Acting appointments typically address 1 of 3 important needs: temporary instruction requiring someone with significant professional training (e.g., PhD), a temporary bridge for professorial faculty who have not yet completed regular appointment requirements, or a temporary transition period between post-doctoral training and mentoring and entry into the professorial ranks (UW Faculty Code Section 24-34 B.14). The acting designation is used with professorial ranks or the instructor title.

Service Period 9 or 12 months per Service Period Matrix
Appointment length Annual
Key considerations Varies – see Additional Details section
Full-time/part-time Full-time or part-time
Board of Regent approval required No
Educational/ experience requirements Completion of professional training, in many cases marked by the PhD
Competitive recruitment required Varies – see Additional Details section
Reappointment eligible Yes
Reappointment term Annual
Reappointment considerations Limited to 4 years in any one acting title and
6 years total in a combination of acting titles; acting assistant professor pending PhD limited to 2 years
Tenure status N/A
Voting rights No
Salary considerations Must meet University minimum
Promotion eligible No
Emeritus eligible No

Additional Details

Acting Professor

  • Key considerations: This rank requires a record of outstanding, mature scholarship as evidenced by accomplishments in teaching, and/or accomplishments in research as evaluated in terms of national or international recognition
  • Competitive recruitment required: No

Acting Associate Professor

  • Key considerations: This rank requires a record of substantial success in teaching and/or research
  • Competitive recruitment required: No

Acting Assistant Professor

  • Key considerations: This rank requires completion of professional training, which in many fields is marked by the PhD, and a demonstration of teaching and/or research ability that evidences promise of a successful career
  • Competitive recruitment required: No

Acting Assistant Professor pending PhD

  • Key considerations: This title is only used when the selected candidate in an assistant professor recruitment for a tenure track assistant professor has not yet completed their doctoral degree but otherwise has a demonstrated record of teaching and research ability that evidences promise of a successful career. When the degree is conferred, the title changes to an assistant professorial tenure track appointment. If completion of the doctoral degree is not completed within 2 years, the original offer is rescinded.
  • Competitive recruitment required: Yes

Acting Instructor

  • Key considerations: This title is used when there is a temporary instructional need to be fulfilled or in a temporary transition period between postdoctoral training and mentoring and entry into the professorial ranks. If primary duties do not include teaching, must have a full-time appointment.
  • Competitive recruitment requirement: No

Hiring Packet Required Documents

PDF 1

  • Offer letter signed by hiring authority and signed or acknowledged by appointee
    • Title/rank
    • Start date
    • Service period (either 9 or 12 months)
    • Monthly rate of pay
    • Appointment percent

PDF 2

  • Department chair/school director/campus dean’s letter to dean/chancellor recommending appointment and indicating the faculty vote (Should either include offer letter details or reference the detailed offer letter)
  • Letters of recommendation (3 mandatory)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • If applicable, copy of online job advertisement from the online Chronicle of Higher Education or appropriate print journal

PDF 3

PDF 4

Additional Relevant Links

Visa eligibility
Secondary appointments
Reappointments
Terminations