The Provost’s Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program enables the university to recruit early-career scholars whose accomplishments make them exceptionally competitive for faculty positions.
The program is seeking scholars who have demonstrated the potential to transform their field and their department and remains particularly interested in recruiting scholars who will contribute to a climate that values diversity and inclusion in the area of scholarship, creative expression and/or community engagement.
Proposals are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for hires that will join us during the 2023-24 academic year.
Fellowships will be two years, after which individuals will transfer to the rank of assistant professor. The Office of Academic Affairs will provide up to seven years of salary support to the unit for each fellow hired.
During the fellowship, fellows will receive research funding and participate in career development programs offered by OAA to support their transition to assistant professor and their long-term career success. In addition, fellows will participate in the activities of their academic unit and have a designated faculty mentor. Units will be responsible for recruiting, hiring, and mentoring the fellow. As described below, OAA will provide up to seven years of salary support to the unit for each fellow hired.
The fellows will comprise a cohort of early-career scholars and are expected to (1) establish residence and participate in the academic life of the university, (2) focus time on research with limited teaching or co-teaching (teaching up to a maximum of one class per academic year as an option at the scholar’s discretion), (3) meet regularly with their faculty colleagues and mentor(s), and (4) participate in professional development programs.
College Proposal Process
The dean must submit the following items to OAA-InclusiveExcellence@osu.edu with the subject “Fellow to Faculty Proposal”.
- A letter describing the tenure-track faculty position and how the position will transform the field and/or the department and supports a climate that values diversity and inclusion in the areas of scholarship, creative expression and/or community engagement
- Position description
- Hiring plan, including advertising plan and position announcement
- Mentoring plan for the fellow
- A description of the unit’s past and future activities to ensure an inclusive climate
- Funding plan for support not provided by OAA
We expect positions proposed for the Fellow to Faculty program will already have been approved through a TIU’s normal faculty recruitment approval process.
If a proposal is approved, colleges must advertise the fellow position at the tenure-track assistant professor rank. The hiring unit will follow the usual process for assistant professor hiring, including review by the eligible faculty. If the candidate accepts the fellow position, the candidate will be hired into the Provost’s Tenure-Track Fellow to Faculty Program. Fellows will be appointed as instructor in the tenure track for up to two years. The tenure clock will begin when the candidate moves from the instructor position to assistant professor. Per Faculty Rule 3335-6-03, appointments on the tenure track are probationary until the sixth-year review with required annual reviews. The fellow is a faculty member and annual reviews by the tenure initiating unit must occur.