring Pool 2 (PHP 2)

PHP 2 candidates must notify their department chair in writing on their intent to apply for PHP 2. Promotion to PHP 2 will be based on teaching excellence, collegiality, and support for department / programs leaning objectives and outcomes. Decisions by the dean for PHP 2 status will be final and shall not be subject to the grievance and arbitration provisions of the agreement.

12.12 Re-Application for PHP 2

Applicants who are denied PHP 2 status are eligible to reapply in two (2) years.


Applicants must have 80 units of adjunct teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences and be members of the Preferred Hiring Pool (PHP).

Application Requirements

On or before February 15, adjunct faculty members may submit an application to the Dean for placement in PHP 2. Check with your Dean for your school's application process. CAS applications are submitted through the online gnosis system. The application should include the following materials (note that this may vary from college to school -- check with your dean for details in your college/school):

i.      A letter of application (1-2 pages suggested, but there is no required maximum or minimum)

ii.     A current curriculum vitae

iii.    A list of courses taught and the semester in which each was taught

iv.    A statement of teaching philosophy (Recommended: 1-2 pages maximum, double-spaced)

v.     SUMMA evaluations and BLUE Evaluations for the past 5 years (Please include your entire SUMMA package for the years requested. Suggested but not required: you may also include a summary of your unit mean; From CAS Office: more important for applicants to address any trends or problematic evaluations in their teaching philosophy or in a separate statement that can be uploaded along with the evaluations. If there's a noticeable dip, for instance, it would be useful to understand how the instructor accounts for it, and if they took any steps to address student concerns or pedagogical challenges)

vi.    Syllabi, assignments, or other instructional materials that demonstrate teaching excellence (Suggested but no official limit: limit to 12 items. 1 item = 1 syllabus, 1 assignment, 1 article or book publication, etc).

vii.   Two letters of recommendation (It is recommended but not required that at least one recommendation come from a USF colleague such as department head, program chair, etc).

viii.  A statement of support for department/program learning outcomes and objectives. (May be a separate statement in the cover letter; Recommended: 1-2 pages)

ix.    A confirmation of notification to department chair/program director.  (May be a pdf copy of an email notification to the chair/program director.)   


  • Teaching evaluations for the past five years are consistently and significantly above average and/or demonstrate improvement in relationship to the unit mean.
  • Course syllabi and/or accompanying instructional materials show evidence of continuing improvement and engagement in the scholarship of teaching.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy demonstrates thoughtful reflection on the applicant’s teaching for the benefit of student learning and reflects USF’s mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Evidence that teaching materials and methods are continually updated in the light of pedagogical developments in the field.
  • Successful demonstration of engagement with students and commitment to the USF vision and values ( and leadership or initiative in the applicant’s department.

Recommendation to Applicant

  • Submit your strongest material, not everything you do.
  • Keep your application succinct and relevant: quality trumps quantity.
  • Notify your chair or program director that you are submitting an application.
  • Teaching excellence at USF will be given greater emphasis than experience related to other universities or work not related to USF.
  • See application recommendations for PHPI 

Notification by the Dean

On or before July 15, the Dean shall notify each applicant of the decision on PHP 2.

The Dean’s decision shall be in writing.

Adjunct faculty who are granted PHP 2 status will be placed in that category at the beginning of the following fall semester.

Adjunct faculty whose application is denied may continue to teach in the preferred hiring pool.

Decisions of the Dean as set forth in this proposal shall not be subject to the grievance and arbitration provisions of the adjunct faculty contract.

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