Appointment & Promotion

Evelyn Higginbotham & Henry Louis Gates, Jr.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).

Offices

  • 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 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 for Faculty Development; the Senior Advisor to the FAS Dean on Faculty Development; and a tenured professor from each division.

Once departments or SEAS areas have approved a case for further consideration, CAP rigorously reviews the dossiers in tenure cases, appointments and promotions of senior non-ladder faculty, and promotions of assistant professors to associate professor. CAP then advises the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS on whether the case should proceed. The members of CAP are listed below.

Mahzarin Banaji
Senior Adviser to the FAS Dean on Faculty Development
Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics
Harvard College Professor

Jeremy Bloxham      
Dean of Science
Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics

Emma Dench  
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

Frank Doyle
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

Laura Fisher  
Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Faculty Development

Rowan Flad
John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology

Claudine Gay
Dean of Social Science
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies

Hopi Hoekstra
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard College Professor

Evelyn Hu
Tarr-Coyne Professor Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering
Harvard College Professor

Robin Kelsey
Dean of Arts and Humanities
Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography
  
Rakesh Khurana

Danoff Dean of Harvard College
Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development and of Sociology

Melissa McCormick
Professor of Japanese Art and Culture
Harvard College Professor

Michael D. Smith   
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences       

Nina Zipser 
Dean for Faculty Affairs and Planning

Note: The "Suggested Timeline for Departmental Reviews of Tenure-Track Faculty for Promotion" is available here.

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 2017-2018:

    • 2/1/18:  Annual Faculty Activity Reports due.
    • 2/28/18:  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.
    • 3/15/18:  Final day to submit dossiers for internal promotion to associate professor, appointments and reappointments of senior preceptors, and other reappointments, including lecturers and preceptors.
    • 4/30/18:  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.
    • 5/1/18:  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 2018:  Searches are usually authorized for the following academic year.
    • June 2018:  Chairs receive letters from the assistant dean for the division indicating which tenure-track faculty members are scheduled for review.