Professor in Practice

Maximum five-year fixed term, with possibility of additional maximum five-year fixed terms.

Description

The position of professor in practice without tenure is intended for individuals pursuing careers in professional practice related to fields of study at the school who commit themselves to part-time teaching and other activities at the school. The position is reserved for individuals who are highly effective teachers and who have demonstrated a distinguished record of professional work that has been recognized by peers as a significant contribution to the field. Appointments are made for a fixed term up to five years on a part-time basis. Teaching responsibilities normally shall be for not less than one-quarter nor more than one-half the teaching load of full-time faculty. Teaching responsibilities may be concentrated in one period, one module, one term, or the full academic year, subject to agreement on a satisfactory schedule with the department chair and dean. Professors in practice who do not have tenure must maintain active professional roles with the balance of their time. An individual holding the position of professor in practice that does not carry tenure is an officer of the University and may not concurrently hold an academic position at another academic institution. Individuals holding this position serve on the Senior Faculty Council but may not participate in decisions about tenured appointments, appointments or reappointments of senior non-tenured positions, or the Faculty Appointments Handbook.

Process for Appointment

Initial appointment to the position of professor in practice that does not carry tenure normally requires a search conducted by a search committee with notice, outreach, candidate visits, external letters, and deliberation, followed by departmental review, Senior Faculty Council review, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost. In exceptional circumstances, a targeted search in which a candidate is identified at the start of the appointments process may be authorized by the provost after a recommendation from the dean in consultation with the senior faculty of the relevant department and the Senior Faculty Council.


Reappointments for maximum five-year fixed terms may be made if the dean and senior faculty of the department recommend the consideration of a reappointment and a reappointment review is conducted including review by a reappointment committee appointed by the dean, in consultation with the department chair and composed of senior members of the department with external letters, departmental review, review by the Senior Faculty Council, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost. Written notice concerning the School’s intention to allow an appointment to conclude at the end of the current term shall be given not later than one year before the end of the current appointment. Thus, most reviews will be conducted during the penultimate year of an appointment.

Appointment of an associate professor in practice to professor in practice without tenure may be made if the dean and senior faculty of the department recommend the consideration of the appointment and a review is subsequently conducted including review by a committee appointed by the dean, in consultation with the department chair, and composed of senior members of the department with external letters, departmental review, review by the Senior Faculty Council, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost.

 

Senior Lecturer

Maximum five-year fixed term, with possibility of additional maximum five-year fixed terms.

Description

The position of senior lecturer is intended for individuals pursuing academic careers who commit themselves to teaching and scholarship at the school. The position is reserved for individuals who are highly effective teachers and who have demonstrated a distinguished record of scholarly work that has been recognized by peers as significant. Appointments are made for fixed terms up to five years on a full-time or part-time basis. If the appointment is made on a part-time basis, teaching responsibilities normally shall be for not less than one-quarter nor more than one-half the teaching load of full-time faculty. Such part-time teaching responsibilities may be concentrated in one period, one module, one term, or the full academic year, subject to agreement on a satisfactory schedule with the department chair and dean. An individual holding the position of senior lecturer is an officer of the University and may not concurrently hold an academic position at another academic institution. Individuals holding the position of senior lecturer serve on the Senior Faculty Council but may not participate in decisions about tenured appointments, senior non-tenured positions, or the Faculty Appointments Handbook.

Process for Appointment

Initial appointment to the position of senior lecturer normally requires a search conducted by a search committee with notice, outreach, candidate visits, external letters, and deliberation, followed by departmental review, Senior Faculty Council review, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost. In exceptional circumstances, a targeted search in which a candidate is identified at the start of the appointments process may be authorized by the provost after a recommendation from the dean in consultation with the senior faculty of the relevant department and the Senior Faculty Council. Reappointments for maximum five-year fixed terms may be made if the dean and senior faculty of the department recommend the consideration of a reappointment and a reappointment review is subsequently conducted including review by a reappointment committee appointed by the dean, in consultation with the department chair, composed of senior members of the department, with external letters, followed by departmental review, review by the Senior Faculty Council, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost.

 

Professor in Residence

Maximum five-year fixed term, with possibility of second maximum five-year fixed term following the initial appointment, cumulative consecutive or non-consecutive maximum limit of time of 10 years.

Description

The position of professor in residence is intended for distinguished scholars and practitioners who are highly effective teachers and who have been recognized by peers as having made significant, ongoing intellectual contributions to their field through a career-spanning record of scholarship and/or practice. Appointments at this rank are made on the occasion when the school determines that it has time-limited needs best served by a term
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appointment. An initial appointment may be made for a fixed term up to five years on a full-time basis. One reappointment may be made for a fixed term up to five years on a full-time basis. Individuals holding the position of professor in residence are officers of the University and may not concurrently hold a position at another academic institution. Residency in the Boston area is required. Professors in residence shall employ their time teaching, conducting creative work in scholarship and/or design, and fulfilling responsibilities for academic service. They may provide leadership in the school through such activities as chairing departments and directing programs. Professors in residence serve on the Senior Faculty Council but may not participate in decisions about tenured appointments or the Faculty Appointments Handbook.

Process for Appointment

The School must seek authorization from the provost to conduct a search or a targeted search for an individual to fill the position of professor in residence. The focus of this authorization is to interrogate the School’s claim that the search should be for a term-limited rather than full-time tenured professor and/or that an individual candidate merits a targeted search. Initial appointment to the position of professor in residence requires a search conducted by a search committee with notice, outreach, candidate visits, external letters, and deliberation, followed by departmental review, Senior Faculty Council review, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost. Reappointment as professor in residence for a second and final five-year term requires reauthorization of the position by the provost, departmental review, review by the Senior Faculty Council, recommendation by the dean, and approval by the provost.