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Non-Tenure-Track Instructor and Lecturer Appointments

Criteria for Appointment: Instructor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, and Professor of Practice

Instructor: This is a temporary, one-semester, or semester-by-semester appointment, for full-time or part-time work with contracts of no more than one year. Minimum qualifications for an instructor are a master's degree, or a bachelor's degree and professional qualifications.

An instructor may be expected to:

Lecturers of all ranks may be expected to advise students, serve on committees, participate actively in professional societies, and conduct research. In each case, yearly teaching loads for lecturers will be negotiated with the department chair/school dean taking into account the non-teaching or scholarly activities.

Lecturer: This is a two-year, renewable (rolling) appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. Minimum qualifications for a lecturer include a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications.

A lecturer may be expected to:

Senior Lecturer: This is a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. Minimum qualifications for a senior lecturer include a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications.

In addition to the expectations for lecturers, a senior lecturer is expected to:

Principal Lecturer: This is a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. Minimum qualifications for a principal lecturer include a master's degree or equivalent professional qualifications.

In addition to the expectations for lecturers and senior lecturers, a principal lecturer is expected to:

Professor of Practice: This is a continuing appointment. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. Minimum qualifications for a professor of practice are a bachelor's degree with significant professional experience.

A professor of practice may be expected to:

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Promotion Process for Lecturers

Each academic unit will establish provisions for the promotion process through the lecturer ranks, including promotion criteria and unit-level review procedures. Provisions will include the establishment of a unit-level committee, with committee membership parameters determined by the unit. Non-tenure-track faculty in the rank of lecturer or senior lecturer who wish to be considered for promotion will submit documentation similar to that contained on the F-Form for tenure-track faculty in February of a given year. The promotion process will be:

  1. The department/school committee makes a written recommendation and forwards with the documentation to the chair/school dean.
  2. The department chair/school dean makes a written recommendation and forwards with the documentation to the college dean or provost as appropriate.
  3. The college dean (as applicable) makes a written recommendation and forwards all documentation to the provost.
  4. The provost reviews the documentation and makes a recommendation to the President.
  5. The president makes the final promotion decision.
An example of documentation for promotion may contain, but not limited to: curriculum vitae, history of teaching and other assignments, teaching strategy statement, teaching goals, student, peer, and senior peer evaluations, statement of non-classroom activity (committee work, papers, presentations, consulting, etc.), syllabi of courses development.