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Lecturer Promotion Guidelines

According to the Faculty Handbook, “initial non-tenure-track teaching appointments will be made at the rank of lecturer for a definite term of one year or less.” A lecturer is eligible for promotion to senior lecturer typically after a minimum of five years of regular (full-time) service at the rank of lecturer. A senior lecturer is eligible for promotion to distinguished lecturer typically after three-to-five years of regular (full-time) service at the rank of senior lecturer. In addition to a change in title, promotion in rank may be recognized by a base salary adjustment. Promotion in rank also may include the offer of a three- or five-year term appointment.

Guidelines for UTK Lecturer Promotion Process – 2017 Version

The purpose of this document is to establish expectations for performance, to make explicit the criteria and process for promotion, and to offer guidance to NTTF and departments regarding the assembly of a promotion dossier.



Contact Matthew Theriot, interim vice provost for faculty affairs.

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