Academic Personnel

Research Professor


Appointment Details


  • Title: Research Professor
  • Service Period: 12 months
  • Appointment Criteria: Must be appointed at a minimum of 50%. Appointment with the rank of Research Professor requires qualifications corresponding to those of a Professor but with primary emphasis on research. (Faculty Code Section 24-34B-4)
  • Duration of Appointment: One to five year terms, renewable indefinitely
  • Eligible for Tenure: No
  • Voting Rights: Yes, with 50% or more appointment (Faculty Code Section 21-32A)
  • Salary Floors: Must meet University minimum.
  • Full-time/Part-time: Both. Minimum appointment is 50%.  The percentage of appointment must be clearly documented at the time of hire.
  • Eligible for Promotion: N/A
  • Competitive Recruitment Required: Yes

New Appointment Details


  • Educational Requirements: must have terminal degree in an applicable field
  • Documentation Required:
    • Chair/Director’s letter to Dean/Chancellor recommending appointment must include:
      • Faculty vote
      • Rank/Title
      • Start date
      • Service period (12 months)
      • Full time rate of pay
      • Appointment percent
    • Offer letter
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Academic Human Resources Ad Approval Notice
    • Copy of job advertisement
    • Applicant Flow Confirmation Page*
    • Visa documents, if applicable
    • Background Check documents, if applicable**

* The applicant flow report should not be included in hire documentation. Only include the confirmation page.

** Background check documents should be sent directly to pgathens@uw.edu. Do not include background check information in the hire packet.


Reappointment Details


  • The reappointment decision must be made in the last year of appointment term, six months (or in the case of an initial annual appointment, three months) before the appropriate expiration date. (Faculty Code Section 24-41G)
  • Reappointment is independent of current or future salary availability.
  • There is no limit on the number of reappointments that can be made as Research Professor.

Termination Details


  • Emeritus Eligibility: Yes, at time of retirement.  See Research Professor Emeritus.
  • A faculty member has a professional obligation to give a written notice of resignation at the earliest possible opportunity. Normally such resignations should be given at least three months prior to the termination date. (Faculty Code Section 24-56A)