Instructional Faculty Track Appointments

Instructional Faculty Appointments

The University of Iowa will implement a new Instructional Faculty track in AY16-17.  While tenured and tenure-track faculty, with portfolios of teaching, scholarship, and service, are the foundation of the faculty at the University, colleges will have the option to employ non-tenured Instructional faculty who are primarily engaged in the teaching mission.  The policy, developed through a shared governance process under the leadership of the UI Faculty Senate, provides lecturers and other Instructional faculty with strengthened grievance rights, representation on the UI Faculty Senate, a pathway to promotion, and more transparent expectations for workload.

Instructional faculty may be hired to teach courses or to educate and prepare students for various professional roles.  Instructional faculty shall devote a substantial amount of their time to providing or overseeing the delivery of instruction to UI students in the classroom or in other settings appropriate to the discipline and may also perform administrative and/or service functions.  However, instructional faculty shall not be assigned primarily to perform service or administrative functions with few or no educational obligations.  Similarly, research, scholarship, or artistic creation shall not be a requirement for appointment, reappointment, or promotion of instructional faculty, but may be considered as evidence of professional productivity if provided for by collegiate policy.

The policy states that Instructional faculty shall hold rank at Lecturer, Associate Professor of Instruction, Associate Professor of Practice, Professor of Instruction, or Professor of Practice. For more information about the Instructional Faculty policy, refer to the Operations Manual, III 10.11.

Please watch this webpage for additional guidance.

  1. PDF iconProcedures for Instructional Track Faculty Promotion Decision Making
  2. PDF iconInstructional Faculty Administrative Review (IFAR) Form
  3. PDF iconFAQ: Frequently Asked Questions regarding the transition to the Instructional Faculty Policy
  4. PDF iconInstructional Faculty Transition Guidelines
  5. PDF iconInstructional Faculty Transition Language for Hiring and Reappointment

An Equal Opportunity and Diversity search must be conducted for new Instructional Faculty track appointments.  Following a review of the candidate's qualifications by the hiring department, the College may request permission to extend an offer through the Search and Selection Summary (SSS) process.  A Waiver of a search must be requested in writing and approved by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and the Office of the Provost.  For a complete description of search/posting requirements, see Search/Posting Guidance document.

Once a candidate is selected and the Search and Selection Summary is approved, an offer may be made.

The appointment form including required attachments is routed in Workflow. 

Required Workflow Attachments and Offer Letter Elements

For more information, contact:

Diane Finnerty, Assistant Provost for Faculty
Office of the Provost | 111 Jessup Hall
Phone:  319.335.3991
Email:  diane-finnerty@uiowa.edu or faculty@uiowa.edu