Professor of the Practice is a paid staff position reserved for exceptional practitioners in diverse professions and public service. Appointments to this position will be rare and typically there will be no more than one or two Professors of the Practice in a school at a time.
Involvement in departmental or school activities will vary according to the programmatic need and policies of the particular unit. Professors of the Practice may teach graduate seminars; however, they may not direct graduate research or be principal advisors on masters or doctoral theses. Professors of the Practice are not eligible to act as principal investigators on sponsored research projects.
In addition to having attained exceptional distinction as practitioners, candidates for Professor of the Practice shall have substantial professional experience. This title is not appropriate for individuals whose profession is or has been primarily academic.
Professors of the Practice are not members of the professoriate and do not accrue tenure, nor do they participate in regular departmental, school or institute governance. An individual appointed as a Professor of the Practice shall meet annually with the department chair or institute director.
Background checks are required for Professors of the Practice. Appointments are anticipated to be of short duration (no more than 3 years in SoM) and renewals will be rare. SoM policies regarding Professors of the Practice can be found in the SoM Handbook: Chapter 5.5 – Professor of the Practice.