The academic titles listed below require reappointment. A department must submit a reappointment recommendation, either positive or negative, for:

  • Acting Professorial Appointments
  • Acting Instructor
  • Adjunct Appointments
  • Affiliate Appointments
  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor without Tenure
  • Clinical Appointments – Courtesy and Salaried
  • Clinical Appointments – Dental Pathway
  • Lecturer, full-time
  • Lecturer, full-time, competitive recruitment
  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Research Associate Professor
  • Research Professor
  • Senior Artist-in-Residence
  • Senior Lecturer, full-time
  • Teaching Associate
  • Visiting Appointments

*For more information please see the Job Class Codes page.

The year and quarter in which a reappointment recommendation is due depends upon the title, the term of appointment, and the number of years appointed in the title.

Short term quarterly appointments do not require a reappointment action, but do require the Short Term Appointment/Reappointment Form.


When a full-time temporary appointment is made for one year or less and the end date has been stated explicitly in the offer letter, no reappointment consideration is necessary by the unit.

In the case of a one-year full-time appointment, the chair/director should confirm the appointment terms in a memo to their Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office so the faculty member can be notified. A faculty vote or additional documentation is not required in the letter to the Dean/Chancellor.

Unit Level Actions for Reappointment

  1. Units may establish criteria for evaluation which may include: yearly activity reports, current vitae, publication list, evidence of teaching effectiveness, copies of published and manuscript material or other creative work, etc.
  2. A vote on the recommendation by the appropriate unit faculty members.
  3. Prepare the fully documented recommendation and send it to your Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office. All reappointment/renewal recommendations, whether positive or negative, must be sent to your Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office for processing.
  4. Dean/Chancellor notifies faculty member in writing of reappointment decisions. Copies of this letter should be sent to the department chair/director and to AHR.

Reappointment Documentation

Normally your Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office will require the following documentation:

  1. Letter from the chair/director, reporting the following items:
    1. The unit recommendation, including the term of appointment
    2. The faculty vote (including: for, against, abstaining, absent, and total number of eligible voters)
    3. Reasons for the faculty decision
    4. Chair/Director’s independent recommendation
    5. An assessment of the candidate’s research, teaching (if applicable), and service; or a brief analysis of the character and quality of functions performed in the unit
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Yearly activity reports (or similar information)
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (required only for titles that have teaching responsibilities, such as Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, etc.). Submit two types of evidence:
    1. student evaluation of teaching (Educational Assessment forms)
    2. peer evaluation of teaching
  5. Report from secondary unit. When the candidate holds a joint appointment in another academic unit, the primary unit initiating the recommendation must ensure that a complete recommendation from the secondary unit (with the faculty vote, chair’s recommendation, and any other pertinent information) is included in the documentation.

Adjunct, Affiliate, & Clinical reappointments. These appointments are annual and should be considered for reappointment each year by the faculty of the unit. Please contact your Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office for required documentation.

Reappointment of Short-Term Faculty

The academic titles listed below are considered short term faculty. Complete the Short Term Form to facilitate a short term reappointment.

  • Research Associate
  • Research Associate Trainee
  • Visiting Scientist
  • Acting Instructor*
  • Artist in Residence for two quarters or less*
  • Lecturer Part-Time for two quarters or less*
  • Teaching Associate for two quarters or less*
  • Visiting Lecturer for two quarters or less*

*If these titles are used for more than 2 quarters at 100% they will be considered long term.

Within the same academic year: If a faculty member has held the same title in the same department previously within the same academic year and is supported by temporary funds, only an OPUS entry is needed.

From prior year(s): If a faculty member has held the same title in the same unit in the prior year, the unit needs only to submit a letter or the Short-Term Faculty Appointment or Reappointment Form to the Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office for approval. The Dean’s/Chancellor’s Office will return the letter/form with an approval signature. When this approval is received by the unit, the original should be sent to Academic Human Resources, and the appointment may be entered in OPUS. (Any required payroll forms should be sent directly to Payroll.) If the approval letter is not received in Academic Human Resources before the payroll cut-off date for the starting date of the appointment, the appointment may be removed from the system. If Academic Human Resources initiates a corrective action, a detailed note will be included in the PERM providing explanation.

Summary of Reappointment Requirements

Title Term of appointment When Reappointment decision is required by Faculty Code Approving Authority
Any temporary appointment Full- or part-time:
1 year or less
No consideration needed if term of appointment was stated in appointment letter N/A
Senior Lecturer, Artist in Residence, Senior Artist in Residence, Research Associate Professor,
Research Professor
Full-time: 1 year Initial year: 3 months before expiration of appointment (March 15 or 31)
Second & subsequent years: 6 months before expiration of appointment (December 15 or 31)
Senior Lecturer,
Artist in Residence,
Senior Artist in Residence, Research Associate Professor,
Research Professor
Full-time: 2-5 years 6 months before expiration of appointment Dean/Chancellor
Research Assistant Professor (without salary)
Acting appointment
Full-time: 1 year or less
Instructor appointment cannot exceed 5 years
Initial year: 3 months before expiration of appointmentSecond & subsequent years: 6 months before expiration of appointment Dean/Chancellor
Teaching Associate,
Adjunct appointments,
Affiliate appointments,
Clinical appointments
Full- or part-time:
1 year or less
In a timely manner Dean/Chancellor
Research Associate,
Senior Fellow
Full- or part-time:
1-3 years
Renewable up to a maximum of six years in the title after terminal degree
Unit review required in last year of appointment Dean/Chancellor
Assistant Professor,
Assistant Professor WOT, Research Assistant Professor (with salary)
Full-time: 3 years Initial 3-year appointment: Spring Quarter of 2nd year Dean/Chancellor
Not to exceed 7 years full-time (or 8 years if postponed) Second 3-year appointment: promotion decision made during 6th (or last) year President

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