Recruiting for Temporary Positions
Temporary Full-Time* Positions
Replacement needs for the following academic year must be discussed with the Dean of the College during the first semester. Please note that sabbaticals are normally not replaced, while "Leaves without Pay" are usually at least partially replaced. Once the Dean has approved the position in writing, the department should draft the job description and e-mail it to Associate Dean Kristin Fossum for her and the Diversity Officer to approve. In order to explicitly reflect the College’s commitment to diversity, the job description should include a sentence such as the ideal candidate will have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving higher education for underrepresented students. Faculty Search Reports need not be filled out, but these approvals must be obtained before the department publicizes the description. We do not conduct national searches for short-term appointments. Please send flyers with your approved job description to local universities (UCLA, UCI, UCR, USC, etc.), from which candidates could drive to Pomona College for a one-day interview. Please speak with all candidates by telephone at some length about their teaching experience and teaching philosophy before inviting them to campus for an interview. At a minimum, candidates should be asked to submit a curriculum vitae and graduate-school transcript.
The candidates for temporary full-time positions must be interviewed by Associate Dean Fossum, who will need a curriculum vitae and graduate-school transcript at least one day before the interview. Neither the Dean nor the President needs to interview these candidates. A limited amount of funding for on-campus expenses (typically lunch) may be provided. Please contact Associate Dean Fossum for advance approval if you plan to ask for college funds.
The department chair recommends the appointment to Associate Dean Fossum and, if the appointment is approved, the chair is informed as to the salary. The chair then makes the offer to the candidate, making it clear that it is contingent upon proper documentation being presented to the Human Resources Office.** If the candidate accepts the offer, the Dean is to be notified in writing so that a contract can be drawn up. The Associate Dean will forward the candidate's materials to the Dean's Executive Assistant so that she can prepare the contract and gather the contact information.
The department is responsible for ensuring that there is adequate office space for the visiting faculty member. For questions about office space, please consult Associate Dean Mary Paster.
*The teaching load for full-time temporary faculty is 5 courses per year.
People Hired to Teach Three or Four Courses
As with every hire, these appointments must be approved in advance by the Dean of the College. Faculty Search Reports need not be filled out. Once the Dean approves the position, these persons need not be interviewed by the Associate Dean, Dean, or President, but should be interviewed by the department chair, in person, not just via telephone. For candidates with a Ph.D. who are newly employed by the college, we pay $7,500 per course, except by special arrangement with the Dean. Anyone who teaches three or four courses is also eligible for benefits. The chair orally conveys the offer of employment to the candidate, saying that it is contingent upon proper documentation being presented to the Human Resources Office.** If the candidate accepts the offer, the Dean and Executive Assistant to the Dean are to be notified in writing so that a contract can be drawn up.
People Hired to Teach One or Two Courses
As with every hire, these appointments must be approved in advance by the Dean of the College. Most of these positions are filled during the academic year in response to enrollment pressures. Part-time appointments may also be made to cover course releases. These persons need not be interviewed by the Associate Dean, Dean, or President. They are paid at the same rate per course as the people teaching three or four courses. However, the College does not provide benefits because they are less than half-time employees. The hiring is handled as it is for the persons hired to teach three or four courses (see above).
** If the candidate for a temporary position is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, the college will not assist him or her in obtaining an H-1B visa. Such candidates need to arrive with papers in hand. If a candidate is eligible for another type of work authorization, the hiring department must contact the Dean’s Office for approval prior to making an offer of employment.