Guidelines

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

As stipulated in the Part-Time Faculty Handbook (Addendum F of the 2017 Revised Edition of the Faculty Handbook), a part-time faculty member (Lecturer) “may apply for promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer in the eighth term of teaching at LMU”.  Part-time faculty who are eligible can apply for promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer.  To confirm your eligibility, you are invited to complete the Lecturer Promotion Eligibility Verification form on the LMU Human Resources (HR) website: PT Faculty Promotion Eligibility. When you complete the form, save it as a pdf file, and then email that pdf file to HR at this address: lpev@lmu.edu.  You will receive a reply email from HR with your eligibility status within three weeks.

The various colleges/schools have made available information about their procedures and timelines for applying for promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer.  You are encouraged to check this information for your college/school.

Part-Time Faculty Teaching in Two or More Colleges/Schools

If a Part-Time Faculty person has taught courses in 2 or more colleges/schools, that individual will need to go through only one college/school’s promotion procedures.  Below are the steps used in determining in which college/school the person should apply.

  1. If a person’s employment history indicates a majority of the courses taught (e.g., 5 out of the 8 semesters) is in one college/school, then the person would apply in the majority college/school.
  2. If a person’s employment history indicates an equal number of courses taught in the various colleges/schools, then the application would go to the college/school that offered the person his/her initial opportunity to teach at LMU
  3. If a person’s initial semester teaching at LMU included 2 courses with 1 course in 2 different colleges/schools, AND the person has continued to teach an equal number of courses in the different colleges/schools, then the person chooses which college/school in which to pursue promotion—and notifies the appropriate Dean’s office.
  4. Changes in or exceptions to these procedures in specific cases require approval by the Provost.

Note: because the promotion to Senior Lecturer is a “university” appointment (actualized by the Provost), the university salary for Senior Lecturer will be paid by all colleges/schools regardless of which college/school sponsored the promotion.

Reappointment

In reappointing part-time faculty members to teach courses in the following semester or academic year, department chairs and program directors must first consider curricular needs, followed by the availability and expertise of the part-time faculty. Following these considerations, priority consideration should be given to a part-time faculty member who currently holds a teaching position and demonstrates continued excellence in teaching as evidenced by performance reviews.

Assignment of an additional course

In the Spring 2013 semester when considering the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Provost, together with the Deans’ Council, decided to limit part-time faculty to teaching no more than 8 units (semester hours) in any given semester.  This set an upper limit to how many units a part-time faculty member may teach in any semester.

When the need arises and a department chair or program director must find someone to teach an additional course, the chair/director must first consider curricular needs, followed by the availability and expertise of the part-time faculty.  Following these considerations, priority consideration should be given to a part-time faculty member who currently holds a teaching position and demonstrates continued excellence in teaching as evidenced by performance reviews.  In assigning this additional course, the part-time faculty member must not exceed the 8 unit maximum allowed in that semester.