Nontenure-Eligible Faculty Positions


Scope: Who is Covered by this Policy?

Faculty 


Policy

Appointments to nontenure-eligible faculty positions are made on an academic year basis. A person in a nontenure-eligible faculty position is eligible to receive, but not entitled to expect, annual renewal of the appointment. No person shall serve more than five (5) academic years in a fulltime, nontenure-eligible instructional staff position except for Lecturers and Teaching Faculty.  Appointments to nontenure-eligible positions are subject to annual renewal at the will of Miami University.  Persons whose appointments are not being renewed are entitled to notice of nonrenewal on or before February 1.

Limit on Number of Lecturers and Teaching Faculty 

The total number of Lecturers and Teaching Faculty may not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total number of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Appointment to a Lecturer or Teaching Faculty position  requires either:

  1. the approval of the Provost upon the positive evaluation and recommendation of the department chair, the program director (when appropriate), and dean for a person currently holding a nontenure-eligible instructional staff position at Miami University; or
  2. a competitive search.

Positions

Instructor

An Instructor must:

  1. hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof, or with the permission of the Office of the Provost, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 5 years  specialized training or experience beyond the bachelor’s degree sufficient to qualify for a specialized teaching assignment; and
  2. have evident ability or promise as a teacher.

Instructors are eligible to receive, but not entitled to expect, annual reappointment not to exceed five (5) academic years.

Visiting Faculty (Visiting Assistant Professor, Associate or Full Visiting Professor)

A Visiting Faculty member must:

  1. hold a PhD or terminal degree in the discipline from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof,
  2. have evident ability or promise as a teacher

 Title is assigned at time of appointment. Visiting Faculty are eligible to receive, but not entitled to expect, annual reappointment not to exceed five (5) academic years.

Promotable, Nontenure Eligible Faculty Ranks

Lecturers/ Clinical Lecturers (Assistant, Associate or Senior Lecturer/Clinical Lecturer)

 All Lecturers must:

  1. hold a master’s (non-terminal) degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof;
  2. demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher , or have documented extraordinary experience, talent, or abilities deemed critical to fulfilling the mission of the department or program;
  3. demonstrate effectiveness as an academic advisor (as assigned); and
  4. be full-time.

The following expectations and conditions apply to all Lecturers:

  1. A Lecturer appointment carries with it the requirement of teaching and advising, as assigned, as well as institutional and professional service. Lecturers should remain current in the field in which they are teaching. Research and/or scholarship is not part of the workload expectations. In extraordinary circumstances, with the written approval of the chair, dean, Provost, and President, a Lecturer may be assigned research or scholarship as part of  workload expectations.
  2. Lecturers , by virtue of the prospect that they may be associated with departments/programs for extended periods of time, should be as fully enfranchised as possible in the day-to-day life of the departments/programs in which they are appointed.
  3. Lecturers will receive annual evaluations
  4. Lecturers must submit to the chair or program director (when appropriate) a written Annual Report of Professional Activities that must include information on performance of teaching responsibilities, academic advising as assigned, committee assignments, public service and other professional activities.
  5. In the event the nonrenewal of a Lecturer is under consideration, the department chair or program director (when appropriate) must first consult formally with the faculty consistent with the governance procedures of the department or program (when appropriate).

Teaching Faculty (Assistant, Associate, Full Teaching Professor/Clinical Professor)

A Teaching Faculty member must:

  1. hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof; and
  2. demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher, or have appropriate educational background, and significant professional experience which may include a professional license or professional certificate/degree; and
  3. Demonstrate effectiveness as an academic advisor (as assigned); and
  4. be full-time.

The following additional expectations and conditions apply to all Teaching Faculty:

  1. A Teaching Faculty position carries with it the requirement of teaching, advising as assigned and institutional service as well as the requirement to remain current in the field in which they are teaching. Research and/ or scholarship is not part of the workload expectations. In extraordinary circumstances, with the written approval of the chair, dean, Provost, and President, a Teaching Faculty member  may be assigned research or scholarship as part of the workload expectations.
  2. Teaching Faculty, by virtue of the prospect that they may be associated with departments or programs for extended periods of time, should be as fully enfranchised as possible in the day-to-day life of the departments or programs in which they are appointed.
  3. Teaching Faculty will receive annual evaluations.
  4. Teaching Faculty must submit to the chair or program director (when appropriate) a written Annual Report of Professional Activities that shall include information on performance of teaching responsibilities, academic advising as assigned, committee assignments, public service, and other professional activities.
  5. In the event the nonrenewal of a member of the Teaching Faculty is under consideration, the department chair or program director (when appropriate) must first consult formally with the faculty consistent with the governance procedures of the department or program.

Promotion to Associate Rank for Lecturers and Teaching Faculty 

  1. Persons appointed at the assistant rank may be promoted to the associate rank after five academic (5) years in the assistant rank.  
  2. Faculty who wish to be considered for promotion to the associate rank are responsible for assembling and submitting a dossier of accomplishments and relevant supporting materials to their department or program (when appropriate). The dossier should be in accordance with the Dossier Guidelines for Teaching Professors, Clinical Professors, Lecturers and Clinical Lecturers and demonstrate the following criteria:
    1. High quality teaching;
    2. Academic advising (as assigned);
    3. Productive institutional and professional service;
    4. Professional collegiality
  3. The candidate’s dossier is evaluated by the department or program (when appropriate), the chair and/or program director (when appropriate), the academic dean, and the Provost.

Promotion to Rank of Senior Lecturer/Clinical Lecturer, full Teaching Professor/ Clinical Professor

  1. Persons holding the rank of associate may be promoted to the rank of full Teaching Professor/Clinical Professor or Senior Lecturer/Clinical Lecturer, as applicable.
  2. Faculty who wish to be considered for promotion to full are responsible for assembling and submitting a dossier of accomplishments and relevant supporting materials to their department or program (when appropriate). The dossier should be in accordance with the Dossier Guidelines for all Teaching Professors, Clinical Professors, Lecturers and Clinical Lecturers and must demonstrate the following criteria:
    1. Cumulative record of high quality teaching;
    2. Cumulative record of high quality academic advising (as assigned);
    3. Continued strong productive professional service;
    4. Distinction or excellence in some area of pedagogy or service.
  3. The candidate’s dossier is evaluated by the department or program (when appropriate), the chair and/or program director (when appropriate), the academic dean, and the Provost.

Miscellaneous Non-Promotable Instructional Staff Titles

Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Instructor 

Those professionals who volunteer to provide instructional staff services without pay on a part-time basis may be appointed with the rank of Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor or Adjunct Instructor. The person must:

  1. bring professional distinction to the department and to the division of appointment;
  2. must have demonstrated specialized competence which would enrich both students and faculty in the department or program of appointment; and
  3. be available to share his or her research, teaching, and consultative competence with the University community.

A person with an adjunct rank may occasionally be paid for teaching a course, but such a role is neither expected nor ordinary. An adjunct rank will be granted only on request of departmental faculty and approved by the chair, the program director (when appropriate), the dean, and the Provost. Appointments may be terminated at the will of the professor or the University.

In upgrading the adjunct rank of a person, the regular promotion process is not applicable. Upon request of the department or program (when appropriate), and with the approval of the chair, the program director (when appropriate), the dean, and the Provost, an adjunct rank may be upgraded.


Related Form(s)

Not applicable.


Additional Resources and Procedures

Websites

Dossier and Evaluation Guidelines for Lecturers, Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty


FAQ

Not applicable.


Policy Administration

Next Review Date

7/1/2023

Responsible Officers

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Legal Authority

Not Applicable.

Compliance Policy

No

Recent Revision History

 Amended July 2018

Reference ID(s)

  • MUPIM 7.11
  • OAC 3339-7-11

Reviewing Bodies

  • Miami University Senate
  • Miami University Board of Trustees
  • Administrative