Courtesy appointments are appointments given to individuals with whom the University wishes to cultivate an academic relationship, but do not hold a faculty appointment. The types of courtesy appointments available are described below.
A Clinical appointment in the appropriate rank or title is usually made to a person who holds a primary appointment with an outside agency or non-academic unit of the University, or who is in private practice. Clinical faculty make substantial contributions to University programs through their expertise, interest, and motivation to work with the faculty in preparing and assisting with the instruction of students in practicum settings. Clinical appointments are annual; the question of their renewal shall be considered each year by the faculty of the department (or undepartmentalized college or school) in which they are held. Clinical appointments can be paid or unpaid.
*Note that Clinical Dental Pathway appointments are not considered courtesy appointments and do not fall into this category. See the individual academic titles and ranks for specifics on these appointments.
An Affiliate appointment requires qualifications comparable to those required for appointment to the corresponding rank or title. It recognizes the professional contribution of an individual whose principal employment responsibilities lie outside the colleges or schools of the University. Affiliate appointments are annual; the question of their renewal shall be considered each year by the faculty of the department (or undepartmentalized college or school) in which they are held. Affiliate appointments are typically unpaid appointments, but are eligible for pay based on the needs of the unit/department.
The Visiting Scholar title is an honorary title awarded to persons who hold professorial (including research titles) jobs at other institutions and who are visiting the University but who are not employed by the University during their stay. The purpose of this title is recognition of the visitor’s presence at the University, and to make University facilities and privileges (library, etc.) available.
Visiting Scholars can hold their title for a maximum of two years, and they may not be the instructor of record for any course. Visiting Scholar appointments are not eligible for UW salary.
Clinical and Affiliate appointments are annual appointments and should be considered for reappointment each year by the faculty of the unit.
Clinical and affiliate appointments are eligible for promotion (except those at the rank of Professor). Clinical and affiliate promotions are due to Academic Human Resources per the schedule outlined here, and voting for those will be carried out in the manner outlined in the Promotion and Tenure Voting Matrix. Visiting Scholars are not eligible for promotion.