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Proposing Faculty Lines

Statements of intent to apply are due by Monday, October 13, 2014.  Proposals are due on Friday, February 27, 2015. 

Though resources remain very limited, the Dean of the Faculty’s office and the Division Chairs would appreciate the opportunity to review curricular aspirations broadly by allowing interested departments, programs and faculty groups to submit full proposals should they wish to do so, and by sharing information about intentions to apply across the college early in the year. There are two steps to the process: (1) in the fall, Chairs submit a brief statement of intent to apply; (2) in the winter, Chairs submit a full proposal. As always, we welcome feedback from departments and programs regarding the process for proposing faculty lines.  

Statements of intent to apply for a faculty line (due Monday, October 13, 2014):  Those intending to apply for a faculty line in February 2015 must complete a brief online “Intent to Apply” form.  The form requests a title for the position, a brief description (no more than 150 words), the department(s) or program(s) where it would reside, and departments and programs with which it might directly connect. The statements of intent will be collected and shared with the faculty about November 1 to allow faculty across the college to learn more about their colleagues’ curricular aspirations and to consider collaborating as relevant on full proposals for positions. The deans and division chairs will review all submitted statements of intent, and faculty are welcome to contact their division chair or an associate dean of the faculty for an informal conversation about their submission before moving on to write the full proposal.   

Full Proposals for a faculty line and the Active and Inclusive Search Plan (both due Friday, February 27, 2015 and submitted electronically to Shareen Gustin Thompson sgustin@bates.edu):

Please work with colleagues in your own and other departments and programs who may have a stake in your proposal; think with an eye toward the Mission and future of the College and to our future students, and plan broadly and collaboratively when you define a position.  If helpful, consult with appropriate division chairs or with one of the associate deans as you create your request.

Please begin with a brief overview of your department or program including your learning goals and objectives and how your current staffing (e.g. faculty, AIs and other staff) is used to support your goals and objectives.  Note whether the proposed position fills a gap left by the departure of a faculty member, is an augmentation of a lectureship, or is a position where none has existed previously.  Then answer the following questions.   Your responses form the basis of the Committee of Five’s deliberations.

  1. How would this proposed position fit together with the rest of the curriculum and faculty appointments in your department or program?  For example, how might this appointment affect faculty research, course offerings and enrollments, thesis advising and leaves?
  2. Would this appointment allow your department or program colleagues to collaborate with other departments and programs?  Would this appointment allow you to address educational and curricular needs of the College beyond your major and minor programs?
  3. How would the proposed position enhance diverse and inclusive perspectives in the College.

An Active and Inclusive Search Plan is a critical part of the proposal. After a position is approved, the search committee refines the Active and Inclusive Search Plan with the Chief Diversity Officer. The Dean of the Faculty and Chief Diversity Officer must approve the Active and Inclusive Search Plan before the position may be posted. In creating the plan, the search committee should identify specific actions that will make the search, recruitment, and review process attentive to diversity and inclusion. For guidelines see Active and Inclusive Search Plan.

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