Office for Faculty Affairs

Primary Activities within Faculty Affairs

  • Management of all research and faculty appointments and promotions, including reappointments and extensions 
  • Oversight of searches for faculty and researchers
  • Coordination of faculty and research appointment policies in collaboration with the FAS Office for Faculty Affairs
  • Orientation of new appointees
  • General administrative duties as related to ladder faculty, non-ladder faculty, and researchers, including assistance with visa applications and payroll forms

Academic Appointments

SEAS academic appointees are grouped as follows:


Ladder faculty

    • Tenured (senior) professor 
    • Tenure-track professor (assistant, associate)

Non-ladder faculty

    • Lecturer
    • Preceptor
    • Professor in Residence
    • Professor of the Practice
    • Senior Lecturer
    • Senior Preceptor
    • Visiting faculty (professor, associate professor, assistant professor)
    • Visiting Lecturer

Research appointees

    • Associate
    • Fellow
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Research Fellow
    • Visiting Scholar
    • Visiting Undergraduate Research Intern

Academic appointments in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are guided by policies of both SEAS and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).  FAS guidelines are available in the FAS Appointment and Promotion Handbook.