Office for Faculty Development

Relationship with and Role of Non-Tenure-Track (NTT) Faculty

Types of non tenure track appointments

Non-tenure track (NTT) faculty contribute in important ways to UMass Boston, and your department may oversee several types of NTT positions. Non-tenure track faculty may be part-time or full-time faculty, and their FTE percentage may fluctuate according to the needs of your department and the courses offered in a given semester. NTT ranks include Lecturer, Lecturer I, Lecturer II, and Senior Lecturer. Additionally, NTT faculty include clinical, visiting and research professorships.The ranks and salaries of NTT positions at UMass Boston are outlined on the FSU website. 

NTT faculty may be recent doctoral graduates who are looking for a temporary position on their way to a tenure-track job, professionals invited to teach in a particular sub-area, or long-term faculty who have been part of the university community for several years.

Information about the probationary period, annual review, and prioritized course assignments can be found on the FSU website. As chair you should understand these processes and make sure your NTT faculty are aware of them. NTT eligibility for benefits can also be found here. NTT faculty may be hired without a competitive search (except in rare instances.). OFD can direct you to appropriate individuals on campus who can help clarify your understanding on any aspect of these matters.

Another type of non-tenure-track appointment is an affiliated non-salaried faculty position, called “Adjunct” appointment. Such appointments may be approved when the candidate, for whatever reason, seeks academic recognition at or through UMass Boston and such an appointment is consistent with the goals of the University. The policy and procedures can be found at https://www.umb.edu/editor_uploads/images/provost/AdjunctApptProcedure_Revised2006_.pdf

Whatever the position, non-tenure track faculty should be integrated into the department where possible (without burdening NTT faculty with inappropriate responsibilities) and should always be treated with professional regard and consideration and as important members of your faculty. Benefitted NTT appointments may include service obligations. These need to be clearly spelled out in the terms of the offer and need to be considered as part of the annual faculty review.

Orienting new faculty in non-tenure track positions

New faculty in NTT positions need as much help when they are first appointed as do tenure-system faculty; see the section of this Handbook on "New Faculty." It is important to realize that NTT faculty do not attend a formal orientation event, but they should attend a HR benefits workshop when or if they become benefitted.  (OFD is working on an online orientation made up of short videos that will also be helpful). As Chair you should orient new NTT faculty to the department and the University and ensure that they are aware of the resources available to both them and their students.

Place in the department

Should non-tenure track faculty be included fully in departmental matters and meetings? The appropriate level of involvement may vary according to the particular department’s constitution, the type of NTT position and other specificities of context, but it is a good idea to include NTT faculty on the departmental mailing list so that they are informed of everything. Invite them to meetings and events, while also making clear which of these meetings are professional obligations and which are extended as a matter of courtesy. If you are uncertain what level of obligation (e.g., advising, overseeing independent studies) are appropriate for a particular type of non-tenure track position, you should consult with your Dean and the FSU.