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Teaching and Learning Track

The new track was developed to foster a stronger and more positive faculty identity around teaching and learning at NLU and to clarify a pathway for promotion and multi-year contracts for faculty in this track.  In the past year, the Provost Office has been working with faculty governance to update policy documents to accommodate the new track.


Information Sessions

Information sessions have passed.  However, if you have any questions regarding the new Teaching and Learnign Track, please email 

Application Process

We would like to begin an application period for faculty who wish to move into the new Teaching and Learning track during the fall, 2016 quarter, making it possible that some faculty may shift to the new track by January, 2017.   Please attend one of the Information Sessions or contact the Provost Office for more detailed information about the application process.

Your completed application materials MUST contain:

  • Signed cover sheet
  • Rationale articulating commitment to the criteria (maximum 1 pages)
  • Current year goals and revised goals (as applicable) to address the Teaching and Learning criteria
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation from the College Dean

Application materials must be submitted electronically to

Deadline – November 1, 2016 by 4 p.m.


Teaching and Learning Faculty Track Application

Teaching and Learning Faculty Track Criteria

Informational Session Power Point for Teaching and Learning Track


Faculty who are interested in pursuing this track or have any questions can contact Provost Office at

Q: To qualify, do I need to be already doing and/or have mastered the teaching and learning activities identified in the criteria?

A: Faculty entering the track need not have experience in all teaching and learning activities outlined in the performance criteria.   Most important is the commitment to ongoing learning about post-secondary teaching and a desire to support other faculty in their efforts to continuous learn and improve.

Q: How will I be supported to grow in this track?

A: Faculty will be supported through the Provost Office, in particular, the Office of Teaching and Learning.  As faculty members enter the track, they will join an inquiry team focusing on post-secondary core teaching practices and how these practices facilitate student learning at NLU. Through this team, teaching and learning faculty will share practices and collaborate in the design of faculty development opportunities at NLU.

Q: Is a terminal degree required for the new track?

A: A terminal degree is not required to apply for the new track but faculty must meet the criteria for the applicable faculty rank (Assistant, Associate and Full Professor) as specified by FP 104 – Faculty Promotion and Tenure policy. 

Q: Are faculty at the Instructor rank eligible to apply for the new track?

A: Faculty at the Instructor level are eligible to apply for this track.  Faculty applicants at the Instructor rank will be evaluated based on the Assistant Professor criteria in Teaching and Learning track.  Criteria for faculty ranks as specified by FP 104 – Faculty Promotion and Tenure policy will apply. 

Q: Are Pathways faculty eligible to apply for the new track?

A: Yes, Pathways faculty may apply for the new track.  Pathways faculty will ultimately be faculty within the new undergraduate college and the structures and governance for that college have not yet been developed.  Application to the teaching and learning track will continue to be available to undergraduate faculty, however, faculty will need to abide by governance and associated structures as finally approved for the new college. 

Q: How will candidates be evaluated for entry to the Teaching and Learning Track?

A: Candidates will be evaluated based on:

  • Evidence of strong teaching and continuous improvement
  • Commitment to examining post-secondary teaching and learning practices through systematic inquiry
  • Commitment to assuming leadership in facilitating high quality teaching and learning at NLU
  • Dean’s recommendation
  • Potential to grow through the Teaching and Learning track.  

Q: How will the multi-year contracts work?

A: Faculty approved for the Teaching and Learning track must be in the track for at least one full calendar year and complete at least one performance review cycle to determine their fit for the track and its alignment with their professional growth plans before being considered for a multi-year contract.  For faculty committed to continuing in the track, multi-year contracts will be granted based on performance and staffing needs of the colleges, and will require a recommendations by the Dean and Provost.  Initial multi-year contracts will be for two years.  

Q: If I am on a multi-year contract, does that mean that my salary will be fixed for the length of the contract?  Would I still be eligible to apply for promotion during a set contract period?

A: Anyone on a multi-year contract would continue to be eligible for salary increase consideration in any year that there is a merit compensation pool and/or monies set aside to address salary compression issues.  Application for promotion will follow the guidelines for promotion eligibility outlined in the Faculty Handbook.  The timeline for promotion applications and the salary increases associated with promotion would not be affected by multi-year contracts. 

Q: When will the decisions be communicated?

A: The decisions will be communicated by January 6, 2017.  Faculty entering the new track will begin in the Winter 2017 term.  


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