School of Science Information for Faculty, Postdocs, and Staff
- Faculty Benefits
- Faculty Housing Program
- Faculty Orientation
The Institute holds an annual orientation for new faculty members in the fall of each academic year. The Institute will invite you to attend within your first year at the Institute. If you haven't been contacted but would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty Resources
The MIT Faculty Resource site lists available resources in categories ranging from student advising to personal resources.
- Faculty Administrative Staff Team WIKI
- Family Resources
- Promotion and Tenure Process
The Institute's faculty promotion process is governed by the Institute's Policies and Procedures Manual. Promotion cases are created by Department's for their review and approval. Approved cases are then sent to the School's Science Council where the case is reviewed and a recommendation is made to the Dean. The Dean is then responsible for presenting the approved cases to the Institute's Academic Council for their review and approval. Upon Academic Council approval, the cases are sent to the MIT Corporation for their review and approval.
Case requirements: Administrators can find the policies and procedures for processing promotion cases on the school's stellar site at http://stellar.mit.edu/S/project/sosadmin/materials.html.
- Joint Appointments
Department heads request joint appointments for faculty members in the School of Science by sending a request to the Dean for the School of Science with the proposed appointee's CV. The letter should outline how this individual will fit into the Department's strategic goals.
The School of Science assigns all non-tenured faculty members a mentor to support faculty in their career development. See the MIT Mentoring Booklet for useful information on mentoring.
- Confidentiality in Faculty Recruitment, Promotion, and Tenure Reviews
MIT's Policies and Procedures include provisions designed to ensure that candidates for appointment, promotion, and tenure receive a thorough and fair review of their qualifications and accomplishments. Implicit throughout these provisions is the need for appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information. Among other things, P&P specifically says, "An essential component of the evaluation process at MIT is the solicitation of written assessments from persons familiar with the individual's character, research and teaching capabilities, and academic qualifications. In order to assure the most candid and useful evaluations, MIT has traditionally accorded such assessments the highest degree of confidentiality."
Honoring these policies is an obligation of everyone at MIT, but especially of faculty members. MIT requires all faculty members who participate in faculty recruitment and in promotion and tenure reviews, and all those faculty and staff who may otherwise come to know confidential information, to safeguard that information, including the identity of authors of such assessments and their specific content. Not only is a breach of confidentiality a serious violation of MIT policy, but without conscientious diligence, we will eventually find that this essential component of our process is unavailable or unreliable.
Rafael Reif, Provost
Bish Sanyal, Chair of the Faculty
- Leaves for Faculty Members
- Backup Childcare and Eldercare Referral Program
Benefits-eligible employees at MIT have access to a backup childcare and eldercare referral program through Parents in a Pinch, Inc. and its partner eldercare organization, HealthWorks. The program provides up to ten referrals annually to screened and trained in-home caregivers when temporary care is needed to cover the work time of the employee. [more]
- Faculty Travel on MIT Business
This policy provides for financial support to faculty for additional dependent care expenses associated with travel on MIT business, above those normally incurred by the faculty member while at MIT. Faculty are eligible to be reimbursed up to $1,000 in direct expenses, plus an allocation to cover the tax due on the expenses, per year in reasonable dependent care expenses. Such reimbursement will be additional compensation. Deans and Department Heads may, at their discretion, allow more than $1,000 in appropriate dependent care expenses per year. [more]
- MIT Retiree Association
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