criteria for appointment and promotion described in
the following paragraphs for the University as a whole
should be supplemented by additional criteria to be
furnished by the colleges and departments.
encourage fairness and objectivity of evaluation in
the review of candidates with a wide range of interests
and abilities, the following three traditional criteria
for academic competence are affirmed by the University
and are suggested as guidelines. Though no single individual
is expected to be accomplished in all categories, it
is expected that a successful candidate will qualify
in all categories, demonstrating particular excellence
either in teaching or in research, scholarship, or artistic
in the undergraduate and/or graduate classroom laboratory.
of existing and development of new courses and technology.
related to teaching, such as textbooks, aids, manuals,
as an undergraduate and/or graduate adviser, including
service as an adviser for a dissertation, thesis,
or independent study.
Artistic Investigation, and/or Scholarship
of research, artistic investigation, or scholarship,
as evidenced by publications, presentations of papers,
research reports, exhibitions, etc. Particular notice
will be given to papers, which are invited or subject
to peer review.
in directing research of students.
participating in, and/or directing research projects.
of scholarly and/or artistic accomplishment by recognized
authorities outside of Drexel where appropriate.
to the University to the Profession, and to Society
and/or participation in faculty elective bodies and
service on committees at department, college and University
to individual students and/or student organizations.
of the University through extramural activities, such
as lecturers, the visiting professor program, alumni
outside Drexel as evidenced by service on professional
committees, councils, boards, review panels, etc.
industrial, governmental, or consultant experience.
regarding appointment and promotion will be affected
by the evolving needs and objectives of the department,
college and University. However, individuals will be
expected to perform at a level comparable to corresponding
ranks at similar institutions. N.B. Exceptional candidates
of outstanding achievement and reputation may occasionally
be appointed to any level without fulfilling the established
criteria, the appointment being determined by the special
Appointment or promotion to this level presupposes
demonstrated high achievement as measured by the
basic criteria, as well as continuing evidence of
Appointment or promotion at this level will usually
involve completion of the Ph.D. degree or equivalent,
a candidate being expected to show greater academic
potential than at the lecturer level.
Appointment or promotion to this level will presuppose
that the candidate has demonstrated substantial achievement
as measured by the basic criteria, as well as potential
for further and continuing growth.
and Temporary Full Time Appointments
following appointments usually have a limited duration
and possibly limited duties. Appointments are made for
periods of less than a full academic year, and by appointment
letters for periods of a full academic year. The letter
will specify whether the position is full-time or part-time.
None are eligible for tenure. Staff benefits for each
employment category are limited to the period of time
for which the appointment is effective and are subject
to restrictions and limitations as established by the
Personnel Office. (See Appendix A and/or the Personnel
Office for specifics.)
Lecturer and Lecturer
These appointments are made under a variety of situations,
such as, but not limited to the following:
Potential candidates for annual contracts, usually
as assistant professor, who have not yet received
their terminal degree but expect it within a short
period (less than a year).
Academic specialists hired to teach a particular
course, or part of a course, on a temporary basis.
Academic specialists who are beyond ordinary retirement
age but who teach full-time from quarter to quarter
while a qualified regular staff member is sought.
The term University Lecturer refers to academic
specialists with a minimum of twenty years relevant
professional experience, who teach and participate
in other departmental activities. With the exception
of multidisciplinary centers, no college may have
more than 5% of its regular faculty designated as
University lecturers. Appointment for University
lecturers are made for a full academic year.
term adjunct instructor, or adjunct assistant professor,
adjunct associate professor or adjunct professor,
should be used instead of lecturer whenever appropriate.
Appointments to the various adjunct ranks should
be based on the consideration of qualifications
that are consistent with similar ranks used for
full-time personnel. The rates of pay for adjuncts
must be approved in advance by the Provost. Initial
appointments for these employees must be accompanied
by adequate resumes to justify the particular level
involved. Reappointment is handled routinely by
submitting Form D-15 designating the new term of
appointment and rate of pay. Evening and University
college faculty are considered adjunct faculty,
but reappointment is not required since salary is
paid and benefits are provided only during the actual
time worked. Time worked by Evening and University
College adjunct faculty is reported monthly for
the actual number of class contracts.
appointment may be at the level of full, associate or
assistant professor level, usually for a one-year, maximum
two years, made by appointment letter to fill the temporary
vacancy of a regular faculty member on leave. Occasionally
a one-year appointment is made to fill an authorized
but unfilled faculty vacancy. Time served in the visiting
rank at Drexel University does not count toward the probationary
Teaching Assistants (students)
adequate budgetary funds have been authorized, the dean
or authorized department head, having decided to make
an offer to a graduate student, writes a letter offering
such appointment and specifying details of the offer
in accordance with a standard letter prepared by the
graduate dean. The student signifies his/her acceptance
by signing and returning this letter. The dean or department
head then initiates an “Award of Support” D-108 form
which results in the student being placed on the payroll.
The form will include the amount of salary or stipend
as well as the applicable percentage for remission of
tuition and fees. The aforementioned form is available
from the research administrator in the comptroller’s
office. No other staff benefits are provided in conjunction
with appointment to these positions.
Research Associates and Post-Doctoral Fellow (Non student)
the event the adequate graduate student help is not
available for participation in a research contract or
grant, the appointment of a research associate or a
post-doctoral fellow may be considered. The project
director shall obtain the written concurrence of his/her
department head and dean prior to seeking the approval
of the Provost, whenever the appointment of a research
associate or post-doctoral fellow is being considered.
A resume should accompany the recommendation. The appointment
of research associate and post-doctoral fellow will
be made by appointment letter, which will be signed
by the Provost. It is, of course, necessary that funds
be available in the research contract or grant for which
the work is proposed.
letters for research associates and post-doctoral fellows
should include a statement of the duties to be performed,
the maximum duration of the appointment (one year of
the duration of the research contract, whichever is
the lesser), and the annual salary rate on which the
monthly payments will be calculated. The annual salary
rate shall be within the limits of the research contract
or grant but shall not be greater than the salaries
of the faculty with comparable qualifications.
review and/or reappointment shall be annual at the renewal
dates of the research contract or grant except that
if the initial appointment does not occur at the start
of the research contract or grant, or within the first
six months thereof, the original rate shall continue
until the second renewal of the research contract.
adjustments shall not exceed the most recent average
percentage of the comparable faculty positions and shall
be forwarded through the department head and dean to
the Provost for final approval.
is a one-year appointment made by appointment letter
to fill an authorized but unfilled faculty vacancy.
This appointment is usually a twelve-month position
(September through August).
7. Drexel Fellow
position provides opportunities for teaching and research.
Appointment is made by appointment letter for a twelve
month period. The appointment letter will state the
specific details of responsibilities, salary, and term
of appointment. Drexel fellow appointments are made
on an annual basis but can be renewed up to a maximum
of three years. Time served in this rank does not count
toward academic tenure.