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School Highlights

Faculty program and policy initiatives

  • Through the work of an ad hoc faculty committee comprising tenure-track and teaching-track faculty, the school has devised and codified a research-leave policy to address gross inequities among faculty.
  • Teaching-track faculty whose former titles were lecturer, senior lecturer, or distinguished lecturer are now respectively titled assistant professor of instruction, associate professor of instruction, or professor of instruction in the humanities and social sciences and assistant clinical professor, associate clinical professor, or clinical professor in the sciences. In addition, a formal policy now outlines teaching-track faculty’s path toward promotion.
  • A formal mentoring program now provides professional development for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty and will eventually expand to tenured faculty. This CommFutures program includes workshops and programming that focus on grant applications, tenure and promotion preparation, time management, and a host of other topics. Eight sessions were held in 2020–21.