II. Academic Policies

Academic Appointments

Appointment and reappointment to teaching and research positions are recommended by the department heads and the deans and approved by the executive vice president and provost of the University.

Types of Appointments

Standing appointments are those that are full time and with no specified ending date. For an academic appointment, a Memorandum of Personal Service form outlining the terms of appointment is sent to the faculty member by the dean. Fixed-term multiyear appointments are full-time appointments for a minimum of thirty-six weeks per year, with an ending date specified.

Fixed-term multiyear appointments are renewable and may be made for up to five years for a single appointment.

Fixed-term I appointments are full-time appointments for a period of at least six months, with a specified ending date. Such appointments are discontinued at the stated ending date, but may be renewed. Fixed-term II appointments are either full-time appointments for less than six months or less than full time. Fixed-term II appointments are discontinued at the stated ending date, but may be renewed.

Individuals on standing, fixed-term multiyear, or fixed-term I appointments are covered by employee benefits. All types of appointments and benefits are more fully described in University Policy HR-6, "Types of Appointments."

Academic Ranks

Academic ranks are defined in University Policy HR-21, "Definition of Academic Ranks." New faculty members are commonly appointed at the rank of assistant professor, assistant librarian, or research associate. The assistant professor should possess a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree, or its equivalent; must have demonstrated ability as a teacher or researcher; and must have shown definite evidence of growth in scholarship.

The next rank is associate professor, associate librarian, or senior research associate. The associate professor should possess the same qualifications as the assistant professor, but also must give evidence of an established reputation in scholarly, artistic, or professional achievement.

The highest rank is professor, librarian, or senior scientist. In addition to the qualifications and achievements of the lower ranks, the professor should give evidence of a marked capacity for creative work and of leadership in his or her field of specialization. This rank is reserved for persons of proven stature in teaching and scholarship, in accordance with the faculty member's assignment.

Faculty members without a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree, or its equivalent, are usually appointed to teaching positions at the rank of lecturer, senior lecturer, instructor, or senior instructor. The comparable research titles are research assistant or senior research assistant.