Limitations on Level of Appointments in FTE and Ads

The level of appointment for the open positions will be designated as assistant,[7] associate, and/or full professor, or all levels. For example, appointments directed at the junior level might state:

“Level of appointment not to exceed the rank of assistant professor without tenure.”


“Level of appointment may be at the rank of assistant professor without tenure or associate professor with tenure.”

The above language takes the place of prior designation of the level of appointment in terms of years since PhD, such as “NT/Tenure within 10 years of PhD.” Such language may arbitrarily exclude qualified applicants who have been out of the academic workforce due to health, childrearing or other personal reasons.

Other general considerations in determining the level of appointment:

• Hiring at the junior level conserves budget resources by hiring faculty at lower salary levels.

• Hiring at the junior level supports diversity by drawing on more diverse pools of faculty available at the junior levels.

In units with smaller numbers of faculty, the potential advantages to be gained from searching at the assistant professor level need to be balanced against the need for appointments at the senior level in order to provide mentorship to junior faculty and leadership to the academic unit.

[7] For the School of Law, the equivalent designation is “non‐tenured acting professor.”  The School of Law may use the designation “non‐tenured or recently tenured” as the equivalent of searches at the assistant or associate level with the understanding that “recently tenured” means a candidate who, at the time of recruitment has 5 years or less of academic service with tenure or 10 years or less of academic service overall.

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