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.