The Catholic University of America

Faculty Handbook Part II Archived


Archived Nov. 1, 2010

Appointment to a Faculty


II-A-1 Faculty Membership

.001 Membership in the Faculty of a School or Department is held by persons with valid appointments to one of the four generally recognized Faculty ranks, namely, Ordinary Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or Instructor.

.002 Distinguished Professors not attached to a School or Department may be appointed to Faculty membership according to norms applicable for the appointment of Ordinary Professors (D-3.141), provided each such appointment is specifically approved by the Academic Senate.

.003 For purposes of procedures outlined below for appointments and promotions, Ordinary Professors and Associate Professors will be referred to as Senior Faculty; Assistant Professors and Instructors and Junior Faculty.

.004 Appointments to regular membership in a Faculty are of three kinds: appointments with continuous tenure, term appointments probationary for tenure, and contract appointments without tenure. Contract appointments without tenure are distinguished by a prefix to the professional title as appropriate to the academic field and function (e.g. "clinical," "professional practice").

.005 Others may be associated with a Faculty (a) as Professors Emeriti; (b) in Research, Visiting, or Adjunct capacities, as designated by the prefix to the professional title; (c) as Lecturers; (d) as Research Associates, Clinical Associates, or Visiting Scholars; or (e) as Teaching or Research Assistants. In each case, an appointee has such privileges as the Department or School may grant, except the privileges of voting and serving in an administrative capacity within the Faculty (i.e. as dean or chair, or as associate dean or chair), which are enjoyed only by regular members of a Faculty as defined in the paragraphs above. Association with a Faculty, regardless of length of service or type of appointment (full-time or part-time), does not entitle the appointee to regular membership in a Faculty except through procedures for recruitment and appointment of Faculty as provided in Section C. Procedures for Appointments and Promotions.

.006 Policies and procedures governing the prerogatives of membership and of rank in a Faculty, or of other association with a Faculty, are derived from and are administered within the context of collegial relationships in which the Academic Senate is empowered to "share with the President and the immediate responsibility for the academic governing of the university by establishing, maintaining, supervising and in general being responsible for the academic policies of the university" (Bylaws II, 6). The specific requirements for each rank or title and the procedures for appointment and promotion are those recommended by the Academic Senate (Constitution of the Academic Senate, Art. XI-XIII). They are set out in Section D. Criteria for Reviews.


II-A-2 Joint Appointments

.007 An appointment may be issued to be held simultaneously in two or more Schools or in two or more Departments within the same School, provided that the usual procedures of consultation within the Schools or Departments concerned are observed. A joint appointment must be to a single academic rank, the title to be agreed upon by all parties. The appointee enjoys full rights in each of the Schools and/or Departments in which the joint appointment is held.

.008 All subsequent proposals concerning the appointee pertaining to reappointment, promotion, tenure, and retirement, must be agreed upon by each of the Schools and/or Departments in which the appointment is held if the joint appointment is to be continued.


II-A-3 Authority for Appointment


.009 Appointments to Faculty rank and to the associated positions named above are made by the President (Bylaws VIII, 1), ordinarily through delegation of authority to the Provost, subject to the following requirements for consultation [1]) or approval:

.010 The Academic Senate and the Board of Trustees must approve appointments with continuous tenure and conferral of the title Professor Emeritus or Emerita.

.011 The Academic Senate must approve appointments to senior Faculty rank.

.012 Appointments and reappointments of Faculty to junior Faculty rank may be made after consultation with the cognizant Faculty as provided in C-6.083-085, C-7.

.013 Appointments of Lecturers, Research or Clinical Associates, Visiting Scholars and Teaching or Research Assistants may be made upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Department, if the School is departmentalized, and the Dean of the School, who for this purpose act on behalf of their Faculty.

.014 When time does not allow completion of all required procedures for an initial appointment, the President, after consultation with the cognizant Dean, may issue an appointment ad interim to a rank that is appropriate and consistent with the prescribed criteria for rank. Such an appointment may not be extended beyond a single one-year term, during which term the appointee has the rights and obligations proper to the rank.

.015 The terms and conditions of every appointment, in addition to the regulations of this Handbook, are those set forth in writing in the official letter of appointment issued by the Provost, copies of which are supplied to the appointee and the cognizant Chair and Dean.





[1] As it is used in this document the term "consultation" refers to the discussion between defined parties on a defined subject, which should occur before a specific course of action is followed. The outcome of the consultation has an advisory function in the decision process and is not binding.