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.  See  Terminal Degree page for acceptable degree documentation. 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

  • Chair/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
Separations