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Howard Community College has established two categories of employees with term of contract.  Term of contract is defined as the expectation of employment to be continued for a specified period of time.  Employees of Maryland educational institutions with term of contract have certain rights if dismissed during the period of contract as defined by state law; they are given the right of notice and the right to be heard in the case of dismissal for cause.   The two categories of employees with term of contract are:

  1. full-time faculty in position control/budgeted positions who have completed the probationary period; the term of contract period for full-time faculty is two years
  2. full-time administrative, professional/technical, and support group members in position control/budgeted positions who have completed the probationary period; the term of contract period for full-time administrative, professional/technical, and support group employees is one year

All other employees have no term of contract.  These employees include:

  1. position control/budgeted employees in probationary status
  2. part-time position control/budgeted employees
  3. temporary with benefits employees
  4. adjunct faculty members (they do have short-term contracts)
  5. temporary employees

These employees work in an at-will relationship.  This means that the employee or the college may end the employment relationship at any time for any reason or no reason with or without notice and without the right of appeal.

Term of Contract

Employees with term of contract have some “expectations of continued employment” referred to by the general term “tenure” in Maryland state law.


Effective Date:  5/11/2007