Proposals for Instructional Track Faculty Searches in 2019-20

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Joe Kearney, Interim Dean
RE: Proposals for Instructional Track Faculty Searches in 2019-20

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Proposals for new faculty searches (Instructional Track) for 2019-20 are due to the College by February 20, 2019.  Procedures for submissions are similar to those for tenure-track proposals.  Proposals should be emailed to Brenda Gritsch ( Note: This year proposals will not need to be entered into MAX 2.0.

The College is asking departments to propose new instructional track faculty hires in areas that focus on undergraduate education, with emphasis on the General Education Program and lower-level courses in the major. 

Proposals should be based on the projected long-term instructional need of the academic unit, the impact on the undergraduate program, the role of the new line in the undergraduate curriculum, and the impact of the new line on the distribution of tenure-track effort in the graduate program.  Where appropriate, proposals should also reflect the position’s impact upon the broader strengths and emerging areas in CLAS and the University.  It is also reasonable to request an instructional track line to address sustained and verifiable growth, justified by rapidly expanding enrollments in the relevant undergraduate programs and courses.  Although most instructional track lines are full-time, any percentage between 50% and 100% is permissible. 

Only one proposal per department will be considered except in special circumstances that require prior approval from the Dean.  DEOs are reminded that instructional track lines cannot be used as placeholders for tenure- or clinical-track lines, since they are budgeted for a minimum longevity of 12 years.  Thus, instructional track lines should not be requested for short-term needs.  On the other hand, in those instances where the long-term instructional need is well established, and has been addressed with visiting and adjunct appointments, it would be reasonable to request a conversion of adjunct and/or visitor lines to an instructional track line.  Approval of such conversions still require a faculty line proposal.  If the conversion is approved, a regional or national search will be required.

The following items must be included in proposals.  Note:  Maximum page length for items #1-3 below:  1-3 pages per section; total document not to exceed 6 pages.  Please use 11 pt. font.

  1. Hiring Plan and Departmental Overview
    Provide a statement of departmental vision and a summary of recent progress, accomplishments, or initiatives (e.g. in scholarly/creative work, undergraduate education, and graduate education), and explain how instructional faculty is integrated into the tenure-track faculty in order to achieve that vision.  Provide a prioritized three- to five-year faculty hiring plan and rationale for prioritization of this submission. 
  2. Search Proposals
    Instructional track faculty search proposals for 2019-20 should describe the position requested and give a rationale for the position based on the department’s hiring plan and its alignment with departmental, collegiate, and University strategic plans.  Proposals must use the form provided and contain the following sections (see the form linked here):
  • Position title and rank requested (with a justification if request is for rank other than Lecturer);
  • Position description
  • Impact on the undergraduate program and curriculum in the context of the discipline;
  • Impact on the tenure-track faculty needed to support the graduate program and curriculum in the context of the discipline; and
  • Broader impact, if applicable (e.g., through dissemination/application of knowledge; through public engagement or outreach; through broader participation of underrepresented groups; or through other ways of benefitting the public).
  1. Submission Guidelines
    Submit proposals as a single bookmarked pdf (as outlined below) to Brenda Gritsch.
  • PDF Bookmarks:
    • Dept. Faculty (N:\Accounting\Dept Name\FTE Summary\Dept Name FTE 18-19)*
    • Dept. Profile (N:\Accounting\Dept. Name\2018-2019 CLAS Reports\Dept. # Name AY18-19 Department Profile Stats.pdf)*
    • Hiring Plan Dept Overview
    • Search Proposal

Please address questions regarding this call for proposals to Dian Gottlob, Office of the Dean (335-2627,

*Data will be available December 1, 2018.