Reviews, Renewals, and Promotions for TPAC and Research Faculty

The Ranks

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. 

Service, Research, and Teaching Expectations for TPAC and Research Faculty

TPAC faculty are expected to devote approximately 20% of their workload to service. Rank does not curtail service as strictly as it does for T-TT faculty since the same research expectations do not apply. However, rank does often affect eligibility. Assistant TPAC faculty members are expected to contribute to their departments. While there is no restriction (other than the guidelines of specific committees) for them to serve on College and University-wide committees, the College urges assistant TPAC faculty members to devote their greatest energy to their teaching and to service responsibilities connected to teaching. Since many instructional TPACs faculty members are members of language and literature departments, it is expected that they will make contributions to the administration and, where relevant, support of language learning in their own department and, perhaps, in the College more generally. In many cases, TPAC faculty will contribute to extracurricular learning opportunities for students, though their contributions in these areas do not release T-TT faculty from contributing to this mission as well. Associate and full TPAC faculty members should expand their roles by accepting leadership positions. As with their T-TT counterparts, faculty in the senior ranks should provide the leadership within the College. The nature of the roles that they assume should expand as they move through the ranks, with the assumption that they will take on more significant roles with each promotion.

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.