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Article 5. Organization of Academic Positions

Section 5.1 Tracks, Ranks, Departments and Joint Appointments
Section 5.2 Relationship Between Track and Academic Activities
Section 5.3 The Tenure Track
Section 5.4 The Non-Tenure Track
Section 5.5 The Rank of Instructor
Section 5.6 The Rank of Lecturer
Section 5.7 The Rank of Affiliate
Section 5.8 Transfer Between Tracks
Section 5.9 Number of Faculty Positions In Each Department
Section 5.10 The Term Adjunct
Section 5.11 The Term Emeritus
Section 5.12 The Term Visiting
Section 5.13 Appointments and Use of Titles

Section 5.1 Tracks, Ranks, Departments and Joint Appointments. Appointments to the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor shall be made only in one of two tracks -- the Tenure Track and the Non-Tenure Track, -- and within academic departments, in schools which have them. Joint appointments made in two or more academic departments or schools shall be at the same academic rank in each entity. Faculty with more circumscribed roles shall normally be appointed at the rank of affiliate, lecturer, or instructor; however, such faculty may be transferred to another track and evaluated using the criteria normally employed for appointment and promotion in that track, if their academic contributions increase, and if such transfer is approved as described in section 5.8e below.

Section 5.2 Relationship Between Track and Academic Activities. Appointment to and/or promotion within a track shall reflect the nature and scope of participation in academic activities relevant to the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its programs.

Section 5.3 The Tenure Track. The Tenure Track is the academic track requiring evidence of, and promise of, continuing high quality performance in the three categories of: (1) research, creative or scholarly activity; 2) education and (3) service (including clinical care, if relevant). Except in unusual circumstances, criteria for promotion (and the award of tenure) include evidence of continued excellence in the category of research, creative or scholarly activity and in one other category and at least strength in the third category. Appointees in this track must be academically-salaried University- or UMMHC-salaried faculty members and shall be eligible for tenure and the privileges and limitations thereof as described in Articles 7 and 11.

Section 5.4 The Non-Tenure Track. The Non-Tenure Track is for those members of the faculty, including University-salaried and UMMHC-salaried and Voluntary faculty, who contribute a significant proportion (greater than 10% of their professional time to the University of Massachusetts Medical School but whose faculty status or breadth or extent of activities may not meet the definition required for the Tenure Track. Reappointments and promotions in the Non- Tenure Track require evidence of an ongoing record of high quality performance in specific subsets of the three areas of: 1) research/scholarly activity; 2) professional/academic service; 3) education as described in Article 6.

Section 5.5 The Rank of Instructor. The rank of Instructor does not fall within either of the forgoing tracks and serves multiple purposes. This title may be used for both voluntary and employed members of the faculty, including University salaried and UMMHC-salaried, whose participation in the academic programs of the University of Massachusetts Medical School encompasses a small proportion of their professional time but whose efforts represent a meaningful contribution to its academic activities. The title of Instructor may also be used for those faculty without a terminal degree who participate to a significant extent in the academic programs of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The rank of Instructor may also be used as an entry level faculty appointment for senior trainees who are transitioning to the standard academic tracks.

  1. At the discretion of the Department Chair or the Dean (in schools without departments), a "Research" modifier of the rank of Instructor may be used for those whose involvement in educational programs occurs in a research context.
  2. At the discretion of the Department Chair or the Dean (in schools without departments) , a "Clinical" modifier of the rank of Instructor may be used for those whose involvement in educational programs occurs in a clinical context.

Section 5.6 The Rank of Lecturer.The rank of Lecturer shall not fall within either of the foregoing tracks and shall be used only for appointment of faculty members who are employed by the University but whose anticipated academic contributions are likely to be limited due to geographic issues and/or to the nature of their other assigned duties. Such faculty may include those with terminal degrees who are employed through Commonwealth Medicine. Should the academic contributions of such individuals increase, however, these faculty may be transferred to another track and evaluated using the criteria normally employed for appointment and promotion in that track

Section 5.7 The Rank of Affiliate. The rank of Affiliate is for voluntary members of the faculty who are not employed by the University or by UMMHC and whose participation in the academic programs of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, encompasses only a small proportion of their total professional activity.

Section 5.8 Transfer Between Tracks. Transfer from one track to another may only be made by written agreement between the faculty member and the Department Chair (or the Dean in schools without departments), subject to approval by the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs and the Dean (in schools with departments).

  1. Transfer to the Tenure Track from any other rank or Track shall require approval by the departmental Personnel Action Committee (in schools with departments) or by the dean (in schools without departments), the personnel action committee of the relevant department or school and also by the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs.
  2. Transfer from the Tenure Track to the Non-Tenure Track may be made at any time prior to the tenure decision year, subject to the approval of the departmental (or school) Personnel Action Committee, the chair (or dean, where appropriate) and the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs.
  3. A faculty member who has transferred out of the Tenure Track may transfer back into the Tenure Track only prior to his/her original tenure decision year; the tenure decision year shall remain the same.
  4. Any transfer to an academically-salaried or to a UMMHC-salaried status shall require evidence of appropriate affirmative action measures, and shall be done in accordance with procedures and criteria described herein.
  5. Transfer of Affiliates, Lecturers or Instructors to either the Non-Tenure track or to the Tenure track would require the approval of the department chair (in schools with departments) or the dean (in schools without departments), the personnel action committees of the relevant departments and schools, and the Chancellor's designee for Academic Affairs.

Section 5.9 Number of Faculty Positions In Each Department. The number of faculty positions for academically-salaried faculty assigned to the Tenure or Non-Tenure Tracks shall be defined by the Dean of the school after consultation with the Department Chair (if any) and the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs, and shall be subject to revision in accordance with periodically-reviewed long-range plans and by implementation of any applicable retrenchment policy.

Section 5.10 The Term Adjunct. The term “Adjunct” shall precede the academic title of any non-University, non-UMMHC-salaried member of the faculty holding a primary appointment as a faculty member at another academic institution.

Section 5.11 The Term Emeritus. The term “Emeritus” shall follow the academic title of any member of the faculty who, at the time of retirement, is so designated by the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs and upon the request of the Department Chair (or the Dean, in schools without departments), and the Dean (Doc. T93-054). This title shall only be awarded to a faculty member who has achieved the level of Full Professor and attained international recognition in his/her academic discipline and who has been an active member of the faculty for at least ten years prior to retirement.

Section 5.12 The Term Visiting. The term “Visiting” shall precede the academic title of any member of the faculty who continues to hold a primary appointment as a faculty member at another institution, and whose appointment at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is for a limited time. This title may be conferred for up to twelve (12) months with the approval of the Chair of the host department and the concurrence of the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs; appointments longer than a year require the approval of the school's Personnel Action Committee.

Section 5.13 Appointments and Use of Titles. With the exception of the title of Visiting Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, all faculty appointments require the approval of the school's Personnel Action Committee (PAC) and the Executive Council. New faculty hires will be provided a temporary title at the rank proposed by their chairs; however, such titles are temporary and subject to change until the formal approval process has been completed. Normally this process should be completed within twelve (12) months; and the candidate will be advised by the Office of Faculty Administration if this has not occurred. Extensions can be granted by the Chancellor's designee for academic affairs after consultation with the school's Personnel Action Committee.