Established, February 22, 1984, revised April 2010.
It is both appropriate and desirable that many Tufts faculty members be involved in professional and other outside activities, in the practice of their profession, in consulting, guest lecturing at other institutions, and serving in professional and community organizations. Such activities extend the faculty member’s professional competence, enrich the teaching he or she can provide at Tufts, and contribute to the advancement of the profession.
Occasionally, however, questions arise about the extent of such involvement or the appropriateness of certain activities. The guidelines in this document are provided to assist individual faculty members and senior academic administrators in identifying (and, if possible, avoiding) possible problems in this area.
The guidelines apply to full-time faculty members and pertain to the period of their University contracts (nine-month, twelve-month, or other). So long as part-time faculty members fulfill their obligations to the University, the way in which they spend the balance of their time (and the way in which faculty members on less-than-full-year contracts spend their non-contract time) is not a proper concern of the University, so long as those activities do not conflict with their University obligations and do not reflect unfavorably on the University.
The guidelines are general in nature and are intended to apply to the entire University. Individual schools may wish to develop more specific guidelines to take into account their particular circumstances of their school or profession. School deans may wish to form advisory committees to develop or interpret guidelines as required. Where necessary, questions may be referred to the Provost and Senior Vice-President.