Office for Faculty Affairs

Primary activities within the Office for Faculty Affairs include:

  • Management of all SEAS researcher and faculty appointments and reviews, including promotions, reappointments and extensions
  • Oversight of searches for faculty and researchers
  • Coordination of faculty and researcher appointment policies in collaboration with the FAS Office for Faculty Affairs
  • Orientation of new appointees
  • General administrative duties as related to ladder faculty, non-ladder faculty, and researchers, including assistance with visa applications and payroll questions
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Academic Appointments:

Academic appointments in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are guided by policies of both SEAS and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).  FAS guidelines are available in the FAS Appointment and Promotion Handbook.

SEAS academic appointees are grouped as follows:


Ladder Faculty

  • Tenured (senior) professor 
  • Tenure-track professor (assistant, associate)

Non-Ladder Faculty

  • Associate Senior Lecturer
  • Lecturer
  • Preceptor
  • Professor in Residence
  • Professor of the Practice
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Senior Preceptor
  • Visiting faculty (professor, associate professor, assistant professor)
  • Visiting Lecturer

Research Appointees

  • Associate
  • Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Research Associate
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Visiting Scholar
  • Visiting Undergraduate Research Intern


The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is committed to building and improving a culture that embraces and exemplifies diversity and inclusion. More information is available here.

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Where to find us

Research Appointments

Nora McDonald, Academic Appointments Manager


Karen Galvez, Academic Appointments Manager


Gina Scribner, Assistant Director of Academic Appointments


The Academic Appointments Managers handle all transactional activity for faculty and research appointments, including visas, new appointments, reappointments, early terminations, and any payroll-related changes. They orient new scholars and researchers to the School and advise faculty and researchers on appointment and employment policies, including short-term disability and maternity leave, as well as performance issues and terminations. 

Faculty Appointments

Diane L. Schneeberger, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs

150 Western Avenue, Science and Engineering Complex, 2.129-10


The Assistant Dean manages ladder and non-ladder faculty searches and reviews, leaves, mentoring, advises on procedural and policy matters, and oversees appointment processes for all researchers.  She supervises the Faculty Affairs staff and also serves as the SEAS liaison to the FAS Office for Faculty Affairs.

Mary Taylor, Faculty Affairs Administrator