University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

Frequently Asked Questions – Teaching Stream

When can I start using my new teaching stream rank?

All Lecturers who opt into the amended PPAA may use the new rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream effective January 1, 2016, provided they have received confirmation of their election. This title cannot be used prior to January 1, 2016, which is the effective date of the change. Please note that the University and UTFA have agreed that “the full titles above shall be used in all written and/or formal circumstances including, for example, letters, email, faculty or department websites, course calendars, conference materials, etc.”

All Senior Lecturers will receive a letter from the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life confirming receipt of their election. They may use the new rank on receipt of that confirmation usage.

How do I use the new rank in correspondence?

When you are signing a letter you can use your full title. For example, Harcourt Pape, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream.

If you are addressing a letter to a teaching stream faculty member you can address them as Dear Professor Pape.

What is the process to advance to the rank of Professor, Teaching Stream?

Through the SJAC process, the University and UTFA have agreed that promotion from Associate Professor, Teaching Stream to Full Professor, Teaching Stream “shall be based on excellent teaching, educational leadership and/or achievement, and ongoing pedagogical/professional development, sustained over many years”. The parties have agreed “to developing, on an expedited basis, a process for promotion to full professor”. This work is underway.

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I am a Senior Lecturer. What is the impact on me of electing to be covered by the amended PPAA?

The only thing that will change is your rank. On receiving acknowledgement of your election form, you may use the title Associate Professor, Teaching Stream. Your original contract remains unchanged. There is no other impact on you.

I am a retired Senior Lecturer. Am I eligible for the new rank?

As a retired faculty member, you are not covered by the SJAC changes. Only full-time continuing members of the teaching stream are eligible to opt-in.

I’m in the teaching stream. When will my new rank be reflected with my name on my department’s website?

If you are a Senior Lecturer, please give the acknowledgement letter from the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life confirming your election to your department’s Business Officer. This is the confirmation required for them to make any changes to websites or other materials. Your department should already have this.

If you are a Lecturer, your new rank is effective January 1, 2016. Please follow up with your Business Officer after that date.

When will my new rank be reflected in the University directory?

While Senior Lecturers can begin using the new titles upon acknowledgement of their opt-in form, it will take some time for all University records including directories and websites to be changed to reflect the use of the new rank. Centrally maintained records including HRIS will be changed after the opt-in deadline of December 31, 2015 beginning with HRIS in early January 2016. We recommend speaking with your Business Officer and/or other relevant departmental staff about changes to local resources and records.

I’m a staff member, when should I change the teaching stream ranks in HRIS?

The new teaching stream ranks are not yet available in HRIS. Please do not attempt to make any changes.

The conversion of ranks for Lecturers and Senior Lecturers to Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream respectively will be managed centrally. Further information about this process will be communicated to Business Officers.

Click here for the memo sent to HRIS users on July 22, 2015 regarding this matter.

I am in the teaching stream as a full-time lecturer in a limited term appointment and my contract has recently been renewed. Am I eligible to opt-in?

Current full-time lecturers in limited term appointments are not eligible to opt-in. Going forward, any new or renewed non-continuing appointments will be made under the amended PPAA.


As of July 1, 2015, I have been a teaching stream faculty member for 3 years and am beginning year 4. The amended PPAA provides for a mandatory interim review in the 4th year. Should I opt-in, would I be eligible to have an interim review?

The opt-in period is from July 1 to December 31, 2015, thereby extending past the period in which you would normally have an interim review. Under the amended PPAA, you would not be required to undergo a review.

If in discussion with your Chair feel this is desirable, you may (in consultation with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life) undergo an interim review on a comparable but later time line. The review would be for feedback only in order to help inform the areas of focus for the term of workload reduction and your appointment would not be contingent on the outcome.

As of the election period (July 1, 2015 onward), I am in year 5 and currently undergoing my review. If I opt-in, when am I officially in the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream?

Any lecturer who is eligible for promotion to Senior Lecturer by October 2015 will proceed with the current promotion review process. Upon a successful review, the lecturer will receive a letter inviting them to opt-in and may immediately make an election. This opt-in form is due by December 31, 2015. The rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream will be effective January 1, 2016 and the rank of Associate Professor, Teaching Stream will be effective July 1, 2016.

I started as a part-time lecturer and now hold a full-time, continuing appointment. Am I eligible to opt into the amended PPAA? How many years of service count in the calculation of my timeline?

All full-time (76% to 100% FTE) continuing lecturers are eligible to opt-in. Part-time lecturers are covered by the part-time policy and may not opt-in. Your timeline will be calculated from the beginning of your full-time appointment.

As an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream will I be able to be the Principal Investigator on research grants?

Nothing has changed concerning the eligibility of teaching stream faculty for research grants. Please discuss grant eligibility with your Chair or Dean.