BEING A CONTINUING TRACK (CT) FACULTY MEMBER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Almost all research universities hire teaching- and service-focused faculty. Around the U.S., such faculty positions vary in terms of the lengths and security of their contracts, their titles, their access to sabbaticals and family leave, their enfranchisement in faculty governance, and their access to tenure. Here’s how UD’s Continuing track faculty line up:
CT faculty titles are not tagged
(e.g., “Teaching Professor”).
|CT faculty who primarily fill classroom teaching or service roles have untagged titles (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor). In limited cases, CT faculty who fill strictly clinical supervision or public service roles may carry different titles. Read the policies here.
|CT faculty are eligible for sabbaticals.
|Sabbaticals are usually earned after 12 semesters of full-time employment and successful peer review. Read the policies here.
|Contracts are long-term, and get longer over time.
CT faculty at UD progress through a series of 2, 3, 4, and 5 year contracts. Because we are not hired on a year-to-year basis, we can build a career and plan our lives. Students know we’ll be here for the long term. Read the policies here.
After successfully passing the second peer review (about year 13), CT faculty are awarded a “rolling 5 year contract” which provides a certain amount of job security and permanence.
|CT faculty are eligible for family leave.
|All faculty are eligible for administrative leave upon the birth or adoption of a child, as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Read the policy here, bottom of page 20)
|CT faculty can participate in faculty governance.
|CT faculty are eligible to be Faculty Senators, can serve on university committees, and can usually vote on the policies and procedures in their own departments. Departments have different policies for whether CT faculty can vote on promotion and tenure. Check your department’s bylaws to see what you can vote on.
|CT faculty have a path to promotion.
All departments have a clearly delineated path to promotion for CT faculty. Check your department’s promotion and tenure document here.
CT faculty at the professorial ranks are eligible for three ranks: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor (this includes clinical and public service faculty). CT faculty at the Instructor rank are eligible for three titles: Instructor, Associate Instructor, and Senior Instructor.
|CT faculty may conduct research.
CT faculty are supported in scholarship, which allows them to remain current in their field. Research or scholarship can be a negotiated part of the workload (ask your chair/dean).
Depending on their department bylaws, CT faculty may also advise or co-advise graduate students.