12.1 Members of this unit in the title Lecturer shall be eligible for a certificate of continuous employment upon a sixth full‑time appointment in the title of Lecturer immediately preceded by five years of continuous full‑time service in the title of Lecturer. In computing eligible time in service, such time shall commence with the first September of appointment.
12.2 When service has been continuous and a break in full‑time service has occurred by virtue of a reduced schedule, such less than full‑time service shall be prorated towards its equivalency in full‑time service.
12.3 The certificate of continuous employment shall be valid only in the college or in the Educational Opportunity Center which makes the certificate or sixth appointment and shall carry with it the guarantee of full‑time reappointment subject to continued satisfactory performance, stability in academic program, sufficiency of registration and financial ability.
12.4 The terms of this article do not apply to service in any title other than Lecturer.
12.5 Effective one year after initial appointment, no member of this unit in the title Lecturer shall be denied reappointment on the basis of professional incompetence unless he or she has been evaluated during at least three semesters (including the first year of appointment) according to the provisions contained in this Agreement, Article 18 and unless two of the last four evaluations indicate unsatisfactory professional performance.
12.6 An Instructor may be appointed in the title Lecturer immediately preceded by five years of continuous full‑time service as an Instructor in the same department, in which case he or she shall receive a Certificate of Continuous Employment as a Lecturer.