FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE:
REPORT ON A PROPOSAL TO ADD PROFESSORSHIPS OF PRACTICE
IN THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
At its meeting on December 1, 2000, the Faculty Affairs Committee approved a proposal from the School of International and Public Affairs (summary attached) to add renewable appointments for professors of practice, that is, for gifted teachers with experience as distinguished practitioners of professions in international and public affairs who are not candidates for tenure in the University.
In its review of the proposal, which included a valuable discussion with SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson, the Faculty Affairs Committee followed the guidelines established in the University Senate’s January 28, 1994, Resolution to Establish University Policies and Procedures for Appointments to Special Nontenured Instructional Ranks.
The guidelines balance the need for special appointments such as professorships of practice with the need to protect tenure standards and procedures, by limiting the fraction of such special appointments in any school to one tenth of its total number of tenured and tenure-track officers of instruction.
The Senate guidelines limit the number of professorships of practice to be added at SIPA to four, or one tenth of the school's current total of 39 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Dean Anderson had sought a broader interpretation of the one-tenth requirement, proposing to base her request on the total number of faculty FTEs (full-time equivalents), about 60, which would have allowed six renewable practice positions.
The Committee and Dean Anderson agreed to meet again later on to find out if four professors of practice provide the right mix of faculty for the School.
Proposal to Establish Renewable Appointments for
Professors of Professional Practice in the
Department of International and Public Affairs
The School of International and Public Affairs proposes to make a limited number of term-renewable appointments of faculty with modified titles, Professor in the Practice of International Affairs or Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs. Such appointments are an extension of existing practice and, in conjunction with conventional academic faculty appointments, represent an appropriate reflection of the School’s identity as both a graduate school within the Arts and Sciences and a professional school of public policy. The proposed review procedures are adapted from those now in place for faculty with modified titles in the School of the Arts.