Nontenure-Eligible Faculty Positions

(MUPIM 7.11/OAC 3339-7-11)

Appointments to nontenure-eligible faculty positions are made on an academic year basis. A person in a nontenure-eligible faculty position is eligible to receive, but not entitled to expect, renewal of appointment. No person shall serve more than five (5) years in a fulltime, nontenure-eligible instructional staff position except for those appointed as Lecturers or as Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty. Appointments to nontenure-eligible instructional staff positions are subject to renewal at the will of Miami University. Persons whose appointments are not being renewed are entitled to notice of nonrenewal on or before February 1.

Instructor (MUPIM 7.11.A)

An Instructor must:

  1. hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof, or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialized training or experience beyond the bachelor’s degree sufficient to qualify for a specialized teaching assignment; and
  2. have evident ability or promise as a teacher.

Instructors are eligible to receive, but not entitled to expect, annual reappointment not to exceed five (5) years.

Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor (MUPIM 7.11.B)

These titles are used for members of the instructional staff appointed to conduct instructional work for which they are especially qualified. Visitors are eligible to receive, but not entitled to expect, annual reappointment not to exceed five (5) years.

Lecturer (MUPIM 7.11.C)

Appointment to the position of Lecturer requires either: (a) the approval of the Provost upon the positive evaluation and recommendation of the department chair, the program director (when appropriate), and dean for a person holding a non-tenure-eligible instructional staff position at Miami University; or (b) a competitive search.

A Lecturer must:

  1. hold a master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof; and
  2. demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher and academic adviser, or have documented extraordinary experience, talent, or abilities deemed critical to fulfilling the mission of the department or program; and
  3. be full-time.

The following additional expectations and conditions apply to the rank of Lecturer:

  1. The rank of Lecturer carries with it the requirement of teaching and advising as well as institutional and professional service. Lecturers should remain current in the field in which they are teaching. Research or scholarship is not part of the workload expectations. In extraordinary circumstances, with the written approval of the chair, dean, Provost, and President, a Lecturer faculty member may be assigned research or scholarship as part of the faculty member’s workload expectations.
  2. Lecturers, by virtue of the prospect that they may be associated with departments/programs for extended periods of time, should be as fully enfranchised as possible in the day-to-day life of the departments/programs with which they are affiliated.
  3. Lecturers shall receive annual performance reviews.
  4. Lecturers must be evaluated annually.
  5. In the event the nonrenewal of a Lecturer is under consideration, the department chair or program director (when appropriate) must first consult formally with the faculty consistent with the governance procedures of the department or program (when appropriate).

Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty (MUPIM 7.11.D)

Appointment to the position of Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty requires either: (a) the approval of the Provost upon the positive evaluation and recommendation of the department chair, the program director (when appropriate), and dean for a person holding a nontenure-eligible instructional staff position at Miami University; or (b) a competitive search.

A Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty must:

  1. hold a master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university or the equivalent thereof; and
  2. demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher and academic adviser, or have appropriate educational background, and significant professional experience including a professional license or professional certificate/degree; and
  3. be full-time.

The following additional expectations and conditions apply to the rank of Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty:

  1. The rank of Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty carries with it the requirement of teaching and institutional service as well as the requirement to remain current in the field in which they are teaching. Research or scholarship is not part of the workload expectations. In extraordinary circumstances, with the written approval of the chair, dean, Provost, and President, a Clinical/Professionally Licensed faculty member may be assigned research or scholarship as part of the faculty member’s workload expectations.
  2. Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty, by virtue of the prospect that they may be associated with departments or programs for extended periods of time, should be as fully enfranchised as possible in the day-to-day life of the departments or programs with which they are affiliated.
  3. Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty must be evaluated annually.
  4. In the event the nonrenewal of a Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty is under consideration, the department chair or program director (when appropriate) must first consult formally with the faculty consistent with the governance procedures of the department or program.

Number of Lecturers and Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty (MUPIM 7.11.E)

The total number of lecturers and clinical/professionally licensed faculty shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the total number of fulltime tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Promotion to Senior Lecturer or Senior Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty (MUPIM 7.11.F)

  1. Lecturers and Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty may be promoted to Senior Lecturer and Senior Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty after five (5) years in rank as a Lecturer and Clinical/Professionally Licensed faculty member.
  2. Faculty who wish to be considered for promotion are responsible for assembling and submitting a dossier of accomplishments and relevant supporting materials to their department or program (when appropriate). The dossier should be in accordance with the dossier guidelines for a Lecturer and Clinical/Professionally Licensed faculty member and demonstrate the following criteria:
    1. High quality teaching and academic advising
    2. Productive institutional and professional service
    3. Professional collegiality

The Dossier and Evaluation Guidelines for Lecturers, Clinical/Professionally Licensed Faculty are reviewed and approved each year by University Senate.

  1. The candidate’s dossier is evaluated by the department or program (when appropriate), the chair and/or program director (when appropriate), the academic dean, and the Provost. For Regional (LCPL) faculty with a dual appointment, the chair and dean will be the Regional chair and dean.
  2. Senior Lecturers and Senior Clinical/Professionally Licensed faculty will count toward the limit in those categories set in MUPIM 7.11.C and 7.11.D

Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adjunct Instructor (MUPIM 7.11.G)

Professionals who volunteer to provide instructional staff services without pay on a part-time basis may be appointed with the rank of Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Adjunct Assistant Professor or Adjunct Instructor. The person must (1) bring professional distinction to the department and to the division of appointment; (2) must have demonstrated specialized competence which would enrich both students and faculty in the department or program of appointment; and (3) be available to share his or her research, teaching, and consultative competence with the University community. A person with an adjunct rank may occasionally be paid for teaching a course, but such a role is neither expected nor ordinary. An adjunct rank will be granted only on request of departmental faculty and approved by the chair, the program director (when appropriate), the dean, and the Provost. Appointments may be terminated at the will of the professor or the University.

In upgrading the adjunct rank of a person, the regular promotion process is not applicable. Upon request of the department or program (when appropriate), and with the approval of the chair, the program director (when appropriate), the dean, and the Provost, an adjunct rank may be upgraded.

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