Terms of Appointment for Regular Faculty
Most faculty members are appointed in a single “primary” department. The term of a primary appointment is defined by the following guidelines:
- Faculty members holding non-tenure-eligible appointments at the rank of lecturer, instructor, and associate, as well as health system clinicians, are appointed for one-year.
- These appointments can be renewed annually at the same rank unless a department chair recommends promotion or requests that the appointment be terminated.
- Faculty members at the rank of assistant professor are initially appointed for a three-year term. These appointments can be renewed annually for a one-year term until successfully approved for promotion to associate professor.
- Faculty members at the rank of associate professor and professor are appointed to three-year terms.
- A faculty appointment with tenure has an indefinite term.
If a faculty member without tenure in a regular faculty rank is to be released at the expiration of his or her appointment, notice of such intended release is given a year in advance of the expiration of the appointment, except in the case of one-year appointments. For regular faculty at the rank of instructor or associate, on an annual reappointment cycle, 4-months written notice is required. The School will usually accommodate late decisions where the decision not to reappoint requires a few months extension of the previous appointment.
This page last updated Jun 6, 2012