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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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With your help, students like Qais gain the skills they need to tell their story and give us a broader understanding of the world.

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Faculty Appointments Checklist

Required Paperwork for Faculty Appointments

All forms are also available in the Forms Library on the website of the Office of the Provost in the event of problems with links below. The Provost’s Office website also includes information on the final level of approval needed for appointments.

Initial Appointments of Full and Part-time Faculty

Tenure-track Faculty
  • Recommendation for Academic Appointment Form (helpful guidance for completing this form is available on the Provost’s website)
  • Chair’s Memo of Recommendation (faculty vote required)
  • Three External Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)
  • Letter of application from candidate
  • Signed Patent Policy Agreement (Must accompany initial appointment paperwork for full-time hires)
  • Affirmative Action Report (Online for tenured/tenure-track faculty)
  • Cover Page for Board of Trustees
    Please e-mail this form directly to Alexandra Adams (); no hard copy is required.

Note: New appointments at the ranks of full Professor and Associate Professor require a complete tenure review; please contact Alex Lundsted in the Office of Faculty Actions about the requirements for such appointments. New appointments at the ranks of Associate Professor of the Practice and full Professor of the Practice also require a review similar to the tenure review; again, contact Faculty Actions regarding the requirements for appointments at these ranks.

Full-Time Lecturers; Adjunct Professorial Faculty; Visiting Professorial Faculty
  • Recommendation for Academic Appointment Form
  • Chair’s Memo of Recommendation (faculty vote for all full-time and all professorial-rank appointments)
  • Three External Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)
  • Signed Patent Policy Agreement (Must accompany initial appointment paperwork for full-time hires)
  • Affirmative Action Report (Online for full-time Lecturer hires; not required for adjunct and visiting faculty)
  • Provost’s approval checklist for adjunct professorial faculty with one-semester appointments.
Part-Time Lecturers
  • Academic Appointment Form
  • Chair’s Memo of Recommendation
  • Two External Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)
  • Provost’s approval checklist.

See here for information on Senior Teaching Fellow/Lecturer appointments.

    Initial Appointments of Research Faculty and Academic Researchers

    • Recommendation for Research Faculty Appointment Form
    • Sponsoring Faculty Member’s Memo of Recommendation with Chair/Director’s endorsement (faculty vote required for Research Faculty appointments)
    • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation

    Initial Appointments of Visiting Researchers (non-compensated)

    • Recommendation for Research Faculty Appointment Form
    • Sponsoring Faculty Member’s Memo of Recommendation with Chair/Director’s endorsement
    • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)

    Reappointment Requirements

    Tenure-track Professorial Faculty, Visiting Professorial Faculty, Full-Time Lecturers
    • Reappointment/Non-Reappointment Form for Full-Time Faculty (includes space for Chair’s/Director’s recommendation)
    • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)
    Research Faculty, Academic Researcher
    • Recommendation for Research Faculty Reappointment Form (includes space for Chair’s recommendation)
    • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)
    • Annual Performance Appraisal, if not already submitted
    Part-time Faculty, Adjunct Professorial Faculty

    Part-time faculty returning to Boston University after a period of more than 3 years will require new initial appointment paperwork.

    • Recommendation for Part-time Faculty Reappointment Form (includes space for Chair’s recommendation)
    • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)
    • Provost’s approval checklist.

    See here for information on Senior Teaching Fellow/Lecturer reappointments.

      Visiting Researchers (non-compensated)
      • Recommendation for Research Faculty Reappointment Form (includes space for Chair’s recommendation)
      • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)

      Secondary Academic Appointments (Faculty Appointments in another Department or Program)

      • Recommendation for Secondary Faculty Appointment Form
      • Endorsement from Chair/Director where the faculty member holds a primary appointment
      • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)

      Secondary Administrative Appointments (Directors of Graduate Studies, Associate Chairs, etc.)

      • Recommendation for Secondary Administrative Appointment Form
      • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)

      Sabbatical/Academic Leave of Absence

      • Sabbatical/Academic Leave of Absence Request Form
      • Chair’s Evaluation Form
      • Detailed plan for the sabbatical/leave of absence period (1-2 pages)
      • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)

      Please note CAS policies related to sabbatical/academic leave of absence and fellowship salary gap support. Copies of applications for external fellowships or grants are NOT required.

      Non-Academic Leave (Medical/Childbirth/Other Personal Leave)

      • Non-Academic Leave of Absence Form
      • Medical Certification Form, to be completed by physician and returned directly to CAS (Medical leave requests only)

      Non-academic leaves for medical reasons and for childbirth are normally with full compensation for full-time faculty (up to six months for medical leave); other non-academic leaves are normally uncompensated.

      Workload Reduction

      • Workload Reduction Form

      Change of Title/Change of Status

      • Change of Title/Change of Status Form* (includes space for Chair’s/Director’s rationale)
      • Current Vita (no more than 3 months old)
      * Use a Change of Title/Change of Status form if you are changing title and/or salary ONLY. Requests to change academic researchers to faculty ranks are considered to new appointments, not changes of status or promotions.

      Emeritus Appointment/Extension of Service

      • Chair’s Memo of Recommendation including confirmation of faculty vote
      • Emeritus Appointment/Extension of Service Form
      • Current Vita (Please upload cv no more than 3 months old)

      Please note CAS and University policies regarding emeritus status.

      Posted: July 16, 2012
      Last updated: February 13, 2014 [Redesigned checklist]