Top Social Menu


Important Information on Non Tenure Track Faculty Contract Rights


Dear NTT Colleague,

We know you are busy but we want to be sure you are aware of important language in the FSU contract regarding non-tenure track faculty (welcome to UMass for any new NTT faculty!). This language covers everything from just cause rights, to promotional eligibility, to paid sick leave, and more. We also want to let you know that once things get settled we will be holding an NTT FSU members Fall constituents meeting over zoom, and you are invited.  Stay tuned for date and details!

For starters, we suggest that you read the FSU primer on NTT contract language. We also recommend that you read the relevant articles in the collective bargaining agreement, particularly Article 21-NTT and MOU 7 (the latter relates to a grievance settlement that impacts certain NTT members’ promotions). Please note that there is language specific to Clinical Nursing faculty (Clinical Associate Lecturers; Clinical Lecturers, all ranks; and Clinical Professors, all ranks) at the very end of this email (unless otherwise noted, all the other provisions of Article 21 will also apply to Clinical Nursing faculty).

We want to highlight a few key provisions of the NTT contract language that we feel members should pay particular attention to:

  1.  Senior Lecturer and Senior Lecturer II promotions: All Lecturers with 6 years of full-time equivalent service will be eligible for promotion to Senior Lecturer (NOTE: ‘full-time equivalent service’ means you must be full-time for 6 calendar years to be eligible; if you are half-time, for example, it will take 12 calendar years). All Senior Lecturers with 6 years of full-time equivalent service as a Senior Lecturer will be eligible for promotion to Senior Lecturer II. Those Lecturer II’s who were converted to Senior Lecturer when the 14-17 contract was implemented (Spring 15) will be eligible to apply for Senior Lecturer II after 10 calendar years from their hire date regardless of their current or past full-time equivalent (please note the exception in 21.12.1(C) for those who were converted to Senior Lecturer in the 14-17 contract but were subsequently denied promotion- such NTT will revert to the standard eligibility requirements). Lecturers must notify their department if they believe they are eligible to apply (see the criteria for eligibility in Article 21.12 of the contract and in the primer). You will not be notified by the Administration or your department of your eligibility so if you think you are eligible, we encourage you to inform your chair of your intent to apply for promotion. You must notify your department by May 13th, 2022 of your intention to apply during 22-23. For those NTT already deemed eligible to apply for promotion in 21-22, be aware that the deadline to submit your promotional application is the first day of the Spring 22 semester (January 24th, 2022).
  2.       Possible Reduction in Course Load for Senior Lecturer II’s and Clinical Senior Lecturer II’s: The Dean may grant a temporary course load reduction of 1 course per academic year to full-time Senior Lecturer II’s and Clinical Senior Lecturer II’s in consideration of a significant increase in service and/or scholarly responsibilities. Such a reduction would be at the Dean’s discretion and would be for a period of 2 years with the possibility of renewal. Those who wish to be considered for such an appointment should contact their department chairs as the latter are responsible for recommending these appointments to the Dean (see Article 21.2.7 for more information).
  3.       Continuing Appointments: All Lecturers who are minimum 50% time, who have 3 full-time equivalent years of service, and who have had no more than 2 prior semesters at less than 50% will be eligible for continuing appointments (no formal application is required; continuing appointments are approved by the Dean; see Article 21.9.2 for more details―note that Associate Lecturers are not eligible for continuing appointments). NTT with continuing appointments are granted just cause rights and are subject to the layoff provisions of the contract (21.9.4), meaning that they must be given a year notice in the event of a layoff (inclusive of reductions in time).
  4.       Conversion from Associate Lecturer to Lecturer: All Associate Lecturers who have been 50% or more for 4 consecutive semesters will be automatically converted to Lecturer, will be subject to the Lecturer salary floor, and will be subject to all other provisions of the contract for Lecturers (i.e. future eligibility for promotion to Senior Lecturer).
  5.       Benefits: All NTT regardless of title who are 50% or more are automatically eligible for benefits (dental, health, retirement). Contact Human Resources for more information.
  6.       Appointment and Reappointment Schedules: Lecturers who are 50% or greater are subject to the appointment and non-reappointment language in Article 21.9 of the contract. For Lecturers 50% or greater on semester by semester contracts that means they must be notified by the end of the Spring 21 semester if they are going to be reappointed (for those on 1, 2, or 4 year contracts the deadline for notification is earlier- see the chart in 21.9.1 for more details). NTT with continuing appointments are employed without an end date so they will not be given individual contracts. Associate Lecturers are not subject to the appointment/non-reappointment provision of the contract.
  7.       Additional Work for Part-Time NTTs: Part-time members of a department must be offered additional work in writing in order of seniority before the work is given to anyone outside of the department (see Article 21.3 for more information). Please note that additional work is defined as work that is generated after all of the work for those bargaining unit members already employed in the department has been assigned. An example: department X has 10 NTT who have been assigned a total of 20 courses for Spring 22. A last minute increase in student enrollments results in 2 additional sections being added for Spring 22. Those 2 additional sections must be offered to current part-time NTT in order of seniority before they can be given to anyone outside of the department. It is important to remember that the additional work clause is not a bumping clause- it does not allow part-time members of a department to get additional work via reduction in work from other members of the department, even if the former has more seniority than the latter.

8.   Basic Service for NTT Who Are 50% or More: Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Senior Lecturer II’s (as well as their Clinical Lecturer counterparts) may have, as part of their standard workload, basic service requirements such as attendance at Welcome Days, assigned advisees, etc. Such service assignments are to be made in consultation with the faculty member. If you have concerns about the nature of the basic service assignments you are given or feel that the assignments are excessive, please contact the FSU (see Article 21.2.1 for more information; also, see this previous FSU bargaining update for a further explanation of the basic service requirement agreement).

9. Course Compensation/Large Enrollment Courses: Fall/Spring 3-credit courses will be compensated at 25% time. Members will be paid a pro-rated amount based on their salary (example: if you are paid $100,000 at 100% time and teach four 3-credit courses, your per-course rate will be $25,000).  That rate will not change (see Article 21.1 for more). If you teach a course that is more than 3-credits you should be compensated at a pro-rated amount based on your salary (per the example above, if you teach one 6-credit course, you will be paid $50,000). Compensation practices for large-enrollment (L-E) classes varies from college to college. For example, in CLA, 3-credit courses that have more than 70 students will be compensated as if they were a 6 credit course. Members who have questions about L-E course compensation should check with their Dean’s office. NOTE: Summer/Winter courses are paid as add comp with pay rates determined by Article 36.4 of the contract, not the member’s individual Fall/Spring rate of pay.


(Clinical Associate Lecturers; Clinical Lecturers, all ranks; and Clinical Professors, all ranks)

Licensure/Degree Requirements

Clinical Associate Lecturers and Clinical Lecturers (all ranks) are responsible for maintaining proper licensure requirements (see Article 21.2.2 and 21.2.4 respectively).

Clinical Professors (all ranks) must have a terminal degree in the pertinent discipline (see Article 21.9.1(a)4(a)).


Clinical Associate Lecturers and Clinical Lecturers (all ranks) are responsible for engaging in appropriate clinical practice (see Article 21.2.2 and 21.2.4 respectively).

Clinical Professors (all ranks) shall normally have a full-time-equivalent instructional load of 4-3 or 3-4 (i.e. 7 courses per academic year with the possibility of further course load reductions). General responsibilities shall include teaching, engagement in scholarship of practice, and departmental/college service (see Article 21.2.5).

Initial Appointments

Clinical Professors (all ranks) will normally be appointed at 100% time and will not be below 50% time. Initial appointments must be made for 1,2, or 4 years (see 21.9.1(a)3).

Promotional Eligibility

Clinical Assistant Professors with at least six years of full-time-equivalent service will be eligible for consideration for promotion to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor (See Article 21.12.1.d).

Clinical Associate Professors who have completed six years of full time-equivalent service in that title, and/or in the title of Senior Lecturer or Senior Lecturer II, will be eligible for consideration for promotion to the rank of Clinical Professor (see Article 21.12.1.e).

Promotional Standards

Clinical Lecturers shall be evaluated for promotion in the following areas: teaching, clinical practice, and department/college service (see Article 21.12.2(a)2).

Clinical Assistant and Clinical Associate Professors shall be evaluated for promotion in the following areas: teaching, scholarship of practice, and department/college service (see Article 21.12.2(a)3).

Clinical Assistant and Clinical Associate Professors  who have either scholarly responsibilities or higher-than-usual service responsibilities (or both) shall provide to the Department Chair the names of at least two recognized scholars or professionals who are qualified to evaluate their accomplishments in each added area of responsibility (see Article 21.12.3(c)2).

If you have any questions on the above or believe that these provisions of the contract have not been properly applied to you or your colleagues please contact the FSU office.

From the NTT representatives of the FSU Executive Committee:

Lynne Benson, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality

Dana Commesso, Exercise and Health Sciences

Caroline Coscia, FSU Vice President, Political Science

Monique Fuguet, Mathematics

Linda Liu, Sociology

For information on the FSU, links to our contract and bargaining updates, and a calendar of events, see the FSU webpage.

Please “like” the  FSU Facebook Page.

Follow us on Twitter at @FSU_UMB