Faculty Handbook & Deadlines

At Lesley, the Provost's Office maintains the Faculty Handbook, which is a resource for adjunct and contracted faculty members who teach at Lesley University.

The Handbook provides general guidance about university policies, and offers information of interest to full-time and pro-rata core faculty members, including faculty governance, rank and promotion procedures, and development opportunities.

Download the 2017–2018 Core Faculty Handbook (PDF).

Faculty Deadlines

Learn more about promotion, sabbatical, and grant deadlines. Get information and deadlines for reappointment, emeritus status, and the Distinguished Achievement Award.

  • Promotion Process & Deadlines

    Candidate attends Promotion Workshop at the Faculty Development Day: Spring/Fall

    Candidate submits Application box to Academic Supervisor: November 17, 2017

    Candidate meets with Supervisor: November 17–December 1, 2017

    Written recommendation from Supervisor to Dean, with copy to Candidate (Supervisor forwards application box to Dean): December 8, 2017

    Written response from Candidate (if any) to Supervisor and Dean: December 15, 2017

    Candidate meets with Dean: December 8–January 5, 2018

    Written recommendation from Dean to R&P Committee, with copy to Candidate and Provost (Dean forwards application and recommendations to R&P Committee): January 12, 2018

    Written response from Candidate (if any) to Dean and R&P Committee: January 19, 2018

    R&P Committee begins evaluation process: January 22, 2018

    Written recommendation from R&P Committee to President, with copy to Candidate (R&P Committee forwards application and recommendations to President): March 23, 2018

    Written response from Candidate (if any) to R&P Committee and President: March 30, 2018

    President makes decision and sends letter to Candidate, with copy to Supervisor, Dean, R&P Committee, and Provost: April 20, 2018

  • Sabbatical Process & Deadlines

    Candidate submits full application and most recent Annual Report electronically to Dean: September 15, 2017

    Written recommendation from Dean to Faculty Life & Development Committee with copy to Candidate (Dean forwards full application and recommendation electronically to Dean of Faculty for Faculty Life & Development Committee consideration): October 27, 2017

    Written recommendation from Faculty Life & Development Committee to Provost with copy to Candidate (Faculty Life & Development Committee forwards full application and recommendations to Provost): December 1, 2017

    Written recommendation from Provost to President with copy to Candidate (Provost forwards full application and recommendations to President): December 8, 2017

    President decision and sends letter to Candidate with copy to Dean, Faculty Life & Development Committee, and Provost: December 15, 2017

    Faculty submits a written summary report electronically to Provost within 2 months following completion of sabbatical.

  • University Grants

    Academic Technology Innovation Grant

    Rolling application

    Cultural Literacy Curriculum Institute

    Look for Call from Committee in Spring 2018 semester.

    Global Fellows

    Look for Call from Committee in Spring 2018 semester.

    Faculty Development Grants: Small, Large, & Unit Release

    1. Candidate submits application electronically to Dean of Faculty: February 16, 2018
      If grant includes course release, get approval from Dean by January 13, 2018.
    2. Faculty Life & Development committee begins evaluation process: March 2018
    3. Committee notifies candidates of decision: March 23, 2018
    4. Grant activity/expenditures begin: After July 1, 2018
    5. Original receipts and documentation of expenditures sent to Provost’s Office (retain copies for your files): Ongoing
    6. Last date to submit expenses: June 1, 2019
    7. Development Grant written summary report due electronically to Dean of Faculty: November 15, 2019

    Travel Grants

    Application Due Dates
    October 13, 2017 & February 16, 2018

    CTLS Grants

    Fall Semester:

    • Apply by September 30, 2017
    • Decision by October 12, 2017
    • Group meets October
    • December Report due February 1, 2018 to Dean of Faculty


    Spring Semester:

    • Apply by December 8, 2017
    • Decisions by December 21, 2017
    • Group meets February–April
    • Report due June 16, 2018 to Dean of Faculty


    Junior & Senior Faculty Fellowships Grants 

    Applications must be received before 5:00 pm EST on January 15, 2018.

  • Reappointment Process & Deadlines

    Annual Faculty Report: May 15–August 30, 2017

    Classroom Observation: Prior to Self-Assessment

    Optional Peer Review: Prior to Self-Assessment

    Faculty Member Submits Reappointment Application to Supervisor: January 15, 2018

    Faculty Member Meets with Supervisor: February 2, 2018

    Written Recommendation from Supervisor to Dean, with copy to Faculty Member: February 9, 2018

    Written Response from Faculty Member (if any) to Supervisor and Dean: February 16, 2018

    Faculty Member Meets with Dean: February 28, 2018

    Written Recommendation from Dean to Provost, with copy to Faculty Member: March 2, 2018

    Written Response from Faculty Member (if any) to Dean and Provost: March 9, 2018

    Provost Decision and Sends Contract Letter to Faculty Member (with copy to Supervisor and Dean): April 27, 2018

    Professional Development Plan, All faculty: May 31, 2018

  • Emeritus Process & Deadlines

    Candidates may file an intention to retire a year in advance, but should be filed no later than the fall of the academic year of retirement. Otherwise, emeritus status may be granted in the year following retirement.

    With a recommendation from the appropriate school dean, nomination of a faculty member who has served the University in a full-time capacity for 20 or more years and who holds the rank of Professor will automatically be endorsed by the Retirement & Emeritus Committee and forwarded to the President for emeritus status.

    Nomination letter submitted to school Dean: December 20, 2017

    School Dean submits name of faculty recommended for emeritus status to the Retirement & Emeritus Committee: January 20, 2018

    Retirement & Emeritus Committee evaluates nominations, and forwards recommendation to the President: February 7, 2018

    Provost makes recommendation to the President. With the President’s recommendation, the Provost submits to Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustee for a vote at the March meeting.

    Letter to candidates go out from the President: March 15, 2018

  • Distinguished Achievement Award

    Candidates may file an intention to retire a year in advance, but should be filed no later than the fall of the academic year of retirement. Otherwise, the award may be granted in the year following retirement.

    Nomination letter submitted to school Dean: December 20, 2017

    School Dean submits name of faculty recommended for distinguished achievement award to the Retirement & Emeritus Committee: January 20, 2018

    Retirement & Emeritus Committee evaluates nominations, and forwards recommendation to the President: February 7, 2018

    Letter to candidates go out from the President: February 23, 2018