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(Senior) Lecturer

Senior Lecturer
Lecturer

The responsibilities of the positions are primarily, if not entirely, in teaching; research responsibilities are not expected to be included.

The title senior lecturer implies significant professional qualifications. Senior lecturers are expected to teach in the classroom or laboratory; to meet with students during scheduled office hours; to prepare and grade assignments and examinations; to contribute to the design, syllabi, and organization of departmental course offerings; and to know applications and development of pedagogy in the field. Senior lecturers often carry administrative duties that include activities such as developing independent or team-taught courses, producing teaching materials and methodologies, and training or supervising lecturers and teaching associates.

Lecturers are responsible for classroom teaching and its related activities. The position is based on professional qualifications in teaching. Lecturers are expected to teach in the classroom or laboratory; to meet with students during scheduled office hours; to grade assignments and examinations; to contribute to the design, syllabi, and organization of departmental course offerings; and to know applications and development of pedagogy in the field. Lecturers who have served for several years may be asked to assume administrative responsibilities for departmental course offerings or to train and supervise less experienced colleagues.

Promotion to senior lecturer is based on excellence in teaching and pedagogy. Such excellence may be shown in classroom teaching; contributions to the design, syllabi, and organization of departmental course offerings; and applications or development of pedagogy in the field. Contributions to pedagogical advances will vary from field to field, and may be demonstrated by, but not limited to, developing independent or team-taught courses, creating teaching materials and methodologies, training and supervising other lecturers, or holding administrative or supervisory responsibilities for course offerings.

The dean is responsible for determining appropriate qualifications for senior lecturers and lecturers; those qualifications may vary by subfield or department. Senior lecturers may be hired at that rank if they have appropriate qualifications and experience; they also may be promoted to that rank, typically after six years of service as lecturer.

Persons appointed to a senior lecturer or lecturer title will not be granted tenure or be eligible for sabbatical leave, but they may be eligible for professional development leave. See University Policy 6.2.1, Leaves for Professors and Academic Staff.

Lecturers and senior lecturers are not members of the University Faculty. They are non-voting members of the college or school faculty, except as stated below, or unless given the right to vote by the particular faculty in circumstances defined by that faculty. However, they participate fully in those decisions that are directly related to their roles within the college or school and within the department. The dean or director has the responsibility of identifying those issues that are related to their roles within the college or school, and the department chair has that responsibility within the department. The Bylaws of Cornell University specify that within the department, senior lecturers shall participate fully in hiring decisions of other senior lecturers and lecturers, and lecturers shall participate fully in hiring decisions of other lecturers. The bylaws further specify that, notwithstanding the above, in units where the number of lecturers and senior lecturers is comparable to the number of professorial faculty, the provost may determine the appropriate level of participation by lecturers and senior lecturers in curricular decisions.

Administrative Notes

  • These titles reflect salaried positions that are subject to affirmative action regulations.
  • Note that an affirmative action search or waiver is required when a lecturer or senior lecturer is moved to a tenure-track, professorial position. •
  • Appointments of senior lecturers are for periods of no more than five years and are renewable. Appointments of lecturers are for periods of not more than three years and are renewable.
  • Senior lecturer and lecturer titles may be modified with “courtesy” or “visiting.” More on modifiers.

Last Updated: August 20, 2017 at 7:09 am