Teaching Professors, Professors of the Practice, Advising Professors, and Clinical Professors (TPAC) and Research faculty are regular faculty members in the College of Arts and Letters. They make vital contributions to the College in a wide range of areas. Their functions include instructional duties, administrative responsibilities, technical or creative obligations, research, and various combinations of these specific tasks. In addition, many make important contributions in service to the University. TPAC and Research faculty members are expected to contribute to the construction and advancement of our intellectual community. For TPAC faculty, since research is not normally expected as a primary aspect of their responsibilities, the dynamics of service obligations are slightly different than they are for T-TT faculty.
The assignment of responsibilities varies widely and is determined on an individual basis.
TPAC faculty hold the ranks of assistant, associate, and full. Qualifications for each rank and terms of appointment can be found in the Academic Articles (IV.1.a.3,4,5,7 and IV.3.b,c,d,e).
The Associate Dean for the Arts oversees TPAC faculty while the Associate Dean for Research oversees Research faculty.
Responsibilities should be addressed at the time of hiring and annually at the time that the department chairperson or unit director evaluates the previous year’s performance for a salary recommendation. It is important that there be a mutual understanding about responsibilities. It is assumed that a major part of the TPAC faculty’s responsibilities will lie in the area of teaching or research. Employees whose responsibilities are exclusively administrative should be appointed as staff.
The standard teaching schedule for those who are hired as instructors is the equivalent of a 4:4 course schedule. The schedule is calculated on the basis of the workload of teaching-and-research (T-TT) faculty who are required to carry a 2:2 course schedule and devote as much time to research as they do to teaching. The 4:4 schedule may be reduced when administrative or other obligations are assigned. The reduction should be commensurate with the same level of course reduction for T-TT faculty who serve in similar capacities
All faculty are expected to contribute service to the University and to participate in the development and governance of their respective departments, the College, and the University.