Lecturer Promotion in Philosophy

Approved by the Faculty of the Department of Philosophy, 9/19/18

As indicated in the Faculty Handbook (http://www.bu.edu/handbook/appointments-and-promotions/classification-of-ranks-and-titles/), a Lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences is a faculty member appointed primarily to provide instruction for a stated term of full-time or part-time service, as specified in the appointment letter. The basic qualifications and standards expected of the Lecturer vary among the University’s Schools and Colleges but the title reflects strong teaching ability and a relevant basis of scholarly work or professional expertise and achievement. Generally, a Senior Lecturer meets the requirements for appointment as a Lecturer, and has demonstrated excellence in teaching for at least five years; a Senior Lecturer/Master Level demonstrates the same after five years of teaching at the Senior level (thus at least ten years total of continued teaching at BU).

The Department of Philosophy conforms to general CAS policies and timelines for lecturer promotion; the following are criteria considered for promotion specific to the Department of Philosophy.

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

Lecturers who will have completed five years of full-time service at Boston University by August
31 of their review year are eligible to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer. Decisions about recommending Lecturers for Senior Lecturer status to the CAS review committee will be made by a vote of the full tenured/tenure-track faculty in the Department and any existing Senior Lecturers in the Department, based on the recommendation of a departmental review committee. While the following should not be construed as a check-list, relevant considerations for promotion to Senior Lecturer involve the following:

1. Excellence in teaching
2. Service and leadership within the Department/University
3. General scholarship, service to and leadership in the profession

1. Excellence in teaching
Relevant review materials include:
–Syllabi of courses taught
–Student evaluations
–Observations by tenured faculty members in the department (at least two within past two years)
–A statement of teaching philosophy

2. Service and leadership within the Department/University
Candidates for promotion to Senior Lecturer should have established records of service within the Department (such as effective course coordination, significant curriculum development, evidence of helpfulness in advising and work with students beyond the classroom, etc.) and be able to demonstrate the desire and potential to assume greater responsibilities if promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer.

3. General scholarship, service to and leadership in the profession
While the primary task of Lecturers is teaching, the Department recognizes the important connection between teaching and research. The application for promotion requires minimally a cv, research statement, and dossier of recent publications, but a candidate is welcome to submit wider research materials as part of the review if relevant. Likewise, evidence of wider service to and leadership within the profession (including, but not limited to, successful applications for grants and fellowships, participation in and organization of conferences and workshops, service on national or international committees or funding agencies, etc) will be considered as relevant for the review.

Promotion to Senior Lecturer/Master Level

Senior Lecturers who will have completed five years of full-time service at Boston University by August 31 of their review year (i.e., at least ten full years total of teaching at BU) are eligible to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer/Master Level. Decisions about recommending Senior Lecturers for Senior Lecturer/Master Level status to the CAS review committee will be made by a vote of the full tenured/tenure-track faculty in the Department and any existing Senior Lecturers at the Master Level in the Department, and based on the recommendation of a departmental review committee.

Expectations for promotion to Senior Lecturer/Master Level are for an appropriately higher level of teaching and service to the Department and University; while there is again no specific checklist, materials related to the three areas mentioned above for the Senior Lecturer level of review will all be relevant at this higher level of review.