Descriptions of Continuing Track, Lecture Track,

and Visiting Appointments


 

Continuing Track


1.    Continuing track appointments are for full-time teaching faculty (24 shs) and provide for fixed term periods of

       employment with no expectation of tenure.
2.    Continuing track contracts are offered on an initial 4 year probationary basis. During this probationary period,
       continuing track appointments are of a fixed term length, normally one academic year1 with no guarantee of
       reemployment.
3.   Faculty on continuing track appointments are eligible for travel funds equal to that of tenure-track faculty and are
      eligible to compete equally for non-sabbatical faculty research and development funds.
4.   In the fourth year, a teaching faculty with a continuing appointment is reviewed by her or his chair, dean, and
      senior departmental faculty. The review is based, primarily, on demonstrated teaching and service and, secondarily,
      on professional activities appropriate to an assistant professor 2.
5.   Following the probationary period, and upon favorable decision by the provost, a teaching faculty member with
      a continuing track appointment will receive a two-year annually renewable contract. Those individuals not offered
      a continuing contract may be given an additional year of employment.
6.   Following a probationary period of at least 4 years, faculty on continuing track appointments may stand for
      promotion. Upon favorable decision by the Board of Trustees, a teaching faculty member with a continuing
      track appointment will receive a three-year annually renewable contract and an annual $3,000 salary supplement.
      After promotion, faculty on continuing track appointments are eligible to compete for sabbaticals.
7.   The doctorate, or highest degree in the discipline or field, will be a basic criterion for continuing track
      appointments. Exception to this standard may be made in unusual cases where work experiences and
      accomplishments in the discipline or field outweigh the terminal degree.

 

Lecture Track


1.    Lecture track appointments are for full-time teaching faculty (26-28 shs) and provide for fixed term periods

       of employment with no expectation of tenure.
2.    Lecture track appointments include a probationary period of 4 years. These appointments are of a fixed term
       length, normally one academic year1 with no guarantee of reemployment.
3.    Faculty on lecture track appointments are eligible for travel funds equal to that of tenure-track faculty and are
       eligible to compete equally for non-sabbatical faculty research and development funds.
4.    In the fourth year, a teaching faculty with lecture appointments is reviewed by her or his chair, dean, and
       senior departmental faculty. The review is based, primarily, on demonstrated teaching and service. Faculty holding
       lecture track appointments are expected to focus on and be exceptional teachers, and to be actively engaged in
       service to the institution. Lecture track faculty are also expected to participate in professional activities that keep
       them abreast of their fields and enhance their teaching and service to the institution 3.
5.    Following the probationary period, and upon favorable decision by the provost, a teaching faculty member with
       a lecture track appointment will receive a two-year annually renewable contract. Those individuals not favorably
       reviewed may be given an additional year of employment.
6.    Following a probationary period of at least 4 years, faculty on lecture track appointments may stand for
       promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer. Upon favorable decision by the Board of Trustees, a teaching
       faculty member with a lecture track appointment will receive a three-year annually renewable contract, a raise
       equivalent to that of a promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor, and a one-time 4 sh course reduction.
7.    The master's will be a basic criterion for lecture track appointments.

 

Visiting Appointments


1.     Visiting appointments are for full-time teaching faculty (24 shs) and provide for fixed term periods of

        employment, normally one academic year with no guarantee of reemployment, and can be renewed for a
        maximum of four years.
2.     Faculty on visiting appointments are eligible for travel funds equal to that of tenure-track faculty and are
        eligible to compete equally for non-sabbatical faculty research and development funds.
3.     A teaching faculty on a visiting appointment is reviewed by her or his chair and dean yearly. The review is based
        on primary assignment, normally teaching and service.
4.     Faculty on visiting appointments may apply for lecture track, continuing track, or tenure track appointments when
        they become available through the regular faculty recruitment process.
5.     The master's will be a basic criterion for visiting appointments.

 


Footnotes

1.    Faculty who are in their probationary period, no matter the track, generally receive one year contracts.

2.   The faculty handbook defines professional activity appropriate to an assistant professor in sections

      II-3 C. 2. and II-8 D. 2.
3.  Faculty on lecture track appointments are not expected to engage in the kind of professional activity
     described in II-8 D. 2. a, b, and c.

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