Series, Ranks, Events, Journeys: Mapping the Faculty Handbook to Interfolio’s Lifecycle Management Model

Interfolio's Lifecycle Management translates all of your institution's policies on academic employment models, position types, and advancement pathways into a digital and visual format, allowing university administrators to build trust, transparency, and clear communication about the expectations and exceptions to faculty advancement. 

This allows you to effectively put into use the information on academic advancement in your faculty handbook, while reducing the administrative burden of managing faculty advancement.

Together, the rank, series, and academic/professional journey features enable the institution to map out, anticipate, document, and compare the standard milestones of academic appointment, review, and advancement for all faculty positions offered or held at the institution.


In setting up Lifecycle Management, you will first need to add series before you can add anything else. Series are groupings of faculty ranks within a broader position category.

For instance:

  1. A Lecturer series will contain all of the specific lecturer ranks (schools often have a progression or variations on a rank).
  2. A Tenure-Track Professor series will contain all of the specific, standard ranks along the tenure track (Assistant Professor; Associate Professor; Professor; Distinguished Professor).
  3. A Clinical Faculty series would contain all of the specific ranks that clinical faculty in a medical school might have.

Depending on how you organize your faculty, you may have any number of series in your institution’s set-up.

Unlike an academic/professional journey (defined below), a series does not include logic for movement from one rank to another. It is just a grouping.

Workload Models

You will also need to set the titles and descriptions of workload models that exist at your institution. Our Workload setting is meant to capture the general criteria and guidelines concerning the amount of time for teaching, service, research, administrative and other responsibilities expected of a person assigned to that model.


We provide a dedicated feature to represent the standard faculty ranks possible at the institution, including workload, rank type, and maximum/minimum salaries permitted for that rank.

When setting up the program, you will indicate the faculty ranks at your institution. Later you’ll indicate the career events that faculty within that rank must go through to progress in their career. 


Events are the reviews or milestones in a faculty member's career associated with their rank. After you have selected your ranks, you can reorder them sequentially, creating connections for upcoming events that will form a faculty member's professional journey as shown below:

Academic/Professional Journey

An academic/professional journey represents a linked progression of ranks. For example, an academic journey would catalogue the actual sequence of events involved in the pathway of:

  • A standard tenure-track professor
  • A teaching-only tenure-track professor
  • A full-time, non-tenure-track professor on a 3-year contract