FAQs about Teaching Professor Ranks
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  1. Is the document issued on March 15, 2016, called "Guidelines for Initial Appointment of Full Teaching Professor" still in force?
  2. When are dossiers for promotion to Associate or full Teaching Professor due to the VPAA Office?
  3. Can the appointment date to assistant teaching professor or promotion to associate and full teaching professor be retroactively set to an earlier date than final approval?
  4. What will the dossier deadline and late submissions procedure be in 2018-19 and beyond?
  5. What is the deadline for initial appointments to Assistant Teaching Professor?
  6. What approvals are needed for Teaching Professor appointments?
  7. Can a lecturer or other faculty opt-in to the teaching track as an Assistant teaching professor?
  8. Can a lecturer or other faculty opt-in to the teaching track to be considered for a promotion to Associate or Full teaching professor?
  9. If I am currently a lecturer or instructor, am I required to enter the teaching track?
  10. Will there be salary increases associated with move to a teaching professor rank?
  11. How long are appointments to these ranks?
  12. Are there limits to reappointments at the same rank?

Q1.
Is the document issued on March 15, 2016, called "Guidelines for Initial Appointment of Full Teaching Professor" still in force?
A1. That document has been superseded by the document “Procedures for Appointments for Teaching Professor Ranks,” which was approved by the Faculty Senate in April 2017. This document covers all ranks. The March 15, 2016, document should now be disregarded.
 
Q2. When are dossiers for promotion to Associate or full Teaching Professor due to the VPAA Office?
A2. Per the Faculty Senate’s procedures, the annual submission deadline for dossiers to be provided to the VPAA is early November. This date is for all promotion reviews regardless of whether the recommended appointment date is January 1 or July 1 of the coming calendar year. The specific “early November” date will be set annually by the VPAA’s office. Deans’ offices will have their own, earlier deadlines for getting materials to them.

In academic year (AY) 2017-18, the due date is November 10, 2017. All dossiers received on or before this date will be reviewed by the teaching professor committee and the Provost in AY 2017-18.

Late applications in AY 2017-18. Given that AY 2017-18 is the first full year of the teaching professor ranks implementation and the stress that Hurricane Harvey has imposed on everyone’s fall schedule and workload, the offices of VPAA and the Provost will accept dossiers past the November 10, 2017 due date, and as many as possible of these late submissions will be reviewed given available time by the teaching professor committee and the Provost.

Q3. Can the appointment date to assistant teaching professor or promotion to associate and full teaching professor be retroactively set to an earlier date than final approval?
A3.: No. Appointment dates will not be set retroactively. Appointment dates may be either January 1 or July 1 following the final approval. The choice of a January 1 or a July 1 appointment date is made by the appropriate school dean.
 
Q4. What will the dossier deadline and late submissions procedure be in 2018-19 and beyond?
A4. In academic year 2018-19, the fall submission deadline for dossiers for promotion to associate and full teaching professor will stand as noted in the Faculty Senate’s procedures, i.e., in early November for either January 1, 2019, or July 1, 2019, effective dates.  The deadline extension due to Hurricane Harvey applies to 2017-18 applications only.

Q5. What is the deadline for initial appointments to Assistant Teaching Professor?
A5. There is no deadline set by the Provost’s Office, since these appointments do not require evaluation by the Teaching Professors Committee. Just allow enough time for all approvals to be obtained and for it to be processed through HR and Payroll in time for the July 1 start date.
 
Q6. What approvals are needed for Teaching Professor appointments?
A6. For Assistant Teaching Professor appointments, see this workflow. For promotions to or new hires as Associate or full Teaching Professor, see this workflow.
 
Q7. Can a lecturer or other faculty opt-in to the teaching track as an Assistant teaching professor?
A7. No. The department must put forward an assistant teaching professor candidate for appointment to that position and the Dean has to approve it. The Provost’s office issues the final approval of the candidate’s appointment. Please note that an assistant teaching professorship is a new appointment, rather than a promotion.
 
Q8. Can a lecturer or other faculty opt-in to the teaching track to be considered for a promotion to Associate or Full teaching professor?
A8. No. The department must put forward a teaching professor candidate for promotion, based on the candidate’s experience, for the Dean to approve. The Teaching Professor Committee evaluates the candidate’s dossier, and the Provost’s office issues the final approval of these candidates.  An initial appointment to the teaching professor track at the rank of Associate or Full is considered a promotion.

Q9. If I am currently a lecturer or instructor, am I required to enter the teaching track?
A9. No. A lecturer or instructor (or other titled NTT faculty member) can remain in their current title and position and continue to work as a valued member of the Rice faculty.
 
Q10. Will there be salary increases associated with move to a teaching professor rank?
A10. Those promoted into the teaching ranks of either an associate or full teaching professor should see a 5% increase over their prior year salary.  The 5% includes any  increases already received in this fiscal year.  For example, if someone is promoted in January 2018 and that person received a 2.0% increase effective July 1, 2017, the salary would be increased by 3% in January for a total increase of 5.0%.  Those promoted in January 2018 will be pay raise eligible for FY 2019.

Q11. How long are appointments to these ranks?
A11. Pending approval of revisions to Policy 201 by the Faculty Senate in September 2017, it is proposed that appointments to the rank of assistant teaching professor be for 2-3 years, and to associate or full rank be for 3-5 years. 

Q12. Are there limits to reappointments at the same rank?
A12. Assistant teaching professors are expected to be promotable after, typically, six years at rank.  Failure to be promoted to associate teaching professor results in dismissal from the teaching professor ranks. There is no such limit on reappointments within the associate or full teaching professor ranks.  While these appointments continue to be renewable in 3-5 year increments, there is no overall limit on total service at the associate or full teaching professor ranks.