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Policy on New Classification of Non-Research Academic Employees

The IU Board of Trustees approved a new classification policy for non-research academic appointees on May 4, 2001 (UFC Circular U10-2001).  The "Instructor" and "Convertible  Lecturer" titles have been eliminated.

The following two motions are an attempt to make the existing Indiana University Northwest Policies up-to-date and consistent with this new classification policy.  The first motion addresses the criteria to be used for promotion, and the second motion provides a policy statement for reappointment and review procedures for non-research academic appointees.  The third motion addresses the unique circumstances of existing faculty who have been caught in the transition to the new classifications.

I.    IUN PROMOTION AND TENURE CRITERIA FOR SENIOR LECTURERS

Candidates for promotion from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer will be evaluated using criteria for teaching and service.  Since a Lecturer's primary responsibility is teaching, this should normally be their area of excellence but service may be the focus, as well.  A person promoted to Senior Lecturer will provide some evidence of continuous growth in relation to teaching competence and mastery of subject matter, or, if the area is service, some record reflecting significant service to the university, community, or profession.  Nothing in this document should be interpreted as contradicting the standards of the University as contained in the IU Academic Handbook.  (See IU Academic Handbook for statement on promotion to Professor and references to Librarian ranks and Clinical ranks.)
 

II. POLICY FOR NON-RESEARCH ACADEMIC APPOINTEES

Mechanisms for appointment, reappointment, review and promotion of Lecturers and Clinical appointees will follow the same guidelines and time frames as with tenure-track faculty (as described in the IUN Academic Review Calendar).  Lecturers and Clinical appointees will be evaluated on teaching and service, but will not be evaluated on research.

After a person has served as a Lecturer for a minimum of five years, candidates who are successfully promoted to Senior Lecturer or Associate Clinical Professor will be awarded long-term contracts, structured as a rolling 3-year contract.  It will be understood that interest in promotion will be totally voluntary.  That is, there is no requirement that a Lecturer be promoted to a Senior Lecturer in order to stay at the institution.  The five-year probationary period will be understood only as the time frame that is appropriate to consider in relation to promotion to Senior Lecturer.  It is not analogous to the "probationary period" that applies to tenure-track assistant professors.
 
 

III. TREATMENT OF EXISTING LECTURERS AND LECTURERS AND INSTRUCTORS CAUGHT IN THE TRANSITION:

· Current Lecturers who already have greater than five years of full-time service (or the equivalent) may submit an abbreviated dossier that consists of copies of their past annual reports and a short summary of their teaching and service accomplishments.  Their unique circumstances should be given consideration when making the decision on their promotion.
· Since the "Instructor" title has been eliminated, all current Clinical Instructors will be automatically reclassified as Assistant Clinical Professors.  When they are evaluated for a long-term contract at the end of their probationary period, they will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to Associate Clinical Professor.
· Clinical and tenure-track faculty members who have converted from an Instructor and are subsequently applying for promotion to Associate rank may provide evidence of achievements since their appointment as Instructor, and this evidence will be given full consideration in making the promotion decision.
 
 


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