Faculty Handbook

The Boston University School of Public Health aspires to provide the best possible environment for its faculty to engage in their work towards the school’s core purpose: Think. Teach. Do. For the Health of All. To that end, the Faculty Handbook is intended to collect in one place the policies and procedures that apply to all faculty at the School, and that shape the context in which faculty operate. The School’s work aspires to advance our core mission and to live by our core values:
SPH Mission and Values

Faculty Handbook PDF


I. Boston University Policies & Campus Life

  1. BU Faculty Handbook
  2. BU Faculty Resources
  3. University Holiday and Intersession Schedule
  4. Technology and Communications

II. The School of Public Health

  1. SPH Bylaws and Organizational Chart
  2. Strategy Map
  3. Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Overview of Administrative Functions and Organizational Charts
  5. Communications

III. Faculty Senate

  1. Bylaws
  2. Faculty Senate Coverage

IV. Appointments and Promotions Guidelines

  1. Introduction
  2. Standard Faculty Categories and Ranks at SPH
  3. Criteria for Appointments and Promotions
  4. Procedures for Appointments and Promotion

V. Faculty Expectations & Annual Faculty Review

  1. Expectations of Ourselves at Our Best
  2. Faculty Salary Coverage Expectations
  3. Annual Faculty Review

VI. Resources for Teaching

  1. Process for Assigning Teaching
  2. Educational Administrative Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Approval of New Educational Offerings
  4. External Teaching Professionals
  5. Teaching Assistants
  6. Resources in Support of Teaching and Advising
  7. Teaching Opportunities through the Office of Lifelong Learning
  8. Course Cancellation Process

VII. Resources for Faculty Development and Advancement

  1. Faculty Incentive Program
  2. Faculty Mentoring Program
  3. Annual Discretionary Funds
  4. Sabbatical
  5. Pilot Award Program
  6. Phased Retirement Program
  7. Boston University Medical Campus Resources for Faculty Support
  8. Boston University Resources for Faculty Support

VIII. Policies and Guidance

  1. Procedures for Reviewing and Approving Major Policy and Planning Initiatives
  2. Guidance on Use of Discretionary Funds
  3. External Professional Activities
  4. Intergovernmental Personnel Agreements
  5. Guidelines for Faculty Leaves
  6. Faculty Grievance Policy
  7. Principles Guiding Use of Space at SPH

This Handbook is a ‘living document’ and will change and evolve over time as the school’s policies and procedures evolve. Changes to the contents of the Handbook will follow the “Procedures for Reviewing and Approving Major Policy and Planning Initiatives” described in Section VIII.