Academic Affairs

Chapter 2. Appointments, Tenure, and Promotion - Part I

 

This chapter contains information about regular and non-regular faculty appointments.

Academic Appointments

Academic staff appointments are subject to rules and regulations as defined in the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 320.070.

Rules Governing Notice of Appointment and Resignation: Academic staff must be informed in the appointment letter about the terms of their contract. Any faculty member who intends to resign at the end of the academic year is required to give notice at the earliest possible opportunity, but must do so by no later than March 15.

Types of Academic Appointments
There are two major categories of appointments to academic staff positions:

Regular

A regular (tenure or tenure track) appointment normally requires full-time service, carries full-time pay from the university, and assumes a multi-year commitment by the university and employee, though all tenure-track faculty are offered a series of one year appointments. Holders of regular appointments are either tenured or considered to be working toward tenure. There are three categories of regular academic staff positions:

a. Professor
b. Associate Professor
c. Assistant Professor

Non-regular

Non-regular appointments may be full-time, temporary or part-time; they usually involve duties substantially different from those of faculty members holding regular appointments.

a. Titles and Terms of Appointment

1. Clinical Professorial Ranks
2. Visiting Professorial Ranks
3. Adjunct Professorial Ranks
4. Instructor
5. Lecturer
6. Post Doctoral Fellow
7. Assistant Instructor
8. Research Associate
9. Graduate Assistant


Other types of Academic Appointments

Appointments in Centers and Institutes

Centers, institutes, and other research, outreach, and service programs under the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, may hire professional academic staff on non-regular bases for continuing appointments that do not have a faculty title and are not in the tenure track. Titles include, but are not limited to:

a. Research Associate
b. Research Scholar
c. Research Analyst
d. Program or Project Director
e. Assistant Director

Joint Appointments are subject to university policy as promulgated in Section 320.080 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. Joint appointments for regular faculty are further subject to rules and procedures spelled out in the UMSL ATP Guidelines and Procedures.

Joint appointments are a traditional mechanism to achieve cross-discipline teaching, research, and outreach goals. Such appointments can be problematic for the position occupant and units and should be structured and made in ways that are consistent with best practices as identified by the UM System Office of Academic Affairs.

Professorships and Endowed Chairs

Curators' Professors are prestigious appointments for outstanding scholars with established reputations only. Departments or disciplines make nominations for appointments to the position of Curators' Professor. Procedures and policies for these appointments may be found in Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 320.070.

Curators' Teaching Professors are prestigious appointments for outstanding scholars with established reputations only. Departments or disciplines make nominations for appointments to the position of Curators' Teaching Professor. Procedures and policies for these appointments may be found in Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 320.070.

Distinguished Professors
The Chancellor may grant the Distinguished Professor title to a faculty member who has gained national or international distinction in his or her field. In order to be considered, an individual must the nominated by his or her department, the Dean of the College must endorse the nomination dossier, and it must undergo review by the Faculty Senate Committee on Appointments, Tenure and Promotion, who will make a recommendation to the Chancellor. The Distinguished Professor title may be granted to both regular and non-regular faculty and is different than the Distinguished Teaching Professor title and award as mentioned above.

Endowed Chairs and Named Professorships
Provisions are also made for the appointment of endowed chairs and named professorships.In an effort to encourage each UM campus to recruit additional top nationaland international researchers, the State of Missouri created a matching programto fund endowed chairs and named professorships. The state matched $550,000from private donors to create an endowment for each named professorship, withthe campuses agreeing to provide the salary for such positions. For EndowedChairs of greater value, outside donors were sought. The matching system isnot currently available for new professorships.

Special Appointments

Courtesy Appointments

Subject to approval by the Dean or responsible administrator, courtesy appointments may be offered by any academic unit to a qualified faculty member. Courtesy appointments should be made only when it is mutually beneficial to the academic unit and the appointee, in light of the research, teaching, or service mission of the unit

Zero Funded Appointments

Subject to approval by the Dean or responsible administrator, zero funded appointments may be extended by any academic unit to a qualified faculty member. Zero funded appointments are usually granted to faculty not otherwise associated with the University in order to allow access to campus resources, particularly the Library and other research resources.

Emeritus Faculty Appointments

Annual Terms of Service

The regular two-semester (9-month) academic year is the term of service for all regular and non-regular faculty, unless the Chancellor has approved a 12-month term of service. Faculty with 12-month service appointments are allowed four weeks vacation annually at times mutually agreeable for them and the appropriate administers. (See Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 320.070, subsection A.4)

Workload: Regular Faculty
The comprehensive workload (teaching, research, and service) policy assures that emphases on teaching, research, and service are appropriately balanced for the research mission of the University (See Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.080).

The existing (1998) overall UMSL Campus Workload policy has also been implemented.

Workload assignments (teaching/research/service) will be reviewed and revised as appropriate on an annual (and where appropriate semester) basis by deans, chairs, and other unit heads during the annual review of faculty performance.Negotiated Early Retirement

Workload: Non-regular Faculty

Full-time (100%) non-regular faculty who have standard service obligations will normally be assigned to teach four three-credit hour courses (or their equivalent) each semester. In cases without a normal service expectation, assignments may reach a maximum of five three-credit hour courses (or their equivalent) each semester.

Workload assignments (teaching/research/service) will be reviewed and revised as appropriate on an annual (and where appropriate semester) basis by deans, chairs, and other unit heads during the annual review of faculty performance.

Negotiated Early Retirement

A faculty member may seek a negotiated early retirement, subject to Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.075.

Separations

Notice of Appointment or Resignation
All academic staff members must be notified, in writing, of the terms and conditions of their appointment. Conversely, all academic staff members must notify the University, in writing, of their intention to resign their position at the end of the academic year at the earliest possible opportunity, but must do so by no later than March 15 (Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.030).

Personal Conduct of Employees
The University has a policy on the personal conduct of employees (Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 330.010).

Procedures in Case of Dismissal for Cause

In cases of dismissal for cause, the burden of demonstrating the existence of an adequate case for dismissal rests with the university. Dismissal for cause is a grave action, and is subject to well-defined procedures of dueprocess, which are designed to protect faculty.