Faculty Definitions

Faculty definitions may also be found in the University Handbook for Appointed Personnel, in the Arizona Board of Regents' policy manual, and on the Human Resources website.


Academic Professionals: Employees whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the ABOR Conditions of Service for Academic Professionals (ABOR-PM 6-302) who are non-classified employees involved with applied, basic, and integrative research or teaching programs, who require professional and intellectual freedom, and who report to a person holding a position below the level of Vice President. These individuals include librarians, cooperative extensionists, museum curators, conservators, and researchers.

ABOR: Arizona Board of Regents. ABOR-PM: Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual

Adjunct: A title that is given only to nontenure-eligible faculty members on an appointment that is less than .75 FTE or less than a full academic or fiscal year, and which is not expected to be renewed beyond a single fiscal or academic year.

Administrator or Administrative: An officer who reports directly to the president or to a vice president and who is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating the activities of a major segment of a university; promulgating and implementing university rules and regulations; preparing and administering the organizational budget; maintaining relationships with administrative officials and members of business, government and civic communities. Example titles include vice presidents, deans, and academic department heads.

Appointed Personnel: An employment category of the University that includes faculty members, administrators and academic and service professionals who are appointed to serve in the areas of teaching, research and administrative services. Each year, after the University's budget has been approved, the institution distributes notices of appointment to new employees and notices of reappointment to appointed personnel whose contracts are being renewed.

Continuing-Eligible Professionals (CE): Probationary status full-time employees whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the ABOR Conditions of Service for Academic Professionals (ABOR-PM 6-302).

Continuing Status Professionals (CS): Employees whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the ABOR Conditions of Service for Academic Professionals (ABOR-PM 6-302) who have an expectation that the President will renew their appointment for successive appointment periods unless such reappointment is precluded because of their retirement, resignation, dismissal for just cause, or release for budgetary or reorganization reasons.

Designated Campus Colleagues (DCC): Affiliates,  associates or volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to learning and discovery without financial expectations.  These individuals are not employees of the University but are expected to follow all ABOR and University rules and policies regarding conduct. See Guidelines for DCC.

Faculty Members: Employees whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the Conditions of Faculty Service (ABOR-PM 6-201, et seq.). Faculty members include instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, professors, professors of practice, research professors, clinical professors, Regents' Professors, or any other employees who otherwise are designated in their Notice of Appointment as holding a faculty position. Faculty members are responsible for the teaching, research, and public service goals and objectives of the University. Faculty members may be tenured, tenure-eligible, or nontenure-eligible. Any person appointed to a faculty position designated as "visiting," "adjunct," "research," "clinical," or such other title(s), will not be tenured or tenure-eligible and will have no expectation of continued employment beyond the end of his or her current appointment period.

General Faculty: Consists of faculty members who hold half-time or more tenured or tenure-eligible appointments; academic professional employees who hold half-time or more continuing status or continuing-eligible academic professional appointments; lecturers (including senior and principal lecturers) who hold half-time or more multiple-year appointments; clinical professors, research professors, and professors of practice who hold half-time or more multiple-year appointments; and any individuals identified in this definition having Emeritus status. Members of the General Faculty are afforded all rights set forth in Article II of the Constitution of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona.

Instructor: Employees whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the ABOR Conditions of Faculty Service (ABOR-PM 6-201, et seq.) who are non-tenured and nontenure-eligible, and whose primary responsibility is teaching undergraduate or clinical courses.

Joint Appointment: Having a courtesy title with another unit for the purpose of contributing through lectures, mentoring, advising, research, grant writing, or service.

Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, or Principal Lecturers: Employees whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the ABOR Conditions of Faculty Service (ABOR-PM 6-201, et seq.) who are non-tenured and nontenure-eligible, and whose primary responsibility is teaching undergraduate or clinical courses.

Limited Term Adjunct: Faculty hired for a term less than 18 weeks. Click for more resources.

Multi-year Appointment: An appointment as an academic professional employee for a period of more than one (1) academic or fiscal year, but not more than three (3) academic or fiscal years.

Non-Continuing: Year-to-year appointment with continuing-like titles (Curator, Librarian, Scientist), but not CE or CS.

Nontenure-Eligible (NTE): Members of the faculty whose Notice of Appointment incorporates the ABOR Conditions of Faculty Service (ABOR-PM 6-201, et seq.) who are not eligible for tenure.

Shared Appointment: Having a budget line split between two or more departments with clear expectations of teaching loads, budgetary obligations, voting rights, research responsibilities, and administrative duties.

Tenure-Eligible (TE): Having an opportunity to be reviewed for tenure.

Tenured (T): Permanent employment status granted to faculty members [usually after the TE probationary period].

UHAP: University Handbook for Appointed Personnel

Visiting Scholars: Title that applies to faculty members with temporary nontenure-eligible appointments whose appointments are not expected to be renewed multiple times and who have sufficient stature with respect to research, creative activities, or professional or personal achievements such that a "visiting" title is appropriate. Typically, academic colleagues from other colleges or universities.