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Policy on Teaching and Research Professorial Appointments

  1. Appointments and Reappointments
  2. Teaching and Research Professor appointments are non-tenure track (NTT) appointments. NTT faculty have the protection of academic tenure only during the fixed term of their contract. These appointments may be renewed, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

  3. Expectations for Promotion
  4. Promotion of NTT faculty is not tied to reappointment and is not determined by time in rank. It is determined instead by the development of the faculty member’s career to the level of the next rank. However, the time scale of career development will be similar to that of tenure-track faculty. Thus promotion to Teaching or Research Associate Professor might be considered after around six years as Assistant Professor, and promotion to Teaching or Research Professor might follow after a further six years or more.

    Review of NTT faculty will follow the departmental, college, and university procedures for promotion in place at the time of review. Contributions will be reviewed against the Statement of Mutual Expectations developed by the faculty member and the Department Head, with input from the faculty member’s mentoring committee.

    1. Teaching Faculty
    2. The official load of teaching faculty across campus is 8 courses per academic year (9 months). However, the Department of Statistics has advocated a different path allowing for broader personal development and making a clearer distinction between instructors and NTTs. This departmental standard load consists of 6 courses per academic year plus additional contributions to the department, university, and statistics profession. Thus, promotion guidelines for teaching faculty must consider both teaching contributions and these extra contributions over and above teaching duties.

      For the teaching aspect, teaching faculty must demonstrate excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring of students. Student evaluations are one measure of excellence, but the promotion dossier should also give evidence of excellence in course content, maintenance of rigor in standards, and innovation in teaching methods.

      The additional contributions of teaching faculty are harder to measure, including both citizenship and scholarly activity. Some examples of good citizenship are committee membership, leadership in diversity recruiting, and leadership in promoting excellent teaching practices within the department. Teaching faculty are not expected to develop independent research programs. However, scholarly activity appropriate to the individual’s teaching responsibilities is expected. Indicators of scholarly activities are listed in Section 3.1.3 in the department’s Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Standards and Procedures.

      Teaching faculty will follow the promotion processes and guidelines established by the university for promotion of tenure-track faculty. For promotion to the associate or full level, outside letters are not required. However, teaching faculty are expected to be good citizens and to establish a reputation beyond the institution.

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