The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is committed to hiring outstanding faculty members and researchers who create new knowledge, educate the next generation of scholars and citizens, and contribute to the broader academic community. The excellence of the FAS faculty springs from robust candidate pools, diligence at every stage of a search or promotion review, and efforts to foster an environment in which faculty and researchers can build productive careers.
Below are key handbooks and guides related to the appointment and promotion of faculty and researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
If you have questions about policies and procedures, please contact the assistant dean for faculty affairs in your academic division (the Arts and Humanities, the Social Sciences, Science), the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or for selected College appointments.
Below are some useful offices related to the appointment and promotion of FAS faculty and researchers. Also below is a description of the FAS Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP).
- Harvard International Office: HIO is an excellent resource for questions about visas and other issues related to international appointees.
Committee on Appointments and Promotions
The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) plays a key role in the appointment and promotion of FAS faculty members. CAP is led by the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS, and includes such leaders as the Divisional Deans for the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, and the John A. Paulson Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS); the Danoff Dean of Harvard College; the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; the Dean for Faculty Affairs and Planning; the Senior Associate Dean and the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development; the Dean of Undergraduate Education; and a tenured professor from each division and SEAS.
Once departments or SEAS areas have approved a case for further consideration, CAP members rigorously review the dossiers in tenure cases, promotions of assistant professors to associate professor, appointments and reappointments of senior non-ladder faculty, and appointments of associate senior lecturers and advise on whether the case should proceed.
The members of CAP for AY 2020-2021, led by Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS, are listed below.
Dean of Social Science
W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government
Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Acting Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Dean of Undergraduate Education
Samuel Zemurray, Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of English
Harvard College Professor
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics
John A. Paulson Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Dean of Arts and Humanities
Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography
Danoff Dean of Harvard College
Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development and of Sociology
Professor in the Philosophy Department
Director of the Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering
Dean of Science
Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy
Dean for Faculty Affairs and Planning
Note: Second-year assessments of tenure-track faculty should be completed by the end of the second year of the appointment.
Some key dates for AY 2019-2020:
- 1/31/20: Annual Faculty Activity Reports due.
- 2/28/20: Final day to submit dossiers for external appointments to tenure professor, internal promotion to tenured professor, and new appointments and reappointments of professors in residence, professors of the practice, and senior lecturers. Any dossier, as applicable, received after this date might not be scheduled for an ad hoc review until the following fall.
- 3/13/20: Final day to submit dossiers for internal promotion to associate professor, appointments and reappointments of senior preceptors, and other reappointments, including associate senior lecturers, lecturers, and preceptors.
- 4/30/20: Final day to extend offers to ladder faculty at other institutions for appointments beginning in the upcoming term without requiring permission from the dean of the candidate's home institution.
- 5/1/20: Final day to submit ASPerIn appointments for all new tenure-track appointments and non-ladder teaching appointments and reappointments. Please note: this is also the deadline for receipt of all required back-up material relating to these appointments. Appointments submitted after this date may not be fully processed by July 1.
- May/June 2020: Searches are usually authorized for the following academic year.
- June 2020: Chairs receive letters from the assistant dean for the division indicating which tenure-track faculty members are scheduled for review.