Career-Track Faculty Resources

Policies for Career-Track Faculty

Career-Track Faculty Criteria by College

Colleges and units are in the process of making the Senate-approved transition in terminology from non-tenure to career-track faculty. Live links are available to view approved career-track criteria. See below. 

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Creating or Revising Criteria for Career-Track Faculty


As units create or revise their criteria for supporting career-track faculty, the following are specific issues that they may consider addressing. Below each point are specific questions to consider and an example of one unit’s current offerings. Note that the questions below each point are illustrative, not exhaustive. 
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Issue #1: Criteria for appointment of career-track faculty

  • Which specific titles does the unit use, and how are they defined?
  • What qualifications are required for appointment to each title?
  • Are adjunct and visiting titles limited to part-time and short-term appointments?
  • What are the workload expectations for each title, in general?

Issue #2: Criteria and process for annual review of career-track faculty

  • What are the benchmarks for satisfactory performance for each title/rank?
  • How are those benchmarks measured/demonstrated?
  • How will evaluations be conducted, and by whom?
  • What materials will faculty be required to submit for their evaluation?
  • What is the evaluation timeline?
  • How will faculty be notified of their evaluation?

Issue #3: Criteria and process for promotion of career-track faculty

  • What are the benchmarks for promotion to a higher rank?
  • How are those benchmarks measured/demonstrated?
  • Do promotions to a higher rank reflect an expansion in duties?
  • When can a faculty member seek promotion?
  • What is the process of seeking evaluations/recommendations pertinent to promotion?

Career-Track Faculty FAQs

Frequently asked questions on the Titles of Non-tenure-Track and Career-Track Faculty

Career track is a term used for professors, lecturers, instructors, and other faculty members in non-tenure-eligible positions that do not have adjunct or visiting in their title and are expected to continue from year to year.

According to chapter 3 in the University Handbook for Appointed Personnel (UHAP), lecturers have more limited duties, generally teaching specified lower-division or clinical courses.  Consequently, a transition from a lecturer to a career-track professor position must be “justified by increased responsibilities such as expanded teaching or supervisory duties,” as noted in UHAP 3.3.03.E.

Yes.  According to ABOR Policies, these faculty are considered non-tenure faculty, but the UA will use the term career track in titles for faculty in many non-tenure-eligible positions.

Yes.  Faculty with adjunct and visiting in their titles are not defined as career track.  Part-time faculty (hourly or extra-help) and limited term adjuncts are not eligible for the career-track designation.

Faculty members hired for one year or less will be assigned a non-tenure track title without the career-track designation; however, the title should change to career track if the individuals are reappointed beyond the one-year period.

Additional wording that needs to be included is: “This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.”

The related sections in the University Handbook for Appointed Personnel have been revised to include career track references.  Colleges and departments have been asked by Provost Comrie to review and revise their procedures for appointments, annual reviews, and promotion reviews of career-track faculty by November 13.  Notices of Appointment will use the new language beginning July 1, 2018.

Updated offer letters are currently available.  Older versions will be phased between October 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.  The new offer template will be required as of January 1, 2018.

Notice of Appointments will be revised to reflect the faculty career-track designation beginning July 1, 2018.

The Provost’s Office will collaborate with the college business representatives to identify NT faculty who are eligible for the career-track designation.

Units have some latitude in adding the term career track to titles such as those in the clinical title sequence in the College of Medicine.  

Non-tenure will continue to be used in secondary titles for continuing-status professionals, administrators, and for courtesy appointments for tenure-track faculty.  Non-tenure will also be used in secondary titles of career-track faculty, including those involving split appointments.

A faculty member generally needs to be benefits eligible to be considered career track.  Exceptions can be made with the approval of the Office of the Provost.