Adjunct Faculty

Section: Academic Policies
Policy Name: Adjunct Faculty
Policy Owner: Provost
Responsible University Office: Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Origination Date: January 2000
Legacy Policy Number: 4-22
  1. PURPOSETo define the role, general terms of employment, and privileges of adjunct faculty.
    1. Adjunct faculty are members of the academic staff who are appointed for a limited period of time during the year(s) in which they are actively involved in the teaching and research program of the University. Persons holding appointment as Adjunct (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor) must make a contribution to the University in the form of teaching, research, or consultation.
    2. Adjunct status is accorded only after the regular academic review and evaluation. Rank is established according to the same criteria as regular faculty. Adjunct faculty are not eligible for tenure. No stipend is paid; terms of appointment are annual only, and contracts are not automatically renewed.
    3. Rank is reviewed annually. Recommendations for promotion do not have to go through the usual committee procedures, but evidence besides a vita sheet should be forwarded to indicate meritorious service (e.g., teaching evaluations if the chief duties are in teaching).
    4. Adjunct faculty receive University I.D. cards and have access to the Library; they may purchase parking permits and football tickets at faculty rates. They may not participate in the tuition fee waiver program. Although not members of the University voting faculty, some departments or colleges may give them voting rights in their own units; the practice varies.