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Part-time Appointments: Illustrative General Situations and Particular Stipulations

There are several grounds on which part-time appointments may be made:

  1. A professional person in practice in the community may have expertise that is valuable or even indispensable to instruction or research in an academic program. Such persons may not be willing or able to accept full-time employment at the University but are able to accept such assignments on a continuing part-time basis negotiated so as to make the long-range term of service much like that of full-time faculty.
  2. A person otherwise qualified for full-time academic appointment may have personal reasons for desiring continuing part-time service. Such reasons may include family obligations, independent academic projects, or other independent interests not related to academic work.
  3. The varying demands of the academic program may require from time to time an addition of teaching or research faculty on a temporary basis. Such service may be unpredictable in length, scope, and frequency, and therefore is often negotiated on a semester basis. Under these circumstances it is not usually possible to establish a continuing part-time appointment. However, the University recognizes the value of such service and makes every effort to ensure that persons who accept temporary part-time appointments are able to take every possible advantage of the resources and benefits of University service. Where a consistent pattern of employment of such persons has emerged (for instance, when a person has repeatedly been invited to teach two semesters a year for several years and there is reasonable probability that such invitations will continue) a continuing part-time arrangement should be considered.

Any one of the following stipulations might be appropriate for a given part-time appointment, and there may be others:

  1. Assignment to teach a specified course (or courses), with no published research, committee work, or public service expected.
  2. Assignment to teach a specified course (or courses) and in this connection to carry on such research for publication as is necessary for continuing academic credibility; committee work and public service are encouraged and possibly even required.
  3. Assignment to specified research only carrying no teaching, public service, or committee responsibilities.
  4. Assignment to the full range of normal academic duties, scaled down to a proportion of full-time service.