Academic Personnel

Associate Professor

Appointment Details

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Service Period: 9 or 12 months
  • Appointment Criteria: Must be appointed at a minimum of 50%. Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor requires a record of substantial success in both teaching and research. In exceptional cases an outstanding record in one of these activities may be considered sufficient (Faculty Code Section 24-34A-2)
  • Duration of Appointment:Continuous
  • Tenure: Yes.
  • Voting Rights: Yes, with 50% or more appointment. (Faculty Code Section 21-32A)
  • Salary Floors: Must meet University minimum.
  • Full-time/Part-time: Both. Minimum appointment is 50%. The percentage of appointment must be clearly documented at the time of hire.
  • Eligible for Promotion: Yes. Primary appointment must have at least 50% tenure. If there is a joint appointment, the tenure can be allocated in one of the following ways:
    • 50-100% in the primary unit, 0% in the secondary unit
    • 67% in the primary unit, 33% in the secondary unit
    • 50% in the primary unit, 50% in the secondary unit
    • In a situation where the split is between a 9 month appointing unit and a 12 month appointing unit, the 9 month appointing unit must be the primary unit
  • Competitive Recruitment Required: Yes

New Appointment Details

  • Educational Requirements: Must have a terminal degree in applicable field
  • Documentation Required:
    • Chair/Director’s letter to Dean/Chancellor recommending appointment must include:
      • Faculty vote
      • Rank/Title
      • Start date
      • Service period (either 9 or 12 months)
      • Full-time rate of pay
      • Appointment percent
      • Percentage of tenure
    • Offer letter
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Academic Human Resources Ad Approval Notice
    • Copy of online job advertisement from the Chronicle of Higher Education or applicable print journal
    • Applicant Flow Confirmation Page*
    • Visa documents, if applicable
    • Background Check documents, if applicable**

* The applicant flow report should not be included in hire documentation. Only include the confirmation page.

** Background check documents should be sent directly to Do not include background check information in the hire packet.

  • If a joint appointment is being granted at the time of hire, the following documents are also required
    • Chair/director or dean’s/chancellor’s letter from new joint unit recommending the appointment
    • Concurrence from dean/chancellor of home unit’s school for a joint appointment
    • Faculty vote (including: for, against, abstaining, absent, and total number of eligible voters)
    • Joint Appointment Tenure (Eligibility) Allocation Confirmation, if tenure is being awarded in joint appointment
    • Joint Appointment Tenure (Eligibility) Agreement,  if tenure is being awarded in joint appointment
    • MOU if applicable

Promotion Details

  • Promotion to the Professor level is not a function of time in rank nor length of service. Every faculty member below the rank of Professor shall be informed of the opportunity to be considered for promotion (Faculty Code Section 24-54).

Termination Details

  • Emeritus Eligibility: Yes, at time of retirement. See Associate Professor Emeritus.
  • 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 attempt to obtain such a letter with a statement from the faculty member indicating the name and address of next employer.