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III. THE STANDING FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

L. JOINT APPOINTMENT OF STANDING FACULTY IN THE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AND ANOTHER SCHOOL IN THE UNIVERSITY

    Those who are granted a joint appointment hold two simultaneous primary appointments in two departments in two schools. When the individual has tenure, both primary appointments are in perpetuity; therefore, joint appointments are distinct from the more customary arrangement whereby a faculty member may hold a secondary appointment for a fixed term in another department in either the same or a different school. A joint appointment may be appropriate when there is a true sharing of a faculty member’s contributions across departments and schools with regard to research and teaching. Faculty who hold a joint appointment enjoy the traditional rights of primary faculty (including voting rights) in both of their home departments and schools.

     

    1. JOINT APPOINTMENTS AT THE TIME OF HIRE FROM OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY

    These cases – which can include faculty recruited under the University’s Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) program – undergo a full appointment review in both schools. Each school prepares a separate appointment dossier, but one that is coordinated with that of the other school and that shares several common documents. These dossiers are prepared according to a special Provost’s office protocol; please contact the Dean’s office for further information.

     

    2. JOINT APPOINTMENT OF STANDING FACULTY FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL IN THE UNIVERSITY WITH THE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

    There are occasions when someone with an existing faculty appointment in another school at the University is offered a joint appointment with a department in SAS. These appointments require review by the department, the SAS Personnel Committee, and the Provost’s Staff Conference Subcommittee. The primary task of the SAS Personnel Committee in such cases is to determine that the standards of membership in SAS are met. Since a joint appointment is a horizontal appointment within the University and assumes that a rigorous review has already taken place within the partner school, the review by SAS need not be as detailed as a regular appointment or a promotion review.

     

    Dossier for Joint Appointment with SAS where there exists an appointment or promotion dossier that normally will have been prepared within the last three years

    a. Chair’s Letter from SAS Department

    The letter from the Chair of the SAS department recommending the joint appointment should include the reasons the department considers the joint appointment advisable, the vote of the department faculty, and any other supporting information the Chair deems appropriate.

    b. Letter of consent from the Chair of the other School’s department.

    c. Curriculum Vitae of the Candidate

    The candidate is responsible for preparing an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Copies of recent and/or seminal publications must be included.

    d. Recent appointment or promotion dossier.

    e. The department may, in consultation with the Dean’s office, solicit additional information, including outside letters, particularly where they would help the department assess aspects of the candidate’s qualifications that are not addressed in the existing dossier, such as the quality of research from a specific disciplinary perspective or an individual’s teaching experience.

    f. No affirmative action procedures are necessary.

     

    Dossier for Joint Appointment with SAS when there is not an appointment or promotion dossier that has been prepared within the last three years

    a. Chair’s Letter from SAS Department

    The letter from the Chair of the SAS department recommending the joint appointment should include the reasons the department considers the joint appointment advisable, the vote of the department faculty, and any other supporting information the Chair deems appropriate.

    b. Letter of consent from the Chair of the other School’s department.

    c. Curriculum Vitae of the Candidate

    The candidate is responsible for preparing an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Copies of recent and/or seminal publications must be included.

    d. Personal Statements

    The candidate is to provide a personal statement(s) detailing research, teaching, and service approaches and goals. Typically, this statement – or these statements – greatly strengthen the understanding of the candidate in the various stages of review.

    e. Evaluation of Teaching

    The dossier should contain available course evaluations for courses taught by the candidate in the past six years.

    f. Letters from University Faculty

    At least three letters from senior faculty in the department to which the candidate wishes to transfer, or a report of a departmental committee, must be included.

    g. Letters from External Reviewers

    Three current external letters solicited by the department chair from a list of reviewers approved by the Dean must be included. The letter to external reviewers should be a short, carefully worded, unbiased request for an up-to-date evaluation.

    h. No affirmative action procedures are necessary.

 
 
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