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Lecturer Review and Promotion

UNM Lecturers with 5-10 years of experience may be considered for promotion to Senior Lecturer, and those with 11 or more years of experience may be considered for promotion to Principal Lecturer. This process includes a review and recommendation by the Department, followed by a review and recommendation by the College. Decisions will be made at the College level and forwarded to the Provost’s Office for documentation and salary adjustments.

Note that the Faculty Handbook (C190) mentions a more specific annual review in the third year for continuing lecturers. This is equivalent to a mid-probationary review for a Assistant Professors in that the lecturer should be reviewed for progress toward the rank of Senior Lecturer, and appropriateness of a two-year term appointment. (See policy C190, section B.3)

     Document Administrators: please follow these Organization of Contents guidelines for Doc Admins.

     Department Reviewers: please use these RPT app instructions for reviewers.


Download the Lecturer Promotion Dossier Organization of Contents and RPT app instructions. (2018-19 version coming soon)

Review the information in the Retention, Promotion and Tenure FAQs.

Materials necessary for consideration by the College:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (in College format)
  2. Teaching portfolio (in College format)
  3. Teaching Record, to include:
    • Summary of student evaluations of teaching for the past 5 years
      • Find list of approved UNM and College-wide EvaluationKit questions here.
    • At least 3 peer evaluations of teaching from the past 3 years
  4. Research Statement (optional)
    While research is not required of lecturers, we recognize that many of our lecturers do significant scholarship. This should be part of the record.
  5. Service Statement
  6. List of Supplemental Materials
  7. Faculty/committee confidential recommendation forms from each evaluator
  8. Summary of Departmental Vote
  9. The Chair’s or Director's letter with recommendation on promotion
    The letter must explain the contribution of the lecturer to the department’s teaching mission, taking into account the materials above and the departmental vote.

General Timetable

  • Materials must be submitted to the Arts and Sciences office by mid-Feburary.
  • A committee of faculty, including lecturers, from across the College will review the files and make a recommendation to the Dean by mid-March.
  • The Dean will make his recommendations to the Provost by May 1.
  • The Provost will send decision letters by June 30.
  • Current year timetable

Negative decisions

  • A negative decision by the Department or the College will be communicated to the Lecturer within 5 business days of the decision.
  • The lecturer will be given a copy of this decision and will then have 10 business days to appeal this decision.
  • The lecturer may request redacted copies of evaluations to aid in preparing an appeal.
  • If a negative decision is sustained, procedures outlined in the faculty handbook will apply.

All Student Enquiries should be directed to or (505) 277-4621