Summary of Changes to the Teaching Stream

On December 3, 2014, the University administration and the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) were pleased to announce that they had reached a tentative agreement in principle on changes to the Policy and Procedures for Academic Appointments (PPAA) for teaching-stream faculty at the University of Toronto.  The changes for members of the teaching stream with continuing full-time appointments are summarised below*:

 

Original

Revised

Initial Contract

1, 2 or 3 years

4 years

Ranks and Titles

  • Lecturer,  
  • Senior Lecturer

  • Assistant Professor (Conditional), Teaching Stream
  • Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream 
  • Associate Professor, Teaching Stream 
  • Professor, Teaching Stream

Probationary Review

 

A dossier is submitted by June 30 of Year 3.  Review is completed by December 31 of Year 4.

Result of Successful Review

 

Additional 2 year contract and the offer of an academic term to focus on preparing for continuing status review and to address any advice from the interim review.  Normally, this term will not include assigned teaching above ½ of the normal teaching or service assignments.

Probationary Review / Continuing Status Review Delay

Requests for delays may be made on the basis of maternity or severe personal circumstances for up to two years.

Requests for delays may be based on pregnancy and/or parental and/or adoption leave or serious personal circumstances beyond their control such as illness or injuries, for up to two years.  Further delays based on the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be made in writing by the candidate at the earliest opportunity.

Continuing Status Review

 

Candidates will submit their dossier by June 30 of Year 5.  The review will be completed by December 31 of Year 6. 

Performance Standard

Promotion is based on performance related to teaching effectiveness and pedagogical/professional development. It requires the judgment of excellence in teaching and evidence of future pedagogical/ professional development.

A positive recommendation will require the judgment of excellence in teaching and evidence of demonstrated and continuing future pedagogical/professional development. Excellence in teaching may be demonstrated through a combination of excellent teaching skills, creative educational leadership and/or achievement, and innovative teaching initiatives in accordance with appropriate divisional guidelines. Evidence of demonstrated and continuing future pedagogical/professional development may be demonstrated in a variety of ways including discipline based scholarship in relation to, or relevant to the field in which the candidate teaches, participation and contribution to academic conferences, teaching-related activity outside of the candidate’s classroom responsibilities and professional work that allows the candidate to maintain a mastery in their subject area.

Promotion to Full Professor

 

Promotion will be based on excellent teaching, educational leadership and/or achievement and ongoing pedagogical/professional development, sustained over many years.  Processes will be developed.

 

Revised Promotion Clock Timetable

Academic Year 1 (1st July to 30th June)

  • Receive initial 4 year contract.

Academic Year 2

 

Academic Year 3

  • Dossier for Probationary Review will be submitted by June 30.

Academic Year 4

  • Probationary Review will be completed by December 31. 
  • Successful review will result in an additional 2 year contract.

Academic Year 5

  • Following a successful review the candidate will be offered an academic term to focus on preparing for the continuing status review and to address advice from the interim review.  
  • Normally this term will not include assigned teaching above ½ of the normal teaching or service assignments. 
  • Continuing status review dossiers submitted by June 30.

Academic Year 6

  • Continuing status review completed by December 31.
  • Promotion to Associate Professor, Teaching Stream July 1.

 *For further details, including other types of lecturer appointments, please see the full agreement in principle.