Language Lecturer and Senior Language Lecturer Appointments
Language lecturers are an integral component of language instruction at NYU. While the majority of language sections offered are taught by teaching assistants and instructors, language lecturers provide much needed coordination, continuity, and consistency in instruction.
As specialists in the field of language acquisition, language lecturers provide a consistent level of classroom instruction and, in some cases, participate in curriculum development and train other officers of language instruction (teaching assistants, instructors, adjuncts, etc.). Language lecturers are distinct from tenure track faculty in several ways: they are ineligible for tenure or sabbaticals; have no obligation to conduct research, although they are not precluded from doing so; and are required to hold an M.A. degree.
Listed below are policies that are specific to language lecturer appointments.
Titles & Qualifications
- Language Lecturer - M.A. and professional attainment in language instruction
- Senior Language Lecturer - M.A. or Ph.D. and at least six years of professional attainment in language instruction.
- Director of Language Instruction (administrative title)
Terms of Appointment
- Annual term - Language lecturers are appointed for the academic year (September to May) and paid over twelve months (October 1 - September 1). Summer appointments are optional and are made with additional compensation.
- Length - Language Lecturers: the initial appointment can be made for up to three years. One subsequent reappointment can be made for up to three years. Appointments in this rank can not be made for more than six years. A Language Lecturer who is not promoted to Senior Language Lecturer at the expiration of six years shall be ineligible for further full time employment as a faculty member at the University. Senior Language Lecturers: the initial appointment can be made for up to three years. The subsequent reappointment(s) can be made for up to five years. There is no limit to the number of years that a senior language lecturer can be appointed.
- Non-renewal of Appointment - In the case of faculty in their first or second year of service at NYU that are not recommended for reappointment, the review is due earlier, as indicated in section XI, item 2.a,b (see page 30) of the Faculty Handbook. Once a multi-year appointment is made, it is not subject to non-renewal during the specified duration except as otherwise provided.
- Teaching - the normal course load for a language lecturer is three courses per term. One course release time per year is granted for administrative duties related to appointment as Director of Language Instruction.
- Service - participation on departmental and school wide committees regarding language instruction is expected. Language lecturers are also expected to provide advice to the department chair or director of language instruction regarding curriculum, teaching assignments, and any other matters related to language instruction.
- Research - a publication record, especially in fields other than language acquisition, is not required. A publication record in the field of language acquisition is not required but will be considered in promotion cases as well as appointment as director of language instruction.
- Administrative - For appointment as Director of Language Instruction, responsibilities include but are not limited to: curriculum development, selection of textbooks and instructional methodologies, implementation of technologies, class schedules, student advisement, coordination of placement testing, supervision and training of language lecturers, instructors, teaching assistants, and adjuncts.
Language Lecturer and Senior Language Lecturer 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, Language Lecturer and Senior Language Lecturer 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.
Authorization for Recruitment and Appointment
- Authorization for a new line: A department wishing to create a line for a Language Lecturer or Senior Language Lecturer 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 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.
- Performance Review: Language Lecturers and Senior Language Lecturers 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 a Language Lecturer or Senior Language Lecturer 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, the review is due earlier, as indicated in section XI, item 2.a,b of the Faculty Handbook. 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
- If applicable, an evaluation of the candidate's administrative performance, including any role in the training and supervising of instructors, TAs, other Language Lecturers, or adjunct faculty
- A personal statement from the candidate assessing his or her contributions
If the review packet is also for promotion to Senior Language Lecturer, it must also document that the candidate meets the qualifications for Senior Language Lecturer as indicated in the "terms of appointment" and "responsibility" sections 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 appropriate divisional 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.