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Chapter 2
Faculty Appointments

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Recruitment and Hiring Procedures for Faculty Members

Criteria for Hiring

Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty. Scholarly excellence, teaching and advising effectiveness, capacity for leadership and service within the school and university

Lecturer (Full-Time). Teaching and advising effectiveness, capacity for leadership and service within the school and university

Professor of the Practice. Capacity for teaching and mentoring effectiveness and established credentials as a leading practitioner in a field that complements the educational and scholarly work of the faculty

Lecturer (Part-Time). Teaching effectiveness

Research Faculty. Established research excellence, and in the case of Arts and Sciences, sufficient independent external grant or contract support to cover full compensation and associated indirect costs

Visiting Faculty. Appointment at another institution at a comparable rank. Visiting titles may be used for interim appointments preceding primary appointments that result from an approved search

All appointment letters, including those for adjunct faculty, full-time and part-time lecturers, and all visiting appointments, shall be generated and administered by the offices of the deans.

Search Procedures

Tenured; Tenure-Track; and Full-Time, Nontenure-Track Appointments

Procedures are published here.

Part-Time, Nontenure-Track Appointments

Procedures are published here.

Normally, these procedures must be followed to fill part-time faculty positions such as lecturers and professors of the practice. The dean may grant permission to waive a search if a position becomes available too late to conduct a reasonable search. While such a late hire may be approved for up to one year, the department or program must do a search for subsequent semesters and may not rehire the late hire without a search.

Part-time faculty may be rehired without a search if they have taught at Tufts within the prior three academic years.

The number of courses a part-time faculty member may teach can expand or contract from semester to semester. In the School of Arts and Sciences, part-time lecturers who have taught for nine years are guaranteed a certain number of courses per semester. If, however, a full-time lectureship becomes available in a department or program (e.g., if several part-time positions are "bundled" into one full-time position), a search must be conducted.

Visiting Appointments (Courtesy, Nonteaching)

The department chair shall send the following to the dean: a copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae and a letter recommending the appointment that details the candidate's qualifications and delineates any institutional resources necessary to support the appointment. The chair should confer directly with the dean in advance about such resources.

Research Appointments

The department chair shall send the following to the dean: a copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae; and a letter recommending the appointment that details the candidate's credentials, the value of research of the candidate to the department's and university's goals, the source and extent of the independent external funding, details about the external funding (principal investigator(s), grant number, and length of grant contract), and any institutional resources necessary to support the appointment. The chair should confer directly with the dean in advance about such resources.

Target of Opportunity

In exceptional cases, the deans may appoint an individual without a search, in consultation with the department.

Policy on Appointment of Family Members

Although there is no formal university policy, it is acceptable for spouses or other relatives to hold academic appointments at the same time without regard to these family relationships and with the usual prerequisites of appointment. However, the hiring of one family member does not obligate the university to hire another.

Policy on Part-Time Appointment of Full-Time Staff Members

On occasion, a full-time staff member may have the background, expertise, and interest to teach a course. Should a department or program wish to hire a staff member to teach a course, the department chair or program director should secure the permission of the staff member's supervisor, as well as the permission of the dean and the affirmative action officer. As teaching is beyond the regular work assignments of these staff members, their teaching duties cannot interfere with staff responsibilities or commitment levels. In addition, preparation for class, office hours, and grading should not interfere with normal work responsibilities. Staff members should receive compensation commensurate with that paid to other part-time faculty. Staff members in A&S who are hired to teach a course are not eligible to participate in the collective bargaining unit for part-time lecturers.