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. University policies regarding Professors of the Practice can be found in the Stanford University Faculty Handbook: Chapter 9. SoM policies regarding Professors of the Practice can be found here: SoM Handbook: Chapter 5.5 – Professor of the Practice.
The following are the minimum eligibility criteria for Professor of the Practice at Stanford University:
• Candidates should have terminal degrees in disciplines related to the school’s programs or equivalent professional experience and achieved exceptional distinction as practitioners in such disciplines.
• Candidates may not hold academic positions to which they would be returning.
• Candidates may not hold positions in business or the professions which would continue full time during the Stanford appointment (an individual may be on leave from a position for the duration of the Stanford appointment).
• If the candidate will have a primary assignment as an instructor, he or she also must have demonstrated evidence of effective teaching ability.
• Candidates are generally expected to devote a substantial portion of their professional life to the school.