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That position is used very rarely by UC. In the dozen or so departments I worked in during my time working in UCSB's administration, I can remember one or two lecturers with SOE -- it would generally be used to attract or retain a superstar lecturer, but it's not the default. (Tenured positions in general are much harder to come by than they once were, particularly in the humanities.)

It's a shame too. Two of the best professors I ever had were SOE:

http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~ddgarcia/ http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~bh/

The system makes total sense. Everybody wins.

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