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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Committee on Outside Professional Activities records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0158

  • Staff Only
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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes correspondence and reviews of individual cases relating to MIT's policies and procedures about outside employment by Institute faculty and staff. There is also some general background policy information including reports and a chronology dated 1965 that outlines faculty and outside work issues and actions. Committee meeting files in this collection are about individual faculty cases and are restricted.


  • Creation: 1962 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

Materials in this collection are open unless they are marked as restricted. Restrictions are noted in the container list.

Conditions Governing Use

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Historical note

In March 1953, Massachusetts Institute of Technology President James R. Killian appointed a Committee on Consulting Policies to review Institute policies and procedures concerning employment outside the Institute by MIT faculty and staff. The committee was chaired by C. Richard Soderberg. Among its recommendations was that the Institute should strive for salaries sufficiently high so that pressure for additional income is not the dominant reason for undertaking extracurricular activities, and that the position of tenure must be open to review as soon as outside activities reach a point where the staff member can give only part-time attention to his duties at the Institute.

In December 1961 MIT President Julius A. Stratton appointed an Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Responsibility, chaired by Nathaniel H. Frank, again to review outside activities. On October 17, 1962, the Faculty passed a motion creating the Committee on Outside Professional Activities, a standing committee.

The current charge of the committee (as of 2009): The Committee on Outside Professional Activities will inform itself of potential conflicts of interest, counsel the interested parties, and report periodically to the Faculty. It will recommend appropriate modifications of policies and procedures to the Faculty.

MIT Policies and Procedures, section 4.5 outlines Institute policy on Outside Professional Activities.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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