Policy on Teaching Track Appointments
in the
SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Fall 2005

This document describes the School of Computer Science implementation of the University Policy on Teaching Track Appointments, and is in full compliance with the University Policy. The ranks, Lecturer, Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor (referred to collectively as the Teaching Track) and tenure of each rank are set by the University Policy. The duties and expectations associated with each rank, and promotions from one rank to the next are the subject of this document.

All appointments are made within an academic department. Appointments to the position of Lecturer are for terms of three years. Initial appointment as, or promotion to, Associate Teaching Professor is also for a three-year term, but subsequent reappointments as Associate Teaching Professor are for five-year terms. Appointments as Teaching Professor are for five-year terms.

When an appointment or reappointment (with or without promotion) is made, it is the responsibility of the unit head and the Dean to ensure that the appointee is given clear and full information in writing concerning the terms, functions, and duties of the appointment, including the applicable University and School policies. No oral commitments supplementing written information shall be made or recognized.

Notice of termination or of the intent to allow an appointment to lapse must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration.

I. Portfolio of Work

Reappointment and promotion decisions for Teaching Track faculty will be based primarily on a portfolio showing the results of the candidate's work. Every portfolio should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Digest
  3. History of teaching and other assignments.
  4. Statement of teaching strategy.
  5. Statement of goals for the current appointment period.
  6. Self-evaluation and evaluation criteria.
  7. Student, peer and senior faculty evaluations.
  8. External evaluations, if appropriate.
  9. Teaching evaluations, both university FCEs and classroom observations.

The portfolio should also include any other relevant material, such as:

Members of the teaching track may also carry on professional activities that should be considered for evaluation: e.g., professional practice, consulting, public service, service in technical and professional societies and associations, and editorial work on professional journals. Insofar as such activities either contribute to or are an extension of activities related to the field, they should be considered as applicable.

II. Criteria for Appointment and Promotion: Lecturer, Associate Teaching Professor, and Teaching Professor.

Lecturer: This is a three-year, renewable appointment. Notice of the intent to allow an appointment to lapse must be given at least one year before its expiration. A Lecturer will ordinarily serve at least six to nine years in that rank before being promoted to Associate Teaching Professor.

A lecturer is expected to:

Associate Teaching Professor: Initial appointment is for a three-year term; subsequent reappointments as Associate Teaching Professor are for five-year terms. Promotion to the Associate Teaching Professor rank requires demonstrated excellence in teaching and leadership in education. The key requirement is the ability to develop new courses, teaching methods, and procedures that have substantial impact within the School and across the University. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration. An Associate Teaching Professor's initial appointment must be formally considered in three years, subsequent reappointments must be considered every five years.

Teaching Professor: This is a five-year, renewable appointment. Promotion to the Teaching Professor rank requires evidence of exceptional achievements in education, either by fundamental contributions to education within the University or by broad national or international impact. A Teaching Professor's reappointment must be formally considered every five years. Notice of termination must be given at least one year in advance of the appointment's expiration.