Appointment Criteria: Must be appointed at a minimum of 50% FTE. Appointment with the rank of Research Assistant Professor requires qualifications corresponding to those of an Assistant Professor but with primary emphasis on research. (Faculty Code Section 24-34B-4)
Duration of Appointment: The initial appointment is for a three-year term. The length of the second term of appointment varies according to the percentage of appointment (Faculty Code Section 24-45D):
90%-100%: three years
70%-89%: four years
60%-69%: five years
50%-59%: six years
In all cases, the mandatory review for promotion (and tenure) must be made during the last year of the second appointment term.
Email approval from Academic Human Resources must be received by the hiring unit prior to entering the appointment in OPUS. This email approval must be included in the notes section of the PERM
Research Assistant Professors must be reviewed in the last year of the second appointment term (normally the sixth year of an appointment, although this may differ if the appointment is part-time). These appointments are not eligible for tenure. (Faculty Code Section 24-41F-3&4)
Adjustments in mandatory renewal year or promotion year: The counting of appointment years may be adjusted in two ways. First, the mandatory renewal and promotion dates are extended by one year if the faculty member takes a leave of absence that is both (1) more than 50% time and (2) more than six months in length during an academic year. Second, a faculty member who becomes a parent may apply for a waiver of one year in the count toward renewal and promotion, with a possible extension of a second year. (To apply for the waiver, the faculty member should send a requesting memo, with the chair’s approval, to their Dean’s Office.)
Promotion may be recommended prior to the mandatory year; however, the candidate must have a strong, clearly demonstrated record of achievement in order to merit approval of an early promotion.
Possible recommendations at time of promotion:
Three alternative actions may be taken concerning promotion when reviewed in the mandatory year:
Recommend denial. The candidate’s appointment is then extended to a seventh and terminal year. Reconsideration of promotion/tenure in the seventh year is not allowed.
Recommend postponement of the decision (the unit must specifically vote on a motion for postponement). A postponement can be made only in the sixth, mandatory year. In such cases the candidate is notified in writing by the Dean that if promotion/tenure is not approved in the seventh year, the appointment will terminate at the end of the second succeeding academic year (the eighth year of appointment).
Promotions recommendations are due to Academic HR by December 15.
Recommend non-renewal of the appointment, with termination at the end of the third year.
Recommend postponement of the decision for one year (the unit must specifically vote on a motion for postponement). In such cases, mandatory promotion consideration in the sixth (or final) year still applies. After a postponement, the department must consider the appointment renewal again in the third year of the candidate’s initial appointment. If, in the third year, a decision is made to not reappoint, the candidate’s appointment is extended to a fourth and terminal year.
Reappointment documentation: Reappointment decisions must be communicated in writing to an Research Assistant Professor before the end of the year in which the decision is mandatory.
Emeritus Eligibility: Not eligible
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, or within 15 days of notification of terms of a reappointment, whichever occurs later, and should ordinarily become effective at the end of an academic year (Faculty Code Section 24-56A)
The unit should forward the resignation letter and Chair/Director/Dean’s letter of acceptance to AHR.