Change in Rank and Title for All Part-Time Faculty in the Teaching Stream (PDAD&C #19)

From: Heather Boon, Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life
Date: October 30, 2020
Re: Change in Rank and Title for All Part-Time Faculty in the Teaching Stream (PDAD&C #19)

I am very pleased to be able to share that the Governing Council of the University of Toronto approved important policy changes relating to part-time faculty on October 29, 2020. 

Of these, I want to highlight in particular, that effective October 29, 2020 the rank and titles of part-time teaching stream faculty members will change from the current titles of “Lecturer” and “Senior Lecturer” to “Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream” and “Associate Professor, Teaching Stream.” Each affected part-time faculty member in the Teaching Stream will receive an email on November 2, 2020 letting them know that they may use the new rank and title effective immediately.  

Governing Council also approved:

  1. The revised Policy and Procedures on Employment Conditions of Part-time Academic Faculty, 2021. The changes to the policy modernize the terms and conditions of employment for part-time faculty members at the University of Toronto and reflect the important role they play at the University. The revised Policy comes into effect on January 1, 2021.
  2. Amendments to the Policy and Procedures Governing Promotions in the Teaching Stream, that effective January 1, 2021 will include part-time faculty in the teaching stream.
  3. Amendments to the Policy and Procedures on Academic Appointments (PPAA) that will affect faculty with tenure or continuing status who wish to reduce their percentage appointment, also effective January 1, 2021.

Please note that the terms of the revised Part-time Policy do not automatically apply to individual part-time faculty members on existing contracts. There is an agreed Transition Framework which governs transition into the new policy.  Details concerning the changes and the detailed Transition Framework agreed to with the University of Toronto Faculty Association are posted to our website at

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life will work closely with Dean’s Offices to support the transition to the revised and amended policies.