Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Professors of Instruction

Inside Higher Ed
August 12th, 2015


What’s in a name? A lot, evidently.
A year after Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences introduced new titles for full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members, along with longer contracts and clearer paths to promotion, proponents say the system has helped them recruit quality teachers and attracted outside interest.
“We wanted clearer paths to promotion and a set of titles that confers respect,” said Monica Russel y Rodriguez, an associate dean at Weinberg who helped design the new ranks. “I’ve been pleased -- I think this was a good concept.”
Formerly various ranks of lecturer, Weinberg’s full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members are now “professors of instruction” at the assistant, associate and full levels. Proponents say the titles better communicate to those within Northwestern that this is a career path, and to those outside of Northwestern exactly what the job entails.

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