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Appointment of Adjunct Faculty

A. When it has been demonstrated that an individual in the community has particular competencies which will enhance and benefit the education program of the university, such a person may be made a volunteer employee with the title of adjunct faculty.

B. Adjunct appointments may be made for persons fulfilling the following roles:

1. Collaborators in Research or Teaching or Both: 

The university recognizes that there may be professional scientists, scholars, creative artists, emeritus faculty, teachers, etc., in the community, who have a close working relationship with the faculty of the university, and that in certain instances it would be valuable to the university to formalize that relationship by an appointment as an adjunct instructor or adjunct professor.  When such appointments are made in connection with grant-supported research, the principal investigator for the project shall be a full-time or part-time faculty member. 

2. Assistants to Instructors:

Adjunct appointments may be made to provide uncompensated assistance to a full-time faculty member in the execution of a teaching assignment.  In such cases the assistant shall not become the instructor of record and shall not assume instructional responsibilities such as planning, determining requirements, and assigning grades that define the course or courses in which the assistance is to be provided.  

3. Field Work Supervisors:

Although neither field work supervisors nor project supervisors are generally considered eligible for adjunct professorships, it may be desirable occasionally to recognize certain professionals in the community agencies who assist in critical ways to place or supervise students with an appointment as an adjunct instructor or adjunct professor, as appropriate.  When such an appointment is contemplated, the college dean shall investigate thoroughly and certify both the qualifications of the appointee and the value that the arrangement will have for the institution.  Such supervisors shall possess qualifications equivalent to those required for an appointment to a full-time or part-time faculty position.

4. Instructor of Record:  Please see Section C. 1.-7 immediately below.

C. Adjunct faculty may serve as instructors of record in selected circumstances.  Adjunct faculty may possess special and unique expertise not possessed by currently or recently employed part-time and full-time temporary faculty or currently employed full-time probationary and permanent faculty.  Adjunct  faculty may be appointed as instructors of record using the following guidelines:

1. Appointees shall possess special and unique expertise directly and immediately related to the topics defining the course to be taught.

2. Each appointment shall in general be limited to a single class per semester during the year of appointment.

3. Each recommendation for an appointment shall be considered and adopted by the appropriate department committee, if any, and/or the Chair of the Primary unit in which the appointee will serve.

4. Prior to reappointment an evaluation of performance shall be conducted and the results reviewed by the pertinent primary unit under the standards and procedures that the primary unit applies to the evaluation to of part-time temporary faculty.

5. The recommendations to appoint or reappoint written statement of reasons, including an evaluation of performance in the case of subsequent appointment.

6. The authority to appoint shall not be exercised in a way that results in the appointment as volunteers of persons whose qualifications are ordinarily available among those seeking currently in the part-time or full-time employment applicant pool.

7. Appointments or reappointments shall not be made to any but those persons who cannot or will not accept a compensated appointment.

D.  Such appointees shall be granted certain faculty privileges such as the issuance of a faculty identification card, use of the library, and eligibility to purchase a faculty parking sticker, and workers' compensation coverage. 

The use of laboratory facilities may be authorized when appropriate, and office space may be assigned when available.  However, the use of campus facilities by such appointees shall not interfere in any way with the instructional program or the teaching and research of faculty holding full-time or part-time appointments.

E. The following guidelines shall apply to the appointment of adjunct faculty:

1. Each appointment shall be to the mutual benefit of the appointee and the university.  

2. Recommendations for appointment shall originate in the departments and receive the same review of qualifications as required for a full-time or part-time faculty appointment.

a. A person appointed shall have qualifications equal to those of full-time or part-time faculty or shall possess special and unique qualifications germane to the assignment.  The appointment title shall be appropriate to the individual's qualifications (e.g., Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor, etc.).

b. A request for an adjunct appointment shall include a resumé , a full explanation of duties to be performed during the time of appointment, and an explanation of the mutual benefit of the appointment.

3. Authority to appoint adjunct faculty has been delegated to the deans of the colleges by the President.  Adjunct appointments shall be carefully considered and shall be fully justified in writing by the college dean concerned.  General supervision of such appointees shall be the responsibility of the college dean.

4. Except for appointments made pursuant to Section 6.12 C. appointments may be for terms ranging from one semester to a maximum of two years. Appointments shall be renewed only after review and by mutual consent.

F. For purposes of keeping records, copies of all adjunct faculty appointment letters shall be sent to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Human Resources.