Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, and Clinical Professors
Clinical Faculty lines differ from tenure track lines. Although clinical lines are without tenure, they are typically multiyear and research is not part of their formal responsibilities, and hence teaching loads are greater; positions often include some administrative oversight; candidates are experienced practitioners in their area of specialization; and an advanced degree is not necessarily required. Clinical faculty members receive the same health, retirement, and tuition remission benefits as tenured and tenure track faculty. They are also eligible to be principal investigators on curriculum grants, training and teaching grants, and other non-research grants. Because they have no research responsibilities, they are not eligible for sabbaticals.
Appointment procedures for clinical faculty are the same as for full time tenure track faculty as described in the FAS Policies and Procedures located online.
Clinical positions are intended to supplement the instruction provided by tenured and tenure track faculty. Although clinical faculty members do not have tenure, they may be appointed for multiple year contracts, and the contracts can be renewed without limit. As such, it is important that the qualifications and performance of the clinical faculty member, as well as the needs of the department, be evaluated regularly as part of the appointment and reappointment process.
Ranks and Titles
There are three ranks: Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, and Clinical Professor. Initial appointments can be made to any of the three ranks.
Qualifications and Responsibilities
Appointees must be experienced practitioners of their particular professions; some may have had experience in curriculum development and supervision of laboratory facilities and teaching assistants. Appointees do not normally need to possess the scholarly credentials expected of tenured and tenure track faculty. The Ph.D. is not necessarily required; the appropriate degree and qualifications for rank will be established by the department in consultation with the Divisional Dean. ABD candidates currently enrolled at NYU are not eligible for clinical positions.
Most new appointments will be at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Appointment at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor requires at least six years of relevant teaching and professional experience, evidence of supervisory experience (where relevant), superior contributions to the teaching program, as well as recognition for excellence in the professional field and innovation in the area of instruction. Appointments made at the rank of full Clinical Professor require a minimum of 12 years of teaching and related professional experience, evidence of extraordinary contribution to the teaching program, and evidence of national recognition for leadership and innovation in the field or in teaching in his or her field.
In some cases, appointees will also have administrative duties related to program coordination. Research is not an expectation of these positions. The normal teaching load is six courses per year. With the approval of the relevant Divisional and School Deans, supplementary administrative duties may substitute for a course.
Clinical Assistant Professors, Clinical Associate Professors and Clinical Professors are entitled to attend and speak at meetings of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and can enjoy the voting privileges which may be extended to nontenure track faculty in the special cases listed in Bylaw 64, paragraph (b), Faculty Handbook, Page 41. At the department level, Clinical Assistant Professors, Clinical Associate Professors and Clinical Professors can participate as members of the department faculty in department governance, with the exclusion of matters related to promotion and tenure, and hiring of tenured and tenure track faculty, and matters directly or indirectly affecting the individual's candidacy for a degree, or his or her status on the faculty of NYU.
Salary & Benefits
The salaries of Clinical Professors will be handled as regular faculty salaries on a nine month basis, paid over twelve months. Benefits will be the same as other non tenure eligible full-time faculty.
Authorization for Recruitment and Appointment
- Authorization for a new line: A department wishing to create a line for a Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor or Clinical Professor is required to follow the same procedure as it would use in obtaining a new tenure track faculty line. In particular, it is required to seek approval through the FAS Dean's annual planning and budgetary process, and the request should include a specific demonstration both that there is an important teaching need to be met, and that it is appropriate to meet this need with an instructor other than a research active tenured or tenure track faculty member.
- Appointment: A search for the appointee can commence following approval of the staffing plan. The search must conform to standard recruitment procedures including submission of the candidate's C.V., evidence of the qualifications of the candidate, evidence that he or she will make an outstanding contribution to the quality of the program, a Preliminary Equal Employment Opportunity Form, and an Affirmative Action Recruitment Report Form. Recommendations of appointment will be made to the Dean by the department chair with the advice of an appropriate departmental committee.
- Terms of Appointment and Annual Review: Clinical Assistant Professors, Clinical Associate Professors and Clinical Professors may initially be appointed to terms of one to three years. Subsequent terms of appointment may also be for one to three years. Clinical faculty will be eligible for renewals of up to five years, if they have attained the rank of Clinical Associate Professor and they have been at NYU for at least six years. Clinical Assistant Professors, Clinical Associate Professors and Clinical Professors are appointed for the academic year (September - May) and paid over twelve months (October 1 - September 1). Summer teaching assignments are optional and are made with additional compensation.
All three ranks are subject to the annual merit increase (AMI) review, conducted for all full time faculty by the department chair, with input from the appropriate faculty committee. The review will consider the individual's teaching performance, contribution to the effectiveness of the program and department, and relevant administrative performance.
PROCEDURES for Reappointment and/or Promotion
When undertaking a formal review for reappointment, which occurs in the penultimate year of the contract, if the department has any doubts whether the Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professors, or Clinical Professor is fulfilling the requirements of the position, or doubts whether the position is still needed to fulfill the teaching mission of the department, these doubts should be clearly outlined in the review.
If such doubts are serious, the department should not recommend reappointment. In the event of reappointment, any reservations must ultimately be shared in writing and in person with the clinical faculty member, so that he or she is under no misunderstanding over the expectations for him or her. The Chair must communicate in writing, the substance of the review to the Deans with a recommendation for reappointment or termination. The recommendation must reach the Divisional Dean and the Dean of the Faculty no later than April 1st.
In the case of faculty in their first or second year of service at NYU that are not recommended for reappointment, prior to the terms of their appointment, refer to section XI, item 2.a,b of the Faculty Handbook for dates not to reappoint. Any questions regarding the review procedures should be directed to the FAS Office of the Associate Dean.
The review is to be undertaken by a committee appointed by the department Chair of three to five full time faculty, consisting of a minimum of three tenured or tenure track faculty such as the three academic officers of the department (Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies). Any deviation from the makeup of the committee must be approved by the respective Divisional Dean.
The review may be written by the department Chair or a member of the committee, but all members of the committee should read the review before it is submitted to the department. The review should represent a collective judgment of the committee or, in the case of a divided opinion, a majority of the committee. If there is a division, the dissenting opinion should be appended to the majority review. The report of the committee may be supplemented by input (solicited or submitted) from other members of the department.
The review of the Committee, with the packet of supporting materials must be made available to and discussed by the eligible faculty. Faculty members in the department may propose amendments to the report. In the case of a negative recommendation, a vote must be taken. If the recommendation is positive, the faculty may vote, depending on the wishes or tradition of the department.
The review packet should normally include:
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae of the candidate
- A description of the candidate's teaching and administrative responsibilities
- A list of all courses taught since the last review
- Committee service
- An evaluation of teaching performance of the candidate, which should include:
- Course evaluations
- Course syllabi
- Reports of course visitations
- An evaluation of the candidate's other contributions to the instructional program, for example, curriculum development
- An evaluation of the candidate's administrative performance, including any role in the training and supervising of instructors, TAs, other clinical faculty, or adjunct faculty
- A personal statement from the candidate assessing his or her contributions
If the review packet is also for promotion to Associate or full Clinical Professor, it must also document that the candidate meets the qualifications for associate or full clinical professor as indicated in the "qualifications and responsibilities" section of this document. Furthermore, the candidate must have been in his or her current rank for a minimum of three years and had at least one prior reappointment to be eligible for promotion in rank.
The Chair must forward the review packet to the Dean along with the committee's recommendation and any comments from the faculty.
In addition, a summary of the review, prepared by the Chair in the form of a letter of advice, must be given to the candidate and discussed with him or her by the Chair. The candidate must sign the letter to indicate that he or she has read it and discussed it with the Chair. This summary must cover both strengths and weaknesses of the candidate's performance to that time. The candidate's summary letter signed by both the Chair and the candidate should be forwarded to the Dean along with the review packet.
The summary letter to the candidate must include the recommendation that the evaluation committee is making to the dean, including promotion, the length of reappointment (if that is the decision), and a signature block for the candidate. It must also include the following sentences:
"This is a letter of advice; regardless of the merits for reappointment/promotion at this time, it does not constitute a guarantee of future reappointment."
"Candidates will be judged for reappointment/promotion depending on the conditions and standards in effect at the time of their next review."
"I have read this letter of advice and understand its contents."
The recommendation must reach the Deans Office no later than April 1st. For faculty in their first or second year of service at NYU, who are not recommended for renewal, the review is due earlier, as indicated in section XI, item 2.a,b of the Faculty Handbook.
II. FAS DEANS OFFICE
The Departmental Review and all relevant supporting materials will be reviewed by a standing review committee consisting of the relevant Divisional Dean, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science. This committee may be augmented, at the discretion of the Dean of FAS, to include staff from the College and Graduate School.
The Dean's committee, if it chooses to do so, may consult with faculty from academic departments other than the candidate's home department.
If there are questions in any particular case, the Chair of the Department Review Committee may be asked to provide additional information to the Dean's Review Committee.
The Dean's Review Committee makes its recommendation to the Dean of the Faculty. After receiving the Dean's Review Committee's advice, the Dean of FAS will inform the Department Chair of the advice provided by the Review Committee as well as his own decision. If the Dean's decision is contrary to that of the departmental evaluation committee, the Dean will provide the department chair with the reasons. The Chair will then have ten days in which to provide further information or counter-argument before the Dean's decision is finalized.