TTC Titling Guidelines for Instructional Academic Staff

  • Updated: May 4, 2022
  • Owner: Department of Human Resources

Guidelines for Titling Instructional Academic Staff

The following is intended to assist leadership in Schools/Colleges in assigning appropriate titles for Instructional Academic Staff whose primary responsibility includes classroom instruction and instructional activities.

  1. General Guidelines

    Generally, Instructional Academic Staff whose primary responsibility includes classroom instruction will be assigned in the Lecturer and Teaching Faculty I-IV Titles.

    The Teaching Professor title series is outside of the scope of this Guideline, and requires recommendation by the Executive Committee.

    Position Descriptions are not required for Instructional Academic Staff, unless a Supplemental Position Description (SPD) is necessary to document additional responsibilities not accounted for in the respective Job Description. Should an SPD be necessary, please work with your HR Business Partner to create an SPD in accordance with: TTC Title Determination Guidelines.

    These title series are not intended to serve as a progression series. However, experience and expertise developed over time may contribute to the performance of additional duties that warrant higher level title within the series.

  2. Title Determination

    Standard Job Descriptions (SJDs) list the essential job responsibilities of a title. For the title options identified below, the employees must perform each of the responsibilities identified in order to be appropriate titled within that title.

    1. Lecturer Title

      Lecturer

      Summary:

      Facilitates classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction and assists with instructional development and design for a single course or series of courses within an academic discipline to support the delivery of quality instruction. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.

      Responsibilities:

      • Facilitates classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction for one or more courses, including assessment of student performance.
      • Develops instructional design and curriculum relevant to a course of instruction.
      • Serves as an initial point of contact for students as it relates to specific course or series content and expectations.
    2. Teaching Faculty Series

      The Teaching Faculty is a series (I-IV) with titles distinguishing differences in scope and complexity. As a minimum, instructional academic staff assigned to a Teaching Faculty title must meet the following:

      Teaching Faculty I

      Standard Job Description: Teaching Faculty I

      Summary:

      Provides classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction associated with more than one lecture or laboratory course, assists with the design and execution of administrative functions associated with academic instruction and the development of pedagogy/andragogy or assessment tools and resources to support quality student learning. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.

      Job Responsibilities:

      • Provides classroom, online, or laboratory instruction and serves as the instructor of record for two or more 3-credit sections each semester.

        Requirement for instructional load may consider credit-equivalent teaching assignments, developmental courses, or workload adjustments as appropriate per the Instructional Academic Staff Workload Policy.

      • Contributes to defining program objectives and instructional goals in a disciplinary area (e.g., provides learning outcome assessments data for assigned sections).
      • Evaluates student work, assigns grades, maintains office hours.
      • May assist in supervising activities of work unit employees (e.g., Teaching Assistants, student workers).

      Teaching Faculty II-IV titles may be obtained through performance of additional responsibilities reflected at higher levels. In addition to the Responsibilities identified by Teaching Faculty I, the following identifies additional duties performed to meet criteria for levels II-IV.

      Teaching Faculty II

      Standard Job Description: Teaching Faculty II

      Additional Job Responsibilities:

      • Assists in the development of an area of the academic program and may serve on the committee/group overseeing an area of the program (e.g. composition program, clinical experience, certificate, or track/concentration in the major) with responsibilities in areas such as assessment of learning for track/concentration, student success efforts within the program area, and advising in the program area.
      • May assist in development of grant proposals for instructional programs.

      Teaching Faculty III

      Standard Job Description: Teaching Faculty III

      Additional Job Responsibilities:

      • Plays an important role in the development of an area of the academic program and may serve on the committee/group overseeing an area of the program (e.g. composition program, clinical experience, certificate, or track/concentration in the major) with responsibilities in areas such as assessment of learning for track/concentration, student success efforts within the program area, and advising in the program area.
      • Participates in workshops/courses on improving teaching and learning for students.
      • Develops teaching techniques that enhance the attainment of learning outcomes in the program.
      • May collaborate on grant proposals for teaching and learning.
      • May supervise instructional staff, teaching assistants, and staff assigned to program.

      Teaching Faculty IV

      Standard Job Description: Teaching Faculty IV

      Additional Job Responsibilities:

      • Performs all responsibilities identified at Level III.
      • Oversees curriculum design and instruction of other instructors and leads course programming and alignment.
      • Makes recommendations to Department Chair (or unit leadership) regarding budget needs for a particular program.
      • Develops grant proposals for instructional development and may serve as PI or Co-PI on grants.

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