The Fac­ulty Senate, in its first meeting of 2013, approved on Wednesday a set of mea­sures that included the cre­ation of a new Pro­fessor of the Prac­tice, a non-​​tenure-​​track posi­tion designed to bring experts and leaders with a dis­tin­guished career out­side the academy into Northeastern’s classrooms.

This seeks to for­malize and create a rank of Pro­fessor of the Prac­tice and Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of the Prac­tice, which many insti­tu­tions have and which Northeastern—perhaps more than other institutions—should have,” said Mary Loef­fel­holz, the university’s vice provost for aca­d­emic affairs.

The rank for­mal­izes posi­tions already cre­ated within some col­leges, according to Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs. Those col­leges acted in order to bring top-​​tier talent into their classrooms.

The senate also voted to create two new ranks for the university’s lec­turers, non-​​tenure-​​track fac­ulty who teach but do not con­duct schol­arly research. The new ranks of Senior Lec­turer and Prin­cipal Lec­turer rec­og­nize tal­ented teachers, but will not create larger ranks of non-​​tenure-​​track instructors.

The senate also voted Wednesday to amend the Admin­is­trator Eval­u­a­tion Process, for­mal­izing a prac­tice that has been in place since 2009 to redact poten­tially slan­derous mate­rial from copies of admin­is­trator eval­u­a­tions avail­able for review within the Fac­ulty Senate’s offices. The changes, noted George Adams, the Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering who pro­posed the motion, would be used only under “a very spe­cific set of con­di­tions” which seldom occur.

As far as I know, there haven’t been any such prob­lems in the last 20 years,”—when the cur­rent admin­is­trator eval­u­a­tion rules were enacted—Adams said, “but it’s impor­tant to address this nonetheless.”