Policy HR24 TEMPORARY PROFESSORIAL DUAL TITLES FOR RESEARCH RANK FACULTY

POLICY'S INITIAL DATE: April 28, 1982
THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: November 15, 2006

Contents:

  • Purpose
  • Applicability
  • Definition
  • Eligibility
  • Approval Procedures for Title and Rank
  • Permanent vs Temporary Titles
  • Annual Review
  • Tenure Eligibility

  • PURPOSE:

    To provide recognition and credit to research faculty who profess in academic programs administered within the colleges, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

    APPLICABILITY:

    For those cases where a faculty member with research rank who is employed (or to be employed) in the research ranks is requested to profess in an academic program, a temporary professorial title in addition to the permanent research title may be conferred to provide recognition and credit to the individual for professing.

    DEFINITION:

    For the purpose of this policy, "to profess" is intended to mean: to teach formal undergraduate or graduate courses; and/or supervise graduate degree students' thesis/dissertation research; and/or chair or co-chair a masters or doctoral committee.

    ELIGIBILITY:

    A research-rank faculty member is eligible to be granted a corresponding rank professorial title in addition to the research-rank title under one or more of the following conditions:

    1. An individual responsible for teaching one undergraduate or graduate course of at least three credits in a fiscal year. An exception would be a one-time teaching responsibility brought about by special circumstances where there is no intent to repeat.

    2. An individual responsible for teaching more than one undergraduate or graduate course in a fiscal year, regardless of the number of course credits involved.

    3. An individual who supervises a graduate degree student's thesis/dissertation research and/or who chairs or co-chairs a masters or doctoral committee.

    4. Research-rank faculty in their first year on campus, or with no previous experience in the assignment (teaching or thesis supervision), shall be assigned to teaching and/or thesis supervision without conferral of the professorial title during the first year. Following this opportunity to observe the individual's performance, he/she will be eligible for appointment to the temporary dual title beginning the second year.

    APPROVAL PROCEDURES FOR TITLE AND RANK:

    The temporary professorial dual title and rank awarded for teaching courses within a college, and for thesis and dissertation direction in a college, shall be recommended to the Dean of the College by the appropriate college academic officers responsible for the academic program in which the faculty member will profess. The rank shall correspond to the current research rank (see HR21for equivalency of ranks). These professorial title temporary appointments will be reviewed by an appropriate departmental or college faculty committee and that recommendation forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School or Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, as appropriate. (This ad hoc committee review is not to be confused with standing HR23 committee procedures required for permanent professorial titles and for conferral of tenure.)

    Faculty eligible as a result of teaching intercollege graduate degree program (IGDP) courses (e.g., physiology or acoustics) or for supervision of intercollege graduate degree program theses will be reviewed by the faculty or a committee of the faculty of the IGDP. The IGDP chair will consult with the budget executive of the eligible faculty member (e.g., College Dean, Director of the Applied Research Laboratory or of an interdisciplinary Institute) and upon concurrence, he/she will forward a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School.

    Faculty eligible as a result of teaching Intercollege Undergraduate Degree program (IUGD) courses (e.g., minor courses in astrobiology, environmental inquiry, gerontology, marine sciences, military studies, neuroscience), or for serving as preceptor or capstone thesis/project supervisors in the intercollege undergraduate Bachelor of Philosophy Program, will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the following five individuals:

    A. Three tenured faculty members participating in, or familiar with, the IUGD program;

    B. The Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, or his/her designee;

    C. The head of the Intercollege Undergraduate Degree program.

    For faculty titled for teaching in intercollege programs (graduate or undergraduate), a professorial title must be utilized which is not in conflict with those used by a college (e.g., Assistant Professor of Materials Research).

    PERMANENT RESEARCH-RANK TITLES VS. TEMPORARY PROFESSORIAL TITLES:

    In all cases (college and intercollege), the research rank will be the individual's permanent rank. The temporary professorial title will apply year-by-year as warranted by eligibility for the dual title, based on professing.

    ANNUAL REVIEW:

    Near the end of an academic year for which a temporary professorial title has been granted, there shall be a review to ascertain whether the research faculty member's professorial responsibilities during the next fiscal year warrant continuation of the professorial dual title. For research faculty professing in academic programs administered within colleges, this review shall be conducted by the appropriate College Dean, in consultation with the appropriate Department Head. For research faculty professing in intercollege graduate degree programs, this review shall be conducted by the Dean of the Graduate School (or the Dean's designee) in consultation with the interdisciplinary Institute Director and the appropriate intercollege graduate degree program head. For research faculty professing in intercollege undergraduate degree programs, this review shall be conducted by the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education (or the Vice President and Dean's designee), in consultation with the appropriate intercollege undergraduate degree program head. The continuation determination shall be conveyed to the faculty member's Department Head (or ARL or interdisciplinary Institute director) and the Dean (or Vice President for Research). If the individual will not be requested to profess during the next academic year, his or her professorial dual title will be removed and the permanent research rank title only will apply. This determination would be made normally on July 1 for standing appointments, or at the next reappointment for fixed-term appointments.

    TENURE ELIGIBILITY:

    This provision for recognition of non-tenure track research faculty who profess does not alter the promotion and tenure policies and procedures set forth in HR23.

    UPDATES:

    11/15/06 - Changed policy title from Temporary Professional Dual Titles for Research Rank Faculty to Temporary Professorial Dual Titles for Research Rank Faculty. Changed Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and International Programs to Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.


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