1. Criteria for Appointment
The title of Lecturer is used for individuals who perform a significant amount of the regular instruction with continuing programmatic need in departments and programs; for persons of special expertise or scholarly distinction either in the local community or on the nonteaching University staff who are asked on an occasional basis to give a course or part of a course in their special fields; and for individuals who are employed to meet specific departmental needs created by faculty leaves or unanticipated student load. In all of the above cases, the needed courses will be well defined and the goals will be established by the faculty of the department or program.
Lecturers who serve in positions for which continuing programmatic need exists teach under supervision by or with guidance from one or more faculty members and/or Senior Lecturers. Faculty members in departments and programs are responsible for defining the intellectual goals of the program at the time the Lecturer position is requested and for continuing supervision and review/revision of goals.
2. Terms & Other Conditions of Appointment
Lecturer appointments are expected to be full-time to the extent possible, except that some part-time positions provide the flexibility needed to accommodate enrollment variation, and some other needs are only part-time in nature.
Initial appointments of Lecturers at fifty-percent time or more are generally expected to be for one-year terms and should be no more than two-year terms.
Reappointment is possible for a term not to exceed five years of total service at fifty-percent time or more, after a review by the faculty and Senior Lecturer(s) responsible for the program. During the fifth year of employment at fifty-percent time or more, Lecturers may be reviewed for reappointment to an additional five-year term. There is no limit to the number of five-year reappointments a Lecturer may be granted as long as there is an outstanding teaching record and continued programmatic need.
Promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer is possible when the needs of the program meet the criteria as determined by a review committee of up to six members, at least three of whom are Academic Council members.
Lecturers are entitled to annual conferences with department chairs or their designees to discuss their performance and department expectations.
Lecturers in positions of continuing programmatic need shall be integrated into the governance of their departments, although they do not have Academic Council membership. Departments should not expect Lecturers to take on departmental administration and advisory roles beyond those associated with the specific programmatic need for which they were appointed.
3. Appointments, Reappointments, and FTE Changes for Lecturers
For step by step instructions for appointing, reappointing, or changing the appointment or pay of Lecturers, see the Appointment and Promotion: Other Titles web page.
Lecturer without Salary
This title may be used for highly qualified individuals who make occasional, specialized contributions to the teaching program on a voluntary basis. Appointments and reappointments are normally for a period of up to one year at a time.