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6.1 Terms of Appointment

1. These guidelines, and any modifications thereof, will be made available to all administrative personnel and academic staff members, and, upon request, to other members of the Stanford faculty and staff.

2. Academic staff appointments shall be made either:

a. For a stipulated length of time.

b. For a continuing term of appointment. The "continuing term" is not a tenured appointment. Rather, "continuing term of appointment" signifies that the individual will be terminated only for just cause, for lack of satisfactory performance, or for lack of programmatic need (including budgetary considerations).

c. For the duration of either an administrative appointment or a specific project.

Academic staff appointed for a stipulated length of time or for a continuing term of appointment are entitled to the notice provisions of Article III below. An academic staff appointment made for the duration of an administrative appointment or a specific project shall, unless otherwise expressly stipulated, be construed as terminating on the expiration of the administrative appointment or the project.


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The title of Lecturer is used for individuals who perform a significant amount of the regular instruction with continuing programmatic need in departments and programs; for persons of special expertise or scholarly distinction either in the local community or on the non-teaching University staff who are asked on an occasional basis to give a course or part of a course in their special fields; and for individuals who are employed to meet specific departmental needs created by faculty leaves or unanticipated student load.
The title of Senior Lecturer is associated with a demonstrably higher level of responsibility and teaching excellence than that of a Lecturer, rather than with seniority or longevity; and there is normally only a limited number of Senior Lecturer positions in any program.
A Senior Lecturer on continuing appointment is subject to termination for just cause, for lack of satisfactory performance, or for programmatic reasons (including budgetary considerations). Although a department or school may foresee a continuing programmatic need at the time of appointment or promotion to Senior Lecturer, that need may change. For example, the department or school may decide to phase out a particular area altogether. Or an area may simply be phased down, necessitating a decrease in the teaching staff.
Artists-in-Residence, a rank established by the Provost in September, 1996, may be appointed at full or part-time for any term of up to five years, and, depending on programmatic need (including budgetary considerations) and performance, may be reappointed to an unlimited number of consecutive terms of up to five years. They may not be considered for continuing terms of appointment. Artists-in-Residence will have teaching and/or other responsibilities, such as performance, specified by their department.